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Dater’s Daily: Evander Kane scores in first game back, NHL trade buzz on Jakob Chychrun



Evander Kane

Good Sunday to you all. Sunny day here in Denver, blue skies, temps in the ’50s. Meanwhile, my old home grounds in New England are buried in snow and minus temperatures. I don’t miss shoveling huge amounts of snow AT ALL. Let’s do some NHL notes, starting with an update on everybody’s favorite player and person, Evander Kane:

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  • Kane scored a goal in his first game back from suspensions and whatnot, for the Edmonton Oilers against Montreal. So far, so good for the controversial winger. But how long will that last? (Edmonton Journal)
  • Avalanche assistant GM Chris MacFarland was in Arizona the other night for the Coyotes-Bruins game. Just doing a little advance scouting for Tuesday’s game at Ball Arena? I doubt it. He was most likely doing some scouting on potential trade acquisitions. Coyotes D-man Jakob Chychrun is said to be on the trade block, along with guys who played in that game, like Phil Kessel and Jake DeBrusk.
  • In the case of Chychrun, a very good D-man, he would cost a lot. The rumor is Arizona would need four “assets” in return. Here’s more on his situation (NBC Sports)
  • MacFarland, by the way, remains under consideration for other GM jobs, including in Anaheim.
  • Montreal: Out all season, Canadiens goaltender Carey Price took to the ice in full equipment on Saturday. He didn’t take any shots. As a result, Price only stayed on the ice for about 10 minutes prior to leaving.
  • Calgary: Flames coach Darryl Sutter wants more from veteran defenseman Nikita Zadorov. Have we heard something like that before?
  • Washington: The Capitals beat Dallas after chasing former Washington netminder Braden Holtby from the net via a five-goal barrage.
  • The Flames are reportedly interested in Vancouver forward Conor Garland (Calgary Hockey Now)
  • A heartwarming story on a longtime Flyers fan, a great lady (Philly Hockey Now)
  • Taylor Hall talks more about why he didn’t fight Gabe Landeskog after the hit on Nathan MacKinnon (Boston Hockey Now)
  • The Avs play in Boston on Feb. 23, by the way. Just sayin’.
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AD-any of those under consideration a definite upgrade (to include any chemistry issues)? Here’s to MacK being back and fully healthy for that game in clam-digger land, and that the team puts the sticks where the Bruins popsicle can be formed.

peter martin

Hall too chicken to fight in Denver

Yan Girard

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Fox News and Yan Girard. That explains it all.

Yan Girard



Another view of the peaceful truckers in Ottawa. Nice touch – raiding a soup kitchen for food.

Last edited 10 months ago by ricoflashback

Chychrun’s price tag is way too high, especially for a D whose numbers are far from elite at the moment. Hard pass on Hotdogs too. DeBrusk is interesting (not as much as Giroux) but I don’t understand why so many out there believe we need another forward.


I thought I read the number wrong – – a plus/minus -57 for Chychrun for his career. Yes, this isn’t the be all, end all of statistics, but it does tell you something. And playing for a poor team like Arizona doesn’t help anyone’s stats. Girard is a career +14. Devon Toews is a +70 in his four year stint in the NHL. What a fleece job by Sakic in getting Toews for two second round picks. No wonder the Islanders are sucking wind with moves like that. Chiarot is a -20 for his career but he had much better… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by ricoflashback

Yeah, +/- is a deceiving stat. I’ve really started ignoring it altogether. When comparing defensemen I prefer to look at things like scoring chances against per 60 or Corsi against per 60, which are both basically the same thing.


It might be a deceiving stat but it also tells a story. Take a look at these stats. You can also sort it by any column you want. The point is – – the great ones ALL have a positive +/- ratio. Sure – – it can be skewed by the team you played with (Rob Blake was a -4 for his career and he was a good defenseman in my book) but the central theme is there. Also – – while you might score a lot of points, if your +/- ratio is bad, what’s the point, no pun… Read more »

Last edited 10 months ago by ricoflashback

My favorite D-man of all time, Prongs, is way down the list at #36…


27th in points ain’t too shabby. But my all-time pick is Ray Bourque. Other folks might say Bobby Orr or Larry Robinson – – but Bourque had it all. Incredible skater, great, accurate shot and thighs the size of tree trunks. He’d take you off the puck, in the corner, hammer you with those thighs and send a perfect clear out pass all at once. Nicklas Lidstrom was also special. His anticipation was unreal. And the “Vladinator” would have been much higher rated if it wasn’t for the unfortunate accident. Tough as nails, he ride you off the puck in… Read more »

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Bob Neal

There’s a great Utube (Montreal/Boston transgressions) showing Chris Nilan punching one of the Bruins on the bench after he got tossed out of the game from 1987 (or so) and Larry is basically squared off with Ray but nothing transpired. My two favorite defensemen of all time. They are the archetypical model for what a defenseman should be Yan. Good news is at least we seem to be on the same page politically.


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