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I have little time for power rankings, but for those of you who are interested in such lists, Sportsnet's Luke Fox penned a list of rankings based upon NHL teams' offseason moves or the lack thereof:
1. Edmonton Oilers: Any off-season that begins with Connor McDavid should be half decent. But it's what happened before the draft (but after the lottery) — securing a bona fide GM in Peter Chiarelli and head coach in Todd McLellan — that should give the Oilers faithful the most hope. Chiarelli wasted no time addressing the team's weaknesses in net (Cam Talbot) and along the blueline (Andrej Sekera). Mark Letestu is a wise depth signing, and playing hardball with Justin Schultz shows the new-look Oilers are to be taken seriously. Also: Their new alternate sweaters look sick.
2. Dallas Stars: Trader Jim went after it again, this time landing Patrick Sharp from the Blackhawks, goalie Antti Niemi from San Jose, and inking Johnny Oduya in free agency. An already loaded offence just got scarier. “We have as good a team on paper as anybody in the league," says Tyler Seguin.
3. Buffalo Sabres: Landing franchise pivot Jack Eichel in the draft immediately puts the Sabres in the upper ranks here, but the trades for Robin Lehner and Ryan O'Reilly have instilled faith that GM Tim Murray — aggressive in pursuit of his targets even if he doesn't always land them (McDavid, Babcock) — is rebuilding the right way. Nice opportunity for Dan Bylsma to get his coaching career back on track with low expectations.
Fox continues, and if there was any doubt that these rankings are arbitrary...
20. Detroit Red Wings: Bad news: Try as they did, the Red Wings lost Mike Babcock. Good news: They had coach Jeff Blashill waiting in the, er, wings (sorry). Re-signing Gustav Nyquist for a fair price and hiring help from veterans Mike Green (too expensive at $6 million per season) and Brad Richards shows fans that the playoff aspirations won't die with Babcock's departure.
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TSN's Travis Yost examines the "$6 million AAV club" of defensemen's respective impacts upon their employers, and he comes to the following conclusion(s):
1. It’s difficult to really find a beef with Erik Karlsson winning last season’s Norris Trophy. His team was significantly better by all three metrics with him on the ice (each comfortably clearing our above-referenced averages for the $6-million AAV Club). What’s interesting, though, is just how similar two defencemen – Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang, and Florida’s Brian Campbell – look here. Letang was having an absolutely monstrous season for the Penguins and had the raw point totals that voters love before his season was cut short due to injury. Say what you will about his sometimes-wild, sometimes over-tempo style of play – it clearly has a beneficial impact on Pittsburgh, much like Karlsson has for Ottawa. As for Brian Campbell, I recall a time when the general consensus about his contract was “it’s a disaster, and he’s borderline untradeable”. He’s been a machine for a few years now, though it's fair to wonder if his age – he turned 36 last May – is going to start having a depreciable impact.
from Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post,
After factoring in aging and recent performance, a reasonable 2015-16 estimate for Green would be between six and seven point shares skating top-line minutes for another team, a mark that would have placed him in the top 50 among all defenseman this season and in the top 25 for all right-handed blue liners.
The NHL salary cap is set at $71.4 million for the 2015-16 season, so for a team looking to garner 100 standings points during the regular season, the minimum you would expect a championship team to have, that would value Green’s performance between $4.3 and $5 million for the 2015-16 season. If he can replicate the production from this past season, he would provide $6.1 million in value, which was close to his actual cap hit for the season ($6.08 million).
However, his contract demands will likely exceed that, so the Capitals made the right choice letting him go. And now we wait to see which NHL club is willing to overpay.
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
With six days remaining before the July 1 start of unrestricted free agency, Craig Oster, Green’s advisor since the time he was 15, said Thursday that Green will be leaving the Capitals and marketing himself to other NHL teams beginning today.
Green, who is at the end of a three-year contract that carried an estimated $6.1 million cap hit, was never given a concrete offer by the Capitals, Oster said.
“They haven’t really come out and said there’s no way they’re signing Mike Green, but they haven’t attempted to do so, either,” Oster said. “I think the understanding is that it doesn’t work. Based on everything right now, we’re proceeding with the full expectation that Mike will be a free agent on July 1.”
