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New York Rangers - Wed 22 Feb 2017, 8:51 pm

Game 59: MTL 3 NYR 2, S/O, An impressive display of goaltending at MSG
February 22, 2017, 8:08 AM ET [161 Comments]

Jan Levine
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The Rangers and Canadiens played a highly-entertaining contest at MSG on Tuesday with Montreal winning 3-2 in the shootout. Each goalie took turns standing on their head during the game, so it was almost a shame to end a game like this with the skills competition but that's how the league works.

It was mano-a-mano from about 185 feet as Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price played a game of whatever you can do, I can do better. Each goalie made their share of spectacular saves, capped by Price's thievery on J.T. Miller as the overtime wound down. Previously in overtime, Lundqvist stoned Max Pacioretty twice and then benefitted from Tomas Plekanec hitting the post after getting past Miller. That play occurred just before Price's save on Miller witha few ticks left in the game. I guess you could argue Miller should have lifted the puck a bit more, but that detracts from the phenomenal save Price made.




The best news from this game is Lundqvist was sharp throughout, continuing his fine play for the play month or so. He was aggressive when needed and patient when warranted. Lundqvist appears to have the right balance between the pipes, which had deserted him earlier in the year. on the first goal, he was caught slightly out of position following Shea Weber's miss from the point. But that whole play had a ton of ugliness, from the inability to clear the zone and Nick Holden failing to mark Andrew Shaw, resulting in the wraparound goal. On the second, Weber beat Lundqvist plain and simple. silly penalty by Holden created the PP chance. Then Weber one-timed a howitzer just under Lundqvist's right arm between the blocker and body, so maybe he could have stopped it, but tip your hat to Weber. Other than that shot, Lundqvist was a stalwart between the pipes.

Pavel Buchnevich-Oscar Lindberg-Jesper Fast were strong while on the ice. Coach Alain Vigneault showed faith in using them in key moments, though their playing time was less than it should have been. Buch had only three shifts the first 30 minutes but finished with 11:23 in ice time. Fast played 10:53 and Lindberg 7:41, but those two hooked up on the first goal of the game for New York. Great zone exit by Lindberg, who got the puck to Fast in the neutral zone. Fast came down the right side and while falling down, whipped a play to the front of the net past the d-man onto Lindberg's stick for the easy tap-in goal.




Rick Nash was all over the place. He still is the whipping boy due to his $7.8 mil salary and lack of production to match that salary. But he was over the place yesterday, as he has been a lot lately. I get everything else that Nash does won't move the needle on unless he scores, but keep this in mind when/if he is gone and we wonder why all those little things that was done on the ice is missing. After getting stoned by Price on a breakaway, Nash got revenge in the second, beating Price to tie the game.




Ryan McDonagh and Brady Skjei were solid. Skjei has taken his game to another level recently. Dan Girardi was strong on the PK while Nick Holden had another so-so game, something we have said a lot lately. The test of the forwards besides the fourth line and Nash were somewhat invisible, especially Kreider and Zibanejad. The team needs Zib to re-find his game. I though he made strides Sunday but regressed yesterday. 

Biggest concern is the PP, which was 0-for-4 tonight. Larry Brooks noted that this run of futility with the man-advantage has reached 1-for-18 over the last seven games in which the Rangers have manufactured 18 shots in 29:29 with the man-advantage. The Rangers are 3-for-39 over their last 14 games and now in a 5-for-50 funk in 17 games since they returned from their bye week on Jan. 13. Fixing this has to be priority #1, possibly above and beyond trade deadline additions.

One proposed solution has been to insert Michael Grabner on the PP. Grabner's speed through the neutral zone is blunted a bit due to the way penalty killers set up. But it's worth a chance to see if he can resolve which has been a huge problem, zone entries. I am tired of the back pass to the d-man hoping he can use speed to enter the zone, as it never seems to work. Then when they finally gain the zone, the set up and structure on the PP has been lacking. New York has point men in McDonagh and Skjei but the other eight players need to be shuffled to find groupings that work. Try Grabner, use Kreider as a net front presence, same with Hayes or Nash. Mix and match the units without worrying about keeping the even-strength lines together as a way to create chances.

BOOM! Ivanka’s Line Ranked #1 On Amazon Bestseller List…Who Needs Nordstrom or TJMAXX? - Sun 19 Feb 2017, 2:47 pm

BOOM! Ivanka’s Line Ranked #1 On Amazon Bestseller List…Who Needs Nordstrom or TJMAXX?

