Sunday, September 29, 2013

New Jersey Trades Barch to Florida for Timmins

The New Jersey Devils have traded forward Krys Barch and a seventh round draft pick in 2015 to the Florida Panthers in exchange for center Scott Timmins and a sixth round draft pick in 2014.  Barch was one of New Jersey's enforcers and his trade leaves the Devils with one remaining enforcer in Cam Janssen.

According to the Fire and Ice blog at northjersey.com, the trade was related to the need to trim NHL rosters to 23 players by Monday, September 30.

This is the second time that Barch has been traded to the Florida Panthers, after being sent South in December of 2011 by the Dallas Stars.  The 33 year old Barch is under contract through the 2013-14 season, at a salary and cap hit of $750,000.

Krys Barch's Standard Stats from Hockey-Reference.com:

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% ATOI
2006-07 26 DAL 26 3 2 5 2 2 107 3 0 0 2 12 25.0 5:38
2007-08 27 DAL 48 1 2 3 1 -3 105 1 0 0 0 23 4.3 6:30
2008-09 28 DAL 72 4 5 9 3 1 133 4 0 0 1 27 14.8 6:27
2009-10 29 DAL 63 0 6 6 2 0 130 0 0 0 0 29 0.0 7:03
2010-11 30 DAL 44 2 1 3 1 -7 80 2 0 0 0 16 12.5 5:13
2011-12 31 TOT 51 2 3 5 2 0 114 2 0 0 0 24 8.3 7:21
2011-12 31 DAL 10 0 0 0 0 -2 23 0 0 0 0 2 0.0 6:43
2011-12 31 FLA 41 2 3 5 2 2 91 2 0 0 0 22 9.1 7:30
2012-13 32 NJD 22 0 0 0 0 1 44 0 0 0 0 4 0.0 5:51
Career 326 12 19 31 11 -6 713 12 0 0 3 135 8.9 6:27
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/29/2013.

The Florida Panthers had a need for an enforcer after they traded George Parros north of the border to the Montreal Canadiens.

The 24 year old Scott Timmins was taken by the Panthers in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL draft, and has seen ice time in 24 regular season games, scoring one goal.  Timmins will reportedly be sent to New Jersey's AHL affiliate Albany Devils.  

Friday, September 27, 2013

Tim Thomas Signs With Florida Panthers - One-Year Deal

Tim Thomas has signed a one-year contract with the Florida Panthers, as reported by ESPN.  Thomas had previously been on a professional tryout with the Panthers during the preseason.  The two-time Vezina winning netminder took a year off, just two years removed from winning the Stanley Cup as the Boston Bruins starting goalie.

Thomas' contract carries a $3.75 million cap hit, with $2.5 million in salary and $1.25 million in bonuses, as well as a no-movement clause.

Thomas got his first start in net for Florida in a preseason game on Thursday night, playing into the second period, and leaving the game with a 2-1 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Florida Panthers will eventually have to address their crowded net with Thomas, Jacob Markstrom and Scott Clememnsen all on the roster.  It's expected that Clemmensen will initially go to the minors on a rehab assignment, but will eventually vie for time with Thomas and Markstrom.  

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cory Schneider Update After Trade

One of the stories to watch in this 2013-14 NHL season, will be how Cory Schneidertraded to the New Jersey Devils by the Vancouver Canucks, and Martin Brodeur, a three-time Stanley Cup winning Hall of Fame goaltender, work together to share New Jersey's net.   Schneider has gotten off to a stellar start with his new squad, shutting out the Devils' opponents over five periods of play, as reported by Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger.

And in his most recent outing, against the Philadelphia Flyers, he let in just one goal on 23 shots faced as he played the entire 60 minutes of the contest and the Devils won 2-1.  In his 2013-14 preseason performances, he has faced a total of 71 shots and has stopped 70 of them, good enough for a .986 save percentage.  

It will not be easy for Schneider, playing in the shadow of a goaltender many consider the best to ever play the game.  It's likely that Schneider and Brodeur share the goal crease for much of the 2013-14 season, after which Martin Brodeur will be a free agent at 42 years old. And there is no guarantee that Brodeur will retire at the end of this season.  If he plays well, and wants to continue blocking pucks, he would likely sign on for another year with New Jersey while tapering off his playing time, as Schneider increases his time-on-ice.  

