NHL 2010-2011: Rick Rypien

1) How far will Chicago fall with a cup hangover?
Depends on the goaltender play. They still have a great defense and great forwards. Semi-finals at minimum.

2) Will Phoenix announce plans to relocate to Winnipeg?
Most likely. Guess I will be watching everything on CenterIce soon.

3) Where are the Islanders going?
Nowhere. Phoenix couldn't move quick, why would a team with some history go?

5) What will happen with the Sun Belt teams: Florida, Tampa, Atlanta?
Tampa will improve, but all will be near the bottom half of teams.

6) How much more sexist can I make this thread opener?
More like sexiest?

7) Would you bet the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Field to place last overall?
Field (Edmonton)

8) Ovechkin: Put up or shut up (Cup related)?
Shut up. He hasn't really got the pieces around him, even though he's in the Eastern Conference.

9) Would you bet Detroit Red Wings or the Field to win the Cup?
Field. Too many good teams with equal speed and better defense.

10) Biggest disappointment?
Vancouver. I know people love to pick SJ every year for this, but I think the Canucks are getting the over-hype treatment this offseason.

11) Financial ruins approaches for: ___Columbus____

Dysplastic wrote:
MaxShrek wrote:

Northeast Division:

Looks about right
- Boston girls look ready to start a fight
- Ottawa has a non-threatening vanilla girl next door
- Montreal girl looks about ready to take off her jersey the next time an Ole chant starts up
- Toronto girls are totally absent

Toronto pic apparently violated the TOS at photobucket. The Southeast Division is up next for women. Then the Prince of Wales Conference, my home conference, is covered. The Campbell is up to somebody else, over on the other side of the league.

Conspiracy Theory?

Apparently there's thought in league circles that Lou Lamoriello and the NHL are in kahoots with the Kovalchuk deal. He didn't like the big deals that were already in place, and wanted to prevent front-ended deals from happening again. So he brought the Kovalchuk deal into play to take the CBA and give it rules and limits on front-ended contracts like the 17 year deal, with 4 years at the end at $550,000 per year.

MaxShrek wrote:
Dysplastic wrote:
MaxShrek wrote:

Northeast Division:

Looks about right
- Boston girls look ready to start a fight
- Ottawa has a non-threatening vanilla girl next door
- Montreal girl looks about ready to take off her jersey the next time an Ole chant starts up
- Toronto girls are totally absent

Toronto pic apparently violated the TOS at photobucket. The Southeast Division is up next for women. Then the Prince of Wales Conference, my home conference, is covered. The Campbell is up to somebody else, over on the other side of the league.

Conspiracy Theory?

Apparently there's thought in league circles that Lou Lamoriello and the NHL are in kahoots with the Kovalchuk deal. He didn't like the big deals that were already in place, and wanted to prevent front-ended deals from happening again. So he brought the Kovalchuk deal into play to take the CBA and give it rules and limits on front-ended contracts like the 17 year deal, with 4 years at the end at $550,000 per year.

errr and get fined and lose draft picks?

The league announced in a press release Monday that they have fined the Devils $3 million and that the club will forfeit their third-round draft choice in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft as well as a first-round draft choice in one of the next four NHL Entry Drafts.

If that's the case, he paid a heavy price for it. His franchise got fined, and they forfeited some draft picks. Never known Lamoriello to take one for the greater good, so I have to think that that is just consipiracy.

There are many in the NHL who think New Jersey has gotten away with murder for years. They're probably happy to see them get stung a little bit here.

I was fortunate enough to have my class end early this evening so I could hopefully get home in time to catch some of the Pens preseason opener, and the first hockey game to ever be played at the brand spankin' new Consol Energy Center. I made it home just as Mike Lang and crew are recapping the opening period and ran up the stairs, turn on the TV to Fox Sports Pittsburgh and I am accosted with the atrocity known as "the Pirates." WTF? I don't care that our AAA ball club is looking to improve a season high four game winning streak. They have already set a nearly two decade long losing streak. Surely an NHL preseason game is better than any Pirates game. Anyways, that was a bit of a bummer, but I may be attending next Tuesdays game against the Blackhawks. That should be a pretty good game since I believe it will be the final tune-up for the regular season.

