The Canucks finished the season with the Presidents Trophy in their pocket. They finished the season with 112 points, a full 8 points higher than any other team in the league. Making this feat more inpressive was the number of man games lost. Their Top 6 defencemen only playes 17 games as a full unit, with call ups D. Joslin and B Sanguinetti filling in admirably for the big club. The Canucks also suffered massive injuries to their Top 6, with only Jarome Iginla playing all 82 games.
The Canucks face the Blackhawks in the first round. Despite being the first seed, the Canucks will be seen as underdogs, missing Henrik Sedin, Radim Vrbata, Chris Higgins, Lucas Sbisa and Kevin Bieksa. The Canucks will be relying on young call ups Linden Vey, Huinter Shinkaruk and Niklas Jensen to help fill in the missing offence.
Enterting the draft with 3 top 10 picks (2,6 and 8), Buffalo has an excellent chance of scoring 3 brilliant prospects. They also have Pick No.23 and 4 2nd round picks
Here are the players Buffalo selected
Buffalo select Sam Reinhart with the 2nd overall pick in the 2014 Draft
2nd: C Sam Reinhart
6th: C Tyson Baillie
8th: D Ben Thomas
23rd: G Eetu Laurikainen
31st: C Sam Bennett
47th: LW Zach Bratina
59th: D Travis Sanheim
121st: RW Charley Graaskamp
151st: LW Dominic Zwerger
181st: D Spenser Jensen
197th: G Thomas Narmo
Resigned: Jamie McBain, Brian Flynn, Jimmy Hayes, Tyler Ennis, Phil Varone, Shawn Szydlowski, Nick Crawford, Luke Adam, Chad Ruhwedel, Matt Mackenzie, Nick Deslauriers, Marcus Foligno, Erik Gudbranson, Daniel Gunnarsson, Matt Hackett, Connor Knapp
Gone: Henrik Tallinder, Zenon Konopka, John Scott, Steve Pinizzotto, Alex Sulzer, Jamie Tardif, Matt D'agostini, Kevin Porter
Entry Level Deals: Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett
Buyouts: Patrick Kaleta
Buffalo needs to sign a big contract to reach the cap floor
Signed: Jarret Stoll, Barret Jackman, Nikolai Kulemin, Thomas Vanek
Buffalo, as previously mentioned, needed to be busy to reach the cap floor. While almost all the contracts are ridiculous, they will improve the Sabres and help them move well above the floor. They still have nearly 13 Million in cap space though, which may help them make a big trade
Corey Perry, Cam Fowler, Matt Beleskey
Zemgus Grigensons, Mikhail Grigorenko, Rasmus Ristolainen (1M in cap retained), 2017 & 2019 1st Round Picks
"We gave up a lot, we get that, but we desperately needed a right wing and Corey is one of the best there is. Fowler will be a great addition to our blue line and Beleskey could be an underrated pick up. He can really help out the our Bottom 6."
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We've Got A Blackhawk down, We've Got A Blackhawk Down!!
After a back and forth series, goals scored on both sides, it went to an eventual and deciding Game 7. In that game, the Dallas Stars showed why they want the Cup. They are young, hungry, and ready to give it all for Lord Stanley's hardware.
Here's the series:
3 @ 2
Dallas leads series 1-0
1 @ 2
Series tied 1-1
1 @ 5
Dallas leads 2-1
4 @ 3
Series tied 2-2
0 @ 3
Hawks lead series 3-2
2 @ 6
Series tied 3-3
4 @ 1
Dallas Wins series 4-3
After that rollercoaster of a series the Stars are off to face Minnesota in Round 3, the Conference Finals!!
Gotta love the value of those draft picks 5 years out huh? personally I only trade picks within 2 years because you never know you may need those picks one day.. Dean Lombardi "you know I think I'll pass on your 1st this year how about you give me your 2020 1st instead I heard it's a good draft year.. wait wait here take the 2nd overall this year and give me your 2018 1st and 2021 2nd in the deal as well!"
SEASON PREVIEW: Bruins hope to roar back to another Championship
Bruins introduce Branden Cordeiro as their new general manager.
A new season is underway over on Causeway Street, after immense changes occurred for the Bruins this offseason. After losing the 2013 Stanley Cup Final in 6 games, Bruins personnel underwent plenty of changes. Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley, Nathan Horton, Andrew Ference and Jordan Caron have moved on, while Loui Eriksson, Jarome Iginla, Reilly Smith, amongst other assets hope to make their presence known for the Black & Gold. The player front is not the only sector of the organization seeing big changes.
