Tag: Bryan Allen

Edmonton Oilers v Columbus Blue Jackets

Jackets’ Bourque (back) done for the season


The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without forward Rene Bourque for the remainder of the season due to a stress fracture in his back.

Columbus acquired Bourque from Anaheim in the deal which saw James Wisniewski go to the Ducks.

The 33-year-old had four goals and a minus-2 rating in eight games with Columbus.

Saturday’s news ends a whirlwind season for Bourque, who began the season with the Montreal Canadiens. Bourque was waived by the Habs and spent four games with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs prior to being dealt to the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Bryan Allen.

Bourque has one year remaining on his six-year, $20 million contract.

Jackets recall Bourque from Springfield

Rene Bourque

Olli Jokinen may not be the only player suiting up for his third team this season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have added Rene Bourque on emergency recall from the AHL’s Springfield Falcons.

The Jackets play host to the Colorado Avalanche tonight.

Columbus acquired Bourque, who started the season with the Montreal Canadiens, from the Anaheim Ducks on Monday.

The 33-year-old appeared in 30 games for the Ducks scoring two goals and six assists to go along with a minus-4 rating.

Bourque had two assists in 13 games with Montreal prior to being waived in November. He also dressed in four AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs scoring two goals and two assists.

The Ducks acquired Bourque in exchange for defenseman Bryan Allen on Nov. 20.

Columbus won its only other meeting against Colorado 4-3 on Jan. 4.

Habs to waive Allen — six weeks after trading for him

Buffalo Sabres v Montreal Canadiens

Hopefully Montreal fans kept the tags on their Bryan Allen jerseys.

The veteran defenseman, acquired on Nov. 20 from Anaheim in exchange for Rene Bourque, will be placed on waivers Monday afternoon, the club announced this morning.

Allen, 35, has only appeared in five games for Montreal since coming over from the Ducks, scoring one assist while averaging just 12:44 TOI per game. The writing on the wall may have come in his last game, all the way back on Dec. 3 — Allen played just 9:10 total, with only left winger Eric Tangradi playing less.

(With that said, part of acquiring Allen was to get Bourque’s contract — which had two years left at $3.3M per — off the books. So while Allen didn’t play much, he did serve a purpose.)

It’ll be interesting to see if any team takes a flier via waivers. Allen’s not cheap — carrying a $3.5M cap hit — but is in the final year of his deal and will be a UFA this summer.

What’s more, Allen played quite a bit for Anaheim last year during its playoff run, appearing in 14 games while averaging over 18 minutes a night. He could be a depth pickup for a team looking to stockpile bodies for the postseason.

Habs lose Weaver (concussion) after Garbutt hit


Montreal defenseman Mike Weaver has been diagnosed with a concussion, head coach Michel Therrien confirmed on Monday.

Weaver, who’d appeared in 26 of the Habs’ 29 games this year, was injured early in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Dallas on this hit from Stars forward Ryan Garbutt:

Weaver left the game immediately and didn’t return. Garbutt wasn’t penalized on the play, but has been something of a controversial figure this season — he was suspended two games earlier in the year for kneeing Edmonton’s Taylor Hall, and drew the ire of head coach Lindy Ruff for his oft-undisciplined style of play.

As for Weaver, he’ll presumably be out for Tuesday’s tilt against the Canucks, meaning that Bryan Allen — who was scratched against the Stars on Saturday — will likely draw back into the lineup.

Ducks, Murray dealing with shot-blocking conundrum

Anaheim Ducks v Phoenix Coyotes

Following Wednesday’s 5-4 shootout win over Philadelphia, Anaheim further established itself as one of the NHL’s best shot-blocking teams, sitting sixth overall with 398 on the year.

And in a related move, GM Bob Murray had to go out and get another defenseman today.

Technically, it was a D-for-D swap — Murray moved Jesse Blacker to Florida in exchange for Colby Robak — but Robak’s a year older than Blacker and has 42 games of NHL experience to Blacker’s one, suggesting this was a move to insert a healthy body, now.

And with good reason. All that shot blocking has paid a price: Francois Beauchemin is out with a broken finger and newly-acquired Eric Brewer is out with a broken foot, both busted while getting in the way of frozen rubber discs.

“Seems like a new guy every day,” Boudreau said, per the L.A. Times. “But when you block 28 shots [Monday, vs. Boston] and pay the price, you usually win.

“That’s what good, character guys do. It’s unfortunate, but that’s the sport.”

This brings up a familiar debate: Is blocking tons of shots a good thing, or a bad thing?

Grit-n-sacrifice narratives will tell you it’s vitally important for good teams and, to a certain degree, they’re right. The Stanley Cup playoffs are often littered with testimonials about blocked shots leading to victory; during the ’12 postseason, John Tortorella’s Rangers team forced one prominent voice to declare that shot blocking was taking over the NHL playoffs.

There is a counter-argument to this, of course — that teams blocking a lot of shots are, y’know, giving up a lot of shots. Which is a bad thing.

The Ducks currently sits atop the Western Conference and second overall in the league standings but, by advanced shot metrics, aren’t dominant. They’re a middle-of-the-road team in terms of shots for/shots against statistics, masked by the fact they have several d-men that excel at blocking pucks: Sami Vatanen leads the team and sits 17th overall in the NHL this year; Beauchemin finished 11th in the league last year, Ben Lovejoy 25th.

Add it all up, and the chance for injury is high. Murray’s seen it first-hand this year, and few teams have undergone more changes on the defense: In addition to the Brewer and Robak deals, Anaheim also traded away veteran Bryan Allen and was forced to rely on pair of AHL farmhands in Josh Manson and Mat Clark.

All this has kept Murray busy. He’s been one of the league’s most active GMs over the last 30 days, wheeling and dealing to replace injured bodies and keep his Cup-contending team afloat.

“I’d hate to have [Murray’s] job right now,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said, per the O.C. Register. “He’s earning his money this month and he’s got a lot of work to do. All we can do is keep playing.

“We’ve got a lot of depth in our organization. We’ve proven it over the years. Whatever group we put on the ice, we feel pretty comfortable going out there with a chance to win.”