May 16, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-05-16

 

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Five core Canucks who could be traded this summer if some big changes are made.

 

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I figure I should probably offer some thoughts up on Detroit and Chicago.

 

The young Detroit defense couldn’t handle Chicago’s speed and constant pressure. Brendan Smith struggled for much of the game. He’s going to be a good one, but there will be bumps along the way.

 

Patrick Sharp had a fantastic game – he reminds me of Justin Williams for LA. Two understated but very effective wingers capable of scoring, passing, and playing in a variety of situations. Sharp receives a bit more fanfare, but both of them are very underrated among fans and hockey commentators.

 

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My hockey mailbag is open for today. Ask your questions here.

 

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The goaltending market is going to be very interesting this summer. Mike Smith is a UFA, Ryan Miller will get traded, Roberto Luongo will get traded, Jhonas Enroth may get traded, Marc-Andre Fleury may (and should) get traded or bought out… and there will probably be a few other goaltenders available. Niklas Backstrom is a UFA.

 

What teams realistically need a starting goaltender? Buffalo, if and when they move Miller. Edmonton – I don't think MacTavish is a huge Dubnyk fan (even though I am and think he could be a starter in this league). Calgary? Or do they go with Karri Ramo?

 

How about Minnesota? New Jersey? Brodeur has one year left – do they bring in a successor now, or do they wait a year? Long Island could use an upgrade in goal, too. Phoenix will need to replace Smith if he leaves.

 

So there will be at least six or seven teams looking for goalies. Let the musical chairs begin!

 

Oh, and the St. Louis Blues. What happens there? Who is their starter? Imagine that team with Luongo or Smith in goal?

 

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Different city, same story – Tampa’s AHL affiliate is dominating the rest of the league. Tyler Johnson will be in the NHL next year. Richard Panik, Brett Connolly, and Ondrej Palat all could be joining him.

 

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A great read on Derrick Brassard from NHL.com – he really has experienced a revitilization in New York. What does this mean for his short and long term future? If he can stay healthy, does he get back on track as a top six forward?

 

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The Selke finalists – Toews, Datsyuk, and Bergeron. I would have put Kopitar in there ahead of Toews or Datsyuk, but it is a very solid list. For my money Kopitar and Bergeron are the best two-way forwards in hockey.

 

This is Datsyuk's sixth consecutive Selke nomination. Not too shabby.

 

If you have eight minutes to spare… this is what makes Datsyuk so good:

 

 

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Sticking with goalies, I really like Matt Hackett (now in Buffalo).

 

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Not only did the Kings upgrade from Jack Johnson to Slava Voynov (a vastly superior defenseman), but they managed to bring in Jeff Carter, too. Now that is called good GM-ing.

 

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I wouldn't expect Johnson to last long under Jarmo Kekalainen – in fact, I'd wager he is on the move