NHL Names Bergeron, Kopitar and Toews As Selke Finalists

The NHL named their finalists for the 2013-14 Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron (Boston), Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles) and Jonathan Toews (Chicago).

The Frank J. Selke Trophy is awardarded “to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game.”


Stats and player usage chart from ExtraSkater.com.

Player usage chart - 3 players

The below three charts are from Gus Katsaros of McKeen’s (@KatsHockey) … Selke candidates charts: 10-gm moving averages for On-Ice Shooting%, Save % and shot differential:





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NHL Rumors: Oilers and Lightning

  • Bruce McCurdy of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers Jordan Eberle’s name tends to appear in trade talk on blogs/twitter/radio.

    “He’s the guy with established value” the argument goes, “he’s the one that could be the centrepiece of the deal that lands us that top pairing defenceman [Oliver Ekman-Larsson or P.K. Subban frequently cited here] or that big #2 centre  [ditto Sean Couturier]. Nail Yakupov will/might score more than Ebs in the future, but has lower market value today.”

    McCurdy thinks that Eberle will remain with the Oilers.

  • Hope Smoke: Ray Ferraro: ”I’m not going 6 years at $6 plus for Callahan. What I’m doing is asking his agent where does he want to go? Give me three teams” … ”I then talk to those three teams at the draft and try to get a player for his rights” … ”Callahan will get paid, somebody paid Ville Leino a billion dollars to not score. What an embarrassment”
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Respectfully to Drouin, if there is a mulligan on last year’s draft Yzerman and Co probably take Seth Jones” … ”Do I think Jones would have an impactful change on this series? No I don’t. He’s still a developing player” … ”Seth Jones in this [Tampa Bay] lineup moving forward would have made a huge impact


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NHL Injuries: Robidas, Morrow, Getzlaf, Kreider, Zetterberg and Gibbons

  • Mike Heika: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Stephane Robidas probably won’t require surgery for his fractured leg. Recovery will likely be quicker.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Blues Brenden Morrow was trying to play through a fractured foot, has now been ruled out for the rest of the series. He suffered the injury on April 10th after blocking a shot in practice.
  • Anaheim Ducks: Ducks Ryan Getzlaf missed last night’s game with an upper-body injury.
  • Steve Zipay: Rangers Chris Kreider is improving, but is not skating with the team. Won’t be in the lineup for Game 4.
  • Craig Custance: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said they’ll talk to doctors about Henrik Zetterberg: ”They’ll let us know – if he’s available, he’ll be going.”
  • Pens Insider Scoop: Penguins Brian Gibbons (undisclosed injury) didn’t skate yesterday after skating the previous two days.

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Morning Hits: Bettman, Fleury, Culture and CHI-STL Matchup Chart

  • Dennis Bernstein: Gary Bettman: ”We don’t have any troubled franchises, The fundamentals are good.”
  • Jeremy White: Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury is working on his fifth consecutive postseason in which his save percentage is below .900.
  • Ken Campbell: “I watch goals like the Foligno one in OT and it makes me think Penguins will never, ever win another Cup with Fleury as their No. 1 goalie.”
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”The Leafs like to throw the word culture around at their news conference but they have no idea what it means”
  • Blackhawks – Blues matchup chart created by Robert P.

STL-CHI Matchup

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NHL Video: Matt Cooke Supsended Seven Games For Kneeing

The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild’s Matt Cooke for seven games for kneeing Colorado Avalanche ‘s Tyson Barrie.

  • Nick Cotsonika: Cooke’s seven game suspension is the second longest suspension for kneeing in NHL history. Brian Marchment received an eight game suspension in 1998.

Do you think that seven games was enough for Cooke?


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NHL Announces Calder Trophy Finalists

The NHL announced Lightning’s Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson, as well as Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon as the Calder Trophy finalists for this season.

Who do you think will win the Calder Trophy?



Stats taken from ExtraSkater.com

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NHL Rumors: Lightning, Capitals, Avalanche, Sabres, Blue Jackets, Penguins and Flames

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: Three things the Lightning will have to decide on this offseason: 1. Make a decision of Ryan Callahan - the Lightning would like to keep him, but there will be a limit on what they will want to pay him. He should be able to get about $6.25 million on the open market. A team like the Sabres may be willing to go max term for Callahan. 2. Add depth on defense – Sami Salo will be a UFA and GM Steve Yzerman may look for a defenseman who is not closing in on 40. Maybe Yzerman could try to convince Dan Boyle to return. 3. Get Jonathan Drouin acclimated.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (chat) When asked about his suggestion for the Capitals to trade Mike Green despite the fact that he might not be an attractive package due to declining play, contract and injury history … “No, they definitely wouldn’t be maxing out his value. But something has to change there in DC. You can’t move OV, you shouldn’t move Backstrom. You can’t keep bringing back the same core over and over and expect different results.”

    The Avs have to re-sign both Ryan O’Reilly and Paul Stastny this offseason. Custance thinks Stastny could get a deal in the $7 million range. There are not a lot of 28-year old center on the free agent market this year.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Artus Irbe could replace Jim Corsi as the Sabres goalie coach.

    Pending UFA Nick Schultz may be one and done with the Blue Jackets as he hasn’t been able to get into their top six along the blueline since being traded from the Oilers.

