Around The NHL – FJM’ing Lambert’s LinksShareThis
Ahhhh, Monday. It’s 7:13 here, and I’ve already gone for a run, been to the bank, and had breakfast. I’m far too inspired to write something decent today.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for the good stuff - that’ll go in my USA Today column. On Bourne’s Blog today, we’re gonna try something new:
“Fire Joe Morgan” was a long-running blog that took other pieces of writing and shredded them, line by line. Thanks to that site, “FJM’ing” a piece of work has become fairly commonplace. (Check out Drew Magary’s FJM’ing of Peter King‘s Monday morning article every week, for a slightly chaotic good example).
So what I want to do, is use Ryan Lambert’s “What We Learned” column from Puck Daddy (which touches on a piece of info from every NHL team), and comment on each of those team-based items, as opposed to commenting on the writing. It’s an easy way for us to discuss what’s up around the NHL on Mondays, while making Lambert do the research for us. Thanks Ryan!
(PS, I have no idea if this is legal or not.)
What We Learned
If I were Anaheim, I wouldn’t trade Bobby Ryan for the entire Toronto Maple Leafs team. He’s 23 years old, 6’3, 220 and coming off BACK-TO-BACK 30 goals seasons. “Wait, we can get KABERLE? Pack Ryan’s bag!” probably won’t be said anytime in Anaheim soon.
Oops, Lambert mispelled “hockey” d-r-a-f-t-i-n-g.
Boston Bruins: Both sides in the negotiations between the Bruins and Johnny Boychuk(notes) are optimistic they’ll get a deal done. Joe Haggerty thinks the negotiations probably start around Matt Hunwick’s(notes) current salary $2.8 million.
Hey, anytime you can lock up a guy for millions of dollars after one good season, you HAVE to do it. Like Tim Thomas, or Milan Lucic!
….Juuuust kidding, Bruins fans. Boychuk was unreal in playoffs for the B’s, and he does have a 65 point AHL season under his belt (20 goals, 45 assists). Combine that with the fact he’s physical and only 26, and he becomes a must-sign for the Bruins.
Buffalo Sabres: The lede from this column in the Buffalo News says Sabres fans asked themselves one question while watching Chicago win the Cup Finals: “Why couldn’t this be our team, our style, our Cup?” The shortest answer I can give is the Sabres didn’t miss the playoffs in nine of 10 years starting in the late 90s.
Another efficient route to finding the answer would be to print both rosters out, and lay them side by side and LOOK AT THEM.
Long story short: The Calgary Maple Leafs Flames are going to struggle again next year.
Carolina Hurricanes: Buried deep inside a post about how Ray Whitney(notes) has not completely given up on returning to the Hurricanes, there is this terrifying fact: “The (Canes’) self-imposed budget this year could be no higher than $44 million.” Hoo boy are they going to be BAD next year.
Last year when I did my pre-season predictions on which teams would make playoffs, I got a lot of heat for leaving the Canes out. After a couple great points by readers, I was questioning myself. Yeah. They actually are pretty good.
But since the puck dropped on game one last year, it’s felt like they’ve seriously committed themselves to failure. Suddenly, just a year later, I think that fanbase is in for an Islanders-esque few years of misery.
Guys used to get a lot more than a day with the Cup before everybody remotely affiliated with the team got to take a turn with it. By the end of my Dad and Clark’s Cup time, there may or may not have been words like “tools” and “reinforcement rods” thrown around.
Colorado Avalanche: Not surprisingly, the Avalanche have every intention of constructing their team in much the same way the Blackhawks have. The difference being Colorado has vast tracts of cap space. And won’t use much of it.
The Avs have the biggest range of any team in the NHL next year. They could finish anywhere from 3rd to 13th and I wouldn’t flinch.
Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets have already begun planning their prospect camp, which will take place later this month. Among the invitees is Cam Atkinson, who you might remember as 5-foot-6 kid that embarrassed Wisconsin in the NCAA title game and led the NCAA in goals last season. A shocking omission: Nikita Filatov(notes).
I’m scared Rick Nash is gonna have one of those jail-cell careers, where he just does the best he can with what he has, works hard, never demands a trade, and never gets the chance to win a Cup. He’s one of my favourite NHLers, and I’d LOVE to see him find some success.
Is that success possible in Columbus? I don’t think any time soon.
Dallas Stars: Who should the Stars try to poach from the Blackhawks? Joel Quenneville says, “Cristobal Huet.”
Ha! I liked that joke.
Detroit Red Wings: Chris Chelios(notes) says he plans to spend more time with his kids now that he’s retired. His kids will probably be unavailable, however, since they have to work to pay their mortgages.
“Spend more time with my kids” is an immediate “ohhh boy” for me. It’s the same as saying you’re a year away from submitting your name for the first available coaching vacancy. You played til you were 40-whatever for a reason, Chris. Hanging out with your kids just isn’t that fun when it’s everyday.
Edmonton Oilers: At least someone out there is advocating that Tambellini consider trading down and getting something out of Boston. I think it’s an excellent idea. Oh, wait, it’s saying Tambellini should be trying to acquire BOTH picks? Yeah that’ll never happen.
I’ve written about my theory on rebuilding through the draft before - I hate it. I’m all for hanging on to immediate impact guys that can develop while contributing, Tavares-style (as in, I’m not a complete idiot).
