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Barry Trotz = A Class Act

From a Pete Weber Tweet. 

 

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Quack, Quack, Quack - A Trio of Goalies to Choose from for the Playoffs

In the words of Bruce Boudreau, "We’re in position with three good goalies. I don’t think I can screw it up too bad whoever I choose.”

How would you like to be a SCP coach, and have this trio of goalies as a luxury.  This does not even include Victor Fasth who started the season with the Ducks.

The complete story, which actually features Jonas Hiller at the link below

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A Look at the Roots of Finnish Goaltending

From "The Atlantic", one of the most comprehensive articles I have seen on Finnish Goaltending.  It discusses, the heritage, the difference in approach versus North America, and the fear that the Swedes have overtaken the Finns as the leading producer of elite goaltenders.

http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/02/the-puck-stops-here/357579/

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Analyzing Todays Trades

Today is shaping up to be a relatively busy day with some rather surprising moves. Here is a re-cap of todays moves, as well as what each move means for the teams involved.(Trade details found at TSN.ca)

Montreal trades 5th round pick in 2015 to Florida in exchange for Defenseman Mike Weaver

A minor deal where Montreal acquires some defensive depth that they lost when they traded Rafael Diaz. This deal will have little effect on both teams.

Washington trades 4th round pick in 2014 to Anaheim in exchange for Forward Dustin Penner

This trade came as a bit of a surprise to me. Penner returned to his first NHL team last summer when he signed a 1 year contract with the Anaheim Ducks. The last time he played there, he won his first Stanley Cup and had his best regular season to date. Since than, he has been an enigma to say the least. Things started off very well this season with the Ducks, and although his inconsistency can be frustrating, his point production was still pretty good. Unless Anaheim has a deal in the works to bring in another top 6 forward, this one confuses me and I think that Washington wins the deal. But, time will tell if Washington gets 20 goal scorer Penner, or the Penner that shows up to play when he feels like it. Either way, a 4th round pick is not much to surrender.

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  Tags: trade+dealine

The Best Team in The AHL

Not the Griffins, even though, you know, they are leading everyone else in terms of point percentage. We'll says it's Abbotsford because, you know, they've played 4 more games than the Detroit Red Wings affiliate. Arbitratily, we'll rate the Griffins at third becuase there's another team tied with them in points, the Monarchs, even though they've played two more games than the Griffs. 

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Kukla’s Korner Blogger alumnus enters HNIC “Next Great Hockey Song” contest

Phil Davies, a former International Hockey blogger for Kuklas Korner (until teaching took over his life;), has entered CBC's Hockey Night in Canada's "Next Great Hockey Song" contest.

CBC has asked Canadians' to write a stadium-sized rocker to accompany HNIC's opening montage for Hockey Day in Canada. 

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A Game Winning Goal?

I was hoping someone would mention the Dave Bolland breakaway in OT that sent the Leafs over the Oilers, 6 to 5. The goal itself was pretty, but the means to set it up were quite goonish. Take a look at the punch to the back of the head on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and explain why there wasn't a call. Getting mugged in front of 20,000 plus an international audience with absolutely no consequence is pretty amazing. 

(the mugging comes 5 seconds in)

 

 

I'd love to hear your comments on this one.

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10/10/2013 GDT: Detroit Red Wings vs. Phoenix Coyotes

GDT: Detroit Red Wings (2-1-0; 4 pts) vs. Phoenix Quebec Seattle Arizona Phoenix Coyotes (1-2-0; 2 pts)

[When] 7:30pm EST, 4:30pm Coyote Time

[Where] Joe Louis Arena (Detroit, MI)

[Catch It] TV: NHLN-US, FS-D; Radio: AM1270

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Week 1 by the Numbers: Pacific Division

The first week of the NHL's regular season has provided plenty of "buzz" fodder, be it good, bad, or otherwise.  But in the interest of objectivity, let's let the numbers do the talking.  Here are the cold, hard stats behind week 1 in the Pacific Division:

11 - teams in the NHL with as many or fewer goals than San Jose's Tomas Hertl

46.2 - Hertl's shooting percantage, with 6 goals on 13 shots

15/20 - players on San Jose who have tallied points through the first three games

2 - point total of Los Angeles Kings' leading scorers Jeff Carter, Jake Muzzin, Matt Frattin, and Anze Kopitar

28 - teams with fewer goals against than the Edmonton Oilers

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Seven storylines in the bigger, better new Pacific Division

For its 20th birthday, the Pacific Division got a few new playmates as the NHL's geographic realignment meant out with the East and in with the new.  After jettisoning the Dallas Stars, the Pacific added former Northwest Divisioners Vancouver, Calgary, and Edmonton to its existing tenants: Phoenix, Los Angeles, Anaheim, and San Jose.  As the season gets under way, here are a few storylines worth following among the NHL's West-coast contingent.  

1) Will Jonas Hiller stay a Duck?

This is sort of an aside to the more obvious storyline in Anaheim: Teemu's "last season."  Hiller has never known any other home since the Ducks signed him as a free agent in 2007, but there are plenty of places that would welcome him with open arms.  With Victor Fasth proving to be a more than capable 1A goaltender and white-hot prospect John Gibson waiting in the wings, one has to wonder if Hiller wouldn't be the perfect expendable asset to help GM Bob Murray fill some gaps in the reigning Pacific Division Champs.  Hiller's stock isn't quite where it was before his bizarre, vertigo-shortened 2010-11 campaign, but he has still proven he can be a dependable backstop and could probably challenge for a starting job with any number of organizations.  There’s no immediate pressure for Murray to make a move, nor is there any guarantee he will, but Hiller represents a very playable chip if the Ducks need some pieces later in the season. 

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