Minor NHL trade - Edmonton has shipped out Ryan O'Marra to Anaheim in exchange for defenseman Bryan Rodney. Neither player has any fantasy upside. Rodney had 11 points in 22 games two years ago in Carolina, and he's been a solid point-producer in the AHL for the last while.

 

Frozen Pool analysis on Spezza's season, from start to finish. Does he end up eclipsing the 90 point mark?

 

Always a good read - Dobber's fantasy mailbag for The Hockey News is out.

 

I guess I have more in common with Jaromir Jagr than I had thought. Both of us are out with the flu right now. While there is no one to replace me, the Flyers have called up Eric Wellwood from the AHL.

 

While he hasn't been traded yet, Pavel Kubina is being held out of practices and games by the Lightning until he is. He has a limited no trade clause and needs to submit a list of possible destinations to the Lightning. Kubina was a big part of Tampa Bay's cup victory almost eight years ago.

 

My piece on Jordan Schroeder for the Canucks Army is now posted. I take a look at his second professional season, and attempt to project his NHL upside.

 

How do you value Andrew Ladd? Is he the 59-point player from last season, or the 28-point player from this season (with no goals in over 10 games)?

 

Jake Gardiner scored a goal for the Leafs last night, and he is averaging close to 23 minutes per game over the past two months.

 

Cody Franson is quietly on pace for eight goals and 34 points. His play has been inconsistent all season, but he's delivering some secondary scoring from the back end for the Leafs.

 

Gabriel Landeskog played almost 24 minutes last night - the game didn't go to overtime, either. He also had five shots on goal.

 

Peter Mueller missed the game with a "torso" injury. Not sure what to take away from that...

 

JS Giguere started the game for Colorado, but he left after injuring his groin early on. Varlamov was really solid in his replacement.

 

David Booth scored 13 seconds into the game, and he continues to be Vancouver's most dangerous forward at even strength. The Sedins continue to struggle a bit - both look like they are going through the motions.

 

Cory Perry scored his 28th goal in his 57th game tonight. Last season, he had 28 goals through 57 games. You can’t make this stuff up!

 

Steve Tambellini has a job, somehow. Backhand Shelf, the excellent blog on the Score asks why he is still around.

 

It’s hard to envy Tambellini’s job, given how poor his team is and has been, but he’s not making it any easier on himself signing mediocre guys to too-big deals because they’re willing to pay him some sort of lip service with respect to seeing some obscured genius the GM is working with while letting mildly-unhappy but immensely talented players — the likes of which Edmonton has no ability to attract — twist in the wind.”

 

I get slogged on by a few Oilers fans (doulos, most notably) for my apparent bias. I admit, I do have a bias – against awful management. In what industry would three consecutive years of utter futility (last place) not only be accepted, but rewarded (contract extension)?

 

I am working on some stuff for this spring – my updated top 10 keeper league positional rankings, and my 2011-12 Prime Cuts roster.

 

I am retooling in a keeper league – how eager should I be to trade Zdeno Chara? How many years of solid production does he have left? He’s the 12th best skater according to our stat categories (the usual, plus hits, PIM, plus-minus, etc).

 

My Rick Nash hunch – Los Angeles for Bernier and Johnson. Gives the Jackets a good #3 defenseman with offense, and a starting goaltender to build around.

 

Nash doesn’t make sense for the Canucks – he makes a ton of money, and the team has a bigger need on the back end (especially on the right side – the Canucks are a Sami Salo injury away from Chris Tanev in the top four).

 

A look at the projected Art Ross top five:

 

Malkin – 106 points, Giroux – 93 points, Stamkos – 91 points, Kessel, H. Sedin, Lupul, and a few others at 85. The Sedins have really slowed down over the last five or six weeks. Will be interesting to see if anyone can make a late charge to overtake Geno (doubt it).

 

Biggest surprise for me – Elias on pace for 80 points. I thought his days as a PPG forward were long over.

 

Martin Erat is quietly having a strong season, too. On pace for close to 65 points.

 

The rookie goal-scoring race is very close – Nugent-Hopkins, Henrique, Hodgson, and Read are all within a few goals of each other. Landeskog would be my personal pick for the award, due to his contributions in other areas of the game (and he’s still close behind in the scoring race).

 

I’ll have a big CHL/AHL update during my Saturday ramblings. I like to see how things are going in those leagues, especially the AHL – I recently nabbed Cory Conacher for my farm team in one of my keeper leagues. He’s tearing it up with Tampa Bay’s farm club.

 

The Ducks are 14-3-3 since January 1st. Another improbable playoff run? I guess those leaked Bobby Ryan rumors did the trick.

 

Five goals for Ottawa, and only one point for Erik Karlsson.

 

Jason Spezza had three helpers for the Sens.

 

Brian Campbell had a goal last night, in over 30 minutes of ice time.

 

Scott Clemmensen was yanked after allowing four goals on 16 shots – he was coming off of two very solid starts before the Sens lit him up last night.

 

Tomas Fleischmann has five points in his last five games.

 

Seattle sounds really serious about getting an NBA/NHL arena – read this here.

 

Max Pacioretty is second in the league in goals scored since January 1st. Malkin is obviously first.

 

Erik Cole was fantastic for the Habs last night – two points, could have had a few more. Was really playing on the edge physically, which is nice to see from a Montreal forward. I thought Rene Bourque looked good as well. Plays a solid, north-south game.

