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Sportsnet.ca — Depending on whether Edmonton Oilers forward Georges Laraque chooses to make it an issue, Los Angeles Kings winger Sean Avery could be in hot water again.
Yesterday I wrote that scoring is up 25% over the first hundred games. Today, I will examine the reasons why. I looked at shots per game, shooting percentage, penalties per game and powerplay efficiency. Each is up. However, not surprisingly it is penalties per game that seems to be having the greatest effect on the game. Amazingly, even strength goals per game are up only 3% this year.
The current 24 man roster of the New Jersey Devils has a collective salary of $43,579,929, more than $4.5 million over the $39 million salary-cap. Now, I fully understand that we are merely in the beginning stages of capology, and that there is much learning to be done by us fans about how it works. So how exactly is it that the Devils continue to bounce along playing in NHL games, seemingly unpunished? What is going on?
The 2005-06 season is now 100 games old and the initial results are positive. The multiple initiatives to increase scoring are working. At this point, teams are combining to score 6.4 goals per game, up from 5.1 goals in 03 and 5.3 goals in 02. This is a 25% increase over the 2003 seaosn. However this is still down from the 24 team early 90′s 7.5 goals per game.
The Fourth Period is reporting that Phoenix Coyotes centers Jeff Taffe and Krys Kolanos are on the trading block. At least one player will have to be moved to make room for Petr Nedved who may return midweek. Both players would have to clear waivers to return to the minors.
The St. Petersberg Times reported this morning that the Bolts are looking at Avalanche defenseman Bob Boughner. Lightning coach John Tortorella is impressed with Rookie Timo Helbling but covets a more experienced blueliner. Boughner, in his tenth season, is apparently being shopped by Colorado. However, his $950,000 salary may be too high for Tampa to fit under the cap.
For those of you who may or may not know, OLN has decided to blackout all of their NHL games to Cablevision customers unless Cablevision agrees to put OLN in their basic cable package. Not only is this ridiculous considering what fans have suffered through over the past 18 months, but it doesn’t look like a resolution is anywhere near happening.
The 2005-06 season will be very interesting, and after seeing a few games, here’s what I think we’ll be looking at in March at the deadline
Phoenixcoyotes.com is reporting that they have aquired Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman from Columbus for Mike Rupp, Cale Hulse, and Jason Chimera.
SI.com is reporting Ilya Kovalchuk is close to re-signing with the Atlanta Thrashers. On Thursday, Kovalchuk released a statement saying that he had not yet been contacted by Atlanta management and that he was flying back to Russia on Sunday. Since then negotiations have accelerated, and Kovalchuk could make his season debut as early as Wednesday night when the Thrashers host the Montreal Canadiens.
The Vancouver Canucks have traded Fedor Fedorov to the New York Rangers in exchange for Josef Balej and a 5th round draft pick in 2006.
The Montreal Canadiens annonce that 3 number this years will join the roof of the Bell Center.
Jacques Plante (1), Doug Harvey (2), Jean Béliveau (4), Howie Morenz (7), Maurice Richard (9), Guy Lafleur (10) and Henri Richard (16) have already be honored.
Speculation around Montreal said that Patrick Roy (33), Larry Robinson (19) are two of the highest possibility of this year.
Personnally, I think that Robinson, Geoffrion (5) and Ken Dryden (?) are the best possibility. The Habs also announce that 3 others players will be honored, one per year onto 2009.
Who do you think will have his number on the top of the hockey’s church ?
Waiting your answer.
***Source : RDS.ca
www.ottawasenators.com has posted the starting lineup for the club in their first game.
Of note, Vaclav Varada is injured for the first month of the season, so Antoine Vermette will likely be on the left side playing with Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson on the third line.
If Buffalo’s crease wasn’t filled up enough, they have added recently edged out back up Michael Leighton from the Hawks. The recently waived Leighton, who lost the back-up job to Craig Anderson was traded for 1999 second round pick and recently waived Milan Bartovic.
Brent Johnson has been claimed from the waiver wire by the Washington Capitals off the Vancouver Canucks.
in hindsight, this COULD be a good move for the Caps, but that might mean that once again young gun Maxime Ouellet will be forced to play in the minors.
Under the new rules of the NHL special teams (Penalty killing and powerplays) will a greater importance to team success than ever before. With officials consistantly cracking down on obstruction and calling penalties there were an abundance of powerplays in every game during the preseason. While, yes this was preseason and they’ve said they were cracking down on obstruction years ago and stopped calling it, I think this year they will stick with it.
I don’t know if you realised, but there were a lot of fights during the preseason games.
Love it or not, fights will always be part of hockey…
But who are they NHL fighters (GOONS) ????
The competition for the Predators’ second-line center has come to an end.
Bates Battaglia signed a PTO contract with Maple Leafs affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.