erik karlsson

The hockey world was rocked on September 14, 2018 when the Ottawa Senators did the unthinkable and traded two time Norris winner Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks. The events leading up to the trade would like to be avoided by all parties involved I am sure. Karlsson will be a free agent on July 1st, 2019, unless he signs an extension before then.

There had been allegations by Melinda Karlsson accusing Monika Caryk (Mike Hoffman’s girlfriend) of harassment against the Karlsson’s. The Ottawa Citizen, a local Ottawa newspaper has mentioned that there is an active ongoing criminal investigation into the harassment and or stalking allegations. I am not going to go into detail on how this all happened. Here is a link to the Ottawa Citizen article.

The Senators sent Karlsson to the Sharks in exchange for Chris Tierney and Rudolfs Balcers, defenceman Dylan DeMelo, prospect forward Josh Norris and two conditional draft picks. If San Jose re-signs Karlsson, Ottawa receives a conditional 2021 second-round selection — or a first-round pick (not lottery protected) if the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup final in 2019. The Senators also gave up Francis Perron in the deal.

In a news conference after the trade Karlsson had this to say.

“I wish we were standing here in different circumstances. It’s an emotional and sad day,” said Karlsson in an emotional news conference. “I don’t think that I’ve ever in my wildest imagination thought that I would ever leave this place. But, unfortunately, we’re here under these circumstances and, again, that’s not something I’m going to go into detail about. I was prepared to come here and work hard for this team. I still have a year left on my deal but unfortunately I couldn’t follow that through.”

San Jose Sharks General Manager, Doug Wilson had this to say after making the deal.

“It’s extremely rare that players of this calibre become available,” The word elite is often thrown around casually but Erik’s skill-set and abilities fit that description like few other players in today’s game. With Erik, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, we feel we have three of the NHL’s top defencemen and stand as a better team today than we were yesterday. We are thrilled to welcome Erik and his wife, Melinda, to San Jose.”

Erik Karlsson is now 28 years old and in the prime of his career. Erik was drafted in the first round, 15th overall by the Senators in 2008. Steven Stamkos and Drew Doughty went #1 and #2 in 2008. Lots of teams passed on Karlsson. Kicking themselves now. Erik Karlsson plays almost 28 minutes per 60. He has averaged 76 points a season over the last three seasons. Erik plays 4 minutes a night on the PP on average and has posted 25 points a year on the PP on average over the last three seasons.

Edmonton Oiler GM, Peter Chiarelli had this to say about the trade.

“I won’t lie. When he came to our division there was a little bit of an expletive coming out of my mouth. But, you know, he’d be nice to have here. We weren’t on his list. It was really a non-starter from the beginning. But they got one puck over there, they got a lot of good defenceman. So we’ll see what happens there. But that’s a heckuva ‘d’ over there now… Certainly they’ve strengthened their team.”

Erik Karlsson joining the San Jose Sharks is downright scary. San Jose already boasts the second best blue-liner in the game in Brent Burns. Now they will have the top 2 defenseman in the league and like Doug Wilson mentioned earlier, Marc-Edouard Vlasic is no slouch. Look out Western Conference and especially the Pacific division. There is a new sheriff in the conference and his name is Erik Karlsson. I am not the coach of the Sharks but one has to think they will pair Karlsson with Vlasic and Burns with Braun. Wow that is a formidable top 4.

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victor hedman

Victor Hedman was selected second overall in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. John Tavares was selected first overall by the New York Islanders. Duchene was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche third overall. That is a bundle of talent in the first few picks. Other notable picks from the first round of the 2009 draft are; Brayden Schenn, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Evander Kane, Nazem Kadri and Ryan Ellis.

Victor Hedman finished last season with 17 goals and 46 assists for 63 points. Hedman tallied 26 points on the power play. This marks his second straight season producing over 60 points from the back-end. Victor is on the ice for an astounding 25.51 minutes per game. Victor is a monster of a human being standing 6 foot 6 inches tall and tipping the scales at 225 pounds. No reason to believe that he can’t post similar numbers for a third straight season.

Victor is easily one of the top five defenseman in the NHL. I would place him fourth on the list behind Erik Karlsson, Brent Burns and Drew Doughty, but ahead of PK Subban. On a side note, San Jose now has the top two defenseman in the league – geez – sounds like another article. If Hedman posts another successful season like his last two, you can argue if he is a top 3 defenseman. Is he better and does he mean more to his team than Doughty? Burns? Karlsson? I will let you be the judge of that. He did win the Norris in the 2017-18 season so at least he finally has that under his belt. Doughty and Burns have also won a Norris but Karlsson has won two.

