September 27 2012 10:39AM
It isn’t often that a forward playing Junior B hockey at the age of 17 develops into a top four NHL defenseman. Don’t tell that to Jason Garrison, though. Most hockey fans had little idea who he was before the 2011-12 season, unless they were a fan of the Florida Panthers or happened to stumble upon James Mirtle’s 2011 column on the top defensive defensemen around the league.
Scoring 16 goals in 2011-12 changed all of that. Garrison was one of the most sought after UFAs this past summer. He rose from relative obscurity to sign a six-year deal worth $4.6 million per season in a little over two years. How, exactly, did he do it?
Read on past the jump to find out.
September 26 2012 04:43PM
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September 26 2012 12:27PM
Alex Steen made his controversial debut for Modo on Tuesday evening.
Today the Sedin twins turn 32 (and a happy birthday to them both). Their purpose on this Earth is to deliver sweet tape-to-tape backhand saucer passes to each other, and Canucks fans have been very fortunate to get to watch and enjoy their careers over the past decade.
There has been a lot of speculation about where the Sedin twins might end up playing in the event that the NHL lockout goes for a full season. It's possible that their reluctance to commit to playing in Sweden's top-tier professional hockey league is connected to the fact that the NHL Lockout has exported its internecine strife abroad to the Scandinavian peninsula (and to the KHL as well, for that matter).
Read on past the jump.
September 26 2012 08:26AM
An offer sheet for you and you and... (photo: kurichan+ / flickr cc)
Offer sheets are nothing new to the game, but why don't we see them used more regularly by the league's General Mangers? It's something Cory Schneider brought up during a post-practice scrum on Monday. Asked to comment on Red Wings executive Jim Devellano's comparison of players to cattle and owners to ranchers, Schneider was more interested in talking about Devellano's comments that managers operated under an unspoken rule - or a gentleman's agreement - that they wouldn't target each other's restricted free agents.
September 25 2012 08:48PM
If you're anyting like Detroit Red Wings' Senior VP of Barnyard Operations, Jim Devellano, it's sometimes hard to tell elite hockey players apart from the rest of the herd. But never fear, the handy chart above should help you out if you ever get into a pinch.
Now, far be it from me to judge a Lester Patrick Trophy winner like Jimmy Devellano, but the cattle comment was a bit over the top. If there's anything I've learned over the years, it's that you don't poke the bear. You lure it with some bait, and then shoot it while it's not looking.
Wait. No. Not only is that the wrong analogy, it's the wrong animal.
We're talking barnyard animals today, especially those that make up the NHL's pecking order...