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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So his story and the Rangers’ story aren’t exactly aligned. But the missions are the same. And if this will be this group’s last ride, Staal wasn’t acquired from Carolina on Feb. 28 just to come along for the ride. Staal was acquired to be the missing piece.
“We may be coming from somewhat different places and experiences, but we’re in the same place now, with the same objective,” Staal told The Post following the club’s first prep work for Round One and the Penguins. “They have a history here, they’re an experienced group and they’ve been able to go a long way the last few years. But they haven’t finished off the job.
“I think with my experience, I can help them do that,” said Staal, who has a Stanley Cup notch in his belt from 2005-06 with Carolina in his second year in the league. “My first couple of weeks here, I was doing a lot of observing and listening and trying to find my niche.
“Now, I feel very comfortable with the dynamic on and off the ice. If I have something constructive to add, I’ll speak up.
“Having won before, I think I can add something of value to the dialogue. We’re all on the same page. We’re all in this together.”
Rangers announced Staal is out for the rest of the game,
I’ve been around the organization long enough to know that it’s in good hands. It’s led by smart people and has a lot of young talent that I think will bring a new wave of success.
As we go our separate ways, I want to express nothing but gratitude to the Carolina Hurricanes for everything they’ve done for me. From the fans to the players to people working in the meal room, thank you so much.
I may play for New York now, but Carolina is always going to feel like home.
-Eric Staal of the New York Rangers who play in Carolina on Thursday. More from Staal at The Players' Tribune.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Eric Staal has recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in 11 games as a Ranger, having gone seven straight since his lone goal in blue on March 6 against the Islanders.
But Alain Vigneault volunteered for a fair measure of blame for the center’s lack of production since coming to Broadway from Carolina in the Feb. 28 deal that beat the deadline clock by one day.
“I haven’t put him in ideal situations — it’s my fault,” said the coach, whose team faces the Bruins at the Garden on Wednesday. “I’ve been moving personnel around trying to find the right chemistry with the lines.”
Staal has played with five different sets of wingers. Vigneault broke up the successful Staal-berg Connection featuring No. 12 between wingers Oscar Lindberg and Viktor Stalberg after three games in order to accommodate Rick Nash’s return to the lineup after a six-week absence.
added 2:16pm, Carolina release is below...
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The New York Rangers know they shouldn't be in the high-rent(al) district at this trade deadline, but I'll be curious to see if they can resist the temptation.
Especially where it might concern Eric Staal.
The Rangers haven't had a first-round pick since 2012 and they don't have one this year either. Anthony Duclair, a third-round pick who developed like a first-rounder, was sacrificed last year to get Keith Yandle, who is now an expiring contract who can't/won't be re-signed in New York.
Tuesday night's poor effort against New Jersey notwithstanding, the Rangers have played well enough over the last couple of months to not want to shop Yandle in the rental market in an effort to recoup some future considerations. They surely must think they still have a shot; that contending in the East is something they can still see if they squint a bit and don't look too closely in Washington's direction.
But the Rangers also haven’t played so well as to think they're just one notable player away to continue throwing caution to the wind and loading up the mortgage even more. Their current deadline philosophy calls for more cautious spending of lower-level future assets than first-rounders or blue-chip prospects. Or maybe they would consider moving a younger roster player. That is, if they're to add a piece at the deadline - the operative word being if.
But you know how it is when you're in debt. The temptation is always there to go a little deeper. You know, in for a dime, in for a dollar.
And Eric Staal may represent a unique opportunity.
more on Staal and the Rangers...
From the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:
Which GMs have put up the ‘For Sale’ sign as the final hour approaches? We’re told lots have, but here’s the most active wheelers and dealers followed by the gossip that’s fit to print.
Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving: He wants badly to be active and is willing to accept he hasn’t got a playoff team this spring. Teams are calling about veteran forward Jiri Hudler, who is an unrestricted free agent, along with defenceman Kris Russell. There was talk the Flames were going to re-sign Russell but the word is the two sides aren’t close to a deal but he could fetch north of $5 million on the open market and Calgary may not pay that out. Some wonder if Treliving will be able to get a goalie at this deadline.
Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis: This is a bit of surprise given the fact his team is making a run for a playoff spot but apparently he can’t be deterred by that. The 'Canes are looking to move centre Eric Staal, who told reporters in Ottawa last week he “wouldn’t be crushed” if he got dealt. The list doesn’t stop there. Teams looking for help might want to call about defenceman Ron Hainsey along with forwards Kris Versteeg and Nathan Gerbe. Forward Jeff Skinner’s name has been out there all year but his contract makes him difficult to move.
Continued with many more rumors...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Staal is an impending free agent whose future in Carolina is unclear. The 31-year-old has a no-move clause, but if GM Ron Francis is not willing to commit to him as the franchise’s ongoing standard-bearer, there would seem more than just a chance Eric would waive it in order to join younger brother Marc on Broadway. Know this: the Rangers have talked about Eric Staal before.
The Candy Canes are on the outskirts of the playoff race after seven straight misses, so maybe they won’t be willing to send their captain out of town. And Staal is having a very good season, third in the NHL among forwards in 5-on-5 Corsi while playing for a very strong possession team.
But realistically, the future isn’t going to be now for Carolina. So what would it take to get him? What will it take in a market that will be directed by Eric’s willingness to waive his no-move?
The Rangers have either this year’s or next year’s first-rounder available, depending on which pick they opt to send Arizona to complete the Yandle deal. Trading the other one would keep the Blueshirts out of the first round for five straight years. But the team hasn’t won the Cup for 21 years, the window is closing, and the makeover can be postponed until the summer.
From the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:
Perhaps, it’s the calm before the storm.
The NHL trade deadline is set for Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. EST and while it will be tough to see a deal bigger than former Toronto Maple Leafs’ captain Dion Phaneuf being moved to the Senators in a blockbuster Tuesday, there’s still a sense among league executives it’ll be busy enough between now and the cutoff date.
The issue right now is the market is flooded with forwards and that needs to sort itself out because nobody is sure just who will move and who won’t. Naturally, the biggest question mark is Tampa Bay Lightning forward Steven Stamkos, but the betting money is he won’t be going anywhere.
After his name, people are eyeing the likes of Carolina’s Eric Staal, Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd, Boston’s Loui Eriksson, Arizona’s Mikkel Boedker, Columbus’ Scott Hartnell, Kyle Okposo of the Islanders and Tampa holdout Jonathan Drouin.
“Right now, there’s a lot of forwards out there,” said a league executive.
Sooner or later, someone has to move to set the market.
Among Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman's Saturday Headlines:
- The John Scott trade to Montreal was legitimate in that Coyotes GM Don Maloney wanted Jared Tinordi badly and were afraid that the deal with the Canadiens would fall apart, so they didn't wait 3 weeks to make the deal, and Scott was the "only player who could go" back to Montreal in the trade;
- Cox states that the Canadiens got $200,000 in cap relief and a player in Nashville's Victor Bartley, who the Canadiens believe may actually contribute to their blueline;
- The NHL offered Scott the opportunity to go to the All-Star Game as a paid family vacation, but he's not responded, and Scott isn't sure whether he's going to bow out;
- Cox states that Pittsburgh and Anaheim made the Hagelin-for-Perron-and-Clendening deal at 3:15 AM Saturday morning, and Cox says that the Penguins are taking on 3 more years at $4 million for Hagelin, and Penguins GM Jim Rutherford still believes that his team will contend, while the Ducks' trade...makes people wonder if the Ducks are setting themselves up to trade for Jonathan Drouin;
- Friedman says that the Ducks' Simon Despres and Cam Fowler may generate trade interest, as will the balance of their blueline;
- Flames defenseman Kris Russell is generating interest, too, but the Flames still want to attempt to re-sign Russell;
- Eric Staal is "still in limbo," and his agent, Rick Curran, will try to clarify his client's situation;
- And Friedman says that the Kings still want to sign Milan Lucic to an extension if at all possible.
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from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
The uncertainty, Eric Staal admits, has weighed upon him more than he has let on at times. It isn’t just about playing out the final year of his contract without knowing what comes next. As a player, he can deal with that. As a husband and father and brother, it gets a little tougher.