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

NHL Snap Shots: Cooke, Wild, Stepan, Rangers

Matt Cooke, the longtime Pittsburgh Penguin, was picked up by the Minnesota Wild in the off-season.  NHL.com reports that Cooke will fill the vacancy left on the penalty kill that was created when Cal Clutterbuck was traded to the New York Islanders for Nino Niederreiter.

The New York Post reports that Derek Stepan, the young center for the New York Rangers, is looking for a contract with terms of roughly two years and $7 million, or $3.5 million per season.  The Rangers are believed to be offering closer to $6 million over two seasons, with an internal cap on the contract of $6.4 million.  

NHL Snap Shots: Raymond, Torres

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that they have signed Mason Raymond to a one-year contract worth a reported $1 million according to the Toronto Sun.  The 28 year-old Raymond last played in the NHL with the Vancouver Canucks.  In the lockout shortened season Raymond scored 22 points for a Canucks team that led the Northwest division.  Raymond was previously on a professional tryout with the Maple Leafs.  

  • Raffi Torres of the San Jose Sharks will be sidelined for six weeks or more after suffering an ACL injury according to cbssports.com.  The native of Toronto, who played in 11 regular season games with the Sharks last season, 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Matt Read Extension With Philadelphia Flyers - 4 Yrs, $14.5M

It wasn't long ago that Matt Read led all NHL rookies in goals.  In his first year with the Philadelphia Flyers, Read put 24 pucks in the net, to go along with 23 assists, in 79 regular season contests.  Read wound up fourth in the Calder Trophy voting, behind Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Adam Henrique.

Proving it was no fluke, Read notched 11 goals and 13 helpers in the lockout-shortened regular season, over 42 games in which he saw ice time.

Those performances led the Flyers to extend Matt Read for four more years.  According to NHL.com, Read's contract with Philly is worth $14.5M overall, coming in at $3.625M in annual-average-value.  He will finish up his existing contract in its final year, at a $900K cap hit, before his new contract kicks in for the 2014-15 season.  

Friday, September 20, 2013

Kaspars Daugavins Agrees With Geneva Servette

Kaspars Daugavins has agreed to a contract with Geneva Servette of the Swiss League, according to The Hockey News.  Daugavins is well remembered for his creative shootout move against the Boston Bruins while he was with the Ottawa Senators in the NHL.  The 25 year old forward from Latvia must have impressed with Bruins with his shootout effort, as he wound up playing in six regular season and six playoff games with Boston in 2012-13.  

NHL Snap Shots: Bernier, Kadri, Pulkkinen, Benn, Nugent-Hopkins

Jonathan Bernier and Nazem Kadri both suffered minor injuries and left the Toronto Maple Leafs' pre-season game on Thursday night against the Ottawa Senators, according to NHL.com.  Bernier, who was traded to the Maple Leafs by the Los Angeles Kings in June, actually suffered his injury in Toronto's morning skate, but was able to face 11 shots in the pre-season contest before leaving the ice.

Teemu Pulkkinen of the Detroit Red Wings has been suspended for four pre-season games, according to ESPN, for an illegal hit during a game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday.

The Dallas Stars have named Jamie Benn as their captain, according to CBS Sports.  The 24 year-old forward, drafted in 2007 by the Stars, has scored 193 points in 263 regular season games with Dallas.  Brenden Morrow had previously been the captain of the Dallas Stars.  General Manager Jim Nill, as quoted by CBS Sports, gave Benn high praise in his progression with the team:
"In a very short period of time, Jamie Benn has gone from being an exciting up-and-coming player in the NHL, to being a cornerstone of the franchise"
The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed young forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a seven year extension according to the Edmonton Journal.  The 20 year old Nugent-Hopkins, the number one overall draft pick in the 2011 NHL entry draft, has suited up in 102 regular season games for the Oilers, notching 54 points.  According to the Journal, the contract kicks in after Nugent-Hopkins' entry level deal ends in 2014.  The total value of the contract is $42 million.  

