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The Declining Production Of Eric Staal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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BoltDraft.com is the place to put your fantasy hockey knowledge to the test. KK members and readers are invited to try out this nightly game.  Here is the link to an exclusive free contest with a $100 prize over at BoltDraft. The contest goes live Thursday at 7:00pm ET, so get your picks in now. (It takes 10 seconds to register and less than a minute to pick your players.)

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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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Mike Smith Knows He Needs To Be Better

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from Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic,

As reporters crowded around Coyotes goalie Mike Smith following Monday's practice to gauge his psyche after yet another six goals-against Saturday, backup Devan Dubnyk quipped that Smith isn't the only one who's experienced a slide like this and he, too, could offer up some insight.

But Smith isn't looking to deflect any of the attention he's receiving right now for a goals-against average (5.33) that might be more reflective of a struggling Major League Baseball reliever than an NHL starting goaltender.

"I don't need to bring anyone else into this," Smith said. "It's me and only me, and I've been through it tons of times in my career. You shrug it off your shoulder, and it's obviously not even close to what I'm capable of, and I know that, and I understand that, and the team needs more from me.

"But I can't dwell on it. It's three games I've played. We're 2-2. I know there's a panic around here to flip a switch and turn it around, but it's a process, and we're all going to be better because of this adversity."

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Goals Against A Problem For the Colorado Avalanche

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from Nick Groke of the Denver Post,

Patrick Roy's yelling echoed off the walls of the Avalanche's practice rink Monday. That was between the team skating lap sprints.

After a rough, four-game road trip that left Colorado reeling, Avs coach Roy wasn't going easy on his slipping team.

"The way we practiced today, this is how we'll get back on track," Roy said. "The intensity we had, the compete level we had around the net, that will transpire in our game."

The Avs returned home to Colorado with a 1-4-1 record and a mounting problem. In their five losses this season, the Avs are allowing just less than four goals per game.

That's the problem. Roy, though, wasn't about to pin the cause on Colorado's goaltenders.

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All Jason Spezza

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Here are Five Questions with … Jason Spezza:

Obviously it's a major adjustment going from Ottawa to Dallas, so what has it been like for you? Has it been strange, different, challenging? How would you describe the adjustment?

"I would say it's all of the above.

"The strange is starting to wear off. It's definitely starting to become more routine now that I've been to the game rink a bunch and been around the guys a lot. Once you start playing more and more games you start feeling more comfortable, so the strange is starting to go away.

"It's challenging just trying to get to know everybody on the team and what their tendencies are, where they like to stand on the ice. Everybody has their things they like to do, so that's a bit of a challenge for me, figure out guys' tendencies.

"And it's been exciting. Just being on a new team it just feels like the excitement is really in my game. I'm trying to make sure I'm pushing myself to do well and to really help the club."

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