Made a trade in my H2H keeper a few days ago - not rebuilding, but retooling (I guess a short term rebuild, I just don't like to use the word).


Moved out Dan Boyle and Ian White for Victor Hedman and Wayne Simmonds. I am buying high on Simmonds, but I like his upside in our league (PIM and hits are counted).


Boyle is a great defenseman but he doesn't have many elite seasons left. White is good and could be great in Detroit, but I am deep with young defensemen. My team includes Karlsson, Ekman-Larsson, Brendan Smith, and so on.


With regards to Hedman... still a bit unsure of him. He played some great hockey after coming back from his concussion. He won't ever be a pure PP QB, but with his skating, size, vision, and shot, he could develop into a consistent 10 goal, 40-point defenseman in a few years.




Thoughts on Rangers/Caps today? I'll go with Washington in OT. Hasn't been the most exciting series, but the amount of pain both teams have endured has been impressive. Can't remember two teams compete so hard to block shots. 

Evgeni Malkin chatted with Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov – here is the interview.

With the emergence of Justin Faulk, and the impending emergence of Ryan Murphy, where does Jamie McBain fit in next year? Canes Country takes a look.

McBain has been a guy I missed the boat on a bit. I had him pegged for a big breakout season in 2010-11, and he failed to deliver. Last season wasn’t much better, either. He didn’t see the power play time I was expecting (veterans like Joe Corvo and Joni Pitkanen seemed to see a steady dose of top unit responsibilities).



In 2011-12, he had eight goals and 27 points. Not bad if you are in a 15-team league where you need six or eight defensemen on your roster. He also did other things well – according to that article he had the highest even strength scoring chance ratio among Hurricane defensemen (in other words, when he was on the ice Carolina out chanced the opposition more frequently than with any other defenseman on the ice).


He excelled playing with veteran Jaro Spacek – a conservative defensive defenseman.


Carolina needs to put someone like that alongside him in order to thrive. I could see him as trade bait if things don’t work out. There are a lot of teams who would want a skilled young puck mover, and Carolina could turn their abundance of defensemen into a good young forward.


There is a report out of Russia that says Kirill Kabanov is headed to the KHL.


Update: Sounds like the Kabanov to Russia situation may only happen if there is a lockout, or if he fails to make the Isles out of camp. I'd say one of those is more likely than the other...


Kabanov is currently gearing up for the Memorial Cup – his team, Shawinigan, is the host city.


Michael Houser was a big reason why the Niagara Ice Dogs were upset by London in five games, but he wasn’t the only reason.

For starters, Houser (1.82 average, .947 save percentage in the series) outplayed Visentin (2.75, .896) by a greater margin than reasonably anticipated. The London  goalie's stats don't do justice to his stolidity between the pipes. It is not just that Houser is proficient, it's that he seldom allows a second shot or loses track of a rebound.

London has much less reason to worry about whether he's on his game than even teams whose goalie has heard his name called on the NHL draft floor. One could count on one hand the number of times he appeared to have lost sight of the puck went after it hit him. Tom Kühnhackl's tally that gave Niagara hope of a third-period comeback tonight was one such rare instance.

Dougie Hamilton had a decent series, but Ryan Strome was invisible. He sure didn’t look NHL ready to me (I am aware that a five game series is a small sample size).

A hat trick for Evgeni Malkin at the Worlds:





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donpaulo said:

... Brad Richards is a big game player
May 13, 2012
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angus said:

... Thoughts? If you write about hockey 365 days of the year, you are bound to be wrong on occasion.

Hedman is a much smarter player offensively than Bouwmeester is. Better vision, instincts, etc.

He isn't a real QB, at all. Never said that and am not expecting that.
May 12, 2012
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Tcheliabinsk said:

Hedman I'm also perplexed to the fantasy value of Hedman. I'd bet more that he'd become a sort of Bouwmeester 2.0. Great to stabilize the defense and sometimes pinch in on the offense but not a real QB on the PP.
May 12, 2012
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poiuytrewq1230 said:

Some "Nostalgia" for Dobber With Steckel gone, the Devils will sign Petr Sykora. I do not recommend him to anyone, as he has spent nearly two years overseas – because he couldn’t stick with the Wild. And he couldn’t stick with the Wild after managing just 46 points with the Penguins on Crosby’s line. What makes you think he could possibly top 40 points as a Devil? Nostalgia?

This quote was from Dobber in the October 5, 2011 ramblings. Thoughts? smilies/smiley.gif
May 12, 2012
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aleco83 said:

H2H trade In a vacuum and particularly a shorterm window of 2-3 years your deal is lopsided. Hedman has been nothing but disappointment and you're aware of Simmonds bloated value - looked like David Backes 2.0 this year though (multicat stud). I see this deal as high risk high reward mitigated by your depth at D. I wonder how Simmonds' production was while Giroux was out, I think he was on a tear which is a good sign since he can produce offense on his own.
May 12, 2012
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UKflames said:

Carolina D
Carolina needs to put someone like that alongside him in order to thrive. I could see him as trade bait if things don’t work out. There are a lot of teams who would want a skilled young puck mover, and Carolina could turn their abundance of defensemen into a good young forward

Why whenever I read a quote like this do I think of EDMsmilies/cheesy.gif
May 12, 2012
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