NHL Trade Deadline Predictions

April 3rd is the date. Non-stop action of hockey trades. Many big names have been thrown around this year. We have already seen Jarome Iginla shipped to Pittsburgh, Brenden Morrow to Pittsburgh and Douglas Murray to Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has been busy over the past few days and they seem to be making a serious run for the cup. Here are some of the big trade possibilities as well as my predictions for who I think might be on the move on Wednesday.

           

Mason Raymond and Robert Luongo                                        Ryan Miller and Robyn Regehr

 

Player Position (Age) Current Team  Best Fit(s)
Mike Ribeiro Centre (33) Washington     Buffalo
Calgary
Ryan Miller Goalie (32) Buffalo     Buffalo
Tampa Bay
Florida
Ryane Clowe Left Wing (30) San Jose     Dallas
Nashville
Phialdelphia
Derek Roy Centre (29) Dallas     Dallas
Los Angeles
Jay Bouwmeester Defence (29) Calgary     Washington
Tampa Bay
Roberto Luongo Goalie (33) Vancouver     Vancouver
Toronto
Florida
Ryan Whitney Defence (30) Edmonton     Edmonton
Washington
Colorado
Braydon Coburn Defence (28) Philadelphia     Pheonix
St. Louis
Buffalo
Mason Raymond Left Wing (27) Vancouver     Nashville
Anaheim
Jonathan Bernier Goalie (24) Los Angeles     Los Angeles
Calgary
Edmonton
Valtteri Filppula Centre (29) Detroit     Florida
Minnesota
Drew Stafford Right Wing (27) Buffalo     Buffalo
Ottawa
Winnipeg
Mark Streit Defence (35) New York I.     New York I.
Detroit
Columbus
Robyn Regehr Defence (32) Buffalo     Carolina
San Jose
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NHL Predictions 2013

Finally the NHL Lockout has come to an end. This means blogging about both sports, hockey and baseball. I have made my predictions for the shortened 48 game season. It includes standings and skater statistics. Feel free to debate or argue with me. I’m always open to discuss all topics. (Note: Overtime/Shootout wins and losses are included in the Win and Loss category.

Northeast Division       Atlantic Division
Team Wins Losses   Team Wins Losses
1. Boston 34 14 1. New York R. 35 13
2. Ottawa 31 17 2.Pittsburgh 33 15
3. Buffalo 29 19 3. Philadelphia 30 18
4. Montreal 23 25 4. New Jersey 26 22
5. Toronto 20 28 5. New York I. 23 25
Southeast Division       Central Division  
Team Wins Losses   Team Wins Losses
1. Washington 32 16 1. Chicago 34 14
2. Carolina 30 18 2. St. Louis 32 16
3. Tampa Bay 29 19 3. Nashville 29 19
4. Florida 27 21 4. Detroit 25 23
5. Winnipeg 24 24 5. Columbus 18 30
Pacific Division       Northwest Division
Team Wins Losses   Team Wins Losses
1. San Jose 33 15 1. Vancouver 35 13
2. Los Angeles 33 15 2. Edmonton 31 17
3. Phoenix 30 18 3. Minnesota 28 20
4. Anaheim 28 20 4. Calgary 22 26
5. Dallas 24 24 5. Colorado 20 28
 Goals       Assists
Player Team Goals   Player Team Assists
1. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 33 1. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 41
2. Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay 32 2. Henrik Sedin Vancouver 40
3. Alex Ovechkin Washington 30 3. Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay 40
4. John Tavares New York I. 28 4. Claude Giroux Philadelphia 38
5. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 27 5. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 37
6. Daniel Sedin Vancouver 27 6. Joe Thornton San Jose 37
7. Ilya Kovalchuk New Jersey 27 7. Brad Richards New York R. 36
8. Phil Kessel Toronto 26 8. Daniel Sedin Vancouver 36
9. Ryan N. Hopkins Edmonton 25 9. Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim 35
10. Jonathan Toews Chicago 25 10. Ryan N. Hopkins Edmonton 35
11. Brad Richards New York R. 25 11. Erik Karlsson Ottawa 34
12. Jason Spezza Ottawa 25 12. Mikko Koivu Minnesota 33
13. James Neal Pittsburgh 24 13. Nicklas Backstrom Washington 33
14. Corey Perry Anaheim 24 14. Eric Staal Carolina 32
15. Rick Nash New York R. 24 15. Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay 30
Points
Player Team  Points
1. Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 70
2. Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 68
3. Daniel Sedin Vancouver 63
4. Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay 62
5. Brad Richards New York R. 61
6. Ryan N. Hopkins Edmonton 60
7. John Tavares New York I. 58
8. Ilya Kovalchuk New Jersey 56
9. Henrik Sedin Vancouver 52
10. James Neal Pittsburgh 53
11. Alex Ovechkin Washington 53
12. Jason Spezza Ottawa 51
13. Phil Kessel Toronto 51
14. Corey Perry Anaheim 48
15. Jonathan Toews Chicago 46

