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Ilya Kovalchuk To sign With Devils: Ten Reasons He Makes Them A Stanley Cup Favorite

July 19th, 2010 1 Comment

With all the rumors pointed to Ilya Kovalchuk joining the Los Angeles Kings, the New Jersey Devils have emerged as the winner in the Kovalchuk sweepstakes. The Devils are announcing that Kovalchuk has agreed to sign a long-term deal that will keep Kovalchuk in New Jersey. While terms and monies are yet to be announced, Kovalchuk is expected to sign a deal that will pay him between eight and nine million per season. Clearly, the Kovalchuk signing, which is expected to be officially announced Tuesday via press conference, has every team in the East sweating right now. While no guarantee to make the Stanley Cup Finals, the addition of Kovalchuk makes the New Jersey Devils one of the favorites to win it all in the Eastern Conference. Let’s take a look at ten reasons Kovalchuk makes the Devils one of

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2010-11 NHL Season: 12 Developing Players To Watch

July 15th, 2010 1 Comment

Every year NHL fans wait with great anticipation to watch the newest crop of NHL rookies arrive on the scene. Last season we saw several rookies post impressive seasons, including Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. With their rookie seasons behind them, the 2009-10 rookie crop will now be counted on to exceed their totals as sophomores, something many struggle with. Let’s take a look at the 12 sophomores you should be looking out for during the 2010-11 season. Tuukka Rask: Boston Bruins, Goaltender Tuukka Rask put up some of the most impressive numbers for a rookie goaltender in recent memory. Rask ranked first overall in Save percentage (.931) and goals against average (1.97), while his five shut outs ranked Rask seventh overall. Rask played 45 games last season, posting

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2010 NHL Entry Draft- Selections and Analysis

June 26th, 2010 No Comments

As expected, the Edmonton Oilers used the number one pick to select Taylor Hall , while the Boston Bruins selected Tyler Seguin with the second overall pick. Hall, who won back-to-back Memorial Cups and Memorial Cup MVP’s, gives the Oilers a very talented, offensive-minded forward who should bring a certain amount of respect back to the floundering Oilers franchise. In Seguin, the Bruins get a player that won the OHL scoring title and is the more well rounded of the two top picks. Given Seguin’s skill-set the Bruins feel as if he is ready to step into their everyday lineup as a top six forward. No question, both teams got great players and, while I suspect Hall will be a tremendous NHL scorer, I suspect Seguin will emerge as the better, more well-rounded player. Despite all the speculation, there never

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2010 NHL Entry Draft: Eastern Conference Preview (Part two Of three)

June 18th, 2010 No Comments

Last time we checked the draft options for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning. Today we will look at another five Eastern Conference teams, featuring the Atlanta Thrashers, New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins. Atlanta Thrashers: The exit of super-star Ilya Kovalchuk has left a huge offensive void that the Thrashers will need to fill, either through free agency or the draft. Drafting eighth overall the Thrashers will likely have a few high quality offensive players available to them including, Nino Niederreiter, Jeff Skinner, Ryan Johansen and perhaps even Alexander Burmistrov. Truth be told, it all really depends on what the teams ahead of them do. That said, I think it’s a safe bet to assume the Thrashers are looking for a forward, preferably a centre that

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Despite Game Seven Loss To Philadelphia, “It’s All Good” In Boston

May 15th, 2010 No Comments

No doubt about it, the Boston Bruins game seven and subsequent Eastern Conference Semi-Finals loss to the history making Philadelphia Flyers is both a shocker and a major source of depression for Bruins fans. Not only did Bruins fans have to endure losing to one of their most hated rivals in the Philadelphia Flyers, they also allowed the Flyers to make NHL history as the Flyers win over the Bruins will likely go down as the biggest upset win, ever! Up three games to none in the series, the Bruins completely choked, losing four games straight to a Flyers team that was running near empty and had to endure numerous injuries, including losing Brian Boucher in game five. Needless to say, nobody could blame the odd Bruins fan if they woke up in Emergency with their wrists slashed, especially when

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Jimmy Howard: Can He Avoid The Sophomore Curse???

May 12th, 2010 No Comments

Over the past few seasons several goaltenders have emerged as monster talents in their rookie year only to see it all fall apart in their sophomore season. In 2007-08 Nashville Predators goaltender Dan Ellis posted a 23-10-3 record with a 2.34 goals against average and a .924 save percentage. The following season (2008-09/his sophomore year) Ellis struggled, going a paltry 11-19-4 with a 2.93 GAA and a .900 Save percentage. That very same year, Pekka Rinne, another Nashville Predators goaltender, emerged as a “money” goalie, posting a 29-15-4 record with a 2.38 GAA and a .917 save percentage. Rinne followed up his 2008-09 season with a solid 32-16-5 record with a 2.53 GAA and a .911 save percentage, which, given his numbers, was a very successful sophomore season. In 2008-09 Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason took the NHL by

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