However, I’m NOT for “developing” a guy for three years before he’s half-useful if you can get someone for him who can play today. This point has nothing to do with that blurb on Edmonton, but whatever, I like beating this dead horse.
Florida Panthers: Earlier this week the Panthers offered season tickets for $5.60 a game (that’s $229.60 a season). And had a free cookout. Now don’t you wish you lived in a market where no one cared about hockey?
No. No I don’t.
Wait, what? I live in Phoenix? Well this is awkward.
Crap, and Yzerman JUST filled that coaching vacancy. You’ll get the next job, Mark. …Future’s bright, buddy.
Minnesota Wild: The Minnesota Wild are having a draft party, as most teams do these days. So if you’re a Wild fan, swing on by Aperitif Restaurant & Bar in Woodbury and watch your team draft another overrated Minnesotan ahead of several demonstrably better players.
Ooo, daggers. The best thing I’ve read about the Wild in awhile came from the their beloved beat writer Michael Russo, who talked about the perpetual cycle of mediocrity the team is caught in. Great point, but as an Isles fan, that doesn’t sound so horrible.
Man, you can’t even damage someone car, steal their license plate and post pictures of it on facebook anymore. What’s this world coming to?
Nashville Predators: Hobey Baker winner Blake Geoffrion recently tweeted that he would sign his contract with the Predators at his Nashville-area elementary school tomorrow. The Predators, meanwhile, say no deal is in place.
I saw an interview where someone asked Blake if his Grandfather “Boom-Boom” taught him tricks to the slapshot. What does that even mean? What could the guy say? “Well, you really try to hit it hard. Ideally with a stick made of light wood with no curve.” There’s not exactly a secret formula you can pass down through generations like a cookie recipe.
New Jersey Devils: The agent that represents Ilya Kovalchuk(notes) in Russia — as opposed to the one that represents him here in North America — says that Kovy wants to sign in the KHL. His incentive for saying this is, I’m sure, not financial.
He’s been in Atlanta and New Jersey so far. I’m hoping Carolina or Columbus gets him next so I officially never get to watch a whole game that showcases one of the most electrifying players of the past decade. That’d be awesome.
New York Islanders: Islanders prospects Calvin de Haan(notes) and Casey Cizikas(notes) will attend Canada’s World Junior camp in August, but de Haan will be too injured to participate. That’s a helluva shoulder injury.
Maybe when those kids reach their potential, we can trade them for some draft picks with potential. /holds finger to temple, pulls imaginary trigger.
New York Rangers: Want to ask Brandon Dubinsky(notes) a question? Sure you do. As of this writing, a whopping 14 people have asked him a question, so you can see the public is really clamoring to hear his thoughts.
My thoughts: God I hate the Rangers.
Ottawa Senators: Jason Spezza(notes) and his wife had a baby girl over the weekend. The Senators are considering flipping the newborn to the Rangers for a second-round pick in 2012 and an infant to be named later.
Like Nash, I’m a big Spezza fan, and I think he’s worth what he’s being paid. I’ll now sit back down while everyone laughs at me.
Philadelphia Flyers: The Flyers wanted to sign Peter Forsberg(notes) for the stretch run. I assume it’s because he was pretty good for them last time and they feel that his not playing in the NHL for two seasons would only help matters.
Stop with the Forsberg and Jagr stuff, NHL. What, you’re trying to sell jerseys now? Those ships have sailed. (Yes, for effs sake, I did watch the Olympics, where those guys totalled one NHL playoff series worth of games without sucking or getting hurt).
Phoenix Coyotes: The Coyotes say they will use more kids next season in an effort to basically do what the Blackhawks did, much like every other relatively young team in the league. Kyle Turris(notes) is expected to be one of the players they use at the NHL level, but I feel like I said that last year too and look how that worked out.
The Coyotes have some decent talent waiting in the wings. Here’s something I never imagined I’d say 12 months ago: I’m excited about the Coyotes roster. Wolski FTW!
Whereas Alexi Ponikarovsky IS a sports hernia, and the Penguins are hoping they can have him removed sometime too.
San Jose Sharks: Because Rob Blake(notes) is retiring, Jim Matheson thinks they should consider trading for Sheldon Souray(notes). Because they’d only have to pay him $4.5 million despite his $5.4 million cap hit. ‘Course that’s $4.5 million and a gigantic cap hit for him to miss like 50 games.
The worst part about being a Sharks fan is how much everyone dismisses this team during the regular season. I don’t envy their GM this off-season either - wayyy too many people (like me) who “know” wayyy more than him. Gut the team! Leave it alone! PUT THORNTON IN NET!
Similar topic: My brother raised $3,880 for Spinal Cord Research Saturday. Congrats buddy.
Sigh, just like being 15 again - can’t get a job without experience, can’t get experience without a job.
I like making Phaneuf the Leafs captain. I think it could finally give them some personality again. One you may not like, fine, but it’s not one you’d enjoy playing. And don’t forget how young that guy is…. That’s right – I chose not to bag on him.
Not sure when the Canucks skyrocketed up the “most hated teams in the league” charts, but man is there some venom towards that team out there.
And man has it translated to playoff success for the Caps! Wooooooohooo
There ya have it guys! Jam packed with links if you care to poke around the NHL today.
I’ll see ya tomorrow, hope you enjoyed JTB’s first FJMing!