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I Love the Offseason

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 22, 2010 by davepoleck

Here are the headlines on a very, very busy day for me at work…and in the NHL

– Matt Cooke re-signed with the Penguins

– The NHL’s Brett Favre, Scott Niedermayer, is set to announce his retirement today

– Plekanec is on the verge of signing a long term deal with the Habs. Not sure if I like him long term, especially for the money he will likely get after a breakout year.

– Pat Quinn has stepped down as Oilers’ coach and will be replaced by Tom Renney. Quinn will stay on in an advisory role.

– Nathan Horton and Gregory Campbell to Boston for Dennis Wideman and the 15th overall pick. You can thank the Leafs for this one. No way they would move their top pick if they didn’t have #2 overall.

– I thought the Hall of Fame inductees were going to be out at noon?

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Bertuzzi Re-Signs

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , on June 17, 2010 by davepoleck

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The Red Wings have re-signed Todd Bertuzzi to a two year deal with a cap hit of $1.94 million. With 18 players now under contract for 2010-11, the Wings are at just over $54 million in salary. They still have to re-sign RFAs Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Drew Miller and Patrick Eaves, and may try to fit in Andres Lilja.

Detroit knows exactly what they are getting with Bertuzzi. The positives are that he will bring some more secondary scoring, net presence for the 2nd PP unit and always has a trick up his sleeve when called for the shootout. On the downside, he is a  defensive liability and is always a common target for the men in stripes. Fortunately, I think the reason why Bertuzzi fits well in Detroit is because his flaws are masked by the strong defensive system that they play (or at least more than they would be on another team).

In looking for a 40-50 point guy, the Wings would not have been able to do any better with the $1.94 million cap hit they are taking on this deal. Looking at last year’s scorers, Niklas Hagman ($3 million) and Scott Hartnell ($4.2 million) had 44 points with Bertuzzi, and guys like Kariya ($6 million), Boyes ($4 million) and Blake ($4 million) were all below that mark.

Assuming the Wings don’t go through the injury problems they did last season, my guess is Bertuzzi will be good for 40 + points again, but could see his time cut depending on the play of Jiri Hudler or if either Eaves or Miller step up their offensive game.

Capital Gain

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2010 by davepoleck

Image: Nicklas Backstrom

Rumour has it that RFA Nicklas Backstrom has re-signed with the Washinton Capitals for 10 years, somewhere between $60-70 million. Backstrom is would be one of the top centres in the League no matter what, but playing with Ovechkin obviously doesn’t hurt. He came into the League as a set up centreman, but over his first three seasons his goal totals were 14, 22 and 33 this past year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him be a consistent 35+ goal man as he enters his prime.

I doubt the Caps re-sign Theodore, but they need a new deal for Michal Neuvirth this year, and Varlamov next. Unless they shop Semin, signing Backstrom to this deal means Brendan Morrison won’t be back and probably one of Tomas Fleischmann or Eric Fehr, both are RFAs. Scott Walker and Eric Belanger could stick around if they want to take a pay cut, but that doesn’t seem to happen anywhere but Detroit.