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Kovalchuk for….

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

I still don’t get where this picture came from.

The NHL announced tonight that they will be fining the New Jersey Devils $3 million and forcing them to forfeit their 3rd round draft pick in 2011 and a first round pick in one of the next four drafts as punishment for circumventing the league’s salary cap on the original deal to Ilya Kovalchuk.

According to TSN, the Devils get to pick which year they want to give up their pick, and have to notify the League the day following the conclusion of the Stanley Cup Finals of that particular year.

There had been bad deals before this one; Hossa, Pronger and Savard come into mind; but Kovalchuk’s original 17 year deal was an absolute joke. The chances of Kovalchuk playing well into his 40’s are about as good as Toronto winning the Cup. While I obviously disagree with what they did, I think the penalty is pretty damn harsh considering these other teams have been charged with nothing to date.

Take this into consideration; with this fine, in order trade for and to keep Kovalchuk this season, the Devils have now given up:

  •  Niclas Bergfors
  • Johnny Oduya
  • prospect Patrice Cormier
  • 1st & 2nd round pick in 2010
  • $3 million fine
  • another 1st round pick
  • 3rd round pick in 2011
  • AND they are now likely going to have to dump a contract in order to fit under the cap.

All for a guy who has only won one playoff game.

Colby To UFA

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

Forward Colby Armstrong #20 of the Atlanta Thrashers celebrates his third period goal during the game against the Washington Capitals at Philips Arena on October 10, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia.  The Thrashers beat the Capitals 7-4.

According to my favorite HockeyCentral host, Darren Millard, the Atlanta Thrashers offered Colby Armstrong a last minute deal he has decided to test free agency for the first time in his career. Armstrong made $2.4 million last season, but after his lowest point total in his career, it might be difficult to justify an upgrade. If he comes in around $2 million there should be a lot of takers for the fifth year pro.

Which team doesn’t need a physical winger that has the potential to get 40 points? Continue reading

Blockbuster ish

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by davepoleck

Wow. This offseason keeps getting better.

To Atlanta: Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel and Akim Aliu

To Chicago: 24th pick, 54th pick, Jeremy Morin and Marty Reasoner

Wow. Can you imagine Byfuglien and Kane together in a few years. Both those picks are NJ’s that came over in the Kovalchuk deal. The Hawks drop $5.3 million off their roster in losing Buff and Sopel’s contracts. Eager is a RFA, so he will have to be re-signed by Atlanta. They add on Reasoner’s $1.15 million for next season only.

Atlanta just got a lot meaner and Chicago’s wallets just got a lot lighter.

Savard-Kessel Reunion?

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , on June 23, 2010 by davepoleck

With the recent departure of Dennis Wideman, Boston has a big hole on their back end: powerplay quarterback. Their top four next year are currently look like this: Continue reading

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?

Halak to the Blues

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

Wow…and here I was doing a blog on the NHL Cover Curse.

Jaroslav Halak has been traded to the St. Louis Blues for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. There is obviously something going on behind the scenes here because this is a pretty uneven deal in favour of the Blues. St. Louis gets the MVP of the Playoffs until his departure for yes, a great prospect in Lars Eller and power forward with little upside.

The report is that there were no contract talks between Halak and the Blues before the deal, so he could technically not even sign there. But still, I would have expected AT LEAST one roster player from a Blues team that has a ton of offensive talent to part with. Instead, the Habs are sticking with their golden boy Price and the GMs in the Northeast Division are left having a texting circle jerk about how many goals they will score this year.

Halak’s top saves of the Playoffs.

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Spezza Rumours

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

Here we go again, Ottawa!

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Offers for Kaberle

Posted in Hockey Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2010 by davepoleck

Brian Burke was on Hockeycentral just after noon today and noted that they have received two packages for the always rumoured to be traded Tomas Kaberle. He described them as more than nibbles, which prompted him to talk to Dave Nonis about sending a memo to all of the teams describing how Kaberle’s no trade clause works.

I think Kaberle will be gone at the Draft this year. The question is whether it is going to for prospects or picks. I am sure Brian Burke would love to get back into the first round by moving Kaberle, but let’s face it, he is 32 and hasn’t cracked 60 points since 2005-06. That may change on a better team, but his defensive liabilities are still a cause for concern.

I read somewhere last week that Damien Cox thought the Leafs could be in talks with Columbus for the 4th overall pick. Ya Damien. That pick will probably be either Cam Fowler or Erik Gudbranson, both high level defensemen who are 10+ years younger than Kaberle. While the Blue Jackets do have a lot of forward prospects that the Leafs could use, I think everyone is pretty sure that Kaberle wants to stay in the Eastern Conference.

I am thinking the Rangers were one of the teams that sent an offer.

Trade Malkin?

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

Are you kidding me? Sure the Penguins lost in Round 2, but trading the reigning Art Ross AND Conn Smythe winner!?!?!

The thought actually makes sense for the Pittsburgh Penguins. John Grigg of The Hockey News agrees in his latest article. He even suggests what would be an absolute blockbuster of a trade:

An Equal Trade

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

The Benoit Pouliot-Guillaume Latendresse trade is something that has been talked about a lot recently. When this trade happened, it was one of those very rare instances in today’s NHL when two young roster players are traded one for one. Both players had pretty much warn out their welcome on the teams that drafted them; Pouliot with Minnesota and Latendresse with the Habs.

I just wanted to show what their current rate of production would look like over an 82 game season.  Obviously it would be a lot to expect both to continue at this pace into next season, but pretty freaking amazing pro rated stats thus far:

  Guillaume Latendresse   Benoit Pouliot
GP   40       25
G   21       14
A   9       5
PTS   30       19
GP   82       82
G   43       46
A   18       16
PTS   61       62