Trade Rumor: Isles & Flyers eye Pacioretty

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Pacioretty on his way out of Montreal?

Larry Brooks of the New York Post has mentioned a trade rumour that has certainly ruffled a few feathers.

“We’re told the Islanders and Flyers are taking serious runs at Pacioretty, who has a club-friendly contract worth $4.5 million per that runs through 2018-19, but Montreal GM Marc Bergevin isn’t prone to dealing him in the East — if he’s willing to deal him at all after the roster freeze melts after Friday night’s games.”

Pacioretty would obviously be a big asset on either team, which leads to the question why trade him? If Montreal is to trade him it will have to be for a significant return.

The Islanders don’t seem a great fit after trading their 1st rounder to acquire Thomas Vanek. I do not think the Islanders make this move unless it is a cheap option, which it won’t be!

The Flyers would want to build a deal around Hartnell or Simmonds. Montreal fans would be looking for either B.Schenn or Couturier in any return deal.

Pacioretty is the scoring winger the Flyers could do with on their top line with Giroux. However, the Flyers are not Pacioretty away from a Stanley Cup. They should be looking to keep their young players and rebuild through the draft.

This trade is not a good fit and I can not see it happening.

A Krug powerplay

The answer to the Bruins power play woes?

The answer to the Bruins power play woes?

The last four years of the Bruins power play have been frustrating to watch. It has been nearly as frustrating as opening up your favorite hockey blog to see what is going on, only to be bombarded with story after story about Sidney Crosby…

But now it seems that an unlikely face is about to shake up one of the worst power play units in the NHL. Torey Krug has been playing the quarterback role on the first unit with David Kreji who in a video for NHL.COM said

“Every decision is the right decision. He shoots the puck when he has to, he passes the puck when he has to and it’s just fun to play with him.”

Hearing such high praise from such an influential player in Boston must just add to the confidence of Krug, who looks like he has been skating in the NHL for years.

Krug himself added that he is having an amazing time and is enjoying every aspect of the power play

“We have a lot of different skill sets on the power play. Whether it’s Krej with vision and his skill, Iggy’s one-timer, Looch’s ability to shoot the puck and to battle down low, and obviously Z can do all of that. There are a lot of different players on the power play but we’re having a lot of fun with it, moving the puck around and always trying to get better.”

Krug has been tipped for a possible Calder Trophy but with the likes of Seth Jones and Thomas Hertl stepping up Krug will have a battle on his hands. The Bruins have made two Stanley Cup Finals in the last three years with a lackluster power play. With a power play firing on all cylinders with a rookie defenseman who has taken to ice like a polar bear, the Bruins might be on their way to another Stanley Cup Final!

 

Monahan staking his claim as Flames sink Habs 3-2

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Jarome Iginla who? Calgary have been impressive as a team.

18 year old Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist as the Calgary Flames beat the Montreal Canadians 3-2 last night.

Monahan is staking his claim not to go back to the OHL past his 9 game limit. He certainly improved his chances of sticking around last night.

Speaking to NHL.COM Monahan has a very mature and proffesional approach that has not gone unnoticed by his coach Bob Hartley.

“I think just to continue to be a good pro, and that’s what I’m trying to do right now, the little things on the ice and off the ice and just be an everyday pro,” Monahan said.

He has the confidence of coach Bob Hartley.

“I just, sometimes, pinch myself wondering if I need to check his birth certificate,” Hartley said. “The poise that he’s showing for an 18-year-old kid … he’s having fun. He’s bringing passion, he’s bringing excitement and he’s learning. He’s a pretty special kid.”

It’s great to see a young player come straight into the team and have a significant impact, especially when they are an exciting playmaker. I for one will be watching his progress and see whether he can maintain the form needed to stay with the Flames.

The Habs will bounce back and cut out the mistakes from last nights game. A few defensive errors cost them which will be worked on in practice. It’s a long season and only just underway, but it’s great to see some young talent shinning through already.

Mason gets Berube’s Flyers off to a winning start

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Steve Mason made 33 saves to lead the Flyers to victory

Steve Mason made 33 stops to help secure the Flyers first win of the season against the Florida Panthers 2-1.

It wasn’t the prettiest of games and neither of the Flyers goals are going to win goal of the season, but a win is a win!

The main reason for that win was the seller play of Steve Mason in net for the Flyers and the unfortunate play of Tim Thomas in the Florida net.

Brayden Schenn and Braydon Coburn scored the goals for the Flyers that were virtually carbon copies of each other. Schenn tapped in a rebound from a wide shot that cannoned off the boards and back into the slot. This appeared to injure Thomas who was unable to prevent the tamest of wrist shots from Braydon Coburn on another odd bounce off the boards.

From a Flyers perspective it was nice to see a bit of luck when things aren’t going your way. This is especially true against Thomas who has dominated in Philly, previously going 8-0.

Claude Giroux continued his dry spell without a point all season and in all honestly didn’t look like scoring, I am still skeptical about playing Wayne Simmonds and Scott Hartnell on the first line with Giroux, who needs a more “technical” linemate to compliment his play. (I will save that for another article)

It’s nice to see Flyers net getting some positive praise rather than the other way around.

So well done Steve Mason!

Devils win 4-1, school Flyers young players

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Flyers need to up the intensity for the regular season

The New Jersey Devils scored 3 goals in the second to finish off the Flyers in a 4-1 victory at the Prudential Center.

Matt Read’s shorthanded goal in the 3rd was the only thing that stopped a shutout in goal after Cory Schneider had departed, replaced by Keith Kinkaid.

The Flyers played a fairly young team giving them the opportunity to shine. Unfortunately that backfired against a strong New Jersey team who seem to find a way to beat the Flyers each time they play.

With the regular season starting soon Philly will have to pick themselves up and look to get to the dirty areas and compete. The Devils outworked as well as outclassed the Flyers last night which is a familiar tale from matches gone by.