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  2. I'm just saying (and maybe I didn't articulate it well in my prior statement ) it seems like Voracek is one of the organization's 'main men', who plays a lazy game at times, and Simmonds hustles, backchecks and does other things than score. Voracek, to me, is not worth what he is making and Simmonds is underpaid, so he is easier to move. I think Giroux makes Voracek a much better player than he actually is.
  3. Today
  4. I would love to see Friedman get a chance sometime too....could he make Hagg or Ghost expendable? [Hidden Content] Just asking for a friend.
  5. I see Weegar is now on IR, Byron 3 games, Weegar how long.
  6. January 19, 2019 AWAY HOME Anaheim 4 New Jersey 2 Los Angeles 2 Colorado 1 N.Y. Rangers 2 Boston 3 San Jose 2 Tampa Bay 5 Philadelphia 3 Montreal 4 Ottawa 1 St. Louis 3 Winnipeg 6 Dallas 3 Florida 2 Nashville 3 Columbus 4 Minnesota 2 Calgary 5 Edmonton 2 Pittsburgh 2 Vegas 4
  7. Phantoms lose in OT 6-5 Stolie's first start off IR. Stopped 37 of 43 shots. Justin Bailey has a goal and an assist scored the tying goal to force OT.
  8. @yave1964 I was just saying the very same thing to my brother after last game, though I included DDK in the discussion also, as he contributed 2 good assists in his first game back. I do think you can single Green out a bit more, but DDK’s contributions don’t always show on the scoresheet. But the difference between the Red Wings as a whole when we have any or all of our top 3 veteran D-men on the ice is obvious. Without them, at times we are just plain awful, especially defensively. How many stupid, easy giveaway goals did we allow in their absence? Even in some games where we otherwise played pretty well? The biggest difference I see is that we are not giving up multiple easy goals. When we spot opposing teams 2-3 goals, even if we play great hockey, odds are we are losing those games...and we DID! It’s really about structure. Green and DDK help maintain a structure that allows more chance-taking, because there is someone else behind you in case there’s a steal. For a young offense like we have, that’s critical, because youth, even Larkin—who is without a doubt our best skater on most nights—will make bad judgment calls as they learn to adapt to the pace of the NHL game. The importance of this cannot be overestimated. And the offensive numbers just reflect that in addition to Green’s deft playmaking ability. He is our best D-man, and the most critical difference between when we have gone 1-7-2 and when we have competed like a low-seed playoff team. And of our best players, he’s the one we should hang onto the most. I don’t think I want him dealt at the deadline. We need him as these kids figure out who they are, and as the Wings organization figures out what they really have in them.
  9. The problem is the Wild eager to gain cap space (1.25 million), dumped a struggling (probably unhappy) asset while acquiring a guy for about 1.5 million (beyond the 1.25 million) more than he's worth. edit to add: (beyond the 1.25 million)
  10. Yesterday
  11. oh lordy ...that is as bad as I have seen in awhile. He is lucky it is ONLY two (2) games. That IMO is worthy at least 5 games maybe more. I swear...was I just watching a scene form Slapshot???? He is lucky Scheifele wasn't seriously injured there. Total recklessness of his stick. That is bad..........
  12. I'm sure Knight will be sent to the Phantoms as soon as he is ready too. He was one of Hak's old pupils.
  13. Aaron Eckblad, the great Bobby Orr, and the Sabres coach himself, Phil Housley share a record with Rasmus Dahlin that Dahlin can break tonight in Vancouver. The 4 of them have points in 5 consecutive games, a tie for 18 yr old defensemen. Beating any record that Bobby Orr shares deserves mention. I would prefer myself to see the Sabres win this big game, the last for 10 days. But I hope the kid does it in style. The article is in NHL.com.. So if you don't believe me go check it out. I have it on my cell so do not have the link handy. Ullmark will start again, a clear sign that Phil Housley like myself, has had it up to his ears with Hutton's poor play. Bad enough the fiasco in Edmonton, but two games in a row before that he dropped to Hail Mary shots from the blue line, that were lobbers, into his own net. Pathetic. I wish we could give the Fin a shot but I realize he must likely play in Rochester first. Like Miller did.
