Posts Tagged ‘Logan Couture’

Top Line: Trouble Bruin in Boston?; Detroit looks dangerous, more links

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Torey Krug of the Boston Bruins

Will Torey Krug and the rest of the Bruins’ young backliners hold up under playoff pounding? (Icon SMI)

By Allan Muir

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

• The Bruins’ loss was their first in regulation in more than a month, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t reasons for concern ahead of the playoffs. Veteran scribe Kevin Dupont puts on his worryin’ hat and spells them out.

• Boston has traded away two of the NHL’s top-five scorers during the past couple of seasons. That sort of talent drain would hobble some franchises, but the core of the Bruins’ succcess is prioritizing more important things than the scoring race.

• The Detroit Red Wings reminded everyone that they’ll be a dangerous playoff opponent with an opportunistic win over Boston last night. The Wings were outplayed most of the night by the red-hot B’s, but used a terrific performance from Jimmy Howard and some timely offense to seal the victory late. When Pavel Datsyuk and Daniel Alfredsson are back to the mix, this team will look like a pit of vipers.

• The Rangers are breathing easier after learning that Ryan McDonagh suffered no serious damage from that Alex Burrows hit. The only question now: when can he return to action?

• The last thing Pittsburgh Penguins fans need to worry about is an apparent lack of passion as the season winds down, writes Joe Starkey.

• If the stumbling Chicago Blackhawks needed a rallying cry ahead of the playoffs, they have one now.

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  • Published On Apr 03, 2014
  • Top Line: Rangers give Ryan Callahan deadline; Don Cherry tribute; more links

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    Could Rangers captain Ryan Callahan be on his way out of New York? (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

    Could Rangers captain Ryan Callahan be on his way out of New York? (Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Is it all just posturing? Maybe. But the Ryan Callahan rumors reached a boiling point last night, with sources saying New York GM Glen Sather wants his contract situation resolved before the Olympic roster freeze next Friday. TSN also reported that the Rangers have granted several teams permission to speak with Callahan’s agent. That’s a smart move. Other clubs are more willing to bid — and bid aggressively — if they believe they can sign the feisty winger long-term after acquiring him.

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  • Published On Feb 01, 2014
  • Top Line: Sochi Olympic hockey roster talk; Amazing kid Sabres; more links

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    NHL great Steve Yzerman at the 2014 Winter Classic alumni game.

    Fresh off his Winter Classic alumni outing, Steve Yzerman will take shots for his Team Canada selections. (Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Steve Yzerman was ready to be called stupid after Canada’s roster was announced this morning.

    • Team Canada hopeful Logan Couture needs surgery on his hand and could miss 3-to-4 weeks of action. Will that be enough to cost him his spot on the team? Possibly, but it’s a better bet that he’ll be named this morning and then pulled if he’s not quite ready to go.

    • James Mirtle makes the case for Jonathan Bernier to serve as Team Canada’s third goaltender. It’s an interesting position, but one that probably won’t be shared by the Canadian staff.

    • Biz Nasty has a suggestion for a multi-purpose fourth liner for Canada.

    • Elliotte Friedman’s always excellent 30 Thoughts column is heavy on Team Canada talk, but also delves into a surprise frontrunner for the Sabres’ GM position, the lack of appreciation for Matt Moulson, and some hot trade rumors.

    • Meet Finland’s Olympic team. Looks like the best goaltending trio in the tournament (no surprise there), but a pretty sketchy blueline (no obvious top pairing). Saku Koivu pulled himself from the lineup, so the only really notable omission appears to be Sean Bergenheim, who likely will be the first draw in case of injury. Probably not a gold medal contender, but as the World Juniors proved, great goaltending and a disciplined team effort can go a long way in a short tournament.

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  • Published On Jan 07, 2014
  • Top Line: Ben Scrivens NHL’s top goalie; Olympic roster news; more links

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    Ben Scrivens of the Los Angeles Kings

    Ben Scrivens is making the most of his chance to show what he can do for the Kings. (Scott Levy/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • He’s not about to Wally Pipp Jonathan Quick or anything, but Ben Scrivens has been lights out since taking over for the injured star in Los Angeles. He hasn’t been beaten in more than 150 minutes and now leads the league in goals-against and save percentage. Nice way to make an impression on the new bosses.

    • With Evgeni Nabokov rumored to be out for at least four weeks, Kevin Poulin is another backup with a chance to prove he’s ready for prime time. The kid’s played well of late, and with Nabokov’s time running out, this is a great opportunity for him to show he’s capable of eventually assuming the No. 1 job on Long Island.

    • Interesting news this morning out of Russia, where Olympic team boss Vladislav Tretiak has told the media that only a 15-man Olympic roster needs to be announced by Dec. 31, allowing for additional time before the full Sochi rosters need to be finalized. Very interesting if true as it allows teams more time to evaluate injuries (hello, Steven Stamkos) and fill in spots with players who are peaking at the right time.

    Changing up his equipment hasn’t helped Evgeni Malkin look any better around the net.

    • Jim Matheson says this young gun is an Olympic lock, and explains the necessity of six outdoor games this season in his Monday morning column.

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  • Published On Nov 18, 2013
  • Top Line: Sharks, Avs win showdowns; Kaleta suspension review; more links

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    By Allan Muir

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

    • It was a different kind of win for the high-flying Sharks, but by beating Detroit 1-0 in a hard-fought contest, they may have learned more about themselves than in their previous seven victories.

    • Was this the best shootout save of the year? Yeah, probably.

    • Logan Couture is in tough to emerge from a crowded group of young forwards and earn a spot on Team Canada, but he helped his cause with a solid two-way effort against the Wings last night with much of the team management watching.