Thursday, September 19, 2013

NHL Snap Shots: New Jersey, Clutterbuck, Talbot

Damien Brunner will be making his first start in a professional tryout with the New Jersey Devils this evening, as they take on the New York Islanders, according to Rich Chere at nj.com.  Brunner scored 26 points in 44 regular season games with the Detroit Red Wings last season, and also notched a healthy nine points in 14 post-season games.  Also for New Jersey, Scott Wedgewood will most likely see time in net, backing up starter Martin Brodeur for this pre-season contest.

  • The New York Islanders will be without newly acquired Cal Clutterbuck after he suffered a laceration from a skate in their pre-season opener, according to newsday.com.  Clutterbuck was picked up by the Islanders in a trade with the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Nino Niederreiter.  
  • Alain Vigneault has stated that potential New York Rangers' backup goaltender Cam Talbot has "progressed quite a bit", according to a recent article in the New York Times.  Talbot is vying for backup netminder duties along with veteran Martin Biron.  

NHL Jersey Tuck Rule Implemented

It didn't take long for an NHL player to get their first tucked jersey penalty of the year. It was not the player you might've thought it would be however. Alexander Semin was assessed a delay of game penalty for having his jersey tucked in during last night's preseason game. The new rule was implemented for the first time in 2013-14, receiving much scorn from players and fans alike. The rule in particular affects Semin's former Washington Capital teammate, Alex Ovechkin, whose signature look includes one side of his jersey being tucked in.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

NHL Snap Shots: Cheveldayoff, Brassard, Gill, Thomas

The Winnipeg Jets have signed their General Manager, Kevin Cheveldayoff, to an extension according to cbssports.com.  Cheveldayoff, who is entering the third year of a five year deal, has made some significant moves to bolster the Jets recently, including the re-signing of Zach Bogosian and Blake Wheeler.  In additional recent NHL news:

  • Derick Brassard, acquired by the New York Rangers in their trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, has gotten off to a good start.  In the Rangers second pre-season game of the 2013-14 campaign, Brassard picked up a goal and an assist against the Phildaelphia Flyers.  
  • Frank Seravalli reports at Philly.com that veteran Hal Gill is likely to stick around as he works with the Philadelphia Flyers on a professional tryout.  The big, 38 year old defenseman last took to the NHL ice with the Nashville Predators in 2013.  Gill was traded to Nashville in 2012 by the Montreal Canadiens.  
  • Tim Thomas, as reported by ESPN, had his competitive fire stoked while watching his former Boston Bruins' teammates fight for the Stanley Cup in 2013 against the Chicago Blackhawks.  Tim Thomas is currently on a professional tryout with the Florida Panthers, and is considered by many, likely to make the Panthers squad for the 2013-14 season.  

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

NHL Snap Shots: Downie, Iginla, Brunner, Bissonnette


Steve Downie, who is projected to play right wing on a line with number one overall draft pick Nathan MacKinnon for the Colorado Avalanche according to NHL.com, is set to play a pivotal role this season. Acquired by Colorado from the Tampa Bay Lightning via trade in February, 2012, Downie played in two 2012-13 regular season games before suffering a torn ACL.

  • Although Jarome Iginla may have spurned the Boston Bruins for the Pittsburgh Penguins when considering a trade from the Calgary Flames last season, he is certainly off to a good start now that he has joined Boston via free agency.  In his first game with the Bruins, albeit a pre-season one, Iginla lit the lamp twice for his Boston teammates, making a good first impression.  

  • Damien Brunner, formerly of the Detroit Red Wings, will be joining the New Jersey Devils on a professional tryout basis for their training camp.  

  • Yahoo! Sports reports that Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette has been suspended, as mandatory, for ten regular season games, after leaving the bench during a pre-season fight.
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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Alex Pietrangelo Signed by St. Louis Blues

Alex Pietrangelo would not have his rights traded or be signed to another team's offer sheet.  St. Louis Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong made that very clear.  As quoted at NHL.com, Armstrong stated earlier this month:
"We've kept enough cap space to address any team that thinks that they can poach him from us; that won't happen," Armstrong said. "He'll be a St. Louis Blue whether it's this weekend, two weeks, two months, a year from now. Time will tell, but we hope to get him done as quick as possible."
 True to his word, Armstrong on the Blues signed Alex Pietrangelo to a seven year deal worth a hefty $45.5 million, carrying an annual average value of $6.5 million per season.  Pietrangelo had played up to his entry-level deal worth $9.675 million over three years, as the defenseman scored 121 points in 224 regular season games.

