Monthly Archives: August 2009

NHL Season Preview 2009-’10

Here’s how I think the NHL will shape up at the end of the regular season.

Detroit Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings

Western Conference:

  1. Detroit Red Wings
  2. Vancouver Canucks
  3. San Jose Sharks
  4. Chicago Blackhawks
  5. Calgary Flames
  6. Anaheim Ducks
  7. Edmonton Oilers
  8. St. Louis Blues
  9. Nashville Predators
  10. Minnesota Wild
  11. Columbus Blue Jackets
  12. Dallas Stars
  13. L.A Kings
  14. Colorado Avalanche
  15. Phoenix Coyotes

Synopsis: Not many surprises towards the bottom of the table as I expect another dismal year in the desert.  St. Louis showed alot of grit last year and really surprised me with their play, so I’ve got them making a repeat performace as the 8 seed.

The addition of Nikolai Khabibulin in net will help Edmonton in the goal differential department… Continue reading

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What about Phil?

Phil Kessel

Phil Kessel ponders his future in Boston

The Bruins have yet to sign Phil Kessel to a long-term deal, and a resolution does not appear imminent. With only $2.1M left under the cap, the B’s have little wiggle room and are dependent on Kessel to lessen his demands (he has purportedly asked for $5M/Yr…not sure how accurate this is, however).

Kessel’s shoulder injury is a real concern which is why no other teams have made a serious attempt to acquire his services. His decision to hold out probably seemed like a good idea at the time, but it’s gone too far. If Phil had a grip on reality, he would realize that;

a) His shoulder is a concern — It’s a big risk to sign him for 4-5 years for $20M+

b) He’s got it made in Boston — The fans love him. The team is built for winning.

c) He needs to take a lesson from David Krecji; Sign for less. Stay with a winner.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Phil the Thrill and I can’t blame him for trying to get the big bucks, but clearly, the interest from other teams is not there. If he wants to make $5m/year perhaps what he should do is sign one year deal, prove his shoulder is fine and put up 40 goals. If Boston is to retain him, this looks to be the only option. Signing Phil to just a one year deal may seem rather a strange move, but it’s actually quite practical–and I think Phil knows it.

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Quick Hits – Dany Heatley

Heatley decked by Zdeno Chara

Heatley decked by Zdeno Chara

Dany Heatley addressed the media in Canada today and basically said that he wants out of Ottawa because he isn’t the star. It’s easy to jump to conclusions and call Heatley another spoiled athlete who has lost touch with reality.

I’m not so sure that’s the case.

In 2003, Heatley was responsible for killing teammate Dan Snyder who was a passenger in his Ferrari which Heatley crashed in Atlanta. He avoided jail time. Who’s to say how any of us would have reacted to something as emotionally damaging as that? I can’t begin to imagine to personal demons I would have to wrestle with on a daily basis.

He has great natural ability and could be a tremendous player in this league. People say that he’s just a selfish and immature person…and maybe that’s true, but what caused it?

Scott Burnside of ESPN.com goes more in-depth: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=burnside_scott&id=4414646

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Get Pumped!

This isn’t the exact video that was played pre-game during the ’08-’09 season, but it’s close. Crank it up!!

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First post. Bruins season is six weeks away!

Here’s my first post…I’ve never written a blog before and blah, blah, blah…who cares, right?

Let’s talk hockey.

When the Chiarelli era began three years ago, I predicted that the B’s would reach the conference finals by 2009. They fell one goal short.

The key parts of the team are still in place and with or without Kessel, (most likely with) the Bruins have an enormous amount of young offensive talent as well as the top defenseman and goaltender in the league. But is it enough?

Thehockeynews.com recently picked the Bruins to win the East during the regular season; I’m not sold on this assertion. Perhaps my being a Boston sports fan leads me to be naturally skeptical, but here’s the deal: The Bruins are loaded with talent, but its young talent. Boston will rely on David Krejci to provide the bulk of the scoring this year. Phil Kessel, who remains unsigned, would only be able to join the team in December as he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery. Michael Ryder had a renaissance season last year but I don’t expect him to pot more than 25 goals this year.

More to the point, we all saw what happened to Boston when some of their key guys went down in the playoffs; without Matt Hunwick and Andrew Ference on defense vs. Carolina, the Bruins looked disorganized and it showed, losing in 7 games to an inferior, yet feisty Hurricanes squad. Therefore, Boston needs to remain somewhat healthy to remain strong Cup contenders.

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