As the season rolls on with no negotiations between Staal and the Carolina Hurricanes, with the trade deadline now a mere seven weeks away, with a resolution likely coming soon one way or another, Staal’s season in limbo approaches a conclusion.
The Hurricanes’ captain has said all the right things and handled the thousands of questions just about everywhere the team goes as well as he can, but there’s only so much he can say when such an important issue remains unresolved.
“It’s been more challenging than I thought it would be, but I’m doing my best,” Staal said. “Doing my best to contribute and try and help this team win and play hard. I have a family. There’s things you think about. My brother’s playing here. There are a lot of different things you think about. You try not to worry about it too much, and play, and hopefully we can get on a little bit of a run here and go from there and let it sort itself out. We’ll see what happens.”
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
What if Eric Staal is traded by the Carolina Hurricanes this season?
What if he doesn’t re-sign with the organization and his days with the Canes come to an end after 12 seasons?
“That uncertainty has been a little bit of a topic,” Jordan Staal said this week. “It’s obviously out of our control but it’s hard not to talk about scenarios.
“It’s unfortunate, but we know if we play consistently well things will go well and will go the way we want it to. We both love it here and we want to play here, and that’s what we’re going to try to do.”
Eric Staal, the team captain since January 2010, is in the final year of a long-term contract and is the Canes’ highest-paid player at $9.5 million. There is a no-trade clause in the contract and Staal said again this week that he’d like to stay with an organization that drafted him in 2003.
Canes general manager Ron Francis said Thursday that he talked with Rick Curran, who represents Eric and Jordan Staal, in mid-December and that the decision was made to push back negotiations until the middle of January. Both sides say the length of a new contract and the financial terms have not been proposed.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The long-awaited and much-anticipated dialogue on the future of Eric Staal as a Carolina Hurricane took place yesterday.
That’s not to say there was a decision or resolution of any kind.
Carolina general manager Ron Francis and Staal's agent Rick Curran did talk on the phone on Tuesday, but basically deferred all matters relating to Staal's future to the new year.
Neither Francis nor Curran wanted to comment publicly, other than to indicate no doors have been opened or closed on either side and there's no timetable beyond "talking again sometime in the new year."
In a nutshell, the Staal situation appears as basic as this: Does he stay or does he go?
All we know with any certainty at this point is we'll be waiting weeks, if not months, for a definitive answer.
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
Now, the big question: will finances affect their on-ice decisions — for example, re-signing Eric Staal?
“No,” he replies, but due to the sensitivity of Staal’s local pedigree (and Cam Ward’s), he declines any additional specifics. What he does say is this: “In actual money, we’re going to have more than $20M coming off our cap, including retained salary to Jay Harrison and Tuomo Ruutu. Not everyone is going to be let go, you have to keep someone. But it will give Ron flexibility.”
“We’re a budget team, not a floor team. Our payroll is $60-61M.”
Can you sustain that number?
“Yes. We can handle that.”
more on the Hurricanes...
Among the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's weekly trade scoops:
The Carolina Hurricanes could be ready to hang up the “For Sale” sign with their roster.
The talk around the league is general manager Ron Francis is pretty much willing to discuss everybody, with the exception of a few of the club’s young players.
“Ideally, there’s a handful of players they’d keep,” a league executive said.
The players the Hurricanes would like to move are familiar. At the top of the list is winger Jeff Skinner, but he has four years left at $5.725 million per season on a deal that runs until 2018-19. We’re told Carolina would even be willing to give a prospect as part of a package to get the contract off the books.
A decision on captain Eric Staal and goalie Cam Ward must be made before the Feb. 29 trade deadline as well. Both are unrestricted free agent’s next summer and many don’t believe there’s much of a chance that one or both will be back, especially if Carolina wants Staal to take less money and a short-term.
Garrioch continues at extended length...
Staal: "In the next little while we're going to have to make some decisions on what they want to do. And we'll go from there ..."
Staal: "I've told them I like the direction Ron (Francis) has taken this team, and we'll try and hammer something out. ... "
Staal: "Hopefully they want me to stay here. If they want to go in a different direction, hey, that's life. I'll move on, go from there ..."
Staal: "I said that from Day One I've been in this organization my whole (career) and I like the steps we're taking."
