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Western Conference Predictions

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

This will probably be a lot quicker than the East predictions because there is a lot to get to before the season kicks off Thursday at noon. Still don’t know why there needs to be three full days without hockey before things get underway, but oh well:

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Phoenix Centre-Mania

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

Switching over to Phoenix, maybe Toronto should look into making a deal with them as they now have as many centres as the Leafs do defense; Belanger, Hanzal, Ebbett, Turris, Wolski, Fiddler and training camp invitee Kyle Wellwood. WOW.

Looks like Wolski will move back to the wing and Wellwood will also have to if he wants a spot in their top six. Eric Belanger has third line centre written all over him no matter what team he plays for, so does that mean Hanzal and Turris are 1 & 2. Hanzal really developed his game last year into one of the premier shut down centres in the entire league, but he still has a lot of skill.

Turris spent all of last season in the AHL after making the big club in 2008-09. The former 3rd overall pick (behind Kane and JvR) will get his shot in the top six this year. I still don’t get why the Coyotoes rushed him and Boedker into the NHL (Boedker was straight out of the draft as an 18 year old) as it has clearly stunted both of their growth.

Boedker also spent most of last season playing for San Antonio, but only had 38 points in 64 games. Now he is a longshot to even make the Phoenix roster out of camp because of his disappointing year and that they team added wingers Lee Stempniak and Ray Whitney to their top six over the summer. If Boedker had went straight to AHL or even stayed another year in Kitchener, then played the full season there last year as well, maybe the Coyotes wouldn’t have felt the need to bring back Lee for another season.

Belanger Deal Drama

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

So according to newly signed Phoenix Coyote Eric Belanger, he had a verbal deal in place with the Washington Capitals that would bring him back to the team for one year at $1.85 million. The deal was supposed to go through  after the Caps cleared up some space with a trade. What that trade was is complete speculation because it obviously never happened, thus Belanger signed a one year deal with Phoenix earlier this week. Belanger lost out on $1.1 million between the two deals!

Although the Caps just re-signed Fleischmann, I keep hearing that he will be used as trade bait throughout the season. His second half performance definitely doesn’t bode well on a team that is absolutely going to have to move some bodies before next season starts. UFAs next year are Fleischmann, Semin, Knuble, Laich and Tom Poti, while both Varlamov and Neuvirth are RFAs.

Doan Out, No Changes For Wings

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on April 20, 2010 by davepoleck

Although it was rumoured a possibility yesterday, Shane Doan will not be in Phoenix’s lineup tonight after crashing into the boards and injuring his right shoulder midway through Game 3. Unfortunately for Detroit, the Coyotes used his absence as a rallying point and took over Game 3 after the injury. The Wings on the other hand, need to take advantage of the fact that Phoenix’s leader and most experienced player is not in the lineup tonight, and take it to them from the get-go.

I am kind of surprised by the fact that there will be no line changes for Detroit tonight. Trailing 3-1 in the 3rd, they moved Johan Franzen to a line with Zetterberg and Bertuzzi, and put Filppula with Datsyuk and Homer. The Zetterberg line responded with a goal on their first shift and one more that was waved off.

My only thinking is that Babcock wants to give Datsyuk some size on his line, thus keeping Franzen there. Pavel was absolutely dominated by 6’6″, 230 lbs Czech, Martin Hanzal in Game 3. Babcock better acknowledge this and use his ability to have last change to get the Datsyuk line going. But if things don’t go well tonight, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Franzen-Datsyuk-Zetterberg group lineup for one of the few times this season.

Snakes on a Rink

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on April 14, 2010 by davepoleck

The rumours came true after Phoenix scored their first goal of the 2010 playoffs; the fans threw a god damn snake on the ice.