It took all seven games. Many thought the Senators were done when Milan Michalek left Game 1 and did not return. Many thought the Senators were done after they were shut out in Game 6 on home ice. But the Stanley Cup will indeed return to its birthplace, and it is only fitting that the Canadian capital claimed it on U.S. soil.
Lee Stempniak led the Senators with 11 goals and an amazing +15 rating during the Senators' playoff run, while captain Jason Spezza led the team in assists (15) and points (23). But the real sensation was rookie goaltender Robin Lehner, who posted a 2.14 GAA and .921 SV%, capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP.
The Binghamton Senators could not complete the double, bowing out in six games to the San Antonio Rampage.
Other NHL awards were as follows:
Presidents' Trophy: Nashville Predators
Art Ross Trophy: John Tavares
Hart Memorial Trophy: John Tavares
James Norris Memorial Trophy: Drew Doughty
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy: John Tavares
Calder Memorial Trophy: Robin Lehner
Conn Smythe Trophy: Robin Lehner
Vezina Trophy: Pekka Rinne
William M. Jennings Trophy: Tomas Vokoun
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Nicklas Grossmann
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Sidney Crosby
Ted Lindsay Award: John Tavares
Maurice Richard Trophy: Steven Stamkos
DC DIGEST For all your Caps news, updates and more! By Joshua Abid - September 10th, 2011
BREAKING:George McPhee Resigns As Caps GM
George McPhee makes the startling announcement.
Washington Capitals fans woke up to some shocking news today, as George McPhee announced he has resigned from his position as GM of the Capitals. He gave no reason, citing it as "what I feel is best for me and my future". Caps ownership was on site, and also seemed mesmerized by the decision. "I'm surprised" owner Ted Leonsis said. "George seemed excited to be coming back for another season. Maybe something happened, but we support him nonetheless and thank him for his quality efforts as GM of the Washington Capitals". I am surprised myself too.
Of course, everyone's focus now is who will replace McPhee? There are some names out there, like Doug Riseborough and Mike Keenan, perhaps even that creep Pierre McGuire. Maybe the Caps dig deeper and look to the AHL, or even Major Junior for a potential successor to George. I think the Caps should go the Junior route. A fresh approach could be best for this team, in my opinion.
For now, we sit and wait. For DC Digest, I'm Joshua Abid. Have a good one.
Despite New Deal For GM, Canucks Ownership Lowers Expectations
September 30, 2014
News leaked earlier today that, despite a new 4-year deal for Canucks GM Mackenzie, ownership does not expect the team to make the playoffs this year and have given GM Mackenzie permission to go into rebuild mode if he so desires.
Hey guys do want me to start posting overalls with my posts along with potential or is the way I'm doing now fine
Up to you. I'm not as familiar with the writing style employed by scouting reports, so I don't do the prospect writeups. I don't know that overall ratings are necessary, but I figure I'm already taking the reader out of my narrative by posting potentials, so might as well do overalls as well. I also use overall rating as a metric in grading prospects, so it's useful in that regard.
2015 Eastern Conference Finals
Tampa Bay VS. Pittsburgh
Steven Stamkos tries to avoid a collision with Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury.
Despite switching goalies in game two, the Tampa Bay Lightning are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 2004. "A goalie's not going to stay hot forever," said coach Guy Boucher. "Vasilevski was fantastic up until this series, and now it's Allen's time to shine."
Since coming in to replace Vasilevski, rookie goalie Jake Allen has been great. In the three games he has played, his GAA was 1.65 and his save percentage was .935%.
Game 1: 4-0 Loss
Game 2: 5-4 OT Win (Stamkos scored winner)
Game 3: 4-2 Win
Game 4: 1-0 Win
Game 5: 2-0 Win
The Lightning will be facing former Bolt Martin St Louis and the first-seeded Vancouver Canucks in the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals. Is this the year that they will finally capture the Cup? Stay tuned.
Tampa Bay's front runners for the Conn Smythe currently are:
Jason Spezza - 16GP, 6 goals, 15 points
Victor Hedman - 16GP, 2 goals, 12 points
Brett Connolly - 16 GP, 2 goals, 12 points
"We Are the Champions"
Tampa Bay Defeats Vancouver and Wins the Stanley Cup
Devin Setoguchi celebrates after scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal in the third period of game six.
Finally, Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning know what it's like to raise the Stanley Cup above their heads. It all came down to the wire in game six. Offseason signing Devin Setoguchi deflected in Anton Volchenkov's shot from the point with 48.5 seconds left in regulation, to give the Bolts a 3-2 lead. After an empty net goal, the Cup was all theirs.
The Conn Smythe Trophy was awarded to TJ Oshie, the Bolts' second line center. The 28 year old led the team in points, with 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 21 games. He also did not take a penalty ALL playoffs.
Game 1: 3-2 Win
Game 2: 3-2 OT Win (Purcell scores winner)
Game 3: 3-0 Win
Game 4: 5-3 Loss
Game 6: 4-2 Win
The Norfolk Admirals were unable to advance to the Calder Cup finals. They were defeated by the eventual champions, the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, in seven games.
Your 2015 Stanley Cup Champions:
Steven Stamkos (C) - Jason Spezza (A) - Devin Setoguchi
Teddy Purcell - TJ Oshie - Brett Connolly
Matt Shoblocher - Jarret Stoll - Chris Neil
Steve Bernier - Nate Thompson - George Parros
Anton Volchenkov - Victor Hedman
Alex Edler - Jared Cowen
Ryan Murray - Dion Phaneuf (A)
Before anyone asks, I am going to continue with Tampa Bay. I know I quit with Calgary after I won the Cup, but I don't want to start a new one again.