With 10 goals and 35 assists, Green is coming off his best offensive season in five years despite averaging his lowest ice time [19:08] since his first full season in Washington in 2006-07.
from Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post,
Mike Green had no desire to discuss the future, because the future might take him away from here. He did not want to consider life beyond this season — whenever the Washington Capitals’ playoff run ends, the defenseman’s contract expires and he enters unrestricted free agency. Sitting at his locker stall in a private moment Monday, inside the practice facility that became his office a decade ago, he tapped his foot and fiddled with his stick. He would not allow himself to think about leaving behind this city, these friends, this home.
“Excuse my language,” he said. “It scares the [heck] out of me.”
The fear is kept at bay, Green explained, by what’s happening all around him. The Capitals have moved within two wins of advancing into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in his career. They are using a new system under Coach Barry Trotz that liberates Green inside the offensive zone and allows the skilled puck-mover to pick his spots. The summer signings of defensemen Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik have lessened the burden on Green, allowing him to finish second among NHL blue-liners in points per 60 minutes, despite averaging his lowest ice time since 2006-07.
Green has never been this happy with the Capitals, he said.
from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider,
Over the coming month, if he has not already, Washington Capitals General Manager Brian MacLellan will field calls from suitors courting the services of defenseman Mike Green. At that moment, MacLellan, his scouts and the coaching staff will judge whether the proposed haul outweighs, at worst, the potential for keeping Green until season’s end then watching him walk, unable to reconcile a contract extension given his demands and their salary cap room. And if the value of Green is being discussed, games like Tuesday night might come to the fore.
MacLellan hasn’t shied away from expressing his opinion on Green, all but proclaiming that only a win-now haul would entice the Capitals into parting with the blue-liner they raised as a 2004 first-rounder. Draft picks and prospects would send the wrong message to the locker room, MacLellan said. Upgrading the defensive corps, rejuvenated under assistant Todd Reirden and bolstered with the offseason signings of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, seems beyond the radar. But if an offer comes in that addresses an area of need in the forwards, MacLellan hasn’t ruled out considering that.
from Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post,
Before the Washington Capitals hired Barry Trotz as coach this May, the outside noise surrounding Mike Green had reached him in Nashville. A disappointing 2013-14 season created questions that blared like sirens across the league:
Should Washington trade its highest-paid defenseman, with one year left on his contract? How about exercising a compliance buyout? Would he even be around long enough — or play well enough — to negotiate an extension?
“You shouldn’t assume things,” Trotz said after practice Friday morning. “What you hear and what you think are you hear are two different things.”
During Washington’s recent trip to western Canada, Green quietly ignited a scorching start. His seven even-strength points lead all NHL defensemen, despite missing the season-opener. His even-strength shot differential — Corsi-for percentage, it’s called — ranks sixth. He regained the confidence and form some worried had been lost.
“If I was another team, I’d be a little bit worried, to be honest. The depth that we have is incredible. Anybody can be top-two pairing right down to the bottom. It’s not about who’s the top pairing. It’s about what the coaches want, who they want to put out there.”
-Mike Green of the Washington Capitals. More from Green plus Barry Trotz on Green by Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider.
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson penned a particularly prolific set of Hockey World columns and blog entries (so much so that I'm stealing one for my Malik Report blog), and we're going to start sifting through four separate columns/entries' worth of observations and nuggets of wisdom with a question that many have pondered but few have tried to analyze:
Is there any logical way in which the Washington Capitals and Alexander Ovechkin can engage in a civilized "divorce" (and/or removal of that heavy captain's "C"), or is the team, "Married to Alex Ovechkin for life?"--to the detriment of an increasingly rotating cast of coaches, goaltenders and complementary players?
Since the Gretzky trade/sell to the LA Kings in 1988, we all know anybody can get dealt, although that’s Leonsis’s call, and the question is how many people would give up their tickets to games if Ovie wasn’t there. There’s 100s of people in Caps’ No. 8 jerseys at games in Washington. But, winning often trumps player loyalty and in the time Ovechkin has been with the Caps, they have won three playoff rounds in, this, his 10th year.
