Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/21/13 at 07:25 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- It could get messy for the New Jersey Devils as Martin Brodeur is looking his age (finally!) with an .865 save percentage while Cory Schneider is .927 and is better by almost a goal and a half a game. Right now, they are rotating, but at what point do they go to Schneider two out of every three if he’s clearly better than the winningest goalie of all-time?
- The Philadelphia Flyers are sitting defenceman Andrej Meszaros ($4 million cap hit this year and next) and are trying to move his healthy price-tag. The game but not nimble Luke Schenn (this year and two more at $3.6 million) could be next in line to be a healthy scratch for the anemic Flyers, who have six blueliners making at least $3.5 million, most in the league.
- Tepid grade for Viktor Stalberg in the early going for the Nashville Predators after they went all-in and gave the third/fourth-line Chicago Blackhawks winger $12 million over four years. He’s playing an average of just 10:46 a game after a poor camp and a shoulder injury. Stalberg was useful on the Cup-winning ‘Hawks, but maybe they hid his blemishes.
- Sabres owner Terry Pegula has steadfastly stood behind general manager Darcy Regier, but with scores of empty seats in Buffalo, your team going through the motions at home and fans chanting “Fire Darcy,” Pegula may be forced to listen. Qualified assistant GMs: Paul Fenton (Nashville), Jason Botterill (Pittsburgh), Laurence Gilman (Vancouver) and Claude Loiselle (Toronto).
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