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NHL IN 30: NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Mon, 2014-09-15 10:05

We had expected the New York Islanders to take the next step in their development and qualify for the playoffs.  Without their star center John Tavares-lost to an injury suffered at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the team actually went 12-7-3 but it wasn’t enough to overcome a poor start to the season.  With the emergence of Kyle Okposo and the new additions in goaltending, there will be some improvement before the Isles move to Brooklyn for next season.  The Vanek-Moulson trade proved to be a non-event so Vanek was later shipped off to Montreal, where Read more about NHL IN 30: NEW YORK ISLANDERS 2014-2015

DAILY PRIME- SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: SUNDAY BITS/FREE PRIME+PLUS PREVIEW

Posted by steve on Sun, 2014-09-14 10:18

*On the prospect injury front, highly regarded Sonny Milano will miss the rest of the Blue Jacket's prospects tournament due to facial injuries after being slammed into the boards. The 16th overall pick in this year's Entry draft has plenty of scoring potential, but he will not be rushed into NHL duty. His fantasy impact could be felt in a year or two as he is slated to play with Plymouth of the OHL this season. Read more about DAILY PRIME- SEPTEMBER 14, 2014: SUNDAY BITS/FREE PRIME+PLUS PREVIEW

NHL IN 30: EDMONTON OILERS 2014-15

Posted by steve on Sun, 2014-09-14 06:48

The first season for the Edmonton Oilers under coach Dallas Eakins did not go as well as planned, finishing dead last in the Pacific Division with a 29-44-9 record. With some of the most promising young forwards in the game- Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, and Ryan Nugent Hopkins- the rebuilding process needs to step up for these Oilers. The management addressed many of the team's glaring needs with a very active off-season. Read more about NHL IN 30: EDMONTON OILERS 2014-15

DAILY PRIME - SEPTEMBER 13, 2014: TIDBITS & A PRIME+PLUS SAMPLE

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-09-13 16:27

A few small events happening around the NHL……Minnesota signs RW Nino Niederreiter, one of my favorites names in the NHL today, to a 3-year deal.  A good move on both parts to get this settled before camp opens.  I am always of the belief that missing camp places that player behind the rest of the pack and it often results in a sub-par year.  Nieds played in 81 games and should develop into a strong power forward.  With 36 points in his first full season in Minnesota, there is no way to go but up.  Good job guys! Read more about DAILY PRIME - SEPTEMBER 13, 2014: TIDBITS & A PRIME+PLUS SAMPLE

NHL IN 30: VANCOUVER CANUCKS 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-09-13 10:16

Well, The John Tortorella experiment ended just after one season and is being replaced by rookie Head Coach Willie Desjardins.  Desjardins has had success at every hockey level and brings with him a reputation as a great communicator, instructor and someone who gets the most out of his players.  We shall see how the players respond after last year’s circus under Tortorella.  Canuck fans, and especially management, realized just what they had in Alan Vigneault and needed to get that sense of stability back.

 

GOALIES  Read more about NHL IN 30: VANCOUVER CANUCKS 2014-2015

NHL IN 30: ARIZONA COYOTES 2014-2015

Posted by steve on Fri, 2014-09-12 16:24

The Coyotes might have changed their name to “Arizona” but their team still relies primarily on defense and goaltending to win games. Their much-maligned offense suffered two tough losses when both Mike Ribeiro and Radim Vrbata bolted via free agency. They did bring in Sam Gagner, but their forwards figure to be the Coyote’s weak link as they enter the 2014-15 season. Fantasy-wise, a few elite options prevail on defense, while the jury is out on whether Mike Smith can be counted on as a top fantasy goalie.
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NHL IN 30: WINNIPEG JETS 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-09-11 14:27

Last year was probably as far away from what every fan and the coaching staff expected as you can get.  Evander Kane getting injured and then trade rumors didn’t help matters. Read more about NHL IN 30: WINNIPEG JETS 2014-2015

NHL IN 30: OTTAWA SENATORS 2014-15

Posted by steve on Wed, 2014-09-10 12:54

After two straight playoff appearances under Paul MacLean, the Ottawa Senators failed to reach the post-season in 2013-14 with a 37-31-14 record. Their acquisition of high-scoring winger Bobby Ryan last summer was supposed to push the team to the top of the Eastern Conference, but they instead failed to make the top eight. Former captain Jason Spezza has since been shipped to the Dallas Stars for a player package featuring promising forward Alex Chiasson. Read more about NHL IN 30: OTTAWA SENATORS 2014-15

NHL IN 30: CAROLINA HURRICANES 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Tue, 2014-09-09 11:41