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Mike Green left last night's game with an upper-body injury after this hit from Boone Jenner of the Columbus Blue Jackets and did not return.
No update on his health but Green in the past has suffered a concussion and shoulder injury.
My take on the play at the time it happened remains unchanged. Mike Green would receive a major and automatic game misconduct for cross-checking while Derek Dorsett a minor penalty for boarding. The teams would play 4 on 4 for two minutes at which point the NY Rangers would receive a 3 minute power-play for the balance of the major penalty to Green.
More from Fraser on this topic at TSN.
If you missed the incidents...
Mike Green with the only goal of the game.
What a way to start off playoff Saturday, three more games to go.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Late in the Capitals’ 4-0 win over Winnipeg on Thursday night, Mike Green gathered the puck behind the net and skated to the half wall to clear it out of the defensive zone. After Green released the puck, Jets forward Evander Kane cross-checked the defenseman into the boards.
It was a late and unnecessary hit, one that earned Kane a minor for cross-checking and a 10-minute misconduct, and it was the latest example of opponents targeting Washington’s No. 1 defenseman. Welcome back to game action, Mike Green.
“It’s a part of the game; obviously it’s a physical game, but every little opportunity we have to minimize it. And he’s a targeted man,” Coach Adam Oates said. “He’s got to come to grips with that — that they’re after him. They’re talking about Mike Green tonight. It will sure help him the more he understands that.”
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Mike Green to a three-year, $18.25 million contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Green will earn $6 million in 2012-13 and 2013-14 and $6.25 million in 2014-15.
“We are pleased to re-sign Mike Green to a new contract,” said McPhee. “Mike is one of the best young defensemen in the National Hockey League and is just entering his prime. He will continue to be a key part of our team moving forward.”
from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,
What kind of contract would you give a defenseman who scored 149 points in 143 games over two seasons, with a plus/minus of plus-63?
Now, what kind of contract would you give a defenseman who scored 31 points in 81 games over two injury-plagued seasons, with a plus/minus of plus-11?
Herein lies the problem for the Washington Capitals and Mike Green, who rejected a 1-year, $5-million qualifying offer on Sunday in favor of further negotiations on a long-term deal. He’s an above-average defenseman, and an elite puck-mover. But he signed his 4-year, $21 million contract back when he was the first example above, and at 26 years old he’s now Exhibit B.
So what do you do with Mike Green if you’re GM George McPhee?
from chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
Under the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, to retain his rights the Capitals are required to make Green a qualifying offer equal to his 2011-12 salary of $5 million.
“That’s something that we’ll talk about, I’m sure, after things settle down here,” Green said, “I’m excited to come back if that’s the game plan. That’s what I want, but we’ll see.” After four seasons of playing no fewer than 68 games, Green has missed 83 games the past two seasons and that could impact the term and value of his next contract. In all likelihood Green will accept only a one-year deal that will take him into unrestricted free agency at the age of 27 next year.
If the Caps cannot come to an agreement with Green, they likely would receive a first-, second- and third-round draft pick, dependent on his 2012-13 salary and the rules of a new CBA.
Green made no bones about his desire to return to Washington for an eighth season. “Absolutely, I love it here,” he said. “This is a great organization, a great city and I believe that we’re going to win a Cup here and I want to be a part of it.”
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Ever since Mike Green returned to the Capitals’ lineup in mid-February following sports hernia surgery, he’s fielded questions about when he would return to his previous form.
But that ignores the reality that the defenseman’s game has changed, partly in his natural evolution as a player but also because of Coach Dale Hunter’s system.
A day after he led Washington in ice time (33:28) in its 2-1 double overtime win in Game 2 against the Bruins, Green said this is the best he’s felt since before the injuries began piling up in the past two seasons.
“I feel great, yeah. A lot of energy. Probably the best I’ve felt in two years,” Green said. “My body and my state of mind. I think kind of, over the last couple years it’s been tough with injuries and stuff. I finally feel good. Not only that, I think it’s all about feel, too, and I have a good feel right now. I don’t know how to explain it.”
