Monthly Archives: August 2012

WONDERFUL CAREER: FRANTISEK KABERLE RETIRES

Frantisek Kaberle

Photo by Dan4th Nicholas (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

News from the IIHF that veteran Czech defenseman Frantisek Kaberle, a 9-year NHLer, has decided to retire – after a more remarkable career than I originally thought.  Find out why after the jump…

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PHOENIX COYOTES 2012/13 – PLAYER BY PLAYER SEASON PREVIEW

Keith Yandle

Photo by Michael Wifall from Tucson, USA [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Due to popular demand (Kyle), I am going out of order today to take a look at the Phoenix Coyotes’ roster.  Enjoy.
In preparation for the 2012-13 NHL Season, IceNationUK will be taking a look at each team on a player-by-player basis.  This isn’t really about predicting overall how well the teams will do, where they’ll end up in the standings, line combinations, or even guessing at individual player stats, but is more about analysing the make-up of each roster.  Of course rosters are yet to be finalised, but I will be using the rosters as stated on each individual team’s website.

I am by no means an expert on every single player in the league, but through looking at traditional “box car” stats (G, A, P, PIMs, TOI, +/-, etc.) and also using Robert Vollman’s Player Usage Charts, I hope to piece together a reasonable, realistic view of each player.  Please don’t hesitate to comment if you agree or disagree.

So without further ado, here is the anticipated 2012-13 roster for the Phoenix Coyotes.

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GOOD TIMES CONTINUE: JORDAN EBERLE SIGNS 6 YEAR, $36M EXTENSION

Jordan Eberle

Photo courtesy of Resolute, via Wikimedia Commons

Brilliant news out of Edmonton, as the Oilers have announced that they have re-signed star right-winger Jordan Eberle to a 6 year extension for $6m per season.

Simply put, this is a fantastic deal.  Eberle has put up better numbers in both his first two NHL seasons than Taylor Hall, and I thought that was a great deal.  Eberle could have demanded more money, but thankfully for the Oilers, he was smart enough not to.  I’m of the opinion that Eberle is a fantastic talent, but he will quite probably regress a small bit this season as he was the recipient of an abnormally high shooting percentage.  He is definitely a first line player though, and to have him locked up for another six years is great news for Oilers fans.

Edmonton now has its core.  Hall and Eberle will be terrorising NHL teams together for at least another 7 years.  The future starts now.

OTTAWA SENATORS EXTEND KYLE TURRIS WITH 5-YEAR CONTRACT, $3.5M PER SEASON

Kyle Turris

Photo by Michael Wifall from Tucson, USA (Kyle Turris getting stick-lifted by Taylor Pyatt) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The Senators have re-signed 23 year old center – and former 3rd Overall Draft Pick of the Phoenix Coyotes – Kyle Turris to a 5 year contract extension at $3.5m per year.  Turris was traded to Ottawa by the Coyotes in December 2011 for highly-touted defence prospect David Rundblad.  Turris had earlier that season been in a bitter contract hold-out situation with Phoenix, as he was reportedly unhappy with playing there and was apparently demanding $3-4m in salary or to be traded.  Well he eventually got both his wishes.

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EDMONTON OILERS: THE LINUS OMARK ERA COMES TO AN END

Linus Omark

Photo by Krm500 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Diminutive-but-supremely-skilled Swedish forward Linus Omark has made the decision to play for Zug in the Swiss NLA, although the Oilers retain his rights for another two years.  This comes following a difficult season for the outspoken (or honest, as I prefer to think of him) Omark, where after everyone thought he had made it to the NHL to stay, playing time in Edmonton became difficult to come by and he was eventually sent back down to the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons to get some prime minutes.  Everything was going well, with Linus doing his usual trick of ripping up the competition at that level, but then he proceeded to break his leg.  Had that not happened, he could very well have clawed his way back up.  Whilst he did recover and even get recalled to Edmonton later in the year, he was not placed in a position to succeed and was scratched many nights.

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EIHL NEWS: DUNDEE STARS SIGN FORWARD SAMI RYHANEN

The Dundee Stars have announced the signing of Finnish center Sami Ryhanen.  Ryhanen played last season in both Denmark and for Nottingham in the EIHL.  The 32 year old is highly experienced, having played many years in the top Finnish league, Italy, the Swedish 2nd Division and Austria.  He was outstanding for the Panthers last season where he scored 34 points in 29 games.  He appears to be more of a playmaker than a scorer, although he did put away 2 goals in the playoffs, and at 5’10” and only 183lbs he isn’t going to bowl anybody over, but he looks at the moment like a high-end skilled player in the EIHL.  Potentially very good signing for Dundee, IF Ryhanen can keep up the torrid pace he established last year.

BUFFALO SABRES 2012/13 – PLAYER BY PLAYER SEASON PREVIEW

Jochen Hecht

Photo by Adam Jakubiak (All your picture are) from Kokomo, IN (Flickr) [CC-BY-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons


In preparation for the 2012-13 NHL Season, IceNationUK will be taking a look at each team on a player-by-player basis.  This isn’t really about predicting overall how well the teams will do, where they’ll end up in the standings, line combinations, or even guessing at individual player stats, but is more about analysing the make-up of each roster.  Of course rosters are yet to be finalised, but I will be using the rosters as stated on each individual team’s website.

I am by no means an expert on every single player in the league, but through looking at traditional “box car” stats (G, A, P, PIMs, TOI, +/-, etc.) and also using Robert Vollman’s Player Usage Charts, I hope to piece together a reasonable, realistic view of each player.  Please don’t hesitate to comment if you agree or disagree.

So without further ado, here is the anticipated 2012-13 roster for the Buffalo Sabres.

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