Some random notes from researching for my top 50 NHL trade value rankings…
John Tavares makes $5.5 million for FIVE more years. Wow….
Kane and Toews each have two years left on their respective deals. The Hawks will have to pony up big time this summer with extensions (much like Anaheim had to with Getzlaf and Perry). How much money gets it done? I could see $8 million per for each, or slightly more.
Malkin is a UFA next summer. Does he go out on his own to be the franchise guy? He’d easily get $10+ million on the open market. But Crosby taking a ridiculous discount hurt his ability to negotiate with Pittsburgh.
Henrik Zetterberg has a phenomenal contract. $6 million per for the rest of his career, essentially.
A new one for the NHL. Raffi Torres has been suspended for the rest of Round 2, whether that is three more games or six. The hit was bad, but the fact that it was him throwing it that made it worse.
Not sure what I think of variable punishment, though. But I've complained enough about the disciplinary system. On to other things.
Johnny Boychuk had a gritty game last night – he logged huge minutes, was rammed into the boards from behind twice, and hit the post twice as well. With Seidenberg out he is the anchor on Boston’s second pairing.
Torey Krug was also really good. He scored a goal in only his fourth NHL game (and first in the playoffs). For a 5-9 defenseman he plays hard and fearless. 16 minutes for him. Good timing with mentioning him in my post yesterday, too.
Bergeron and Marchand are continuing from where they left off in Game 7 against Toronto (and Vancouver, for that matter). Bergeron played 27 minutes, and lost only four of 14 faceoffs. Oh, and he set up the OT winner with a slick saucer pass.
At 38 minutes, Chara played over 10 minutes more than any of his teammates. The guy is a freak of nature.
Stepan had a goal and played a lot, but he was killed by the Bruins on the draw. Boston has the edge in the faceoff circle over New York.
It was a typical Rangers game for the first period and a bit (boring, shot blocks, chip and chase), but the final 40+OT were really good. Two big and aggressive teams.
Alex Ovechkin fractured his foot in Game 6 against the Rangers and played through it for the rest of the series (as well as his time at the World Championships for Russia).
Canada lost 3-2 in a shootout to the Swedes. Jhonas Enroth was very good. I was also impressed by Jay Harrison on the back end – for a big guy, his mobility was a pleasant surprise on the big ice.
Giroux and Stamkos were really good, as was Matt Duchene. Duchene is such a fun player to watch.
T-minus 13 days until the 2013 Prospects Report….
I am close to publishing my second annual top 50 NHL Trade Value rankings. Here is a link to last year's. (Long read warning.)
I am making a few changes this year:
I won't be trying to group similar players together. If a run of three goalies happens, it is purely coincidental. I think this helped make more accurate rankings.
Goalies aren't valued as highly as last year… as they obviously aren't valued as highly (trade value, not playing value) in real life.
Contracts matter more than last year with the salary cap de