Ek at it again

This Eklund guy is quite amusing because he throws out all kinds of trade rumours but never considers whether they are at all feasable. The recent ones he is tossing about is a trade between New Jersey and Calgary with Gomez heading to Calgary and Lombardi and others, probably draft picks, heading back to New Jersey. Problem is, Calgary is also pretty close ($41.2 million) to the cap and would have a hard time taking on Gomez’s salary without dumping a couple more players in addition to Lombardi. What is even more absurd is that he was on the Team

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Does experience win Stanley Cups?

In the comment section of another post a reader going by the name of DB and I had a discussion about the importance of experience on a teams chances of winning, in particular in relation to San Jose who has a relatively inexperienced defense. In order to try to get an idea of how important experience was I took a look at the rosters of the last 4 Stanley Cup champions (Carolina, Tampa, New Jersey and Detroit). I then looked at every skater (goalies not included) on those teams that played 10 or more playoff games during their teams run

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Inside the Numbers: Nik Antropov

Leafs media and fans always seem to find (at least) one whipping boy to single out and lay blame for the Leafs not winning the Stanley Cup. More often than not it is a defenseman (Todd Gill, Larry Murphy, Aki Berg to name a few) but the forwards sometimes get singled out as well. A favourite whipping boy of the past few years has been Nik Antropov. Nik Antropov was a surprise pick with the Leafs first round (10th overall) pick in the 1998 entry draft. Many people had hardly heard of the big kid from Kazakhstan let lone thought

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Inside the Numbers: Marek Malik

Some people credit the NY Rangers resurgence in the NHL last year to the dominating play of Jaromir Jagr or the stellar goaltending by rookie Henruk Lundqvist and while both of those players were significant factors I think they are over looking another key player. Marek Malik. Most people don’t really know much about Malik other than that amazing goal he scored last year in the longest shootout of the year. But he provided the Rangers much more than that. Malik is very underrated defenseman because shootout goals aside he is predominantly a defensive defenseman. He has developed into one

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Predictions already?

Howard Berger, who writes for that Eklund guys website, has decided that it is already time to make predictions on the 2006-07 season. While I still think it is early to make predictions because I feel a few teams still have some moves to make (particularly Buffalo and New Jersey) lets take a gander at what he thinks. EASTERN CONFERENCE 1)Ottawa 2)Buffalo 3)Carolina 4)New York Rangers 5)Montreal 6)Boston 7)Tampa Bay 8)Toronto 9)Florida 10)Philadelphia 11)New Jersey 12)Atlanta 13)Washington 14)Pittsburgh 15)New York Islanders Pretty safe picks really although there are a few surprises in there for me. First, I really don’t see

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Inside the Numbers: Sergei Samsonov

I have just decided that it is time I start something new here. Who knows if I’ll continue with it but I am starting it and that is, well, a start. I am going to begin writing ‘Behind the Numbers’ articles in which I will analyse a player based on that players statistics. I am going to try to focus on players whose statistics might not back up common perception of that player or whose statistics might not warrant the salary that player just received or something along those lines. The first of hopefully many Behind the Numbers articles will

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Best off season move poll

I have just posted a poll about what you all think is the best off season move made so far. Go ahead and submit your vote by making your selection from the right side menu bar (scroll down a bit if you don’t see it). If you think of a good move that I haven’t listed feel free to post a comment here and let me know what you think is the best off season move.

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