Posts Tagged ‘Jay Bouwmeester’

Isles’ Hamonic, Caps’ Alzner among best value deals of summer 2013

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Travis Hamonic of the New York Islanders

Travis Hamonic is a key part of the Isles’ effort to rebuild with their prospects. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

It’s been a busy summer at the NHL’s home office.

The league has registered nearly 200 new player contracts since the Blackhawks skated off with the Stanley Cup at the end of June. Most of those were low-level signings, players happy to find a chair before the music stopped. But there were scores of deals signed by legitimate NHLers as well, players who cashed in on their free agency or settled in for some long-term security with their current club.

Most of those deals left fans shaking their heads at the money that will be changing hands even though we all understand, on some level, anyway, that the numbers are bound to be crazy.

But there were others that seemed shockingly, well, sensible. Put in context, they’re set up to provide great value for the team . . . and in most cases, the player probably isn’t complaining, either.

Here are the deals signed this summer that should provide the best bang for the buck:

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  • Published On Aug 16, 2013
  • Top Line: Gretzky’s wildly pricey stick, Kings retain another Cup winner

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    August 9th is the 25th anniversary of the trade of Gretzky from the Oilers to the Kings. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    August 9th is the 25th anniversary of the trade of Gretzky from the Oilers to the Kings. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    By Sarah Kwak

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

    • We are officially within the one-week mark of the 25th anniversary of “the day that changed everything in the world of professional hockey,” AKA the day Wayne Gretzky was traded. The Globe and Mail‘s Eric Duhatschek kicks things off with a look back on the fateful day. And expect lots and lots (TONS, really) of perspectives on Gretzky to follow between now and August 9, including (in Canada) a  dueling 5-part series on TSN and Sportsnet.

    • Speaking of Gretzky, the stick he used to score his 1,000th lifetime goal when he was just 13 years old —mind you—THIRTEEN, was auctioned off for $38,838. That’s right. For the price of a down payment on a house, you could own a 13-year-old’s hockey stick. Wow.

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  • Published On Aug 03, 2013
  • Top Line: Trade deadline talk, more links

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    Derek Roy of the Dallas Stars is said to be trade bait.

    Center Derek Roy could be on the move as the falling Stars switch into sell mode. (Andrew Dieb/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    A notated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Cam Cole says Trade Deadline 2013 boasts a flimsy plot. Safe to say it will be more about supporting roles than leads.

    • Jim Matheson writes that there’s still plenty of talent available.

    • The Stars must move into sell mode after Monday night’s loss to the Kings. Two soft efforts in a row should be enough to convince GM Joe Nieuwendyk to stop kidding himself about the present and face the future.

    • Here’s David Staples with an insanely detailed breakdown of Jay Bouwmeester’s season with Calgary and how good the Blues should expect him to be.

    • David Marsden asks the question about the Jarome Iginla trade that occurred to none of us: What happens to all those Calgary Flames Iginla jerseys?

    • Hard to believe it’s been 22 years since we’ve had a postseason Battle of Alberta.

    • The Oilers scored on their first two shots for the second consecutive game to power their fourth straight win.

    • Former Penguin Rick Tocchet can relate to the pain of Sidney Crosby’s jaw injury. “The blender is about to become Sid’s best friend,” he said. Tocchet missed only one game with a broken jaw, which occurred just before the playoffs.

    Ryane Clowe sat this one out, but the Sharks managed to hold off the Canucks, 3-2. All indications are that Clowe has played his last game with San Jose.

    • Mike Ribeiro’s contract status remains unresolved, but the Capitals are more likely to hold on to their leading scorer than deal him with a playoff berth still within reach.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2013
  • NHL Trade Deadline: Blues add Jay Bouwmeester for picks

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    Jay Bouwmeester trade

    The Bouwmeester trade is another questionable rebuilding move by the Flames after trading captain Jarome Iginla last week. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    At some point, maybe not too far into the future, Calgary Flames fans might look back at the deal that sent Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues for a first-round pick, along with defenseman Mark Cundari and goaltender Reto Berra, as the deal that righted this badly listing franchise.

    More likely though, this will be remembered as the third entry in GM Jay Feaster’s 2013 trilogy of failed decisions.

    This is just a bad, bad deal for the Flames.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2013
  • NHL Trade Rumor Roundup: Alfredsson, Bouwmeester, Weiss, more

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    Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson could be traded to the Boston Bruins.

    Captain Daniel Alfredsson would have to abandon the Senators’ sinking ship, but the Bruins are an attractive option. (Brian Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    With a third of the season in the books, NHL clubs have a fair idea of where they’re at and what they might be willing to buy, or sell, in the trade market. Here’s a quick look at some of the weightier rumors that are making the rounds.

    Rumor: Pierre LeBrun believes the Boston Bruins will make a play for Daniel Alfredsson.

    The read: LeBrun is 100 percent right that this will be Alfredsson’s call. The chance to play for the Stanley Cup might sound appealing from the outside, but unless the wheels completely fall off in Ottawa, I think loyalty to the Senators organization will carry the day. Still, if Alfie does decide to go that route, familiar faces (GM Peter Chiarelli, Zdeno Chara and Chris Kelly), easy travel and a solid shot at the Cup might make for a soft landing in Boston. The Penguins, desperate for help on the wing, and Flyers would be in the mix as well, but the B’s have more forward talent in the cupboard to seal a deal.

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  • Published On Feb 21, 2013


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