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Shea Weber and Shattered Dreams 1

Shea Weber and Shattered Dreams

You can’t blame Canucks fans for obsessing over the possibility of Shea Weber coming to Vancouver. Besides being from BC and still holding strong ties here, he’s a legitimate no. 1 defenseman and a Norris Trophy candidate – basically, a defenseman the kind of which the Canucks have never had. As an RFA this season and a UFA next season, Nashville’s options were limited. Presumably, the Predators had been trying to re-sign him, but from the looks of things, Weber didn’t seem too interested. He was free to sign an offer sheet with a team he liked, and if the...

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Out of Town Notebook: Picking Contenders out of Deadline Mix 2

Out of Town Notebook: Picking Contenders out of Deadline Mix

Let’s get this out of the way first. I’m still not convinced Columbus’ interest in dealing Rick Nash wasn’t a creation of TSN and Sportsnet. The two networks needed a big name to speculate about to drive up ratings for their annual Trade Deadline TV marathons. Sadly for those networks, Nash remains a Blue Jacket at least until the draft, where the hype will be built up all over again. I am giddy with anticipation (and by giddy I mean hitting my head with a shoe to make the idea of 24 hour coverage of “The Rick Nash Trade –...

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Out of Town Notebook: The Real NHL Eastern Conference Standings Revisited 0

Out of Town Notebook: The Real NHL Eastern Conference Standings Revisited

Yesterday we took at look at the “real” Western Conference standings after 40 games. Here now is a look at the East. Remember, to learn a bit more about an individual team’s strengths and weaknesses, each squad was ranked in six categories*: Goals for (GF) and shots-for (SHF) were chosen to evaluate a team’s offense; Shots-against (SHA) and goals against (GA) were chosen to evaluate a team’s defensive play; Five-on-five (5-on-5) was chosen to evaluate a team’s even-strength/system play; Save percentage (SVPCT) was chosen to evaluate the team’s goaltending performance. Teams were ranked and then put into groups of five,...

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Out of Town Notebook: Why Things Are Looking Up in Columbus 0

Out of Town Notebook: Why Things Are Looking Up in Columbus

If someone you know is in a car crash, the first thing you want to know is how badly hurt they are. The 2011-12 season of the Columbus Blue Jackets has been an epic car crash. But in the grand scheme of things, they’re not too badly hurt. Why? Just like someone struggling with addiction, sometimes you have to hit rock bottom to start your way back to the top. For the Blue Jackets, this year has been rock bottom – and the path to the top is pretty clear. Here’s why the future isn’t all that dark in Columbus:...

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Out of Town Notebook: 5 New Year’s Resolutions for the NHL 0

Out of Town Notebook: 5 New Year’s Resolutions for the NHL

In the spirit of the New Year, here are five resolutions the NHL should make for 2012: 1. Abandon the “game is too fast” narrative As the NHL concussion issue has grown, so too has the argument that the game is currently too fast. According to Ex-NHL’ers (most recently Eric Lindros) and several general managers (Carolina’s Jim Rutherford is the most vocal at the moment), putting the red line back in would slow the game down and reduce the number of concussions taking place on ice. This, naturally, is complete poppycock and a classic case of conservative, backward NHL thinking....

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Out of Town Notebook: Concussions, Kings and Darryl Sutter 2

Out of Town Notebook: Concussions, Kings and Darryl Sutter

Things that make one wonder on a Tuesday:  The Kings are in Trouble  Has Dean Lombardi lost his mind?  According to reports, the Los Angeles Kings are looking at Darryl Sutter as their next coach.  Because the Lombardi-Sutter connection won championships in San Jose, right?  Look, it’s not like the problem with the Kings isn’t well-known. They aren’t scoring enough goals (last in the league). Their point-producers, outside of Anze Kopitar, are all under-performing.  How Sutter – a notorious “defense-first, -second and –third” coach – could be seen as the right person to create scoring is a mystery.    Not...

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