Kovalchuk Poll

January 31, 2010
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Let’s Build Through the Draft?!?

January 31, 2010

This phrase I can’t stand.  People want to build through the draft.  Okay, we have some picks and the Toronto pick is a top 3 lock almost.  No one is saying trade it.  We get it.  No team would except for like a Crosby, Ovechkin or Malkin.  But honestly, aside from that pick, this build through the draft is stupid.  No one we draft will be NHL ready aside from that top 3 pick for at least two years.  And that is if they pan out.  When that time comes, Savard is old, Chara could be gone.  It’s no lock Rask turns out to be a legit number one or just a flash in the pan.  I’ve seen enough goalie go through this system to not get excited although he looks damn good.

This team isn’t as bad as we all think.  We are still fighting for the playoffs despite having the least amount of goals in the league.  That says something.  The point of building a team is to be in the position to say, “I’ve got this and that and I just need that to make it complete.”  That’s when you make a move.  Teams don’t just draft and draft until they get lucky and get a team with offense, defense and goaltending.  The Bruins are a sound team with some good depth.  They just lack an elite goal scorer.

So fine, tree hug your picks and tell me how it turns out.  Hockey is the biggest crapshoot of all the major sports aside from baseball when it comes to drafting.  We’ve been drafting for 40 years, how many cups do we have?  None.


The Return is Not as Great as People Think

January 31, 2010

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again, when big name players are dealt, the return is never as good as people think.  Rarely is it a win win for each team.  Since the lock-out here are the major blockbuster deals and their returns.

  • Bruins trade Joe Thornton to the Sharks for Marco Sturm, Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau.
  • Thrashers trade Dany Heatley to the Senators for Marian Hossa and Greg de Vries.
  • Blues trade Chris Pronger to the Oilers for Eric Brewer, Jeff Woywitka, and Doug Lynch.
  • Oilers trade Chris Pronger to the Ducks for Joffrey Lupol, Ladislav Smid, 2 1st round picks and a 2nd round pick.
  • Ducks trade Chris Pronger to the Flyers for Joffrey Lupol, Luca Sbisa, 2 1st round picks, and future considerations.
  • Flames trade Dion Phaneuf, Fredrick Sjostrom, and Keith Aulie to Maple Leafs for Ian White, Jamal Mayers, Nicklas Hagman and Matt Stajan.
  • Lightning trade Brad Richards, and Johan Holmqvist to the Stars for Jussi Jokinen, Mike Smith, Jeff Halpern and a 4th round pick.
  • Lightning trade Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich to the Sharks for Matt Carle, Ty Wishart, 1st round pick and a 4th round pick.
  • Senators trade Dany Heatley to Sharks for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a 2nd round pick.
  • Hurricanes trade Jack Johnson to the Kings for Oleg Tverdovsky, Eric Belanger and Tim Gleason.
  • Kings trade Lubomir Visnovsky to the Oilers for Jarret Stoll and Matt Greene.
  • Rangers trade Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt, and Mike Busto to the Canadiens for Chris Higgins, Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko.
  • Avalanche trade Ryan Smyth to the Kings for Kyle Quincy, Tom Preissing, and a 5th round pick.
  • Panthers trade Olli Jokinen to the Coyotes for Keith Ballard, Nick Boynton and a 2nd round pick.
  • Coyotes trade Olli Jokinen to the Flames for Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Prust and a 1st round pick.
  • Panthers trade Roberto Luongo, Lukas Krajicek and a 6th round pick to the Canucks for Alex Auld, Todd Bertuzzi and Bryan Allen.

Now those were all guys under contract, and people here think anyone is willing to pay more than that for an unsigned Kovalchuk?  Please.  This is why I say go after him because it isn’t going to cost as much as we all think.

I don’t think any team that acquired the best player in the deal is kicking themselves in the head over it.  That is my point.  When you acquire elite or just below elite players, whatever you deal it doesn’t matter because unless it’s a massive overpayment, it’s usually nothing big.


