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NEW YORK / TORONTO (September 18, 2014) – NHL Network™-U.S. will begin its 2014-15 preseason broadcast schedule with the Buffalo Sabres-Washington Capitals game on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Highlighted by rivalries, doubleheaders, player debuts, the Sept. 24 2014 Kraft Hockeyville game featuring the Arizona Coyotes and Calgary Flames in Sylvan Lake, Alta., and the Oct. 4 Colorado Avalanche-Los Angeles Kings matchup at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NHL Network-U.S. will carry 22 live preseason game broadcasts heading into the 2014-15 regular season.
Scott Burnside of ESPN hedl an online chat today...
Realistic expectations for my Bolts this year? How far can they go, will Stamkos get 60 goals, is Drouin as good as they say, will Bishop have another great season, and finally how about some love for the most underrated Dman my man Victor Hedman. Thanks Scotty muah!!!
Scott Burnside No question the Lightning are the 'it' team in the east this year and with good reason. Love the additions including locking up Ryan Callahan, bringing in Anton Stralman, Brian Boyle. They appear built with the Bruins in mind in terms of grit and depth. Still, Bishop has to show last year was not a fluke. Stamkos if he stays healthy will be in the Hart/Art Ross discussion and love the steps Hedman has taken forward. Still really young up front but nothing wrong with that. I have the Bolts nipping at the Bs heels atop the Atlantic. After that? Pretty sure they're not going to get swept next spring.
Hi Scott, who do you think has the greatest potential Pacioretty or Landeskog?
Scott Burnside Good question. Pacioretty is the real deal and he'll get even more chance to show his stuff this year but in terms of all-around game I think I'd go with Landeskog. Very poised, very smart. Tough to call but that's the way I'd lean.
Can Tarasenko be a 45+ goal scorer this year?
Scott Burnside That would have put him in second place in the league last year. That's a lot to ask the kid even if he has one of the most dangerous shots in the league. I think 35 is more reasonable and if he gets that the Blues will, as expected, be in the mix for the Central Division crown. The fact he was coming off a hand injury at the start of the playoffs against Chicago last spring was a significant factor in the Blues losing four straight after taking a 2-0 series lead. He's going to be real good. Just maybe not 'that good' this season.
from Tyler Dellow of Sportsnet,
If you want to succeed in a hockey pool, you need to find players who put up more points than your competition expects. One way to go about that is to take advantage of the fact that people have a tendency to weight recent performance too heavily and fail to consider whether a player has benefited from unusually good or bad luck in achieving his results.
Hockey analytics has come up with a number of tools that can be employed to help determine just that—and whether a player’s most recent season causes him to be overvalued or undervalued come draft day. We’ll look at these tools in the context of forwards at even strength (5v5).
The four hockey experts at ESPN discuss their choice of the best storyline of a team getting to the Stanley Cup Final.
Watch it below and no way to control autoplay which is set to on.
from Phil Curry and Mark Drummond at the Toronto Star,
With a new NHL season around the corner, we’re bound to hear commentators talking about which players have contracts coming up next season and whether they’ll “step up their play” in order to get that big payday. But does this actually happen?
Martin LaPointe is the poster boy for this phenomenon. From 1996-’97 through 1999-2000, Lapointe was remarkably consistent. He scored 16, 15, 16, and 16 goals those years, and earned right around $1,000,000 per season for his solid productivity. The next season, 2000-’01, was his “contract year”: After that season Lapointe became an unrestricted free agent. Mr. Consistency somehow managed to score 27 that season, nearly double his career high in goals, and also managed a career high in assists. His 57 points was almost 40 per cent higher than his previous best of 41, and a point shy of double his production from two years previous.
Now before we start jumping to conclusions about players shamelessly playing their hardest only when they know their paychecks depend on it, let’s keep in mind that all players have year-to-year fluctuations in their productivity, which means if we look at enough guys, some are going to get lucky and have that big year when they most need it. So was LaPointe just lucky, or is his story representative of how players routinely up their game at just the right moment so they can cash in when free agency rolls around?
