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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Flames Scoring Chances 2009-10 - Broad Strokes

Kent Wilson
August 25 2010 03:00PM

SUNRISE, FL - FEBRUARY 5: Jamal Mayers #19 of the Calgary Flames looks into the net at the goal scored by Ales Kotalik (not pictured) past Goaltender Tomas Vokoun #29 of the Florida Panthers on February 5, 2010 at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

 

Both Pat Steinberg and Robert Cleave have made reference to Flames scoring chances recently. For those unaware, I took it upon myself to count scoring chances* last season and managed to tally 72 of Calgary's 82 games, with the results of each individual contest documented here. My efforts were part of a larger project shared by a number of bloggers around the net and will likely continue and expand going forward.

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