My MLB Award Winners

Here are my selections for the 2012 MLB awards.  HM= Honurable Mentions.

                    American League                                                    National League

                                                                   

                                  Most Valuable Player            

Winner-           Miguel Cabrera, DET.                                         Ryan Braun, MIL. 

HM-                 Josh Hamilton, TEX.                                             R.A. Dickey, NYM.

                        Edwin Encarnacion, TOR.                                   Andrew McCutchen, PIT.              

                                 Cy Young Award             

Winner-           David Price, TB.                                                            R.A. Dickey, NYM.

HM-                 Jered Weaver, LAA.                                                    Gio Gonzalez, WSH.

                        Justin Verlander, DET.                                              Matt Cain, SF.

                            Rookie of the Year

Winner-      Mike Trout, LAA.                                                            Wade Miley, ARZ.

HM-            Yoenis Cespedes, OAK.                                              Willin Rosario, COL.

                    Yu Darvish, TEX.                                                          Bryce Harper, WSH.

                                Manager of the Year

Winner-           Buck Showalter, BAL.                                      Davey Johnson, WSH.

HM-                  Bob Melvin, OAK.                                              Clint Hurdle, PIT.

                         Ron Washington, TEX.                                    Fredi Gonzalez, ATL.

                             Gold Glove Awards

C-                      A.J. Piersynski, CWS.                                          Brian McCann, ATL.

1B-                   Adrian Gonzalez, BOS.                                       Corey Hart, MIL.

2B-                  Dustin Pedroia, BOS.                                           Brandon Phillips, CIN.

SS-                  J.J. Hardy, BAL.                                                     Jimmy Rollins, PHI.

3B-                 Adrian Beltre, TEX.                                               Aramis Ramirez, MIL.

RF-                 Nick Markakis, BAL.                                            Carlos Beltran, STL.

CF-                 Curtis Granderson, NYY.                                    Andrew Mccutchen, PIT.

LF-                 Alex Gordon, KC.                                                    Alfonso Soriano, CHC.

P-                   Zack Grienke, LAA.                                                Mat Latos, CIN.

                         Silver Slugger Awards

C-                 A.J. Piersynski, CWS.                                               Buster Posey, SF.

1B-               Prince Fielder, DET.                                                  Adrian Gonzalez, LAD.

2B-              Robinson Cano, NYY.                                                Aaron Hill, ARZ.

SS-              Derek Jeter, NYY.                                                       Ian Desmond, WSH.

3B-              Miguel Cabrera, DET.                                               Chase Headley, SD.

RF-             Mark Trumbo, LAA.                                                     Giancarlo Stanton, MIA.    

  

            

                       

                                              

  

What Is Wrong With The 2012 NHL Playoffs?

