Aside from trading spare parts (acquiring Kurtis Foster for Andy Sutton) and losing a valuable defensive forward to retirement, the Anaheim Ducks haven’t been very busy in this off-season. Some probably worry that they haven’t been proactive regarding their precarious goaltending situation considering the questionable health of netminder Jonas Hiller.
It looks like they’ve made an effort to cover the “speedy depth center” gap left behind by Todd Marchant’s retirement, though. The Ducks traded their 2013 second round pick to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrew Cogliano today.
Cogliano shares at least two traits with Marchant: he skates like the wind and he’s a former forward of the Oilers organization. That being said, there are significant differences between the two. With Marchant, there was the feeling that he maxed out just about every ounce of his ability. Marchant was also a reliable defensive forward who lead all forwards in total penalty kill time in 2010-11. Conversely, Cogliano seems like he’s associated with wasted talent or wildly incorrect expectations. (He’s also known in certain segments of the hockey blogosphere for being notoriously weak in the faceoff circle. The impact of such a deficit is tough to quantify, but it’s a flaw that isn’t very promising for a guy who will probably be expected to kill penalties.)
Maybe a change of scenery – and the possibility of getting the occasional whiff of playing time with one of Anaheim’s elite power forwards – might do Cogliano some good. It’s tough to argue with the sentiment that the Oilers are right to cut bait with the fast but ineffective forward, especially with the solid return that could come from that 2013 second rounder.
The Ducks still need to sign the restricted free agent to a new contract, though. Cogliano is set for salary arbitration on July 21, so the penny-pinching Ducks might want to avoid that process since he might get a decent amount of change being that he hit the 45-point mark once and scored a decent 35 points in 2010-11.
There’s a general sense of negativity about Cogliano from the Edmonton/stat guys side, but are any Ducks fans excited or are any fans of Anaheim’s biggest rivals a little nervous about this swap? Let us know in the comments.
So far, the 2015-16 crop of rookies is living up to the hype, if not exceeding it. Connor McDavid‘s unfortunate injury hasn’t even derailed this year’s crop.
The Detroit Red Wings are watching their own blue chip blossom, as Dylan Larkin is making an instant impact.
No. 71 scored his 10th goal of the season against the Florida Panthers on Sunday, fattening his rookie goals lead.
He still needs five points to match rookie points leader Artemi Panarin, though.
There’s one thing we seem to know about Carey Price‘s injury situation: he first got hurt stepping on a puck on Oct. 29, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
Contrary to earlier reports about him missing about a month, it sounds like his window of recovery is still up in the air (which, to be fair, could mean that he’ll still miss about a month when it’s all said and done).
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that Price underwent testing with Montreal’s team doctor on Saturday and is expected to go through more; we may not know more about his expected injury timeline until early this coming week.
So, basically, Price’s situation is fuzzier than his mustache right now.
Leg injuries can be tricky anyway, so we shouldn’t be too surprised that there are mixed signals regarding Price, and this may remain a fluid situation for some time.
(But we’ll hopefully know more soon enough.)
The Tampa Bay Lightning have plenty of time to rise above mediocrity, yet it still must be deserving to finish at .500 for two straight months.
After last night’s 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders, that’s exactly where they find themselves:
Record at the end of October: 5-5-2
Record at the end of November: 11-11-3
As of this writing, the Lightning found themselves on the outside looking in at the playoff picture. It all stands as a pretty tough thing for the reigning Eastern Conference champs to swallow.
The uncomfortable-yet-vital question is: can the Lightning break out of this funk?
Looking at their schedule, it won’t be easy, at least not right away.
They crawl through California during a three-game road trip to start December, and they also face six of eight on the road from Dec. 2 – 18.
The Lightning soak up home dates to finish 2015 after that, but what damage will be done by then?
Frankly, the Bolts will need to dig deep to break this pattern. If nothing else, they’ve fought with their backs against the wall before.
Sometimes a suspension will shame a player, or at least inspire him to change the way he plays.
That apparently won’t happen regarding Brandon Dubinsky‘s one-game timeout session for cross-checking Sidney Crosby.
Dubinsky told Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch that he won’t alter his style, whether it’s against Crosby or someone else.
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).