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Defensive Woes Continue: New System or Same Problems?

While the Islanders’ 7-5 win over the Dallas Stars was a very exciting game to watch from an offensive standpoint, it was almost equally as unbearable to watch from a defensive standpoint.

Flyers Lose Third Straight After Loss to Hurricanes

Two critical mistakes in the defensive zone allowed the Carolina Hurricanes to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday night by a score of 2-1.

This loss marks the third in a row, and the second in as many nights for the beleaguered Flyers, who continue to search for win number one, and more than one goal in a game, on the early season.

Coburn's Nightmare Season Likely Ends

General Manager Paul Holmgren announced on Friday that Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn will be out indefinitely with a separated shoulder. With only a handful of games left in the season, this likely means his season is done.

The length of his departure all depends on the degree of his shoulder's separation, but risking further injury in a season like the one that has unfolded makes close to zero sense. Coburn's departure has promped a callup of Adirondack Phantoms defenseman Oliver Lauridsen.

Originally a steal in the trade from the Atlanta Thrashers for Alexei Zhitnik back in 2007, the 28-year-old Saskatchewan native posted just five points through 33 games—a stark contrast to his 36 point season in 2007-08. His point production has sharply decreased since that point to the lowest it has ever been in his career as a Flyer by far.

(Photo from Philly.com)

David VS Goliath: Are the Flames a bunch of Davids?

The Flames have a woeful Goals Against this year. That stat is directly parable to the quality of defense shown lately. There is a trend emerging that shouldn't be ignored.

Many teams are searching for that one giant player that gives them a physical presence. Is it time for the Flames to seek out their own Goliath?

Sean Couturier Has 'Always Been Defense First,' Doesn't Plan To Change

By the end of his rookie campaign, the 19-year-old was utilized as the Flyers top shut-down forward and was given the weighty responsibility of facing the opponent’s top scoring competition. The most notable instance of this came in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins was virtually non-existent thanks to Couturier.

Long Island: Lub it or Leave it

The recent news of Lubomir Visnovsky filing a grievance with the NHLPA has Islander fans hanging their heads in despair. He has filed a grievance in an attempt to uncover a “No Trade Clause” that wasn’t honored at the time of the trade. It’s hard to decide if the actual news was the most painful or the fact that the Rangers netted Rick Nash for a bag of sweet tarts and a draft pick in a similar time frame. (Photo Credit, clydeorama/Flickr)

For playing under the same city name, the Rangers and Islanders could not be more different at the moment. Consistently, the Rangers keep improving on an already well stocked roster. They are able to speed up the process of rebuilding with their young players by pairing them with proven and perennial All Stars. It is a formula that leaves the Islanders in the dust.

In terms of young, raw talent the Islanders have the edge. However, an unproven stock- pile of draft picks does not win many games. The Rangers are able to introduce young players into the fold while adding great players in their prime.

It is like the Islanders rebuild plan but on steroids.

The Visnovsky Dilemma: Where Will Isles' Defense Be?

As Rob McGowan reported on July 24, Lubomir Visnovsky has filed a grievance with the NHLPA regarding last month's trade to the Islanders. The reasoning? He claims his no-trade clause (which he had back in Edmonton) is still valid, and the Ducks never got the green light from him for the trade. (photo cred for this and frontpage summary image: Bridget Samuels/flickr)

This whole situation is reminiscent of a fight with a friend in which the friend insists he/she doesn't mind the result of something you did, just the fact that you did it. If Visnovsky really doesn't mind Long Island, and likes what he's hearing from GM Garth Snow regarding his role coming into next season, why even bother filing the grievance? Principle, he says.

Shutdown performance a sign of potential

Following the Philadelphia Flyers impressive 1-0 win on Sunday night against the Washington Capitals, the team finally displayed that they are capable of shutting down an opponent’s offense.

When push comes to shove, the Flyers haven’t proven that they can win those kind of tight games.

That of course was before Sunday night.

Blackhawks Acquire Oduya from Winnipeg

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2nd and 3rd round pick in 2013. 

Addressing a very glaring need for the Hawks on the blue line, GM Stan Bowman paid a decent price to land the 6'0" 190 lbs defenseman from Sweden in the hopes that he will help cut back on Chicago's recent defensive woes. 

In 63 games this year, Oduya has two goals and thirteen points and is a minus nine. His production this year has not been as significant as it has in recent years, but a change of scenery can certainly help with that.

Oduya carries a $3.5 Million dollar cap hit that will fit snugly into the remain...

Montreal Acquires Fourth Generation Hab Geoffrion; Trades Gill to Nashville

On Friday afternoon, as the Montreal Canadiens were preparing to face the Buffalo Sabres (when else other than game day), news broke on twitter via RDS reporter Renaud Lavoie that Hal Gill has been traded to the Nashville Predators. The trade comes mere hours after the Flyers traded for their own defenseman, Nicklas Grossman on Thursday evening.

Moments later, the trade was made extra official by the Canadiens' official twitter feed, reporting that the Habs have acquired Blake Geoffrion, Robert Slaney, and a  2nd round pick in this year's draft in exchange for the American defenseman (the Preds will get a conditional 5th rou...