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Your reaction to the suspension?
Green: “I was obviously disappointed, moreso that I wouldn’t be playing. It is what it is. I understand their point. By no means did I intentionally do anything to harm anyone. It’s just unfortunate for myself.”
Did your elbow come up on the hit?
“No, I didn’t get my elbow up at all. I don’t know if you watched it, there was no elbow involved. It was my shoulder but I did make contact with his head, which is unacceptable.”
more and if you wish to review the Shanahan video, you can watch it below…
Brendan Shanahan explains…
No call on the play…
Updated at 1:08 AM via George: TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Green will face a disciplinary hearing with Brendan Shanahan on Friday, and McKenzie believes that Green’s status as a “repeat offender makes a suspension all but assured.
added 9:00pm, A better video of the hit has been added below…
via Mike Vogel tweet,
#Caps defenseman Mike Green will undergo abdominal surgery and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
via Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
Mike Green’s comeback from a significant groin tear may be short-lived.
Green pulled himself out of Saturday night’s 5-2 loss to the San Jose Sharks after taking just nine shifts for 7:11 of ice time. Green took just two shifts in the second period and did not report to the bench for the third period.
After the game Capitals coach Dale Hunter told reporters that Green’s groin tightened up in the second period and that’s why he was taken out of the game. He’ll be evaluated again on Sunday.
Green sent up a few red flags last week when he told reporters not to expect too much from him when he returned to the lineup after missing nearly two months with a groin injury.
Back then, Green talked about having to alter his skating stride to compensate for the torn groin he suffered back on Nov. 11.
from Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington,
The good news for disgruntled Caps fans is that Mike Green could be back in the lineup as soon as Friday night against the Buffalo Sabres.
“I just need a few skates to get my lungs and my legs back and I’ll be back in no time,” Green said.
The bad news is that the significant groin injury he suffered on Nov. 11 against the Devils could hamper him for the remainder of the season and, quite possibly, for the rest of his career.
from the Washington Post,
It’s unclear when (Mike) Green, who was not made available to comment for this story, will return from his latest setback, a strained right groin muscle that he suffered in mid-November. When Green’s recovery plateaued two weeks ago, the Capitals decided to take an experimental route with his rehabilitation, according to several people familiar with the situation who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the defenseman’s recovery.
Green received Accelerated Recovery Performance (ARP) treatment, which involves electrical stimulation, in Minnesota, according to those people. It’s unclear whether Green, who skated for five days prior to the NHL’s holiday break, has benefited from the program.
But while Green’s teammates, coaches and agent, as well as Capitals’ officials await his return, all say the groin injury will not pose a significant threat to the defenseman’s career. But there’s no denying that the steady string of ailments have had an impact on it.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
The plateau prompted the Capitals to seek another method of approach to Green’s recovery.
“He’ll be joining the club on the trip,” McPhee said. “We just sent him to see somebody that might be able to help, we’re not sure [if it will]. Hopefully when he joins the club on the road he’ll be skating with the club – getting closer.
“He was progressing then sort of plateaued,” McPhee said. “We thought we would try something else. Don’t know if it will make a difference but we’ll know more in a couple of days.”
Mike Green spoke with CSNWashington and gave his outlook of the season. You can read the full story by Chase Hughes here.
If you think that determining who the top goalie will be for fantasy teams this season is tough, wait until you attempt to sift through the number of defensemen who have been at or near the top of the scoring race the past couple seasons. I attempted to narrow down this list to five defensemen, but I had waaaay too difficult a time with that. Plus I’d be subjecting myself to far too much criticism from the masses! (By the way, I love the comments… keep ‘em coming.)
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from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
With only eight games remaining in the regular season, Boudreau said the chance of Green returning prior to the playoffs is uncertain.
“In a perfect world, we’d like to get him back for the last couple [regular season] games,” Boudreau said. “I think this week will indicate this—by Monday, we’ll know whether we’ll be able to or not.
