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If any trades occur today, I'll have my fantasy analysis up later this afternoon.

 

Jordan Eberle is on pace for 38 goals and 86 points (he had two points last night against the Flyers). Word of warning - he is shooting close to 20%, a number that is very unsustainable for future seasons. It still doesn't take away from what he is doing this year, though.

 

Jack Johnson on the trade:

 

""This is going to be great," Johnson said. "I’m a Midwestern boy at heart, and I see this as a great opportunity. I can’t wait to get there and meet the guys."

 

He's either delusional or a liar. In all seriousness, I think he could excel in Columbus (once they get a goalie). His play has regressed a bit ever since Doughty became 'the man' for LA on defense. Johnson could benefit from playing that role for the Blue Jackets.

 

Richard Bachman got the rare start in Dallas (his first in over three weeks), and he played great.

 

Jamie Benn remains out with his cut, and Chicago was without Steve Montador and Jonathan Toews, as well. No word on Montador’s return – he’s a solid roto player, but I dropped him a few weeks ago – not worth holding on to with an unknown return date.

 

Mike Smith has won nine straight for the Coyotes.

 

Vermette had no points in 17 minutes in his Phoenix debut – no PK time, some PP time.

 

Justin Peters got the start again for Carolina, as Cam Ward remains out with a lower-body injury. Peters stopped 35 shots in a shootout loss against the Ducks.

 

Jiri Tlusty now has a nine game point streak for Carolina. Philippe Paradis, the prospect Tlusty was traded for, has two goals in 41 AHL games this season in Rockford (the Leafs flipped him to Chicago in the Kris Versteeg trade).

 

Pretty remarkable what Justin Faulk is doing at the age of 19 – he played over 25 minutes last night and could be considered Carolina’s best defenseman at the moment.

 

Chris Stewart has goals in back-to-back games.

 

Sobotka had a goal, as he continues to see increased ice time (17 minutes) with Langenbrunner on the shelf. He’s a solid short-term option right now.

 

Roman Josi had a goal and played over 20 minutes – more than Gill, Bouillon, and Klein.

 

Both Stamkos and Ladd had three point games yesterday. Stamkos scored his 43rd and is doing everything except play goalie for the Lightning this season. Ladd has had a bit of an inconsistent offensive season (especially compared to last year), but he’s coming on lately, with eight points in his last four games.

 

Teddy Purcell, who I mention below today, had three points for the Lightning as well.

 

Blake Wheeler continues his torrid streak with two more assists.

 

Watched the Detroit/Vancouver game - simply great hockey between two fantastic teams. Standout players:

 

Quincey scored a goal and looked really solid for the Wings. Played a chippy, physical game, too.

 

The Sedins are "back" from whatever slump they were suffering from. Daniel scored twice and Henrik was his usual wizardly self with the puck.

 

Kesler had a quiet game offensively - he's looked a bit off lately after going on a goal-scoring streak a few weeks ago. David Booth was really good - skating hard, had several great chances.

 

Jimmy Howard and Roberto Luongo were both sensational - especially Howard. He stopped well over 40 shots, including several tough saves early in the first period.

 

Henrik Sedin on the game:

 

"This is what hockey should be. A lot of chances, a lot of hitting, no cheap shots, no chirping after whistles.""

 

My short take on the trade – a risk by LA more than Columbus. Johnson, for his faults, is a known asset. He’s a good #2/3 defenseman signed to a decent contract.

 

Carter is a proven goal scorer, but he’s a natural center, like Kopitar, Richards, Loktionov, and Stoll. He’s also not the fastest skater on the planet, and both Kopitar and Richards are below-average to average skaters. The Kings don’t have any speedsters in their forward group (Justin Williams used to be about two knee surgeries ago).

 

The Kings turned Schenn, Simmonds, Johnson, a 1st round pick, and a 2nd round pick into Carter and Richards. Thoughts?

 

Craig Anderson is out indefinitely after cutting his hand in a kitchen accident. Horrible break for the Senators.

 

Jonathan Toews was involved in a single-car accident on Thursday, but wasn’t hurt.

 

I take a look at some potential deadline acquisitions that the Canucks may be interested in – right here.