THESE STORES, MASCY'S AND OTHERS HAVE DROPPED IVANKA'S LINE BECAUSE OF DONALD, SHE WILL PROVE THEM WRONG, JUST LIKE TARGET HAS LOST MARKET SHARE AND STOCK DOWN BECAUSE OF BATHROOM GENDER NEUTRAL STANCE.  THESE PEOPLE WILL NEVER LEARN - YOU GO IVANKA.

By Kat Stevens -
Feb 17, 2017

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It seems that with each new retail store that removes Ivanka Trump’s line , conservatives come out in force to support the First Daughter.
Ivanka’s fragrance is now the #1 on “Amazon Best Sellers” list, even above big name brands like Estee Lauder and Jennifer Lopez.
http://100percentfedup.com/boom-ivankas-line-ranked-1-on-amazon-bestseller-list-who-needs-nordstrom-or-tjmaxx/

jedi17

Ottawa Senators - Tue 14 Feb 2017, 7:55 pm

Game Day: Sabres @ Senators - No love for Lehner; Sens targeting Iginla?
February 14, 2017, 11:09 AM ET [22 Comments]

Jared Crozier
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The Senators will hope to defeat an old friend for the first time in regulation since they traded him when the Senators host Robin Lehner and the Sabres for a Valentine's day showdown.  

Lehner shut out the Senators 4-0 10 days ago on Saturday night, a game that ended a pretty dismal 3 game post-All-Star road trip for the Senators. He hasn't been confirmed as the Buffalo starter but given he is the undisputed #1, and he has also owned his former club, it is a pretty safe bet he will be in the net staring down the ice at his old tandem partner, Craig Anderson. Lehner (as well as Kyle Okposo) called out his team following Buffalo's 4-2 loss on home ice to the Canucks on Sunday, for failing to execute the game plan Dan Bylsma has put into place, calling it "disrespectful". Calling teammates out is one thing, but the focus will be on him to back up his words tonight or it will be all for nothing. 

Anderson made his triumphant return to the Ottawa net on Saturday, shutting out the Islanders to the tune of 3-0, the Senators second win in a row after struggling for the five previous games, pre and post All-Star break.  

This is an important stretch for the Senators, as Boston is now on their bye week and Ottawa will play three of the five games in hand they have built up between now and the next time the Bruins take to the ice on Sunday. They are currently tied in points and Boston has some momentum (and a 3 game winning streak) following their coaching change and to have them come back down 5 or 6 points with Ottawa still holding a couple of games in hand would be very beneficial to the Senators aspirations for a playoff spot that includes home ice in at least the first round. 

The lineup is still up in the air for Ottawa, as I said yesterday Chris Neil will be back in, but Guy Boucher was still considering dressing seven defensemen. That may have changed this morning as Chris Wideman left today's morning skate early and could be questionable for tonight.  

The key for Ottawa is to get to Lehner early, because the longer he goes shutting down his former mates, the tougher it is going to be to beat him. They might want to agitate him a bit to get him off his game, a tactic that looked like it had some success for the Canucks (most notably Alex Burrows) on Sunday.  

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Pierre Dorion was on TSN1200 yesterday, and covered a wide range of topics. At the forefront was his discussions with the Colorado Avalanche and the Matt Duchene/Gabriel Landeskog rumors and how he wasn't ready to part with 3-5 assets to get that deal done. He also hinted that another deal might be in the works involving someone else that might not be expected or on the radar. 

Could that be Jarome Iginla?

Iginla has always been one of my, if not my favorite players ever since he came into the league, so I would love that deal to see him play in Senators colors. However, at age 39 he is clearly on the tail end of his career, he is a year removed from back to back 60 point seasons (or at least 61/59) and had 47 points last year. His production is well down this season (15 points in 53 games) but he has been more of an afterthought in Colorado as they look to the future, and has not played much in their top 6.  

Is Iginla the top 6 forward that the Senators need to get over the hump. No, not really. What he does bring is a type of leadership and having been through the battles and coming so close in the NHL, while also sporting gold medals from World Juniors, World Championships, a World Cup of Hockey as well as two Olympic Gold Medals. 

There is no doubt he would be a positive addition to the team but there are a couple of issues - a) if he is "the" addition, it is probably not enough, and b) if he were to be the only addition would he consider Ottawa as a destination where he could capture that elusive Stanley Cup, the one piece that is missing from his storied career. 

