Thoughts on the Boudreau hiring coming in a few hours.


Milan Hejduk had a multi-point game and is now on pace for over 25 goals and close to 60 points. He's not the same player he once was, but his production at this stage of his career is pretty impressive.


The Boudreau hiring is very interesting. as Dobber said, I'll have a full breakdown of it later on today. Just heading out the door to work.


Stefan Elliott scored a goal last night and now has three points in three NHL games.


Ryan O'Reilly is having by far his best offensive season. He already has 17 points (mostly assists), and could reach 55-60 by the end of the season. He's playing more of a defensive role, but he's playing a lot (almost 18 minutes per game) and he's a really strong player in all areas of the game. If he starts to see more consistent offensive minutes in the near future, expect his production to really increase.


The Minnesota Wild continue to win with an unheralded defensive group - their top four last night featured Schultz, Scandella, Spurgeon, and Mike Lundin.


The Nuge and Eberle both had two points. Eberle has been really, really good over the past few weeks, and the Nuge has been great all season.


The writing was on the wall here - the Ducks fired Randy Carlyle and hired Bruce Boudreau as their new head coach. Strange that it came after a win, but I'm sure they were just dotting the i's and crossing the t's with BB. Angus will break this down later today. - Dobber



The Bobby Ryan stuff is fascinating to me. For a team in trouble, I fail to see how trading away a three time 30-goal scorer with so much upside and a reasonable contract will help at all (unless a team overpays).


As we have seen time and time and time again, the team getting the best player usually wins the trade (Thornton to SJ, Pronger to EDM, Pronger to ANA, Pronger, to PHI, jeez, sensing a theme here?). Ryan may not be a defensive stud or anything, but he's far from a one-trick pony. He can create offense in a variety of ways.


The Ducks do need depth on defense and forward, but there are other ways to to it (patience, good drafting and development). Trading away Ryan - not only that, but selling low too - just doesn't seem to be the best course of action to me.


Teams that make the most sense - Toronto, NYR, and Nashville. Philadelphia is in every single trade rumor, but I don't see the fit there. Same with Vancouver, especially after just acquiring Booth from Florida.


Hal Gill owner/owners can rejoice with his impressive 11 blocked shots last night.


Six points combined for Getzlaf and Perry against the Habs - much needed, especially for the former.


I have been enjoying some of the fresh blood on TSN, most notably Aaron Ward and Alyn McCauley.


Had my first shave in a month yesterday – was surprised and impressed with my moustache after 30 days. I’d rate myself somewhere in between Parros and Crosby. Managed to raise some money for prostate cancer too, so I wasn’t looking like a creepy idiot for nothing.


Magnus Paajarvi has one point in 20 games. I don’t care if he’s lining up with Darcy Hordichuk and Darcy Hordichuk’s clone for every single shift – simply not good enough.


The Lightning signed Hedman to a typical second contract – five years at a $4 million cap hit. Overpaid for now with the hope he’s underpaid by the end of the deal. Paying for potential is the way things are done these days. Hedman has been very good recently, even if his stats don’t reflect it.


The Bruins went 12-0-1 in November. They are about as unstoppable as it gets – when you have creative talents like Rich Peverley on the third line, you know things are good.


Boston’s big line rolled over the Leafs last night, combining for seven points.


Chara is still arguably the best defenseman to own in fantasy hockey – 12 points in November, and he puts up solid numbers across the board.


Jake Gardiner played 24 minutes, was even in a 6-3 loss, and had three shots on goal. The Lupul/Gardiner trade is making Burke look really good (as is the Kaberle trade).


Mark Giordano was placed on the IR with a hamstring injury. Come on down, TJ Brodie. Brodie plays with confidence and he’s big and fast, but most importantly, he gets the game. His positioning and knowledge of when to pinch and when to sit back is fantastic.


Mason Raymond is making his season debut tomorrow on a line with Malhotra/Hodgson (I have heard conflicting reports, will try to confirm before puck drop) and Hansen. Lots of speed, not a lot of hands. Raymond will play his way into a power play spot quite quickly, I think. Volpatti is likely coming out of the lineup.


David Booth’s three best games of the season have been his most recent three – he’s not only skating and working hard, but he’s effective and efficient with his rushes to the net. He’s big and strong and he loves to shoot the puck – no reason why he can’t get back to scoring 25-30 each season.


Sami Salo tweaked his groin, but sounds like he’ll be fine to play tonight.


Chris Tanev is now healthy again down on the farm, and he’s forming a nice pairing with offensive d-man prospect Kevin Connauton. Expect to see Tanev up at some point this season – he was great last year down the stretch and in the playoffs, and Vancouver’s back end is constantly banged up.


Kris Letang has some concussion-like symptoms, but he is also sick, and the team isn’t sure if the sickness is causing the symptoms or not.


David Perron is likely going to play Saturday. Not sure who he lines up with yet, I’m sure we will hear more after practice today.


I am so glad Paul Szczechura isn’t a good player, as I shudder at the potential of having to write his name each week.


Pierre Lebrun weighs in with his award winners through 25 games


Kessel and Giroux are the Hart frontrunners, and I wouldn’t disagree with either. Ryan Smyth has been amazing for the Oilers, both on and off the ice. He’s my choice for comeback player of the year right now.