Can you believe it has been 9 seasons since the Carolina Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup over the Edmonton Oilers?  So many things have turned sour for not only the Edmonton Oilers, who haven’t been back to the playoffs since that debilitating loss, but the Hurricanes have returned only once, and that was 2 years after their Cup win and not since.  Cam Ward, who was the hero in that Stanley Cup series, had his worst season to date last year.  The team seems to be mired in the mud lately and it doesn’t look like they are any closer to returning to the playoffs this year.  There are just too m Read more about NHL IN 30: CAROLINA HURRICANES 2014-2015

NHL IN 30: CALGARY FLAMES 2014-2015

Posted by steve on Mon, 2014-09-08 04:56

Despite owning the NHL’s fourth worst record last season and having missed the playoffs for five straight years, the Calgary Flames have begun to reap dividends from their rebuilding process. Rookie center Sean Monahan played like the "real deal", while youngsters Mikael Backlund and TJ Brodie took positive steps forward in ’13-14. While the veteran losses of Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak will lessen the team’s immediate offensive firepower, there is hope that their young prospects, such as 4th overall pick Sam Bennett will restore legitimacy to their young nucleus of forward talent. Read more about NHL IN 30: CALGARY FLAMES 2014-2015

NHL IN 30: FLORIDA PANTHERS 2014-2015

Posted by ray on Sun, 2014-09-07 11:59

Finishing next to last was a minor victory considering they finished last in the Eastern Conference the year before, and that was during the Lockout season.  When the leading scorer on your team is a rookie who had only 11 games of NHL experience before last season, and he led with all of 38 points, you know you are in for some growing pains.  The veterans brought in were nothing but brittle or, for lack of a better term, non-impactful.  The youth movement is in full swing and it will be interesting to see how the remaining vets respond if the team doesn’t get off to a good start. Read more about NHL IN 30: FLORIDA PANTHERS 2014-2015

NHL IN 30: BUFFALO SABRES 2014-2015

Posted by steve on Sat, 2014-09-06 14:07

After finishing last in the NHL last season with 52 points, the Buffalo Sabres under GM Tim Murray are in full rebuilding mode for the upcoming campaign. While considered favorites to land Connor McDavid in the upcoming draft sweepstakes, recent veteran additions during the off-season (Moulson, Gionta, Meszaros, Gorges) will make them better but not quite good enough to be in playoff contention. The subtraction of defenseman Christian Ehrhoff leaves the Sabres with arguably the weakest supply of fantasy options in the entire league. Read more about NHL IN 30: BUFFALO SABRES 2014-2015

DAILY PRIME - SEPTEMBER 5, 2014: SIGNINGS ON THE DOTTED LINE

Posted by ray on Fri, 2014-09-05 08:54

David Krejci enjoyed much success centering a line with Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic and was rewarded with a contract extension worth $43.5 million over 6 years.  After a slow start to the season, the line clicked and was probably one of the hottest trios enabling Krejci to fall just 4 points shy of his career high of 73 points he scored in 2008-2009.  The enigmatic Boston Bruin Center fell to 52 points the following year.  With Iginla heading off to Colorado via free agency, I wonder if a similar drop off is in the cards again.  Sometimes Read more about DAILY PRIME - SEPTEMBER 5, 2014: SIGNINGS ON THE DOTTED LINE

DAILY PRIME - SEPTEMBER 4, 2014: HOCKEY IS COMING! HOCKEY IS COMING!

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-09-04 08:47

If you are a diehard hockey fan like Steve and myself, and you are totally involved in fantasy hockey, then you are just itching for some pertinent hockey information to sink your teeth into as the fantasy hockey season is about to get underway.  I already have had a little taste of it as one of my dynasty leagues held their online, or as Vince Vaughn says in the movie Internship, "on-the-line", draft over the Labor Day weekend.  I am quite pleased with the way my team filled out nabbing some solid players in Patrik Elias, Dan Boyle & Tomas Plekanec to go along Read more about DAILY PRIME - SEPTEMBER 4, 2014: HOCKEY IS COMING! HOCKEY IS COMING!

DAILY PRIME- AUGUST 29, 2014: SCHULTZ INKS ONE-YEAR DEAL

Posted by steve on Fri, 2014-08-29 13:58

After the Edmonton Oilers and offensive defenseman Justin Schultz having agreed to a one-year/$3.675 million extension, it is evident that the third-year pro has been placed in "prove it to me" mode for the upcoming season. He did record 11 goals and 33 points in 74 games, but his -22 rating was of more concern to an Oiler club perenially suffering in the goals-against department. Fantasy owners need to upgrade Schultz on their pre-draft lists as the slick rearguard will be motivated to put in a more dominant effort in order to a collect a larger pay-day. Read more about DAILY PRIME- AUGUST 29, 2014: SCHULTZ INKS ONE-YEAR DEAL

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