Tuesday, January 29, 2013

NHL Snap Shots: Robinson, Luongo, Hamilton and Galchenyuk

Boston.com reports that Dougie Hamilton will remain a Boston Bruin and not be sent back down to his Junior team, the Niagra Ice Dogs of the OHL. In 5 games this season, Hamilton has four assists.

Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy on Yahoo! Sports posted his early picks for the Calder Trophy today. Some of the players in early contention include:

Dougie Hamilton
Vladimir Tarasenko
Cory Conacher
Justin Schultz
Nail Yakopov

One young forward to really keep an eye on this season is Alex Galchenyuk. With three points In four games the young center has really impressed. If Montréal continues to play well, and they should especially now that they have superstar defenseman PK Subban back, look for Galchenyuk's chances to win the Calder to improve.

According to an article on the Montreal Gazette website by Jim Matheson, Larry Robinson had entertained the thought of becoming the Montreal Canadiens coach last year. He and Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin weren't able to get together however, and Robinson wound up with the San Jose Sharks. There was speculation that Montreal wanted to go with a French speaking head coach foremost. It sounds as if Robinson doesn't buy that, and that bringing a winning record to the team is the primary driver for Canadiens management in their coach selection.

In listening to the Hockey Night in Canada podcast recently, it sounds as if there are two team's who could most benefit from trading for a top goaltender like Roberto Luongo.  Those teams are the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Washington Capitals.  Both teams currently sit near the bottom of their divisions and could use the veteran help in net, if for no other reason than as a mentor for some of their younger netminders. 

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