Keep an eye on Dallas – they now have money to spend, which is a complete 180 from the past few years. They need another scoring option up front, as well as some offense on the back end. With Goligoski out (and he wasn’t even playing all that well when healthy), the Stars aren’t icing the most mobile defensive group.


Philip Larsen is a prospect to watch, as Ryan Goddard notes in his piece today.


Bruce Arthur really puts together some great pieces – read his latest on Ovechkin.


“In other words, Ovechkin — once hockey’s most open book, both on and off the ice — has become a variation on the sort of puzzle that other Russian players have become. The word ‘enigma’ can be a lazy one, indicative of communication and cultural issues as much as whether a player is truly a mystery, but Ovechkin now has a little bit of Alexei Kovalev in him, a little of his close friend and fellow Capitals disappointment, Alex Semin. The question has become not what he can accomplish, but why doesn’t he accomplish it?

“Again, everything starts at practices,” Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin told SovSport, as translated by Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo’s Puck Daddy and TSN. “Shoot more, win faceoffs more often. Everything comes from the head. You should forget about failures. And play simple for some time. And as soon as you score you will feel that the game is coming back to you.”


Kesler is starting to roll once again - great pass too:


Kassian is going to be a lot of fun to watch:

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Mr Sausage said:

Aaron Ward I think he is abysmal. The constant stuttering and his creepy lazy eye drive nuts. Mostly the stuttering. He has good things to say when he actually can say it without stuttering. Which is rarely.
December 01, 2011
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gregory churchill said:

booth production i think your note a while back about booth's lack of conditioning was right on. by the end of periods, and certainly by the third periods, in his first few games w van, booth was several steps behind play.

he seems to have improved his conditioning in the last couple weeks, and is now producing, partly as a result of simply being able to 'keep up'.
December 01, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Penguins Concussion Diagnostic Team I find it pretty hunourous how vague the Pittsburgh Penguins medical team is with their concussion diagnosis.

Last year, Crosby was stated to have a "mild concussion" but yet went on to miss a year of hockey. In the past few days we have heard that Letang wasn't experiencing concussion-like symptoms but only a few days we hear totally different and they still are pretty optimistic about these concussion symtoms. You'd think that they would have learned their lesson to either not use the word "concussion" until fully diagnosed or provide nothing at all.
December 01, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

... Username - no

Kevin - if money is an issue, find a way to get rid of another player. Yo don't trade underperforming elite young forwards unless you have to.

Martin - thanks. I unfortunately don't get to watch all 30 teams play so I miss some interesting situations (like this one). Thanks for sharing your insights.
December 01, 2011
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Username said:

... Angus,

Do you see the Canucks trading Hodgson in the near future?
December 01, 2011
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Kevin said:

Bobby Ryan The Ducks shopping Ryan has nothing to do with his performance or a need to shake things up, it is 100 percent to do with ownership and their money problems. The Ducks are literally week to week as far as finance goes and Ryan's 5+ Million is likely the easiest on the roster to move (they cannot move the defending Hart trophy winner and big centerman are a premium in the NHL)
December 01, 2011
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Martin said:

O'Reilly Ummm... no. O'Reilly is getting more offensive minutes this season. He's second on the team in TOI this season and he doesn't kill any penalties. The Avs switched their lines and lined up O'Reilly with Landeskog and finally put Hejduk on the RW instead of Winnik. Now all the chances that O'Reilly and Landeskog produce with their hard work and forechecking/backchecking isn't being squandered by a guy with hands like bricks.
December 01, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

... Volpatti coming out for Raymond. Hodgson sticks with Lapierre and Weise.
December 01, 2011
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Jason said:

St. Louis Can anyone find video of St. Louis doing the captain morgan impression from last nights goal?
December 01, 2011
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Vestry said:

H Is Hodgson sitting out?
December 01, 2011
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Geoff Pollock said:

With the coaching change in ANA Which players are going to turn the season around?
December 01, 2011
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CommittedToTheIndian said:

"Creepy idiot" Thumbs down for not including a photo of the Angus 'stache, but thumbs up for the fundraising.
December 01, 2011
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Troy said:

Paying For Potential Great recent example comparable to Hedman's situation: Kris Letang's contract. Signed before his breakout last season at $3.5 million per. Looked a bit steep at the time, but now he's a 24-year-old potential perennial Norris candidate making $3.5 million through 2014.
November 30, 2011 | url
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Veritas0Aequitas said:

Thornton to SJ - Actually... Boston wins. I actually think the Bruins win that deal. Trading Thornton allows them to have the cap space to sign Zdeno Chara that following summer and a few years later they win the Stanley Cup with Z leading the charge. Stanley Cup is the ultimate goal in the NHL, not putting points on the board or winning the Art Ross.

Not all trades are about getting the best player in the deal. Many times, yes, but other times it goes deeper than that. This is one of those times. The Bruins definitely won in the long term after dealing Thornton.

Food for thought. smilies/smiley.gif
November 30, 2011
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Rating "I’d rate myself somewhere in between Parros and Crosby."

Hahaha hilarious. Pretty big range though. It is like saying "I live in Canada, somewhere in between Newfoundland and the Queen Charlotte's."
November 30, 2011
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