October 18th, 2013 In Pittsburgh Penguins, Player Profiles 0 comments

Penguins' fans, Olli Maatta is here to stay. Let's go back in time to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, held right here in Pittsburgh, Pa. Pens' GM Ray Shero had just pulled off the blockbuster deal of his tenure by sending Jordan Staal to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin, and the 'Canes' first round draft...

October 17th, 2013 In Montreal Canadiens, Player Profiles 2 comments

Prior to the start of the truncated 2012-2013 season most in the hockey world pegged the chances of the Montreal Canadiens reaching the post-season on 4 specific issues The Habs chances of success in the 2012-2013 season depended on (in no particular order) Carey Price's performance Andrei Markov's health Brandon Prust's impact Being...

October 16th, 2013 In Los Angeles Kings, Player Profiles 0 comments

It's not necessarily a popular opinion amongst many Kings fans over at LetsGoKings.com, but after tonight's 5-1 shellacking at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lighting, I just don't care. It's time to quit tinkering with weird top-six combinations and go back to the basics. Coach Sutter, after seeing Dwight King skate on the top line, I've...

October 15th, 2013 In Montreal Canadiens, NHL Goaltending, Player Profiles 2 comments

He isn't seeing a different hair stylist or spending time at the tanning salon. Carey Price looks different in the net. I've noticed it, play-by-play and color commentators say so in game, and the TV and print media have documented it. He's different this season. Price's performance in Vancouver on Oct. 12th was his finest effort in recent...

October 11th, 2013 In Montreal Canadiens, Player Profiles 0 comments

Did any player on the 2012-2013 Montreal Canadiens have greater expectations and spotlight placed on them than Brandon Prust? It shouldn't be a complicated argument. Yes, some players had what could be considered breakout years (thinking Subban and Eller). Several newcomers were pleasant surprises (thinking Galchenyuk and Gallagher). Some players...

October 9th, 2013 In Montreal Canadiens, Player Profiles 0 comments

By Matthew Macaskill (@Habsology) The year is 2012 and the Montreal Canadiens are closing out a dismal season that sees them finish last place in the Eastern Conference and third to last in the league. Carey Price fails to finish the year due to a concussion. Fan favourite Michael Cammalleri is traded in the middle of a game to the Calgary...

October 8th, 2013 In Montreal Canadiens, Player Profiles 1 comments

Kyle McLaren hitting Richard Zednik. As we watched Lars Eller face down on the ice following a check from Ottawa's Eric Gryba in last May's playoff race, my mind immediately raced back to an incident over 11 years ago. Kyle McLaren hitting Richard Zednik. In a first-round playoff game between the Habs and the Bruins on April 25th, 2002,...

October 4th, 2013 In Los Angeles Kings, Player Profiles 0 comments

Just over three years ago, the Kings' Drew Doughty was a whisker away from winning his first of maybe ten straight Norris Trophies. He was named a finalist for the 2010 award, after all, along with Washington's Mike Green and Chicago's Duncan Keith. He easily deserved the nomination, scoring 16 goals, dishing out 43 assists and registering...

October 2nd, 2013 In Buffalo Sabres, Player Profiles 1 comments

After a very strong training camp, Rasmus Ristolainen has secured a spot on the Buffalo Sabres roster. Just as Mikhail Grigorenko did last season, Ristolainen will begin the following season on the senior club right after being drafted in the summer. The 2013 first-round pick may also have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of another...

October 1st, 2013 In Columbus Blue Jackets, Player Profiles 0 comments

The Columbus Blue Jackets have not filled their vacant captaincy position since trading away Rick Nash, the original "face of the franchise" in July of 2012. Brandon Dubinsky was an assistant captain for the 2013 season, and not only is he looking to replace some of the scoring lost when Vinny Prospal left the team, but here I make the case for...

September 29th, 2013 In Minnesota Wild, Player Profiles 0 comments

On June 24, 2011, forward Charlie Coyle was acquired by the Minnesota Wild along with Devin Setoguchi and a first round pick in exchange for a second round selection and veteran Brent Burns who joined the San Jose Sharks. Coyle has excelled throughout his hockey career and recently earned a spot with the Wild last season.  In thirty-seven games...

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