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A Look At PA Parenteau

Last season was the breakout year for New York Islanders forward P.A. Parenteau. Playing 81 games last season for the Islanders, PA had 53 points, 20 of those being goals. 

Signed by the Islanders during the off-season last year, PA Parenteau was coming off a season filled with ups and downs with the Rangers, literally. Parenteau was "the guy" the Rangers would call up if they needed an extra forward for a game, playing most of the season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, now Connecticut Whale. 

Right out of 2010 training camp, Parenteau seemed optimistic. This was the first time in his career an NHL team gave him an actual chance in the league, not just using h...

Best of the Rest

With the huge sprint that started when the clock hit July 1st, a lot of players have landed in new situations or simply resigned with their respective teams. 

But there are still a bunch of players that are still waiting for a call from an NHL general manager with a contract offer. Maybe, simply a tryout offer. Just something, even someone saying they are interested!

And it's not like the guys left over are pushovers, there is a bunch of them that are grizzled veterans that teams need in the playoffs. Some guys might sign for cheap, just for another chance to play again. 

Here are the best of the rest by position:

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John Madden: he worked out...

What to do about the ‘Yotes: The problem dogging NHL Realignment

A few weeks ago, Kyle Busch posted his view on the seeming inevitable realignment of teams in the next couple of years. The NHL’s thought process seems to be focused on cleaning up the time zone distribution of its teams and making the TV scheduling (and the advertising that goes with it) more convenient for fans. It has to be an improvement over the current divisions, right?

I made a case in the comments section of that post for a 16-14 East-West split (below) that made exceptions to the time zone rule in order to maintain current rivalries (Detroit – Chicago) and build new ones (Nashville to the East with other relatively new franchises in Carolina and Florida).

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Early Atlantic Predictions.

 

With free agency slowing down and teams starting to finalize rosters, I felt it would be a decent time (albeit early) to take a look at the Atlantic and make a few predictions for some mid-summer discussion.

Best Goaltender – With the addition of Ilya Bryzgalov to the Flyers, the Atlantic division boasts at least four very good goaltenders. Marc-Andre Fleury, Ilya Bryzgalov, Martin Brodeur, and Henrik Lundqvist make up this list.  The goaltender that will have the best season next year is going to be Henrik Lundqvist.  With another season under the belt of that young defense, King Henrik will be looking at another fantastic season and a Vezina nomination...

Dvorak Adds Needed Veteran Presence

New Dallas Stars forward Radek Dvorak is not the same hockey player he used to be.  

PHOTO CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS

The veteran Czech enters his 16th NHL season as a reliable utility player, and now an asset of the Dallas Stars for the upcoming season.  The former Panther, Oiler, Ranger, Blue and Thrasher has gone through all sorts of team types.  Winning teams, losing teams, teams that made the playoffs, teams that didn't even come close.

The now young Dallas Stars team will come to love that veteran experience.  The former first round pick of the Florida Panthers in 1995 has had an...

Who Will Be Next To Captain The Islanders?

There have been many great hockey players who have played for the New York Islanders that were honored in wearing the C on their jersey as captain. The most recent is Doug Weight, who announced his retirement a few weeks back and has accepted a new role with the team as an assistant coach. His leadership and advice will continue to serve well in the locker room and on the ice, but it will be time for someone new to fill the void.

Many feel that Mark Streit would be fitting for the next captain. He's one, if not the most reliable veteran on the team and produces consistently as the team's offensive defenseman who quarterbacks the power play. He arguably has been one of Garth ...

Lockout 2012?

Is it too soon to be worrying about the possibility of a 2012 NHL lockout? Yes, children it is. One may ask themselves, is the NHL really, REALLY dumb enough to endure yet another season without hockey, especially when it appears that they are starting to climb their way back out of obscurity and into the public forum? With the success of American NHL teams in hotbed cities, (Boston, Chicago, etc), the charm of the Winter Classic, and the silver medal for the Americans at the Olympics in Vancouver, it wouldn't make sense to put a freeze on the growth of your product. But hey, we all have to remember that Gary Bettman is in charge of the NHL, and he ...

NHL owners open their wallets and put good sense on hold

The collective bargaining agreement between NHL owners and the players association expires at the end of next season, and it already appears certain that absurdity is in the offing.

That much was made clear by events this weekend. It was touted as "free agent frenzy", which it decidedly wasn't, just as the NHL entry draft a week earlier was about as exciting as watching the Sedin twins throw themselves to the ice in faked agony every time they feel a breeze from a passing player. There was no frenzy, just more evidence (in large amounts) that the people who own hockey teams don't deserve to be protected from themselves, so blatant and repetitive are their acts of s...

Where can Phoenix go?

Hey guys, a good friend of mine had sent me a blog post that he thought would be a good discussion for The Checking Line. Victor creates some good argument points for why Phoenix can move into either Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington.

(Victor D’Alesio – Checking Line member and reader)

With all the fun and exciting news around the NHL this off-season, it is only fitting that someone projects where the Phoenix Coyotes will end up in the years to come.  While most of the hockey world was busy following #jagrwatch (I was hoping it would be #strakawatch), I was thinking about where Phoenix should go.  In doing a little bit of research, I came up with a ...

Salary Cap Inflates Prices

Ever wonder why there has been so many ridiculously huge salary cap hits being handed out all over the place?

I guess we only have the NHL to blame.

With the salary cap going up from last year about $5 million, teams have found that they can spend more than is needed. Even looking at the signings that have happened already, there have been some major overspending. Here are some contracts handed out that I thought were a bit much:

Over Spending on Free Agents (cap hit in millions)PLAYERTEAMCAP HIT YEARSWisniewski5.56Ehrhoff4.010Cole4.54Jovanovski4.14Ericsson3.253Souray1.651Hejda3.254Leino4.56Fleischmann4.54Kopecky3.04Montador2.754Laich4.56Pardy2.02Belanger1.753Fiddler1....