It also depends on the return the Avs are looking for and if Avalanche GM Joe Sakic is overvaluing him like his is his other two prime trading pieces. Ottawa can't afford to give up much for the rental, and if it is going to mean touching any one of the Senators big 3 prospects - Colin White, Thomas Chabot or Logan Brown - or a first round pick, then it is a non-starter.  

But then again, he might be able to show Bobby Ryan how to compete on a nightly basis and he would command the respect to be listened to in the dressing room.

jedi17

Arizona Coyotes - Mon 13 Feb 2017, 5:39 pm

Arizona Coyotes: Top Five Positives
February 13, 2017, 3:22 PM ET [18 Comments]

James Tanner
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The Coyotes will take on the Calgary Flames tonight in one of two games on the Schedule. 

Arizona is 2-2 in their last four, with three games going to overtime. Supposing the second worst team in hockey wants a lesser chance at the #1 pick, I guess this is a good thing. The NHL tends to make you cheer against your team, which is unfortunate. But lets b real, that's what you gotta do.  

Also good, the Coyotes have won five of eight. On the bad side, they still haven't won consecutive games this season in regulation. For you math nerds, and calendar freaks, today is February 13th. 

Speaking of the date, it is my Dad's birthday. Happy Birthday, sir. Old Man Tanner, one of Cypress Hill's whitest fans, and ex-fan of eighties hair-metal, is a (now) sixty-year-old Rastafarian who just can't keep the kids off his lawn. When he's not listening to his sweet reggae jams or watching Law and Order, he enjoys seltzer water and a nice domestic dispute over the Tupperware Cupboard with my Mom. 

Happy Birthday Pops. 



The Coyotes are having a bad year. But I've been asked to try to keep some positives in mind. So I will. Here are five positive things about the Coyotes, right now. 

1. Dylan Strome 

Dominating the OHL for two years wasn't enough to earn him more than fourth line duty or usurp the might Martin Hanzal, so the Coyotes sent him back. (They scratched him for the season opening - way to sell the future, boys). 

Good news: Strome is making the OHL his bitch. He has 44 points in 17 games. He's completely wasting his time, giving future Honda workers a story to tell, and mostly just making a mockery of the rules that won't even let him play in the AHL.  


2. Trade Booty. 

Smith, Stone, Hanzal, Goligoski (doubtful!) Murphy, Schenn, Vbrata, Doan.......if it ain't under 25 it should probably go. Or who knows, maybe I'm having illusions. Maybe they should re-sign Doan for another nine years. 

Assuming the organization wants to maximize some assets, it should be a very busy trade deadline. 



3. Claude Julien 

He's still available.  

4. Colorado PDO 96.8 (Corsica.hockey) 

Yes, the Coyotes may be ten points back of the Avs for the best odds to draft Patrick Nolan (or reasonable facsimile) but they themselves have a PDO almost at 100.  

The Avs suck, don't get me wrong. They just haven't had any luck and the Coyotes have. If things even out a bit and the Coyotes jettison a bunch of their vets, it could happen. 

5. Oliver Ekman-Larsson 

He has ten goals, and 30 points in 53 games. That's a 46 point pace while his two most common partners are Connor Murphy and Luke Schenn, and the 'first line' consists of Martin Hanzal and Jagr's step-dad Radem Vrbata.  

OEL's Top Five Ice Time Withs: 1. Murphy 2. Sen Dogg (AKA Luke Schenn) 3. Rieder 4. Vrbata 5. Doan 

Or, to put it another way, he's a decent team and partner away from being the best defenseman in the NHL. He is truly great to watch night in and night out.  


So there you have it. Five excellent reasons why you should throw your set in the air and cheer for the Coyotes.

Iranian Kurds launch campaign on Twitter to name IRGC terrorists - Sat 11 Feb 2017, 2:54 am

Iranian Kurds launch campaign on Twitter to name IRGC terrorists
Posted on February 11, 2017  by Editorial Staff  in Kurdistan
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[size=12]Elite troops of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Photo: AP
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[size=14]ERBIL,— Iranian Kurds launched a social media campaign on Friday calling for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to be declared a terrorist organization.[/size]
“It is time for international community to realise that IRGC is a terrorist organization,” Aso Saleh, representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (KDPI-PDKI) to Sweden and the Congress of Nationalities for Federal Iran (CNFI), shared on Twitter, using the hashtag [size=14]#IRGC_terrorist .[/size]
The Kurds have been a longtime target of the IRGC, Saleh told Rudaw English, saying that the force began killing people in Kurdistan not long after it was established.