 

Copper & Blue takes a look at the Vermette trade.

 

“His offense is also pretty good. He has scored at least forty points in each season from 2007-08 to 2010-11, and was among the NHL's top 100 even strength scorers in three of those years. He'll probably fall short of both those marks this season, but a very poor PDO number (95.2) and a career-low 7.5% shooting percentage are no doubt major contributors. I wouldn't count on him to get back to his previous high of 65 points (he had a career-high 17.3% shooting percentage in that season), but he's a guy that you can rely on to play against real competition and provide offense too.”

 

As I wrote yesterday, he fills a huge need for the Coyotes. He’s going to see significant minutes in all situations, and his versatility will allow him to earn the trust of Dave Tippett right away. He isn’t the most consistent or talented player in the league, but Phoenix is a great situation for him to succeed, both this season and for the next three.

 

People that rip on the trade deadline coverage for being too extensive… it is what it is. As fans, the closest we can get to these GM’s wheeling and dealing is watching TSN (or Sportsnet…). Sure, the coverage and the size of the panel is excessive, but it is one day of the year, and no one is forcing you to watch.

 

I don’t understand what Dale Hunter has to gain from ripping Tomas Vokoun after the Ottawa loss. Sure, his play was brutal, but the team in front of him showed absolutely zilch until later on in the game. I never really understood ripping players in the media in any case, though. What does it accomplish? If you have an issue, bring it up with the player behind closed doors. Ron Wilson used to do this a lot, but lately he hasn’t as much. It accomplishes nothing.

 

Ales Hemsky apparently wants four or five years on his new contract. Assuming the cap hit is around $4 million, would you give it to him? Why or why not? When healthy, he is a point-per-game winger who makes his linemates better.

 

A sleeper team to watch at the deadline is Dallas. They have a new owner willing to spend some money, they have lots of cap space, and they are apparently shopping and/or listening to offers for the likes of Ott, Morrow, and Ribeiro.

 

I scooped up Teddy Purcell off of the waiver wire yesterday. I won’t win my league, but he is playing really well and I want to get a look at him as a potential keeper for the rest of the season. He doesn’t deliver a lot in the way of peripherals, but he showed last season what kind of offensive he can bring. Tampa Bay will be an interesting team to watch this summer – lost of holes to fill, lots of cap space. Steve Yzerman is going to be a busy man.

 

Some interesting news from Russia, regarding both Kuznetsov and Alex Radulov:

 


“According to Sports.ru, Yevgeny Kuznetsov agents are in the talks with another KHL team Ufa "Salavat Yulaev". In Ufa, Kuznetsov is seen as a possible replacement to Alexander Radulov, who is most likely to leave to the NHL this summer.”

 

Roman Hamrlik had some very harsh words for his coach, Dale Hunter:

 

“"You should ask him about the penalties because when he played I think he make lots of penalties himself," Hamrlik said."He should know better. This is a game and guys (play with) emotion. I know I took a bad penalty, but if that's the reason I didn't play that's his decision."”

 

What a joy that Washington dressing room would be, right now.

 

More please – the top 10 Kronwall hits:

 

The Canucks have heavy, heavy interest in Steve Ott. He’d be a natural fit:

 

In case you missed it... the full highlights:


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lcbtd said:

germant
NESN = CRAP
I get homerism but really, can anybody who's not a Bruin fan stomach Jack Edwards? He's beyond ridiculous. Not sure how Bruin fans can stomach him either though. There is absolutely no objectivity whatsoever.
February 24, 2012
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Tim said:

wharfrat
Tlusty My bad. Read it quickly first time through.
February 24, 2012
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Tim said:

wharfrat
Jiri Tlusty Actually, I believe The Maple Leafs traded Jiri Tlusty to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Philippe Paradis. Tlusty was originally the Leafs first-round pick, 13th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. Paradis, was the Hurricanes’ first round draft pick, 27th overall in 2009.

