Eric Brewer Traded To Ducks, Add Defensive Depth To Mumps/injury Depleted Ducks | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

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View photo Tampa Bay Lightning’s Eric Brewer, left, and Toronto Maple Leafs’ David Clarkson battle for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 in Toronto. (AP Photo/Canadian Press, Darren Calabrese) ANAHEIM Who doesn’t love an in-game trade? Midway through the first period of Anaheim’s post Thanksgiving bonanza against the Chicago Blackhawks , the suddenly defense-starved Ducks announced a trade, sending a third round pick to Tampa Bay for defenseman Eric Brewer . ‘Why did the Ducks need a 35-year-old defenseman like Brewer?’ you may ask. Well, it’s because Friday, Anaheim announced Francois Beauchemin will be out four-to-six weeks with a broken finger, and Clayton Stoner was put on injured reserve with the mumps. Yes, the mumps have returned to Southern California. Since the trade was announced in the first period, you have to wonder, do the players know? Has general manager Bob Murray contacted Bruce Boudreau via ‘Bat Phone?’ Whatever, in-game trades rule. Should have put them on the ‘thankful’ list. Brewer’s days as a minute-crunching top-four blueliner are over. But he still averages 17:50 per-night. And let’s face it, the Ducks badly need defensemen at this juncture. MORE FROM YAHOO HOCKEY source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/eric-brewer-traded-to-ducks-to-add-defensive-depth-to-mumps-injury-depleted-ducks-215102074.html

Blackhawks Game Notes For Wednesday @ Colorado | WGN-TV

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Patrick Kane ‘s score in the third period to extend his goal streak to four games was impressive, but the final 30-plus minutes were mostly an exercise in futility. For the Blackhawks, who have routinely put up dominant possession numbers and unreasonably low shooting percentages, this was really the perfect matchup to break out. The Oilers aren’t as bad as their records indicates, but goaltending has been a major issue for the team this season, and Saturday’s performance didn’t build much confidence. The Blackhawks entered Saturday taking over 37 shots per game, easily the highest in the league, but their shooting percentage was 7.4 percent — 28th in the league. An offense led by guys like Kane, Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews was going to start finding the back of the net more regularly, and on Saturday, that’s precisely what happened. The team only got 30 shots, but a 23.3 shooting percentage certainly swayed the results. Chicago doesn’t one of the best records in the league yet, but it’s climbing the standings, and few teams have played better of late. Not as if you needed a reminder, but the Blackhawks are indeed for real this season. All the NHL Scores Coyotes 4, Sharks 3 (SO) Three things we learned 1. Isles turn it around. source: http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/11/23/7270077/nhl-scores-2014-blackhawks-oilers-islanders-penguins

NHL team values zoom upwards per Forbes | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

There’s no denying the talent is there, and knowing the Capitals signed defensemen Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen to big money this past offseason, Green would appear to be in line for a huge free-agent payday at just 29 years old. Current Statistics (as of 11/27/14): 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 points Current Cap Hit: $4,150,000 Notes: In what will be a paper-thin free-agent class for wingers, Chris Stewart may be the best not named Martin St. Louis . It’s very hard to evaluate a player’s performance when he plays for the hapless Sabres. Stewart is no different, as he’s capable of contributing at least 15 goals per season behind a competent lineup. What makes Stewart an intriguing player is the fact that he’s never played a season with premier linemates, yet he has produced quality numbers. In his last year with the Avalanche in 2009-10, Stewart scored 28 goals and notched 64 points. The Sabres are likely to trade Stewart midseason for prospects. Though it’s conceivable the team Stewart is traded to will resign him at the end of the season, it’s more likely Stewart with test an open market that lacks quality wingers. Current Statistics (as of 11/27/14): 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points Current Cap Hit: $3,375,000 Notes: Closing out a bleak free-agent class among D-men is Oduya, who figures to test the open market away from a cash-strapped Blackhawks roster. source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2282432-nhl-free-agents-who-will-score-big-contracts-next-summer

NHL scores: Blackhawks blow out Oilers, Islanders get revenge against Penguins – SBNation.com

