Tag: Evgeni Malkin

New York Rangers v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Four

Agent: Comeau interested in sticking with Pens


Blake Comeau enjoyed his time in Pittsburgh this season and, according to his agent, would welcome a return to the organization for next year.

“[Blake] is definitely interested in the possibility of returning to Pittsburgh,” Kurt Overhardt told PHT on Thursday. “It’s our goal to try and work something out, but of course we always have July 1 pending.”

Comeau, 29, finished sixth on the team in goals last season, with 16, and averaged over 15 minutes per night — often on a line with Evgeni Malkin. The former Islander, Flame and Blue Jacket also netted his highest point total (31) since scoring 24 goals and 46 points on Long Island four years ago.

Considering GM Jim Rutherford signed Comeau to a one-year deal for $700,000 last July, the Pens received pretty good return on their investment. Head coach Mike Johnston sung Comeau’s praises throughout the season, most notably after a Game 1 loss to the Rangers in the opening playoff round.

“[Comeau] is a guy we can move in our lineup like we have during the year,” Johnston said, per ESPN. “He can play up, he can play the middle. He’s an energy guy. And he’s most effective when he uses his speed and shot.”

The former WHL Kelowna standout also brings a sandpaper element. He finished second on the team in hits this season, with 118, and said he enjoys playing a physical, gritty game. Add it all up, and Comeau could be a guy that generates a fair amount of interest on the open market.

“Hard, tough, two-way player,” said one Western Conference scout, also per ESPN. “I’d take him on [my team].”

Russia knocks off Sweden, will face U.S. Saturday in worlds semifinal

Yevgeni Malkin, Jhonas Enroth

Two goals by Evgeni Malkin and one by Vladimir Tarasenko helped Russia to a 5-3 victory over Sweden today at the world hockey championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

The result sets up a semifinal between Russia and the United States on Saturday in Prague.

Russia is expected to have Alex Ovechkin in the lineup against the Americans, who defeated Switzerland today.

Canada, after hammering Belarus, will face the Czechs in the other semifinal on Saturday. The hosts got a late goal from Jaromir Jagr to help them defeat the Finns, 5-3, today.

The gold-medal game goes Sunday in Prague.

Russia is the defending gold-medal winner at the worlds. The United States was last crowned world champion in 1960, at the Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley.

Stunner: Unbeaten Americans fall to Belarus at Worlds

USA v Belarus - 2015 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship

USA Hockey’s feel-good story has taken a rough turn at the 2015 World Hockey Championships.

The Americans, who got off to an impressive 3-0-0-0 start in the Czech Republic, dropped a shocking 5-2 decision to minnows Belarus at CEZ Arena on Thursday.

Belarus has never defeated the U.S. and its current squad is devoid of NHLers, though it does feature two former players in brothers Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn. The pair proved vital in today’s win, combining for four points, while Alexander Kitarov scored what proved to be the eventual game-winner in the second period.

As for the Americans, today’s loss comes after arguably its biggest win at the tourney — a 4-2 win over Russia, in which the club knocked off a powerhouse team featuring the likes of Evgeni Malkin, Vladimir Tarasenko, Sergei Bobrovsky, Dmitry Kulikov, Artem Anisimov and Ilya Kovalchuk.

The U.S. goals versus Belarus were scored by Brock Nelson and Torey Krug, with Boston University product Jack Eichel assisting on both tallies. It was a forgettable game for goalie Jack Campbell, who allowed five goals on 23 shots.

Campbell’s counterpart, Belarus’ Kevin Lalande, stopped 28 of 30 shots for the win and continued his stellar run of play at this tournament. The former Flames draftee now boasts a .938 save percentage and 1.74 GAA.

Flyers will be ‘extremely patient’ with youngsters, but ‘want a winner as soon as possible’

Ed Snider

Depending who you ask, it’s either a smart and noble strategy, one that’s been successful for a team like the Detroit Red Wings, or it’s like wanting to have your cake and eat it too, and the reason a team like the Detroit Red Wings hasn’t made a deep playoff run in a number of years.

That strategy is, of course, doing everything you can to win now, while simultaneously and patiently developing youngsters for the future.

It’s what Flyers owner Ed Snider wants to do in Philadelphia, as opposed to tearing it down and rebuilding from scratch, a la Buffalo or Edmonton.

Snider told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the plan for the Flyers is to “be extremely patient with all of the young players we have coming.” But at the same time, GM Ron Hextall is “going to do everything in his power to produce a winner as soon as possible, which means it could be trades, it could be coaching, it could be all kinds of things.”

It’s a similar story in Vancouver, where the aging Canucks “want to draft and develop well, but we want our young kids to learn how to play in a winning environment, so they learn the right way to play.”

The obvious challenge for that type of plan is drafting, because teams that are neither great nor terrible don’t get top-5 draft picks, i.e. players like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Drew Doughty.

That’s not to say it’s impossible to find elite players in the middle of the first round, or even beyond. Anze Kopitar was taken 11th overall; Patrice Bergeron and Duncan Keith were second-rounders.

But the win now/win later strategy does put added pressure on the scouting staff to unearth a few “big-time” diamonds in the rough, like the Wings once did to the extreme with Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and Nicklas Lidstrom.

The Flyers have the seventh overall selection in this summer’s draft. They also have Tampa Bay’s first-round pick, wherever that may be.

Related: Hextall insists he’s ‘on the same page’ with Snider

PHT Morning Skate: Shero on filling Lou’s well-traveled shoes

Ray Shero

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

The Bergen Record sat down for an exclusive (and lengthy) interview with new New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero (still kind of weird to see any name other than Lou Lamoriello, right?). The basic theme: he needs more time to really flesh out his plan. (Bergen Record)

Some might not realize just how long Lamoriello’s been in the driver’s seat for the Devils. This NHL.com timeline goes back to 1987, so the answer is “longer than some readers have been alive.” (NHL.com)

Would you pump up Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry for their leadership qualities? The Los Angeles Times is doing so. (Los Angeles Times)

Trading Sidney Crosby and/or Evgeni Malkin is just crazy talk. (Sportsnet)

Braden Holtby: money goaltender. (TSN)