“I think all Kurds think that the IRGC forces are acting against humanism by killing civilian people and supporting other terrorist organisations in [the] whole the world,” Saleh said, claiming that the IRGC has had direct and indirect roles in hundreds of terrorist attacks against Iranian opposition groups and other countries.
“We think that [it] is a correct decision to designate IRGC as a terror organization and by this campaign we want to support that. Stopping all kinds of terrorism, from ISIS to IRGC is a responsibility to all of us in this era.”
Saleh is hopeful that, if the IRGC is designated a terrorist organization, it will make the Kurdish struggle in Iran more acceptable among the international community.
“But fighting against [the] Iranian regime and IRGC for us is like fighting ISIS. Both are terrorist organizations and both act against freedom and human rights.”
According to Saleh, this is the first campaign that has seen cooperation from across Kurdish parties, as well as Arab and Iranian activists. He is hopeful that the groups can continue to campaign together in the future.
Tweets in support of the campaign highlighted alleged acts of terrorism committed by the IRGC, including the assassinations of PDKI leaders.

Kurdish Leader Dr.Ghasmlou, killed by #IRGC during negotiations in #Viena, 1989. #IRGC_Terrorist pic.twitter.com/mgBZdjHeEe— Ebrahim jahangiri (@sibsportCa1) February 10, 2017
The campaign is capitalizing on US President Donald Trump’s hardline stance against Iran. On February 7, Trump took to his favoured platform Twitter to declare Iran “#1 in terror” and criticize former US President Barack Obama for his landmark nuclear deal with Iran.
The PDKI’s representative to Germany and Austria, Hiwa Bahrami, reminded the US president of his own words.
Trump has repeatedly denounced the deal with Iran, calling it the “worst deal ever negotiated.”
The US imposed new sanctions against Iran last week after Tehran test-fired a ballistic missile in late January. Trump initially reacted on Twitter, telling Iran they were “playing with fire,” and warned he would not be as kind as Obama was.
On Thursday, CNN reported that Trump’s administration was considering designating the IRGC a terror organization, along with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Sources familiar with the White House’s consideration of the move told CNN that executive orders asking the State Department to study the groups were put on hold after national security agencies expressed concern about the potential consequences.
The primary concern US security officials reportedly had with designating the IRGC a terror organization was fallout in Iraq, where Iran is a key ally of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the war against ISIS.
Iran is already designated a “state sponsor of terror” by the US, and its government and agencies, including the IRGC, are subject to sanctions.
The Twitter campaign was launched as Tehran was celebrating the 38th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
“In the United States, there are some who are newly in power. Those who threaten our government and our armed forces has to know that our people are united, vigilant and will resist the enemy until the end,” said President Hassan Rouhani, addressing a rally in Tehran on Friday.

http://ekurd.net/iran-kurds-irgc-terrorists-2017-02-11

jedi17

Ottawa Senators - Fri 10 Feb 2017, 7:19 pm

Senators get some help from Stars to get back in win column; the Top 25
February 10, 2017, 11:00 AM ET [10 Comments]

Jared Crozier
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It wasn't quite the outstanding bounce-back game where everything is now hunky-dory, but the Senators ended a slide with a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars Thursday night. 

As the Stars lost their fourth straight game, they contributed to their own demise as much as the Senators. Who would have thought that taking penalties would be the best thing to happen to the Senators? Dion Phanuef, a year to the day he was acquired by Ottawa in a trade from Toronto, scored the second short-handed goal of his career off a Jean-Gabriel Pageau faceoff win to open the scoring on a man disadvantage where Ottawa had already had a couple of short-handed opportunities. Then, less than 3 minutes later, Zack Smith took a penalty and while goalie Kari Lehtonen was pulled for an extra attacker, Radek Faksa did the old "deep drop pass to his defenseman" move, only the defenseman wasn't where he was supposed to be and the puck was shot into his own net. Chris Kelly was credited with the Senators goal, and they carried the lead into the second period.  

