Notebook — 3/7/2001
Utah Grizzlies Notes
The Utah Grizzlies are presently mired in a long, so far winless, road trip (0-2-1) that
doesn’t end until three games from now in Chicago (on Sunday). Coach Bourne had publically stated that he expected a
big pick up from the team, given the recent seasoned NHL additions: Roman Lyashenko
and Tyler Bouck. Unfortunately, though Bouck and Lyashenko provided a little offense
in yesterday’s 5-4 loss to the Aeros, the Grizzlies continued their four game losing
In one interesting Hitchcock-esque move from the game, however, Coach Bourne placed
Richard Jackman (one of the hottest, most dominant players on the Grizzlies) at a
forward wing position for the 3rd period — sparking two additional Utah goals in the 3rd.
Jackman, though he has yet to make his mark as a solid NHL player, has been one of the best
Grizzlies this year in the 40 games he has played, averaging about a point every two games
as a defenseman. Furthermore, defensive coach Craig Ludwig continues to rave about how
solid Jackman has become behind his own blue line.
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Vitali Yeremeyev’s recent play for the Rangers is living proof that success in the AHL does not always translate into success in the NHL. Yeremeyev, who shot up the depth chart this season after playing great down in Hartford, has been roughed up pretty bad so far in his stint in the NHL.
Yeremeyev is 0-4-0 in 4 games in the NHL this season, allowing 16 goals on 120 shots. He has a 4.53 GAA and an .846 Save percentage during those games. Although he has looked very good in practice, he hasn’t played the same during the games. He’ll be excellent for 10 minutes, than he’ll give up 3 goals in 2 minutes, which was basically what we saw Monday night in a 5-2 loss against the New York Islanders. Yeremeyev made some great saves in the first half of the 1st period, but then everything went downhill from there, as the Islanders goals just starting to keep piling up.
One thing I have noticed about Yeremeyev that needs improvement is the fact that he comes out too far on breakaways. He has let up 3 breakaway goals, and all because he was way too far out, allowing the player to just go around him and tuck the puck into the open side of the net. Martin Straka scored against him this way in Pittsburgh, and so did Jason Blake and Kenny Jonsson on Monday at the Garden. I’m surprised though that the Rangers have given up a couple of breakaways with the rookie in net, as you would think the Rangers would tighten up defensively do help their young goalie out. But, that hasn’t been the case and one can only wonder why.
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Stephen Valiquette- Right before a foot injury, the man they call
was having a good season with the Springfield Falcons of the American
Leauge. He had a 7-10-1 record with a .907 save percentage and with
expierence, the game’s tallest goalie ever could be a solid NHL
Arto Tukio- Tukio was the Islanders fourth round draft pick last
the 19 year old Finnish defenceman was to be the captain of the Finnish
at the World Junior Championships before an ankle injury. He has
Islanders Assistant General Manager Gordie Clark of Don Sweeney.
Radek Martinek- Martinek was an Islanders draft pick in 1999 and most
forget about him when they think of that years draft. The Czech
native has opted to play in the tournaments there, instead of playing
minors this year. Martinek is a little older than most prospects at
Martinek could be seen in an Islanders uniform in a few years.
Dick Transform- Another older Islanders prospect, he also opted to
this season in Europe. After being drafted in 1994, Tarnstrom has
improvement and is a solid defenceman.
Marco Charpentier- After a good training camp, Charpentier was signed
contract in December. Playing for Baie Comeau in the QMJHL, he has 50
and 94 points in 55 games.
Mattias Weinhandl- After a very serious eye injury, Weinhandl is back
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From the 1st day of this season, fans of the Rangers pleaded for General Manager Glen Sather to deal the high-priced veterans on the club who no longer could help them out in return for some young players and draft picks to quicken a hopefull rebuilding process that most fans would like to see take place.
It took until March 1st for the Rangers to finally make a deal that could actually help them out in the future, by dealing soon-to-be UFA Eric Lacroix to the Ottawa Senators in return for 25 year old, 6’4 215 pound Colin Forbes. Although Forbes is not known for his offensive abilities, he’s a nice sparkplug for the 4th line who mucks it out in the corners and plays a physical game. Forbes has looked pretty good in his 2 games so far as a Ranger, and I am already liking him better than Eric Lacroix.
But the better deal came today, March 5th, as the Rangers traded 36 year old defenseman Alexei Gusarov to the St. Louis Blues for 22 year old Slovak defenseman Peter Smrek. I love this deal for the Rangers. Smrek is a solid two-way defenseman who has the potential to put up 10 goals and 20 assists in the NHL. He has spent the majority of this season with the Worcester Ice Cats of the AHL, posting 2 goals and 6 assists in 47 games this season, to go along with 69 penalty minutes. In 6 games with the St. Louis Blues, he has registered 2 goals and 2 penalty minutes. To put things in a different perspective, the Rangers acquired Alexei Gusarov from the Colorado Avalanche in December for a 5th round pick. So in reality, we give up a 5th round pick for Peter Smrek. I woul Read more »