Thirty three percent of Hedman’s even strength ice time saw him paired up with Jake Dotchin. He also saw time with Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman. The previous ,mentioned defenseman are not exactly high quality, so to produce those numbers is very good. Victor is one of those defenseman that makes everyone around him better. Jake Dotchin had his contract terminated after showing up to 2018 training camp out of shape. Was there more to it than that? Perhaps, but I don’t have an inside scoop on this one for you. The fact that he played with the inexperienced Dotchin 33% of the time and still put up 63 points is amazing. His plus minus suffered but that is a line result not an individual result.

Scouting report: Logs a ton of ice time, to have the stamina to play 25 minutes a night is incredible. Skates well enough to stay out of trouble and for a big man that is saying something. Has offensive instincts and can thread the needle with a pass. Has leadership skills that are unteachable. Can play offensively or just shut you down. Plays well with and without the puck. Victor has great awareness which is one of the reasons you see him quarterbacking the powerplay unit.

The hockey card you see pictured in this article is a Victor Hedman rookie card. The card was produced in the 2009-10 season by Upper Deck. This Victor Hedman rookie card can be purchased for $30. You can purchase this Victor Hedman and other NHL players hockey cards from my store Off The Post If you cannot find what you are looking for please contact me, and I will track down the item you would like to have.

alex ovechkin

Alexander Ovechkin was selected 1st overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. Other notable names from the 04 draft include 2nd overall pick Evgeni Malkin, 5th overall Blake Wheeler by Phoenix, Devan Dubnyk 14th by Edmonton, Radulov 15th overall by Nashville, and Corey Schneider 26th overall by Vancouver. Two goaltenders in the first round and they have both turned out well. Anyway, this article is about Alexander the Great.

Alex Ovechkin finished the year with 49 goals. It marked the seventh time in his career that he has won the Rocket Richard trophy, given to the player who scores the most goals in a season. Ovechkin has scored at least 50 goals in 6 of his 12 years in the league and was so close last season. Only one other player has won it multiple times and that is Sidney Crosby. The only other two winners have been Steven Stamkos and Corey Perry. Ovechkin has won it 7 out of 12 years since it was introduced in the 2007-08 season.

Ovechkin may be the greatest goal scorer ever to play the game. It has been a pleasure watching him over the years. He is a hard nosed player who throws his weight around as much as he shoots pucks at opposing goaltenders. He is an intimidating force on the ice. He is a crowd pleaser with all the high energy he plays with. He stands 6’3″and weighs 235, so when he hits you, you feel it. The best power forward in the game today.

The majority of Ovechkin’s even strength ice time last season was spent on a line with fellow winger Tom Wilson and cagey veteran Nik Backstrom at center. Ovechkin finished the year with 49 goals and 38 assists for 87 points in 82 games. Alex has been very durable over the years only missing ten games in 2009-10. His first three years in the league he posted over 100 points and last season marked his best totals since the 2009-10 season.

Something special happened to Alex last season and the rest of the Washington Capitals. He finally won a Stanley Cup Championship, you know that had to be bothering him. Sidney Crosby has won three Stanley Cups in his 13 years in Pittsburgh. The two are often compared to one another because of their draft position and being a year apart. Ovechkin’s performance throughout the playoffs was good enough to cement him as the favorite and eventual winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy, given to the most valuable player in the playoffs. Alex finished with 27 points in 24 games on the strength of 15 goals.

Washington’s history against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the post season is rather painful for Caps fans. They have lost 9 times to the Penguins in their history. 4 times the Capitals have lost a game seven to the Penguins. That all ended last season as the Capitals defeated the Penguins 4 games to 2.

Enjoy the Ovechkin career highlights video.

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tyler seguin

Tyler Seguin was drafted 2nd overall by the Boston Bruins in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft right behind Taylor Hall. Tyler versus Taylor was the talk of the NHL during the summer of 2010. Who would go first was quite a controversy around the league. Tyler had an amazing final year in the OHL posting 48 goals and 58 assists for 106 points in 63 games. He had 10 points in 9 playoff games.

On July 4th, 2013 Boston General Manager Peter Chiarelli traded Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson, Joe Morrow, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser.

“It wasn’t an easy trade for either party to make,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said. “We both gave up great players and great assets. …

General Manager Jim Nill also had this to say;

“I think the big thing that people need to realize is we’re talking some pretty good players here. I know Tyler Seguin is a big, big part of this trade, a big name plus Peverley, but Loui Eriksson from our end is a very good player and probably a little bit hidden down here in Dallas. Boston knew that, and they knew that he’s a big piece of their puzzle, and I know he’s going to be a big hit for Boston going forward.”