February 24, 2012
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Repent Tokyo said:

February 24, 2012
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
i was at that bruins / dallas line brawl gameq what a fucking match.
February 24, 2012
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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
Eberle It will be interesting to watch his shooting% over the years. Your right that his 20% number wont last but he could be one of those guys like Kovalchuk whose career number is higher then most. They have completely different shots, Kovalchuks is a lazer but Eberle's hands in tight are sick. He just puts the puck where it needs to go.

Good ramblings!
February 24, 2012
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Lockedge said:

lockedge
Re: Faulk + Johnson Glad to see Faulk getting some love. His play has improved a lot since he was called back up. Such a beast of a player. Just think, that year's draft class was:
Erik Gudbranson (3)
Dylan McIlrath (10)
Cam Fowler (12)
Brandon Gormley (13)
Derek Forbort (15)
Jarred Tinordi (22)
Mark Pysyk (23)
Alex Petrovic (36)
Justin Faulk (37)
Jon Merrill (3smilies/cool.gif
Patrick Nemeth (41)
Martin Marincin (46)
All within the top 50 picks. Some guys are looking really good, but I'd have Faulk in the top 3 of them right now (Fowler and Gudbranson sharing the top with him) with Gormley and Merrill filling out the top 5.


As for Johnson, I feel bad for him. He's going to be so depressed. Plays for Kings, they get close to playoffs, then BAM
COLUMBUS
February 24, 2012
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fzusher said:

fzusher
thought on Vermette to PHX Just realized this today, and haven't seen this noted before.

The league-owned Yotes just acquired a player on a long-term contract paying quite a bit of money. Maloney has rarely acquired long-term contracts before.

Well, Phoenix's only Quebec born in the NHL roster was Alexandre Bolduc. Now they've gone and acquired a small town Quebec kid on a long term contract.

I wonder ...
February 24, 2012
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... I think Howson got bailed out here. Carter was a disaster in CLB, so essentially trading Voracek and an 8th overall [Couturier] for Jack Johnson and a 15th-20th overall is not a bad exchange, in my book. If any coach ever gave JJ free reign to be a rover, he could do what Mike Green did for the Caps in the free-wheeling days.

As for the Kings' side, Carter better make an instant impact and save their season. They just gave away a reasonably-priced defenseman (the kind teams throw 50+ million dollars at every July) for a player who is on pace for 20 goals this season and is signed for another 10 years.
February 24, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
LIKE I don’t understand what Dale Hunter has to gain from ripping Tomas Vokoun after the Ottawa loss. Sure, his play was brutal, but the team in front of him showed absolutely zilch until later on in the game. I never really understood ripping players in the media in any case, though. What does it accomplish? If you have an issue, bring it up with the player behind closed doors. Ron Wilson used to do this a lot, but lately he hasn’t as much. It accomplishes nothing.

Solid. True.
Love this analysis.

The coaching position is not just about Xs & Os. The coach also has to represent the club well and deal with the media. It may be the biggest difference from coaching juniors to coaching in the NHL.

Some coaches are very candid. Generic comments from coach-to-the-media are boring... but that's how it must be done. Save the pointed player critiques for closed doors.

My guess, Hunter will be gone at end of season.
I thought he'd be a decent change - I'll admit now that I was wrong.
February 24, 2012
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James said:

jimywho1
... I think the Kings basically thought, if we take the flyers' offense, and pair that with a real goaltender, we should win easily.

well, almost.
February 24, 2012
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Kraftster said:

Kraftster
Johnson I think I'd prefer Gleason to Johnson on my NHL team.
February 24, 2012
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Jeremy Wark said:

jer_33
Johnson Does anyone remember what former 3rd overall pick Jack Johnson was traded for originally? Tim Gleason and Eric Belanger. Nice flip for the Kings.
February 24, 2012
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Kraftster said:

Kraftster
Carter/Johnson Trade I thought Columbus should have gotten more. JMFJ is one of the few players in the same stratosphere as Rick Nash when it comes to being overrated. LA was quite desperate for offense. There were few other options out there. Not enough, in my opinion. In terms of asset value, LA will have won this tread hands down, I think.

