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For those of you who reaaaaally like to go nutty with the analysis, here is a good one analyzing the righty/lefty defensive/offensive rearguard pairing in Washington. Greenberg opines that Alzner and Carlson will be the No.1 shutdown pair and that Green/Hamrlik will be the offensive pairing. Greenberg likens Wisniewski to Green and figures Hamrlik will be the perfect complement to his game. If so, both Green and Hamrlik should see a small rise in production even with the newish defensive system that the team is employing.

 

San Jose No.3 guy Alex Stalock will not even begin practice again until February 14. A full year recovering from a leg injury in which a skate cut a nerve near his left knee.

 

I asked a question on Twitter – who finishes last this year – and got some interesting answers. Most notably, to me, was Phoenix. The Coyotes lost Bryzgalov. And the way I figure it, a last place team would need 60 points, maybe 65 or fewer. They had 99 points last year. The reasons I’m hearing, such as “the team has nobody at center ice” – that reason doesn’t fly, because they didn’t have anyone there last year either. If anything, they are better at center. Because, although you can’t “assume” that a young player improves with each year, you also can’t “assume” that a young player gets worse. And, in fact, more young players get better, than get worse. So let’s assume that at the very least Kyle Turris improves by one percent. Just like that the team is better up the middle. Anyway, I agree wholeheartedly that the team sucks at center, but it is no different than a year ago when they got 99 points. So how much does a Bryzgalov to Smith/LaBarbera drop them? Ten fewer wins? That won’t get them last. They would need nearly 20 fewer wins to get last. Bottom line: on paper, you are correct, this team is the worst. But last year they should have been worse than they were, and they weren’t.

 

Interesting analysis on Magnus Paajarvi’s shots per game, compared to other players at the age of 19.

 

Teemu Selanne’s decision – wait another month please. My guess? He’s back.

 

So if it was Justin Braun and not Sean Avery, would this story get any play? The amount I care about this story ranks somewhere between how well the Oprah channel is doing and how many eggs my neighbor ate this morning. And any whiner who barks about how Avery should be out of the league now probably needs a girlfriend (or boyfriend). Keep yourself busy!

 

Drew Doughty, still without a contract – and now there are rumblings of a holdout? Uh oh…

 

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James Sheppard is in a great spot in San Jose, and as long as he plays wing then I like him for a fourth-line spot. Once there, and being eased back into things, he could climb his way up to the third line. With a solid, healthy season and low expectations, perhaps in 2012-13 he can get back on track.

 

Top 10 Bure plays:

 

 

Keep firing me YouTube clips!


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Ryan Van Horne said:

Scribe
Greenberg article Dobber, no link to the Greenberg article on Washington D. Tried to find it, but couldn't.
August 08, 2011
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Ryan Ma said:

Maaaasquito
... RE: Phoenix

The thing with Phoenix is that talent wise they weren't good up the middle last campaign, but what they did have is great role players that did the little things that don't really get rewarded on the scoresheet.

Belanger and Fiddler combined to win 54.6% of their faceoffs that they participated in. Hanzal and Turris won only 50.2%. The Coyotes had plenty of success last season because they were a puck possession, defensive team due to Tippett's system. That dropoff of 4% in FW is going to hurt them much more. In this day and age of the NHL, the difference between fishing the puck out of the back of your own net and a breakout heading up the opposition's ice is an all important faceoff win. Losing Belanger and Fiddler is going to hurt more than you think.

2nd factor is that Bryz' SP was .917 during his time in PHX, Smith's career SP is .906... That gap is going to hurt much more than a lot of people realize. Phoenix is a one-goal team. They beat teams 2-1, 1-0, maybe 3-2. They aren't going to win a lot of games 5-1 or 4-2... The Yotes had 42 1-goal games last season and won exactly 50% of them. Without Bryz there making the big stops, I don't know if they have much chance keeping the game close to win those tight ones anymore.

I don't know if they're earmarked to finish last in the league, but with a lot of the "bottom feeding" teams improving and the loss of Belanger, Fiddler and Bryz. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Yotes bottom 5...
August 08, 2011
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Mark said:

bluecollar
Bure Did anyone else notice almost every Bure goal in the clip was slid along the ice on his forehand? Every time...unreal! I guess that's the definition of elite though, knowing exactly what a players gonna do and you still can't stop it, like Stamkos' power play one-timers from the top of the left circle.
August 07, 2011 | url
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James said:

jimywho1
... i hope you've seen the jagr top 10.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDX0pxdidB4

incredulous.
August 07, 2011
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Jerry said:

CallMeJerry
... I could just picture the HHOF committee watching the Bure top 10 totally stone-faced with their arms crossed.
August 07, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... The number four is something out of a beer league. Wow.
August 07, 2011
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Mr Sausage said:

Mr_Sausage
Bure I remember when Bure first broke onto the scene. He brought an excitement to the city of Vancouver that had never been there before. And that was before he even played a game. He really brought the fans out and I remember little kids wearing nothing but Bure jerseys. He was amazing for the hockey club. He might of been a bit enigmatic or not really personal with the media but he was a great player. Hall of Fame great. It's really too bad his knees gave out as he had plenty of gas left in the tank when he retired.
August 07, 2011
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Lukasz said:

pahlsson26
... Up next: Jaromir Jagr smilies/smiley.gif
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDX0pxdidB4
August 07, 2011
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Jason Banks said:

Jason_Banks
... I think #2 aka "The Bye, Bye Stride" was the best highlight goal he ever had... #1 was just because of situation....

#7 was also a favorite because he was you awesome coming off the boards with speed to the midde (which you seen in #2 too)...

Alotta goalies slept easier when he was injured and retired...
August 07, 2011
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Seth said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
Bure Man if there is one player I could sit and watch clips of all day, it would be Pavel Bure. Such an amazing player.
August 07, 2011
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Alex said:

RangerFan
... Unbelievable footage of Bure! You realize who much quicker he was than most players of the era. Definitely one of the greatest goal scorers of all time!
But I also remember him getting stoned by Richter in the 1994 finals! smilies/grin.gif
August 07, 2011
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