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Observations On The San Jose Sharks

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from Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea,

Ten random thoughts on the Sharks...

There hasn’t been a single player more noticeable from shift to shift than Brent Burns, and it sure seems like no one on the ice has their stick on the puck more than Burns through the first five games other than maybe Joe Thornton. He’s obviously done some good things so far with seven points, but he’s also gotten caught out of position several times, has had some nervous moments while defending in open ice, and is just so unpredictable out there. I know his transition back to D in a work in progress, and I noticed Burns having a long chat with Jim Johnson at the pregame skate in New Jersey, but the Sharks seem like a much more dangerous team with him at forward. Maybe they give it another couple weeks, but I bet the Sharks end up putting the “wrecking ball” back where he belongs – up front on Thornton’s right side.

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Afternoon Line - Pavel Datsyuk

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The Wings Morning Skate In Montreal

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Pavel Datsyuk is taking his normal spot on the first line and..

 

Also reports state Cleary and Weis are not taking normal shifts.

 

added 11:59am,

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The Declining Production Of Eric Staal

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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.

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Check Out BoltDraft- Pick A Forward, Defenseman And Goalie For A Chance To Win Cash

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Mark Hunter Named Director Of Player Personnel For The Toronto Maple Leafs

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from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that Mark Hunter, a veteran forward of 12 seasons in the National Hockey League, has been named the club’s Director of Player Personnel. The Petrolia, Ontario native played in 628 career NHL regular season games and 79 more in the postseason from 1981 to 1993.

“I am very excited about joining the Toronto Maple Leafs organization,” said Hunter. “I am grateful for the opportunity that has been given to me by Brendan Shanahan, David Nonis and the entire management team. I would like to thank the London Knights organization for 12 great years. I am looking forward to the start of a new chapter in Toronto.”

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The Boston Bruins Could Use Jordan Eberle

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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

... “You can’t trade (Nail) Yakupov, because nobody’s going to take him,” said (Don) Cherry, as per Sportsnet.ca. “(Jordan) Eberle or one of those guys have got to go. It’s a tough deal giving one of (the young players) away, but something’s gotta go.”

While it’s a bit of hyperbole to say nobody would take the No. 1 overall pick in Yakupov, there’s no question that Eberle has significant value on the trade market and is exactly the kind of player the Bruins are seeking to answer their right wing questions along the top line. The Bruins and Oilers have conducted an ongoing trade conversation going back to the beginning of summer involving Johnny Boychuk, and again right before this season’s opening with Chris Kelly on Edmonton’s radar....

So the Bruins would have their right wing solution for the foreseeable future if they brought him into the fold. Boston will have to fight through a dysfunctional offense until they find a proper solution on the right side of David Krejci and Milan Lucic, and that means going outside the organization for the answer.

The challenge is meeting Edmonton’s price for Eberle, who will draw interest around the league, and clearing more cap space in order to take on his cap tag.

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NHL Short Notes

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HALL, NUGENT-HOPKINS POWER OILERS TO FIRST WIN
Taylor Hall registered 1-1—2, including his first career penalty-shot goal, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored the tiebreaking marker with 3:25 remaining in regulation to lift the Oilers to their first victory of the season.
 
* Hall posted his team-leading fourth goal and sixth point of the season. He paced the club with a career-high 53 assists and 80 points in 2013-14.
 
* According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Hall became the first Oilers player to score a penalty-shot goal since Feb. 17, 2007, when Marc-Antoine Pouliot beat Andrew Raycroft in a 4-3 loss at TOR.
 
* Nugent-Hopkins recorded his first goal of the season and first game-winner. He tied for the team lead (with Jordan Eberle) with a career-high four game-winning goals in 2013-14.
 
* The Oilers improved to 18-9-3 all-time against the Lightning, including an 11-4-0 mark at home (four consecutive wins at Rexall Place).

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Game Notes- Detroit vs. Montreal

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

First a little old school talk with Ted Lindsay and Maurice Richard.

Below are the game notes...

 

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Frustration In Winnipeg

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from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Frustration was evident among the Winnipeg Jets and their head coach Monday, a day after the team suffered its fourth straight loss during a demoralizing start to the NHL season.

They are struggling to score, haven’t managed a single power play goal in five games and have lost the last four by at least two goals during a 1-4 start.

It’s the kind of rocky beginning that prompts the coach to drop an F-bomb in his media availability, an assistant captain to suggest the team has no idea how to handle adversity and the reminder to be delivered that what is discussed in the locker-room stays in the locker-room.

Asked how the team can fix the maddening inconsistency problem that has persisted since it first arrived from Atlanta, defenceman Mark Stuart said: “I know you guys ask how because you want to keep the conversation going but that’s something we’ve got to figure out in here.”

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If you missed Paul Maurice post-practice yesterday, you can watch it here.

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