An embarrassing season finally reaches its end, and the Halifax Eagles couldn't be happier.
Finishing the year with a lowly 28-46-8 record, the Eagles' 64 points will guarantee them the first overall pick at this year's draft, barring another team winning the lottery.
* = rookie
The Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the San Jose Sharks to win the Stanley Cup!
Eagles 2013 Draft Recap
Thanks to a surprising lottery win, the Anaheim Ducks leap-frogged the Eagles to claim first overall at the 2013 NHL Draft. But the Eagles, anxiously wanting the player they had their sights set on, made the Ducks an offer they couldn't refuse. The Eagles sent their own 1st round pick (2nd overall) and Dallas's 2nd round pick (52nd overall) to the Ducks in exchange for the prized 1st overall pick.
"With the first overall pick... the Halifax Eagles are extremely excited to select, from the Halifax Mooseheads, Nathan MacKinnon."
MacKinnon will join an already-impressive cast of Eagles prospects, and will likely surpass them as the top prospect in the organization. MacKinnon, a playmaking centerman, is expected to make an immediate impact to the franchise's fortune.
"With the twenty ninth overall pick... the Halifax Eagles are proud to select, from the Mississauga Steelheads, Semyon Babintsev."
Babintsev is a Russian sniper and is expected to develop into a top line scorer. His defensive awareness is lacking, but the Eagles expect that can be taught to him when he graduates to the major leagues.
FLAMES 2014 OFFSEASON REPORT AND 2014-2015 SEASON PRIMER
September 19, 2014
Calgary, AB - The offseason was long, but it's time for a new season, and new excitement after a quick retool by GM Chibi Pooky resulted in two consecutive second-round exits. Let's summarize what Pooky did over the summer:
Chibi Pooky loaded up on veterans last season, and they just ran out of gas, unable to keep up with the young legs of T.J. Galiardi and Logan Couture. Three of those heralded veterans retired this summer.
Prince George (WHL)
To replace the old legs going out, Pooky drafted a solid group of high-upside young players, headlined by winger Mikael Ekman-Larsson and defenseman Cory Genovese. All drafted players were signed to entry-level contracts.
D Paul Ranger
DET 3rd 2014, DET 3rd 2015
CGY 4th 2014, DAL 4th 2014
NYI 4th 2014
D Christopher Breen, D David Kolomatis
C Dave Bolland
C Dave Bolland, CGY 6th 2017, CGY 7th 2017
EDM 1st 2015, LW Kristians Pelss
D Riley Stadel, D Mitchell Chapman, CGY 6th 2016, CGY 7th 2016
FLA 1st 2014
C Matt Stajan
CBJ 2nd 2015
Pooky shuffled the deck again this summer, bringing in some extra draft picks for next season in exchange for some valued players and prospects, who were replaced by...
A free agent frenzy indeed, including several huge UFA names and RFA retainings, especially centers Mikael Backlund and Joe Pavelski, and defensemen Andrej Meszaros and Matt Niskanen.
James Neal (A)
Joe Pavelski (A)
Mark Giordano (C)
Ben Hanowski (C)
Lance Bouma (A)
Patrick Sieloff (A)
Can this iteration of Pooky's Flames break through to the next level and finish what they started in 2004? We'll find out, starting at the home opener in just a few days!
- Scott Cruickshank
Last edited by ChibiPooky: 06-04-2013 at 12:35 AM.
Firstly we'd like to congratulate our AHL Club, the Albany Devils on winning the Calder Cup! They made an almost impossible comeback in round 3 coming back from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Binghamton Sens in 7, and then dealt with the Houston Aeroes in 7 to get the Calder Cup! Our 1st in History. Mattias Tedenby was our leading goal scorer with 20 points (4 goals, 16 assists) in the 24 games we played. But the MVP was Goalie Jeff Frazee. He finished with a record of 16-6-2 with a 1.81 GAA and a .929 SV%, with 4 shutouts. We're proud of the boys!
The Devils selected Defenceman Seth Jones 2nd Overall.
In a shocking 2013 Draft, the New Jersey Devils, the hosts of this years Drafts made 2 splashes! The Devils were just supposed to Draft 21st Overall but they moved up, picking up 2 Top 10 picks! The Draft started out with Gary Bettmen welcoming and thanking the City of Newark and the Staff here at the Prudential Center and then called up the Dallas Stars for the 1st Pick, they selected Nathan Mackinnon(Who the Devils wanted, he was listed at #2 in the Scouting report, when I last checked). And then the Phoenix Coyotes were supposed to select at #2 but Gary Bettman made an announcement: "We have a Trade to announce. The NEW JERSEY DEVILS trade AHL'er Eric Gelinas, there 1st round pick (21st Overall) and there 2nd round pick (51st Overall) to the Coyotes for AHL'er Matt Clackson and the 2nd Overall pick." The Crowd just absolutely erupted in excitement, just trying to piece together was had just happend. GM JaredCowenFan then walked up to the Podium and said.. "Hello everyone, thank you for all the support this year, throughout the season and Playoffs. I am proud to select from the Portland Winterhawks, Defenceman, Seth Jones!!!" The Crowd "OOO'ED and AAA'ED". The Devils just picked up a Franchise Defenceman, everyone was in amazement. Then a few picks later at #6 Gary Bettman said "We have another Trade to announce. The NEW JERSEY DEVILS trade Prospect Maxime Clermont, there 7th round pick in this years draft, there 2015 2nd round pick and 2015 7th round pick to the Winnipeg Jets for AHL'er Mark Dekenech and there 1st Round Pick (6th Overall)." The crowd was in ah again. GM CowenFan walked up again saying "Hello again. We're proud to select from the Swift Current Broncos of the WHL, Eetu Laurikainen." This will most likely be a replacement when Brodeur retires. Again the crowed was amazed. The Trades are listed below:
Eric Gelinas (23 Years Old, AHL'er, 3 Stars)
New Jersey's 1st Round Pick (21st Overall)
New Jersey's 2nd Round Pick (51st) Overall
Phoenix's 1st Round Pick (2nd Overall)
Maxime Clermont (21 Years Old, AHL'er, 3 1/2 Stars)
New Jersey's 7th Round Pick (
New Jersey's 2015 2nd Round Pick
New Jersey's 2015 7th Round Pick
Mark Dekanech (27 Years Old, AHL'er)
Winnipeg's 1st Round Pick (6th Overall)
Devils send RFA offer to Ranger's Stepan, accepted!
Derek is 23, we signed him to a 4 year deal.
Jacob Josefsen - 1 Year - $1,200,000
Danius Zubrus - 1 Year - $1,500,000
Andrei Loktionov - 3 Years - $1,500,000
David Clarkson - 2 Years - $2,200,000
Alexei Ponikarovky - 1 Year - $2,500,000
Adam Henrique - 4 Years - $2,800,000
Patrik Elias - 1 Year - $3,500,000
Free Agent Signings
Manny Malholtra - 2 Years - $1,800,00000
Evgeni Nabokov - 1 Year - $1,850,000
Marc-Andre Bergeron - 4 Years - $5,000,000
Derek Stepan - 4 Years - $5,555,000
*We just cleaned up the Roster a bit. Minor League players for Picks. The biggest move we made was sending Captain Bryce Salvador for a 2nd round pick. Thank you for your time Bryce. We just didn't have any room for him and his contract wasn't ideal.*
Now that the Off-Seasons is over let's lastly take a look at the Rosters:
2013-14 New Jersey Devils
James Neal (85 Overall) - Derek Stepan (84 Overall) - Ilya Kovalchuk (90 Overall) 'A'
Patrik Elias (82 Overall) 'A' - Travis Zajac (84 Overall) 'A' - Adam Henrique (81 Overall)
Alexei Ponikarovsky (80 Overall) - Andrej Loktionov (78 Overall) - David Clarkson (78 Overall)
Jacob Josefsen (76 Overall) - Manny Malholtra (77 Overall) - Danius Zubrus (76 Overall)
Marc-Andre Bergeron (84 Overall) - Adam Larsson (85 Overall)
Andy Green (82 Overall) - Henrik Tallinder (83 Overall)
Anton Volchenkov (82 Overall) - Mark Fayne (79 Overall)
The Halifax Eagles headed into the 2013 off season with several questions, but none bigger than solving their goal scoring and goaltending woes. With a lacklustre free agent crop to choose from this year, the Eagles had to be strategic about managing their assets and crafting a lineup that would allow them to be competitive in the tough Eastern Conference.
Their first objective was to sign top prospect Nathan MacKinnon to a standard 3-year entry level contract. While he is not expected to make the opening night lineup, having MacKinnon signed for the foreseeable future is just one more thing management will not have to worry about down the road.
The Eagles issued qualifying offers to Shawn Matthias, Carter Camper, Anthony Camara, TJ Brennan, Colby Cohen, and Michael Hutchinson; while electing to let Jack Skille, Jamie Tardif, Garnet Exelby, Tyson Strachan, and Jose Theodore head to free agency. They then signed goaltender Jacob Markstrom to a 2-year contract, and defender Matt Gilroy a 2-year, 2-way deal.
With just over $25 million in cap space, the Eagles went all-out on the free agent market, doing their best to attract big name stars to the east coast. But curiously, the first big move for the team was a trade.
RW Viktor Stalberg
D Mike Weaver
C Carter Camper
HAL 2014 5th round pick
The Eagles acquired Viktor Stalberg to boost their right side. Stalberg finished last season with 18 goals and 43 points and will surely add some offense to a team dying for some goals.
LW Andy McDonald 80 OVR - 2 years, $2.850M per
G Ray Emery 77 OVR - 2 years, $1.000M per
RW Antti Miettinen 78 OVR - 1 year, $2.230M per
C Shawn Matthias 80 OVR - 3 years, $3.360M per
D Scott Hannan 79 OVR - 3 years, $2.155M per
C Damien Brunner 79 OVR - 3 years, $2.080M per
C Stefan Chaput 75 OVR - 1 year, 2-way, $845K per
RW Chris Connolly 75 OVR - 1 year, 2-way, $795K per
RW Dan Sexton 74 OVR - 2 years, 2-way, $765K per
LW Chris Bourque 74 OVR - 1 year, 2-way, $770K per
The New York Islanders made a pitch for RFA defenseman TJ Brennan - offering him a 3 year contract at $3.010M per. The Eagles could not see the sense in matching a deal like that for an unproven player in Brennan, so they took the 2nd round pick as compensation.
Opening Night Lineup:
Tomas Fleischmann 82 - Jonathan Huberdeau 87 - Andy McDonald 80
Sean Bergenheim 80 - "A" Stephen Weiss 83 - Viktor Stalberg 80
Antti Miettinen 78 - Shawn Matthias 80 - Damien Brunner 79
Dwight King 74 - Marcel Goc 78 - David Moss 78
"A" Brian Campbell 87 - Dmitry Kulikov 85
Jonathan Ericsson 77 - "A" Erik Gudbranson 80
Scott Hannan 79 - Matt Gilroy 76
x - Colby Cohen 75
Brandon Dubinsky sneaks behind the Gladiators' defense to put a breakaway goal.
A second round loss for the Columbus Blue Jackets would not have been good - they are a cup contender and had high expectations prior to this season. They had a somewhat disappointing regular season, finishing sixth, but have impressed thus far in the playoffs.
Seattle, on the other hand, made their first playoff appearance after being downright terrible during their first two seasons of existence. In this second round playoff match-up, the Blue Jackets came out on top in six games. Not a particularly surprising outcome - Columbus swept the first round and appears to be clicking at the right time. The Gladiators are just happy that they got where they did. It was a fantastic year for NHL hockey in Seattle.
Game 1: 3-1 Blue Jackets Win
Game 2: 4-0 Gladiators Win
Game 3: 3-2 Blue Jackets Win
Game 4: 4-2 Gladiators Win
Game 5: 3-0 Blue Jackets Win
Game 6: 2-1 Blue Jackets Win
^ Look on the bright side, it's one of the only times an expansion team has won a playoff round in their first appearance!
Business as Usual
1st Round Recap
April 29, 2022
The Mercury News
And yet again, the San Jose Sharks prove why they are the best team in the league, winning round round of the 2022 NHL playoffs. The Sharks beat the Nashville Predators in seven games, but it wasn't easy. But, as usual, the Sharks came up clutch in Game Seven winning 4-3 in overtime. Pavel Radulov scored the game-winning goal and was assisted by linemate Jussi Kurvinen.
Mark Visentin came up big for the Sharks many times during the series.
Mark Visentin came up big on two occasions, one in Game One and the other in Game Seven. Both games went to Overtime and Visentin had to make many saves. During Game One, the Predators scored with 15 seconds left in the third, but Visentin became a brick wall during overtime, saving all 20 shots that were projected to the net. In Game Seven, Visentin saved all 30 shots in overtime. The reason why the shot totals were so much was because the Sharks took seven unnecessary penalties that led to a Predators powerplay.
Game One: 2-3 2OTL
Game Two: 3-2 2OTW
Game Three: 1-4 W
Game Four: 2-4 W
Game Five: 2-4 L
Game Six: 4-1 L
Game Seven: 4-3 OTW
The Sharks will face the 2nd seeded Coyotes in the 2nd round.
Then did a mini **** up by trading my 2nd, 6th and 5th for a 2nd. Meant to ask for more than that coming back but I picked up two good players anyway at the draft in Ho-Sang and Kostalek. Ho-Sang is 4 1/2 stars whilst Kostalek is 4 stars. Looking to move some prospects up now and also next year I'll be going for the #1 overall pick for McDavid.
Want to have more picks next year as well to build up on prospects.
The play-offs were eventful. Won Round 1 against the Kings 4-2. Went down 3-0 against Edmonton in the 2nd because their goalie Hoivenen was just unstoppable. Beat them 3-0 in Game 4, 2-1 in OT in Game 5 and 4-0 in Game and 5-2 in Game 7. Eriksson scored 4 goals in the last game. Swept Calgary 4-0 and beat Buffalo 4-2.
"It had to End Like This"
2nd Round Recap
May, 2, 2022
The Mercury News
The San Jose Sharks lost to the Preds in seven games, which ends an era in their history.
"It had to end like this". That was all captain Cody Ceci had to say about the 5-4 Game 6 loss to the against the Phoenix Coyotes. "There's just nothing left to say, I'm speechless how it went down; I feel like I let everyone down with my play this year, especially GM Flamesrule. I'm beyond shocked." The Sharks didn't dominate the series like they usually do, so you knew that it was going to end badly, which it did. In Game One you could get the sense that things weren't going to go right, and it didn't. In Game One, the Sharks took a penalty 10 second in, you knew things weren't going right. And you definitely know things aren't going right when Mark Visentin let's in four goals per game.
The Sharks won two games in the series, but they were very lucky to win, as they were outshot each game. "In those games, all the bounces were going our way", said centerman Pavel Radulov. "But you knew it wasn't going to last; we needed to step our play up, but we didn't. That's why we didn't win. The better team lost."
Well, the bitterness still hasn't left. Sharks coaches had some fair words to say to the Coyotes, but we aren't going to repeat them in a newspaper article. GM Flamesrule also had some choice words that came out of his mouth, but we also won't share that. However, GM Flamesrule did have his end-of-the-season press conference:
"Hello Sharks fans. I am sorry to say that we lost in a grueling six game series against the Phoenix Coyotes. I still believe that this team still has it in them to win another cup or two. So, I leave you with these words: Keep your heads up as we won two Stanley Cups in the past ten years, keep your heads up as we won the division four times in the past ten years, and keep your heads up as the Sharks are the best team in the NHL, bar none. Long live San Jose!"
Game One: 4-1 W
Game Two: 3-4 L
Game Three: 1-4 W
Game Four: 4-1 L
Game Five: 2-5 L
Game Six: 5-4 L
So, I guess this is it; the 10 years are up. I had a ton of fun doing a Sharks dynasty; I'd definitely do it again. In the span of ten years, I went to the playoffs six times. In those six, I went past the first round five times, and in the five times I won the cup twice. I also won the division fives times, which isn't too shabby. Lasty, I hit 100 points four times. Overall, I'm happy with what I did.
Again, let's compare the 2012-2013 lineup to the 2017-2018 and the 2017-2018 lineup the the 10th year team:
Must say, the 2021-2022 team was the best team out of the three, I'm actually surprised that we didn't win the cup again.
Now, some here might be asking what team I'll do next. I'm thinking the Predators or the Rangers, but I'm leaning towards the Rangers. Reason being is that the Rangers are a team with not many good prospects and are dwindling out of a playoff spot. I think it'd be interesting to do them. This time it'll be 15 years and not 10 years.
Derek Morris (Left), Trade. Mason Raymond (Right), Free Agent Signing.
We aren't doing terrible but we're inconsistent, Morris is a well respected Defenceman with good stats, a good contract, and just all around a good pick-up. David Clarkson wasn't getting things done on the 3rd line, most of our Depth wasn't doing well either. Mason is a speedy winger that is more of a 'Sniper', but can pass.
We signed Mason Raymond to a 1 Year Contract worth $3,000,000, he is 28 years old. And the Morris trade details are below:
Ben Thomson (21 Years Old, Unsigned Prospect, 2 1/2 Stars)
Boston Bruins 2014 2nd Round Pick
Vancouver Canucks 2014 5th Round Pick
Derek Morris (35 Years Old, Top 4 Defenceman, 84 Overall)