Time and Place

If you’re trying to make an impression for your new team, one thing you could do is board a well-liked veteran in a team scrimmage.

There’s your impression. It’s a negative one, and you might not be well-liked your fellow teammates.

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Assessing the Jets’ Options with Trouba

Nine months ago, contract extension requests of Jacob Trouba, Dustin Byfuglien, and Andrew Ladd were leaked to the public. Ninth months later, Byfuglien signed a five-year, $38 million contract extension, Andrew Ladd was traded to the Blackhawks and later signed with the Islanders, while Trouba remains without a contract. Trouba is asking for seven million dollars per year for the next eight years.

Because he has never received a contract that he and his agent Kurt Overhardt approve of, Trouba has requested a trade. Here is the statement from Sportsnet. Trouba will not attend the Winnipeg Jets’ training camp. He already played in the World Cup of Hockey representing Team North America, so he’s up to speed.

There are a select number of teams that are suitable for acquiring Trouba’s rights. A trade for Trouba will likely be dependant on Trouba agreeing to a new contract.

So where could Trouba take his talents?

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IT’S AN EXHIBITION TOURNAMENT

But it’s Canada vs USA, so let’s yell and scream at our screens!

When we looked at the initial rosters, we thought Canada could blow the United States out of the water. We forgot about how Brandon Dubinsky is still a thorn in Crosby’s side and that Ryan Kesler is a mutated rat.

The rivalry is something else

and it’s before the preseason!

The fact that this is just an exhibition tournament makes the World Cup of Hockey so much more fun. It’s Canada vs the US of A; a rematch from the 2010 Olympics.

The first pre-tournament game showed us more than what we expected on paper. Canada’s roster, which was expected to dominate, dominated. Except they struggled to score.

Carey Price showed his rust with several plays, especially with the rebound he mistakenly put out for Pavelski to tap in.

For the United States, the Tortorella style of play was grind it out and let players like Patrick Kane and Zach Parise find the back of the net. And they did. Brandon Dubinsky successfully got to Crosby’s head. Kesler was a constant presence after each whistle, until he received a game misconduct for boarding Shea Weber.

The surprise was seeing Jonathan Quick start because he’s an average goalie backstopping a good team (Los Angeles Kings) that is the US of A. The Canadians should have exploited Quick more often by taking more shots. The United States would have been scrambling more just as the first ten minutes of each period.

The Canadians dominated in the shot clock, outshooting the Americans 43-25. Relying on your goalie the whole game might not be the most efficient method of winning a game, especially if you’re in the defensive zone most of the time.

Thanks for the bravery of entering enemy territory

As We Wait

The future is bright for the Calgary Flames. Goaltending has finally been solidified, defence will continue to strengthen, and the forward group continues to toughen.

Throughout the month of June, Flames’ GM Brad Treliving was active for competent goaltenders after having the most goals against per game in 2015-16. Brian Elliott was acquired from the Blues and immediately signed to a one-year, $2.5M deal. Chad Johnson was signed to a one-year deal worth $1.7M to be the Elliott’s backup, one of the best moves by the Flames’ brass. With Brian Elliott signed to only a one-year deal, the Flames anticipate youngsters in Jon Gillies or Mason MacDonald to be the next starter in the near future.

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Please DON’T Do It

Did you know that the Oilers traded Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson? And that trade was topped by the Montreal Canadiens, who shipped PK Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber! Are we living in a dream?

Fans of the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens are miserable after losing the faces of their franchise. With the departure of PK Subban from the Habs and Taylor Hall from the Oilers, the respective fan bases are anticipating the next move. Is the next move the right move for either team?

The Edmonton Oilers are reported to be the front runners for Milan Lucic, while the Montreal Canadiens want Milan Lucic.

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Flurry of Goalies

These were my ideas before the Flames acquired Brian Elliott. Twas a great move to get a veteran goalie.

As expansion looms closer and closer, teams are reviewing their roster for who they protect and who they leave to be taken in the expansion draft. Teams with two goaltenders will be tasked to trade either the veteran goaltender or a young, potential starter.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have an expendable Ben Bishop and a promising up and coming starter in Andrei Vasilevskiy. The Red Wings have publicized that Petr Mrazek will be their starter out of training camp. The Penguins saw Matt Murray ‘replace’ Marc-Andre Fleury. Anaheim had the ‘controversy’ of Frederik Andersen and John Gibson.

If you have been living under a rock, the Toronto Maple Leafs got a starting goaltender. Who did they get? Frederik Andersen, who played 123 career NHL games with the Anaheim Ducks. Andersen went 77-26-9 with the Ducks in three seasons, never playing over 55 games. The Leafs hope to have a goaltending tandem in Bernier and Andersen, where the Denmark native will likely grab the starting position.

