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I blog about the NHL, including players. I also write articles relating to collecting hockey cards.
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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johnny gaudreau

Johnny Gaudreau was drafted in the 4th round, 104th overall in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. Not many NHL stars were drafted in the 4th round and especially not point per game players. According to the Calgary Flames web site, Johnny stands 5’9″ tall. He looks shorter than that and that is on skates. We will just have to believe the Flames web site until proven differently.

2017-18 marked the first season with his new contract which will pay him $6,750,000 through the 2021-22 season. In his fourth full season with the Calgary Flames, Johnny enjoyed his most productive season to date, posting 24 goals and 60 assists for 84 points. His 84 points led all Flames in scoring, Sean Monahan was second in scoring with 64 points. 24 of his points came on the powerplay, another career best.

The Calgary Flames made a few changes in the off season. The Flames acquired James Neal from the Vegas Golden Knights as a free agent. They also made a huge trade with Carolina bringing in Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin. The main player on his way out of Calgary is Dougie Hamilton.

Johnny Gaudreau played on a line with Sean Monahan and Michael Ferland at even strength last season. With the departure of Ferland to Carolina that means newly acquired James Neal could see top line action with Gaudreau and Monahan. This would be the best case scenario for Johnny, even he wants it to happen.

“I think he’s gonna be a great addition to, hopefully, our line. I think that would be a great fit for me and Mony — a strong player who can shoot the puck,” Gaudreau said in an interview with the Cherry Hill Courier-Post. “Me and Mony have played together for four or five years now. We know each other really well on the ice and Neal would just be a great addition to our line. “Hopefully we can do some big things together.”

The Flames didn’t make the post season last year. With the new additions and the subtraction of troubled defenseman Dougie Hamilton, the Flames chances of returning to the playoffs have increased. I wish Johnny all the luck next season, except when he plays the provincial rival Edmonton Oilers. 🙂

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max pacioretty

Max Pacioretty was drafted in the first round, 22nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2007. Max has enjoyed a stellar career posting 448 points in 626 games for the Habs. He has 226 goals and 222 assists to date. He has been the model of consistency in Montreal. Max averaged 63 points a year in 4 of the last 5 seasons.

Last season was a horrendous season for Max Pacioretty. Not only was it a bad season for Max, but it was a bad season for Carey Price and the whole Montreal organization. Max posted just 37 points last season, scoring only 17 times and assisting on just 20 goals. Statistically one of his worst seasons as a professional. The majority of Max’s even strength ice time came with Phillip Danault and Andrew Shaw, not exactly prime linemates.

There were all kinds of rumors surrounding Max this off season. Reports of Max wanting a trade out of Montreal, and Max nixing a trade at the June draft to the Los Angeles Kings.

With a little digging I found this quote from Luc Robitaille on twitter by Jean-Charles Lajoie, @JiCLajoie.

«Ça n’a jamais été aussi loin (les discussions avec le CH). On était intéressés à Max. Marc sait qu’il a un très bon joueur. Nous étions plus intéressés à l’obtenir que Marc de s’en départir» – Luc Robitaille au sujet de l’échange avorté entre les Kings et le CH

I can’t say I know French well but the Google translator says

“It has never been so far (the discussions with the CH). We were interested in Max. Marc knows he has a very good player. We were more interested in getting it than Marc to part with it. “

so basically Robitaille is saying that Marc Bergevin didn’t go through with the trade.

Question I have is how honest is Luc being? I happen to follow Allan Walsh on twitter and vise versa. Allan had this to say this morning.

“Obvious these “sources” are coming from the club. Max will always take the high road and repeats again, he is ready to sign an extension with Montreal TODAY. It was Montreal that traded Max to LA at the draft and it was a DONE DEAL subject to Max signing an extension with LA.”

Allan also had this to say;

“Max Pacioretty has stated repeatedly that he loves Montreal and wants to remain in Montreal. To this date, he’s never received any offer from Montreal. You can have 3 sources or 10 sources, how many times does Max have to state that he wants to remain in Montreal long term?”

In summary, Los Angeles is saying the trade didn’t go through because Marc Bergevin didn’t like the return. Max is saying he wouldn’t sign an extension in Los Angeles because he didn’t like the terms. He fired his agent, Pat Brisson as a result, hence the new agent Allan Walsh’s comments on twitter this morning. So, which is it? Did Bergevin pull the trade from the table? or did Max nix the trade? I believe Max nixed the trade because his agent Pat Brisson couldn’t hammer out a fair deal with Los Angeles, all signs point in that direction.

