The Press Box: July 9, 2012
Will we see a Doan decision today?
It was rumoured on Canada Day that Shane Doan would be deciding on where he would play on July 9th for the next season. Whether that still holds true, expect his signing to have a domino effect on other free agents (Semin, Wolski, Hagman, etc.) and potential trade targets (Nash, Ryan, etc.). Eleven teams are reportedly interested in Doan’s services. New York, Detroit and Montreal are among the group, according to various reports.
Taormina inks a one-year deal with the Bolts
Matt Taormina signed with the Lightning on the weekend for one year at an undisclosed amount. Last season, he didn’t see much time on the powerplay with the Devils, but two years ago he averaged 3:03 a game on the powerplay while manning the point next to Kovalchuk. In the 2009-10 season, the undrafted twenty-five year-old put up a fantastic total of fifty points for the Lowell Devils. He’s a true darkhorse as he would have to pass over Carle, Salo, Bergeron and Barberio on the depth chart to get any powerplay time.
The hardest working Russian in the NHL?
As expected, Sergei Bobrovsky hopes to be the starter in Columbus. From the Columbus Dispatch: “Playing with Ilya, I learned lots of important things, which will help my career,” Bobrovsky told The Dispatch in an email interview. “Now I prepare myself for proving that I’m deserving to be No. 1. I’m really excited to have an opportunity to become No. 1. Obviously, it’s for the coaches to decide. I will do my best to play more, though, because I love to play.” “Paul told me he’s the hardest-working player he’s ever had,” Howson said. “There were times when he would be in his office right next to the weight room at 4 p.m. on a practice day and he would hear weights crashing. It was Sergei, working out when everybody else had gone home. He told me he got a better (trade) offer from an Eastern Conference team, but he didn’t want to put him there.”
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An under-the-radar minor-league signing
Mark Dekanich signed with the Winnipeg Jets after playing in the Blue Jackets system the past season. Dekanich had tremendous potential prior to the year to take over in Columbus, but injuries struck him early and often and he was never able to grab even a start at the NHL level in the 2011-12 season. Two years ago, Dekanich had phenomenal numbers at the AHL level with a 23-12-5 record, 2.02 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. He will likely be battling for the starting spot in St. Johns with Edward Pasquale, but after this season, the two goaltenders will have a shot at battling for the backup spot to Ondrej Pavelec.
Lidstrom to stay on as a scout
Nicklas Lidstrom will be a scout for the Red Wings in the near future and likely in Europe.
Top powerplay movers
Top powerplay minute munchers to switch teams: Suter (3:41 avg), Sullivan (3:38), Visnovsky (3:32), Wideman (3:16), Jagr (3:15), Foster (3:06), Jokinen (3:06), Holmstrom (3:03), Parenteau (2:56), Ribeiro (2:51), van riemdsyk (2:47)
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