May 27, 2010

Jeff Angus


Goldie here – the Colorado Avalanche chose to NOT re-sign Peter Delmas. I’m very surprised by this, as I have witnessed a rise in Delmas’ speed and skill at every training camp since he was drafted. As such, he will re-enter the NHL draft and probably play one more year in the QMJHL.


Travis Hamonic has put pen to paper and signed an entry-level deal with the Isles today. He’ll be on the roster this fall.


Dean Lombardi is “not optimistic” about Alex Frolov’s return to Los Angeles. I’ll take “obvious statements” for $100, Alex.


Mats Zuccarello Aasen has officially signed with the Rangers (something that was originally reported four or five weeks ago). Hunch – he battles for the Calder Trophy. 25 goals, 30 assists.


I have made this point before, and I'll make it again. With so many coaching vacancies right now, keep an eye on which coach ends up where. AHL coaches love to bring a favourite or two with them to the NHL. Kevin Dineen (head coach of the Portland Pirates) is a contender for the Columbus job, but he is also very close with new Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman. Guy Boucher (Hamilton Bulldogs) and Scott Arniel (Manitoba Moose) should also factor into the coaching vacancies. Keep an eye on where they go. A player or two could follow and be given an opportunity to produce that they may not have gotten elsewhere.


A solid read on Boucher from the weekend from Aaron Portzline – check it out. "Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard, who played under Boucher at Drummondville of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2006-07, was wowed by Boucher’s motivational tactics. “Every day was a new challenge for the players, and every player was accountable to the team,” Brassard said. “I’ve never played for a guy like him, a guy who is capable of getting the best out of every player. He was always in your head, always keeping you energized and motivated. It was always very motivating.”


Backstopped by Matt Climie, the Texas Stars completed the comeback last night in Hamilton; scoring four straight goals en route to a 4-2 win over the Bulldogs. Climie stopped 41 of 43 shots (and 90 of 94 in the final two games of the series), and after two periods, the Stars were being outshot 34-11. Climie will now face Michael Neuvirth and the Hershey Bears in the Calder Cup Final.


The 27-year-old Climie has played four games at the NHL level (all with Dallas). He was undrafted out of Bemidji State. He starred in the ECHL in 2008-09 with Idaho, and his numbers this season with Texas were very good (2.46 GAA, .919 save percentage, 21 wins). Climie probably has the inside track at the backup position next year in Dallas behind Kari Lehtonen.


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Jamie Benn now leads the AHL in both goals (14) and points (24)