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Devils Win Lottery

Posted in New Jersey Devils, NHL Draft with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2011 by davepoleck

For the first time since 2007, a team other than the last place team has won the Draft Lottery. In doing so, New Jersey and their 3.6% chance of winning move from 8th and 4th and will likely be looking at Sean Couturier as their new number one centre of the future.

It’s funny how things work out. New Jersey, a team that has been one of the most successful franchises over the past two decades, had the #1 pick all but locked up until a midseason resurgence that saw them push their way out of the basement and in contention for a playoff spot. With the pick of a ball they erase half of that late season push and have an excellent shot at an elite player. On the flip side, the Sens are a team that has been in turmoil for the past three seasons. Their addition of Craig Anderson at the deadline vaulted them out of the league’s basement. Now that late run has cost Ottawa their 5th overall pick in the draft.

The new top 8 of the Draft looks like this:

  1. Edmonton Oilers
  2. Colorado Avalanche
  3. Florida Panthers
  4. New Jersey Devils
  5. New York Islanders
  6. Ottawa Senators
  7. Atlanta Thrashers
  8. Columbus Blue Jackets

Northeast Division Breakout Candidates

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2010 by davepoleck

Here they are for the dreaded Northeast Division, home of the 3-0 Toronto Maple Leafs:

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One For The Ages

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by davepoleck

I hate Greg Millen so much. Why would Beauchemin “fill in” Alexei Kovalev. The guy is clearly out of his element, having only fought three times in his career (vs Dave Gagner, Alex Hicks and Darcey Tucker…I love, so Beauchemin did the right thing, gave him a few shots and let him off easy. Good for Mike Fisher sticking up for Karlsson and going after tough guy Rosehill.

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.

Volchenkov to Hit the Market

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , on June 21, 2010 by davepoleck

According to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, UFA Anton Volchenkov will not be re-signed by the Sens and his rights could be dealt very soon, much like what happened with Dan Hamhuis over the weekend.

This is a huge addition to the free agent market as Volchenkov is one of the premier shut down men in the League. While his health is always a risk, Volchenkov is widely regarded as the best shot blocker in the NHL. There may be a correlation there. In the Sens’ six game series against Pittsburgh this past offseason, he had 32 blocked shots.

Although he will never be a 25+ point guy, he will still receive a decent increase from the $2.5 million he made last season, especially when a guy like Mike Commodore makes $3.75 million. That should give him a lot of bargaining power.

The Sens will definitely look to deal him for some offensive help over the next week. The likely target would have to be the Vancouver Canucks; a very fragile back end, but a ton of talent up front with not enough ice to go around. While Volchenkov’s injury history would just add to the headaches that Mitchell, Salo and Bieksa already bring, maybe his shotblocking would cover a few of the holes Luongo seems to have in him lately.

Spezza Rumours

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , on June 4, 2010 by davepoleck

Here we go again, Ottawa!

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Sens Should Be Proud

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

Check out my article over at The Hockey Writers on what should be going through the minds of Senators’ management and fan base after their opening round loss to Pittsburgh: