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|Written by Jeff Angus|
|Thursday, 19 July 2012 13:01|
Condolences to the loved ones of those killed in the horrific shooting last night in Colorado.
One of the victims was well known in the hockey community in the Colorado area - Jessica Redfield. Justin Goldman knew her quite well.
"One of those killed was Jessica Ghawi, a well-known Denver-area hockey blogger, also known as Jessica Redfield on Twitter. She had moved to Denver from San Antonio a year ago, according to KSAT. She was also an intern for the You Can Play Project. "Our staff is despondent today over the loss of our intern Jessica Redfield. We will miss her intelligence, kindness, and work ethic greatly," was the message from the organization's Twitter feed Friday morning."
Such a tragedy, and again my thoughts are with all of those affected by this.
What is stopping a team from going out and offer-sheeting Jakub Voracek? The Flyers are right up against the cap, and Voracek is still unsigned. Would Philadelphia be able to match an offer sheet in the $5 million range?
Would be a risk, but from everything I have seen with Voracek he is on track to become a very solid top playmaking left winger.
The Leafs re-signed Nikolai Kulemin - two years with a cap hit of $2.8 million each season. The Leafs hope that the Kulemin of 2010-11 returns, and that last year was just a bump in the road.
I'd say Kulemin's true offensive potential falls somewhere in between. He is in tough to score 30 again, but he'll surely score more than the seven he did this past season.
Another "bridge" contract - Sam Gagner re-signed with Edmonton for one year and $3.2 million. If he has a big season, he'll be in for a pay day next summer.
One more contract to make note of - TJ Oshie was extended for five seasons by the Blues. The cap hit is just north of $4 million. Oshie isn't a $4 million player yet (although with the rising cap he could be I suppose), but this contract has the potential to be one of the best in the league in a few years.
Imagine being Philadelphia's capologist? Do they even have one? I'd imagine nothing would be scarier in that role than a 1am phone call from Holmgren.
"So... I'm going to need you to come in and work this weekend."
Some of my recently published stuff:
Over at the Hockey Writiers | Business – Mike Colligan and I will be debating the finer points of the ongoing CBA negotiations. Our first installment takes aim at revenue sharing.
And at Angus Certified (to be republished here this weekend) – the underutilization of Mike Green in Washington.
“Maybe this is a bit of shady dealing by Paul Holmgren and the Flyers. Well, no. It is a bit of shady dealing. It's walking the line of salary cap circumvention, but in terms of what Weber will be worth in each year of the deal, it might be about right. You can make a sound argument that he's indeed worth $14 million over the next four years, just as you can argue he'll be worth $1 million per year as he's nearing 40. That's the argument against circumvention, and based on precedent it will likely work.”
“It’s fitting that perhaps the most frustratingly inconsistent player on Anaheim’s roster should lead off this examination parade. Ryan Getzlaf is a big (6’4″, 224 lbs.), talented center who many people feel has the skill set to be one of the top players in the League, but over the past few years has been plagued by inconsistency and injury issues. There was a time in which it appeared Getzlaf was on the verge of becoming one of the top three or four centers in the game. In 2008-09, the fourth-year man established career highs in assists (66) and points (91), while matching his previous career high for goals (25), and finishing the season with a 1.123 Point Per Game average, good for tenth in the League.”
Save for Eric Staal’s poor start to 2012, no player was more disappointing last season than Getzlaf. And perhaps no player did less with more in terms of natural talent. Getzlaf is big and strong, and he has the skill set and skating ability of a 5-11, 180 pound sniper.
“Brian Burke once said of Getzlaf, “[he] can be as good as he wants to be.”
And it seems like last season that Getzlaf decided he didn’t want to be that good. The Ducks are arguably the most top-heavy team in the league in terms of roster talent, and when one of the supposed stars is underperforming, the team will struggle.
Does Getzlaf rebound in Anaheim? Do the Ducks trade him and keep Bobby Ryan? Doubtful, as Ryan has expressed his desire to get traded multiple times.
Minnesota has arguably the best group of prospects in hockey. Who makes the team next year?
Mikael Granlund is a lock. Jonas Brodin is going to contend for a spot on the back end, too.
Some potential lines (from Hockey Wilderness):
I could see Spurgeon having an offensive coming out party playing alongside a rock like Suter. Spurgeon was Minnesota’s best defenseman last season (by far).
Coyle could play in the NHL now – he has the physical tools to do so already. However, he needs to refine his play away from the puck. And there isn’t much room up front.
“Here is the one prospect I would not count out. He is facing a d-corps full up with one way deals, but if Brodin can impress enough, Prosser, Stoner, Falk, or even Scandella could find their way back to Houston in short order. Fletcher went out and improved the defense, and likely will not handle well if his defense is not performing. Brodin skates with pure grace, and plays a smart game. If the other young guys continue to make mistakes, Brodin is going to push them out of St. Paul.”
The Wild inked Matt Dumba to an entry-level contract. He won’t be in the NHL for at least a year or two.
According to the Toronto Sun, the Kings are interested in Matt Frattin in exchange for Jonathan Bernier. I’d imagine it would take more from Toronto’s side – and I am a huge Frattin fan. I’m not sure Bernier is the best fit for TO – if they want to make the playoffs now, Luongo makes much more sense. I don’t see Bernier has a massive upgrade on James Reimer, either (not enough to give up a big package to acquire, at least).
Let’s assume, for a minute, that Weber leaves Nashville via offer sheet. What does the Predators blueline look like?
Ellis, Blum, and Josi would all be on the team, joined by veterans Hall Gill and Kevin Klein. The Predators, as I have stated, simply have to match the contract. Poile needs to go door-to-door in Nashville with a collection basket if it really comes to that.
As a hockey fan I hope Green gets back on track - so fun to watch play:
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