On September 12th, 2013; former Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced his retirement from the game. In response, the Bruins organization announced their hiring of Massachusetts native Branden Cordeiro on September 14th, 2013. Cordeiro served as a scout for the Boston University Terriers ice hockey program, and was an executive on the USA Hockey Board of Directors. "I have dreamed about this opportunity for my whole life." Cordeiro told the media at his introductory press conference. "Pete [Chiarelli] did a great job building the core of this team, and I intend to continue building this team the way it has been ever since he took over" he continued. Cordeiro made 2 minor moves immediately once he was hired. He traded the rights of Marc Savard to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2014 7th round pick, and moved RW Jordan Caron to the Buffalo Sabres for C Luke Adam. "The first two moves we've made were done to clear cap space, and fill a need in our minor league affiliate" Cordeiro said at his introductory press conference. The Bruins lacked a checking line center in Providence, and decided to give Caron a fresh start in Buffalo in order to bring in Luke Adams to fill in the role. Below you will see in-depth information about how this Bruins team looks before the season begins. The Bruins open up the season tomorrow at 7:00 PM ET against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
'Ducks believe depth additions at deadline can help them in the long-run
Pictured (left) Defenceman Andrej Meszaros, Pictured (right) Forward Lee Stempniak are said key depth additions.
Well, the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone and the 'Ducks are happy with what they did. In total they made two trades, improving both up front and on the back-end; they also made one waiver claim acquiring Depth Forward James Sheppard off waivers from the San Jose Sharks.
Anaheim's 2014 3rd Round Pick
Bryan Allen (Top 6 Defenceman, 81 overall, 34 years old)
Mark Fistric (Top 6 Defenceman, 79 overall, 27 years old)
Andrej Meszaros (Top 4 Defenceman, 82 overall, 28 years old)
Matt Ellis (Minor Checking Forward, 72 overall, 32 overall)
Bryan Allen had two more years left on his contract, at a cap hit of $3.5m while Mark Fistric had four years left on a $1.265m deal. Both Andrej and Matt have one year left on there deals for Anaheim.
Ben Lovejoy (Top 6 Defenceman, 80 overall, 30 years old)
Lee Stempniak (3rd Line Scoring Forward, 80 overall, 31 years old)
This swap was pretty fair for both teams, good even players for both clubs. Ben Lovejoy has three years left on a $1.1m deal, while Lee Stempniak has one year remaining on his current contract.
Lastly let's take a look at the roster Anaheim will be putting out there to finish off the season,
Jakob Silfverberg (80) - Ryan Getzlaf (91, C) - Corey Perry (91, A)
Matt Beleskey (84) - Ryan Kesler (87) - Andrew Cogliano (84)
Emerson Etem (79) - Derek Roy (81) - Devante Smith-Pelley (79)
Lee Stempniak (80) - Nate Thompson (79) - Kyle Palmieri (80)
Sctratched: Dany Heatley (80), James Sheppard (78), Patrick Maroon (78)
Francois Beauchemin (83, A) - Cam Fowler (84)
Clayton Stoner (82) - Sami Vatanen (82)
Hampus Lindholm (80) - Andrej Meszaros (82)
Created the Seattle Renegades. They would have been the Saints, but EA doesn't have that one in there for some reason. That sucks.
I did a fantasy draft and had the 12th pick, the picks are in order.
Rounds 1-4: Claude Giroux, Jonathan Bernier, Cam Fowler, Cody Hodgson
Rounds 5-8: Seth Jones, Jonathan Drouin, Dougie Hamilton, Radim Vrbata
Rounds 9-12: Joni Pitkanen, Ryan Ellis, John Gibson, Antoine Vermette
Rounds 13-16: Ryan Murray, Josh Bailey, Anthony Mantha, Michael Ryder
Rounds 17-20: Reid Boucher, Reto Berra, Rene Bourque, Derrick Pouliot
Rounds 21-24: Scott Laughton, Daniel Alfredsson, Igor Bobkov, Mirco Mueller
Rounds 25-28: Mark Pysyk, Scott Glennie, Mattias Tedenby, Jeff Halpern
Rounds 29-32: Colton Sceviour, Calle Jarnkrok, Teemu Selanne, Magnus Nygren
- D Mark Streit (1 year, 2.75M)
- D Willie Mitchell (1 year, 2.5M)
- C Saku Koivu (1 year, 1.05M)
- C Philip McRae (3 years, 2.175M - 725K avg)
- LW Eric Nystrom (1 year, 950K)
- LW Matt Martin (2 years, 1.54M - 770K avg)
- LW Linus Omark (1 year, 600K)
- RW Derek Dorsett (2 years, 1.6M - 800K avg)
- four defensemen with at least 30 points (Fowler, Pitkanen, Jones & Streit) and two defensemen with at least 40 points (Fowler, Pitkanen)
- five forwards with at least 20 goals (Alfredsson, Ryder, Vrbata, Giroux, Selanne)
- six forwards with at least 50 points (Giroux, Alfredsson, Vrbata, Ryder, Hodgson, Selanne)
Jonathan Bernier -- 56 GP - 32 Wins - 16 Losses - 8 OTL - 6 SO - 2.27 GAA - .924 SV%
Reto Berra -- 26 GP - 12 Wins - 10 Losses - 4 OTL - 3 SO - 2.60 GAA - .905 SV%
I did not expect to win the Stanley Cup with that roster, but I'll take it.