February 24, 2012
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Zammer said:

Zammer
Lombardi will be the winner long term I'm in the minority on this one, but I believe that 12 months from now (barring a lockout/strike), LA will look like the winner in this deal for years to come for acquiring Carter and Richards. Might need to replace coach once first though!
February 24, 2012
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Marc said:

MGW
JC for JJ I don't have too much of a problem with the Richards deal as I'm not convinced either of the players they gave up have the upside of Richards. However I don't get the Carter deal. He seems like a one dimensional player who has seems to be mailing it in some games and I just don't get how it would require JJ plus to acquire him and his hefty contract. I would have liked to have seen LA get a nice pick rather than give one up in reality. JJ is a very high pick who has shown some very nice offensive skills in the past. I guess I just think CLS got more than I thought they would for JC. I'd be surprised to see Nash get traded after this though
February 24, 2012
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Sheepish said:

Sheepdogged
La La Land A friend pointed out to me that if you think Carter and Richards had a good time together in Philly with the party scene then wait until they reunite in LA. I can't wait to hear the stories/rumors.
February 24, 2012
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lcbtd said:

germant
Wasn't this said earlier? . . . "He's either delusional or a liar. In all seriousness, I think he could excel in Columbus (once they get a goalie). His play has regressed a bit ever since Doughty became 'the man' for LA on defense. Johnson could benefit from playing that role for the Blue Jackets."

Wasn't the conventional thinking when Carter went to Columbus that he was going to get more ice (as opposed to being on the deep Flyer team) and more responsibility and he should excel?

Bad move for all Johnson owners. Nothing good can come of this. Nothing.
February 24, 2012
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Assorted thoughts 1. Howson converted Voracek, a 6th overall pick, and a 3rd rounder into Jack Johnson and a 16-30 overall pick. Thoughts?

2. Good on Lombardi to have acquired a top-6 forward without giving Bernier. Bad on Howson for trading away Carter without getting a goalie. Does this limit the Nash market to teams with a goalie to spare? Or do the Jackets hope to sort that in offseason/free agency? Should have been their top priority.

3. Do the Jackets really need Johnson when they have Savard and Moore coming up? Who would have helped them more this year, Jack Johnson or blocking machine Jan Hejda?

4. Until yesterday, I though the Jackets would be smarter trading Nash in the offseason when more teams would be willing to play (and pay). Yesterday I heard Pat Morris (I think) note that the uncertainty over the CBA and the possibility the cap would go down because of it would make teams unwilling to take on such a long term contract in the offseason, but there will be GMs willing to take that contract now and worry about it later. Changed my mind.

5. Dallas, Tampa, CBJ and other teams out of the mix may be smart not to add long term salary now. If the cap goes down - I read a 49M number somewhere - there'll be lots of teams dumping salary like crazy and lots of FAs / recent buyouts having to accept less pay. The teams with cap room will be able to get some darn good deals.

6. On the other hand, teams with lots of committed money may be smart to go all in, seeing they will have to lose players in the offseason. Trade deadline got surprisingly more interesting.

7. Do Sens go after a goalie rental now? They have a trading history with NYI, and both teams scout NCAA quite heavily so NYI will likely know OTT's young assets very well ...

8. Gustafsson for Steve Mason. Do you do it if you're the Leafs? Do you do it if you're Columbus? (not a rumor, just a thought)
February 24, 2012
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paul said:

donpaulo
... I suppose one can easily say that LA didn't get the best return but on the other hand they could have done a whole heck of a lot worse than Richards and Carter right ?

next season in LA should make for an interesting team with Penner Stoll and Mitchell all UFA
February 24, 2012
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Randall said:

The Hockey Hitman
thoughts? Heres a somewhat, potentially disturbing stat if your a Blue Jackets fan: Jack Johnson's career +/- rating: -90...you just gave up Jeff Carter for that!
February 24, 2012 | url
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derek said:

buck0198
Carter/Richards I think trading the pieces they did for Carter and Richards was a mistake. You need role players too...you cant just go out and get big name guys and expect them to gel and everything work itself out. I would rather have Simmonds then Carter when it comes to the playoffs.

Has anyone been watching Sean Bergenheim in Florida? The guy is playing inspired hockey. Does anyone think he can get to the level that many thought he would reach when he was originally drafted?
February 24, 2012
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