In other hockey news from tonight, it was pretty neat to hear the name Matt Bartkowski. He's a Pittsburgh native who shared defensive responsibilities with my brother when the two played for a local AAA team called the Pittsburgh Hornets. Apparently Matt picked up a couple assists in the first period of Boston's preseason game this evening. I certainly wish him the best in his efforts to make the Bruins roster, if only so I can give my brother a hard time about his NHL potential.

EDIT: Next Tuesdays game is definitely not the final preseason game. I had my weeks mixed up.

Chris Osgood still lets in goals like it's his job and Brooks Orpik is still as classy as ever.

skeletonframes wrote:

Chris Osgood still lets in goals like it's his job and Brooks Orpik is still as classy as ever.

Only Habs fans are more classy than Brooks Orpik. Watching the first half of last night's game was frustrating.

Out of curiosity, where does everyone get their hockey "news" from? Local newspaper, TV, websites?

Leafs fans need to calm down a bit about our preseason too. Sure, we put together a stinker vs Ottawa in the first game, but it's preseason. These aren't the teams that are actually going to be playing when the games actually matter.

Myself, I primarily use CBC.ca and thestar.ca (The Toronto Star) for my hockey (Maple Leafs) news. Sprinkle in a random blog every once in a while, maybe tsn.ca and forecaster.ca. I also like to watch the coach's press conference after the game on the Maple Leafs' website.

I get general news from TSN.ca, as Mackenzie and Dregger are excellent - though I hate TSN's proprietary video player (Welcome to the year 2010 TSN, it's time to ditch that crap) so I watch highlights at sportsnet.com. Yahoo's Puckdaddy blog is pretty good for coverage of US teams.

I like to laugh at Eklund's "rumours" at hockeybuzz.com, though I'm giving him hits which makes me part of the problem.

For Habs specific news, I stick to
Eric Engel's column at Hockeybuzz.com (The main site is a joke but he's a really good writer)
Habs Inside/Out (Run by the people at the Montreal Gazette, not great analysis but excellent and timely details when it comes to news, complete with interview audio).
Four Habs Fans (Always good for a laugh even in the worst of times. Best photoshops in the business).

Oilers don't have as strong a website, normally I just go to Edmonton Journal.

Plus, there's always HFBoards to get the pulse of the fanbase, I like checking out the desperation in the Coyotes section of those boards.

Looks like the Avs are in an interesting position. Peter Mueller (2nd line center) got a second concussion in their preseason game against the Kings and is out indefinitely. The team hasn't even hit the salary floor yet, and with Mueller's $2 million contract likely coming off, as well, they're even further away. They've got money to spend on free agents, but the market is looking a bit thin this year. I'm curious to see what they do. Hopefully not sign Darcy Tucker again.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

Looks like the Avs are in an interesting position. Peter Mueller (2nd line center) got a second concussion in their preseason game against the Kings and is out indefinitely. The team hasn't even hit the salary floor yet, and with Mueller's $2 million contract likely coming off, as well, they're even further away. They've got money to spend on free agents, but the market is looking a bit thin this year. I'm curious to see what they do. Hopefully not sign Darcy Tucker again.

I may be taking my hockey nerdiness too far here and I don't think I'm 100% correct, but Mueller's contract actually doesn't come off the cap. Colorado are just allowed to "replace" him with a player making up to his salary without it counting as going over the cap. The 4th point here is probably a better explanation: http://capgeek.com/FAQ.php

Roke wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

Looks like the Avs are in an interesting position. Peter Mueller (2nd line center) got a second concussion in their preseason game against the Kings and is out indefinitely. The team hasn't even hit the salary floor yet, and with Mueller's $2 million contract likely coming off, as well, they're even further away. They've got money to spend on free agents, but the market is looking a bit thin this year. I'm curious to see what they do. Hopefully not sign Darcy Tucker again.