The NHL playoffs are entertaining as always whether your watching for your fantasy pool picks or just watching  for pure enjoyment. But this year has something that no one likes: the dirty playing. There have been suspensions and fines already and no series is even done yet. It all started in the first game of the Nashville vs. Detroit series when Predators defenseman Shea Weber took Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg’s head and shoved it into the boards. Brendan Shanahan did not react like he should have. Weber only got a $2500 fine and no suspension. Wow, this guy will make $7 million this year. If Shannahan is trying to eliminate head shots, Weber, with all intent threw Zetterberg’s head into the glass. I know $2500 is the maximum fine for players but why Weber did not get a suspension puzzles me. Take a look for yourself, what would you give Weber?

 Then in the Rangers vs. Senators series Rangers rookie Carl Hagelin elbowed fellow countryman Daniel Alfreddson’s head into the boards. Alfredsson already was out for a bit of the year due to concussion symptoms when he was hit in a game against the New York Rangers. Who knows how long Alfie could be out for now. Hagelin went in with his elbow up with full intent on hitting Alfreddson high. Luckily Hagelin was given a 3 game suspension.

There have been many incidents that have not been dealt with at all or not properly. I think this incident should have gotten more. In the 1st period of the same game of the Alfredsson hit when the Rangers and Senators met, Senators d-man Matt Carkner tried to start a fight with Rangers forward Brian Boyle. Carkner just started throwing puches to Boyes’ head . Boyle did not fight back and dropped to the ice only to be on the bottom of a dog-pile. Boyle did not get any penalty, thankfully Carkner got a 17 minutes in penalties and a game misconduct while Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky got a game misconduct for being the apparent “third man in” which is an automatic Misconduct. Boyle was not injured on the play which might have had an affect on the number of games Carkner was suspended for. Carkner only got 1 game for his punching.

Then on Saturday April 14 Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw swooped in on Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith and delivered a hit to Smith’s head. I think Smith might have over-exagerated the hit but that was not the problem. the problem was that Shaw made contact with Smith’s head. Shaw received a major penalty for charging and a game-misconduct. Shaw then was later handed a 3 game ban from Brendan Shanahan.

Now let’s get to the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia series. The has been dirty play from the goons and from the stars. Of all the players to be picking fights and being a jerk, Sidney Crosby is the one. Crosby missed months of action due to concussions. There were fights and brawls in all 3 games. The Penguins have been fighting, yapping and pulling hair! I guess this is what happens when the team  lets  in 20 goals in just 3 games against Philly. The main incident was Penguins forward Aaron Asham’s cross-check to the head of Flyers forward Brayden Schenn.  It came right after a scrum involving Schenn, then Asham came over and nailed Schenn in the neck/face area.

If Shanahan wants to eliminate head shots and he doesn’t even suspend someone for grabbing a players head and smashing it into the boards, well, you tell me what is suspendable anymore.

NHL Playoff Breakdown

The NHL playoffs will begin on Wed. April 11 2012 with most games being broadcasted on CBC, NBC, TSN, CNBC and NHL Network. Here is a look at the first round of the 2012 NHL playoffs.

                                                                                        Eastern Conference

 #1. New York Rangers         #2. Boston Bruins                   #3. Florida Panthers

  vs.                                                                  vs.                                                                vs.

 #8. Ottawa Senators             #7. Washington Capitals      #6. New Jersey Devils

#4. Pittsburgh Penguins

                     vs.     

#5. Philadelphia Flyers     

                                                                            Western Conference 

#1. Vancouver Canucks         #2. St. Louis Blues          #3. Pheonix Coyotes

 vs.                                                            vs.                                                                           vs.

#8. Los Angeles Kings            #7. San Jose Sharks        #6. Chicago Blackhawks

#4. Nashville Predators

                    vs.

#5. Detroit Red Wings

                                                                                                           Finals Prediction

                                                                           New York Rangers over St. Louis Blues

                                                               

NHL Award Predictions

here are less than 10 games remaining in the 11/12 NHL regular season and I have put some thought into awards this year and have made my selections of who should win what award.

Hart Memorial Trophy– An award given to the player who proves he is most valuable to his team.