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
“I would like to [re-sign]. I haven’t talked a lot about anything, to be honest," Staal told Hockey Central at Noon Thursday. "Obviously there’s decisions that need to be made moving forward.”...
The Hurricanes lifer was complimentary of general manager Ron Francis's approach and said he's fine with the fact that management has yet to approach him with a new contract or a trade request.
No hard deadlines have been set, and he hasn't be faced with any decisions to make about his future — yet. Both sides are taking a wait-and-see approach.
“It could be in the next month or two, I don't know," Staal said. "There’s other guys in the league in the same situation as me. It’ll work itself out, and whatever way it goes, we'll continue on.”
added 2:36pm, You can listen/watch the interview below...
"I personally believe Eric Staal would benefit from a change, I think it would rejuvenate his career. The thing is, he has a great setup there. Obviously he loves Carolina. The organization loves Eric Staal. His family is there, he has a beautiful home there, he is very comfortable.
"I don't think anybody is going to come out and say that, but I have heard they're not really that close in negotiations. He has control. He has a no-move clause, just like Cam Ward does. Carolina can't do anything without his approval."
-Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet on Eric Staal. Scott Lewis of Sportsnet has more.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
- General manager Ron Francis made it clear that the priority at this point is to try and sign Staal to an extension.
"I’ve had a general and open and honest conversation with Eric’s agent on things," Francis said Saturday. "We’ll continue to have those as we move into the summer. Eric has indicated he wants to be part of the Hurricanes moving forward, and we’ll see if we can get that worked out."
- General manager Jim Benning shed a bit more light on the deal that wasn’t completed with San Jose for Bieksa on Friday. It fell apart because the Canucks wanted a second-round pick in this year’s draft and the Sharks were only willing to provide a second-rounder next year.
"Going in, the market place dictates that Johnny Boychuk went for two second-round picks," Benning said, citing last fall’s deal between the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders. "Kevin is a little bit older. That’s what our asking price was [a second-round pick this year]. I don’t think it’s too much, I think it’s fair. That’s what we were trying to get if we were going to move Kevin."
But for now, Bieksa remains a Canuck, although sources suggest Vancouver is talking to other teams.
"He’s still part of our team. We’ll continue to explore options and see where it goes," said Benning.
from Kurt Dusterberg at NHL.com,
With one season remaining on a seven-year contract, Staal said he has had no discussion with the team about an extension.
"No contract talks," he said. "I'm not worried about it to be honest. I'm not sure what their plans are or what lies ahead."
Staal, once a steady 70-plus point producer, slipped to 61 points last season, and he enters the season finale with 54 points. He has played parts of both seasons working through injuries. The Hurricanes’ captain was clear he would prefer to stay with Carolina, noting his enthusiasm for the organization and its fans.
But if management were to ask him to waive the no-movement clause in his contract, he would be willing to listen.
"Depending on where I was being shipped off to," said Staal, who has 11 points in the past 10 games. "If it came to that, for sure."
“I’ve been here a long time, it’s a place that I hold in my heart, and obviously if I was asked differently or it came to that, you cross those bridges when you come to them. As of right now, I’m a member of the Hurricanes and that’s what I’m hoping to be, but you never know what can happen as you move forward.”
-Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes. More on Staal, who is now playing left wing, from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer.
What a season this has been for the Leafs. At one point, adding Eric Staal seemed like a dream scenario, maybe even for both sides. Now? If you’re Eric Staal, why on Earth would you want to bother getting involved with Toronto at this time?
-Jeff Blair of Sportsnet where you can read more on this topic.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It’s clear Staal doesn’t want to leave the only NHL team he’s ever played for, and he controls his fate via a no-movement clause. So that’s the first thing that matters here.
Having said that, at some point over the next month or so you have to imagine Carolina general manager Ron Francis will likely sit down with Staal to discuss the future of the franchise and how the captain fits into that. Does he want to stick around for a rebuild?
Keep in mind, Staal’s family loves it in Carolina, and he’s already won a Stanley Cup. He doesn’t have to leave to go chase a championship ring. He’s got one. Don’t underestimate that factor.
But I think one of the reasons Staal couldn’t come out Monday and just totally slam the door on the subject of a trade, given his no-movement clause, is because of this: how would he react if he gets the feeling that the franchise wants to recoup assets for him in their efforts to go younger?
