Posts Tagged ‘Jaroslav Halak’

NHL 2014 playoff stretch drive trade pickups that are paying off … or not

Decrease fontDecrease font
Enlarge fontEnlarge font
Thomas Vanek of the Montreal Canadiens

After escaping from Long Island, Thomas Vanek has ignited the Canadiens’ offense. (Terry Renna/AP)

By Allan Muir

Most hockey trades can’t, and shouldn’t, be judged for years. They deserve time to play out, to tip the scales as the players make their marks during their tenure with their new teams.

NHL deadline trades, though, are different. They’re unique because the expectations of the partners in the deal vary so widely.

One team takes the long view, hoping that a pile of magic beans eventually yields a top-six scorer, a sturdy defender or, at the very least, a low-dough roster-filler who can help it stay under the cap. For the other side, the payoff must be microwaved — delivered hot and fast with an eye set on playoff success. It doesn’t matter how the other side of the equation — next season and beyond — plays out. Executed properly, these deals pay off quickly and then it’s on to the next thing.

Here are six players who switched sweaters at this year’s deadline and are on the verge of paying those immediate dividends … and three more who could be downgraded to junk status.

Read More…


  • Published On Apr 02, 2014
  • Deadline 2014: Early NHL trade and rumor round-up

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks was traded to Florida

    Roberto Luongo’s departure may be part of an exodus from Vancouver that includes Ryan Kesler. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    With the NHL’s Wednesday 3 P.M. ET trade deadline fast approaching, the rumor mill is cranking full time and bodies are starting to fly. Here’s what we are finding through various sources in social media. We’ll update the page throughout the day as more grist flows in. For now, though, some updates on notable names that have been in the news of late. And we have some early deals and at least one stunner:

    Read More…


  • Published On Mar 04, 2014
  • Top Line: Ryan Miller trade fallout; Crawford’s mask stolen; more links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Ryan Miller addresses the press after his trade from Buffalo to St. Louis. (Gary Wiepert/AP)

    Ryan Miller addresses the press after his trade from Buffalo to St. Louis. (Gary Wiepert/AP)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Ryan Miller knew his time was due to expire in Buffalo, but that didn’t make the reality of his trade to St. Louis on Friday night any easier.

    • In St. Louis, Bernie Miklasz says the Professor would be proud of the strong arm move by Doug Armstrong.

    • Adam Proteau says the acquisition of Miller by the Blues puts the rest of the league on notice that the time to act is now if they want to keep pace with the new Stanley Cup favorites.

    Read More…


  • Published On Mar 01, 2014
  • Ryan Miller traded to St. Louis Blues in five-player deal

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

    The Blues acquired Ryan Miller and Steve Ott in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, prospect William Carrier, and two draft picks. (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    The St. Louis Blues are all in.

    Gearing up for a run at their first Stanley Cup in franchise history, the Blues swung a blockbuster five-player deal tonight with the Buffalo Sabres, acquiring franchise goaltender Ryan Miller and team captain Steve Ott.

    In exchange, the Blues sent goaltender Jaroslav Halak, forward Chris Stewart and prospect William Carrier to the Sabres, along with a first-round draft pick in 2015 and a third-round draft pick in 2016.

    WATCH: Sabres pay tribute to departing hero Ryan Miller 

    Buffalo will also cover the difference between the salaries of Miller and Halak, approximately $1.75 million.

    This is a bold, game-changing move by GM Doug Armstrong, one that not only legitimizes the Blues as a Cup front-runner, but also throws down the gauntlet and dares other challengers to ante up.

    Read More…


  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • Top Line: Sochi hockey playoff schedule set; the trouble with Crosby; more links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

    Shootout hero T.J. Oshie’s tenacity made him a great fit for Team USA.  (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Here are the start times for Tuesday’s play-in games and Wednesday’s quarterfinals in Sochi. Not sure who the genius was that scheduled the games for Canada and the U.S. at the same time, but there’s a special place in hell waiting for him.

    • Healthy, set in goal and scoring in bunches, Team USA heads into Wednesday’s medal round ready to take on the world.

    • With Russia a mess and Canada still trying to figure itself out, Team USA has every reason to like its chances heading into the medal round.

    • Bob Kravitz writes that the buzz keeps building around T.J. Oshie. Can’t say I agree with the oft-repeated contention that the Blues’ buzzsaw was selected primarily because of his shootout skills, though. The pace and tenacity he brings to the game makes him an ideal depth player for this sort of tournament, and would have made him an easy pick no matter what. The shootout skills? Icing on the cake.

    • Sidney Crosby has seemed rather ordinary through Canada’s first three games, in large part because he hasn’t yet found wingers with whom he’s comfortable. So why is it so hard to play with Sid?

    • Chris Johnston reminds us that Crosby’s impact can’t be measured on the score sheet alone.

    • Mike Babcock was a little testy in the aftermath of Sunday’s win over Finland. Trust me, Canada. He’s more frustrated than you are.

    Read More…


  • Published On Feb 17, 2014
  • Top Line: Patrick Burke says no Olympic boycott; Columbus shock; more links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    You Can Play founder Patrick Burke

    Patrick Burke will advise players on how to handle the anti-gay issue when they’re in Sochi. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    “A boycott won’t change anything,” Patrick Burke tells Kevin Allen. The You Can Play founder believes that athletes can make a more powerful statement about Russia’s discriminatory anti-gay laws by participating in the 2014 Sochi Games than by staying at home, and I’d have to agree. The threat of protests breaking out against the laws every day of the Games is exactly the sort of embarrassing pressure that could force the Russians to abandon their stance. Burke also said he is making himself available to Hockey Canada and USA Hockey to talk to players about the current situation.

    • Russia’s sports minister says everyone in the West needs to chill out about the whole thing. They’re just thinking about the kids!

    • What once was a little fan gathering took a serious turn for the cool yesterday in Columbus when a surprise guest showed up.

    • It’s hard sometimes to accept that D2: The Mighty Ducks was based on a lie. Iceland isn’t a world hockey power to be feared. It’s a program that’s still taking baby steps, but apparently there is hope . . .

    • The Washington Capitals paid a steep price — first rounder Filip Forsberg –  to acquire Martin Erat at the deadline. The veteran winger didn’t bring much to the table down the stretch, but is expected to make his presence felt this year.

    Read More…


  • Published On Aug 19, 2013
  • Top Line: Letang talks deteriorate; trade talks heat up; more links

    Decrease fontDecrease font
    Enlarge fontEnlarge font
    Kris Letang

    Kris Letang is negotiating with the Penguins over a new contract. (Fred Vuich/SI)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • It seems like the Penguins and Norris-finalist Kris Letang aren’t that far apart on the numbers that define their current contract negotiation. But Rob Rossi says take another look and you’ll realize this isn’t going well at all.

    • Here’s another take on the Letang situation.

    • Next up on the Philadelphia Flyers goalie carousel…Jaroslav Halak?

    • The NHL’s director of Central Scouting says the top four picks could play in the league next season.

    • St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong says the Blues “could walk out of this draft with eight first round picks if we want to.”

    Read More…


  • Published On Jun 29, 2013


  •