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PRIME VIEWS: ISLANDERS BOLSTER THEIR DEFENSE

Posted by ray on Sat, 2014-10-04 17:34

Leddy, Boychuk head to the Island

PRIME VIEWS: TRADED LEGWAND NOW A TRAITOR?

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-03-06 14:07

The first player ever drafted by the Nashville Predators, David Legwand, is now a Detroit Red Wing.  The long standing Predator was traded to Detroit for Patrick Eaves and a draft pick.  In years past, that never would’ve happened as these two clubs were bitter rivals.  Now that they are in separate Conferences, perhaps that eased the pain of traded the Original Predator to Detroit.  Legwand was drafted 2nd overall behind Vincent Lecavalier in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.

PRIME VIEWS: VANEK’S RIDE ENDS AT MONTREAL

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-03-06 09:01

What a wild ride Thomas Vanek took to get into this year’s playoffs!  And, in reality, he didn’t travel that far if you think about it.  Vanek’s journey started in Buffalo where he had been a mainstay on the Sabre’s offense since 2005-2006.  A two-time 40-goal scorer, his time was up in Buffalo as the team was clearly looking to rebuild.  The Sabres had two 23-year old Centers to build around in Cody Hodgson and Tyler Ennis.  Then, they went out and drafted a pair of young defensemen in Rasmus Ristolainen and Nikita

PRIME VIEWS: OTTAWA SENATOR ALES HEMSKY

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-03-06 08:44

In the early stages of his NHL career, Ales Hemsky was likened to one Jaromir Jagr.  Unfortunately for Edmonton Oiler fans, that prognostication did not come to fruition.  Hemsky’s best season was in 2005-2006, his 3rd in the NHL, where he scored at nearly a point-per-game clip with 77 points in 81 games.  That season Shawn Horcoff also had a career year dishing the puck to the talented RWer.  Chris Pronger was on the back end and formed a potent power play unit.  The following season his production fell back but then he managed to put together two decent back-to-back seasons wit

PRIME VIEWS: MOULSON IS NOW GOLDEN

Posted by ray on Wed, 2014-03-05 14:37

The long awaited re-trade of LWer Matt Moulson has taken place with a move to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a couple of draft picks and a swap of other players.  Moulson goes to a team with much more firepower in their lineup and will probably slot on a line with Mikko Koivu.  What an uptick!  Moulson enjoyed his best seasons playing alongside the NY Islanders’ John Tavares, so being traded to Buffalo was almost the equivalent of being cast off to Siberia in this year’s NHL.

PRIME VIEWS: GABORIK MAKES HIS WAY TO LA

Posted by ray on Wed, 2014-03-05 13:34

It is clearly obvious from this trade that GM Jarmo Kekalainen and the Columbus Blue Jackets have a specific plan in place for this franchise and area staying the course by developing their young talent and promoting from within.  Marian Gaborik’s health issues were probably the driving force behind this trade.  There is no doubt that Gaborik possesses enormous offensive skill, but what good is it for a young team when he can’t stay on the ice.

PRIME VIEWS: MARTIN ST. LOUIS TRADE TO NY RANGERS

Posted by ray on Wed, 2014-03-05 11:47

The way that the New York Rangers had been playing recently under Head Coach Alan Vigneault’s offensive system after struggling at the beginning of the season, I seriously thought that the Blueshirts had a shot at the Stanley Cup, as much as any team out of the Eastern Conference did.  Their offense was starting to gel under the new system because they were utilizing their greatest asset which was speed.  The offensive system along with the stable defensive core of Ryan McDonagh, Joe Girardi, Marc Staal, Kevin Klein and company and the elite goaltending of Henrik Lundqvist had the Rangers s

PRIME VIEWS: BRANDON PIRRI TRADED TO FLORIDA

Posted by ray on Mon, 2014-03-03 09:59

The Florida Panthers continued their rebuilding by trading for Chicago Blackhawk prospect Brandon Pirri in exchange for two draft picks.  GM Dale Tallon’s familiarity with the Blackhawks system is written all over this trade.  Just like his prior trades for former Blackhawk players such as Jack Skille, Dylan Olsen and others, Tallon is building with players he knows will fit in with his system in Florida.

PRIME VIEWS: MILLER GOES TO ST LOUIS IN A BLOCKBUSTER TRADE

Posted by michael on Sat, 2014-03-01 07:09

Yesterday the Buffalo Sabers traded their star goalie Ryan Miller to the St Louis Blues basically in exchange for goaltender Jaroslav Halak.  The Sabres also received forward Chris Stewart and prospect William Carrier along with a 1st

PRIME VIEWS: CANADA VS USA

Posted by michael on Thu, 2014-02-13 11:10

A few days ago I wrote about the USA chances to win the gold medal in the Olympics.  I said it was a bit of a long shot, but not totally out of the question.  Obviously, the big favorite is Canada with their loaded team, on defense and offense.  But I decided to go through the metrics of each team because in our business the numbers always matter.  I am not ignoring Sweden, Finland or Russia, all good teams, but they will come a little bit latter.  In my initial analysis of US versus Canada, I did not think there was that much difference between

PRIME VIEWS: CAN TEAM USA WIN GOLD?

