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Loyalty wins out - Shane Doan re-ups with the Coyotes - four years and a cap hit in the $5.1 million per season area. Great move for all sides, nice to see players remain loyal in today's game. Doan was also considering an offer (similar term and $) from the Canucks. His wife is from BC and it would have represented a chance at a cup, but Doan didn't want to uproot his faimly.

 

The Canucks have re-signed Alex Burrows. His current contract expires next summer, and his extension is for four years and $18 million ($4.5 million per season).

 

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The Fantasy Guide is now updated through this morning. Included is my annual Top 50 Calder Trophy picks.

 

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The signings continue to come in - Nashville locked up Jon Blum to a one-year, two-way deal worth about $650k.

 

Detroit re-signed Justin Abdelkader to a four-year deal worth $1.7 million per.

 

And Washington finally locked up defenseman John Carlson to a six-year contract extension worth just under $24 million. Great, great term for a really good defenseman. There is a reason he ranked so highly on my top 50 NHL trade values list.

 

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The Dallas Stars have inked Kari Lehtonen to a massive five-year extension worth $5.9 million per. This will kick in to start the 2013-14 season. Jack Campbell is still the goaltender of the future in Dallas, but that future got pushed back a bit today.

 

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The Colaiacovo signing to Detroit is official. I'll have a full breakdown in a bit.

 

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Shane Doan is likely going to decide between Vancouver and Phoenix today, as he doesn't want to head into the lockout without a contract.

 

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Neate Sager offers a weekly wrap up of the goings on in the CHL with his Buzzing the Net blog.

 

One prospect to keep an eye on is Saskatoon Blades forward and Dallas prospect Matej Stransky. I’ll be profiling him for Defending Big D next week, and the Blades will be taking a run at the Memorial Cup this year as the Host City.

 

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Even with a lockout on the horizon, we have some big stuff planned.

 

Here is more information about our Pool Manager. Check it out, poke around, see what it is all about.

 

Click on the "demo" to see what it looks like in action. There will be more information on the way in the coming days...

 

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I picked up an interesting book at the library yesterday – ‘Of Ice and Men’ by Brice Dowbiggin. It isn’t new (from 1998), but it explains the “craft of hockey” from the perspective of a forward, defenseman, GM, and goaltender. The people profiled – Steve Yzerman, Chris Chelios, Glen Sather, and Dominik Hasek.

 

I’ll share more thoughts on here as I continue to read it. I’d recommend picking it up.

 

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Corey Pronman’s latest – the top 10 prospects in the Nashville organization.

 

Checking in at #1 is Pontus Aberg, a player I wanted the Canucks to target with their 1st round pick this past June:

 

The Good: Aberg is a plus skater with a powerful first step and is the kind of player who regularly threatens defenders with speed in transition. He has a high level of skill, showing the ability to challenge opponents with his one-on-one moves, and he consistently makes offensive plays. Aberg has a booming shot which can score from way out, and his goal scoring ability on top of his awareness to get into scoring positions are his best skills. He has a good work ethic and plays a hard-nosed game.


The Bad: Aberg's size is a bit of a detriment, and he won't be a real physical presence at the top level. His defense could use some work as well.


Projection: He could be a fringe top line winger.


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Some more NHL sleepers, and like yesterday I’ll weigh in with my two cents on each.

 

1. Justin Faulk

 

What Faulk did last season as a teenager was quite impressive – I agree he is a great sleeper pick. Once young defensemen figure out their own zone (which Faulk clearly has), the offense soon follows. The trade of Brian Dumoulin to Pittsburgh clears some of the competition out, but Faulk will still battle Pitkanen, McBain, Corvo, and Murphy for PP time in the coming years.

 

2. Devan Dubnyk

 

100% yes. I am a big fan of his, and he could be the goaltender of the future (and present) in Edmonton. He was pretty good last year playing behind a bad hockey club. He has come a long way since his days in Kamloops (he wasn’t a bad junior goalie, I was just surprised when the Oilers used a 1st round pick on him).

 

3. Chris Stewart

 

Similar to my Tarasenko comments yesterday – Stewart’s production (and status as a sleeper) depends on role and ice time. If he plays like last year, don’t expect much. He was arguably the biggest disappointment in the league after a red hot finish to the 2010-11 season. Stewart dedicated himself to training this summer (more so than ever, apparently) – we will see if that pays off. Call me very (cautiously) optimistic.

