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From the New York Post's Larry Brooks:
A year ago at the top of Entry Draft week, Phil Kessel was a Maple Leaf, Nick Bonino a Duck and Carl Hagelin a Ranger. Which is to say that in a league in which trades have become tools of last resort, Gentleman Jim Rutherford was able to pull off three of them over the course of seven months to construct what became the most dynamic line in hockey.
The Pittsburgh general manager remade his team and organization on the fly in a process that began with the July 1 acquisition of Kessel, included a coaching change in mid-December, and culminated with a Stanley Cup victory that proves championship windows that seem shut can reopen darn quickly, even in a cap world.
Going into last June’s Entry Draft, Brandon Sutter, Blake Comeau, Paul Martin, Nick Spaling, David Perron, Daniel Winnik, Rob Scuderi, Ian Lapierre and Steve Downie were still Penguins a couple of months removed from a first-round defeat to the Rangers. So was Mike Johnston. None was with the team by the end of January.
The Penguins did not create a template to follow on the ice as much as they perfected the one adopted by teams throughout the league that want to play with speed and with the puck. It is not just one-way speed or north-south speed on the rush. It is speed on the backcheck to negate attacks as much as speed on the forecheck to create turnovers. It is speed to the puck in both end zones to create battles to be won.
The Penguins-Sharks Stanley Cup final was all but devoid of drama. Never truly caught anyone’s imagination. Never was as competitive as the scoreboard connoted. Was not able to carve a niche in the national profile. The modicum of suspense in the series — through which Pittsburgh’s three-zone speed made San Jose look clunky, bad and out of place — was created singularly by the brilliance of Sharks’ goaltender Martin Jones.
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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
"Just unbelievable," San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton said after his goalie's heroic performance in a 4-2, Game 5 victory on Thursday over the Pittsburgh Penguins that extended San Jose's season.
"You know, he's been doing it all year. Just not tonight, he does it every game for us. He's just a stud for us."
With his counterpart, Matt Murray, drawing comparisons to Ken Dryden because of their similarly magnificent rookie playoffs, it was Jones channeling his inner Johnny Bower, his 44 saves the most in a Stanley Cup finals regulation game since the former Toronto Maple Leafs great made 43 in Game 2 of the 1967 finals.
So, there's that.
"Yeah, that was unbelievable," Sharks defenseman Justin Braun said. "He's calm, he doesn't flinch, he doesn't go after guys, he doesn't lose his cool. He's always tapping us on the pads saying we did a good job, and he's usually bailing us out. He was great to watch tonight, but we've got to give him a little more help."
added 8:07pm, from Ray Ratto of CSNBayArea,
The Pittsburgh Penguins find themselves with a commanding 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final thanks to an OT win-the-faceoff-score-the-goal play in which Conor Sheary hammered home the gamer:
San Jose was able to rally very late to force overtime on a goal credited to Patrick Marleau, but the Sharks never really sustained an attack as they were out-shot 41-26 as Martin Jones played keep-it-competitive dominant hockey in the Sharks' goal.
from Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated,
“He’s just very composed, especially for a young goalie,” defenseman Paul Martin said. “He relies heavily on his position and being in the right spot and making the right read. He’s not flashy. But I think that’s just because he’s always in a good spot or getting to the right spot to make those hard saves look easier than they really are.”
A little more than 10 months ago, Jones was playing an Arizona golf course when his phone buzzed. He had already been shipped across the country from Los Angeles to Boston at the 2015 NHL draft, but partially suspected the move wouldn’t last long. His intuition proved correct four days later as the Bruins flipped him back to the Pacific Division, a few hours north of his old home in southern California, much to the surprise of everyone on the links. “I think my friends were just as stunned as me,” Jones recalled later. “But they were excited. They knew it was a bit of an opportunity for me to play some games.”
Jones’s numbers weren’t particularly flashy during his first campaign as a full-time starter; among the NHL’s 42 goaltenders who made at least 30 appearances, he ranked 22nd in save percentage (.918) and seventh in goals against average (2.27). But he was critical during the Sharks’ opening-round win over the Los Angeles Kings, allowing no more than three goals in any of the five games.
from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,
Among the Sharks' everyday players, perhaps no one needed a five-day break between games more than goaltender Martin Jones.
The 25-year-old, still in his first season as an undisputed number one starter, looked like a borderline Vezina Trophy candidate around Thanksgiving. In his first 17 starts with San Jose, Jones was 11-5-0 with a 2.02 goals-against average and .929 save percentage through Nov. 21.
Since then, though, it’s been a dramatic decline. In his last 14 starts, Jones is 5-7-2 with a 3.13 goals-against average and .886 save percentage. He has allowed at least four goals on six different occasions.
Perhaps even more concerning is that Jones’ numbers have deteriorated with every passing month:
October: 1.74 GAA, .938 SP
November: 2.45 GAA, .914 SP
December: 3.06 GAA, .889 SP
Earlier today, ESPN's Craig Custance discussed the effects that the coach's challenge has had upon video coaches, and this afternoon, the Canadian Press's Stephen Whyno discusses the fact that the standards of goaltender interference have changed--not only under the new rule, but with "incidental contact" yielding more and more waved-off goals:
It can definitely help the goalies. [Jonathan] Bernier and fellow Leafs goalie James Reimer said a handful of goals against might not count thanks to coach's challenges.
