Is the Phoenix Coyotes mess finally over? According to a well-placed source in the Coyotes organization, the sale to Greg Jamieson is done.
I would assume, if true, that a Shane Doan re-signing would soon follow.
“At age 33 with one year left at $4.1 million, Morrow would seems like a really good alternative to Doan. Now, he does have the health risk, but you get him on a one-year deal at a reasonable price, and you have the chance to test drive him before signing him to an extension. The problem is you have to trade something (and probably something pretty good) to get Morrow, while you lose no player when you acquire Doan as a free agent.
That could scare off some teams, but it might not mean anything to a team that has some young talent and is ready to win now.”
Vancouver 2012 2nd round pick Alexander Mallet may challenge for a roster spot soon. Could be a future 20/20/100 PIM guy.
“Besides being an excellent skater, he can be a very physical guy and I think he will learn to grow into that even more,” he said. “I think being in the pros will help him grow into that part of the game, just being around the older guys that can guide him. He can finish his hits, he can be intimidating physically, and he was very tough in our league last year, probably one of the toughest guys.
A move I had completely forgotten about – Christian Hanson has signed with the Bruins (a while back). Does Hanson have a chance to crack the roster? Probably not, unless there are a number of injuries to Boston forwards. Hanson struggled to keep up with the pace of the NHL game while with the Leafs, although a sample size of 42 games is small.
In other news in the Dobber Sports Network, Hockey Pool Geek has published a refresh of their site design that includes a name change – welcome to Fantasy Hockey Geek! The major focus of the redesign was on navigation, usability, and table outputs – it’s much easier to get around now and considerably slicker.
Why the name change? Paul, one of the co-founders, put it like this:
Fantasy hockey has a whole lot of participants across the world, and those markets are growing. Nobody outside of Canada calls them hockey pools. Canadians understand what fantasy hockey means. So the choice was: be clear to everyone or only to some? We're inclusive guys.
Fantasy Hockey Geek (I like the ring to it!) is simply a must-have tool if you want to win a multi-cat league. If you’re not familiar with the site, they offer a free 24-hour trial. Check it out!
Brock Otten takes a look at the Tampa Bay prospects in the OHL.
Vladislav Namestnikov - London Knights
Despite the reduction in his goal scoring numbers, I thought Namestnikov had a solid season. He was more consistently involved offensively and way less prone to stretches of invisibility (like he was in his draft year). He was also way more involved away from the puck and began to engage in battles in the corners and on the backcheck. He's always been very patient with the puck and a terrific playmaker, especially on the powerplay where he has a bit more room to weave and dart. He will definitely need to get stronger this summer though, in order to be ready for the AHL. He's at his best when he's got time and space to move in the offensive end, but at the AHL level, that time and space will be cut down. He'll have to start winning more one on one battles to create the space he needs. Because he's such a smart player, I think he'll still find some success at the AHL level, even if he's a bit over matched physically. It looks like he could have a shot of playing in the top 6 and on a powerplay unit. I'd expect him to be around the 40 point mark.
The Devils will give Bobby Butler a chance to earn a top six role. Butler had 10 goals and 21 points as a rookie with Ottawa two years ago (in only 36 games). He struggled last season, due in large part to a decrease in ice time and responsibilities.
#11 on Shutdown Line’s top 25 young players in Carolina: Victor Rask.
“Rask's goal-scoring and play-making skills make him a very dangerous player and in addition to that, he is very effective as a physical presence. Rask is pretty big and knows how to use his impressive size to advantage and it's helped him become a solid power forward at the junior level. It isn't easy to knock him off the puck and he also has an advantage over opponents when it comes to winning puck battles and playing along the boards.”
Jonathan Quick had minor back surgery a few days ago – he is expected to be fully recovered in six-to-eight weeks. He had surgery to repair a disc fragment and remove some inflammation around the area.