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… Martin St. Louis was honored by the Lightning in his first return to Tampa since the trade … The Bolts spoiled the homecoming for St. Louis on the back of 3-point nights from Steven Stamkos, and the other half of the trade sending Marty to New York, Ryan Callahan … With the Panthers up 1-0 against Carolina, Al Montoya took over in net for Roberto Luongo, who suffered an upper-body injury, and held the score to get his team the win … Martin Jones gave Jonathan Quick another night off as the Kings shelled Minnesota 4-0. All the Kings goals came in the first period including this wacky deflection… … Dustin Brown scored his 200th career goal … ‘Uncle Leo’ Komarov netted 2 goals and 6 hits for the Leafs … source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-three-stars–leafs–caps-downed-in-ot–patrick-kane–boy-wizard–captain-pickard-070423783.html

NHL Free Agents Who Will Score Big Contracts Next Summer | Bleacher Report

* The Blackhawks saw their season-high three game winning streak come to an end in a 4-1 loss to Vancouver on Sunday. Chicago has lost each of its last three games overall with the Avs its longest active losing streak against any opponent. * Colorado, which will be looking to win three in a row for the first time this season, has won four of its last five games after winning just four times in its first 17 to open the season. * Kris Versteeg has seven points (3g, 4a) during his current four-game point streak, while lighting the lamp in two straight and three of those four contests. Versteeg has two goals (and six assists) in 14 career games against the Avs. * Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals against Arizona on Tuesday for his first multi-goal performance of the season, while extending his current point streak to four games (2g, 4a). Landeskog has six goals in his career against Chicago tied for the most goals in his career against any opponent (6 vs. Minnesota). * Corey Crawford is winless (0-4-2) with a 4.38 GAA in his last six starts against Colorado and will be seeking his first victory over them since October 20, 2011. Crawfords 1.98 GAA is the second-best mark among all NHL goalies this season (minimum 15 starts). source: http://wgntv.com/2014/11/26/blackhawks-game-notes-for-wednesday-colorado-2/

NHL Three Stars: Leafs, Caps downed in OT; Patrick Kane, boy wizard; Captain Pickard | Puck Daddy – Yahoo Sports

(Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports) Forbes released its annual NHL team valuations Tuesday. Though some team officials gripe at these, saying that they’re off for whatever reasons — the news is generally positive. First, the good according to Forbes: “Fueled by a new Canadian media deal withRogers Communicationsthat begins with the 2014-15 season, the average NHLteamvalue rose 18.6% during the past year, to an all-time high of $490 million. The 12-year, $4.6 billion agreement, which gave Rogers rights to all NHL games in Canada, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms, in all languages, is worth 2.6 times more annually than the leagues previous Canadian deals.” Now the sort of bad — which we already knew … that the NHL lags behind other major North American pro sports because these television deals don’t exactly equate to what MLB, the NFL or the NBA get from their respective partners: “The Rogers media deal notwithstanding, the NHL remains the most tribal of the four major North American team sports because the NBA, NFL and MLB still have much bigger equally-shared national media and sponsorship deals.” And the mistake: “Still, 29 of the 30 teams rose in value, and the one exception, the Florida Panthers (down 21%), was due to a mistake I made last September inreportingthe sale price of the team as $240 million, which we used for our value of the team two months later. But subsequent to the publication of our 2013 valuations I learned that the true sale price was $160 million (the widely reported price of$250 millionat the time of the deal included future operating losses that should not be included in calculating an enterprise value). Had we used the correct sale price of $160 million the value of the Panthers would have increased 19%.” So for those who were chirping for the Panthers to move out of South Florida because of one game where they had miserable attendance … chill. Now that we have that all out there, nothing on their list is truly a major, super big surprise. The big market teams are worth more than the smaller market teams. Also, the falling Canadian dollar is not accounted for, since it says it uses the 93 cents per-US dollar figure from the 2013-14 season. It’s currently (as of Tuesday anyway) at 89 cents per-US dollar. Either way, when the NHL says business is on an upward tick, it’s not kidding. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/nhl-team-values-zoom-upwards-per-forbes-170019501.html

 

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