Again, we’re not saying Francis is even thinking about that. But I think you can’t totally discount it. The Hurricanes are 28th in the NHL standings. The first-year Hurricanes GM was charged with making this team better.
The Carolina Hurricanes earned their first victory of the 2014-15 season in their 9th game, defeating the Phoenix Coyotes 3-0 on Saturday, and given their issues, the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch kicked off his weekly rumor roundup discussing Ron Francis' challenges in attempting to right his sinking ship before it becomes a McDavid-Eichel lottery team:
With four years left at $7 million per-season, the underachieving Alexander Semin was a healthy scratch against the Arizona (don’t call me Phoenix) Coyotes on Saturday. The Canes would love to deal him but there’s no interest.
Naturally, the name of captain Eric Staal is going to be front and centre in all of this because there are several teams interested, not the least of which is the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Defenceman Andrej Sekera, who had 44 points last season and is making $2.75 million, will be highly sought after and will easily find a new home.
Garrioch also reports that the Keith Yandle Trade Rumor Mill is sputtering to life, as it usually does at this time of year...
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Sportsnet's figured out that its Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman chit-chat is a smorgasbord of rumors and intrigue, and so they've decided to post it online AND to not geo-block it:
So, per Cox and Friedman:
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fromo Travis Yost of TSN,
The organization appears headed towards a full-fledged rebuild, and Eric Staal – whose $8.2-million AAV contract expires at the end of the 2015-2016 season – is an asset that could be shopped to potential suitors.
If Staal’s ever made available, expect numerous playoff-hopeful teams to show interest. A lot of this is because Staal has been durable for most of his career and has been a regular point-producer for as long as he’s come into his first-line, twenty-minute-a-night role. He’s averaged about 2.1 points per 60 minutes over the last seven years at five-on-five, which is in the upper echelon of forward talent.
Like most players inching toward their 30’s – he actually turns 30 Oct. 29 - Staal’s underlying numbers have been in decline. It’s the type of trend less concerning if you’re buying Staal as a true rental at some point this season, but far more concerning if you are considering negotiating a new contract.
from Michael Smith of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
At the end of the 2013-14 season, the fifth straight year in which the Carolina Hurricanes had missed the playoffs, captain Eric Staal once again faced the media in a haze of disappointment.
He was dejected, and he was blunt.
“I know everybody is frustrated,” he said. “I know our fans are frustrated. Management, staff, players, everyone is. That’s not a secret, and that needs to change.”
He was asked how it could change.
“Bottom line: We’ve just got to get better, all-around.”
RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that center Eric Staal underwent surgery to repair a core muscle injury suffered during off-season training. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.
“Eric notified us of the injury late last week, and flew to Raleigh and then Philadelphia to be evaluated,” said Francis. “By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season.”
“Being there last time and knowing what it takes to win a gold and feeling like I was a good contributor to the group and someone that brings it when it counts—especially the end—I wanted that opportunity again. But obviously they felt other guys were going better here.”
-Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes on not being named to Team Canada. More from Chris Johnston of Sportnset.
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
Staal skated and stick-handled. He shot the puck, played some two-on-two and had a few laughs with the guys.
If you didn't know Staal had suffered a major knee injury in May, after taking a dangerous knee-on-knee hit, you would have thought it was just another day at the rink for the Canes captain.
Staal didn't wear a knee brace or any tape. Nor, he said, has he had any setbacks during his physical rehabilitation.
"It felt good," he said of the knee after the on-ice work. "It has been no issue here the last little while. It's good to be back and it felt strong. I feel good."
Staal was pretty angry after the injury. Competing for Canada in the IIHF World Championship in Sweden, he was hit on the right knee by Swedish defenseman Alex Edler, who plays in the NHL for the Vancouver Canucks.
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on team captain Eric Staal’s right knee revealed a third-degree sprain of the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Surgery will not be required to repair the ligament, and Staal’s rehabilitation should last three months. It is expected that he will be healthy and ready to play to start the 2013-14 season.
