February 23, 2012

Jeff Angus

2012-02-23

 

My look at some forwards who the Canucks may be interested in at the deadline this year – right here.

 

Rick Nash is a tempting prize, but I’d pass on him if I were the Rangers, for a few reasons:

 

1) Nash has proven nothing in his career. Sure, he’s had some bad teams and linemates to play on and with, but words like inconsistent, lazy, and floater come to mind when I think of him. Perhaps my evaluation is harsh, but when you see what he can do when motivated (Olympics, for example), it sure makes his pedestrian NHL production look even worse.

 

2) The Rangers have enough talent up front. They have two potential game breaker forwards, some fantastic two-way grinders, and good secondary scoring. They’d be better off adding a depth scorer like David Jones from Colorado, if anything.

 

3) Cap space is fluid. The Rangers may have it now, but what about when it is time to extend, Stepan, Del Zotto, McDonagh, and so on? The Rangers have a great mix of young talent, stars, and goaltending. I don’t see Nash having the kind of impact he’d need to considering what they’d likely have to give up (sounds like Stepan or one of the defensemen, plus a ton of futures).

 

In a potential Western Conference Final preview, Vancouver is in Detroit tonight. Two very similar teams – lots of depth, good goaltending, great puck possession. Should be a dandy. Datsyuk remains out with a minor knee injury.

 

Carlo Colaiacovo played last night after missing some time. He missed a game with a wrist injury, and then sat out as a healthy scratch for a few after. The question must be asked – can Carlo ever really be considered a healthy scratch?

 

Curtis Glencross could be back for the Flames tonight. He was on a tear before the injury, but has likely lost his top line spot to Alex Tanguay.

 

I like the Vermette trade for both teams. He’s a good player, but overpaid. Clears some cap room for the Blue Jackets, and gives Phoenix some much-needed speed and skill up the middle. His contract (three more years at $3.75 per) likely scared a few teams away (but not the NHL-owned Coyotes…).

 

Colorado's ‘new top line’ is continuing to produce. Landeskog, O'Reilly, and Olver combined for a goal against LA last night. Olver is a former NCAA star who has clicked nicely with Colorado's best two-way forwards. However…

 

Olver was replaced by the newly-acquired Steve Downie on the line last night, and he slid down to play on the third line.

 

I don’t think Colorado is done trading – one or two of Galiardi/Winnik/Jones could be on the move, too.

 

Paul Stastny scored twice – can’t figure out why his name still keeps popping up in rumors. He’s a rock solid two-way center.

 

Matt Duchene played his second game back after his knee injury, and recorded one assist.

 

A comprehensive look at New Jersey's no-name but successful defensive group this season. Some quotes:

 

"I think that helps fuel some of the lack of confidence in the defense as a whole. There isn’t anyone on this group that we could say has been dominant – especially on offense. Sure, some defenders will have good nights or play pretty well overall."


"In addition, this blueline just doesn’t produce a lot of points. You’ll get the occasional goal or assist here and there; but no one’s really been a regular producer. Prior to Tuesday’s game Larsson leads the defensemen in points with 16, where he’s tied with 7 defensemen for 76th in the NHL. And he’s been injured since the beginning of this month. No defenseman has picked up the pace. What’s more concerning is that the blueline also doesn’t take a lot of shots. The team leader is Kurtis Foster with 70 and 16 of those came when he was on Anaheim. Mark Fayne had 67 get to the net all as a Devil, but that’s still 1.15 shots per game."

 

I'd expect Larsson to develop into that guy, but it is a lot to expect a teenager to be your go-to guy on the back en