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Now this is how you write a season review for a player – Shutdown Line looks at Jeff Skinner.

 

A splash of cold water for those who have soured on Skinner:

 

Right now, any talk associated with Skinner is how the team should consider trading him because he is injury prone, bad defensively and is coming off his worst season. Yes, he had two concussions but he still managed to play in 78% of his game during that time.


I'll concede that he is bad defensively, but this is the case with many young scoring forwards and on most nights, Skinner is there to make up for it at the other end. He didn't this year because he couldn't buy a goal over his last 31 games. People who are clamoring for Skinner to be traded now are doing so because of a bad 31 games.


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The final NHL team to look at – the Winnipeg Jets

 

Jets

 

2013-14 sleeper pick: Jacob Trouba

 

If you are a regular DobberHockey reader, you are already very familiar with Trouba. He is the best defensive prospect in hockey (not including the 2013 eligible players), and he is more than ready for prime time NHL minutes on the Winnipeg back end. Trouba can do it all – offensively, he’s elite. He is a punishing hitter, and he is sound positionally, too. The Winnipeg defense is wide open after Byfuglien, Enstrom, and Bogosian. Expect Trouba in that top four.

 

Long term sleeper pick: Yasin Cisse

 

An interesting prospect to say the least – Cisse left Boston University to go to the QMJHL after struggling there. His production in the Q was decent, but not great. He’s a big forward with a lot of talent, but also a lot of inconsistency in his game. In 27 games in the QMJHL, he scored eight goals and had 14 points. In 29 games with BU, he scored two goals total. He’s 6-3 and 215 pounds, and at this point is about as much of a project forward as you can get.

 

He’ll turn pro this summer, but he probably isn’t even AHL ready yet.

 

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You could make this same video about 29 other NHL clubs, but it is funny to see how hypocritical Claude Julien’s comments are/were:

 

 

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A funny read here – the Flyers are trying to acquire… everybody?

 

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Was Mark Streit the best option for the Flyers?

 

Streit is a similar player as former Flyer Matt Carle, who signed a six-year, $33 million deal ($5.5 million cap hit) with Tampa Bay as an UFA last year. Carle, an excellent shot blocker, was 27 at the time.

Streit will help the Flyers on the power play and he will trigger the offense by getting the puck to the forwards quickly. He is also a good leader.


That said, he is on the downside of his career, and Holmgren is taking an expensive risk.


The Flyers may regret passing on Carle last summer – Streit is superior offensively, but Carle is better defensively (and a lot younger, too).

 

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Detroit can’t afford to acquire Kris Letang, writes Helene St. James.

 

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Will Nino Niederreiter finally breakthrough in 2013-14? Will be get traded?

 

Some think he could replace Boyes (who replaced Parenteau) on the wing with JT and Moulson:

 

Niederreiter, by rights, should be one of those wings. After a disastrous and unlucky rookie NHL season in 2011-12, he opened the 2012-13 season in the AHL performing like he really wanted to be one of those wings.


Now all that's left is a good summer of training, a preseason to earn a job, and a summer spent keeping himself (and/or his agent) out of what soccer followers call "transfer" talk.


After a season with a Bridgeport-high 28 goals and just two points shy of team leader Brock Nelson, the ball is in Niederreiter's court.

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USA Today’s Kevin Allen doesn’t think the Wings and Filppula will agree to a contract before July 5th.

 

Good news for Nyquist/Tatar et al.

 

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The Sabres re-signed Jhonas Enroth (man that “h” always finds a way to surprise me) to a two-year deal. Does he get a chance to compete for the starting gig? Is Miller traded? Do the Sabres bring another goalie in? Lots of questions, and not many answers (right now, at least).

 

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Three years and $6 million for Raffi Torres in San Jose – solid contract for a good third line winger. And that money can help pay some of the inevitable fines in his future.

 

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The Flyers confirm they are buying out Danny Briere. I think Winnipeg and Ottawa are likely destinations, as is Toronto (assuming Briere wants to sign somewhere close to his kids).

 

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Should the Caps go for a top-four defenseman or a number two center?

 

Some thoughts:

 

Can some combination of Perreault, Brooks Laich, Martin Erat and Troy Brouwer form an adequate second-line? Maybe. Are you ready to test that theory in a new Division that boasts more than its fair share of the best centers in the game, especially since teams will likely have to play divisional opponents if/when they make the playoffs? I'd be more comfortable with a terrific third line and a second line capable of scoring and defending behind the top trio, rather than shoehorning guys into roles for which they're ill-equipped (been there, done that, got the Presidents' Trophy t-shirt... no, not really).


Moreover, the answer to the 4D problem for 2013-14 could conceivably be in the organization already in Dmitry Orlov (who was quite good as a rookie in 2011-12); can you say the same about the second-line center?


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Jon Blum could be a victim of the numbers game in Nashville – trade bait?

 

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So you’re saying there’s a chance?

 

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Anze said:

Anze
@hockey if you believe that Edwards isn't one of the worst homers, you're right there shouldn't be a debate, between you and anybody.