"I think they would be the first ones to tell you it's great for the referees, too," Bernier said. "We all make mistakes, and obviously that can change momentum of the games."
It changed momentum of the Sharks-Capitals game, even though some players complained that there wasn't sufficient contact between Jay Beagle and goaltender Martin Jones to take the goal away. Beagle appeared to brush Jones as the puck was going by, and referee Tim Peel said the goalie wasn't able to do his job.
"Any incidental contact, call it. That's the standard that seems to be set now," Capitals coach Barry Trotz told reporters. "I don't have to agree with it, but if that’s the standard, then you're going to get a lot of challenges from the coaches around the league."
Rederees determining a standard for these subjective calls is crucial to how effective coach's challenges will be. Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby said he considers getting bumped part of the game, but perhaps the slightest contact will lead to goals being wiped out.
"It's not even a game of inches, it's a game of millimetres," Reimer said. "You get bumped on the skate lightly and he knocks you off balance for a half-second and the puck goes in."
from Alex Kinkopf of the Kings' website,
An old friend will be protecting the opposition’s net tonight as the Kings open their 2015-’16 season at STAPLES Center.
Martin Jones, who the Kings dealt to the Boston Bruins on June 26, was then shipped to San Jose three days later – popping him exactly where the Kings didn’t want him to be – the Western Conference, and the Pacific Division.
Now, Jones, at 25 years old, has a chance to shine in a starting role – something that likely wasn’t in the near future for him with Jonathan Quick’s lengthy contract in Los Angeles.
At Wednesday’s morning skate at STAPLES Center, Jones shared a few thoughts on his return to his former building, to face his former team:
“It’s going to be exciting,” Jones said of opening the season in Los Angeles. “Those are the fun games to play in. Obviously our goal is to go in there and get two points, but I’ll try and have a little bit of fun when I’m there, for sure.”
from Craig Custance of ESPN,
Granted, you could name the starting goalie the most important player on every NHL team and probably be right, but in San Jose, it’s an especially interesting scenario because Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is betting so heavily on a 25-year-old goalie with just 29 career starts.
Wilson was working the goalie trade market even before the trade deadline, so he had a really good feel for who was available and just what the asking price would be. That he picked Jones in a deal that cost the Sharks a 2016 first-round pick and prospect Sean Kuraly shows just how much he thinks of the young goaltender. The three-year, $9 million contract Jones signed further highlighted that faith.
The question now becomes: Is Jones the real deal?
The Kings believed in Jones internally. They saw him as a future NHL starter. Dealing him to the Boston Bruins (who spun him to the Sharks) had more to do with his coming pay raise and the fact that starter Jonathan Quick will be entrenched in the Kings net for years to come.
SI's Allan Muir gave a very blunt look at the Western Conference's non-playoff teams to determine whether they've really improved themselves this summer, and I haven't read much of anything about the San Jose Sharks yet, so:
San Jose Sharks (89 points, 12th)
Underperforming veterans, sophomore slumps, brutal goaltending and a fractured core combined to make the Sharks last season’s most disappointing team. It would be nice to paint 2014-15 as an aberration but even after a summer of shakeups this group is more likely to replicate its 15th-place finish in goals-for (2.73) and 24th in goals-against (2.76) than match it top-four results of both categories in 2013-14.
GM Doug Wilson brought in a new voice behind the bench in Peter DeBoer and moved on from Antti Niemi by investing in Martin Jones, an unproven starting goalie. There’s potential for improvement with this swap, but the 25-year-old is a work-in-progress. There’s also risk with the addition of defenseman Paul Martin as well. The veteran blueliner is a solid puck mover and reliable minutes muncher, but lacks the physical game to be ideally suited for the rough-and-tumble Western Conference. He should, though, make an impact on a penalty kill that was a miserable 25th last year (78.5%).
Joel Ward brings that missing physical presence and despite being 34 has relatively low mileage. He can elevate up and down the roster as needed and should be a nice add to the top-nine.
It’s tough to rule anyone out in the Pacific, especially with the Canucks looking ready to slide, but the Sharks will need to make their own breaks to earn a spot.
added 1:17pm, San Jose release is below...
added 5:41pm, Kings release is below...
The Los Angeles Kings' Twitter account went to town in terms of teasers on Monday...
And then came the championship ring ceremony retweets, revealing a ring that's both very faithful to the Kings' logo and...Might be classifed as a weapon by the TSA?
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Kings have assigned goaltender Martin Jones to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Jones, 23, made his NHL debut on December 3 versus Anaheim and stopped 26 shots for his first victory. He followed that performance with consecutive shutouts on December 7 against the New York Islanders (16 saves) and December 10 versus the Montreal Canadiens (31 saves). In total, Jones won his first eight NHL games/starts and is the second goaltender in League history to win his first eight games (Bob Froese of the 1982-83 Flyers) and the first netminder to start and allow two or fewer goals in each of his first eight games since 1938-39 (Frank Brimsek/12-game streak).
Overall Jones is 8-3-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average, a .950 save percentage and three shutouts in 11 appearances this season. With the Monarchs this season he is 9-2-2 with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.