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Notes On The Senators, Penguins And Leafs

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- If I’m Pierre Dorion and it’s my job to trade Erik Karlsson, there’s not a chance in hell I’d send him to Tampa Bay or Dallas without getting one of young defenceman Mikhail Sergachev or Miro Heiskanen in return … Dorion, by the way, is too good a person — I knew his dad well — to find himself in the current muck he’s strangling in with the Ottawa Senators.

- Jimmy Rutherford signed Jack Johnson, which is what Rutherford does. Since going to Pittsburgh, he’s added Justin Schultz, Ron Hainsey, Trevor Daley, Jamie Oleksiak to the Penguins defence, among others, and has had success doing so. Johnson will be his latest reclamation project.

- Are the Maple Leafs strong enough in goal and on defence to win a Stanley Cup?

Logic would indicate no.

But based on the last two Cup champions — and three of the past four winners — that answer would be a surprising yes.

Time was, you could not consider yourself a real Stanley Cup contender without being near the top of the NHL in fewest goals against. Mike Babcock understands this better than anyone. He won his only Cup with the best defensive team in the league. He made it to the final in Anaheim in 2003 with a very tight defensive squad....

more on the last topic plus a  handful of hockey notes...

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He made it to the final in Anaheim in 2003 with a very tight defensive squad.

This is an absolute lie. They made it to the finals on the back of fluke, but stellar, goaltending. Allowing 50 shots per game is not the sign of a very tight defensive squad.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 07/07/18 at 04:10 PM ET

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This is an absolute lie.

Speaking of absolute lies, the Mighty Ducks averaged 33.5 shots against per game in the 2003 playoffs, which is a pretty damn far cry from 50.

Posted by CharDeeMacDennis on 07/07/18 at 08:04 PM ET

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In regular season Anaheim was 11th worst with 29 shots against per game. 33.5 is higher than the worst defense in regular season. In the first round Detroit scored 6 goals on 171 shots (42.75 per game). That’s not good defense. That’s great goaltending. Ottawa allowed below 25 shots against both in regular season and in playoffs. That’s great defense.

Posted by Davor on 07/08/18 at 07:54 AM ET

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