So who should the Calgary Flames chase after? Fleury? Howard? Bishop?

First, Marc-Andre Fleury needs to be crossed off the Flames’ list. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, Penguins’ general manager Jim Rutherford wants to retain Fleury for 2016-17 because he is still the franchise goaltender. Murray was the goalie who carried the Penguins to the franchise’s fourth Stanley Cup championship, but was shaky in the finals.
Fleury is a full-time starter. In May, Fleury was envisioned by fans as the goalie that the Flames could snag as their starter entering the 2016-17 season. However, because Murray hasn’t played a full season, Rutherford would like to keep Fleury if Matt Murray is unable to carry a majority of the workload.

No Fleury? What about Jimmy Howard of the Detroit Red Wings? Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning?

Petr Mrazek has been realized as the starting goaltender for the Detroit Red Wings entering the 2016-17 training camp. That leaves Howard on the bench, wastefully eating five million dollars out of the Red Wings $73 million dollar cap 2016-17 cap. If the Red Wings want to sign Stamkos in the summer, they have to clear their cap space.

The Flames could grab Howard, but his inconsistent play in the past two seasons poses to be extremely risky because of his cap hit.

Ben Bishop is the best candidate. He’s been a vezina candidate numerous times, where he has been a rock behind several good Tampa Bay Lightning rosters. Bishop had a .918 save percentage in 2015-16, and went down to injury in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Two years ago when Bishop went down to injury, he was the reason why the Lightning were swept by the Montreal Canadiens. Anders Lindback simply wasn’t good enough. Against the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Finals, Bishop’s backup Andrei Vasilevskiy was stellar for the Lightning. Vasilevkiy wasn’t amazing, but he always gave the Lightning a good chance to win.

Chances are that the Lightning would like to hold on to a young, 21 year-old Vasilevskiy, and look to trade Bishop. Will the Lightning trade Stamkos in the summer of 2016 for peak value? or trade his rights for a lower price at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season before free agency?

A dark horse that the Flames could snag is the Blue Jackets ‘ Sergei Bobrovsky. Korpisalo showed that he’s capable of playing in the NHL. Anton Forsberg backstopped the AHL affiliate Lake Erie Monsters to a Calder Cup Championship. Acquiring Bobrovsky would be a huge relief to a Blue Jackets team that only has three million dollars in cap space. AND THEY NEED TO SIGN DEFENCEMAN SETH JONES. He’ll probably ask for a deal worth five million over several years.

The Flames need a goalie now, and Ben Bishop would be the perfect guy. He’s had proven success, and would be a solid addition to a young Flames group that includes Dougie Hamilton, TJ Brodie, Mark Giordano, Johnny Hockey, Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett, and Hunter Shinkaruk.

If the Flames however, want to continue their youth movement, they could resort to John Gillies, the goalie that could have been the Flames’ starter entering last season if it weren’t for injury.

Who do you think the Flames should chase after?

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GOLD Rush

The Pittsburgh Penguins are the Stanley Cup Champions. From being on the outside of the playoff picture looking in back in December, they made a complete 180. It feels just like 2009.

The Penguins grabbed a few players from Canadian teams.

From the Canucks, they acquired Nick Bonino for Brett Sutter:

The Penguins grabbed Justin Schultz for a third round pick:

And the Leafs gave Tyler Biggs, Tim Erixon, and Phil Kessel for Kasperi Kapanen, Scott Harrington, Nick Spaling (who played for the Sharks in the Final), and a first round pick.

Congrats to the Cleveland Monsters on their Calder Cup Championship!

And to the Pittsburgh Penguins on their fourth Stanley Cup Championship and their second in JUST seven years.

Welcome Back!

After St. Louis Blues assistant coaches Brad Shaw and Kirk Muller left following head coach Ken Hitchcock signed a contract extension, the Montreal Canadiens were quick to sweep up their former powerplay director.

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Stanley Cup Final-ly!

The San Jose Sharks and the Pittsburgh Penguins are facing off in the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals! Here is a preview of the what to expect!

The World Cup of Hockey rosters were announced May 27, and had a number of questionable decisions.

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Surprise!!

The Vancouver Canucks made a headscratcher of a trade with the Florida Panthers. The Canucks sent a 2016 second and fourth round pick, and forward Jared McCann to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Florida’s 2016 fifth round pick as well as defenceman Erik Gudbranson. The Canucks have essentially traded another (previously traded Shinkaruk to the Flames) prospect of the future for a piece that leaves fans wondering why Benning is still general manager of the team. But is the trade that bad?

In trading Jared McCann, the Canucks lose a left-winger, who scored nine goals and nine assists in 69 games. McCann didn’t get a reasonable amount of ice-time with the Canucks, and will almost surely see a more prominent role on the second line with the Panthers.

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