Archive for June, 2010

Rise and Fall of Cheechoo

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by davepoleck

The Ottawa Senators have waived Jonathan Cheechoo, which will likely result in him being bought out by the team before Thursday’s Free Agency kickoff. Cheechoo’s fall from an elite scorer was just as quick as the rise he had post lockout post Joe Thornton being traded to the Sharks. He went from a Rocket Richard winner in 2005-06 to being a piece in the trade that brought over Dany Heatley to a regular in the Ottawa press box and then all the way down to the NHL to finish the 2009-10 season.

    GP G A PTS
2002-03 San Jose Sharks 66 9 7 16
2003-04 San Jose Sharks 81 28 19 47
2005-06 San Jose Sharks 82 56 37 93
2006-07 San Jose Sharks 76 37 32 69
2007-08 San Jose Sharks 69 23 14 37
2008-09 San Jose Sharks 66 12 17 29
2009-10 Ottawa Senators 61 5 9 14

Cheechoo will not be signed for more than a one year deal, if he even is at all. But there has to be a team out there that thinks they have the playmaking centre that can help him rekindle the touch he had in the first two post lockout seasons. Cheechoo wasn’t just a guy who could put the puck in; he was a very hard worker that was capable of playing on any line in pretty much any situation. In the Sharks’ 2007 series with the Wings, he was easily their most dangerous and terrifying player. That is one thing I remember about him during that series; whenever the Sharks needed a boost, it wasn’t (and still isn’t) Marleau or Thornton, it was Cheechoo.

Great THN Articles

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by davepoleck

The Hockey News

The Hockey News has two great articles up right now on the recent NHL Entry Draft that any hockey fan should check out.

The first is an edition of “The Hot List” by Ryan Kennedy, where he looks at the top draft day steals. He dives deep into this past weekend’as action to see which teams got the best bang for their buck.

In another great edition of “Fantasy Pool Look”, Darryl Dobbs predicts the top 20 fantasy producers that will come out of the 2010 Draft. While the list is mainly a mash of the top 30 players picked (except for the Wings’ Jarnkrok: 51st overall), it definitely shows Dobber’s ability to forecast players upside and also takes into consideration their potential on the team that drafted them.

Modano Done in Dallas

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2010 by davepoleck

The Dallas Stars have officially let Mike Modano know that they will not be offering him a contract for the 2010-11 season. Wasn’t this confirmed back in April when they played a goodbye montage for him during his last game in Dallas….

More Proof: Sutter Sucks

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by davepoleck

As if it wasn’t certain that Darryl Sutter’s time should be up in Calgary, Eric Duhatschek makes a great point about his recent decisions on Twitter.

If Sutter had just kept Jokinen and his expiring contract, it would have saved the $4 million over 4 years to make Kotalik go away

Kotalik was part of the deal that got rid of the stain named Olli Jokinen in Calgary. However, with Kotalik came his $3 million deal for the next two seasons. Jokinen is now an unrestricted free agent, so the Rangers are free of his contract. Kotalik’s best season came right after the lockout on the President’s Trophy winning Buffalo Sabres (25 g, 37 a). His other seasons (since 2002-03) have seen him with totals of 35, 26, 28, 43, 43 and 27 in his last year split between New York and Calgary.

Did Sutter really have to burden the Flames just to get rid of burden that he had already put on them a season before? He only played 45 games with the Rangers!! Why would a team give up on a player so easily if he had anything left in the tank?

Poor Jarome….

Colby To UFA

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by davepoleck

Forward Colby Armstrong #20 of the Atlanta Thrashers celebrates his third period goal during the game against the Washington Capitals at Philips Arena on October 10, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Thrashers beat the Capitals 7-4.

According to my favorite HockeyCentral host, Darren Millard, the Atlanta Thrashers offered Colby Armstrong a last minute deal he has decided to test free agency for the first time in his career. Armstrong made $2.4 million last season, but after his lowest point total in his career, it might be difficult to justify an upgrade. If he comes in around $2 million there should be a lot of takers for the fifth year pro.

Which team doesn’t need a physical winger that has the potential to get 40 points? Continue reading

Mock Draft Results

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2010 by davepoleck

So in the end I did just ok in the Mock Draft from late last week. Out of the 30 first round picks, I only got five:

1. Taylor Hall (Edm)
2. Tyler Seguin (Bos)
3. Erik Gudbranson (Fla)
9. Mikael Granlund (Min)
26. Evgeny Kuznetsov (Wash)

Of the 30 picks, another five of mine weren’t even picked in the first round:

31. Tyler Pitlick (I had 23rd)
33. John McFarland (I had 29th)
36. Alexander Petrovic (30th)
38. Jon Merrill (25th)
49. Calvin Pickard (28th…ouch)

There is a contest on DobberHockey to guess where the free agents land starting Canada Day, so I will post those picks too.

Babcock on Wings’ Lines

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , on June 28, 2010 by davepoleck

I will get to a weekend/Draft recap at some point today…but right now the most important thing is that Mike Babcock talked about the lines for the 2010-11 season. And in talking about that he mentions that he will be starting Datsyuk and Zetterberg on a line together in order to get them going right away. Here is what he briefly suggested:

Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Holmstrom
Bertuzzi-Filppula-Franzen
Cleary-Abdelkader-Hudler
Draper-Helm-Eaves/Miller

Wings Will Pick Most Talented

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on June 25, 2010 by davepoleck

The Red Wings longtime draft philosophy has been to draft the best player available, regardless of their position. That philosophy will be in place later tonight when the Wings have the 21st pick in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. It is their highest pick since the 2005 Lottery Draft, when they selected Jakub Kindl 19th overall.

Normally I can give a guess as to who they might pick, or at least what position; but after about the 7th overall pick, the prospects could go in any order. The field is that wide open.

2010 NHL Mock Draft

Posted in Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 by davepoleck

I absolutely love the NHL Draft, but every single year, something comes up that makes me miss watching it live. Last year was a bit drawn out, but still; the intensity, the interaction between teams, the anticipation of who might get traded or which prospects will rise or fall, it is awesome! I don’t think I can last the weekend without finding out what happened, so there goes my idea of taping it and watching it Sunday when I’m home.

When doing this, I put heavy consideration into who was picking in what spot. Basically, if there is a trade for a first round pick….I’m fucked…. Continue reading

Blockbuster ish

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by davepoleck

Wow. This offseason keeps getting better.

To Atlanta: Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and Akim Aliu

To Chicago: 24th pick, 54th pick, Jeremy Morin and Marty Reasoner

Wow. Can you imagine Byfuglien and Kane together in a few years. Both those picks are NJ’s that came over in the Kovalchuk deal. The Hawks drop $5.3 million off their roster in losing Buff and Sopel’s contracts. Eager is a RFA, so he will have to be re-signed by Atlanta. They add on Reasoner’s $1.15 million for next season only.

Atlanta just got a lot meaner and Chicago’s wallets just got a lot lighter.