Posted by michael on Tue, 2014-02-11 06:16

The Olympic break has shut down the NHL for the next two weeks, but we are always thinking about ways to give you information.  Today we talk about the chances that the United States hockey team can win the gold medal in Sochi.  Remember that the games in Sochi will be on the big ice, where the rinks are about 15 feet wider than in the NHL.  This really brings speed and skill into play.  So lets start in goal because in a short series like the Olympics a hot goalie can win it all for you.  The US has 3 goaltenders,

PRIME VIEWS: MICHAEL DEL ZOTTO TRADE

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-01-23 07:51

With only 11 points in 42 games this season, including numerous trips to Ranger's coach Alain Vigneault's "chateau bow wow" (doghouse!), the highly skilled defenseman Michael Del Zotto had clearly worn out his welcome in New York. The trade sending him to Nashville in exchange for Kevin Klein could really assist in reviving what was once a promising NHL career. Only two seasons ago, Del Zotto bounced back with a career high of 41 points (10G/31A) in 77 games.

PRIME VIEWS: WASHINGTON SENDS PHILIPP GRUBAUER BACK TO THE AHL

Posted by michael on Mon, 2014-01-20 15:45

Well the three goalie logjam in Washington has been resolved, as young Philipp Grubauer has been assigned to the Hershey Bears in the AHL.  Grubauer started off with a bang going 6-2, and he has played in 14 of the last 20 Capitals' games, but he has really struggled recently, and so Washington Coach Adam Oates sent him to the minors.

PRIME VIEWS: BEN SCRIVENS

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-01-16 09:57

I guess getting Dubnyk out of town was more for the shaky goaltender to keep his sanity as much as it was to shed some salary.  Soon after Dubnyk was shipped out, GM Craig MacTavish traded for the services of LA King’s backup Ben Scrivens.  By switching out Dubnyk for Scrivens, the Oil cut considerable salary even though they will still pay roughly half of the remaining salary on Dubnyk, which relates to about $900K.  Scrivens is owed approximately $275K on his contract.  Scrivens will now join Ilya Bryzgalov in the crease for the Oil.  With Bryzgalov earning the higher salary, look for him

PRIME VIEWS: DEVAN DUBNYK

Posted by ray on Thu, 2014-01-16 09:21

There was a bit of a shocker yesterday afternoon as the Edmonton Oilers traded G Devan Dubnyk to the Nashville Predators for Matt Hendricks.  What makes this trade interesting is that the Predators just received word that starting goaltender Pekka Rinne was able to start working out as he recovers from a serious hip infection.  The team had been relying on youngsters Marek Mazanec and Carter Hutton in net but with mixed results ever since Rinne was shelved.  What this trade resonates is that Rinne probably won’t be back for this season and the team wanted a more established goaltender in ne

PRIME VIEWS: VINCENT LECAVALIER OUT FOR THE FLYERS

Posted by michael on Sun, 2013-12-08 21:11

Philadelphia forward Vincent Lecavalier fractured his lower back, and he is expected to be out for 3-4 weeks.  It is hard to remember, but he used to be an elite fantasy player who once scored 109 points, including 52 goals in 2006-2007 with Tampa Bay.  Tampa then gave him a ridiculous 11 year $85 million contract in 2008 to reward him.  He has never come close to those type of numbers again, and he was bought out by Tampa in the off season, and signed a 5 year deal with the Flyers.  Don't know what they were thinking, but his production has declined steadily for quite a nu

PRIME VIEWS: COREY CRAWFORD LEAVES TONIGHT'S GAME WITH AN INJURY

Posted by michael on Sun, 2013-12-08 20:44

Chicago's starting goaltender Corey Crawford went down with an injury in the first period of tonight's game against Florida.  Crawford did a big split trying to make a save, and it appeared that he pulled or strained his groin.  He came off the ice in considerable pain, so this did not look good.  Groin pulls for goalies can drag on for quite a while.  Crawford has mediocre metrics with a 2.49 goals against and a .906 save percentage this season, but he plays for a top team, and he does have 17 wins.  With Nikolai Khabibulin also out with an injury, Chicago

PRIME VIEWS: KING HENRIK GETS HIS MONEY

Posted by michael on Wed, 2013-12-04 14:23

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has agreed to a 7 year $59.5 million contract today.  Lundqvist would have been an unrestricted free agent after this season, and there was some concern about his asking price, but Ranger general manager, Glenn Sather, was willing to cough up $8.5 million per year for Lundqvist, which makes him the highest paid goaltender by far in the NHL.  Tuukka Rask and Pekka Rinne each make about $7 million a year.  The NHL general managers seem to like European goaltenders.

PRIME VIEWS: VERSTEEG TRADED

Posted by ray on Fri, 2013-11-15 10:24

VERSTEEG GOES BACK

PRIME VIEWS: GOALTENDER TIM THOMAS SIGNS WITH FLORIDA

Posted by michael on Sat, 2013-09-28 12:19

Former Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas shocked the NHL with his decision to sit out last season even though he had a contract.  He had a sensational 2010-2011 season, leading the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Championship, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy and the  Vezina Trophy and in the process breaking Dominik Hasek's leading save percentage record of .937 by posting a .938 SP.  He was 35-11-9 in the regular season with a 2.00 goals against average, but he was insane in the playoffs going 16-9 with a 1.98 GAA and a .940 SP.

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