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Still Talking About The Johnny Boychuk Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Wilbur of Boston.com,

As part of one of the worst moves the NHL has seen since Arizona hockey, Johnny Boychuk was traded to the New York Islanders for a pair of draft picks, in addition to a conditional 2015 third-round pick if the Islanders trade the defenseman to an Eastern Conference team this season.

Just throwing this out there: Does that include the Boston Bruins?

Less than three weeks ago, Thursday night’s game against the Islanders was little more than an early-season throwaway game for the Bruins. That was before Peter Chiarelli went and angered the masses by trading popular defenseman Boychuk to an NHL franchise that might as well be in Siberia for all the relevance they should muster this season.

Now, Thursday night is as much about Bruins fans welcoming Boychuk back to his old haunts as it is sticking it to Chiarelli, who created the very salary cap shambles that forced him to surrender a top-four defenseman on the eve of what might be another run at the Stanley Cup.

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The Problems In Denver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Let's take a more in-depth look at some of the problems, and how the Avs can turn things around.

1. Turnover City: The Avs can book their offseason plans right now after Game No. 82 if they don't take better care of the puck. In 82 games last season, Colorado recorded 535 official giveaways — sixth-fewest in the league. Critics will say "that's because they didn't have the puck enough," but that team took better care of the puck than this sloppy group in the first seven games.

Coach Patrick Roy constantly preached the value of "gap control" between the forwards and defensemen, and odd-man rushes against the Avs were fewer than previous years as a result. Not so much this time.

"Right now the way I look at it, is we want an easy game," Roy said after a 4-3 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. "Until we're where we want to compete at the level we were last year, we're going to struggle. We're not sharp mentally."

Reason for optimism: Nobody works harder than Roy when things aren't going well, so he already is scheming to find ways to tighten his team up again.

2. Big guys not scoring: Jarome Iginla, signed to a three-year, $16 million free-agent contract over the summer, has yet to score a goal. Nathan MacKinnon, the reigning NHL Calder Trophy winner, hasn't scored a goal either.

more plus they have lost dman Ryan Wilson for up to three weeks with a bad shoulder...

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Video- Three Games Last Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A little over two minutes of highlights...

 

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O Canada sung before Flyers-Penguins game

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Tonight we all stand on guard for thee, Canada.

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Thinking Of You Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yes, I have been following on CBC today the tragic news out of Ottawa.

My heart plus thoughts and prayers go out to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of Hamilton who was killed today guarding the National War Memorial.

Yes, we have hockey tonight but it won't be the same, sporting events are secondary when tragedy strikes like it did today.

May this world which seems to be closing in on us become a better place, one where we can go through our daily routines without fear of violence.

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Video- The New York Islanders New Ownership Partners Discuss Their Plans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Meet John Ledecky and Scott Malkin.

 

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The California Goalies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie McLellan of TSN,

Right now, Quick is the best in the game at tracking pucks. A lot of times when we talk about a goalie who is 'seeing the puck well,' this is exactly what we mean. It's his ability to find pucks through bodies, arms and any other traffic jams that are going on in front of him. We all know of his flexibility, his lateral movement and his competitiveness. He's putting it to good use by finding pucks other goaltenders are unable to track consistently right now. 

Coming into the season, we knew Anaheim was deep in goal. But all the talk was of John Gibson and his ability to be a No. 1 keeper. Lost in the shuffle was Frederik Andersen's ability and skill set. Not only did he show people what he's capable of, but Andersen also joined former Boston goalie Ross Brooks as the only two goalies in NHL history to win 25 of their first 30 career starts.

Andersen has started the year 5-0 with a 1.38 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage, improving to 25-5 in his short career. And he already has a shutout to his credit, blanking the St. Louis Blues on Oct. 19....

Antti Niemi is always under fire as a weak link for the Sharks. He has a Stanley Cup from a season when people believed that Chicago outscored his issues in the playoffs. His stumbles in last year's playoffs - as well as in the 2011-12 postseason - didn't help his cause. But his regular season consistency is always there and it's hard to criticize someone who had 39 wins last year and has started the year 3-1 with a 2.70 goals-against average, a .920 save percentage and one shutout. He has put up regular season dominance behind a great regular season team.

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Five-Year Extension For Charlie Coyle In Minnesota

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has agreed to terms with forward Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension.

 “We’re very excited to get Charlie Coyle signed through the 2019-20 season,” said Fletcher. “Charlie’s size, overall skill set, and character give him a chance to emerge as a top power forward in the game and we’re happy he will be doing that in the State of Hockey for years to come.”

 

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Early Season Rookie Of The Year

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In the early days of the season, I am actively trying to pick out leaders for the various NHL awards.  I want to see how often the early leader wins or remains a contender come season's end.  While I am yet to pick a Hart Trophy leader, I have picked a Vezina Trophy leader.  Today I am picking an early season Calder Trophy leader in Tanner Pearson of the Los Angeles Kings.

Pearson is the top scorer on the Stanley Cup champion Kings.  He has seven points and a +7 +/- rating in only six games played and he has done this in moderate ice time of a little over 12 minutes a game.

Pearson was passed over in the 2010 and 2011 entry drafts.  It wasn't until 2012 when he was selected in the draft.  He had been the top scorer on the Barrie Colts with 91 points.  This allowed him to be the final pick of the first round in 2012.  He spent his next season in the AHL but got to play one playoff game.  Last season was spent mostly in the AHL but he got a significant NHL play.  He played 25 games in the regular season last year and 24 more in their Stanley Cup run.  That makes Pearson a very experienced rookie.

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Bruins Prepare For Johnny Boychuk’s Return Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

“It’ll be awkward. I’ve played with him for a while, and some guys have played with him for five plus years,” said Seidenberg. “It’s definitely going to be a bit of a different feeling when guys have to fore-check him, and have to hit him. Or when I stand in front of the net and he shoots.

“It’ll be different, but in the end it’s about winning a hockey game. We’re focusing on that. It’s funny and it’s awkward. If you have to chip a puck behind him and them hit him, that’s when it feels a little bit weird or different.”

The Bruins have played against former teammates before: Phil Kessel, Tyler Seguin, Tim Thomas and Andrew Ference among others. Ference has probably the closest thing to the popularity and goodwill felt toward Boychuk in the B’s dressing room. He was a member of highly accomplished Bruins group for five seasons that won the Cup and friendly with everybody on the team.

So, it should be one of the more emotional returns for an ex-player to TD Garden, but Claude Julien didn’t expect to need to say anything different or special to his players in preparation.

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