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Leafs’ Drought Hits Six Years

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2011 by davepoleck

…..and that’s seven if you want to include the lockout.

How has it already been seven seasons since this happened against the Flyers?! I guess time flies when you suck. But the optimist would say that hope is on the horizon. They could have three 30 goal scorers since who knows when, they have seen their third/fourth stringer in camp come up and be phenomenal for over three months, and they have a ton of cap space.With that said, I still think they need a ton of work. Continue reading


KHL Update

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

With (former) NHL exiles Jiri Hudler, Nikolai Zherdev and Nikita Filatov all back in North America, and Jaromir Jagr’s downfall over the past few seasons, there isn’t that much that would catch a casual observers eye in the KHL this year. Oh, except Alexander Radulov, who already has 24 points in his first 13 games of the new season.

No big deal there. Here are some highlights from his 2009/10 campaign where he took home the MVP award for the season.

MacArthur and Lashoff

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2010 by davepoleck

Thank god for something other than an Ilya Kovalchuk story!

With just a few weeks before training camp, the Leafs dipped back into the free agent market to add to their thin offense, and look to be taking their chance on a once prized prospect. Continue reading

NHL Goalie Landscape: Part 2- Looking For A Starter?

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

This is me trying to sort through the ridiculous amount of UFA goaltenders as of next Friday. Continue reading

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.

NHL Goalie Landscape: Part 1-Trades

Posted in Hockey Blogs with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 18, 2010 by davepoleck

As if the fact that the two goalies in the Cup Final made a combined $1.4 million last year didn’t worry GMs enough about their money allocation in goal, over half of the teams in the League have some big time decisions to make about who will be guarding the crease for their team in 2010-11. Continue reading

Bertuzzi Re-Signs

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


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.