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A few things happened in the NHL this week, so I’m gonna regroup them in this article.
New York Ranger prospect Alexei Cherepanov collapsed on the bench at or near the end of Omsk’s Kontinental Hockey League game and died a short time later, he was 19. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=252547&lid=headline&lpos=secStory_nhl . Absolutely horrible news. All the best to his family.
Drafting is anything but an exact science, some teams have shown a much better track record than others over the years. Some teams remain competitive due to good draft choices while others remain stagnant due to poor choices, both regardless of draft position. A teams minor league affiliate as well as scouting staff can have a huge impact on the NHL teams success, not necessarily instantly, but over a period of time. Teams with affiliates which have good coaching and a solid foundation can turn picks which may have gone on to be career minor leaguers to NHL players. Most of the credit however should be given to the scouting staff and the people responsible for the picks.
Ever since the Year the Sharks acquired Joe Thornton they have been predicted by many to win the cup, and every year they have been beaten out in the scond round. Last year Doug Wilson had enough and fired coach Ron Willson and brought in Todd McLenen and signed FA Rob Blake and then traded for Dan Boyle and Brad Luckawhich. Due to cap issues he traded away Craig Rivet for 2 2nd round picks. This is where I have a big issue. Could we not have at least gotten a 1st rounder? We had to give up a 1st and a good defence prospect to get him, the least we could of got in return was a 1st.
The Vancouver Canucks locked up a big piece of their blueline as the team announced that they have signed Alexander Edler to a four year contract. Edler, who will receive $550,000 this season, will receive $3.25 million per year starting next season.
TSN.ca is reporting that Daniel Alfredsson will have arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday (today) to remove a loose bone chip in his right knee.
Now before I start writing this article, I just want to start off by saying that I am not getting c.o.c.k.y about the leafs beating Detroit tonight.
The rich get richer. So it appears anyways when the Detroit Red Wings landed prize free agent Marian Hossa. In the background you could hear a collective groan from the other 29 teams who fell behind the Wings last season.
Already an elite squad that is difficult to play against, have few weaknesses and have more depth at each and every position on and off the ice, the Wings are built once again to win it all much to the dismay of their lesser opponents.
They are a relatively young team that constantly has an eye for the future and continuously implements good young players in and out of the lineup. But this season the San Jose Sharks have one goal in mind. Stanley Cup.
I read someone recently on HTR who was complaining about the lack of interesting trade rumors (hem hem mojo :)), so I decided to write a quick summary of what we’re hearing these days on internet, or what I consider could be potential trades between teams. I won’t write the cap hit or each team after each trade, but consider they WILL stay under the cap with these trades.
Max Pacioretty had a great camp and if he learns as quickly in Hamilton as he did in camp, he will be back soon. Patches as he has been called will become Pac-Man if he can play the way he did in pre-season with consistency! Patches will get to play in all situations in Hamilton and log lots of minutes which will accelerate his learning curve and better prepare him for the big league!
The Vancouver Canucks have acquired defenceman Shane O’Brien and right wing Michel Ouellet from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenceman Lukas Krajicek and right wing Juraj Simek.
O’Brien will report to Vancouver and Ouellet will report to the team’s AHL affiliate in Manitoba.
This is a big season for the Anaheim Ducks. With only 8 players under contract for next season and no GM signed after this year, this is the last hurrah for this group of Ducks as they seek to rebound and win their 2nd cup in 3 years.
It will be an awfully big challenge in the difficult west, but with so many players with something to play for and a GM looking to go out with a bang, there will be plenty of motivation in Anaheim.