I may be taking my hockey nerdiness too far here and I don't think I'm 100% correct, but Mueller's contract actually doesn't come off the cap. Colorado are just allowed to "replace" him with a player making up to his salary without it counting as going over the cap. The 4th point here is probably a better explanation: http://capgeek.com/FAQ.php

If they receive long-term injury relief his salary would come off the books and they could fill his position with another player of equal or greater worth so long as they don't go over the cap limit. So, they don't get $2 million freed up for anything they like; they get $2 million freed up to sign another single player at $2+ million.

I hate pre-season so much.

Some interesting points:

-Wade Redden waived and goes unclaimed
-Mark Streit injured and could be out for the season
-Dustin Byfuglien is going to play defence in Atlanta. I laugh heartily

That is all for league specific stuff.

Looks like the Peter Schaefer and Brendan Morrison have a good chance at making the Canucks. That will give them crazy good forward depth, even with Burrows injured. Also looks like Salo is gone for the season. In my perfect world Bieksa was sent to the Islanders for whatever they want.

My Projected Lines:
Sedin-Sedin-Samuelsson
Raymond-Kesler-Tambellini
Torres-Malhotra-Hansen
Schaefer-Morrison-Oreskovich
Glass/Rypien

Hamhuis-Ehrhoff
Ballard-Edler
Rome-Sweatt
Alberts

Luongo
Schneider

There's a lot of mouthy guys on this team (Schaefer, Kesler, Samuelsson, Torres, Hansen, and Burrows). I don't really care if Hansen is on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th line. Hodgson can slot in place of Tambellini and move around the players accordingly. Oreskovich hasn't been impressive but there are no other RWs on the team. Someone pointed out that it'd make sense to put Morrison as the second line centre and move Kesler to the wing until Burrows returns. With Burrows things look even better.

Had a chance to watch the preseason game between the Leafs and Sabres last night. I had heard that Ron Wilson planned to play the guys that he sees himself starting with on opening night. Yes, yes, I know, preseason means I shouldn't take anything I saw seriously, but:
- the Kessel, Bozak, Versteeg line looks good. Versteeg looks like a very good pickup. Thanks, Chicago!
- Nikolai Kulemin made a few nice moves with the puck and looks very confident. This is good news, because he has the ability to score goals.
- our defense is still porous. Bad plays, attackers left wide open.. this stuff needs to be stamped out.

Sad to hear that Salo is out for the season. The guy literally gave his left nut for the playoff run last spring.

Off to the Pens/Blackhawks game tonight. I'm really looking forward to checking out the new arena and should have some pics to post some time later.

The wife and I had a great time at the game last night. The new arena is amazing! The only problem I found with Consol is that it doesn't "feel" like home. Not yet at least. I don't get to a lot of games, but I've been to 10-15 over the past 5 years or so, and the Igloo just felt like "home." I suspect it's has to do with memories of seeing the Pens in that one building for my whole life and I'm sure as new memories are made at Consol it will begin to feel more like home. It is definitely an amazing place to see a game.

As for the actual game, well it was a preseason game. Not much else to say besides that. I thought Malkin and Goligoski looked pretty good for the Pens. Johnson also looked pretty solid for a backup goaltender, aside from the horrible rebound he gave up that let to the lone Chicago goal. Brent Seabrook looked solid banging home the garbage. Unfortunately for him, the puck went into his own net twice. I don't think the final score gave a good indication as to Chicago's effort in the game. Like most preseason games, neither team was throwing everything they had and both teams seemed to be playing the guys they were looking to make a decision on rather than tuning up for opening night. We got some pics and I'll post those once I get them off the camera.

Looking towards the players benches.
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View from our seats.
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A new, and much younger and more feminine, ice crew.
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I don't know why this won't orient correctly.