    • Chris Johnston says the Avalanche were lucky to escape Consol Energy Center with two points last night, but they played as though they expected to knock off the Penguins. The new look, and new attitude, of this team has been the season’s best story.

    • SI.com’s Brian Cazeneuve had five takeaways from the game.

    • After hearing his appeal on Monday, will Gary Bettman reduce the 10-game suspension handed to Patrick Kaleta for his cheap shot on Jack Johnson? If he does, he’ll be sending a terrible message.

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  • Published On Oct 22, 2013
  • Top Line: Trouble brewing in Buffalo; Couture’s advice to Kadri; more links

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    Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek of the Buffalo Sabres

    Sideshow time! How much longer will Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek be Sabres? (Jeff Gross/Getty images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Ex-Sabre Brian Campbell says Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek are in for a beatdown of a season as long as their expiring contract status hangs over their heads. Hard to believe that this will be anything but a sideshow in Buffalo as long as their situation remains unresolved.

    • If you think it’s cool for opposing players to offer contract advice through the media, then you’ll love what San Jose’s Logan Couture has to say about Nazem Kadri’s salary standoff with the Maple Leafs.

    • Edmonton Oilers president Kevin Lowe says Calgary’s new Director of Hockey Operations, Brian Burke, spices up everything he gets involved in. Might be a good time to start pricing barn rentals in Alberta.

    • George Johnson thinks Burkie might have trouble keeping his promise to stay in the background in Calgary.

    • Burke’s hiring wasn’t the only big hockey news out of Calgary yesterday. The Flames conducted a walk-through of the flood-ravaged Saddledome and declared that it would be ready for the season opener. It’s absolutely amazing what they accomplished in eight weeks. It took me longer than that to change a burned-out light bulb in the garage.

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  • Published On Sep 06, 2013
  • New deal for Joe Pavelski signals changing of the guard in San Jose

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    Joe Pavelski of the San Jose Sharks

    Versatile center Joe Pavelski is a Swiss Army knife among players, and clutch, too. (Don Smith/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    I think we’re mostly past the point of being staggered by the numbers anymore, so hearing that the San Jose Sharks extended center Joe Pavelski this morning for five years and $30 million shouldn’t lead to the sort of indignation that’ll raise anyone’s blood pressure.

    Yeah, it’s stupid money, and you can look around the league and find deals that look like rock bottom bargains compared to this one (John Tavares may be calling Pavelski to borrow lunch money). But the truth is if Pavelski had gone to free agency next summer, some other team would have given him the same $6 million a year. Maybe more. And maybe for a longer term. There’s always going to be a market for a versatile two-way pivot.

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  • Published On Jul 30, 2013
  • Top Line: Chicago’s Stanley Cup Final hole looks deep, more links

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    The Blackhawks look on during their Game 3 loss in the Stanley Cup Final.

    Ugly history: Game 3 losers have lost the Cup final 84 percent of the time since 1939. (Gail Oskin/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • You remember that 3-1 deficit that Chicago rallied from against the Red Wings? This 2-1 hole they’ve dug for themselves against the Bruins seems a lot deeper, doesn’t it?

    • It’s a rare day that the Boston Globe pulls Dan Shaughnessy out from behind the pay-wall. Take advantage of this while you can.

    • There’s Danny Paille, scoring his second winner in as many games. Because apparently Moe Lemay wasn’t available.

    • With Marian Hossa a late scratch, Chicago needed Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to step up…so the Hawks were pretty much DOA at that point.

    • Ben Smith earned a last-minute promotion from the Black Aces for a Stanley Cup start in the town where he made his name as a college hockey hero.

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  • Published On Jun 18, 2013
  • NHL playoffs: Sharks hang on in third, beat Kings 2-1 to even series at 2-2

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    Brent Burns after scoring.

    Brent Burns has all the makings of a star, and probably would be one anywhere else. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    It might have been the most impressive period yet of these 2013 playoffs. Led by their captain, Joe Thornton, the San Jose Sharks pinned the Los Angeles Kings in their own zone virtually from the opening face-off, outshooting the champs 15-3 and dominating in every facet of the game. If not for the heroics of Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick, this one might have been a rout.

    But at the end of 20 minutes, the Sharks had mustered just a one-goal lead on Brent Burns’ second tally of the postseason. And that set up a white-knuckle ride for the fans at HP Pavilion who watched as a furious rally by the Kings fell just short, allowing San Jose to escape with a 2-1 win. The series is headed back to L.A. tied up at two games each.

    If the storyline sounds familiar, it’s because we’ve seen this one before. For the third game in a row, the Sharks dominated the first period, swapped chances in the second, and then held on for dear life as the Kings fought back with everything they had in the third. The formula has worked twice now for the underdogs, but it’s going to take more than a 20-minute effort to eliminate the champs.

    Some thoughts and observations from tonight’s contest:

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  • Published On May 22, 2013
  • Top Line: Spezza returns; Sharks, Wings swing momentum their way; more links

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    Sidney Crosby has been unstoppable for the Penguins despite the Sens boasting elite defensemen. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

    Sidney Crosby has been unstoppable for the Penguins despite the Senators boasting an elite defense. (AP)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • With the series hanging in the balance, the Senators should get a boost from the return of Jason Spezza. Just keep in mind, Sens fans, that the guy hasn’t played in almost four months. Adrenalin might get him through the first game. After that, he might be just a guy with no legs for this pace.

    • The Penguins boast the star power and the experience to take control of this series. But don’t give up on the pesky Sens just yet.

    • No, wait … go ahead and give up.

    • Toronto talked about it, but Pittsburgh made it happen. Awesome.

    • Brendan Smith was the goat in the Game 1 loss to Chicago. Here’s what he did with the goat horns in Game 2.

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  • Published On May 19, 2013


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