You gotta start in less than a week? That's a shame, I enjoyed reading yours.I don't have to start until early September, which is why I have time to do write-ups.
Yep, I start on August 20th... so Monday. And until then, I have to go buy my stuff and want to relax a little. Glad you enjoyed it for the time it lasted. I'll probably start another one in NHL13 once the Ultimate Rosters are ready.
Blue Jackets Eliminate Canucks In 5
April 26, 2014
The Columbus Blue Jackets accomplished a franchise first last night, eliminating the Vancouver Canucks for the first ever playoff series victory. The Canucks exit in the first round for the first time in many years.
Game 1: CBJ def. VAN 3-1
Game 2: CBJ def. VAN 8-4
Game 3: VAN def. CBJ 4-1
Game 4: CBJ def. VAN 4-3 (OT2)
Game 5: CBJ def. VAN 2-1
Vancouver ownership announced that, while disappointed with the season, they had offered GM Mackenzie a 4-year contract extension. GM Mackenzie is expected to sign shortly.
Woah, Ryan and Letang to Ottawa? Great job, I like it. What did you give up for Ryan?
I will simulate round one of the 2015 playoffs tomorrow. Can't wait!
I didn't get Ryan, was just making fun of the hockey insider guy. Did get Letang, who is just a sicknasty beast, and in my aggressive offensive system, having him and Karlsson on the top pair is disgusting. It also allows me to shelter Cowen's minutes while he builds poise. Send are in top half of the league in basically everything even with Michalek missing most of the season. I have Keith Ballard too but he is stuck in Binghamton until I build enough cap room lol. I'm about 200k short (bad math).
I had very respectable offers on the table for Ryan or Perry, but Ducks didn't want to trade a winger. Similarly, Chicago turned down my massive Toews offer because they didn't want to trade a center.
But yeah, massive salary this season - but I have a ton of expiring contracts so hopefully I won't have to blow up the team too much or bring up prospects too soon.
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General Manager Tom Renney made no moves this trade deadline. Which is a little surprising considering the Devils are 6th in the east with 78 points. Only a four point lead from the 7th place Islanders. We expected him to make a move to improve their positioning and not risk an end of season break down which would put them out of the playoffs... But no. He seems rather confident with the team he has at the moment which could be a good thing for the teams morale.
The Avalanche held the 6th Overall Pick in the 2012 draft
Once again the draft comes and the Colorado Avalanche had 4 picks in this year's including the 6th Overall pick. Many were speculating when it was the Avs pick that they would pick a defenseman since Morgan Rielly and Matt Dumba were ranked next in the TSN Rankings but that was not the case. Instead, the Avalanche picked Alex Galchenyuk, the most decorated center in the draft from the Sarnia Sting. The 6'1", 185lbs center only played a quarter of the season last year as he was injured for the rest causing him to drop from the Top 5 to the Top 10 in the TSN Rankings. Even though his season was cut short, GM Dan Murray told us about the importance of Galchenyuk, "Alex showed his potential of being a real force in the NHL when he played this season. He shows the skills of a top line player, he just needs to develop a little more time in the Juniors and stay healthy." The details on Galchenyuk and the others drafted are listed below with the predictions Murray told us about each:
1st Round (6th Overall)- Alex Galchenyuk, Center
Prediction: Top Line Center
2015 Conference Quarter Finals
Tampa Bay VS. Boston
Steven Stamkos lines up for the opening face off of game one against Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins.
Breezing through the first round seems to be a trend for the Tampa Bay Lightning. It only took four games this year for the Lightning to get past the seventh-seeded Boston Bruins. It was a very physical series, but in the end, the Lightning were better than the Bruins in every aspect.
Coach Guy Boucher decided to give Andrei Vasilevski the start in net for game one, despite the outstanding rookie season of Jake Allen. Vasilevski played outstanding, and has the best stats of all goaltenders in the playoffs so far. "How could I not let him start the series? He was on a five game winning streak headed into the playoffs, and now he is on a nine game winning streak." said Boucher.
Vasilevski will start the next series as well. In the second round, the Lightning will be playing the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens barely got into the playoffs, with a record of 39-39-4. However, they stunned everyone by taking down the first-seeded Buffalo Sabres in seven games.
Game 1: 4-1 Win
Game 2: 1-0 Win
Game 3: 5-1 Win
Game 4: 4-3 Win
In the AHL, the Norfolk Admirals are advancing to round two as well, after defeating the Albany Devils in five games. Their opponent has yet to be determined.
Here are all the NHL second round match-ups: Western Conference
#1 Vancouver vs. #5 St Louis
#2 Chicago vs. #3 Los Angeles
#2 Tampa Bay vs. #8 Montreal
#5 Pittsburgh vs. #6 Toronto
2015 Conference Semi Finals
Tampa Bay VS. Montreal
Anton Volchenkov winds up for a huge slapshot that turned out the be the game-tying goal in game five.
Being the higher-seeded team, the Tampa Bay Lightning were expected to beat the eighth-seeded Montreal Canadiens. They made sure that HF Boards didn't explode by defeating the Canadiens in seven games.
Despite how much Tampa fans have wanted to see rookie goaltender sensation Jake Allen play his first playoff game, Andrei Vasilevski has started every playoff game so far this year. "He's been hot. Sure, Jake was better in the regular season, but you gotta go with the hot hand. Right now, Andrei is the best option." said coach Guy Boucher.
Next up for the Lightning is the fifth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins. The Norfolk Admirals are also into the third round in the AHL. They eliminated the Saint John's Ice Caps in five games and will now play the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins on their quest for the Calder Cup.
Game 1: 3-2 Loss
Game 2: 4-1 Win
Game 3: 5-1 Loss
Game 4: 5-2 Win
Game 5: 2-1 OT Win (Nate Thompson scored winner)
Game 6: 3-2 OT Loss
Game 7: 5-2 Win
Here is both of the NHL third round match-ups: Western Conference
#1 Vancouver vs. #3 Los Angeles
#2 Tampa Bay vs. #5 Pittsburgh
The Ottawa Senators will face the New York Islanders in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Senators finished the season 2nd in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the division with 104 points. The Islanders claimed a playoff spot for the 2nd year in a row behind a devastating power play that converts nearly 25% of its chances.
The Binghamton Senators will face the Hershey Bears in the AHL playoffs.
The Ottawa Senators defeated the New York Islanders in six games to win the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. They next face the Montreal Canadiens, who defeated the 3rd seed Winnipeg Jets in six games.
The Binghamton Senators defeated the Hershey Bears in the AHL playoffs, and will face the Albany Devils.
The Ottawa Senators defeated the Montreal Canadiens in six games to win the Eastern Conference Semifinals. They next face the 8th seeded Toronto Maple Leafs, who needed only five games to defeat each of top seed Buffalo and second seed Philadelphia.
The Binghamton Senators defeated the Albany Devils to advance to the Calder Cup Semifinals, and will face the Syracuse Crunch.
When goaltender James Reimer did not come out of the Maple Leafs locker room for Game 1's overtime period, Ottawa was handed a great opportunity to win the game. They took advantage of Reimer's absence, sweeping the Maple Leafs in four straight before Reimer could return to the net. The Stanley Cup Finals will begin Friday night in Los Angeles, where the Kings hope to capture their franchise's first ever Stanley Cup.
The Binghamton Senators needed five games to defeat the Syracuse Crunch and advance to the Calder Cup Finals against the San Antonio Rampage.