Face-off.
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Hey does anyone know of any sites that do season projections for players + goalies?

have TSN + ESPN already but cant find another. Kinda surprised Yahoo for all their fantasy goodness doesn't have their own projections.

Puck Prospectus has there's out, I believe

Edit: It is but it's 9.99 for a digital copy and 19.99 for a paperback. From what I've read they have the best analysis of the upcoming season. Substantial amounts written for every team.

Preseason is over and it looks like our lines are pretty much settled.

Versteeg - Bozak - Kessel
MacArthur - Grabovski - Kulemin
Sjostrom - Mitchell - Armstrong
Brown - Brent - Orr

More or less. I think the door is open for some of the guys in the Marlies to get a chance in the NHL.

I'm looking forward to Thursday. Love it that our season opener is against the Habs, like last year.

Shamelessly copied from bodogs.com, here are the current Vegas odds on the NHL:

NHL Stanley Cup, Conference, and Divisional Odds

Odds to win the 2011 Stanley Cup
Chicago Blackhawks 6/1
Washington Capitals 13/2
Pittsburgh Penguins 7/1
Vancouver Canucks 8/1
Detroit Red Wings 11/1
Boston Bruins 14/1
Philadelphia Flyers 14/1
San Jose Sharks 14/1
New Jersey Devils 15/1
Los Angeles Kings 16/1
Montreal Canadiens 25/1
Buffalo Sabres 26/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 30/1
Anaheim Ducks 35/1
Calgary Flames 35/1
Ottawa Senators 35/1
St. Louis Blues 35/1
Colorado Avalanche 40/1
New York Rangers 40/1
Phoenix Coyotes 40/1
Dallas Stars 50/1
Nashville Predators 50/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 60/1
Carolina Hurricanes 65/1
Edmonton Oilers 75/1
Atlanta Thrashers 80/1
Florida Panthers 80/1
Minnesota Wild 80/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 100/1
New York Islanders 100/1

Odds to win the 2011 Eastern Conference
Pittsburgh Penguins 3/1
Washington Capitals 3/1
New Jersey Devils 15/2
Philadelphia Flyers 15/2
Boston Bruins 17/2
Montreal Canadiens 15/1
Ottawa Senators 16/1
Buffalo Sabres 17/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 19/1
New York Rangers 33/1
Toronto Maple Leafs 33/1
Carolina Hurricanes 35/1
Atlanta Thrashers 40/1
New York Islanders 45/1
Florida Panthers 55/1

Odds to win the 2011 Western Conference
Chicago Blackhawks 3/1
San Jose Sharks 5/1
Vancouver Canucks 5/1
Detroit Red Wings 6/1
Los Angeles Kings 8/1
Calgary Flames 16/1
Anaheim Ducks 18/1
St. Louis Blues 18/1
Colorado Avalanche 20/1
Phoenix Coyotes 20/1
Dallas Stars 25/1
Nashville Predators 25/1
Edmonton Oilers 40/1
Minnesota Wild 50/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 75/1

Odds to win the NHL Atlantic Division 2010/2011
Pittsburgh Penguins 8/11
New Jersey Devils 2/1
Philadelphia Flyers 7/2
New York Rangers 15/1
New York Islanders 25/1

Odds to win the NHL Central Division 2010/2011
Chicago Blackhawks 4/7
Detroit Red Wings 7/4
Nashville Predators 10/1
St. Louis Blues 10/1
Columbus Blue Jackets 50/1

Odds to win the NHL Northeast Division 2010/2011
Boston Bruins 10/11
Buffalo Sabres 3/1
Ottawa Senators 4/1
Montreal Canadiens 9/2
Toronto Maple Leafs 14/1

Odds to win the NHL Northwest Division 2010/2011
Vancouver Canucks 3/10
Colorado Avalanche 4/1
Calgary Flames 11/2
Minnesota Wild 20/1
Edmonton Oilers 30/1