“We want him in at least three practices, good practices, before we ever put him in a game—minimum,” Boudreau said. “Quite frankly, I play him when [head athletic trainer] Greg Smith says he’s OK to play. I’ll be the first one to put him in.”
from Lindsay Applebaum of Capitals Insider,
He left Friday’s game after playing just 2:25 against the Rangers following a check by Derek Stepan.
“We’re probably going to hold him out a couple of weeks,” McPhee said in a news conference. “We’ve been really careful when players have head injuries. We did the right thing with Mike and he probably could have come back earlier than he did and he felt great. Unfortunately, his second shift of the game [against the Rangers] he got drilled and got hurt. We’ll be really careful we’ll hold him out longer this time—at least a couple of weeks, maybe longer.”
Green is in Calgary with his family following the death of his grandmother.
Asked if Green suffered a concussion or another injury against the Rangers, McPhee said: “Yeah, he’s had some headaches. So we’ve just got to be careful. He’s back home now for a funeral and we’ll know more when he comes back.”
more and if you missed the hit, watch it below…
Green is questionable to return and no penalty on the play.
from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,
Mike Green will likely miss the Capitals’ game against the San Jose Sharks Tuesday at Verizon Center after he was struck by a puck near his right ear and temple area on Sunday against the Penguins. The defenseman, who was hit by a slap shot in the first period of Washington’s 3-0 win and required multiple rows of stitches to close a cut on the side of his head, cited wooziness and headaches—symptoms that are consistent with a concussion—when he talked to reporters after suffering the injury.
Green was held out of practice Monday for precautionary reasons, Coach Bruce Boudreau said, adding that Green would be re-evaluated on Tuesday.
If yo missed the shot Green took to the head yesterday, you can view it here.
As you can see, he needed a little assistance to get off the ice.
He has not returned to the game.
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!)
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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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The Capitals enter Wednesday’s date with the Toronto Maple Leafs tied for the fourth-best defensive record in the league, and (Mike) Green, according to Boudreau, is a big part of that development.
“I just wish people could see him through my eyes,” said Boudreau, a touch wistfully. “He has been outstanding defensively. So now people are saying, ‘Well, how come you’re not scoring?’ I just told Mike not to change a thing. He’s our best player, game in and game out. When he missed those three games, he was sorely, sorely missed.
“He’s a good player – and he’s matured and he’s done all the things he’s had to do.”...
Green, for his part, is carrying a small but noticeable chip on his shoulder, when it comes to a discussion of his production and contributions.
Death, taxes and JJ’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly…
The alternative to the standard game recap became a staple of my Tampa Bay Lightning coverage last season and it was only a matter of time before it made its season debut here.
Sure, the title of the regular feature has now been copied by a second-rate Bolts blog as of this morning but the content can’t hold a candle to the original and, hell, you’re here with me and they’re, well… They’re sleeping, I’m sure, on Pacific Time and what not… (Lightning coverage from California? Now that’s insight!)
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from Katie Carera of Capitals Insider,
Without Tom Poti in the lineup Monday against the Senators there was a considerable chunk of even strength and penalty killing minutes to be picked up by someone, or a combination of someones on the Capitals roster. Throughout the Capitals 3-2 overtime win, that responsibility fell largely to Mike Green, who played a game-high 31 minutes and 53 seconds—many of which came against Ottawa’s primary offensive threats.
While Green may have just one point through three games this season, the two-time Norris Trophy candidate’s defensive contributions have been very visible. In three games, he has a plus-4 rating, eight hits and has blocked seven shots and just been reliable in his own end.
“Me and [Jeff Schultz] have our agendas and that’s to shut down their [No.] 1 line,” Green said.
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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Scott Burnside of ESPN has a sit down chat with Mike Green of the Washington Capitals.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Two years ago when the Caps blew a 2-0 series lead against Pittsburgh in the second round, there were questions about Green’s conditioning and lifestyle. Last season, it seemed as though he was trying to do too much, perhaps trying too hard to prove people wrong (the Caps fell off the map against Montreal after leading 3-1 in their first-round series).
Regardless of the root cause of the drop-off in performance at critical times, this is a seminal season for Green. And to his credit Green, who won’t turn 25 until the second week of the regular season, seems to have embraced the challenge of turning critics into believers.
