June 17, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-06-17

I’m going to assume that the reason for the delay in officially announcing Alain Vigneault as New York’s next coach is because it was Father’s Day Sunday. I would guess that there would be an announcement today. I don’t guess that his presence will help Brad Richards any. And Rick Nash would probably get 75 next year with any coach – no coach can get much more out of him. It’s some of the other players who will benefit from a new voice in the room – guys like Del Zotto.

I do have a tiny concern over Brassard. After all, he was flying under Tortorella. Messing with that could change things (and often does).

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Remember Bill Thomas? Never got going, as you know. He finally gave up on the NHL and signed to play in the KHL.

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Line combos last game for Boston, if you didn’t catch them:

Horton – Krejci – Lucic

Marchand – Bergeron – Jagr

Kelly – Paille – Seguin

Daugavins – Peverley – Seguin (again)

These were the most common combos, per Frozen Pool. I thought Paille was fantastic. In fact, I thought he was great in the Pittsburgh series as well – not to mention that he had three points in the New York series. I remember being very interested in him as a prospect, and he actually had 19 goals and 35 points in 2007-08. But he never built on that and instead became a defensive specialist.

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Line combos last game for Chicago:

Saad – Toews – Hossa

Sharp – Handzus – Kane

Shaw – Bolland – Bickell

Bollig – Kruger – Frolik

One loss and Coach Q bumps Bickell of the Kane line… as would any of us, given that they’re running out of games to get it right.

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No word on whether Mark Arcobello‘s one-year contract is a one-way deal. Generally when that news is hard to dig up, the answer is ‘no’. The 24-year-old is another in a long list of small, skilled guys that I root for to get a shot. But it’s not like the Oilers have a group of young forwards with high upside…plenty of room for him I’m sure. Yep.

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