  14. January 18, 2019 AWAY HOME Montreal 1 Columbus 4 Toronto 2 Florida 3 Ottawa 2 Carolina 5 N.Y. Islanders 2 Washington 4 Pittsburgh 3 Arizona 2 Detroit 3 Calgary 8 Buffalo 1 Vancouver 5
  15. By “settles the player” I meant that skilled guys, when slumping, are encouraged to accumulate shots. Ideally from the highest percentage area -in front- but worse angles if that’s what’s available.
  16. I looked at Minny's stats and see that Parise has the most points and Suter is probably still the best d-man, plays the most minutes. Minny is like most markets where if the team is bad the fans won't come, the owner might have a low hockey IQ but the franchise is still there so he's probably doing most things right. In a short time I expect 7.5 mil. will be the salary of middle of the road talents so I think that their salaries might look like potential anchors now but won't prove to be in the long run. Right now a healthy Parise and healthy Suter are bargains.
  17. Good points Chuck! We could and should do like the Flyers. They hesitated long to insert their top goalie prospect from the AHL, Hart, between the pipes. And whaddaya know, he has the BEST stats of the 7 goalies they've had this season. And BETTER stats than in the AHL though the Flyers suck badly. Rushing the development, what a load of crock... In other words, give Kahkonen a start already BB!
  18. Seriously... the larger the organization, the less the organization likes having to utilize it's lawyers and the more you see those lawyers within that organization taking extreme efforts to explain to everyone else why they should never be involved with anything. I've seen it time and time again.
  19. January 20, 2019 AWAY HOME Washington 5 Chicago 2 Anaheim 1 N.Y. Islanders 3 Detroit 2 Vancouver 4 Arizona 0 Toronto 4 Carolina 2 Edmonton 3
  20. Lots of great Hockey coming from up north this season, Calgary and Winnipeg look like the class of the West, Toronto with a nice statement win against Tampa last night, Montreal, Vancouver and Edmonton doing just enough to hang around the conversation (forget Ottawa, they are hoplesssly out of it) so I thought I would put a two part poll in here: First part: Will a Canadian team win the Cup? Second part: if so, who? Here are the Candidates: VANCOUVER: Somehow still hanging around, Horvat and Pettersson are brilliant young centers, Markstrom is having an outstanding season, a lot of smoke and mirrors however. EDMONTON As of now not in a playoff spot but if they squeak in McDavid and Draisatl are a deadly duo. MONTREAL: Looking as if they have turned a corner as an organization and Carey Price is quite capable of stealing a series or two on his own. CALGARY: One of the leagues surprise team combining grit and skill, Lindholm a huge addition to the top line, the question is if they have enough in net. TORONTO: The media darling (if you dont believe me turn on Hockey Central at noon any day and listen to the drone on about the Leafs five days a week) the knock is they beat up on the weak sisters and lose to the top teams. May have turned that corner last night in Tampa. WINNIPEG: Put distance between themselves and Nashville last night in the battle for first in the division. Simply loaded with skilled players at every position and depth everywhere of rugged young kids who are a pain to play against. OTTAWA Threw them in here because they are in Canada, lol but it would take a few mid air plane crashes involving other teams, a LOT of players from other clubs testing positive for steroids and half the league retiring to take up curling and even then they probably wouldn't have much of a chance. So that is the bunch, will Canada win a cup for the first time since Roy led his Habs to a surprise victory? And if so, which team will it be?
  21. I get that Nino is glacially slow but Rask has a well earned rep for lack of speed as well which has hindered him throughout his career. I understand that sometimes you have to move on from a player and go a different direction but I believe that Minny could have gotten more than Rask for him.
  22. Thanks for the video and post. I moved it to the Hurricanes forum for more visibility. Aho is a superstar in the making with a full skill set. He surely is part of the changing culture in Carolina.
