Posts Tagged ‘Justin Schultz’

Minnesota’s Brodin joins Calder-winner Huberdeau on All-Rookie Team

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Jonas Brodin

Jonas Brodin performed well against the league’s top attackers as a young defenseman. (Brian Ekart/Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

Jonas Brodin was wronged in the voting for the Calder Trophy. Flat out wronged.

The league’s youngest defenseman, he was a steady and reliable minute-muncher for the Wild, leading all rookies in total time on ice (1,044:35) and average time on ice (23:12). You could make a pretty good argument that no first-year player came close to matching his impact. And yet Brodin somehow didn’t rank among the top-three vote getters when the ballots of the PHWA were counted. Crazy.

Not that I’m bitter or anything.

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  • Published On Jun 29, 2013
  • Top Line: Kings back in Cup form, Nash to play for Rangers, more links

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    Jonathan Bernier and Anze Kopitar

    With Jonathan Bernier in net, the smiles are returning to the defending champions’ faces. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Don’t look now, but the Kings have won five straight and seven of eight despite an uneven effort against the Red Wings on Wednesday night. Jonathan Bernier has his own four-game winning streak going. The backup has allowed just one goal in each of those victories.

    • There is a God. The Canucks announced that Japandroids’ The House That Heaven Built won a fan survey to become the team’s new entrance song, beating out some crappy song by Nickelback. Sorry not to narrow that one down for you.

    • Count Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau among the supporters of the realignment plan that moves Detroit to the Eastern Conference. Boudreau also hopes that Detroit takes the Blackhawks and the Kings with them.

    • The Florida Panthers are concerned that realignment will add to their heavy travel load. The Panthers have ranked second in total miles each of the last two seasons.

    • Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh should be good to go for the Rangers tonight against the Lightning. McDonagh also offers up some hot sports opinions about Max Pacioretty and the hit that laid him out.

    • Rick DiPietro plans to make the most of his time with the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers. But News 12 Long Island has a darker take.

    • All is right in the hockey world when the Montreal/Toronto rivalry matters again.

    • It might be wise for opposing players to avoid the temptation to plaster 5′-8″ rookie Brendan Gallagher every chance they get. The Leafs learned last night it brings out the best in him.

    • How amazing is Chicago’s 16-0-3 start? Not bad, but even with a win tonight against the Blues it wouldn’t rate among the 10 best 20-game stretches in NHL history.

    • I’m not sure why a Penguins fan would want a comprehensive list of every hat trick scored against them, but the Post-Gazette put it together anyway. Hmmm…four teams have never notched a hatty against the Pens…

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  • Published On Feb 28, 2013
  • NHL first quarter awards: Patrick Kane, pair of Senators top my picks

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    Erik Karlsson and Craig Anderson of the Ottawa Senators

    The offensively challenged Senators have had to lean on defenseman Erik Karlsson and goaltender Craig Anderson. (Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Too soon to talk trophies?

    Maybe in a normal year. But with half of the NHL’s teams already having a quarter-season’s worth of play under their belts during this abbreviated session, we’re starting to see players (and others) assert themselves as hardware hopefuls.

    Here’s a look at how the fields are shaping up in the battle for the NHL’s major awards.

    Got a better idea? Leave your picks in the comments section below.

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  • Published On Feb 11, 2013
  • Top Line: Chilly welcome for P.K. Subban, NHL expansion closer for Toronto, more

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    PK Subban returns to Montreal Canadiens

    P.K. Subban didn’t get quite the deal he wanted and may now have to deal with some fallout. (Greg Forwerck/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A guide to this morning’s must-read stories around the NHL.

    • Montreal fans are happy to have P.K. Subban back in the lineup. His teammates? Maybe not so much. He rejoins the Canadiens at practice today.

    • A suburban Toronto city council voted to proceed with plans to share in the costs of building an NHL-caliber facility. And hey, was that former NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly  all but promising the league would send an expansion team to fill it?

    • Colin McDonald of the Islanders has a disciplinary meeting this morning after this nasty hit from behind on Pittsburgh’s Ben Lovejoy.

    • A late equalizer from Logan Couture and a shootout clincher from Michal Handzus propelled the Sharks to their sixth straight win. But coach Todd MacLellan praised the Anaheim Ducks as the better team on the night.

    • Wayne Gretzky invited St. Louis Blues’ owner Tom Stillman to take part in his annual fantasy camp this week. The former NCAA Division III player figured he’d better say yes.

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  • Published On Jan 30, 2013