As has been the case for so much of this season, no lead is safe and a defensive breakdown led to an easy tap in goal for Antoine Roussel off a nice feed from Faksa to bring the Stars within one. Jamie Benn tied it on a shot from near the blue line that somehow found its way through a sea of bodies (4 Senators and 1 Star) and as Mike Condon was trying to see around the traffic he guessed wrong and the puck beat him clean, but the puck went through the mass of players like the POV shot in a Mighty Ducks movie.  

Mark Stone had just one shot attempt on the net, and he made it count as he picked up Cody Ceci's shot off the back boards and wrapped in around before Lehtonen could get across his crease for what turned out to be the game winner. Ottawa hung on for the last 14 minutes and survived a late Dallas power play to get a much needed two points. 

The Senators went with 7 defensemen, although Freddie Claesson played just over 3 minutes, and his last shift was the one that resulted in the first Dallas goal, and he didn't see the ice again. 

Phaneuf and Benn had a spirited tilt in the first period, wedged in between Phaneuf's shortie and "Kelly's" goal, with Benn getting a goal later and neither could find the assist to get the Gordie Howe hat trick, although Jamie's brother Jordie assisted on the Roussel goal so the Benn Brothers combined for the feat. 

After having been shut out for two straight games, any goals would be welcomed by the Senators, including own goals on their behalf, which the Stars obliged them. Maybe that will help turn the corner, as Ottawa will host the surging Islanders for the third game of this four game homestand in a matinee Saturday afternoon game.  

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In case you missed it, TSN polled some members of the organization and Ottawa media members to come up with the top 25 players in franchise history to mark the 25th season of the franchise. 

Here was the list they came up with:

1. Daniel Alfredsson
2. Erik Karlsson
3. Jason Spezza
4. Marian Hossa
5. Wade Redden
6. Zdeno Chara
7. Alexei Yashin
8. Dany Heatley
9. Chris Phillips
10. Mike Fisher
11. Patrick Lalime
12. Craig Anderson
13. Martin Havlat
14. Radek Bonk
15. Shawn McEachern
16. Kyle Turris
17. Chris Neil
18. Mark Stone
19. Magnus Arvedson
20. Anton Volchenkov
21. Milan Michalek
22. Chris Kelly
23. Ron Tugnutt
24. Antoine Vermette
25. Steve Duchesne

What do you think of the list. At a certain point you could argue for some of the current crop to be on there (Hoffman, Methot) but it is a pretty comprehensive list for a relatively young franchise without a great deal of history. 

I would bet that in 5 years if they re-do this survey for the 30th season, Karlsson will close the gap between himself and Alfredsson for the #1 slot (Alfredsson had 22 of 25 first place votes with Karlsson getting the other 3) and Stone will be in the top-5 behind Karlsson, Alfredsson and Spezza and might even pass the currently injured Stars forward for 3rd.

jedi17

Anaheim Ducks - Fri 10 Feb 2017, 7:12 pm

Reader Poll Answers – Part 2
February 10, 2017, 1:55 PM ET [18 Comments]

Ed Stein
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This is part two of the Ducks readers poll.

Question 4) What Ducks player has been your most pleasant surprise this season? 

Ondrej Kase. I was hoping he'd have a strong year in SD, so him spending most of the season in Anaheim has been a nice surprise. - Always Mighty

Nick Ritchie - great offseason workout - really developing into a power forward who is going to be a beast for the next decade – dozerD10

I’ve been really proud of Silfverberg. He is as tenacious as it gets with those puck battles. He finds a way to get the job done in the offensive zone. The guy harasses the opposition relentlessly and doesn’t take egregiously stupid minor penalties. - IGotTheMemo

Ed: For me its Rickard Rakell. For many reasons I thought this was going to be a mediocre season for him. 1) He signed late. 2) Rakell had surgery to remove scar tissue from an earlier appendectomy, before his season started. 3) When he came back, coach Randy Carlyle had him out of position, playing left wing on the top line. I didn't see his offensive breakout coming. The former 2011 first round pick has fit in well with Getzlaf and Perry. Additionally, he has been a positive asset on a power play that at times has struggled. Runners up – Josh Manson and Ondrej Kase

Question 5) What Ducks player has been your biggest disappointment this season? 

