Posts Tagged ‘Dave Bolland’

Jamming The Crease: NHL rookies impress; Toronto turmoil; more notes

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Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat of the Tampa Bay Lightning

Who misses Martin? Steven Stamkos and Ondrej Palat are sparking the Lightning’s offense. (Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

News and notes from around the NHL…
The biggest beneficiary of the Martin St. Louis trade? Try Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Ondrej Palat. With just three assists to show for his first eight games in New York, St. Louis hasn’t exactly taken the Rangers’ offense into brave, new directions as expected. He’s looked disengaged at times, frustrated at others and has just two shots on net over his past three games. He’ll snap out of this slump eventually (he survived a nine-game drought earlier this season), but it won’t matter much if the Blueshirts don’t start piling up some wins. Given the importance of Friday night’s game against Columbus, this would be a good time for him to show up. Meanwhile, Palat has put up 11 points since St. Louis pouted his way out of Tampa, and he’s done it while meshing seamlessly with new linemates. Funny how that works when you don’t need an excuse. Then again, the kid isn’t looking for one. Watch Palat and you can see his work ethic and focus every shift. That’s where the results are coming from, and that’s the difference right now between him and his old linemate.

Martin St. Louis joins Rangers’ long line of aging marquee names

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  • Published On Mar 21, 2014
  • Top Line: Sabres cut Patrick Kaleta ; Bolland’s gruesome injury; more links

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    Patrick Kaleta's hit on Brad Richards deserved a stiffer sentence.

    Repeat offender Patrick Kaleta (right) was released by Buffalo after his return from suspension. (Bruce Benett/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • His 10-game suspension served, serial headhunter Patrick Kaleta was eligible to return to the Buffalo Sabres’ lineup yesterday. Instead, he found himself on waivers. Darcy Regier’s message: go to the minors and clean up your act. The move won’t be well received in Buffalo where Kaleta has pockets of intense fans, but it’s absolutely the right statement for the team to make.

    • Bucky Gleason disagrees with that assessment.

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  • Published On Nov 03, 2013
  • Top Line: Don Cherry defends John Scott; Duchene rips Sacco; more links

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    Colorado locked up Matt Duchene and secured another key part of its long-term future. [Michael Martin/Getty Images]

    Matt Duchene and the Avalanche have made a strong start to the season. [Michael Martin/Getty Images]

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Aw, Grapes, say it ain’t so. Don Cherry used his bully pulpit on Hockey Night In Canada to sympathize with suspended enforcer John Scott. Not often you catch him this far off base. You can see the whole video here.

    • Meanwhile over on “Hotstove Tonight,” the boys talk about the possibility of holding coaches and general managers liable for the misdeeds of the miscreants they employ.

    • Matt Duchene explains the secrets to this season’s success, talks his new diet and rips ex-coach Joe Sacco. This is a great read from sleep-deprived scribe Adrian Dater.

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  • Published On Oct 27, 2013
  • NHL Draft: Canadiens get Zach Fucale; Dave Bolland traded, more notes

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    Zach Fucale and top 2013 NHL Draft prospects

    Of all the top prospects, goalie Zach Furcale (third from right) fell into the second round. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    • I’m going to venture a guess that fans in Montreal will be split down the middle about the Canadiens’ Zach Fucale pick (36th). One side will suggest that goaltending is hardly a priority with Carey Price signed for the next five years, and that more immediate needs could have been addressed by taking sniper Valentin Zykov or big winger Justin Bailey. The other side won’t believe that the Memorial Cup-winning stopper, who many scouts had projected as a first rounder, was actually still there for the taking in the second.

    Count me with those guys, and not because I had Fucale going earlier.

    MUIR: Sizing up all 30 first round picks | My first round mock draft

    Bottom line, it takes several years for most goalies to mature from junior studs into NHL-ready stoppers. By the time Price is ready to move on (or re-sign), Fucale’s apprenticeship should be over. So he either takes over or moves on as an asset. And ultimately that’s what this comes down to: at pick 36, Fucale appears to stand a better chance of maturing into a viable asset than either of those scoring wingers. That makes this look like a big win for the Habs.

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  • Published On Jun 30, 2013
  • Game to watch: Blackhawks at Sharks

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    Chicago Blackhawks vs. San Jose Sharks

    The Blackhawks will go up against former teammate Antti Niemi, who has been stellar this season. (Tony Medina/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    It’s a little early to call tonight’s battle between San Jose and Chicago a playoff preview, but it’s never too soon for a gut check.

    The NHL’s top two teams will face their stiffest test of the season when they meet in San Jose (7:30 PST, NHL Network in Canada, CSN in San Jose and Chicago). The Sharks and Hawks have just one regulation loss between them after 18 games, but both come into the contest on something of a slide.

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  • Published On Feb 05, 2013


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