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The Most Overpaid Defenseman

from Brian Costello of The Hockey News at MetroNews Calgary,

Instead of discreetly picking on captain Jarome Iginla as the poster boy for underachievers, maybe coach Brent Sutter ought to try to squeeze a little more out of the player once known as Jay Bouwmeester.

Boo-meester has pretty much blended into the woodwork since arriving from Florida in 2009 and signing a five-year contract worth $33 million. Not since Wade Redden has a player fallen from Canadian Olympic team pedigree to ordinary so quickly. Redden, 33, is now in the AHL, making Boo-meester the most overpaid defenceman in the NHL.

At $6.68-million cap hit, Boo-meester is the third highest-paid defenceman in the NHL behind Brian Campbell ($7.142 million) and Zdeno Chara ($6.916 million).

The list of defencemen making less than Boo-meestar’s cap hit include Duncan Keith, Chris Pronger, Dan Boyle, Mike Green, Nicklas Lidstrom, Andrei Markov, and on and on.


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All Darren Pang

from B.J. Rains of FSMidwest,

How good has Jaroslav Halak been and has he done even better than expectations?

Darren Pang: “When he grew up he liked watching Patrick Roy and Curtis Joseph play and that’s something because here he is in St. Louis and he plays in such control so he’s not like Curtis Joseph and he’s not as methodical as Patrick, but he’s just so calm, cool and collected, more than either one of those two. But his play doesn’t surprise me one bit. Not one bit. When you watch or scout or evaluate goalies, and I did the Olympics last year and I evaluated every goalie in the Olympics. I was prepared for every country and I watched Halak tape on every flight going back and forth to see how he was and what Canada was going to have to face because I was working for a Canadian network. Then I saw the playoffs. So it’s not a fluke. You don’t play that well under pressure and handle adversity as well as he has and then be surprised by it. I’m not surprised one bit. This is Jaroslav Halak. This is how he plays. It’s not a fluke. It’s not a 10-game role he’s one. This is the way he plays.

“And Jaroslav Halak never reacts or shows up his teammates. If three goals go in and they are all horrendous mistakes by somebody in front of him, he will never make that player look bad and I think that’s why his teammates love him.

more regarding the Blues…

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The Salary Cap Has Limited Trades

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The post-lockout world has delivered a salary-cap environment that hockey fans may have believed they wanted but are now finding out isn’t a panacea for, well, anything.

Lower-revenue teams are paying more in player costs than before the 2004-05 lockout, and with no better results. Edmonton Oilers fans were told a salary cap would save the franchise, but instead the team’s payroll is higher and the team is worse.

Moreover, the cap has created a league in which clubs are basically married to the team with which they depart training camp, at least until March.

Trades used to be what made the NHL fun and different, but now they are rare and when they do happen, are usually of decidedly moderate impact.

If you want to make a trade, generally you can’t. If you desperately need to make one, you can’t.

And if you lose a star player, there is no opportunity whatsoever to acquire anything remotely equivalent to what was lost.

read on

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Michel Therrien, A Head Coach In-Waiting

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Michel Therrien wasn’t a perfect NHL coach, but he should rank atop the list of any in-season replacement candidates.

There is no indication he does, though. It’s puzzling, considering even his harshest critics among former Penguins players privately confided this week that Therrien knows hockey. To paraphrase one of his former players: Therrien knows pucks, but he doesn’t always know how to deal with people….

He would command respect again if given a chance to step behind a bench.

Reports of potential openings with New Jersey — despite general manager Lou Lamoriello’s claims to the contrary — and Buffalo should excite Therrien. He is still being paid by the Penguins and can often be found at Consol Energy Center serving as a first-year pro scout for Minnesota.

Lamoriello has long been a presumed fan of Therrien, of whom he spoke in complimentary terms to the Tribune-Review in May 2008 by praising the former Pens coach for his commitment and patience in helping change the franchise’s “culture.”

read on

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Looking For The Real Columbus Blue Jackets

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

The quick snapshot of the Blue Jackets everyone had hoped to use as a window on the season is a little blurry.

