Geo took a look at the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2006 NHL Entry Level Draft yesterday, and played around a little with the Lightning’s picks. His conclusions? Erase Riku Helenius from the organization’s history (ow, my heart!), and nab Erik Condra as a young’un.
The rules for this Mulligan are that I can only select a player that was drafted within the next 20 draft picks after the Lightning’s selection. This is to give some reality to the possibility of having made the “right” pick according to who was available and who might have been on the draft board at the time. That means that I can’t turn a bust of a first round pick into a super star long shot seventh rounder.
The Lightning’s point pacing in the Atlantic Division seems to be a-okay.
Divisional Point Paces through 1/20/2018 pic.twitter.com/ZTcMzrRD9B— Mike Gallimore (@mikegallimore) January 21, 2019
Victor Hedman and Antron Stralman are back in the kitchen. This time, they made burgers.
"I don't know what happened" is always what you want to hear when someone cooks you food— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) January 21, 2019
Heddy and Strals are back in our @tecopeoplesgas Home Cooking Challenge, this time giving us their best : pic.twitter.com/JvKby3EbY3
Former Lightning player Martin St. Louis has been hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets:
This is different. #CBJ have hired HHOFer Martin St. Louis as a special teams consultant. St. Louis netted 317 points (101 goals, 216 assists) on the power play in his career.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) January 21, 2019
Could this pave the way for Marty to one day be behind the Bolts’ bench? Maybe!
“Marty St. Louis made himself into a Hall of Fame player through sheer determination, hard work and a great understanding of how to play the game the right way,” said Blue Jackets Head Coach John Tortorella, who coached St. Louis in Tampa Bay from 2000-08. “We’re still developing his role, but he has so much knowledge about our game and what it takes to be successful, both individually and within the team concept, that he’ll be a great asset to our players.”
The Syracuse Crunch will be collecting coats for the remainder of the month. All coats and gloves collected will be donated to We Rise Above the Streets, a local nonprofit organization assisting the homeless in Syracuse.
Today is our first day of the Cryomech Coat and Glove Drive.— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) January 21, 2019
Any fans that donate new or gently used coats and/or gloves during January will receive one (1) complimentary ticket to a choice of the Jan. 21, Jan 25 or Jan. 26 game.
Details: https://t.co/u0xLkNQvgk pic.twitter.com/zD8dVCJE02
The Crunch were victorious in their afternoon game against Binghamton yesterday, adding to the good news of the week before when the Crunch stopped their skid in its tracks.
With their scoring so balanced, there shouldn’t be too many games where they struggle to find goals (which makes their recent losing streak so perplexing), and it’s a good sign that there won’t be too many more losing steaks on the horizon. It’s also a byproduct of Coach Groulx’s search for depth. If he has six or seven forwards scoring on a consistent basis, he can flip them between lines to keep things fresh without any player dragging another down.
Monday, Cameron Gaunce, Alex Barre-Boulet, and Martin Ouellette saw career and/or organizational milestones during the game.
Alex Barre-Boulet is also the 11th rookie in #SyrCrunch franchise history with 20+ goals. The Crunch rookie record is 30 goals (Lonny Bohonos and Geoff Platt). Alex Volkov's 23 last season were the most by a rookie in the Lightning affiliation (2012-13).— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) January 21, 2019
“Just working hard and working on little things, little details and trying to get better everyday is what I got to focus on. Wait for the opportunity and take it when it’s there.”— Syracuse Crunch (@SyracuseCrunch) January 21, 2019
Marty Ouellette on getting the nod after weeks of practice with the #SyrCrunch. #BNGvsSYR pic.twitter.com/HOyypobZLy
The Crunch is also gearing up for their annual poker tournament this week.
SAVE THE NIGHT! Make plans to be @TSPoker at 7pm on Wed. Jan. 23rd to #faceoff against your favorite @SyracuseCrunch #hockey player in our annual #Knockout NLH tournament @TurningStone!— TSPoker (@TSPoker) January 21, 2019
Eliminate any Crunch player & he will remove his Jersey, sign it, and give it to you! #poker pic.twitter.com/vZtYDCYBT3
The Orlando Solar Bears had a tough week, but there’s some good news: Jonne Tammela is continuing to do well, and Oleg Sosunov scored his first goal of the season with them on Saturday.
The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms with Teuvo Teravainen on a five-year, $27 million contract extension yesterday. The forward is now contracted through the 2023-24 season.
“Teuvo has improved every year of his NHL career and has established himself as a cornerstone forward for the Hurricanes now and into the future,” said (GM Don) Waddell. “He has shown that he is capable of adapting and expanding his role with our team, becoming a key penalty killer for Rod this season. He’s still just 24 years old and we believe he will only continue to grow as a player.”
Teuvo Teräväinen #TakeWarning— CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) January 21, 2019
$27M Contract Extension
5 years x $5,400,000 AAV
Player (Signing Team)
1. Jason Zucker (MIN)
2. J.T. Miller (TBL)
3. Mika Zibanejad (NYR)
4. Ondrej Palat (TBL)
5. Nino Niederreiter (MIN)https://t.co/3p2mcEDEH2 pic.twitter.com/TDgaB6VUFW
The Edmonton Oilers extended Mikko Koskinen yesterday.
Mikko Koskinen extension with #oilers:— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) January 21, 2019
2020-2021: $3.3M+$500,000 SB
Carter Hart of the Philadelphia Flyers has worked with John Stevenson for over a decade. Stevenson is a sports psychologist, and he maintains that the difference in the players who succeed from those who don’t leans heavily on the mental side of things.
This is just my personal thought, but what’s the difference between the No. 1 goalie in the National Hockey League and the 60th? Well, really at the end of the day they all can make a blocker save. As (Islanders goalie coach) Mitch Korn says, “Everybody’s flexible. Everybody’s got certain strengths here and there, but they can all stop the puck.” When you get to that level, I think a lot of it has to do with the mental part of the game.
Josh Healey is a Calgary Flames prospect who worked to help out hockey players with a common question: Just how good is this agent/coach? (pay wall)
The NHL released their mid-season rankings for the 2019 Draft yesterday.
If you’re like me and pronouncing names isn’t a forte of yours....man, do I have the website for you!