Odds to win the NHL Pacific Division 2010/2011
San Jose Sharks 1/1
Los Angeles Kings 3/2
Phoenix Coyotes 11/2
Anaheim Ducks 9/1
Dallas Stars 18/1

Odds to win the NHL Southeast Division 2010/2011
Washington Capitals 1/9
Tampa Bay Lightning 7/1
Carolina Hurricanes 14/1
Atlanta Thrashers 16/1
Florida Panthers 25/1

2010/2011 Regular Season Points Over/Unders
Anaheim Ducks 88.5
Atlanta Thrashers 83.5
Boston Bruins 100.5
Buffalo Sabres 91.5
Calgary Flames 92.5
Carolina Hurricanes 86.5
Chicago Blackhawks 106.5
Colorado Avalanche 89.5
Columbus Blue Jackets 79.5
Dallas Stars 88.5
Detroit Red Wings 102.5
Edmonton Oilers 76.5
Florida Panthers 71.5
Los Angeles Kings 100.5
Minnesota Wild 85.5
Montreal Canadiens 87.5
Nashville Predators 89.5
New Jersey Devils 101.5
New York Islanders 78.5
New York Rangers 87.5
Ottawa Senators 87.5
Philadelphia Flyers 97.5
Phoenix Coyotes 92.5
Pittsburgh Penguins 104.5
San Jose Sharks 103.5
St. Louis Blues 93.5
Tampa Bay Lightning 92.5
Toronto Maple Leafs 84.5
Vancouver Canucks 106.5
Washington Capitals 108.5

If I'm reading that correctly, Vegas doesn't think my Leafs will make the playoffs. Boo that.

The Blues have jacked up prices for the home opener. The cheapest seat in the house is $54. But with Chris Pronger coming back to town with the Flyers, it will be a rockin' night. The Blues had a nice positive preseason. Halak's second game was fantastic. The kids we will depend on seem ready to step up.

My excitement for the season is tempered by last season's disaster on home ice. But I love the make-up of the team. While I would have loved to see the front office get aggressive in acquiring a solid goal scorer, finances made that impossible. So now it becomes time to root on the kids for one of them to step into that role. My money is on Perron. But Bergland came to camp bulked up and may be ready to dominate. At the very least, Brad Boyes could at least return to form.

The real question right now is if Pietrangelo makes the roster, or if Ian Cole stole his spot. I'm rooting for Pietrangelo, as I would love to add another big stick on defense. I think that was an area that really hurt the Blues. But his camp was not great, apparently.

nihilo wrote:

If I'm reading that correctly, Vegas doesn't think my Leafs will make the playoffs. Boo that.

they wont.

jowner wrote:
nihilo wrote:

If I'm reading that correctly, Vegas doesn't think my Leafs will make the playoffs. Boo that.

they wont. :)

Quiet, you.

I honestly think we have a shot. And I'm not saying that because the Leafs kool-aid is so good. We're better than we were last year and we have an actual goaltender. That's something to build on.

I'm confused how the Wild have better odds of winning the division than the Oilers but the Oilers have better odds of winning the conference.

It means the Oilers have a better chance of being unbelievably amazing, while the Wild have a better chance of being slightly-more-ordinarily amazing.

Jayhawker wrote:

The Blues have jacked up prices for the home opener. The cheapest seat in the house is $54.

I snagged $15 seats (9 of em) for the Red Wings home opener. I love Mike Ilitch.

Roke wrote:

Out of curiosity, where does everyone get their hockey "news" from? Local newspaper, TV, websites?

Thankfully, we get CBC in Detroit. Our local Fox Sports Station is decent, but nothing trumps CBC coverage.

As far as predictions. My heart is with the Wings. I am still waiting to see if Jimmy Howard implodes. The big 6 forwards need to stay healthy. I am not thrilled Jiri Hudler is on the roster-I think he showd himself to be soft in the 2009 finals. I still hope Drew Miller can coax his brother over here.

I don't even think there are cheap seats at GM Place (err...Rogers Arena).