Staal, 28, was injured when he took a knee-on-knee hit from defenseman Alexander Edler in the first period of Canada’s quarterfinal game at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championships on Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden. Edler received a five-minute major kneeing penalty and a game misconduct by the game’s officials. On Friday, the IIHF Independent Disciplinary Panel determined that Edler should have received a match penalty as a result of the play and suspended him for the remainder of the tournament.
Staal had to be helped off the ice and put no weight on his right leg after a knee-on-knee hit from Alex Edler in the first period of Canada/Sweden WC game today.
Edler received a major and a game misconduct.
added 3:05pm, thanks to CBSEyeOnHockey, watch the video below...
added 3:23pm, the video has been removed, hopefully the IIHF will have it up soon.
added 3:28pm, you can watch the hit at TSN.
added 6:17pm, the IIHF released video of the game, at the 15 second mark you can view the Staal incident...
added 8:36pm, a second video has been added below, one with better replays.
from Katie Strang of ESPNNewYork,
Hurricanes captain Eric said his parents have been begging him to wear a visor for years; he plans to start on Tuesday.
"I've had someone extremely close to me go through something that you never want to see anyone go through," he told reporters.
Jordan said he and his brother discussed it together and decided to give it a try. And while there may be some time needed to get comfortable while wearing the new protective headgear, neither expects it to be a huge adjustment.
When the Hurricanes were in town to play the Rangers last week, Jordan told local media his mother made her opinions on the matter clear, but he said that "Staals can be stubborn sometimes."
27% of NHL players don't wear visors, and the NHLPA insists that players have the final say when it comes to donning "shields." According to the Globe and Mail's David Shoalts, players may not have a choice sooner than later, and the push for mandatory visor use isn't just coming from coaches, GM's and the NHL any more:
Lalita Mohabir is a senior personal accident underwriter at Burns & Wilcox Canada. Her company has medical insurance policies with more than 24 minor-league and NHL players that cover them in the case of serious and career-ending injuries. Mohabir says Burns & Wilcox will not insure any amateur players who buy a policy unless they wear a mouthguard and a visor and any NHL player looking to supplement the coverage supplied by the league with a personal policy will soon be told he must do the same or be denied coverage.
“We are getting tougher in terms of any hockey leagues we’re quoting on or any individual we offer coverage on,” Mohabir said. “We are indicating we require mandatory use of a visor. We started doing this [before] Marc Staal got injured. Going through to the NHL, we have not requested this as yet but we will be doing that. When we look at a player fracturing a hand or bruising a knee it’s quite different than the loss of an eye. The loss of an eye is a career-ending injury."
In my last article on left wings, a few of you mentioned the positional dilemmas that we seem to face when drafting forwards. This is a great point, since not only do position eligibilities change from league to league (eg. Yahoo/ESPN/CBS), but also from year to year. As well, we also need to keep our eye on forwards with dual position eligibility.
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Matt Niskanen with the hit on Staal last night.
We’ve said it several times this season – that the Southleast is no more. With 308 combined points in the standings, Tampa Bay, Washington, Carolina, Atlanta and Florida comprise the Eastern Conference’s top division by that standard. Only the Pacific Division (321 points) has had more success as a group this season in the entire league. There’s even a fighting chance that four Southeast Division clubs could make the playoffs.
Suffice it to say, anyone still knocking the hockey played down here in this corner of the continent can be officially discredited. Clearly, anyone in that category hasn’t been paying attention this season.
Beyond team accolades, when the book is closed on the 2010-11 season, the Southeast Division has a legitimate chance for representation in almost every major year-end individual award. Some have sturdier ground to stand on than others in that respect but several individuals from Southeast clubs look to at least be in the conversation for some hardware in Vegas in late June.
Since premature awards speculation has started to heat up at a few other media outlets – always fun to keep tabs on ESPN’s Trophy Tracker but no Tampa Bay love in the Adams race, really? – here’s a list of potential trophy candidates from the Southeast Division, in no particular order.
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The intent of my trip to Raleigh for coverage of All-Star Weekend was simple: Get a feel for the experience from a professional perspective as well as monitor the pulse of the fans, chat up some players I don’t get to see all that often and also those I see on a regular basis in a different element, do some networking and, as Boss Man Paul continually reminded me to do throughout the weekend, have a little fun.