You can squint and hold it anyway you like, but it’s hard to make out. Are those the playoffs we’re looking at or are those the pits? No matter how hard you squint, no matter how closely you look, it’s hard to know for sure.

Last night, the image had a playoff look after a 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. But because this followed a 5-1 loss at the Colorado Avalanche, it’s still hard to know what this means.

The Jackets are only 11 games into an 82-game season. That’s not enough to make sweeping judgments or even judgments that aren’t so sweeping. It would have been convenient if the Jackets had won their first 11 games and set everyone’s mind at ease, or even if they had lost the first 11 and allowed us to set them aside and spend our winter nights reading the complete works of William Shakespeare.

The Blue Jackets are 7-4. In another place at another time, that would be cause for runaway optimism. In a place that has seen one losing playoff series in nine seasons, a place where last season’s 12-6-2 start turned into a disaster, a place with a new, unfamiliar coach and a new system, the tendency is to dwell on three bad losses and shrug.


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Mike Green Improving The Defensive Side Of His Game

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The Capitals enter Wednesday’s date with the Toronto Maple Leafs tied for the fourth-best defensive record in the league, and (Mike) Green, according to Boudreau, is a big part of that development.

“I just wish people could see him through my eyes,” said Boudreau, a touch wistfully. “He has been outstanding defensively. So now people are saying, ‘Well, how come you’re not scoring?’ I just told Mike not to change a thing. He’s our best player, game in and game out. When he missed those three games, he was sorely, sorely missed.

“He’s a good player – and he’s matured and he’s done all the things he’s had to do.”...

Green, for his part, is carrying a small but noticeable chip on his shoulder, when it comes to a discussion of his production and contributions.


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No Trades Cooking For The Leafs

from Howard Berger of Fan590,

Maple Leafs’ general manager Brian Burke is well aware of his club’s offensive woes — some might suggest he even anticipated it — but he warned fans and media not to expect immediate scoring help.

“Obviously we’re having trouble putting the puck in the net right now, but I have nothing pending that might solve that,” Burke told a gaggle of reporters in the first intermission of the Leafs-Ottawa game at the Air Canada Centre. “We’re going to have to solve [the scoring issue] internally for now. We think some of our secondary scoring has to deliver — it hasn’t — and that has to change before we start ripping off a string of wins.”

When asked how long he is willing to “wait” before making a move, Burke replied, “In a cap system, it’s not so much a case of waiting to see if the guys can get [the job] done, as it is waiting for a [trade] opportunity to present itself. I do believe in this group and I believe if we’re patient, [the scoring situation] will turn around. But, if something presents itself, we’re going to look at it.”


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Video- Phaneuf Out With Lower Body Injury

via TSN,

Toronto Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf left Tuesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators with what the team is calling a lower-body injury.

Phaneuf got tied up with Ottawa’s Peter Regin at 6:11 of the second period and fell awkwardly to the ice. He needed assistance to get to the team’s dressing room. The Leafs confirmed he would be out for the rest of the game.

The video below will show Phaneuf getting tangled up with Regin….

added 9:11pm, via John Shannon tweet,

From boos to worse…Phaneuf leaves ACC on stretcher…left knee iced and heavily bandaged.

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Parise Out Three Months

via Tom Gulitti tweet,

Parise to miss three months after having a torn meniscus repaired today.

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A New Month For Iginla

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Jarome Iginla was the NHL’s top player last November.

If the Calgary Flames captain can’t come close to duplicating his performance this upcoming month, the criticisms and trade talk will grow louder. He knows it.

Traditionally, when the season’s opening month is in the book and the Halloween decorations put away, Iginla tends to heat up.

Last November, Iginla (who had four goals and nine points in October) lit it up with 13 goals and 20 points in 14 outings.

Will we see a similar script unfold?


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