Big win for the Caps as they even the series 2-2.

 

How much does Braden Holtby remind you of Cam Ward? Both Saskatchewan boys, both developed in the WHL, both spent a couple of development seasons in the AHL and now both making/made their mark with great rookie playoff performances.

 

At the start of the playoffs the Vegas odds for Holtby winning the Conn Smythe were 100 to 1. I bet they’re much lower now.

 

Last week I brought up the playoff record of teams scoring first, the Caps are 6-1 during this post-season when scoring first.

 

When was the last time that the “big three” of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green all scored in the same game? Oct 30, 2010, this was 533 days ago. Surprisingly, when that happens they’re 13-0. Wow!

 

Green is headed towards RFA status in the off-season, what do you think will happen? Does he get offer sheeted? Will the Caps match if he does? Do they even need him? Discuss.

 

I’ve brought up this scenario before, could the Oilers offer sheet him? And would they even want to? There’s been talk about the Oilers going with Ryan Murray with the top pick at the Entry Draft. The problem with that is by the time he properly develops, the Taylor Hall’s, Jordan Eberle’s, Ryan Nugent-Hopkin’s will all be heading towards RFA or UFA status and possibly won’t be with the Oilers. So why not go with Nail Yakupov with the top pick, send an offer sheet of $6.25 mil per season to Green’s agent (compo of a first, second and third pick in next year’s draft) and you’ve got a team ready to compete next campaign. Makes sense to me.

 

Semin’s also headed towards UFA status this summer, does he walk? How would the Caps look if they lost both Green and Semin?

 

According to Fire & Ice, the Flyers will tweak their line up for today’s game against the Devils.

JVR – Giroux – Simmonds

Hartnell – Briere – Voracek

Read – Schenn – Jagr

Rinaldo – Talbot – Wellwood

With Sean Couturier scheduled to miss the contest with a left leg injury.

 

Found this interesting read the other day.

 

“Before the lockout, a 10% increase in spending was worth about 5.8 team points (roughly three wins) over a season. Since the lockout, that number has ballooned to 9.2 points.”

 

The post-lockout era of the NHL is more about the “efficient” use of cap space as opposed to spending to the cap maximum, but you would have to think that as the salary cap balloons up to the levels where the “lower” cap space teams can’t afford to spend and compete, what’s going to result from that? I’ve got one word, lockout!

 

There hasn’t been a lot of talk about the whole Alex Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn vs. the Preds debacle. I say good on the Preds for drawing a line and sticking to it. There are too many scenarios in professional sports where we’re seeing “special status” given to athletes. I understand that a professional organization is to “win” games, but at the end of the day creating and sustaining a team culture is vitally important for the longevity of a franchise. The question is out of the 30 NHL teams out there, how many of them have the balls to do what the Preds did and how many of them would have caved? Would the Preds have stuck to their guns if it was game seven of the Stanley Cup final?

 

The duo has a “high probability” of returning back into the line up for Monday night’s game five tilt.

 

According to Orange and Black, the reason why the Devils are leading the series, cycling and puck retrieval. I would chalk it down to limiting opposition shots and getting timely saves from a veteran goalie. Also Travis Zajac’s 58.9 faceoff winning percentage doesn’t hurt either.

 

Olli Jokinen had abdominal surgery which will sideline him for three to four weeks. He’s scheduled to become a UFA on July 1st, and there might be a few teams willing to knock on the door. His 61 points this campaign was ranked 19th amongst all centermen, while his 223 SOG were also in the top-50 in the league. There are plenty of teams that could use someone of his skill set (Leafs).

 

Marian Hossa still not “feeling himself”, which is a worrying sign for poolies heading into next season. One-year pools, I probably wouldn’t want to touch him next campaign.

 

20 over-time games already this post-season, too much of a good thing according to Defending Big D?

 

With Martin Biron headed towards UFA status in the summer, keep an eye on Cam Talbot, who’s absolutely tearing up the AHL playoffs with the Connecticut Whale. He’s 4-1 with a remarkable 1.69 GAA and a dazzling .956 SP.

 

Josh Yohe, the Pens beat writer, speculates that there is a “strong” chance that the Pens move Staal to the Canes this Summer.

 

Angus speculated that Brandon Sutter would make sense, since they both play a similar type of game and I whole-heartedly agree with him. The question is what else needs to be tacked on? Perhaps Zac Dalpe or Drayson Bowman plus one of Bobby Sanguinetti, Jamie McBain or Justin Faulk, while the Pens add in Tom Kuhnackl or Beau Bennett? Seems to make sense to me.

 

Another Jumbotron going into another NHL arena, this time costing $5 mil. If I were the NHLPA, I’d use this to my advantage. Instead of owners “crying” about the lack of ticket revenue and soaring operating costs and how teams are losing money hand over fist, I’d throw this back at them and say quit whining when you can afford to spend $5 mil on a new HD screen, you can afford more than a 50/50 revenue share.