Looking back, that final component is exactly what I’ll remember most about the adventure and my guess is that most that attended All-Star Weekend – be they fans, players, media, league execs, sponsors or those belonging to some other miscellaneous category – would probably say the same thing.
Raleigh, as many others have opined before me, did a wonderful job as a host. The locals were as excited for the event as they were prepared, welcoming, happy and proud of their city, as well they should be. I’d never spent any significant time in these parts in the past but it will definitely be worth another stop in the future.
This being my first big league event, I had consulted with several people who have experienced something of this nature in the past in the weeks leading up to the trip and, while a few cautioned that an occasion of this magnitude could be slightly intimidating at times, I didn’t find that to be true at all for myself and I’m not sure many other first-timers would say otherwise. The vibe, from the moment I picked up my credentials on Friday morning, was light-hearted. At the same time, the entire operation throughout the weekend was first-class. Kudos to the NHL, the city of Raleigh and the Carolina Hurricanes for pulling everything off in fine fashion.
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I thought I was totally joking when I asked a couple of All-Star goalies how they would feel about a goaltender’s fastest skater competition. But last night’s first overall pick in the NHL’s inaugural All-Star Fantasy Draft, Carolina’s Cam Ward, let the cat out of the bag that tonight, my little joke would indeed become a reality as part of this year’s SuperSkills.
“Rumor is that I’m going to be doing that tonight,” Ward said. “I hope my legs don’t turn to jelly and I don’t bite it into the corner or anything like that.”
“I think I’m going up against Tim Thomas.”
Boston and Carolina fans have since endured some heart palpitations, I’m sure.
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The intent of altering the format for the NHL All-Star Game was to generate more interest in a mid-season exhibition that most would agree had become a bit blasé. With the rosters of Team Lidstrom and Team Staal now filled via last night’s Fantasy Draft and the SuperSkills competition on tap for tonight, whether or not the game itself will have any added spice remains to be seen but, so far as that added interest goes, the vibe here in Raleigh and the pageantry surrounding the selection process itself both suggest the achievement of just that.
The All-Star Game and its surrounding events should be about fun – for the fans, first and foremost, but also for the players involved and the captains and alternates for both sides as well as the draftees played things up effectively and had a good time throughout the process, which was evident in the broadcast.
“It looked good on TV, right?” Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis asked after the event and his question was met with immediate assent. That was the point, of course, and St. Louis and his All-Star contingents got it, doing the event well by playing things up to the best of their ability.
Funny… In chatting with several casual hockey fan friends and family of mine about being in Raleigh here for ASG weekend, a mention of “The Draft” as part of the festivities has led to a pause in each case and a question along the lines of, “Wait, what? They’re having the draft at the All-Star game now?”
Of course, they don’t know any better - that it’s juuust a “fantasy” draft for an exhibition game.
We do, but if we didn’t, judging from walking around Fan Fest at the Raleigh Convention Center today, where the draft will be held, this silly little pick ‘em event is being taken pretty seriously.
Granted, Nicklas Lidstrom and Eric Staal aren’t exactly holed up in “war rooms” or anything but the league and its broadcast partners are certainly planning on putting on a first-class show. The set for the draft is aces (and enormous!) and the commentators and analysts from TSN and Versus were intently rehearsing each and every “pick”, with Darren Dreger playing Staal and Matthew Barnaby assuming the role of Lidstrom.
via Chris Johnston tweet,
Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom are named NHL all-star captains.
NEW YORK (January 18, 2011) – Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings have been named team Captains for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today. The Captains were selected by their fellow NHL All-Stars and will lead the team selection process during the new NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco on Jan. 28. As Captains, Staal and Lidstrom also will set their team rosters for the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Jan. 29 and wear the “C” during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Jan. 30.
We’re past the quarter pole, so maybe this is a bit late but it still seems like a good time to me to hand out some assessments to all five Southeast Division clubs. Besides, what’s this quarter pole anyway? Divide the NHL season in equal fours and the resting #StamkosMath calculator tells me that we’d have to stop things at the ten-minute mark of each team’s 21st game of the year to truly be one quarter of the way through. And that just seems troubling.