My Take on Leafs Deals

January 31, 2010

I will say I love how aggressive Brian Burke is when it comes to players he wants, especially on defense, and I was surprised they were able to acquire Phaneuf.  The Giguere deal was a good one for the Leafs.  He has been on their radar for some time.  They get out of two more years of Jason Blake at 4 million dollars, and although he has been one of their leading scorers, his money could be used elsewhere. Toskala has sucked as is a free agent at years end anyways.  Giguere has one more year on his deal.

The Phaneuf trade was highway robbery in my opinion.  I know Phaneuf’s value is low, but the kid is still young and has a lot of potential.  Phaneuf has 4 more years on his deal.  Ian White has played well and will be an RFA at seasons end and in line for a big payday.  Matt Stajan is an impending UFA.  Nicklas Hagman has two more years left on his contract.  Jamal Mayers was a throw in and on the block anyways. I know Pekese said it was an overpayment, but guys like Hagman, Stajan, and Mayers are a dime a dozen player, easy to replace via draft of free agency.  White was good, but you already have an offensive guy in Kaberle and they upgraded with Phaneuf.  They lost a lot of offense, which is good for B’s fans, but they are building towards next season.

I find it sad though a team in 2nd to last place is willing to make a move to improve, when the B’s just stand pat.  The return for Phaneuf is a lot less than people expected, as I have said with these monster moves.

Bruins equivalent to this deal?  Michael Ryder playing well, Matt Hunwick last year, Shawn Thornton and a crappy version of David Krejci a few years older with an expiring contract.  Hmm…I’d make that deal.


Phaneuf to the Leafs

January 31, 2010

According to Darren Dreger, Deon Phaneuf has been traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. According to 640 AM in Toronto, Ian White and Matt Stajan are the players going back to Calgary.

UPDATE: Deger now is reporting Phaneuf, Sjostrom and Auley to Toronto for Hagman, Stajan, Mayers and White.

My early thoughts are the Leafs over paid big time for an over paid defenseman.  Toronto deals two of their top scorers plus a solid defenseman.  Burke may not be aware of this but you cannot win a 0-0 game. See the 2009-2010 Bruins.

Jean Sebastien Giguere is also rumored to be dealt to Toronto. It is expected Vesa Toskala is going back in return.  A first round pick is also believed to be going to Toronto. More in a bit…

UPDATE: TSN is reporting the deal is Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala for Jean Sebastien Giguere.

The Leafs dumped yet another forward and acquired a struggling goaltender. While they go free up over $8 million in cap space, they also take on Giguere’s $6 million cap hit for this season and next.

Breakdown:

IN: Phaneuf, Sjostrom, Giguere, Auley ( to play in AHL)

OUT: Blake, Stajan, Hagman, Toskala, Mayers, White


B’s Need Offense

January 30, 2010

The Bruins have lost 12 games either 3-2, 2-1, or 1-0.  They have scored under 3 or less goals 37 games.  They have lost 18 games by one goal.  In a tight Eastern Conference race, a guy like Kovalchuk could make a difference.  Say we won even a third of those one goal games, that’s an additional 8-12 points or what not with shootouts and OT.  So that would gave, say 63 points, good for 6th in the East close behind Ottawa and Pittsburgh and well above Philly, Atlanta and the rest of the East.  But hey, if you want to average 2 goals a game, than so be it.


Career High Goals Per Player

January 30, 2010

Michael Ryder……..30 (05-06, 06-07)
Patrice Bergeron…..31 (05-06)
Blake Wheeler……..21 (08-09)
David Krejci………..22 (08-09)
Mark Recchi……….53 (92-93)
Marco Sturm……….29 (05-06)
Marc Savard……….28 (05-06)
Daniel Paille………19 (07-08)
Miroslav Satan……40 (98-99)
Steve Begin…………11 (05-06)
Milan Lucic………..17 (08-09)
Shawn Thornton…..6 (08-09)

Ilya Kovalchuk’s two worst goal totals…29 in 65 games in 01-02, and 38 in 02-03.  Since then, his worst total is 41, better than every player on the B’s career high except for the ageless Mark Recchi, who at the end of the day will be a Hall of Famer.  Just saying…