 

First wake up call for Team Canada at the WC as they fell to the US 5-4 which dropped them to 1-0-1. It was the first time since 2001 that the Americans have defeated Canada in the WC tournament.

 

Max Pacioretty leading the tournament with four points in two contests.

 

Make sure you head over to Dobber Prospects and give that a good gander. Brendan Ross and Rich Dillon are two of the most knowledgeable people in terms of hockey prospects.

 

Should you be so inclined, follow me on Twitter if you think that my article/tweets are useful.

 

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Kevin9 said:

May 07, 2012
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Nate said:

Nate
... (Sorry Hernia Surgery and shoulder surgery)
May 06, 2012
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Nate said:

Nate
Green and Staal If Staal gets moved, it's going to be for a defensemen with shut-down capability. Probably someone physical but who can also move the puck. Pens need it, not many teams have it. Anything less would be pointless.

Green is at the lowest value he's been in years right now, and he's coming off of a shoulder injury and shoulder surgery. Having been through both injuries myself, I can tell you that they are "slow healing" and it takes a long time to get comfortable with your body again. Personally it took me 3 months to get back into a groove physically.

Don't be surprised to see Green play a near full season next campaign and record over 60 points. It doesn't matter where he plays, he has that kind of talent. In fact, I think it would be best if he were moved to a team that would let him play in a purely offensive role. I'd love to see Green go to Edmonton.
May 06, 2012
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Ryan Ma said:

Maaaasquito
Staal Wow that's a huge price, a number 1 overall and you want more too... No way that the Oilers value Staal that much...
May 06, 2012
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Ryan Ma said:

Maaaasquito
Preds Definitely it was a big call by the management... I dunno very many teams that would have chose the path that they did, which is why I'm giving them kudos.
May 06, 2012
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Ryan Ma said:

Maaaasquito
Murray I fully trust your judgment Brendan.

The only thing is whether or not Murray is just a quick fix.

If you look at the recent samples, you have your Doughty, Myers, Fowler who have all busted out of the gates and had great rookie seasons, then slumped and will regain their touch when the a few more years of experience.

So they might be NHL ready with a offensive role for 1 year, but they struggle for 3-4 more years, where the Hall, Eberle, RNH, Yakupov begin to peak.

With Green you would have to think that there wouldn't be that big drop off in the next couple of years. You have a quality NHL player who can sustain an offense for the next 5-10 years.

But who knows that's all speculation on my part.
May 06, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Your ramblings are bad ass, Ma. Lots of content and lots of interesting thoughts.
May 06, 2012
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Gotlaid said:

Maaaasquito
Green I dunno there aren't a lot of really true puck moving d-men in the league that can be a "stir stick" to a team's offense. You have a lot of "okay" and "decent" types like your MAB and Wissy but there aren't a lot of the Green types despite his injury concerns.

Oilers need that, and I don't know if they have any other means of acquiring one.
May 06, 2012
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Gotlaid said:

Maaaasquito
Pluralizing Names Good point to bring up. I guess your argument does make sense. I'll keep that in mind for next time.

I guess if the biggest complaint is grammar then I've done a decent job of conveying my thoughts to you guys... smilies/wink.gif
May 06, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Alright, CJ and 4horsemen, as the resident über grammar nazi I'm going to point out the grammatical error here. When you pluralize names, you do NOT use apostrophes. I mean, really, Ryan Nugent-Hopkin's? I guess we all like Tim Thoma's saves, right? It's the Taylor Halls of the league, the Jay Beagles of the league, the Gretzkys, etc. Apostrophes are never used when you pluralize anything in English.

smilies/wink.gif
May 06, 2012
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pattywins said:

pattywins
... Staal should be traded to Edmonton for the #1 pick and some prospects. The draft is in Pittsburgh. Yakupov would be great with the Penguins. Otherwise, the Oilers will have to trade some young stars for defencemen or a goalie.

It takes a special genius to sit the players you brought in for goal scoring, who are leading the team in scoring, and then get shut out. It was a brave call sitting them for game 3, the braver thing to do would have been to start them in game 4. People are saying that the preds were good without them, they are, but not good enough, that is why they brought them in the first place.
May 06, 2012
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C.J said:

C.J
... @4horsemen

That's the point bud, the pathetic fact that you felt the need to even comment on something so unimportant.....to somehow make yourself feel important smilies/smiley.gif

May 06, 2012
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4horsemen said:

4horsemen
CJ.......WHAT?!? @ C.j.

Ahhh....how I love hearing from the C.J's of the world smilies/wink.gif Your talent with the Urban Dictionary is beyond repute sir!!!!