4. Brayden Schenn

 

I agree. He looked good last year at times, but with another summer of training (and the confidence of his rookie season behind him), he should take another step forward. He’s the number two center of the future, but Sean Couturier may have something to say about that. Couturier is so good defensively, but he is a really strong offensive player, too. I could see Schenn moving over to the LW at some point in the future.

 

5. Chris Kreider

 

Yep. A pretty obvious one (doesn’t make it a bad choice). He was a man amongst boys at the college level – the Rangers wouldn’t even let him lift weights in his senior year, as he was already 230 pounds and blazingly fast. He’ll fit in seamlessly with New York’s speedy, gritty, high-tempo system.

 

6. Roman Cervenka

 

Boom or bust – Calgary is going to give him an opportunity to put up some points next year. Can he adjust to the NHL game quickly?

 

7. Cam Atkinson

 

One of my favorite young players in the league – don’t be surprised if he leads the Blue Jackets in scoring. NHL.com projects 27 goals and 27 assists – the goal totals may be a bit high, but I could see him eclipsing 50-55 points (or a similar pace in less games).

 

8. Ryan Ellis

 

Depends on the role he plays with Nashville – Josi is the odds-on favorite to play with Weber, while Ellis could slide in on pairing two with Gill or pairing three with Hannan. Both steady veterans who would allow him to rush the puck up the ice and show off his offensive abilities.

 

9. Kyle Turris

 

It depends on the role he plays in Ottawa. Last year, he was used as the shutdown center for the most part. Hard to take a significant step forward offensively while doing that. He has a lot of skill and finally looked like a legitimate NHL player last year, after some rocky years in the Phoenix organization. I’m not sure he’s ready for his big step forward offensively just yet, though.

 

10. Mikael Granlund

 

Yes – the skilled Finn should contend for the Calder.

 

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What kind of influence will Olli Jokinen have in Winnipeg?

 

Make no mistake, Scheifele is TNSE's guy. From his style of play on the ice to the way he conducts himself off of it, Scheifele might as well have the True North emblem tattooed on his forehead. Therefore, management will be as cautious as possible when it comes to maximizing his development.


He showed flashes of brilliance at the Canada-Russia Challenge in mid-August. If he comes and blows up training camp, it will at least garner him a temporary spot in the teams line-up to start the year. But Kevin Cheveldayoff won't think twice to re-assign him to junior for another season should he not be producing or developing to their standards.


With Jokinen, the Jets have afforded themselves a two year security blanket for Scheifele to improve. It will allow him the opportunity to log more minutes in the OHL this year and the ability to line up against the worlds best at his age group in this winters World Junior Championships.


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I am working on a ranking of the top 50 trade values in hockey. The first two parts (three in total) are published here.

 

Part I

 

Part II

 

 I really enjoyed compiling this list – it was quite the undertaking with so many factors and variables to consider for each player. Feel free to weigh in with your thoughts.


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angus said:

angus
... Relative to his teammates, Turris was the shutdown center. He wasn't one by the definition of the word, of course.
September 14, 2012
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Turris may have faced the toughest competition, but he was still used in an offensive role. The team didn't really have a shutdown centre. Just playing against top competition doesn't make you a shutdown centre.
September 14, 2012
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Sportfreunde said:

Sportfreunde
... I watched Turris quite a bit in Phx cos I had him on my team and I can attest to the fact that he's very good defensively for a 2-way player and this has everything to do with him being developed in Phx. Even though he was skinny (not anymore judging by the recent pic), he made good safe decisions and good breakout passes and you could see that he came back defensively.

Btw Ryan Murray (and Jenner) were re-assigned to jnr by Columbus. Does anyone know if this means that in case there's no lockout, that they'll be unable to be recalled and stay their whole season in the CHL unless there are injuries in Columbus?
September 14, 2012
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angus said:

angus
... Turris faced the toughest competition of all Ottawa centers.

(by a lot)

Turris started 52 percent of his shifts in the o zone, compared to 57 for Spezza.

Only Konopka and Smith were lower in that regard, and they both faced much easier minutes.

Of the centers on Ottawa, Turris played against top competition the most last season. And it isn't really close.
September 14, 2012
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rooneypoo said:

rooneypoo
Turris FYI, at no point in his time with OTT was Turris ever used in a shutdown role. He centred L2 with Alfie & Foligno, rarely took defensive FOs, never played the PK, and got 2PP unit time. Just sayin'. smilies/smiley.gif
September 14, 2012
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donpaulo said:

donpaulo
... so much for NY "stealing" all the UFA comments posted earlier
September 14, 2012
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