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Jamie Benn speaks with The Hockey News. He leads the AHL in playoff scoring.
According to Tarik El-Bashir, the Capitals are NOT interested in Anton Volchenkov. I don’t see him as a good fit on that team – he can’t make a breakout pass to save his life, and Washington thrives playing a quick transition game. It is why defensemen like Poti and Pothier were targeted as free agents – both can pass the puck out of the zone very quickly.
I could see Washington pursuing Gonchar or Martin very heavily. Gonchar is not as bad defensively as many people think, and Martin may be one of the most undervalued defensemen in the game.
Lost in all of the recent Kaberle hoopla is the fact that a superior defenseman is also going to be available this summer – Sergei Gonchar. Gonchar played tougher minutes than Kaberle on a significantly better team, and he has a better shot as well. Kaberle may have the slight edge in mobility, but that would probably be it. Gonchar has spent his entire NHL career in the Eastern Conference, so the safe bet would have him staying out East.
New Jersey would be a great fit, and they have a history of winning with Russian players (Brylin, Nemchinov, Tverdovsky, Mogilny, Malakhov, etc). They have a need for an elite puck moving defenseman, as it looks like Paul Martin won't be back. They also lost Johnny Oduya in the Kovalchuk trade.
Here is a picture of Jaroslav Halak at age four. Great glove hand positioning.
John Tavares suffered a bone fracture in his foot during the World Hockey Championships, and it was only recently discovered by Islander doctors. He will be good to go by training camp, so I wouldn't worry about it too much if I owned him.
Alex Svitov wants to return to the NHL. Svitov is an absolute tank at 6'3" and close to 220 lbs, and he plays with a very physical edge. He was drafted 3rd overall after Kovalchuk and Spezza in 2001. Probably the only worse third wheel than Cam Barker (who went 3rd after Ovechkin and Malkin in 2004). Depending on where he signs, I could see 30-40 points and 150-200 PIM. Svitov led Omsk last season with 95 PIM, nearly thirty more than anyone else on the team (the second highest total was 78).