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BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, Saturday, October 4, that the club has traded defenseman Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders in exchange for two second round draft picks (the Philadelphia Flyers second round pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and the New York Islanders second round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft) and a conditional third round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
The Bruins would acquire the conditional 2015 third round pick from the Isles if New York trades Boychuk during the 2014-15 season to an Eastern Conference team. Chiarelli will be available to the media on Saturday, October 4 to discuss the transaction.
Boychuk has skated in 321 regular season NHL games -- four with Colorado and 317 with Boston – and has accrued 19 goals and 56 assists for 75 points with a combined +89 rating. The defenseman appeared in 79 postseason contests with Boston, where he tallied 13 goals and 14 assists. During the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run, Boychuk skated in all 25 games and notched three goals and six assists.
from Neate Sager of Buzzing The Net at Yahoo,
Tripping over a red carpet while wearing skates and a tuxedo might be the most Canadian thing, ever.
Until you have tried to sing the national anthem while skating and wearing a tight cumberbund, you are no position to laugh at the pratfall Vancouver Canucks anthem singer Mark Donnelly took during his performance at a Junior A game on Friday night.
The story from Jonathon Gatehouse of MACLEANs can be read here...
from Mike Johnston of Sportsnet,
Biggest storyline to watch: Is this the year the Blues put it all together? They’ve been a sneaky Stanley Cup pick the last three seasons but ended up losing to either the defending or eventual Cup champs (Kings twice, Blackhawks once). One reason they fell short against the Blackhawks was that a number of key players were dealing with injuries. However, even if they get bitten by the injury bug again, that can’t be an excuse this season. They’ve got the depth to persevere.
2014-15 prediction: Although he’ll enter the season as the backup, Jake Allen, he of just 13 career starts, will eventually leapfrog Elliott, finish the season with 20-plus wins, a save percentage north of .915 and will start Game 1 of the opening round.
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
Count New York Islanders winger Kyle Okposo among those who think that money can't buy success in the NHL's salary cap era.
"I think definitely we can compete with anyone in the league, and you don't have to be a cap team to do that," Okposo said.
According to capgeek.com, the Islanders are roughly $10 million under the salary cap ceiling, ranking them 24th in the NHL in cap spending. In theory, that's the equivalent of two high-quality scorers, or one star and a dependable defenseman.
Spending to the cap seems like an advantage, but when you factor in how injuries, acquisition mistakes and slumps affect competition, it's probably not as significant as it might seem on paper.
"It's not just about money," former NHL general manager Craig Button said. "It's where you allocate your money. I think there is opportunity for teams that spend less than the cap ceiling to be successful."
My thumb is down to the Bobby Ryan contract, and the way such things are analyzed these days, it has to be.
Never mind that the Ottawa Senators might have had no choice but to reward Ryan with a seven year, $50 million deal, in any pertinent comparison, Ryan is getting more money than he deserves. He does not deserve to make more money than any member of the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, and for that matter, he doesn't deserve to be the highest-paid player on his own team. Unless, of course, he scores 40 goals, and to do that he'll need plenty of help from linemates Kyle Turris and Clarke McArthur, whose two salaries combined don't add up to Ryan's.
The seven-year term is a potential problem all its own. For all of the players the Senators have been unable to satisfy or to keep, they can only hope that Ryan doesn't represent an even bigger problem - a player with whom they are stuck with.
-Dave Hodge of TSN. Hodge also gives a thumb up to coach Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Defenseman Nick Leddy might have played his last game in a Blackhawks sweater.
After the Hawks’ 3-2 shootout loss Friday to the New York Rangers — the second consecutive game in which Leddy was a healthy scratch — coach Joel Quenneville sounded like someone who didn’t expect to have the 23-year-old defenseman on his team for much longer.
‘‘We’ll see,’’ Quenneville said.
The Hawks are above the salary cap and have until Tuesday afternoon to get below it, and Leddy has been at the center of trade discussions all summer.
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Carcillo was added to the Blackhawks roster yesterday after being released from his PTO with Pittsburgh on Thursday.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the past 10 years, or ever since the lockout of 2004-05 shut the league down for a full season, the quality of play has soared in the NHL.
Scoring is up slightly. Fighting is down significantly. The introduction of the salary cap helped level the playing field, narrowing the gap between what used to be known as the NHL’s haves and have-nots.
The playoff races invariably go down to the wire and in two of the past three seasons, the team that won the Stanley Cup did so after barely qualifying for the playoffs.
Thanks to the removal of the centre red line, allowing for two-line passes, the speed of the game has increased dramatically. Plodding defenceman obsolete and fewer teams carry designated fighters any more because they can’t keep up.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Ron MacLean has been frozen out of the new version of Hockey Night In Canada. Literally.
While George Stroumboulopoulos will sit in the studio chair and take the starring role that once was his – ringmaster of the most popular show on Canadian television – MacLean will be looking in from the outside on Sunday nights. And even he admits his fractious relationship with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, which saw Bettman boycott Hockey Night after one particularly contentious interview in 2010, might have something to do with it....
But as the conversation continued – and the topic turned to the belief among his broadcasting colleagues that MacLean’s on-air clashes with Bettman played no small role in his reduced role – there were hints MacLean may not be quite as sanguine about the change as it seems. MacLean and Bettman usually butted heads over labour-management issues in the NHL. MacLean consistently took the players’ side during interviews because, he said, he firmly believed the league was better off with a strong NHL Players’ Association.
“Maybe that hurt me but I would gladly fall on my sword for that principle,” MacLean said. “But I don’t know that it had anything to do with [a reduced role]. It could have.”
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