Matt Beleskey, Jonathan Quick

Ducks hoping to use Quick’s aggressiveness against him


Hey, remember a couple of weeks ago when Jonathan Quick was giving up all sorts of goals to the San Jose Sharks?

That was just one of the 16 — sixteen! — the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner allowed in the first three games of the Kings-Sharks series. And it was a perfect example of how you beat an aggressive goalie like Quick — use his aggressiveness against him.

In stark contrast to how he started the playoffs, Quick has only allowed seven goals in his last five starts, including just two in Saturday’s 3-2 overtime victory in Game 1 versus the Ducks on Saturday.

This was Anaheim’s first goal:

Notice anything about that? The Ducks seemed to.

From TSN’s Mark Masters:

Granted, it’s easier than done to make aggressive goalies pay, even if it seems simple in theory…

Sometimes it’s better to stay in the paint…

And other times, well, it’s better to come out a bit…

After PTO, Upshall signs one-year deal with Blues

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Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.

On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.

But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.

The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.

Panthers’ Crouse is going back to junior

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Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.

Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.

Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.

“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”