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Cool Story of the Week

Posted in Vancouver Canucks with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by davepoleck

Thanks to the guys at DobberHockey for this one. In the Canucks 2-0 loss to Edmonton on Tuesday night, the boxscore states that Cory Schneider was put in net for 0:29 seconds of the game. This wasn’t because of an injury or equipment malfunction for Luongo, but it was an effort by the Canucks to get Schneider to his 25th game of the regular season. Those 0:29 seconds gives him 24 on the year, meaning if he starts one of the Canucks final games, he will hit the quarter century mark.

The significance of this is that playing 25 games makes him (and Luongo) eligible to win the William Jennings Trophy for lowest combined GAA. It is even more significant because in 2008-09, Schneider won the AHL version of the Jennings (Holmes) and the Vezina (Bastien) for best goalie. Mike Dunham is the only other goalie to win both the Jennings and Holmes award in their career.

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Ritola Claimed by Lightning

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by davepoleck

Mattias Ritola was a long term experiment for the Red Wings that just didn`t turn out as expected. He was mediocre at best during the preseason, and has never impressed in any of his three seasons in Grand Rapids.

The reason I`m mentioning his claim by the Lightning is because as mentioned in my Southeast Division Breakout Candidate article, the Lightning are extremely thin in their bottom six. Another promising note for Ritola is that obviously Steve Yzerman would be the most knowledgeable person on him as a player outside of the Wings`current organization. For Yzerman to claim him means that he sees some potential. Hopefully he is given a chance before being sent down to Norfolk.

Keeper Draft Day

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2010 by davepoleck

The draft for my keeper league that is going into its’ second season is tomorrow night. I can’t wait to get this thing rolling. We keep 15 players, so the draft is only going to be seven rounds which should only take about half an hour. You can guarantee that Hall and Seguin will go 1 & 2. After that, everything is up in the air.

In the wake of me potentially stealing my new favorite fan’s 1st round choice, I thought of this awesome video from teh 2009 NHL Draft where Burke tells Brian Murray he is taking Kadri in round 1:

Maltby to Re-Sign

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , on September 7, 2010 by davepoleck

Reports out of Detroit say that the Wings will re-sign veteran Kirk Maltby to a one year, two way deal that will likely start him off in Grand Rapids to begin the 2010-11 season. I still feel like Maltby could have found work somewhere in the NHL, but it was more a story of him wanting to stick with the team that gave him the big break as well as four Stanley Cup rings. He hasn’t played an AHL game since 1995-96.

The Wings already have more than 12 forwards who will likely be with the big team to start the season, so the only chance of him coming up is if they go through some injuries like they had last year. Even in that situation, Mattias Ritola has been waiting quite a while to get some good NHL experience; so he will be first to go.

Maltby was always kind of the third wheel of The Grind Line, behind more exciting guys like Darren McCarty and Kris Draper. He was still effective at not shutting up for entire seasons at a time, but his name definitely never showed up on the score sheet in as many of the big scenarios as the other two did. But nonetheless, he was there in 1997 and in 2008, he played with Stevie and Shanny to Igor and Vlad, to one year stays like Ray Whitney and Wendel Clark. Here is one of my favorite moments:

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.

Oh, Hey AHL

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2010 by davepoleck

Doing its’ best impersonation of the NBA, the AHL will come off of an seven gameless day break to finally begin the Calder Cup Final between the Hershey Bears and Texas Stars. As defending champs, Hershey is the overwhelming favorite to win agains the underdog Stars.

PK Back to Hamilton For Game 7

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

The Montreal Canadiens have sent down both PK Subban and Ben Maxwell; both are going to be available to play in Game 7 tomorrow night against the Texas Stars. In 14 playoff games for the Habs, Subban had one goal and seven assists. In the six games he played during the early stages of Hamilton’s playoff run, he had three goals and six assists.

Maybe he can help get some more fans to those games at Copps.