The part I'm missing in all of this is where I made a grammar correction? Read the damn post and reply with something intelligible if you feel the need but your pilfered diatribe is completely out of place. I did not suggest that the sentence wasn't grammatically correct and don't really care if it was or not.

Get with the program and make an attempt to understand the post before fire off your latest find on the Urban Dictionary.
May 06, 2012
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C.J said:

C.J
... @4horseman

grammar nazi

an elitist who gets off on correcting others' grammar and spelling because it makes him feel superior.

grammar nazis often misidentify grammar as the primary determinant of one's intelligence and the most important element of expression.

this belief stems from the grammar nazi's insecurity, which leads him to learn the simplest thing in the whole fucking world to learn and impose it on others, earning self-gratification in the process. realizing how easy but effective it is, the nazi continues this ego masturbation until he can no longer separate the truth from the lie: grammar's not that important, no one gives a shit, and no one likes you.

grammar nazis don't realize that in actuality, grammar is too ambiguous to have a rigid standard, and that though basic grammar is necessary, most grammar rules are not, and can restrict good expression.

Shakespeare: What a piece of work is man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty!

grammar nazi: Speak in complete sentences.

Shakespeare: the ability to communicate both colorfully and effectively is way more admirable then perfect grammar so stop sucking Webster's dick, you grammar nazi.
May 06, 2012
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Ryan Murray The wait on Murray won't be long at all IMO One year max. Interesting scenario though. If Edminton keeps the pick they must take BPA which is Yakupov but I really do think they consider trading down if presented with a nice package
May 06, 2012
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
... Mike Green = Ryan Whitney? Can't lock up that much cap on two guys who may each miss half the season. The Oil will find a solution, but I certainly hope it is not with Green given his injury record to date.
May 06, 2012
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4horsemen said:

4horsemen
Pluralising Pet Peeve Solid ramblings overall Ryan but I just had such a tough time getting past one part I felt compelled to comment.

"The problem with that is by the time he properly develops, the Taylor Hall’s, Jordan Eberle’s, Ryan Nugent-Hopkin’s"

Pluralising players names is one of the most bizarre traits of sports writers and one that drives me absolutely nuts!! Are there multiple Taylor Hall's on Edmonton? Are there multiple Taylor Hall's in the league?

Occasionally I understand the context behind pluralising a players name, mostly when referring to a 'role playing' sort of player and using one name to make a generalisation across the league (eg. It's the Jay Beagle's of the league who are making a difference this playoffs) but it makes no sense to me when referring to superstars and especially when they're each being named.
May 06, 2012
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Anze said:

Anze
Preds D 2 things about the Suter-Weber storyline

Is the tough stance on Radulov-Kostitsyn in any way related to it ? Were some players involved in the decision, or asked for their input ? May be it was a way for the management to show that they are committed to winning, and ready to make tough decisions, and they felt it could help them resign their star Ds.

Then if Weber really wants out of Nashville, he will not sign an offer sheet this summer, unless it's only for one year. Otherwise Nashville can match and he will be stuck there. It's not like a team can blow him more money than he deserves ( à la Penner or Vanek ), he will get top dollars no matter what. I say he waits one-year and truly controls his destination, IF he wants to leave. Of course they can always trade him this summer.
May 06, 2012
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Ryan Ma said:

Maaaasquito
Weber Definitely Weber should be considered as well...

The thing is the Preds will 100% certainly match any offer sheet for Weber, especially if they decide to let Suter walk. They wouldn't lose both, and I think the Preds would certainly keep Weber over Suter if it really came down to it.

Caps I'm not certain as much as I am with the Weber situation that the Caps wouldn't be opposed to letting Green go if he got offer sheeted. Caps have Orlov and with how they've utilized Green during this season and the playoffs, I don't think they need him as much as the Preds need Weber. Plus an offer sheet of $6.25 mil would give the Caps back a 1,2 and 3rd round pick, which will help replenish the cupboards.

The thing is the Oilers desperately need that puck moving D, and I don't know where it's going to come from? I mean they don't grow on trees. They could go against the grain and pick Murray with the number 1 pick, but when's the impact going to happen? I mean you could get a Doughty/Myers/Fowler like impact, but then you'll get those sophomore/3rd/4th year growing pains... Could they go the FA route, are there anyone available that fits the bill?

The fans are grumbling and the window of opportunity is shrinking to see progress. Getting an impact player could silence the crowd for a couple of years.
May 06, 2012
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yougo said:

yougo
How about Shea Weber... If the Oilers should invest 6,25M per season for a defenseman, I really wish they didn't target Mike Green. Certified band-aid boy, coming out of a concussion and hasn't produced much in the last 40 games. On the other hand, Shea Weber is RFA too. He is an elite defenseman at both end of the rinks.

I'm not saying the Oilers will sign Weber. I just think that if they are going to give an offer sheet for a elite defenseman, might as well get the best one available.
May 06, 2012
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