Some of the changes are obvious. He looks leaner. He has been a leader on the ice during training camp scrimmages and drills. Part of the physical changes can be explained by a new offseason workout and diet regime.
“I think in past years I’ve trained hard, but me and my trainer Doug Crashley out of Calgary really focused this year on being powerful and I feel great,” Green said in a recent interview.
Of all five Southeast Division clubs, the Washington Capitals of 2010-11 will look the most like themselves from a year ago, having added only a spattering of depth to the lineup that captured the President’s Trophy last season. Alas, as the reigning division champ and still the clear-cut class of the division, if it ain’t broke, well, you know… But a first-round playoff exit thanks to Jaroslav Halak and the Montreal Canadiens left an awful taste in the mouths of Bruce Boudreau’s squad, meaning improvements are in order this year for sure. (Or else?)
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“I really need to step up and it’s about that time. We feel that it’s our time to win this. It’s not just one or two guys that need to be leaders; it’s everybody. That’s including me.”
-Mike Green of the Washington Capitals. More from Green by Carrera of Capitals Insider.
In my second statistical peek at the Southeast Division, I’ve grouped defensemen with their new clubs and will focus, this time, on offensive production from the blueline.
(Next up, we’ll re-visit the d-men from a different angle, including blocked shots, TOI and other specifics with less of an offensive emphasis.)
Remember, just as I did with the forwards, this is simply a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. And, as I said in that first piece, a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come… But not always!!!
It should also be noted, especially since I didn’t mention it with the forwards package, that rookies and European transfers (many of whom could certainly make a major impact, theoretically) are not part of this forecast.
Recall as well that for this analysis, currently unsigned, unrestricted free agents are not included, while those still unsigned but restricted are (save for Tampa’s Paul Ranger, an RFA that I have excluded intentionally, as I have little reason to believe he will return).
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Elisabeth Meinecke of On Frozen Blog caught up with Mike Green when he visited Powell Elementary school in D.C. as part of the city-wide DCPS Beautification Day.
Green said his workouts this off-season have been by far the most intense of his career. Being conditioned for next year’s playoffs is already on his mind.
“Come playoff time, you’ve got to make sure you’re in shape, so I wanted to make sure I’m in the best shape possible,” Green said. “It’s been a tough summer.”...
When asked what he learned from last season that’s going to be the biggest improvement in his game this year, he talked about consistency and avoiding injury. Injuries have marred his past two post-seasons. Green also shared his thoughts on new teammate, D.J. King, and the idea of defenseman Willie Mitchell possibly being in a Caps uniform.
“I played against him when I was younger in the WHL, and he’s a big boy, so I know everybody’s exciting to have him here,” Green said of King.
On Mitchell, he said, “I think he’d be a great fit in Washington.”
more on Green’s involvement with the community…
On exit day last week, Green did not speak with the media, but today, a different story.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Canada didn’t trust Mike Green’s play in his own zone enough to include him amongst the seven defencemen chosen to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
Now we ask, is Green, the NHL’s highest scoring defenceman this season, good enough to be named winner of the Norris Trophy as the best defender in the league?
This season there really is no runaway leader for the Norris, so it will likely come down to personal preference for members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association who are charged with choosing the Norris winner.
from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog, Comcast SportsNet’s
Alan May openly suggested this week that the Canadian media is out to spotlight transgressions by Caps players, and that this may have contributed to Green’s punishment.
“They’re always trying to poke holes in the Capitals, and it’s the same reason that Mike Green was suspended,” May said on 106.7 The Fan’s Mike Wise Show Monday afternoon, when asked about criticism of the Caps’ netminders. “I thought it was created by TSN up in Canada and their announcers, sitting there on a Friday night. The only angles they showed of the Mike Green hit were very poor angles that looked like it was a bad hit, and when you go in super-slow motion, it makes it look worse all the time. And I thought the Mike Green hit, no one even noticed it the other night. And they made a big deal, and he winds up getting three games out of it.”
The conversation moved on, but May—who is Canadian—later returned to this subject, again pounding away on the Toronto media pack.