If anyone answering this says anybody but Corey Perry I'm calling into question your sanity. Yeah, Perry has a decent amount of assists but the Ducks are already paying someone a lot of money to dish out apples. The fact that Cam Fowler, Nick Ritchie, and Andrew Cogliano have scored more goals than him is embarrassing. - duxcup07

#10 only because he's paid to score goals, and his goal total right now is abysmal. - quackup

Perry's lack of goal-scoring is obviously a problem. Sami's drop-off has been a letdown. - mckay93

Ed: After reading your comments, I had to rethink my position. Originally, I was between Sami Vatanen and Jonathan Bernier. Both of who, I expected much more from. Upon further reflection, I must agree with the popular opinion. The biggest disappointment this season has been Corey Perry. To get some perspective on Perry's goal drought, I'll put it this way. I play in two fantasy leagues; an 18 team, and a 20 team. After checking my rosters, here are some of the players that have more goals than Perry: Thomas Vanek, David Krecji, David Perron, Anders Lee, Jordan Staal, Matt Moulson, Martin Hanzal, Bryan Rust and Mike Green. Not exactly murderers row. The Ducks success is tied to Perry being able to score and he isn't getting it done.

Bonus Question) You be the GM. What realistic trade would you make to make this team better? 

As much as there is perceived need for a scoring winger, I would rather have guys like Silf, Cogs and Kase who play a good two way game and have the skill and speed to produce offensively, especially with the center depth on the roster, or someone who can control the puck for extended periods in the offensive zone like Perry and Ritchie. Loui Eriksson can do both, which is why I am hoping Murray targets him at the deadline. - sniper11

OEL from Arizona is the obvious choice for a defenseman, since he's getting old enough to the point where he won't be able to provide many years of effectiveness to the Coyotes by the time they are ready to compete. It would be an expensive undertaking, but offering up some of the players that might be left unprotected along with a blue-chip prospect and a draft pick would be a basis to build on. - thecanuck341

I'd look at 2 teams that have a lot of offensive talent and need defensive help badly. The obvious choice is Toronto and JVR for Vatanen plus a third might work. Hell, I'd even toss in a second, seeing as the draft is weak this year. The other team they might be able to do something with is Tampa Bay. this would be fantasy trade, Jonathan Drouin for Sami plus a pick. With this move the Ducks get offensive help AND cap relief, which probably means it'll never happen. - duxcup07

Ed: I have two, a small one and a big one. The small trade is quite simple Clayton Stoner to the Rangers for Tanner Glass (of course, if NYR wants to send a prospect it would be better). Stoner can't stay on LTIR forever. He helps the Rangers as a physical presence on the back end, while the Ducks can bury Glass in San Diego and take full advantage of the cap space. 

For a big deal, of all the names tossed about as being available; GM Bob Murray would be best served by making a run at Gabriel Landeskog. If the price is a young defenseman (Vatanen). A top prospect (Kerdiles, Nattinen, Kossila, Steele) and a #1, Anaheim could do it and without emptying the pool. The Avs captain fills several needs, he's a big powerful forward who can put the puck in the net. He's only 24 and is signed through 2020-2021.

As I wrote on Tuesday the poll answers have been top notch this time around. Thanks to all that participated.

jedi17

Toronto Maple Leafs - Thu 09 Feb 2017, 7:28 pm

Phaneuf deal marked turning point in rebuild; Leafs vs Blues
February 9, 2017, 6:45 PM ET [239 Comments]

Mike Augello
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It would’ve been hard to imagine the Toronto Maple Leafs battling for a playoff spot just one year ago, when team captain Dion Phaneuf was dealt to the Ottawa Senators, but it is clear on the first anniversary of the nine-player deal that it was an important step to move the 31-year-old blueliner out to facilitate the rebuild of the club.  

The deal came while Toronto was wallowing near the bottom of the NHL standings with a roster of hole-plugging veterans on short-term contracts who were waiting to be shipped out at the trade deadline. 

Phaneuf was a player in the midst of his prime on a club that was years away from being good, and his presence may have provided a road block to bottoming out and having the best chance to draft Auston Matthews. 




More importantly, it is clear on the first anniversary of the nine-player deal that it was necessary to transition from the group associated with losing Game 7 in Boston, the 18-wheeler going over the cliff, Salute-gate and the dysfunction symptomatic of the Burke/Nonis era to a group of youngsters that the fan base could be optimistic about.  

Toronto’s management made miscalculations when it came to Phaneuf, assuming that he would grow into a #1 defenseman, but the only aspect of Phaneuf that resembled a top blueliner was his $7 Million salary, which makes it even more of a feat that Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello was able to deal him without retaining any salary on the remaining five years of his contract. 

