Allen’s 10 early projections … Nassau vote today, Kansas City and NJ Nets owner could be paying attention … Weber’s hearing tomorrow


  • Kevin Allen of the USA Today: Allen offers 10 early projections for the upcoming season. 1. Jeff Carter and Rick Nash will score more than 75 combined goals this season. 2. Predicts the Oilers will be an “elite Pittsburgh Penguins-style contender by 2013-14.” 3. If Shane Doan isn’t re-signed during the season, he’ll be hot name at the trade deadline. 4. Ales Hemsky will lead the league in trade rumors again. 5. The Rangers and Sabres have improved and should move up the standings. Some think the Capitals and Penguins will drop, Allen doesn’t. 6. Best bargain goaltending: Tomas Vokoun ($1.5 million), Jonathan Quick ($1.8 million) and Jimmy Howard ($2.25 million). 7. The Predators will acquire a top 6 scoring forward. Cory Stillman and Sergei Samsonov are free agents, or they could go the trade route with teams looking so shed some salary. 8. The Lightning will give up 20 to 25 less goals due to having Dwayne Roloson for the entire season. 9. Predators Blake Geoffrion will be in the rookie of the year race. 10. Sabres owner Terry Pegula will be the teams MVP this year.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Nassau County referendum vote for a new arena is today. If they don’t get a positive vote for a new arena, the team could be up for sale. Would NJ Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov want to buy the club and bring it to Brooklyn? The new arena being built in Brooklyn will be ready for the 2012-13 season, and could fill 44-60 dates.
  • Peter Grathoff of the Kansas City Star: If votes go in the way of not building the new arena in Nassau County, it could one day increase the chances of moving them to Kansas City. The Islanders lease expires at the Nassau Coliseum in 2015.
  • Josh Cooper of the Tennessean: Shea Weber’s arbitration hearing is tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., and both sides have filed their written briefs. After briefs are filed, it sometimes speeds up negotiations to get a deal done before the hearing.
  • Kelly Friesen via twitter: Word is that the Blues would like Jaden Schwartz to play with the Tri-City Americans but he’d rather stay at Colorado College.

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  1. #1 by vancitydan at August 1st, 2011

    Oh Kevin…the Oilers will be the Pens in 3 years? Come on now. Potential is just that, potential. They are not at all like the Pens…the Pens showed some improvement before the big jump. Nice try though…

    The other stuff, all supposition, and welcome to that, everyone has an opinion.

    But a supposed pro sportswriter should know that Blake Geoffrion is not eligible this coming year for the Calder. He played too much of this season, did he not?

  2. #2 by Mark Easson at August 1st, 2011

    The Oilers will need a big upgrade in net if they want to be like the Penguins.

    Geoffrion has only played 20 regular season games, 25 is the cut off

  3. #3 by Joseph at August 1st, 2011

    I respectfully disagree Mark, I thought Dubnyk played QUITE well in the second half last year, and I think he’ll be their goaltender of the future. Do I think he’s an All-Star? No. But do I think he’ll be an average starter (which is likely all they’ll need with the plethora of talent they’ve got)? Yeah, definitely.

  4. #4 by vancitydan at August 1st, 2011

    My mistake. Geoffrion is good…but I still doubt he is a Calder candidate.

    And the Oil could have an excellent goalie and it would still not be enough.

    Its a popular claim to make, but trust me…as a Canuck fan, I have seen these young guys for years…6 and before 8 times a year.

    Taylor Hall is no Crosby, and Paarvari or RNH are no Malkin.

  5. #5 by D at August 1st, 2011

    here’s 10 predictions for you:

    1. JVR and Claude Giroux will score a combined 60 goals
    2. The Oilers will suck once again this year
    3. If Shane Doan does not re-sign with the Coyotes, he will not be traded to the Jets (sorry, it just won’t happen)
    4. Ales Hemsky – I’m still undecided on this one, but I think he stays with the Oilers. He’s still only 27
    5. The Rangers, Sabres, Capitals and Penguins will all make the playoffs
    6. This year’s vezina candidates: Ryan Miller, Tomas Vokoun, and Roberto Luongo (darkhorse candidate goes to Ilya Bryzgalov)
    7. The Predators will not trade Shea Weber, Ryan Suter, or Pekka Rinne
    8. This is Dwayne Roloson’s last season in Tampa
    9. Blake Geoffrion will be a calder candidate (he only played 20 games last season, not the minimum 25 required). I think Brayden McNabb could have a chance, if he can crack the Sabres top 6.
    10. Sabres owner Terry Pegula is already the teams MVP this year.

  6. #6 by alex at August 1st, 2011

    Detroit gets: Shea Weber and a 2012 4th rd pick

    Nashville gets: Brad stuart, Jiri Hudler, Jakub Kindl, a 2012 2nd rd pick and a 2013 6th rd pick

    What do you guys think?

  7. #7 by alex at August 1st, 2011

    sorry detroit also gets nick spaling

  8. #8 by vancitydan at August 2nd, 2011

    So, Kevin says it, and D says it, but why?

    Blake Geoffrion was ( just last playoffs, assumedly when they want the most they can get…and even before in the reg season )…just a 4th liner.

    Yeah, he showed a few things, but he really was not THAT good, at least to me. Noticeable, sure…but really? The last Calder guy scored over 30…this years will probably do the same ( and no, I don’t have any predicts this year on that one…)

    I am not saying he wont. I certainly think he is a good player. But please enlighten me, D and others that agree with Mr Allen…why him?

    He was only sporadically noticeable in that 2nd round series. Kinda sorta the same in his 20 games. Is he just popular because of the name and the story?

  9. #9 by D at August 2nd, 2011

    @vancitydan, i think with geoffrion it’ll come down to where he fits in the nashville lineup. if (and its a big if) he cracks the top 6, then don’t be surprised if he gets 40 points. he had 8 points in his 20 game stint on 3rd/4th line duty, in a regular role in a regular position, with an extra season of training i think he could do well.

  10. #10 by alex at August 2nd, 2011

    so the trade what do you guys think?

  11. #11 by Mark Easson at August 2nd, 2011

    @alex … Not a good value from the Preds side of things.

  12. #12 by alex at August 2nd, 2011

    anyone else think something about my trade idea?

  13. #13 by Josh F. at August 2nd, 2011

    @alex Detroit would be too OP :)

  14. #14 by vancitydan at August 3rd, 2011

    @alex

    Everyone knows he wants to play for the team that he grew up cheering for in Sicamous.

    He’ll look good in the Blue and Green!

  15. #15 by alex at August 5th, 2011

    anyone else?

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