Winner: Evgeni Malkin, PIT.       Runner Ups: Steven Stamkos, TB.     Claude Giroux, PHI.                                                   

 

 

Art Ross Trophy– An award given to the player who leads the league in points.

 Winner: Evgeni Malkin, PIT.       Runner Ups: Claude Giroux, PHI.       Steven Stamkos, TB.

 

 

Calder Memorial Trophy– An award given to the best first year player (rookie).

 Winner: Gabriel Landeskog, COL.       Runner Ups: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, EDM.     Adam Henrique, NJ.

 

 

James Norris Memorial Trophy– An award given to the best overall defenseman, who excels with the greatest all-around ability.

 Winner: Erik Karlsson, OTT.       Runner Ups: Alex Pietrangelo, STL.      Alex Edler, VAN.

 

 

Vezina Trophy- An award given to the goaltender who is voted the best by the General Managers of all 30 teams.

  Winner: Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT.     Runner Ups: Henrik Lundqvist, NYR.    Pekka Rinne, NSH.

 

 

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy– An award given to the player who best displays sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct.

  Winner: Patrick Elias, NJ.         Runner Ups: Martin St. Louis, TB.     Tomas Fleischmann, FLA.

 

 

Frank J. Selke Trophy– An award given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of game.

  Winner: Jason Pominville, BUF.        Runner Ups: Ryan Kesler, VAN.      Pavel Datsyuk, DET.

 

 

 William M. Jennings Trophy- An award given to the goalie with a (minimum 25 games) and the fewest goals scored against them.

  Winner: Jaroslav Halak/Brian Elliot, STL.        Runner Ups: Jonathan Quick, LA.        Henrik Lundqvist, NYR.

 

 

 Jack Adams Award– An award given to the coach that has been ajudged to have contributed the most to his team.

  Winner: John Tortorella, NYR.         Runner Ups: Barry Trotz, NSH.        Kevin Dineen, FLA.

 

 

 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy– An award given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perserverence and       dedication to hockey.

  Winner: Scott Hartnell, PHI.        Runner Ups: Daymond Langkow, CGY.       Barrett Jackman, STL.

 

 

Maurice “Rocket” Richard Award– An award given to the player who leads the league in goal scoring at the end of the year.

  Winner: Steven Stamkos, TB.        Runner Ups: Evgeni Malkin, PIT.          Marian Gaborik, NYR.

 

 

Ted Lindsay Award– An award given to the player voted “most outstanding” by fellow members of the NHLPA.

  Winner: Evgeni Malkin, PIT.         Runner Ups: Steven Stamkos, TB.         Claude Giroux, PHI.

 

                                           

    Hart Memorial Trophy                              Vezina Trophy                                     Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

What Ever Happened To…?

You know those celebrities who kind of just disappear for a couple of years? Some come back with their biggest role or performance, some stay away from the show biz for the rest of their lives. Well some athletes are like that. They can either be forgotten about in the minors, have a quiet retirement, or start playing in the beer leagues. Here is my list of some of the most forgotten about players.

Maxim Afinogenov, The Russian right-winger played 9 years for Buffalo and 1 for Atlanta. He surpassed 20 goals three times and 60 points three times. Then, rather quietly, on Aug. 6 2010, Maxim signed with St.Petersburg SKA of the KHL. Will Afinogenov be the next Alex Radulov or Jaromir Jagr and come back to the NHL? Nobody knows.

Jonathan Cheechoo, This NHL goal scoring leader in 05/06 has had major point decreases since that year. Cheechoo had 93 points in 05/06, then 69 points in 06/07, 37 in 07/08, 29 in 08/09, 14 in 09/10 all the way to the minor leagues. Cheechoo who was sent to Ottawa in the Dany Heatley deal was supposed to be a solid second or third line winger but instead was signed by St. Louis in July 2011. He is currently playing for Peoria of the AHL.