“(Clearing Phaneuf’s salary) gives us the opportunity to do things, but it also gives us the opportunity when some of our younger players are coming at the end of their entry-level contracts who we have high expectations for to sign them.” Lamoriello said last February.

Toronto absorbed all of the financial pain in one season, taking on the salaries of Milan Michalek, Colin Greening and Jared Cowen (bought out last summer) totaling $9.75 Million (which will all be off the books after the season) and gave the Leafs the room to
sign Morgan Rielly to a six-year, $30 Million contract extension, along with minor leaguer Tobias Lindberg and a 2017 second rounder.  

Phaneuf has fit in well with the Sens on the second pair with youngster Cody Ceci, but had he remained in Toronto, his declining skating ability would have made him a liability on the top pairing. 

The Leafs task over the next few seasons is to find a young top defenseman or two who can adequately fill the hole left by their former captain. 

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UPDATE - Nikita Soshnikov is a late scratch with an upper body injury, Josh Leivo is taking the pre-game skate and will replace Soshnikov in the lineup. 

The Leafs played their third game in four nights against the St. Louis Blues at Air Canada Center on Thursday. The Blues defeated Toronto 5-1 in St. Louis last week, the first game for head coach Mike Yeo after Ken Hitchcock was fired.

Frederik Andersen will return between the pipes for Toronto after a 39-save win by backup Curtis McElhinney against Dallas on Tuesday, while Jake Allen will go in goal for the Blues. 

Former Leaf Carl Gunnarsson replaces Robert Bortuzzo in the St. Louis lineup, while Mike Babcock will go with the same lineup that defeated the Stars 3-1 on Tuesday. 

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Washington Capitals - Wed 08 Feb 2017, 6:55 pm

Holtby with (yawn) ANOTHER Shutout 
February 8, 2017, 12:09 PM ET [22 Comments]

James Tanner
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Another day, another Capitals shut-out.  

Final score: Washington 5, Carolina 0.  

Yes the Caps are scoring a ton, and yes they are getting balance throughout the line-up. Yes, having three #1 defenseman on the same roster makes them super hard to play against, but no one talks enough about their goalies. (I assume, I don't keep track of everything everyone talks about). 

All I ever hear about is how Dubnyk and Price are so great.  



Guess whose team has been the best in the NHL for 140 straight games and counting?  

Somehow, Braydon Holtby, who won last year's Vezina, is currently a more valuable fantasy hockey commodity than Connor McDavid, and has been the best goalie in hockey going on three years now, doesn't get enough press. 

He has seven shutouts this year. Three the year he won the Vezina. Nine the year before that. (Wasn't even a finalist that year). 

In fact, he has 30 career shut-outs in less than 300 games.  

You know who doesn't quite have a shut-out in ten percent of his career games? 



Martin Brodeur. (It's like 9.8% ) 

Of course, Holtby would have to keep this pace up for another six Trump terms, but I think he's got the stamina.  



Holtby is on pace on to be the NHL's shut-out King. Of course, if you're not a poltergeist and you're reading this, you're on pace to live forever, so I don't know how much you should read into that stat. 

Anyways, Holtby got his seventh shutout last night, and the Caps tenth of the season overall. They are shutting opponents out in almost 20% of their games.  

That's crazy talk. It sounds like something Ted Cruz would say, only it's actually true.  

On Thursday, Detroit comes to town. Detroit is known for awesome music and murder. Washington for politics and murder. If I had to guess, I would say the Capitals will murder the Red Wings.  

Seems like the marketing department is missing out on some really good cross promotions between this game and a possible CSI franchise. Maybe David Caruso could at least drop the puck? 

That's all I got for today.  

Go Caps!!

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Carolina Hurricanes - Tue 07 Feb 2017, 7:46 pm

Off to DC for Final Battle Against Caps
February 7, 2017, 11:00 AM ET [13 Comments]

Ben Case
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The Canes face the Capitals for their fourth and final match-up this season. As a whole, the Canes have played the Caps tough and they are 1-1-1 on the year—they won in a blowout, lost in a blowout and lost in a shootout too. Just like the past three games, tonight is another “must-win” as the Canes are four points out of the final wildcard. 

The schedule continues to put more weight on the Canes games in February, as they only have four more games other than tonight’s from Feb. 7th to the 23rd. This means that every single one of those games are pretty much “must-wins” if the Canes want to be buyers and not sellers. The lack of games from now until a few days leading up to the deadline will make it tough to evaluate their “true” position in the standings too.

