Monthly Archives: April 2011

Habs could bury Scott Gomez in AHL

You can buy a lot of talent in the National Hockey League these days for $8 million. Unfortunately for the Canadiens, that’s how much they paid Scott Gomez this season for his seven goals, 31 assists and minus-15 in 80 regular-season games.

Predictions round 2

Great round 1 predictions guys, let’s do round 2 ASAP because the games are tonight.

No one did worse than 3/8 in the first round, and only 1 member here on HTR called a perfect 8/8. And that member is…

The Toronto Maple Leafs signed goaltender Mark Owuya to a two-year entry level contract on Thursday. Owuya, a 21-year-old native of Stockholm, Sweden, played 32 games this season for Djurgarden of the Swedish Elite League posting a 2.18 goals against average and a league best .927 goals against average.

General manager Dean Lombardi sees progress in the Los Angeles Kings’ back-to-back playoff berths. He also sees a danger of stagnation after their season again ended in the first round.

There will not be a LeBron James-style countdown to July 1, and there certainly will not be an hour-long television show devoted to its conclusion, but once again, there is a singular focus of free agency at Madison Square Garden.

It was a dramatic ending that could prove to be just the beginning for the Vancouver Canucks. Alex Burrows scored his second goal of the night at 5:22 of overtime to give the Canucks a thrilling 2-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their NHL playoff series Tuesday night. It was an emotional win for a Canuck team that heard whispers of doubt after watching a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarter-final disappear. In beating the Blackhawks, Vancouver finally exorcised a demon that had haunted them the past two seasons.

Ducks start to focus on the question marks

Two nights of rest didn’t do anything to ease Bob Murray’s mind after the Ducks’ season ended Sunday night. It only got him more agitated. “Today, I woke up a little more (upset) than yesterday,” he said.

Rangers coach on fence about Drury returning

John Tortorella sure doesn’t seem committed to bringing Chris Drury back for the final year of the captain’s contract, though the Rangers coach acknowledges he does not have the final say on personnel matters. Drury has a no-move clause in his contract, but can be bought out in the second half of June. If the Rangers go that route, they would have $3,716,667 in dead cap space next year, as opposed to Drury’s $7.05 million charge. The Rangers would also be hit with a $1,666,667 cap charge on the buyout in 2012-13. “That’s a conversation [the front office] is going to have the next couple of months,” Tortorella said. “It’s something honestly you have to ask, where does he fit now, because we are going young.”

Boston Sick of Kaberle

On the other side of the ledger, how terribly disappointing is Tomas Kaberle? Not only has he been unable to help the dreadful B’s power play (0-for-15), but he’s just frightening with his defensive-zone coverages, battling and decision-making. He saw the ice less and less as Saturday’s game got more and more nerve-wracking, with 15:25 (21 shifts) in regulation, and just 5:45 in the 29:03 of OT.

Top 10 Highest paid #01 goalies Versus the Top ten lowest paid #01 goalies.

In regard of my recent post about the teams investing heavily vs the one with cheaper goalie, i forgot to explain the Reason Why the teams having cheaply signed goaltender have more success.
so here is the explanation.

I calculated what is the performance difference you get in average to paid a premium for a #01 goalie. (see note)

Rangers eliminated from playoffs, but coach's contract extended

The process of building the Rangers so they aren’t left bringing knives to a gunfight, the way they were in this playoff confrontation with the Capitals, will continue with John Tortorella behind the bench, The Post has learned.Sources have told The Post that Tortorella’s contract, originally due to expire after this season, was extended a couple of months ago.Garden and Rangers executives cited policy in declining comment, but it is believed that the extension will cover the next three seasons. Tortorella, who was hired on Feb. 23, 2009, has taken the Rangers to the playoffs twice in three years, but his teams have gone out in the first round both times, and both times to the Capitals.

In a Salary Cap Era, does it Worth it to heavily Invest in Goalies?

Shortly after the NHL lockout ended five years ago, the Detroit Red Wings general manager concluded that, in the salary-cap world, investing huge dollars in goaltending was counter-productive. The best way to build a champion, he believed, was to identify your core group, commit your payroll there, then find a serviceable goalie at a lower price.

Pride, a shot at the Cup and many jobs now on the line

The list of questions the Vancouver Canucks can avoid having to answer — if they manage to pull their heads out of their nether regions and find their game again in time to save a memorable season — is long and invasive. It includes topics such as leadership, character, fear of success, personnel selection, coaching, management style and courage.

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