  23. Game # 48 5 2Rask ties Bruins record for wins in 5-2 victory over BluesJakob Forsbacka Karlsson springs Chris Wagner with a long pass, and Wagner outmuscles his defender for the goal in Boston's 5-2 win over St. Louis.BOSTON -- Tuukka Rask always tries to focus on the next win. This time, he made an exception.The 31-year-old goaltender tied a Boston record with his 252nd career victory as the Bruins beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Thursday night.Rask made 28 saves and matched the franchise mark set by Cecil "Tiny" Thompson, who was 252-153 with 63 ties. Rask, the 2014 Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goalie, is 252-145-56 in 474 games over 12 seasons with Boston.Thompson won his 252nd game in his 11th and final season with the Bruins in 1938-39. He died at age 77 in 1981, six years before Rask was born."It's an Original Six franchise. I've had the luxury to be here for many, many years, so it obviously means a lot," Rask said. "Many more to come, hopefully."Chris Wagner scored 5:27 into the third period to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead. Brad Marchand and Sean Kuraly added some insurance after earlier Boston goals from Torey Krug and David Backes."We got the go-ahead goal and after that we were flying and didn't give them a whole lot," said Rask, whose team had lost three of four (1-2-1) after a season-high five-game winning streak.Ryan O'Reilly and Carl Gunnarsson had the goals for St. Louis. Jake Allen made 22 saves.Blues left wing David Perron extended his NHL-leading and career-best point streak to 13 games (six goals, 10 assists) with a secondary assist on O'Reilly's goal.St. Louis had won four of six (4-1-1) and earned at least one point in each of its previous five road games. The Blues finished a 2-1-1 trip after starting it with back-to-back wins over Dallas and Washington."It's a disappointing loss," O'Reilly said. "We could have turned this into a great road trip and we didn't."Wagner's tiebreaking goal came after Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson's pass from the opposite blue line put him a step in front of Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo. Wagner deked to put Allen off balance before tucking the puck under his glove."He kind of just chipped it to me, I tried to knock it around Pietrangelo and fortunately got by him and made a nice move and just tucked it in," Wagner said.Marchand ripped in a rebound after Charlie McAvoy's wraparound attempt bounced off Allen's pads to make it 4-2 with 6:48 remaining.Kuraly tacked on an empty-net goal with 51.5 seconds left."(We) still had a chance in the third there," Pietrangelo said. "I can't let that guy get behind me on the breakaway."Krug's uncontested wrister from the slot gave Boston a 1-0 lead 3:31 into the second period.St. Louis tied it 53 seconds later when O'Reilly tucked in his own rebound from the right of the crease after Rask got a glove on his first attempt.Gunnarsson gave the Blues a 2-1 lead when he capped a give-and-go with Jaden Schwartz with a one-timer from the left circle with 6:24 to play in the second.Backes, a former Blues captain, got a piece of Zdeno Chara's slap shot to tie it again with four minutes left in the period. Backes' goal came with four seconds left on a Bruins power play following Robert Bortuzzo's cross-checking penalty.
  24. I think the separation is the same for most teams, there's only so much Cap space to go around and TO has decided to spend most of it on the forwards. Nashville has had a great d for years but their forwards are so so, scoring for them in the playoffs is an issue.
  25. THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 48 Buyers, Sellers, and the Bait The NHL trade deadline is just six weeks away and its time to start the speculation and decisions on who are the sellers and who are the buyers. Brad Burud and Blake Friars breakdown what teams are prepared to sell off for assets and what teams are looking to add that special player that will help them make a strong Stanley Cup run. There is a strong group of players set to move teams and Brad and Blake discuss what teams would be the best fit for these players. Then its time to talk about a variety of NHL topics. The most prevalent is an epic rant that Brad Burud had about Nathan MacKinnon freaking out on his coach while on the bench. Brad did not like MacKinnon’s behavior and believe me he did not hold back. Then three questions takes center stage and a great listener question that Florida Panthers fans are not going to want to miss. PODCAST
  26. Pontus had a good first outing with the Wild. That'll change.
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