Wednesday, September 28, 2011

In A Tough Western Conference, The Edmonton Oilers Wont Be Able To KeepUp


In recent years the highlight of many Edmonton Oilers' fan's season has been the NHL Entry draft, due to the fact the Oilers have had a pick within the first 10 selections in the last three drafts. However, the reason the Oilers have had such high draft picks is due to the fact the organization has not had the most successful seasons in recent memory.

The Oilers finished the last two seasons in last place in both the Western Conference and NHL with a point total of 62.

On the other hand, given the Oilers' recent misfortune they have been able to bring in players like, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, that will all have bright careers in the NHL and eventually put Edmonton back in the contender column.

However, that time will not be next season.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Why Corey Perry Will Not Repeat As The Hart Trophy Winner

Last season, Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks walked away from the NHL Awards Show with the Hart Trophy, which is given annually to the leagues most valuable player. Perry finished the season with 50 goals,  and 48 assists, totalling 98 points.

Perry finished out the season number one in scoring, Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos finished in second five goals behind Perry. However, Perry ended the season third in points behind Daniel Sedin's 104 and Martin St. Louis' 99.

The last player to win the Hart Trophy in back-to-back seasons was Alex Ovechkin in '07-'08 and '08-'09, when he posted 112 and 110 points respectively.

 At the end of the 2011-2012 season, Perry will not be the NHL's newest repeat winner, and here is why.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pacioretty Takes Contact, Ready For Return

In recent days Max Pacioretty has said that he has healed 100 percent and is ready to make his return to the NHL. After taking part in the Montreal Canadiens training camp he has taken some hits, like the one below, and feels that he is ready to take his recovery to the next step and play in a preseason game.



In an interview with Arpon Basu of NHL.com Pacioretty said, "It's good to finnally get some physicallity going, to take a couple of hits and give some as well. My neck's feeling great and I'm ready to go." After taking that hip check from Canadiens prospect, Alexei Yemelin, I believe him.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Callahan Goes From Possible Arbitration To Team Captain

Just a month and a half ago, Ryan Callahan and the New York Rangers were in a bit of a stand off. Both sides found themselves disagreeing on the terms of Callahan's new contract. However, the day before the Rangers and Callahan were set to go to arbitration, they came to terms on a three year deal worth nearly $13 million.


Fast forward to today, when Callahan was named the Captain of the Rangers. His alternate captains being Brad Richards and Marc Staal.


Callahan, a New York native, was drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round (127th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Since coming into the league during the '06-'07 season, Callahan has scored 76 goals, tallied 144 points, and played in 284 games, all with the Rangers.


In an interview with Dan Rosen of NHL.com, shortly after being named captain, Callahan said, "I started from draft picks doing the prospects camps and Traverse City, and looking back on all that now being named captain, it's a little bit of a surreal feeling."

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Tim Connolly Looks To Rebound In Toronto

During the off-season, Toronto Maple Leafs' General Manager, Brian Burke, signed two offensively talented players. One of those players being Tim Connolly, who signed a two year $9.5 million contract in July. 


However, along with Connolly comes a career plagued with injury filled seasons. Over the last five seasons, where Connolly played with the Buffalo Sabres, he was limited to just 239 games out of a possible 410  regular season games.


During the '06-'07 season Connolly missed 80 games due to concussion problems, and has missed games since because of reoccurring hip, groin, and back injuries.


Moving forward into Toronto, Connolly would like to improve on his last two seasons where he acquired 65 points in 73 games two seasons ago, and 42 points in 68 games last season.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Another Tragedy In The Hockey World


Over recent months, the hockey community has been hit hard with the deaths of Derek Boogard, Wade Belak, and Rick Rypien. With the most recent being Belak's death, just over a week ago.

Unfortunately before the world of hockey could regain its composure, it was hit with another tragedy. Earlier today, a plane carrying the Kontinental Hockey League's Yaroslavl Lokomotiv crashed and claimed the lives of at least 43 passengers.

Lokomotiv confirmed that the entire starting roster, some youth players, and support staff were aboard the plane.

In an interview with NHL.com, Vladamir Malkov said, "We have no team anymore. All our starting players, and all the service people, they all burned in the crash."

Among those on the plane were former NHLers, Pavol Demitra, Ruslan Salei, Karel Rachunek, Karlis Skrastins, Josef Vasicek, Alexander Vasyunov, and former coach Brad Mccrimmon.

Russian aviation officials have reported that two passengers survived the crash but are in critical condition.

My deepest condolences go out to the family, friends, and those who were affected by today's losses.

Rather than end the post on a grim note, here are some of the highlights of those lost. Celebrate what they have done with their time on this Earth, and be jealous of the pick up game that is going on in heaven right now.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Winnipeg Jets' Jerseys Are... Disappointing


Since the the Atlanta Thrashers were sold to True North Sports & Entertainment, many questions have surrounded the newly revived Winnipeg franchise.

What will the name the team?

What will the Jets' new logos be?

What jerseys will the new logos be placed on?

Over time, answers to those questions presented themselves. The franchise chose to keep the Jets as the name of the franchise, and to design new logos that paid tribute to True North and the Canadian Air Force.

But both the Jets fan base, and hockey world, would have to wait to see what the new Winnipeg Jets jerseys would look like. The wait came an end today, as team captain, Andrew Ladd, Nik Antropov, Mark Stuart, and Eric Fehr modeled the team's new uniforms.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Can Mike Smith Fill The Hole In Phoenix's Net?


It has become some what routine to read stories about the Phoenix Coyotes putting together a strong season under the leadership of team captain, Shane Doan, and coach, Dave Tippett, despite off ice drama and ownership problems.

However, going into next season the Coyotes will be without Ilya Bryzgalov, the record holder for wins in a Coyotes sweater, and the back bone of the franchise for much of the last four seasons.

Bryzgalov had been the bread and butter for the Coyotes, he racked up 130 wins, surpassed 25 wins each of his four seasons with the club, and hit 42 wins two seasons ago.

Rightfully so, after Bryzgalov exited stage left, the Coyotes were left with a sizable hole between the pipes and no one was sure how, or who would step in to fill the void.

Enter Mike Smith.

Friday, September 2, 2011

The Flames Will Soon Have To Look Towards A Youth Movement


When the Calgary Flames are brought up in a conversation, people automatically see the faces of Jarome Iginla, Mikka Kiprusoff, and Rene Bourque. These players have been the center pieces for this franchise since as early as 1995. Making them a bit older than the rest of the league.

Along with those previously mentioned, the rest of the Flames roster are on the older side as well. Olli Jokinen, 32, and Brendan Morrison, 36,  are two of the ten players in the Flames line-up that are 30 years old or older. Which contributes to the Flames having an average of 30 years old, making them the third oldest team in the league behind only the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings.

Although the Flames have a cast that have been around the league for quite some time, they have continued to be in the playoff race in recent history. They finished in 10th place the previous two seasons, after late season pushes fell short, and finished in 5th place in the West three seasons ago.

But, one thing lingers on the minds of Flames faithful, how much longer can the Flames be among the NHL's best with a roster chalk full of seasoned vets.