It is now 5 years after the Seguin trade. The Bruins officially have nothing left from the trade. Loui Eriksson moved on to Vancouver, Reilly Smith is in Vegas with the Golden Misfits, Joe Morrow was traded to the Winnipeg Jets and Matt Fraser played last season in the Austrian League.

Peter Chiarelli has now traded Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin. I guess he doesn’t like first round draft picks 🙂 Still wondering why he traded either player myself. I certainly would have not done it. Tyler Seguin has a bit of a saga going on in Dallas right now and it isn’t because he parties too much. Tyler is in his final year of his current contract with the Dallas Stars.

There were reports at the NHL Draft in June that the Dallas Stars and Tyler Seguin were discussing a new contract. A deal could not officially be made until July 1st, but at least according to reports the two sides were at least talking. GM Jim Nill had this to say after July 1st came and went without a deal being announced.

“We can talk to him, so I’ll be talking to Tyler and his representatives,” Nill said. “I hope by July 1 we are going to know where it’s at. If something doesn’t happen July 1, I don’t want any panic out there. I’m banking on getting something done. I’m pretty confident that we will get something done.”

The end of July came and Jim Nill said talks were ongoing between the two sides and that there was no reason to panic.

“We’ve had continued dialogue,” Nill told Mark Stepneski of dallasstars.com on July 30. “They’ve got where they think they should be and we’ve presented where we think we should be, and we just continue to discuss.”

No reason not to believe Dallas management, right? I stumbled along this quote by Tyler Seguin while doing research, I just can’t remember where in order to give them credit.

“We haven’t been talking much this summer. It’s been a little disappointing. I thought I’d have some exciting news to talk about at Biosteel Camp, especially this late in the summer. It’s been disappointing, but at the end of the day I’ve always had one year left here. So I’m focused on that and focused on Biosteel Camp and I’m excited to get back to Dallas and look forward to a good year.” -Tyler Seguin

Both parties with something totally different to say than the other. Have they been talking? or is Nill blowing smoke up our collective asses? Is Tyler blowing the smoke? Make whatever assumption you want but be careful because you know what assumptions are. Tyler has said in previous statements that he is happy in Dallas, and all that feel good stuff you hope your star player says. This is eerily similar to the John Tavares situation. Does Seguin jump ship and leave Dallas as a free agent next July? Does Jim Nill lose him for nothing like the Islanders lost Tavares? Dallas can ill afford to lose Tyler. I personally am going on record to say that the two sides will come to a fair agreement on a long term deal in the range of $9M per year AAV. Time will tell.

UPDATE September 10, 2018: Tyler Seguin has signed a new 8 year contract worth $78.8M. The contract will have an AAV of $9.85M. Seguin had this to say to Sportsnet.ca following the deal:

“This was a growing up summer in a way. I had to actually to think about life decisions that before summer, I thought I was kind of still a kid at the end of the day. But I was thinking about things that I never thought about before. It kind of forced you to grow up a little bit even more.”

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jake allen

Jake Allen was selected 34th overall in round two of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the St.Louis Blues. Jake has a career .913 save percentage in 5 NHL seasons. He has 16 shutouts and a 2.47 goals against average. Jake’s best season in the NHL to date was the 2016-17 season which saw him play in 61 games. Jake posted 33 wins and a .915 save percentage with 4 shutouts.

The 2017-18 season was not as kind to Jake as he played in 59 games and posted an underwhelming .906 save percentage with just 27 wins on the year. This was a major step back for Jake Allen. His play was so underwhelming that head coach coach Mike Yeo gave the starters job to Carter Hutton. Carter responded by posting 17 wins with only 7 losses and 3 OT losses. In the 32 games that Carter played he posted a .931 save percentage, definitely making the most of his ice time.

Jake will have to regain his confidence for the 2018-19 season if the Blues are to go far. Carter Hutton has signed with the Buffalo Sabres as a free agent. The Blues have brought in Chad Johnson a career backup goalie to help out Allen. Allen will have to regain the confidence of his teammates.

The Blues have made a lot of off season additions bringing in Ryan O’Reilly, Pat Maroon, Tyler Bozak and David Perron while staying under the salary cap. Allen must regain his stellar play or the off season additions were a waste of time. I believe Allen will regain his composure and have a excellent year.

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