Stanley Cup: Seattle
Clarence Campbell: Seattle
Conn Smythe: Jonathan Bernier
-- Claude Giroux was robbed of the Conn Smythe, imo. 25 games, 15 goals, 14 assists for 29 points. How can that not be the winner?
TO VANCOUVER: Rene Bourque
TO SEATTLE: 2014 2nd round pick (33rd overall)
TO DETROIT: Mark Pysyk, Matt Martin and picks 57 & 60
TO SEATTLE: 2014 2nd round pick (35th overall) and 2015 1st round pick
TO CALGARY: Michael Ryder
TO SEATTLE: Picks 38, 58 & 98 and 2015 2nd and 3rd round picks
TO NASHVILLE: Antoine Vermette
TO SEATTLE: 2014 3rd round pick (65th overall) and 2015 1st round pick
30th: RW Vaclav Karabacek (58, 4 gold)
33rd: LW Brendan Perlini (67, 4 gold)
35th: C Sam Bennett (76, 4.5 gold)
38th: RW William Nylander (58, 4.5 gold)
47th: D Anton Haydon (67, 4 gold)
50th: RW Josh Ho-Sang (68, 4 gold)
58th: C Jared McCann (66, 4 gold)
65th: D Julius Honka (67, 4.5 red)
98th: D Albin Carlson (67, 3.5 gold)
150th: D Lawrence Pilut (52, 3.5 red)
180th: C Daniel Audette (64, 3.5 red)
204th: C Connor Bleackley (54, 3.5 red)
210th: G Payton Lee (49, 2.5 gold)
-- SEATTLE RE-SIGNS...
- Radim Vrbata (3 years, 9.3M - 3.1M avg)
- Joni Pitkanen (3 years, 11.1M - 3.7M avg)
- Mark Streit (1 year, 2.6M)
- Willie Mitchell (1 year, 2.25M)
- Ryan Ellis (2 years, 1.72M - 860K avg)
- Linus Omark (1 year, 700K)
- Mattias Tedenby (1 year, 700K)
- Magnus Nygren (3 years, 2.205M - 735K avg)
- Scott Glennie (2 years, 1.3M - 650K avg)
- Albin Carlson (3 years, 2.1M - 700K ELC)
- Igor Bobkov (3 years, 2.4M - 800K avg)
- C Stephane Da Costa (2 years, 1.82M - .910K avg)
- C Mike Santorelli (2 years, 4.44M - 2.22M avg)
- C Jay McClement (1 year, 1.8M)
- C Ryan White (2 years, 2.4M - 1.2M avg)
- LW Sean Bergenheim (2 years, 4.9M - 2.45M avg)
- RW Corey Tropp (2 years, 1.8M - 900K avg)
- RW Nikolai Kulemin (2 years, 4M - 2M avg)
- RW Mike Brown (1 year, 850K)
The Anaheim Ducks always seamed to be behind the 'eight ball' this year.
The 'Ducks had a good start to the regular season and even pre-season along with the first stages of the post-trade deadline portion of the schedule but were always behind where they should've been in finishing things. They were inconsistent at times and a bit inexperienced but I guess that's what you expect with such a young roster, although sprinkled veterans in there.
The 'Ducks finished the regular season with a 42-33-7 record (91 pts), finishing 9th in the Western Conference, just out of a playoff spot; and 15th in the Entire League. A perfect example of them being behind the 'eight ball' is a crucial game against the 8th seeded San Jose Sharks of the Western Conference as Anaheim's 3rd last game of the season, just coming up short losing 0-1. Now you can judge if Anaheim had a bad season or they just were facing a great team every night (and a testament to that was how 18/30 teams finished with 90+ points or higher), but the Ducks aren't looking to make excuses. All that we do know, is that it should be a very interesting Off-Season and the 'Ducks vowed to come out strong and push hard for a deep playoff run next year around.
GFPG (Goals For Per Game): 2.41, T-24th (198 goals for, T-24th)
GAPG (Goals Against Per Game): 2.37, T-6th, (194 goals against, T-6th)