Posts Tagged ‘Marian Gaborik’

Top Line: Sidney Crosby dives again; Is shotblocking worth it? More links

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Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins

Diver down: Only this time, Sidney Crosby committed no crime in the Penguins’ playoff opener. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

By Allan Muir

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

• There goes Sidney Crosby diving again.

• After watching the Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf take a biscuit in the mush, Jason Kay asks the obvious question: Does shot blocking do more harm than good?

• It’s not always easy to predict which teams will get great goaltending or have their stars go on hot streaks in a series, but James Mirtle says controlling possession is one trait that defines a long playoff run.

• It’s been a dozen years since the Blues and the Blackhawks last met in the postseason. Jeremy Rutherford says built-up hostilities should make their first-rounder a nasty affair.

• But Bernie Miklasz thinks that puck possession, not punishment is St. Louis’ key to victory against Chicago.

Sochi snubs may have dinged some egos in San Jose, but the downtime they provided may be the key to the Sharks’ Stanley Cup aspirations.

Marian Gaborik produced a 61.4 percent Corsi rating over the regular season’s final seven games. Ian McLaren says that stat suggests that the veteran winger could be a difference maker for the Kings against San Jose.

• Steve Mason is out for the Flyers’ opener against the Rangers, and that suits an old buddy just fine.

• Philly won’t have much of a home ice advantage when the series shifts to the City of Brotherly Love.

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  • Published On Apr 17, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks

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    Joe Thornton (left) and Drew Doughty are both crucial figures in a potentially thrilling first round California series. (Don Smith/Getty Images)

    Joe Thornton (19) and Drew Doughty (8) are crucial figures in a possibly thrilling first-round series. (Getty Images)

    By Gabriel Baumgaertner

    Regular Season recaps

    Wed. Oct. 30: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 3 (OT)

    Wed. Nov. 27: San Jose 3, Los Angeles 2 (SO)

    Thu. Dec. 19: Los Angeles 4, San Jose 1

    Mon. Jan. 27: Los Angeles 1, San Jose 0

    Thu April 3: San Jose 2, Los Angeles 1

    Notable injuries

    Kings: Drew Doughty (upper-body, day-to-day), Dwight King (undisclosed)

    Sharks: Raffi Torres (knee, doubtful), Scott Hannan (head, day-to-day)

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  • Published On Apr 16, 2014
  • NHL 2014 playoff stretch drive trade pickups that are paying off … or not

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    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.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2014
  • Miller, Luongo among players making immediate impact with new teams

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    David Legwand's start with the Detroit Red Wings has been a roller coaster ride. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

    David Legwand’s start with the Detroit Red Wings has been a roller coaster ride. (Dave Reginek/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Amy Lilek

    The dust has settled from the NHL trade deadline and now it’s time for teams to get down to business as the playoffs approach. But first, let’s take a look at some of the more notable traded players in their fresh starts with their new teams.
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  • Published On Mar 09, 2014
  • Deadline 2014: Early NHL trade and rumor round-up

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    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:

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  • Published On Mar 04, 2014
  • Blue Jackets’ Marian Gaborik pulls out of Sochi Olympics

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    Marian Gaborik's chances of playing for Slovakia in Sochi were slim due to his injury. (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Marian Gaborik’s chances of playing for Slovakia in Sochi were slim due to his injury. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    On a day dominated by talk of who is, and who isn’t, going to Sochi, this news might be the least surprising so far.

    Injured Blue Jackets winger Marian Gaborik made it official today, announcing that he was removing himself from Slovakia’s roster for the 2014 Olympic Games.

    “I’m extremely disappointed that I won’t be able to play for Slovakia at the Olympic Games but understand the decision is the right one for my recovery and for the national team,” Gaborik said in a statement. “I have been lucky and proud to represent my country at two Olympic Games and other international tournaments and look forward to doing so again in the future.”

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    Gaborik had competed in two previous Olympic tournaments (2006 and ’10), scoring seven goals and 12 points in 13 games. He suffered a broken collarbone in a game against the Flyers on Dec. 21 and has yet to return to action.

