Brandon Dubinsky

Some Stats: Brandon Dubinsky is rich and goalless

Some Stats is a weekly feature that will run every Thursday on PHT. In Some Stats, we look at some stats.

0 – Goals for Rangers forward Brandon Dubinsky in his first seven games. Probably not the start he was looking for after signing a four-year, $16.8-million contract. Not that any of his mates are lighting it up either, but let’s do some baseless speculating, just for fun — with the Rangers in need of help on the back end, would Glen Sather consider trading Dubinsky? Slats would probably see if he could interest anyone in a Wojtek Wolski first, but I bet he wouldn’t hang up on any offers for No. 17. Dubinsky and management haven’t exactly had the most cordial relationship in the past.

25:32 – Average ice-time for Anaheim’s Cam Fowler, the most of any Duck. Say, do you think Sather regrets passing on smooth-skating Fowler in the 2010 draft to pick big-and-tough (and slow) defenseman Dylan McIlrath? That decision raised a lot of eyebrows at the time. And while McIlrath (currently with Moose Jaw of the WHL) could still prove his detractors wrong, Fowler’s already showing he can log big minutes in the NHL.

9 – Number of teams with fewer points than games played. And they are…Columbus, Winnipeg, Montreal, Boston, NY Islanders, Calgary, Nashville, Ottawa and Vancouver. So among the early-season strugglers you’ve got the two Stanley Cup finalists and five out of seven Canadian teams (everyone except the Leafs and Oilers…which is kind of insane.) Presumably a few of those teams will crawl out of the holes they’ve dug for themselves. But it’s worth noting the Chicago Blackhawks started slow last year as defending champs and barely made it back to the playoffs. You also have to wonder if this is finally the year the Preds will actually perform the way they look on paper. Expect the Ryan Suter trade speculation to heat up if Nashville doesn’t turn it around in the next couple of months.

5 – Goals for Colorado’s David Jones. The 27-year-old had a breakout 2010-11 season with the Avs, matching his current age in goals. Jones signed a one-year, $2.5-million contract over the summer and is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The Vancouver native was drafted in the ninth round, 288th overall, by Colorado in the 2003 draft. Pretty impressive, considering they don’t even have a ninth round anymore.

97.1% – Pittsburgh’s penalty-killing percentage. The Pens have gone shorthanded 35 times and surrendered just one power-play goal against. Oh, and they have three shorthanded goals, so they’re actually plus-2 on the PK.

Ducks sign former first-rounder Noesen to one-year extension

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Forward Stefan Noesen has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Anaheim Ducks.

Anaheim confirmed the two-way deal Monday.

Noesen (NAY-sun) appeared in one game in each of the past two seasons for the Ducks, who acquired him from Ottawa in 2013.

The 2011 first-round pick by the Senators has spent most of the past three seasons in the AHL with Anaheim’s affiliates in Norfolk and San Diego. He scored 32 points in 65 games for the Gulls last season.

The 23-year-old Texas native’s pro career has been hindered by two major injuries. He missed practically all of the 2013-14 season with torn ligaments in his left knee, and he missed four months of the 2014-15 season after an opponent’s skate blade nearly severed his right Achilles tendon.

Twitter unveils plan to stream NHL games

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Twitter will live stream for free one Major League Baseball game and one NHL game per week under a new deal.

The agreement announced Monday will allow viewers to watch games nationally that would normally be available only in the two teams’ home markets. Users will not need to be logged into Twitter to see the games.

The baseball games will also be available outside the U.S., with some exceptions. Twitter did not announce the game schedule Monday.

The social media network is attempting to move into live sports streaming through “over-the-top” broadcasts, which do not require a cable subscription. In April, Twitter reached a deal with the NFL to stream 10 “Thursday Night Football” games this fall.

Former Flyers goalie Heeter signs with Detroit’s AHL team

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The Red Wings added some goalie depth on Monday, agreeing to terms with journeyman Cal Heeter.

Heeter, 27, broke in with the Flyers organization a while back and made his big-league debut in ’13-14, appearing in one game.

Since then, he’s bounced around the ECHL, AHL (with the Toronto Marlies) and, last season, split his time between Hamburg of the German League and Zagreb Medvescak of the KHL.

By itself, this signing isn’t especially noteworthy, as Heeter projects to be an American League mainstay next year.

But the contract is kind of interesting when looking and the big-picture goalie situation in Detroit. The Wings now have Heeter, Petr Mrazek, Jimmy Howard, Jared Coreau, Eddie Pasquale and Jake Paterson all under contract for next season, which is an awful lot of goalies.

With that in mind, remember that Howard’s name has been in trade talks for quite some time.

 

Ex-NHLers Bellemore, Collins sign with KHL’s Chinese club

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HC Kunlun Red Star, the Beijing-based expansion team that will begin playing in the KHL next season, has added a pair of former NHLers.

Sean Collins, who appeared in a pair of games for the Capitals last season, and Brett Bellemore, a veteran of over 100 contests with the Carolina Hurricanes, have agreed to join the club, per Russian news outlet R-Sport.

Bellemore, 28, was originally drafted by the ‘Canes in 2007 and spent most of his professional career with the organization. He signed on with Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence last year, and appeared in 56 games.

Collins, 27, broke in with the Blue Jackets before signing with the Caps last season. He spent the majority of the year in AHL Hershey and fared well — 16 goals and 39 points in 75 games — and scored three times in the playoffs, helping the Bears advance to the Calder Cup final.