We’ll go with JJ Ratings rather than the standard report cards because one, everyone else seems to do the report card thing and two, handing out school-type grades gives me terrible nightmares. (Trust me.) Instead, each club’s JJ Rating will reflect their performance on a scale of one to ten (and, since I’ve become a big fan of complicating things, we’ll allow for partial points as well).
Here we are, anywhere from 26-29 games into the 2010-11 slate for the Southeast squads – as good a time as any (maybe just because I say so) to see where we are versus where we thought we’d be, as well as where we might be headed.
We’ll tackle this alphabetically (Ooh… Suspense!)
From a Tampa Bay Lightning perspective, all was quite good at the St. Pete Times Forum last night and, while a 4-0 shutout for the home squad makes the latter parts of Good/Bad/Ugly slightly more difficult for yours truly, we’ll take it. (And it sure beats most of the G, B & Us put together in years past where the Good was often a stretch and the Bad and Ugly could have gone on for days.)
What started as an outright joke, as in, “Steven Stamkos is currently on pace for 98 goals this season,” is becoming less funny and more scary good serious with every tally for the 20-year-old Lightning superstar. With two more last night, Stamkos’ early season line of 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points is better than Crosby, better than Ovechkin, better than the entire league and setting a breakneck pace that, as everyone’s new favorite hashtag, #stamkosmath, is documenting by-the-second (well, sort of) on Twitter, projects roughly to a 76-goal, 141-point total over 82 games. (In the interest of showing marksman-like precision, #stamkosmath actually dictates that 91’s projected numbers are 76.142857 goals and 140.57143 points.)
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Eric Staal discusses the Canes start, how he deals with being the captain and also mentions Jordan Staal will be visiting Carolina this week to clear his head a bit.
Edmonton visits Carolina tonight.
As usual lately, I’m a day behind. And, really, this time, I have no excuses. (Well, I do, but I won’t bother…) So, why make sure I catch up on JJ’s Three Cheers, you might ask? (I said might, cause it’s just as likely that you won’t.) The goal from the start with this should-be daily feature of mine was to keep a running tally of those honored and to salute the top three (or more) at season’s end. With a thousand other things in the hopper, so far as content from me is concerned (most of which are waiting on a few loose ends to be tied up), I’ll probably be pulling double-duty on these little recaps for much of the season as the workload increases. That said, the need to rewind and reward those on days missed remains. After all, this is an awfully prestigious honor! (Ahem…)
From Saturday night first:
***Cheers to Carolina captain Eric Staal, who powered his Hurricanes past division rival Florida with a pair of goals in a 3-2 victory.
**Cheers to Colorado’s Peter Budaj, who backstopped the Avalanche with 31 saves as his club put up plenty of offense in front of him, beating Dallas 5-0 at home.
*And big time cheers to Chicago’s Jonathan Toews, who had a four-point night at the expense of the host Thrashers in Atlanta and also tallied in the shootout as the Blackhawks were victorious, 5-4.
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Today’s three cheers, bestowed upon those who excelled for their clubs in action yesterday:
***Cheers to Nashville’s Steve Sullivan, who had a pair of the three first period goals for his club, en route to a 4-3 Predators win. Sullivan had a chance to complete the rare single stanza hat trick in the waning seconds of the first but was denied on a breakaway by Jaroslav Halak in the St. Louis net.
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He’s not the youngest player on the roster, nor would he be considered a shocking contributor after last season’s 21-goal, 40-point showing but Brandon Sutter is most certainly a key piece to any Carolina Hurricanes success this year and his two-goal performance in Thursday’s season-opening, 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild in Helsinki, Finland is an excellent early sign for a club hoping for a lot to go their way in 2010-11.
For the Hurricanes, banking on both young guns and sustained health and rejuvenation for several veterans who were hobbled last year, a player like Sutter, at 21, serving as an alternate captain and coming off of a breakthrough season a year ago, will play a major role in determining their fortune. So far, so good for Sutter, who played just six seconds less yesterday than Carolina captain Eric Staal and so far, so good for the ‘Canes, who dressed six players 25-and-under in the game and got production from Sutter (two goals), Zac Dalpe (assist) and Jamie McBain (assist), as well as sparkling reviews for 18-year-old forward Jeff Skinner from that group.
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