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Yaaaa Florida…

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

Michael Grabner has been claimed by the New York Islanders.

I was pretty surprised hearing over the weekend that Florida had waived prospect Michael Grabner; this was a former 1st round pick who has a lot of skill and while he definitely didn`t meet expectations in training camp, he is a former 1st round pick who has a lot of skill!! I know the Panthers got a first round pick along with Grabner in the Ballard trade, but don`t you think they would do their research before acquiring Grabner. Now they have lost a former 14th overall pick for nothing to a team that they will fight it out for bottom in the NHL with.

Grabner to Long Island is very intriguing because the recent injury to Kyle Okposo leaves a pretty big spot in their top six on the right side. If Grabner could find some chemistry with John Tavares early, it could be a huge breakout year for him.

Other notable waived players:

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Day of Complication

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 11, 2010 by davepoleck

Mike Richards #18 of the Philadelphia Flyers and Dan Girardi #5 of the New York Rangers fight on March 15, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.The Rangers defeated the Flyers 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Richards;Dan Girardi

Everything gets a lot more confusing in the Eastern Conference.

The big game of the day is the showdown between the Rangers and Flyers; winner gets in. It doesn’t get any better than this on the last day of the season. A win from either team would give them the same number of points as the Habs, so this one is going to come down to the tiebreaker system.

If Philly wins, they jump Montreal and finish in 7th in the East (according to tiebreaker rule #2). If New York wins, they will have the exact same record as the Habs (39-33-10), and the tiebreaker goes to their season series. Since Montreal won the series, they would finish 7th, New York in 8th vs Washington.

Boston has clinched 6th and will face either Buffalo, NJ or Pittsburgh.

The 2nd, 3rd and 4th seeds were made a lot simpler with the Penguins being shutout by Atlanta last night. With that loss, they can no longer win the Atlantic Division and will face Ottawa in round 1 for the third time in four seasons. Now it just comes down to Buffalo vs New Jersey; if the Devils get a point, they finish 2nd. If Buffalo wins in regulation, they take the 2 spot. The Bruins will be watching this game closely.

Eastern Battle

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 20, 2010 by davepoleck

Daniel Paille #20 of the Boston Bruins is tripped up by Johan Hedberg #1 and Christoph Schubert #16 of the Atlanta Thrashers on December 30, 2009 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts.

While the Western playoff race is pretty much down to two more teams with a slim possibility of Nashville being brought down, the East has three teams all in the mix for the final playoff spot. While it would be difficult to call whoever comes out of this battle a winner, due to their eventual meeting with the mighty Capitals in round 1, there is one team who can obviously benefit most from getting in.

Coming into the season, I thought the Bruins had the Northeast division absolutely locked up. Yeah, they lost Kessel; but they still had (what I thought was) a lot of secondary scoring and young talent that was ready to make the jump; Krejci, Wheeler, Ryder, Lucic, Wideman. When all is said and done, the Bruins will probably be the lowest scoring team in the NHL. They have lost their best player in Marc Savard, and Tim Thomas is not having a Vezina worthy season like he did a year ago. This team is pretty much gasping to stay alive in this race; the only reason they would make it is because of the deficiencies of the teams below them. To add to that, they already have the #2 overall pick in the draft all but locked up. This is definitely not a team to cheer for.

I have went into why Glen Sather is a terrible GM before, so I won’t stay on the subjet too long here, but it was yet another season where the team was carried by Henrik Lundqvist. No one stepped up, no one broke out, no one did anything more than what they were asked to. Aside from the King, there isn’t much to cheer for on the Rangers. Most of their players are overpaid washups from other teams (Redden, Prospal, Jokinen), and they will probably go through a makeover in the offseason considering they do have a lot of promising prospects.

Now, the team that everybody should be cheering for is the Atlanta Thrashers. First and foremost, the Thrashers have only made the playoffs once in their team history, and that saw them being swept by the Rangers in the first round. They are one of the teams whose franchise would benefit the most from at least getting into the playoffs. Playing AO and the Caps in the first round would probably be an added bonus for the team’s revenue as well.

Speaking of their matchup against the Caps, it would be a very exciting series if these two Southeast rivals met. Washington is 1st in goals for, Atlanta is 7th; Caps are 16th in goals against and the Thrash are 28th!!!

Another reason for pulling for Atlanta is their status as a permanent small market team in the League. They just lost their best player in Ilya Kovalchuk, and making the playoffs would require a supreme team effort from a bunch of players who have, for the most part, never been in the position to lead a team. They just seem to have a lot of likeable stories. Nik Antropov and Rich Peverley are having career years after being castoffs in Toronto and Nashville; Max Afinogenov is one of the comeback players of the year after spending most of his career in Lindy Ruff’s doghouse; and then promising rookies Niklas Bergfors, Evander Kane and sophomore Zach Bogosian. Add to that group journeyman goalie Johan Hedberg and goalie of the future Ondrej Pavelec, and this team has a lot more interesting parts.

The biggest hindrance that I see for Atlanta getting in is their last six games including an absolutely terrible schedule in April. Their last six games look like this:

Boston: Florida, Toronto, Washington, Buffalo, Carolina, Washington

New York: Tampa, Florida, Buffalo, Toronto, Philly, Philly 

Atlanta: Toronto, Washington, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Washington.

What….the….fuck NHL. They are going to need to win at least four of those games unless the Bruins and Rangers fall apart over the next 5 games. Go Thrashers!!