  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”Most definitely the Lightning are going to need help on their blueline moving forward.”
  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”I don’t think Fleury has totally recovered. I think MAF still had the yips.” … ”Now that teams can retain $, there will be a lot of teams willing to take on Fleury as a rehabilition project if he’s available”
  • Hope Smoke: Jamie McLennan: ”The capologist for the Flames should have been shown the door after the ROR offer sheet. I know who it is”

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NHL Injuries: Bishop, Stamkos, Backes, Wilson, Downie, Alfredsson and Fayne

  • Darren Dreger: Lightning’s Ben Bishop said he had a dislocated elbow and was hoping to get into Game 5 or 6.
  • Darren Dreger: Lightning Steven Stamkos said his leg was still hindering him. He didn’t have the confidence to take the puck wide or drive the net.
  • Nina Falcone: It’s still not known if Blues David Backes will play in Game 4. Coach Ken Hitchcock said he’ll have an update today.
  • Adrian Dater: Ryan Wilson will replace Tyson Barrie on the Avs blueline.
  • Dave Isaac: Flyers Steve Downie is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson missed last night’s game with a back injury.
  • Jason Brough of Pro Hockey Talk: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said that defenseman Mark Fayne “underwent successful surgery to the core muscle of his left groin” yesterday. Rehab is expected to be eight to 10 weeks. Fayne is a pending UFA.

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Morning Hits: Bettman Talks Expansion, Cap and Outdoor Games, Wild and Tracking P.K.

  • Nick Cotsonika: Bettman said they hope to announce next seasons outdoor games all at once sometime in the next few weeks.
  • Charley Walters: The Wild will gross about $1.5 million per playoff game, up from about $1.1 million per regular season game.
  • Hope Smoke: Louis Jean: ”The Canadiens track their own stats and PK Subban has twice as more giveaways and turnovers as Markov (who was 2nd)” … ”That’s way too many for Therien and Bergevin. They want PK to pick his spots”

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NHL Names Their 2013-14 Lady Byng Finalists

The NHL named Martin St. Louis, Patrick Marleau and Ryan O’Reilly as finalists for the 2013-14 Lady Byng Trophy.

The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy is an annual award given to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability. The winner is selected in a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season; each individual voter ranks his top five candidates on a 10-7-5-3-1 points system.

Who do you think should win the Lady Byng? Does requesting a trade from the Lightning cancel your vote for St. Louis? Do you even care about the Lady Byng Trophy?



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NHL Rumors: Predators, Canucks, Hurricanes, Oilers and the Maple Leafs

  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Ranking potential Predators coaching candidates: 1. Peter Laviolette 2. Phil Housley 3. Terry Murray 4. Dean Evason 5. John Stevens 6. Willie Desjardins 7. Dan Bylsma
  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: To get more a more experienced goalie that Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks would could spend some big money on someone like Ryan Miller or Jonas Hiller. Miller could re-sign with the Blues. You would be taking a chance on Hiller that he could bounce back to form. Signing Miller would basically cap the Canucks out and would limit their ability to improve their forward lines. Bruins backup Chad Johnson would be a lot cheaper and they could try for a short-term deal at a low dollar amount, with the lure of being able to compete for the No. 1 job.
  • Dmitry Chesnokov of Yahoo! Sports: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin thinks that Cam Ward’s time with the Hurricanes could be over.

    “Of course he is a strong goaltender. He is a good goaltender. No one is counting him out. They [Carolina] will decide what to do with him this year, this summer. Maybe he, how can I say, has presented everything he could have,” said Khudobin at a Russian National Team press conference on Monday.

    “Maybe at this club. Maybe in his career. He has been playing in the NHL since he was 19,” said Khudobin.

  • Jason Gregor: “Not sure why people think the #Oilers will let Lander go. Easy decision to offer him new contract. They have very little fwd depth.”
  • Chip Alexander: Can expect an announcement from Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford early next week. Ron Francis is said to be in Finland this week.
  • Hope Smoke: Darren Dreger: ”No real update on Carlyle right now. I’m sure there’s ample dialogue between Shanahan & Nonis at the moment” … ”It may take two weeks or maybe more before the Leafs announce a decision on Carlyle.” … ”Although many of us have speculated that a coaching change in TO was likely, certainly a possibility, there is no guarantee of that”
  • Hope Smoke: Steve Simmons: ”My breakdown is that Nonis would like to stay with Carlyle & Leiweke wants him fired. Nothing will happen until 1st round is over”


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NHL Injuries: Robidas, Barrie, Stamkos, Bishop, Backes and Duchene

  • Lance Pugmire: Ducks Stephane Robidas broke the bone just above his previous leg fracture that kept him out from November to March.
  • Adrian Dater: Avalanche’s Tyson Barrie will be out for four to six weeks with an MCL injury suffered from a Matt Cooke knee.
  • Erik Erlendsson: Lightning’s Steven Stamkos said he felt good yesterday and expects to play today in Game 4.
  • Amanda Stein: Lightning coach Jon Cooper said that Ben Bishop will not be ready for Game 4. Was on the ice for about 20 minutes yesterday.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avs Matt Duchene has started skating.

    “The trainer thought it was good timing for him to start skating today,” Roy said of Duchene, who skated and stick-handled a puck, but didn’t participate in any team drills. “We’ll go day-to-day with him on the skating, and then hopefully he can start practicing with the team.”

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