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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Forwards

As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)

In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)

To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.

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Expect A Big Year From Bogosian

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

No doubt that Drew Doughty, a Norris Trophy finalist, has established himself as the premier defenseman from the 2008 draft. But look for Zach Bogosian, picked right after Doughty, to make a significant jump this season under the watch of Craig Ramsay in Atlanta. The 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound Bogosian (10-13—23 in 81 games last season, 21:24 average ice time) might even be more gifted physically than Doughty. The defensive-minded Ramsay was instrumental in the development of Dennis Wideman and Johnny Boychuk, among other Boston defensemen. Bogosian, the former Cushing Academy star, should thrive under Ramsay’s patient and player-friendly approach.

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Finding A Defenseman For Detroit

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Among free-agent defensemen the Detroit Red Wings have inquired about, Lukas Krajicek seems like a more realistic possibility than Willie Mitchell for that sixth spot….

Krajicek, 27, was waived by Tampa Bay last December. Philadelphia picked him up in January and he played in 22 of the Flyers’ 23 playoff games (no goals, three assists, even plus-minus).

He was making $1.475 million last season in Tampa Bay. Who knows what he’s seeking, but if Brett Lebda got a two-year deal worth $1.45 million a season from Toronto, you can bet the agents for many fringe defensemen are telling general managers “My guy’s better than him.’’

How much can Mitchell command? That’s tricky, since he was shelved for the season with a concussion in mid-January. He earned $3.5 million last season in Vancouver and probably is seeking more than the Red Wings can afford under the salary cap, even if it’s $2 million a season.

And consider this, too: In Detroit, Mitchell would have no chance of cracking the top four (Nicklas Lidstrom, Brian Rafalski, Brad Stuart, Niklas Kronwall) this season, barring an injury. Would he want to go somewhere knowing he’s cemented as the No. 5 or No. 6 defenseman and won’t get as much playing time? It’s doubtful.


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Talking Wade Redden

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Opening with a question to which I am certain the Rangers have no answer: What if Wade Redden is one of the team’s two or three best defensemen in training camp?

There’s no doubt the plan calls for Redden to be waived at some point during camp so his $6.5 million albatross of a cap hit can be removed from the ledger when the season commences, no doubt whatsoever.

The construction of the roster, including the recent signing of Alexander Frolov and trade for Todd White, indicates GM Glen Sather expects to have Redden’s space available, and so does pretty much everything the organization is communicating this summer to anyone in the industry who will listen.


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Would Paul Kariya Be A Fit In Anaheim?

from Randy Youngman of the OC Register, I

t is not a slam-dunk by any means, though, because there were similar rumors in the summer of 2003, shortly after the Ducks’ improbable first run to the Stanley Cup Finals. Back then, all indications were that Selanne would leave San Jose as a free agent to return to Anaheim to rejoin Kariya, his former linemate and longtime friend.

Instead, the Ducks failed to make Kariya a qualifying offer that summer, upsetting their longtime captain and essentially making him an instant free agent. Then Kariya talked Selanne into jumping to the Colorado Avalanche as part of a package deal.

At the time, then-Ducks GM Bryan Murray said he felt misled, and Ducks fans felt so betrayed that they have booed Kariya ever since.

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Late Saturday Night Hockey Talk

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• A quick Tomas Kaberle update: Seven days left to trade him. Seven teams, according to Brian Burke, have made offers, none of them good enough to pull the trigger on. Burke expects a busy week. The clock ticks.

• The strange off-season of the San Jose Sharks continues: First, signing Antero Niittymaki to play goal. Then, signing Jamal Mayers to play whatever it is he plays. Like any of this takes them closer to that elusive Stanley Cup.

• Player agent Bill Zito says there is strong interest in sudden free-agent goalie, Antti Niemi. But what is he supposed to say? That he and Niemi misread the market and the Chicago Blackhawks by winning at arbitration and losing the best goalie gig in hockey?

• Something the players need to fix in their next collective bargaining: The timing of arbitration hearings. When you schedule arbitration more than a month after free agency begins, it makes it too convenient for teams to walk away from the awards they aren’t happy with.

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Knight Marian Hossa

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Senators Appear Ready For Camp

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Maybe Bryan Murray will sit back, relax and enjoy the rest of his summer.

Or maybe the Senators GM will tinker with his team’s roster a bit more.

The Senators managed to avoid going to battle with centre Peter Regin and defenceman Chris Campoli. Both had filed for arbitration but agreed to deals before their cases could be heard.

With the cap set at $59.4 million for next season, the Senators have approximately $57.5 million committed to 22 players — along with buyouts for former goalie Ray Emery and winger Jonathan Cheechoo.

While there might be a bit of movement before training camp opens Sept. 17 at Scotiabank Place, it would appear the money has been spent and the Senators roster is nearly set for next season.


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Blackhawks Did They Best They Could With Their Cap Problems

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

Perceptions are, ‘Geez, the Blackhawks mismanaged the salary cap, but I’d say we did the opposite — we managed the hell out of it,’’ Bowman said. “We exploited it in a way.’‘

Bowman isn’t bragging. He knows better after presiding over an unprecedented exodus of players from a championship team that has created hockey panic in Chicago. The Blackhawks shedding nine players off the Cup champions due to salary-cap issues has drawn more comparisons to the fire sale of the 1997 World Series-winning Marlins — who dumped seven key members — than anybody at 1901 W. Madison St. ever intended.

But after hearing Bowman defend and detail a plan he started formulating a year ago, I found it much easier to believe the Hawks have made the best of a bad situation.


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Did Louis Leblanc Make The Right Decision By Leaving Harvard?

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

“If you look at the average age of players in college hockey, (Leblanc) would have been playing against kids from 19 to 25 years old, and now he’s going to be playing against kids from 16 to 20 years old. I think Louis was aware of what I thought was in his best interests, but once he’s come to that decision I support him and wish him the best.”

But (Ted) Donato (Harvard head coach) does have some concern about the pressure Leblanc will face in Montreal.

“I think if there were characteristics that would allow someone to be successful under such a spotlight, I think Louis has some of them,” Donato said. “He’s got great character, he’s a great kid, he’s got a tremendous work ethic. But the fact of the matter is, for different kids it takes different time frames.

“We’ve often talked about having the ability to not only to make the NHL, but to be an impact guy once he gets there and to stay there for a number of years.

“I think it was a case where he felt his development would move along quicker playing outside of the NCAA. I don’t agree with him, but I respect his decision.”


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