When you look further into the schedule, one will note that they don’t really see an uptick in games until right before the deadline and mostly extending after it is over. Looking at Feb 24th to March 23rd, the Canes will play 16 games as the schedule picks up—during that stretch, the Canes do not have more than one day off between any of the 16 games. They will have the same amount of days off from Feb 7th to 23rd, as they do from Feb 24th to March 23rd: 12 days off. 

The good news for the Canes is that they are rolling right now. One of the players who has been especially notable since the break is Aho. He tallied his first career hat-trick against the Flyers and then scored the GWG against the Oilers too. His performance this past week landed him as the NHL’s #1 star for the week. 

He continues to play with more confidence and it is really showing up on his ability to create pressure/turnovers on the fore-check and in the neutral zone. Many of his opportunities come as a result of his sound defensive play and positioning. In addition, now that he is producing and adjusted to the NHL, his offensive production is really taking off. Here are the highlights from his hat-trick: 




The other bright spot is that in the past three games the PP has converted three times on 11 chances. This is a vast improvement as they only converted three times from Jan 1st to Jan 26th on 38 chances through 12 games. 

I really like how the Canes have started to try and put two layers of screens in front of the goalie now. When the puck goes to the point or wing, they are now starting to put a guy in front of the crease and another forward six to ten feet above them in the slot area. Overall, the increase in creating traffic has resulted in some pucks finding the back of the net for the PP. If the Canes can continue to get the PP rolling they will be a much tougher opponent. 

As the PP has been performing much better, the PK has actually been decreasing some. While the PK is still first in the NHL, they have surrendered two PP goals on two in 12 shorthanded situations. The slight downtick in PK performance isn’t too alarming, however, it needs to pick back up. Obviously, against the Caps, winning the special teams battle is a huge component for a win. 

The bigger concern is that the most disciplined team in the NHL is starting to find the penalty box more than usual. They’ve been taking some undisciplined penalties and need to clean up the play against better teams, such as the Caps. If the Canes get caught shorthanded four to five times against the Caps, the chances of a classic “Ovie One-Timer” as relatively strong. 

Another concern is how poorly the Canes played the third period against the Islanders on Saturday. The Canes did a good job of matching the intensity from the Islanders and responding to Islander goals. The Canes scored 21 seconds after the Islanders took a 2-1 lead in the second period. The most impressive response was when the Canes took the 4-3 lead with two seconds remaining in the second period on a goal that came 58 seconds after the Islanders had just tied it up. 

The Canes team that came out in the final frame was not the one that we had seen against the Flyers, Oilers or in the first 40 minutes. The Canes were out-shot 11-2 and took three penalties in the final frame. They spent a majority of the time just trying to make it to OT after the Islanders tied it up with just over half of the third remaining. It was almost as if the Canes thought the game was over with the last second goal they had in the second period. 

The Canes will have to have a complete game against the Caps to win. The last time the Canes took on the Caps they came out flying for the first ten minutes. Then, after the Caps tied it at 1-1, the Canes began to collapse and it resulted in a 6-1 loss. The Canes looked overwhelmed most of the night with the depth of the Caps and struggled to find favorable match-ups.

A large reality of the struggles was the fact that this was the first time the Canes faced the Caps on the road. I don’t think many people realize the true significance for the Canes success when it comes to puck possession, controlling the pace and getting favorable match-ups. Given tonight is at the Verizon Center, the Canes will have to do a better job of competing against the Caps despite not always having favorable match-ups. 

Another issue that the Caps exposed during the blowout loss was the in the face-off circle. The Canes have been one of the league’s top teams in the dots and it is a large component that allows the Canes to be able to control the pace and minimize scoring chances in the defensive zone. Looking at the blowout loss, the Caps won 59% of the draws that game—in comparison to the previous two games, the Canes won 57% in the shootout loss and 62% in their blowout win. Both the SOL and blowout win were at home, further pointing to the significance of match-ups, puck possession and how it enables the Canes to better control the pace. 

Overall, the Canes need to focus on winning special teams, playing 60 minutes, controlling the dots and minimizing poor match-ups. Given the “stomping” the Caps previously gave the Canes, I imagine that the Canes will be looking for some revenge. Let’s hope the Canes keep their momentum and three-game winning streak alive tonight! Puck drop is at 7:00 at the Verizon Center and is on FSCR and CSMA. Go Canes!


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