 

Emelin had three hits for the Habs, and was a target of the Bruins all night – Thornton took a few runs at him, and Marchand clipped him as well. Emelin’s not big, but he hits very, very hard.

 

Chris Campoli gets absolutely undressed:

 

 


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jacques ouef said:

hammer2003
... sorry, got cut off!

He may still be one of the best young goalies in the world and the Kings do not want to give him up lightly. But 3 years ago both were in the AHL, JB was the franchise goalie and Quick was an afterthought. 2 years ago JB was a trendy Calder pick. Now Quick is the franchise and JB is backup/potential trade bait. Quick is less than 2.5 years older than 23 yr old Bernier. JB has a losing record this year and unimpressive stats, and is not getting the 25/75 split of starts that was planned coming into the season because he hasn't played well enough for them to rest Quick more this year as planned.

How is all that not a step down?
February 17, 2012
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jacques ouef said:

hammer2003
... He may still be one of the best young goalies in the world and the Kings do not want to give him up lightly. But 3 years ago both were in the AHL, JB was the franchise goalie and Quick was an afterthought. 2 years ago JB was a trendy Calder pick. Now Quick is the franchise and JB is backup/potential trade bait. Quick is
February 17, 2012
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Is it a step down? He's played really well whenever called upon. Very rare young goalies are stars at a young age.

Bernier is one of the best young goalies in the world. When trading for an unproven asset, it's always a risk. Just like trading for an underachiever who makes almost $8 million per season...
February 16, 2012
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jacques ouef said:

hammer2003
... @Jeff Angus & Isle B: 2 years ago Bernier was 'the next Patrick Roy' and everybody was calling him a Calder candidate. Now he's John Quick's backup, which is a step down no matter how good Quick is. So I have to think his value has gone down over those 2 years. JJ is still a big name and some think he'll be better than DD but he isn't lighting up the scoresheet and hasn't found consistency on D. Might be a fair trade and from LA's perspective it probably looks like too much, but from CBJ perspective that is a risky package to give up the face of the franchise for.
February 16, 2012
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... That's funny. I think JJ and Bernier would be too much to give up for Nash. JJ straight up for Nash seems like a fair deal to me in a league where mobile defensemen have become the most precious commodity around.
February 16, 2012
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
Seattle BTW the first US-based Stanley Cup winner was from Seattle smilies/smiley.gif
February 16, 2012
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Robert Esquire said:

bullwinkle
Seattle After reading the article, it seems as though this guy is not an NHL fan, all he cares about is basketball. Someone else will have to foot the bill for an NHL team. That may not be easy to find.

Considering the timing of building a stadium and finding someone to finance an NHL team, it looks like they will miss the window where the Coyotes would become available.
February 16, 2012
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Darcy S said:

swamp_mule
Oilers How long do you expect a rebuild to take? 1 or 2 years? Tambo inherited some bad contracts from Lowe (Horcoff and Penner, which he got a nice return for Penner, imo) and has made one contract mistake (Khabi), imo. I don't see any problem with the Sutton signing, depth/character/veteran guy.

Is he supposed to blow it up again? Rebuilds take time.
February 16, 2012
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Jacques - hard for Bernier to unseat Quick when he's playing at such a high level.
February 16, 2012
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jacques ouef said:

hammer2003
... I have to think LA would need to give up more than that. Bernier's golden boy status has taken a hit given that this is the second (or third?) season in a row that everybody thought he'd take Quick's job and it hasn't happened yet. JJ has the big name but ya is probably realistically a #3. LA would likely have to add prospects and picks - maybe Loktionov+.

Or they could go another way and trade Richards for Nash - reuniting Richards and Carter in Columbus!smilies/grin.gif
February 16, 2012
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Stu Neft said:

Disco Stu
... Brian Campbell did not have a goal last night. It was taken away and given to Sean Bergenheim.
February 16, 2012
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Pokerface said:

Pokerface
.... Not sure Columbus need an offensive d-man(Wiz, Moore)- thought they would need a defensive stopper to help shore up a unit that is contains some questionable NHL talent(Johnson, Clitsome)
February 16, 2012
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doulos said:

doulos
jeff! Well in this case I'm in agreement with you anyways. Complete and utter failure keeps being rewarded in Edmonton and I'm tired of it as well.

I might give you a hard time for your predictable rants on certain issues, but you still do a good job around here.
February 16, 2012
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littleranger said:

littleranger
Buy-low Goaltenders for the Deadline and Beyond 16 Goalies to keep an eye on from now until next season: http://thehockeywriters.com/fa...-and-more/
February 16, 2012
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Sheepish said:

Sheepdogged
Pouliot It would have been nice to see Pouliot do that in Minnesota. He has the skills for sure. I'm not so sure about the drive though.
February 16, 2012
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shaun b said:

shingy
Nash Trade
LA makes sense. Anyone interested to see how much of minus Johnson will be in Columbus? -40 is a good starting guess.
February 16, 2012
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Adrian Keogh said:

Goalin Crazy UK
Hehe Oilers still lift the SC before the inept Canucks will smilies/cool.gif
February 16, 2012
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CommittedToTheIndian said:

CommittedToTheIndian
Perry Great stat. Seemed like he's been doing the same thing as at this time last season but didn't realize he'd actually matched that pace. Thanks for saving me the trouble of looking it up out of curiosity.
February 15, 2012
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Oh and again, bang on about the Oilers. Seeing Tambellini and that fat head scout there with their troll faces on every draft is getting annoying.
February 15, 2012
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Spezza on pace for 86
February 15, 2012
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