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  • Published On Feb 06, 2014
  • Top Line: Ilya Bryzgalov stumbles in AHL debut; Sabres look new; more links

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    Ilya Bryzgalov had a shaky AHL debut with Oklahoma City

    Bought out by the Flyers, Ilya Bryzgalov has obviously accumulated some rust. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • The holes in Ilya Bryzgalov’s game were humongous beeeg in his return to action with Oklahoma City last night. Looks like he needs to scrape a lot of rust off the hull before he’s ready to be the savior in Edmonton.

    • You know things aren’t going well in Edmonton when the headline reads, “Oilers finally score a goal.”

    • It wasn’t just the guy behind the bench that appeared unfamiliar in Buffalo last night. That looked like a whole new Sabres team in a gritty, workmanlike win over the Maple Leafs.

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  • Published On Nov 16, 2013
  • Time could be running out for Marian Gaborik in Columbus

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    Marian Gaborik of the Columbus Blue Jackets is the subject of trade rumors.

    Since arriving from the Rangers, Marian Gaborik has been a disappointing Blue Jacket. (Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    If Marian Gaborik ends this season wearing the sweater of a team other than the Columbus Blue Jackets, he shouldn’t be surprised.

    After all, it was made clear from the start that this campaign would serve as an audition for the veteran sniper, who was acquired by the Jackets from the New York Rangers ahead of last year’s trade deadline.

    “We want to get more familiar with him, get to know him better,” GM Jarmo Kekalainen during the summer. “Sure, we’re thinking about [an extension] already, but we’re going to let it go into the season, hope to see him score a lot of goals for us and then talk about getting him extended.”

    So far there haven’t been a lot of goals, or much of anything else, from the impending free agent. In fact, it’s looking less likely that an extension to his current deal will be a priority for the Jackets . . . and that trading the 31-year-old before he gets to free agency this summer will.

    A rash move by a team struggling out of the gate? Not exactly. Sure, it wasn’t that long ago that Gaborik was a legitimate impact player. He was full value for the Rangers in 2011-12, scoring 41 goals and 76 points while skating in all 82 games. But he wasn’t as effective last season, either before or after the trade to the Jackets.

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  • Published On Nov 14, 2013
  • Top Line: Florida Panthers trade rumors; another goofy goal; more links

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    Marc-Andre Fleury is now under the gun with Tomas Vokoun out three to six months

    Marc-Andre Fleury allowed a soft goal from center ice on Saturday night. (Hans Pennink/AP)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • Bruce Garrioch speculates about an impending fire sale in Florida, trade options for the Oilers and the possible availability of Rangers prospect Chris Kreider in this week’s Sunday column.

    • Another night, another entry into the brutal goal-allowed club. This time, it was Marc-Andre Fleury revisiting his playoff form by allowing one from center ice. Forget how nicely he’s rebounded from last spring’s playoff debacle. That softie is exactly why there’s almost no chance Team Canada officials consider him for Sochi.

    • Cory Schneider’s first exposure to the Devils/Rangers rivalry went pretty well. He earned his 10th career shutout and helped the team snap a franchise record seven-game losing streak as New Jersey won its first game of the season.

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  • Published On Oct 20, 2013
  • Top Line: Pens lose Vokoun indefinitely; Barclays good, Isles not; more links

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    Tomas Vokoun

    Tomas Vokoun will be out indefinitely after a blot clot was discovered in his pelvis. (Justin K. Aller/Gettty Images)

    By Allan Muir

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

    • The discovery of a blood clot in the pelvis of Tomas Vokoun has shelved the Pittsburgh goalie indefinitely. He’ll be held off the ice as long as he’s taking the blood thinners used to dissolve the offending mass. Scary stuff, since clots can be lethal if undetected. There is however, a bright side to this for the Pens…

    • Islanders fans gave glowing reviews to Barclays Center, which hosted its first NHL game Saturday night. They probably weren’t as impressed with the efforts of the Isles.

    • Someday, someone will put one past Cory Schneider in the New Jersey net. It just hasn’t happened yet.

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  • Published On Sep 22, 2013


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