Rob Davison, He may not be a superstar, but you may recognize him as the one who scored that 197 ft. shot on Vesa Toskala in March 2008 as a New York Islander. Rob is now playing Trinec Ocelari HC in the Czech league. Davison only has 18 career points in NHL play but will always be known for the only goal he scored in that 07/08 season. 

Alex Frolov, The Russian sniper played 7 seasons in Los Angeles racking up career highs of 35 goals and 71 points. On July 27th Frolov signed with the New York Rangers. The Rangers did not get what they had hoped for. Frolov played 43 games and only had 16 points. Then in May 2011, Frolov signed with Omsk Avangard of the KHL. I don’t think Alex received the recognition he deserved when playing in L.A. He never appeared in an All Star Game, but he did represent Russia at the 2006 Olympic games in Turin, Italy.

Jamie Lundmark, Drafted 9th overall by the New York Rangers in 1999, has struggled to stay in the NHL  since being drafted. Lundmark has played for 6 different AHL and 5 different NHL teams. He has under 100 points in the NHL. He most recently played with Milwaukee of the AHL before signing with Timra IK in a Swedish league on January 10, 2011. Jamie is currently playing with Riga Dynamo of the KHL. Lundmark played great in his junior years, he just hasn’t faired quite as well in professional hockey.

Bryan McCabe, This 220 lbs. defenseman had his best years with Toronto reaching 68 points at one point in his career. Once he was traded to Florida his career started to fall down. His point totals started to drop and then again was traded, this time to the New York Rangers. He then became a free agent after his 19 game stint in New York and is currently still a free agent. In his late thirties you can expect to see him retiring within the next few years if he doesn’t find any teams to sign with.

Fredrik Modin, This 14 year veteran played for 6 teams including Tampa Bay, the team he won his only Stanley Cup with in 03/04. Modin supassed 50 points three times and 30 goals twice. Modin represented Sweden at the Olympics twice and has gone to one NHL All Star Game in 2001. Fredrik was traded  from Atlanta to Calgary on Feb. 28, 2011 and then retired that same year on May 19, 2011. Modin played just under 900 NHL games and picked up 462 points.

Ethan Moreau, Ethan was never anything special but the former captain of the Edmonton Oilers was waived on in June 2010 by the Oil. Moreau was drafted by Chicago in 1994 and has played 13 NHL seasons. Moreau was eventually claimed by Columbus in June 2010 and played 37 games with them before signing with Los Angeles in August 20 2011. Moreau has played 28 games this year for the Kings and is currently with the L.A. farm team in Manchester. Moreau who is born on September 22, the same day as me, is 36 and probably close to retirement. Ethan has 283 career points in 900 games and has over 1000 penalty minutes.

Owen Nolan, Owen has played for 7 teams including the Quebec Nordiques. Nolan has been in 5 NHL All Star Games and has 885 career points. Nolan’s last NHL team was the Minnesota Wild in 09/10. Nolan was then invited to the Vancouver Canucks tryout on August 4, 2011 but failed to make the team. Nolan is currently playing for Zurich of the Swiss league and has 26 points in 24 games. Owen has secured 6 50+ point seasons. Nolan’s career high in goals is 44 in 99/00. Owen had his career years in San Jose and proved to be a reasonable 1st overall draft pick. (In 1990).

Jarkko Ruutu, Ruutu is best known for his antics and penalties. But Ruutu was the victim of a nasty kick from New York Islanders forward Chris Simon. But Ruutu has had his share of misconduct. Jarkko has picked up 1078 penalty minutes in only 652 NHL games. Ruutu has never had more than 30 points but has had 12 goals in a season in 09/10. Ruutu is a fairly good tough guy and 4 teams agree with me. Ruutu has played with Anaheim, Ottawa, Pittsburgh and Vancouver. Ruutu is currently playing with Jokerit Helsinki in a Finnish league and yes, Ruutu has more penalty minutes than games played. 192 PIM- 59 games.

              

                 Jonathan Cheechoo                                                               Ethan Moreau