I still have some great prospects developing (Teravainen, Mackinnon, Bardaro, Fenske, Murray) and guys like Spezza, Stoll, Volchenkov, Parros, and Neil are all getting old. They'll need replacements soon, but Spezza will be around for a while I think.
Canucks, Wild Collaborate On Blockbuster Trade
January 10, 2015
The Canucks acquired superstar defenseman Shea Weber from the Minnesota Wild today in exchange for Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Mark Streit, and Vancouver's 2015 4th, 6th, and 7th round draft picks.
The Canucks are at the halfway point of their season, currently occupying the 6th seed in the Western Conference with a 22-14-5 record. Minnesota, meanwhile, is currently in 10th with a 20-19-1 record.
Shea Weber, 29, has posted 3 goals and 19 assists for the Wild through 39 games and has a -4 rating. He is a couple of years into a mega-deal contract that carries a $7.855M cap hit.
Marc-Edouard Vlasic, 27, has posted 3 goals and 13 assists for the Canucks through 41 games and has a +5 rating and Mark Streit, 37, has posted 5 goals and 8 assists for the Canucks through 41 games and has a +6 rating. Marc-Edouard Vlasic has 1 year remaining on his deal worth $5M and Mark Streit is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
GM Mackenzie wasn't finished there. He struck a deal with 1st place Calgary, dealing the Canucks' 2016 6th and 7th round picks for Calgary's 2015 6th and 7th round picks.
"Acquiring Daley through waivers has been a huge boon to us," said GM Mackenzie. "As good as Marc and Mark have played, Daley has taken the reins as our #1 left-side defenseman and we still have Alex Edler on the team as well as many burgeoning prospects that play that side. We had a serious need to upgrade the right side of our defense after Dan [Boyle] retired in the offseason and there's no better right-handed defenseman in the league, in my opinion, than Shea Weber. He's the complete package."
After a long injury plagued season, the Devils still managed to make the playoffs, despite the loss of players such as Bobrovsky (Pulled Groin), Kovulchuk (Broken Foot), Josefson (Fractured Ankle), Greene, Tallinder during the season. Josefson will be out for another seven weeks and will likely miss the entire playoffs. Bobrovsky will sit out the first and possibly the 2nd game depending on how his groin is feeling.
Eddie lack carried the team through the first six games getting three wins and a .929 save percentage. He only let in 12 goals out of 169 shots for a 2.28 goal against average. However losing two games in a row, the series went into 7 games. Which is when Bobrovsky came in and won game 7 allowing only 1 goal in on 32 shots.
Offense came from all 4 lines which is a great sign for Devils fans. Adam Henrique recorded five points, tied with Tedenby and Zajac. Grigorenko showed he can also score during the playoffs notching three goals and sent a barrage of 21 shots towards goaltender Fleury. Fans better hope Kovulchuk picks up from only three points in the next round against Buffalo.
The Sabres should be a tough team to beat, they finished first in the league and finished 2nd in the east most goals with 252. Miller had an outstanding first round recording two shut outs and three wins. Pominville who has been quiet during the first round lead the team for points during the season with 73 followed by Ennis who had 71. They are an offensive power house and will be a challenge for the Devils. Hopefully Bobrovsky will be in great form after his win against the Pens in his first game of the playoffs.
The Vancouver Canucks missed the playoffs this season marking the first time since 2008. Sub-par goaltending and a lack of scoring depth is being blamed for the collapse.
The Canucks went 16-25-0 over the back half of the season, seemingly losing every game by a 1-goal margin in regulation, for a final record of 38-39-5. On a positive note, this record was poor enough to get the Canucks the 5th overall pick in the upcoming draft.
Jaromir Jagr, 43, is expected to announce his retirement after an extremely disappointing season that saw his goal total drop from 30 to 8 and his point total drop from 63 to 16. Jagr's career totals to date are 716 goals (6th all-time), 1051 assists (8th all-time), and 1767 points (6th all-time) in 1586 career games (10th all-time) in addition to 93 goals (5th all-time), 113 assists (15th all-time), and 206 points (5th all-time) in 214 career playoff games (13th all-time).
I have simmed my way to 5 cups and 6 presidents trophies. I don't have any 1-3 round picks anymore. I have 0.580 in cap space, I go through cap HELL every offseason.
Clutterbuck was massively overvalued, I traded him for RNH first year. Trade AI doesn't look beyond the current year. Malkin was formerly on the Wild, traded him because of unrealistic salary demands (11.75m for 1 year, wouldn't budge) but when I acquired him I was offering Koivu, Cullen, PM Bouchard and 2 first-rounders with half trade bars and Pittsburgh gave me the whole "I'd be run out of town etc etc." I also saw Schneider go through waivers, traded him for Neiderreiter, claimed him again off waivers, traded for Phoenix's first round which was likely to be the first overall pick. I didn't claim him the third time. By 2025 in other GM modes I've done I see 85 overalls going through waivers and pass them up.
RNH and Parise have won an Art Ross and Lady Byng each, Price won Vezina.
I had Price backing up Lundqvist, until he retired. I let my stars retire here.
Sometimes I play with CPU trades off because they're so dumb about it.
It's not the CPU-CPU trades that are stupid, they're actually kind of sort of realistic. I don't even bother looking at CPU trade offers anymore, once I got offered Zidlicky (36 years old, already went down 3 overall points) and a 1st round pick for Stepan. Another time I got offered B. Richards, 37 years old and declining, Tim Erixon who busted at 80 overall and a 4th round for Parise. I offered them the same thing, saving right before, to see if they accepted and they told me the this offer is insulting thing.