My next comments are not aimed at you.

Julien is probably not asking his players to dive, there is probably not a single coach doing that. But Seguin and Marchand are some of the most frequent divers, and to call on another team on a night after you lost, where there was one not-that-obvious-yes-could-have-been-a-dive that evening doesn't look good on him. Again I think it was staged by Julien, he didn't believe it himself.

And I agree that Chara is more clumsy at times, his "dives" were not blatant, could be simple falls.
June 23, 2013
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hockey said:

hockey
Angus Are you suggesting that Julien is coaching his players to dive? He's not a hypocrite if he also holds his team accountable.

Some of those clips are dives for sure, some of them are not clearly dives and some of them are not dives (one angle slow mo clips with an edited voice saying its a dive don't always tell the story).

The bitterness angle might not be fair, but that video is really only an example of a few rare instances of diving which when compiled seem compelling but are really just a handful of outliers which may have been addressed in the bruins locker room by Julien. Good luck getting Marchand to never dive again though... and watch Chara play; he just falls down sometimes. He can be a little goofy and he's not dumb enough to risk flopping when if a call doesn't come its a 2 on 1 or worse. I personally think its usually unhelpful to dive in the nhl, to risky. Most of those clips were not called anyways and for most of the season it just wasn't much of an advantage for the bruins to be on the power play (26th this season; 14.8%).

In short, I disagree that the Bruins are a problem team and I disagree with Julien that it is a problem in the league in general.

Anze - Since you are unwilling to have a respectful debate I'd rather you not direct your opinion towards me.
June 21, 2013
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Anze said:

Anze
Julien I first said that Julien was an hypocrite. Now I just believe it was part of a strategy, to deflect criticisms since they lost a lead that night, against a rival. Or just to influence the refs/league for the next games.
June 21, 2013
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angus said:

angus
... No bitterness - I picked Boston to win the Cup before the playoffs began. They are the most complete team in hockey. My point - all teams dive. All teams embellish. Coaches or players that deny that fact are hypocrites.
June 21, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... I agree with Anze, if you can't pick out the Audio cuttings. Just hilarious.
June 21, 2013
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Anze said:

Anze
... Your last statement is even funnier !

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June 21, 2013
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hockey said:

hockey
What? I was just alluding to bitterness, not doubt, and only with my last statement. I never mentioned that someone mentioned that the bruins are not worthy cup finalist, it was not my point and I said nothing to indicate that it was.

My point is that the video is invalid, would be stricken from the record in a court of law, is bias. It shows quick clips of plays with someone telling you that they are dives or giving some broken logic for how it should be seen as a dive i.e. nobody who is 6'8" (chara is 6'9" not that it makes a difference) should fall down.
I'm surprised that as a bruins fan I have to be the one to remind everyone that Chara is not the strongest skater. That's not really how he cuts it in the NHL.

As an aside: The best thing that video does is show that Jack Edwards is no more bias than the other local broadcast commentators around the league.
June 21, 2013
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Anze said:

Anze
Bruins and diving hockey, you're funny.

Without trying I guess.

Nobody mentionned that the Bruins are not worthy cup finalists. We are just saying that Julien is a great strategist, on and off the ice. Get over it.
June 21, 2013
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hockey said:

hockey
Bruins! That video is the sports equivalent to a republican talking head giving some spun up anecdotal reason for why Homosexuality is dangerous and the fact that its posted (quite randomly) now, stinks of bitterness.

Bruins are in the cup final again and the Canucks blew it, get over it.
June 21, 2013
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bullwinkle said:

bullwinkle
Enroth contract is a steal The Sabres have been known for overspending on their contracts, but they made out like bandits in signing Enroth for only 1.25 M per season. Of course it's only for two years, but Enroth still hasn't proven himself to be a starter in the NHL. Well done Darcy!
June 21, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
!!! Marc Savard siting at 1:03 !!!
June 21, 2013
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Front89 said:

Front89
... That really was a classic Boston diving video...for a team that is supposedly so tough, old school and hard-core, that was horribly embarrassing especially with the coach and players like Lucic talking out both sides of their mouth...but Chara really does deserve the oscar, man that was pathetic and even worse is he league lets them get away with it!
June 21, 2013
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beyondthewall19 said:

beyondthewall19
Hmm.. Damn so much hate on the canucks on this site! Hah mostly from a bunch of canucks themselves..no offense nobody!

No but seriously, I kinda agree, I went to a Canucks home game and the fat asian guy behind me kept 'telling on me' for 'leaning forward' The usher lady was probably practicing for some power grab in her personal life..cuz damn. They were not nice.

I was all we are at a hockey game, no? Pardon the enthusiasm....
Tanks fer teh rambles guys
June 21, 2013
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Anze said:

Anze
Nice video Julien made a fool of himself with those comments. Every effing team has embellishers, but for Julien it was a nice way to deflect the attention from his players losing a 3rd period lead that evening.
June 21, 2013
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Red John said:

Red John
embellishing A canucks fan should be the last person complaining about other teams embellishing.
June 21, 2013
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