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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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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.
from Paul Martin at The Players' Tribune,
There are many more people I’d like to thank, but most importantly, I’d like to thank the fans. You were all so supportive and passionate. When I arrived here, I was a defensive specialist — definitely not a household name. I used to have a joke when I was driving around town with friends and spotted someone in a Penguins jersey. “Hey, there’s a no. 7!” You see so many 7s in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, most have an 8 before or a 1 after. Sid and Geno run the town. Whenever I would see an actual Paul Martin jersey, I’d usually pop my head out the window and say hello.
I’ll never forget the kids who would come up to me and say, “You’re my favorite player. I want to play just like you.” That never stops being an incredible feeling.
So thank you, Pittsburgh. And hello, San Jose. I can’t catch a break. I’ve got some stiff competition in the team store with Thornton, Marleau, Couture, Burns … I might have to buy a bunch of teal no. 7 jerseys and circulate them around the city. Keep your eye out.
The Wall Street Journal's Brian Costa spoke with Nashville Predators GM and Team USA GM David Poile and several of his likely Olympic team players about the differences between the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver and those to be held in Sochi in February. He brings up one point we've already heard being discussed--the soccer-like style and pace of play that European teams tend to play on 200-foot-long by 100-foot-wide rinks (as opposed to North American rinks, which are 85 feet wide)...
The difference between Vancouver, where the U.S. won silver in 2010, and Sochi isn't so much about geography as it is space. In the U.S. and Canada, the standard rink size is 85 feet wide. In Europe, rinks are 100 feet wide. A smaller playing surface lends itself to the more aggressive, bruising style of play that dominates the NHL. On the larger European surface, it's more a game of speed and finesse.
"The difference is a lot bigger than fans think," said Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman and Team USA hopeful Paul Martin. "You have more room to cover, especially around the nets."
And he duly notes the reason why Team Canada's World Junior team now brings its own chefs to overseas tournaments, and the vast majority of players will have difficulty finding palatable food, "comfort zones" in terms of their accommodations and might deal with a bit of culture shock in Sochi, where we've been told that "there's nothing to do" at the Olympic facilities in terms of filling free time because they're still being constructed:
Reports yesteday were a upper-body injury for Martin,
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
"I asked him if he wanted a trade," Shero told ESPN.com this week.
These are the moments that define a person, a career even. In some ways, they define a franchise too.
Martin, signed to a five-year, $25-million deal in the summer of 2010, could not have been blamed if he said, "Yes, get me the heck out of here."
Fans were certainly clamoring for just such a move throughout the season as the mistakes piled up and Martin's play worsened.
"He was embarrassed by his year," Shero said.
But Martin looked at his boss and insisted he wanted to stay. He told Shero he didn't want to take the easy way out. Moreover, Martin pledged to return this season a different player, the old player, the player that had made him one of the top free-agent defensemen on the market in 2010.
via Scott Burnside tweet,
We can confirm Paul Martin is a Pittsburgh Penguin.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils defenseman Paul Martin will make his return from a fractured left forearm tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
It will be Martin’s first game since he was injured when he was hit by a Bill Guerin shot on Oct. 24 in Pittsburgh.
Mark Fraser and Anssi Salmela will be the healthy scratches on defense for the Devils tonight.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Martin, who missed 49 games. “It’s just exciting to be around the guys and get back in there and play a game. I’m trying not to get too excited, but I think it will be fun.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning that defenseman Paul Martin will miss at least another four weeks after having what he called “minor surgery” on his fractured left forearm on Tuesday.
“There has been a setback,” Lamoriello said. “The outside of the fracture has been healing, but the inside has not been healing at the rate that we wanted to see it heal. So, there’s been some minor surgery and he is recasted. So, he will be a minimum of four weeks.”
via Tom Gulitti’s Twitter,
Pandolfo, Martin both out 4-6 weeks. Martin: non-displaced fracture of lower left arm above the wrist. Pandolfo’s right shoulder popped out.
added 11:16am, Tom has more on the injuries at his Fire & Ice blog.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
It appears defenseman Paul Martin and left wing Jay Panfolfo might both be out for a while.
Pandolfo’s right shoulder popped out of the socket on a hit from behind from ex-Devil Mike Rupp in the second period of the Devils’ 4-1 win over the Penguins tonight.
Martin said his left forearm “maybe” broken after he was hit with a shot and slashed on it in the third period.