To find out, we looked at what every NHL forward who signed a new contract during the past seven seasons did in: (i) the two years before his contract year, (ii) his contract year, and (iii) the year after his contract year.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
Having suited up for his hometown Jets for parts of their first two seasons back in Winnipeg, but limited by a string of injuries, Meech tried a new adventure last fall.
He signed with Dynamo Minsk of the KHL.
“In a different scenario I would have been there all year,” Meech said. “The city of Minsk was great. Obviously there’s things you’ve got to get used to — a different country, the language barrier, all that kind of thing. But it was a great experience for us.”
The hockey was something else, too, tailor-made, you’d think, for a smallish (5-foot-11), puck-moving defenceman.
“It’s a really good league. It’s a different style of game. But very skilled players. I played against some really good teams there.
“Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stick it out the whole year there, because of my little issue.”
Twenty-three games into his season, a heart problem Meech has had, on and off, for several years flared up.
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will be held out of the start of training camp, it was announced today by Pittsburgh Penguins Executive Vice President and General Manager Jim Rutherford.
Rutherford said the decision was made as a precaution after both players suffered injuries while preparing for camp.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
If anyone other than Bruce Boudreau was coaching the Anaheim Ducks, Teemu Selanne believes that he would be reporting for training camp with his former teammates on Thursday morning and continuing his NHL career.
That is among a number of frank revelations contained in an authorized biography entitled “Teemu,” which has just been released in Finland. The book was written by journalist Ari Mennander with Selanne’s support and has been in the works for a decade. Sections translated into English were obtained by Sportsnet for this article and later cross-checked by two people that have read it....
Selanne felt that he never gained the coach’s trust and wasn’t given enough ice time to make an impact. Ultimately, he claims that it prompted him to begrudgingly walk away from the game just before his 44th birthday.
“If we had any other coach, I’d still play,” said Selanne.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Josh Harding, arguably the Wild’s No. 1 goaltender heading into Thursday’s training camp, broke his right foot while kicking a wall after an off-ice altercation with a teammate and is expected to miss at least two or three months. And unsigned goalie Darcy Kuem- per was embroiled in a contract dispute that if not rectified Thursday means he will at a minimum be a late arriver to camp and thus put him behind the 8-ball....
Harding’s injury won’t require surgery, but he is out indefinitely. Yeo and an equally frustrated General Manager Chuck Fletcher were to meet with Harding on Wednesday to try to ascertain how he got hurt. Details are murky, but it’s clear he got into some kind of altercation with a teammate Sunday.
“We just have to figure out what happened,” Fletcher said Wednesday morning. “But I’m not sure I want to get into a whole public exposé of what happened.”
Harding is in the final year of a contract that pays him $2.1 million. In 2010, Fletcher suspended forward James Sheppard for an off-ice ATV accident days before camp that resulted in season-ruining knee surgery.
Asked if the Wild conceivably could do the same thing with Harding, Fletcher said: “I don’t want to get into hypotheticals. I just want to hear what happened and figure it out.
more on the Wild...
from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star,
In the days after Steve Spott landed a job as a rookie assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs in July, he was tasked with a bevy of responsibilities by head coach Randy Carlyle.
Among them, Spott was charged with devising a new breakout play for a team that has long struggled to get the puck out of its own end. Spott thought he’d hit on an effective strategy — until, that is, he shared the plan with Leafs leading scorer Phil Kessel. When Kessel voiced displeasure, Spott discovered a harsh reality of life in the NHL. In some corners of the league, and apparently in Leafland, a coach’s learning curve involves bending to the desires of star players.
At least, such was the gist of an anecdote Spott shared at a coaches’ clinic at which he was a guest speaker last month, this according to interviews with three minor-hockey coaches who were in attendance.
“Spotter said that when he went to Phil (with the breakout play), Phil said, I’m not doing it,” said one of the attendees, a former professional player.
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