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I hope all of our readers and members in the Calgary area are safe and sound with all of the madness that has been going on there over the past few days.

 

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Dave Tippett is officially back in Phoenix for five years - his contract is worth $2 million per season, and apparently has an out clause each year if he doesn't like where the team is located (assuming they move/relocate).

 

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A very positive/inspiring story heading into the weekend…

 

The DobberHockey community has stepped up in a very charitable way – check out some details on a great initiative spearheaded by Shoeless.

 

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Have a column breaking down the Tortorella/AV hirings from a fantasy perspective - just awaiting on confirmation of the Tortorella move (which is as good as done). Wherever you stand on the Canucks (mostly hate, I know) or Tortorella (very mixed) - it will be must-watch hockey/press conferences next year.

 

Apparently several Canucks voiced the fact that they wanted Tortorella hired - someone to provide a kick in the pants and some added motivation. This is a risky move by Mike Gillis, and I imagine Tortorella has agreed to tone down or at least be more measured with his media interactions.

 

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Enjoy Game 5 tonight. Carl "the Yeti" Soderberg will be making an appearance for the Bruins (don't blink or you may miss him).

 

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According to Pierre LeBrun, there are five teams in the mix for Jonathan Bernier.

 

The Flyers (assuming Bryzgalov is bought out)

 

The Leafs (not really sure why… Reimer is a more proven and arguably a better goaltender)

 

The Panthers (ditto Markstrom – perhaps they want some competition?)

 

NY Islanders (make a lot of sense)

 

Minnesota Wild (make a lot of sense)

 

I think the Islanders are the most logical trading partner for LA with Bernier. Could the Kings get Nino Niederreiter in return?

 

More on Bernier – apparently the Leafs have made a “strong bid” for Bernier. What do the Kings need? Defensemen? Gardiner won’t be moved here. I assume Scrivens will be on his way to LA (or somewhere else in a separate trade).

 

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Here are the pros and cons of re-signing Damien Brunner, from a Detroit perspective.

 

There are several factors in his favor: First and foremost, he scored in the playoffs. Many offensive players have quiet stretches during the regular season, and that’s easily forgiven if he delivers when it counts most.


Second, Brunner never had gone through anything like the hectic pace of the NHL, a pace that was exacerbated when the lockout squeezed 48 games into 99 days. Nor was he accustomed to the travel, which was brutal starting in mid-March.


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Casey Cizikas checks in at #6 on the top 25 Islanders under 25 – does he have more upside than many give him credit for?

 

Expectations for Cizikas are for a good third- or fourth-line forward who can be dogged on the forecheck, contribute the odd goal, take penalty kill time, and change the tone of games when other lines are stuck in neutral.


Cizikas managed all of that in 2012-13 and continued it in the playoffs while logging under 11 minutes of TOI per game throughout the season. His big goal against the Panthers, which we went into in a little too much detail, was an example of when a zealous forecheck pays off.


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Sounds likely that we will see Mats Zuccarello back in the NHL with New York for another two or three years.

 

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Lindy Ruff is the new coach in Dallas.

 

Ruff didn’t utilize zone starts or specific matchup strategies a whole lot in Buffalo.  He rolls four lines and expects all lines to have some ability to play at both ends of the ice.

 

The focus will be on defense and goaltending – this is a good hire for Kari Lehtonen owners, for example. Dallas was a mess at times defensively last year, and a Ruff coached team will place an emphasis on sorting out any defensive issues as priority #1.

 

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I can’t translate this column directly, but the Canucks have invited Latvian forward Miks Indrašis to training camp this fall. The 22-year-old forward had 14 goals in the KHL this past season. A name to keep in mind.

 

Nice hands here:

 

 

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When I am putting together fantasy projections and rankings, I often like to look back two or three years. Consistency is important (and often undervalued).

 

Here are the top scorers over the past three seasons:

 

LW

 

C

 

RW

 

D

 

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The end-of-season report card for Drew Stafford.

 

Thumbs Down: The entire season was a thumbs down for Drew Stafford. He had some bad stats in numerous areas, but nothing was more glaring than his Goals Against per 60 minutes. The Sabres allowed 2.94 goals against for every 60 minutes that Stafford was on the ice. Only Hodgson and Vanek were worse than Stafford in this category. Vanek and Hodgson made up for it by being the leaders on the team in Goals for/ 60 minutes. Stafford was one of the worst in that category as well.


I’d be kind of shocked if Stafford was back in Buffalo this season – he quite obviously needs a fresh start, as he hasn’t done much of anything over the past few years to build off of some earlier successes.

 

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Alexei Emelin won’t change his game once he returns from a knee injury. Hopefully he learns his lesson about running Milan Lucic, though.

 

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Ryan Callahan separated his shoulder eight or nine times last season according to Glen Sather. Um… surgery? That can’t be good for the joint to go through that type of beating on a consistent basis.

Here’s a great read on chronic shoulder issues (and pertaining to Nathan Horton).

 

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Is Kyle Turris a future 30-goal man? Silver Sens takes a look.

 

So how did he fare? Well, he lead the team in goals and points in the regular season, and in goals in the playoffs. All in all he played 58 games this year (regular season and playoffs) and put 18 pucks in the net.


Over an 82 game season, that would amount to roughly 25 goals. Keep in mind, this is a player who went through long long stretches (of 13 and 21 games) without scoring a single goal. Since stretches like that are uncommon for players as talented as Turris, and since he won't likely have to play against top shutdown players on the opposing team with Spezza back and healthy, could we see Turris come through on his promise?


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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... Guys. Torts and Harrison Mooney. That's all that needs to be said.
June 22, 2013
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leaftodd said:

leaftodd
... Hey not even i can defend torts as a good guy. He's a dick of limitless measure. But he can coach.
June 22, 2013
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Rollie1967 said:

Rollie1967
Torts Just the thought of Torts being the Canucks coach makes me want to puke. Its like a bad april fools joke morphed with the groundhog day movie.

Instead of the regular hockey pool format, vancouverites may now be betting on who he benches first, who he runs out of town, which media member he loses it on first (pay attention Tony Gallagher!). ugh.
June 22, 2013
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hawkdog said:

hawkdog
... @ leaftodd

Doesn't matter I can't stand the guy which will result in me watching less games. It will be a circus.
June 22, 2013
Votes: +1

leaftodd said:

leaftodd
... @hawkdog don't pigeon hole torts yet. He's done something only the best coaches have ever done. He's effectively changed his coaching style to match his team. And he's won a cup in one style. In the other he's rocked a .580 winning percentage. There is no clear indication which style torts will preach in van. It may be a third unique style. He may be exacty the push Vancouver needs.
June 22, 2013
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hawkdog said:

hawkdog
very disappointed Canucks fan. looks like I will be jumping on the bash Gillis band wagon.
Torts is a clown show I don't need to watch. Can't believe Gillis is hiring the guy who benched Richards.
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Should help get the canucks bias out of keepers
June 21, 2013
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