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% ATOI
2008-09 19 STL 8 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 7 0.0 16:31
2009-10 20 STL 9 1 1 2 1 -9 6 1 0 0 0 7 14.3 16:34
2010-11 21 STL 79 11 32 43 15 18 19 7 4 0 1 161 6.8 22:00
2011-12 22 STL 81 12 39 51 17 16 36 6 6 0 6 202 5.9 24:44
2012-13 23 STL 47 5 19 24 8 0 10 3 2 0 0 93 5.4 25:07
Career 224 29 92 121 41 25 73 17 12 0 7 470 6.2 23:14
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/14/2013.

Including the new Pietrangelo contract, the Blues now have $26,421,667 in cap hit money for seven defensemen according to capgeek.com.  Collectively, St. Louis is just over $1 million under the cap for 2013-14, with a significant drop coming next season due to pending free agents, including Derek Roy, and both goaltenders:  Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott.  

Thursday, September 12, 2013

NHL Snap Shots: Jovanovski Status, Hainsey Signing, Canucks On-Ice Friday, Flames' New Captain

As reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Florida Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanovski hopes to test his hip in some sort game action in about a week.  Jovanovski, who was named the Panthers' captain for last season, had surgery on his hip in April.  The 37 year-old blueliner is signed through the 2014-15 season according to capgeek.com.  In other recent NHL news:

  • The Carolina Hurricanes have signed free agent defenseman Ron Hainsey to a one-year contract worth $2 million, according to NHL.com.  Hainsey's signing was made more imperative after the Hurricanes received the news that Finnish defenseman Joni Pitkanen would miss the 2013-14 NHL season with a heel injury.  The 32 year-old Hainsey played for the Winnipeg Jets last season, notching 13 assists in 47 games.  
  • The Vancouver Canucks will hold their first on-ice workouts of the season this Friday, when ninth overall draft pick Bo Horvat will have a chance to show his talent to John Tortorella and the rest of the Canucks' coaching staff.  Horvat was selected with the pick that Vancouver received from the New Jersey Devils in the draft-day trade for goaltender Cory Schneider.  
  • The Calgary Flames have selected a new team captain, but are not ready to reveal that player's name just yet.  Although Flames' coach Bob Hartley is keeping the captain selection a surprise for now, all indications are that the choice is Mark Giordano.  The 29 year-old native of Toronto is signed with Calgary through the 2015-16 NHL season.  

2014 NHL Free Agents - Dan Girardi

Dan Girardi is one of the key New York Rangers who will enter unrestricted free agency in July, 2014, if not re-signed by New York or traded, prior to that time.  The big 29 year-old defenseman is finishing up a contract paying him $13.3 million over four years.

Scoring Stats Goals Ice Time
Season Age Tm GP G A PTS GC +/- PIM EV PP SH GW S S% ATOI
2006-07 22 NYR 34 0 6 6 2 7 8 0 0 0 0 33 0.0 15:50
2007-08 23 NYR 82 10 18 28 10 0 14 5 5 0 1 147 6.8 21:12
2008-09 24 NYR 82 4 18 22 7 -14 53 2 2 0 1 122 3.3 21:32
2009-10 25 NYR 82 6 18 24 8 -2 53 4 1 1 1 108 5.6 21:29
2010-11 26 NYR 80 4 27 31 9 7 37 2 2 0 1 110 3.6 24:35
2011-12 27 NYR 82 5 24 29 9 13 20 4 1 0 2 122 4.1 26:15
2012-13 28 NYR 46 2 12 14 4 -1 16 2 0 0 1 81 2.5 25:25
Career 488 31 123 154 50 10 201 19 11 1 7 723 4.3 22:44
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/12/2013.

Outlook
Girardi is one of three New York Rangers defensemen who are set to become unrestricted free agents in 2014.  With Girardi's ability to block shots and move the puck, there is very little chance that the Rangers do not re-sign him prior to the free agency period.  Look for New York to lock Girardi up with a contract carrying an annual average value above $4 million.


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