Analyzing the Bouwmeester signing

Flames fans have to be ecstatic with today’s news of Jay Bouwmeester signing with the Flames for 5 years, at $6.5 million cap hit per season.  Think about it for a second.  The Flames now possess a defense corps that includes Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr.  Never mind the fact that all three […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Calgary Flames on June 30, 2009

More on Sutter stepping down

From TSN: Sutter has said that his decision on whether he would return to New Jersey next season would be based solely on family and business commitments in Red Deer. There has been some speculation that his brother Darryl, the general manager of the Calgary Flames, has been waiting to make a decision on his […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Calgary Flames,New Jersey Devils on June 9, 2009

On the Beat: Dater says Pierre Lacroix “gambled and lost”

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Playoff teams: Pittsburgh could be two-sport champions if the Penguins win the Cup.  The Steel city is enjoying some great success as of late. Teams not in the playoffs: The Bruins ownership wants to get Peter Chiarellin signed to a contract extension this summer.  He has done a […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Columbus Blue Jackets,Edmonton Oilers,Montreal Canadiens,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins,Toronto Maple Leafs,Washington Capitals on May 27, 2009

Mike Keenan has been fired

From TSN: The Calgary Flames announced the firing of head coach Mike Keenan on Friday afternoon. “Our team did not meet expectations,” Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter said in a press release. ”Following detailed evaluation over the past three weeks, and taking into consideration all factors affecting our season ending result, we believe this is […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Calgary Flames,Northwest Division on May 22, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Thursday Edition): Caps have nothing but praise for Varlamov, Sidney Crosby is the hero, again, Where is Pavel Datsyuk?, Patrick Kane understands Savard firing, Radulov back to Nashville, Mike Keenan on the hot seat in Calgary?,

2nd Round Playoff Matchups Eastern Conference Boston Bruins (1) versus Carolina Hurricanes (6) Bruins attempt to finish the rally tonight.  Net worth in game 7 as goalie‘s are key factors to winning the series.  Claude Julien reiterated yesterday that Marc Savard will be able to play in Game 7 tonight.  As last night’s Illegal Curve […]

Posted by David Minuk in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Colorado Avalanche,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Edmonton Oilers,Montreal Canadiens,Nashville Predators,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Rumors,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,Teams,Toronto Maple Leafs,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on May 14, 2009

Late Night Links: Coyote Ugly

Eric Duhatschek unveils his second round picks.  I made all of my picks on the IC Radio Show tonight which will be posted online tomorrow morning.  Note: My picks ended up being absolutely identical to Duhatschek’s. Apparently the NHL has taken control of the Coyotes.  Hat tip: Mirtle.  Anyone surprised by this?  Puck Daddy has […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Calgary Flames,General NHL,Phoenix Coyotes on April 30, 2009

On the Beat: Lamoriello wants Sutter back and MVP nominations are out

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon: Special teams play may decide the Wings/Ducks series.  It most certainly will.  I don’t see the Wings sustaining their tremendous first round power play success, but anything over 20% should spell trouble for the penalty taking Ducks. Here was the lineup at Bruins practice today. Nothing new […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Detroit Red Wings,New Jersey Devils,On the Beat,Pittsburgh Penguins on April 29, 2009

NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Tuesday Edition): Reaction out of Calgary and San Jose, Langenbrunner apparently had knee surgery after Game 2 and Tortorella continues to stir the pot with the NY media

Remaining First Round Matchups Washington Capitals (2) versus New York Rangers (7) Could Chris Clark return to the Capitals lineup tonight to replace the suspended Donald Brashear?  The Capitals have a chance to redeem last season’s Game 7 heartbreak versus Philadelphia tonight at the Verizon Center, writes Mike Wise.  Nothing like ESPN reporting that Mike Green […]

Posted by Richard Pollock in Anaheim Ducks,Atlantic Division,Boston Bruins,Calgary Flames,Carolina Hurricanes,Central Division,Chicago Blackhawks,Columbus Blue Jackets,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,Minnesota Wild,New Jersey Devils,New York Rangers,NHL Morning Papers,Northeast Division,Northwest Division,Pacific Division,Pittsburgh Penguins,San Jose Sharks,Southeast Division,Teams,Vancouver Canucks,Washington Capitals,Western Conference on April 28, 2009