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Steen’s New Home

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2010 by davepoleck

It looks like Alexander Steen has find a home with the up and coming St. Louis Blues. Earlier this summer, he signed a four year extension with the team; and he has recently been named an assistant captain. That speaks volumes of the Blues faith in Steen as their other A’s are David Backes and Erik Johnson, two players that are going to be key to their continued progression.

Steen was one of the lone bright spots on a team that was full of offensive disappointments, finishing with 47 points in 68 games, many of those coming in the second half of the season. While the Blues top six is crowded, it looks like he will probably fit in on the second line and should be able to produce with the number of talented wingers they have.

Hey good job Toronto. Lee Stempniak for Steen and Carlo. Great deal for the team.

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Daily Thoughts

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2009 by davepoleck

So on nights where I get to watch a lot of hockey and have time, I am going to these daily thoughts. It is a lot easier than doing individual posts on all of the things that I want to talk about.

Man the Flyers are sucking. After being down 1-0, there were three¬†fights in 16 seconds!! I don’t really know what they were thinking because the game was in Pittsburgh, and that type of thing normally gets the crowd going. Well yeah, the Penguins scored 36 seconds after the third fight.

Clearly the issue was not with John Stevens. There are rumours that there is a locker room split between the young and the old. Pronger and Laperriere were brought in during the offseason, so maybe their demanding presence is not appreciated by guys like captain Mike Richards or Jeff Carter. Whatever the issue is, grow the fuck up! If this is the real issue on the team, I don’t think that Team Canada brass will want that in their locker room during a two week tournament; and believe me, they will go with Chris Pronger over the younger guys. Jeff Carter has two points in his last eight games, Richards has three.

The Blues played hard tonight in a come from behind RARE home win against the Flames. The Blues are a solid team in all positions and have definitely been playing below expectations this season. But if things start rolling for them, they are yet another team that will be battling for a playoff spot in the West. David Backes is finally getting on track, just in time to be named to Team USA for the Olympics. He has nine points in his last nine games. Brad Boyes had a big night with three assists, and has nine points in his last eleven games. TJ Oshie has the winner on a sick shot late in the third. If either him or Patrik Berglund (aka Peter Mueller version 2.0) get rolling a little bit, I think St. Louis could make a move up the standings.

Jarome Iginla has gone cold in the goal department with zero in his last seven games and only one in his last eleven. And what is going to happen when Olli Jokinen’s contract is up next season. I am sure he will ask for $4-5 million, so I doubt the Sutters will go for re-signing him in Calgary. He only has 22 points in 32 games. Those are not the numbers of someone who makes $5 million. This has all of the makings of a player that Glen Sather will overpay for. The Rangers need someone to play with Gaborik…not that I think Jokinen is the right answer, but Sather has made so many bad moves in the past I would not be surprised. Then again, I also would not be surprised to see him fired.

Don’t look now but the Nashville Predators are turning into an offensive powerhouse. Continue reading

Fast Finish, Slow Start

Posted in Carolina Hurricanes, St. Louis Blues with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2009 by davepoleck

Everyone always talks about how the dreaded Stanley Cup hangover threatens the two teams that make it to the finals. But so far this season, there are two teams suffering from what I call the Hot Finish hangover. Continue reading