What to expect from Jaromir Jagr…Some questions for the Ducks…A look at a potential shutdown tandem on the Sharks defense…Guessing who could be left off the Blackhawks roster…Response regarding Dustin Penner’s “beer bellyish” look…Wondering about Kyle Cumiskey’s status…Wondering if Wild fans should care about Jordan Hendry’s training camp invite…A look back at the career of goalie Jacques Caron.
HOUSES OF THE HOCKEY: Rick Moldovanyi wonders what the Flyers can expect from Jaromir Jagr this season, reminding folks of his strong performance in the 2010 Winter Olympics, as well as his getting crushed by an Alexander Ovechkin open-ice hit. He wonders if the 39-year-old Jagr is up for the grind of an 82-game schedule, something he hasn’t gone through since 2007-08.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a gamble both Jagr and the Flyers are willing to take. Regardless of what one might think of the player or the team, I’m hoping that Jagr can at least have a respectable season, and that Flyers fans bear in mind he’s incapable of being the dominant player he once was.
HOCKEY TRACKER: poses some questions for the Anaheim Ducks, such as wondering if Teemu Selanne can return, will Jonas Hiller be healthy, what the bottom six forwards will look like, and if their youngsters can step up.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It looks promising for Selanne and Hiller, Cam Fowler should continue to improve and it’s possible another young Duck will made significant strides. As for their checking lines, that’s a question that won’t be fully answered until probably several weeks into the season. On paper, the Ducks appear to lack depth on their bottom six.
FEAR THE FIN: “Mr. Plank” suggests the combination of Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic has the potential to be the Sharks shutdown pairing for years to come, noting Vlasic can cover for Burns’ defensive weaknesses, while Burns can make up for Vlasic’s offensive shortcomings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Sharks defense pairings have yet to be established, a Burns-Vlasic pairing has considerable possibilities.
RANT SPORTS: Randy Holt wonders which players could be left off the Blackhawks final roster, suggesting John Scott and Rostislav Olesz could find it difficult finding a regular spot.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could be an interesting situation. Scott has apparently worked hard in the off-season on improving his overall game, while Olesz has natural offensive skills which he’s only shone in flashes so far in his NHL career.
JEWELS FROM THE CROWN: “Quisp” noted a recent unflattering picture of Kings forward Dustin Penner and his “kind of beer bellyish” stomach, offering up responses to trolls.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Penner, who is heading into a contract year, has a strong season, no one will remember his apparently “beer bellyish” look in late-August.
MILE HIGH HOCKEY: David Driscoll-Carignan asks an interesting question: “Where is Kyle Cumiskey?”. The RFA defenseman has yet to re-sign with the Avalanche, leading Driscoll-Carignan to wonder why.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cumiskey isn’t on the same level of talent as more notable RFA blueliners like Drew Doughty, Luke Schenn and Zach Bogosian, but the fact he’s still unsigned (and it’s not because the Avs lack the cap space to sign him) makes one wonder about the status of his contract talks.
HOCKEY WILDERNESS: “BReynolds” noted the Wild have invited former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Jordan Hendry to training camp, and wondered where he might fit in the organization.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As “BReynolds” suggested, Hendry could be used on the Wild farm team, or perhaps if he has a solid training camp, he might be able to attract interest from another club.
THE STRANGEST ONE OF ALL: Scotty Wazz brings us his latest installment of “Absurd Goalie Monday”. This week: Jacques Caron.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m so old, I still have a couple of his hockey cards from the early 1970s.