How should Kevin Dineen make his lines in Florida? The Hockey Writers writer Charlie Crespo shares his thoughts:
Although it would be hard to break up Florida’s top trio, it still should be done. While Fleischmann, Versteeg, and Weiss got off to a great start last year, opponents seemed to figure out how to defend them as the season progressed. The strategy against the Cats’ top line became to play a defensive forward group against them and to be as physical as possible, due to the lack of size on the line.
The top 10 prospects in the Big Apple, according to NHL.com.
J.T. Miller, C: A product of the U.S. National Team Development Program, the 19-year-old had 25 goals and 62 points in 61 games for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League, Miller's first season in that league.
He joined the Connecticut Whale for the American Hockey League playoffs, but was held to one assist in eight games. At 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, Miller has the size to play in the NHL right now, but another season of development wouldn't hurt.
I really like Miller, and depending on what happens with Shane Doan, I could see him making the Rangers (or at least finding his way on to the roster at some point in 2012-13).
2013 top prospect Seth Jones is profiled by NHL.com. This kid sounds like quite the player.
“Jones showcased those talents last season, finishing with six goals and 20 assists in 48 games with the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 team. He would have had a chance to extend that to the 2012 WJC, but a shoulder injury in the last exhibition game knocked him out of that tournament.”
“Benn was productive last season even with significant roadblocks in his path to superstardom. The most significant of those was the composition of the Stars roster. Despite being the most talented player on the ice on any given night, the focus of the roster wasn't Benn. Instead Mike Ribeiro was more often set up to succeed by Dallas' coaching staff.
In his time with the Stars Ribeiro was both a very effective and productive player. Last season was a disaster though and as the season wore on the Stars gave Ribeiro more and more favorable ice time. Benn, on the other hand, got everything else. Despite this his production at even strength was still comparable to the very best scorers in the NHL.”
“Free agent options to fill Meszaros' spot are limited at this point. Carlo Colaiacovo appears to be the favorite if the Flyers go this route. Even if the injury had come before the market opened, there may not have been much more Paul Holmgren could have done. He traded JVR for Luke Schenn. He put $100 million on the table for Ryan Suter. He put more than that in an offer sheet for Shea Weber. Homer was working nearly every angle possible to bring more defensive help to the Flyers, short of retaining Matt Carle, who took a lucrative deal as the Flyers looked at better options.”
“While leading the Panthers in scoring would be a wonderful surprise, it's not very likely. Huberdeau scored 72 points in 37, averaging 1.94 points per game with very talented Sea Dogs. Using the NHLe formula, Huberdeau points adjusted to NHL were 19 goals, 26 assists, and 45 points.
So how would Huberdeau be used by the Panthers? My best guess would be as the replacement for departed free agent Mikael Samuelsson. Samuelsson played most of his ice time on the second line with Sean Bergenheim and Marcel Goc (who are now expected to be on the third line), while playing over two minutes on the powerplay and only three seconds on the penalty kill.”
NHLe is an equivalency formula that calculates a player’s production at one level and translates that into a corresponding NHL number (for Huberdeau, that would be QMJHL).
Rhys Richards on the Bouwmeester-to-Detroit rumors.
“If the trade price is indeed Abdelkader and a first round pick, Detroit should probably pass. If Calgary is willing to accept a combination of a lesser player, prospects, or picks, then the Red Wings may be well served to trade for Bouwmeester.
If Detroit trades for Bouwmeester and his recent mediocre production continues, his $6.68 million per year for two seasons is still nowhere near the burden that Dennis Wideman’s new five-year, $26.25 million contract could easily turn into for the Flames.”
Pengwin7 has shared his latest defensive rankings over on the forums – he puts a lot of work into this list and I can attest to its effectiveness. Give it a read here.
Canucks prospect Zack Kassian is working his butt off this summer – apparently down 15 pounds (to 215). I’d expect him to play at 220 or 225 once he is in his prime:
A sneak peak at NHL 13: