August 30 News and Notes

Robert Cleave
August 30 2010 12:44PM

                                     

 

 

Ah, another enjoyable week spent away from the computer, with nothing but the dulcet tones of Winnipeg's unofficial mascot ringing in my ears. The hockey world did manage to grind on in my absence, however, and this week in the round-up, potential good news for number 22, the Oilers re-up a useful youngster, and the Panthers acknowledge a bit of reality.

 

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Sarich, Pelech and the Washington Capitals

Kent Wilson
August 30 2010 10:58AM

Montreal Canadiens' Benoit Pouliot (C) gets a shot on Washington Capitals goalie Semyon Varlamov (R) despite defensive pressure from the Capitals' Tom Poti (L) and Mike Green (bottom) in the third period of Game 2 of their NHL Eastern Conference quarter-final hockey series in Washington, April 17, 2010. The Capitals won the game in overtime.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY)

 

With the summer winding down and training camp rapidly approaching, the impetus to make roster decisions is increasing. Not only in Calgary, where a glut of defenders and a bloated cap budget have the team in a pickle, but elsewhere throughout the league.

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Bright Spots - Miikka Kiprusoff

Pat Steinberg
August 27 2010 08:29PM

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 25: Goalie Miikka Kiprusoff #34 of the Calgary Flames against the New York Islanders during an NHL game at the Nassau Coliseum on March 25, 2010 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Looking at more of the positives following a disappointing 2009-10 season for the Calgary Flames, you can't go very far without getting to Miikka Kiprusoff.  The 33 year old goaltender had one of his best seasons of his career, a season that can't be done justice solely by looking at statistics.

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In Defense of David Moss

Kent Wilson
August 27 2010 11:02AM

 

  

In the wake of a disappointing season, a lot of Flames players have become targets for fan angst - some deservedly, others not-so-much. David Moss has become one such target for a variety of reasons.

Perhaps primary amongst them is the fact that he just isn't all that compelling a player upon inital inspection. A former seventh rounder with mostly nominal counting stats under his belt, Moss isn't overly big, can't skate all that fast and doesn't have an impressive shot. He's a player that can fade into the background of many a game.

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Flames Scoring Chances - Jay Bouwmeester

Robert Cleave
August 25 2010 03:02PM

                                  

Last time around, I had a look at Robyn Regher's 09/10 by 5v5 scoring chances. Today, Jay Bouwmeester gets his turn under the lens. It was a difficult first season in the Red and Black for the Flames' prize free agent catch, with his boxcars falling off the planet. He shot about 2% for the season, though, and since shooting percentages do fluctuate, I still wanted to see how the club's scoring chance numbers looked when he was patrolling the blue.

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