UPDATE September 10, 2018: Max Pacioretty has been traded to the Las Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki, and a 2019 2nd round pick.

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corey crawford

Corey Crawford was drafted in the second round, 52nd overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in 2003. His first full season in which he played in 57 games was the 2010-11 season. Corey has won two Stanley Cup Championships, in 2013 and 2015. He has posted a career .919 save percentage. The Montreal native has 230 career wins under his belt in 409 games played.

Last season was not very friendly to Corey Crawford. Corey played in just 28 games last season as he was injured in early December. At the time of his injury the Blackhawks were in playoff contention mainly because Corey had 16 wins and a .929 save percentage. After Crawford went down the Hawks had to play 3 backups. Anton Forsberg appeared in 35 games and finished with a .908 save percentage. Jeff Glass played 15 games and finished the season with an .898 save percentage. JF Berube played 13 games and finished with an .894 save percentage. As a result of the poor goaltending the Hawks received, they didn’t make the playoffs.

Corey Crawford hasn’t been the most durable goalie in the league since taking the starters job in 2010-11. Corey has averaged 57 games played per season. The injury he suffered last season was a mystery for a couple months. Stan Bowman, the Chicago GM, finally told the media that Corey is suffering from concussion like symptoms. A timetable for a return is unknown, although the Hawks seem to think he will be ready to play by the time training camp opens in mid September. Corey himself wasn’t as sure as Hawks management.

“I’m not going to get into what I’m doing now,” he said. “Treatments are going well and we’re making small steps and I’m getting a little better so it’s a process. It’s been a process since I left in December. It hasn’t been easy but I’ll be back.”

How many games Corey will play in the 2018-19 season is another question. Goaltending coach Jimmy Waite had this to say on the matter of his return.

“Crow’s always played around 55 games anyways if you look back at all his stats. It’s not the amount of games, just something that happened that doesn’t have anything to do with the amount of games that he’s played in the past,” Chicago goalie coach Jimmy Waite said. “If he comes back, I think 55 games is a good number for sure.”

As a safety precaution the Blackhawks have signed free agent goaltender Cam Ward. Cam will backup Corey and or be the starter if Corey can’t play. Sidney Crosby missed around 100 games with concussion symptoms, and this injury to Crawford looks and feels very similar. At any rate, the Hawks need Corey to be playoff contenders again this season.

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nail yakupov

Nail Yakupov was drafted 1st overall in the 2012 NHL entry draft by the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers who finished in 29th place among the 30 teams won the lottery and pole vaulted over the last place Columbus Blue Jackets for the right to select first. It marked the 3rd consecutive year that the Edmonton Oilers would win the NHL lottery.

“It’s something you don’t expect, but I guess if you’re in the lottery, you might as well win it,” Tambellini said. “I feel really excited with the fact that now we can add another young talent, hopefully at the level of our past few picks. That’s pretty exciting for our organization.”

The Columbus GM at the time, Scott Howson was visibly upset that his team was supplanted for the first overall pick.

It turns out that 2012 was a disappointing draft year for a lot of teams. The top 3 of 4 picks are all busts. It remains to be seen whether or not Alex Galchenyuk picked by the Canadiens and since traded is also a bust. I will give Alex another year on his new team in the desert before I call him a bust. That makes Morgan Rielly the top pick for 2012.

Nail spent 4 seasons in Edmonton before being traded to the St.Louis Blues. His best season in Edmonton was the 2014-15 season where he scored 14 goals and added 19 assists for 33 points. Problem was he was a horrible minus 35 on the year. He played 40 games for St.Louis in the 2016-17 season scoring 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points. Nail signed as a free agent in the off season with the Colorado Avalanche. Yakupov posted 9 goals and 7 assists for 16 points and a plus 2 in his only season in Colorado.

The Oilers were all set and ready to draft Ryan Murray before they won the draft lottery. The majority of Oiler scouts wanted GM Steve Tambellini to draft Murray, why Steve did the opposite is entirely up for discussion. Dallas Eakins certainly didn’t do Yakupov any favors by deploying a complicated system to hard to follow for a young draft pick. The flying V did not sit well with fans let alone players.

Nail Yakupov signed a contract to play in the KHL this season with SKA St. Petersburg. Is a redemption return to the NHL on the horizon? Perhaps. Nail certainly made himself likable to the fans with his upbeat and joyous states, too bad he couldn’t produce on the ice. One of his biggest issues was the play in his own end. A NHL coach can live with some warts in your game but you have to play defensively responsible and Nail just didn’t do what was necessary. I for one hope Nail returns someday, whether it be with the Oilers or any other team.

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