Tag:Brad Stuart
Posted on: November 20, 2011 11:41 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2011 11:50 pm

Red Wings leave Anaheim with win, highlights

By Brian Stubits

The Detroit Red Wings came to Southern California having lost five straight road games. They leave having beaten the two Socal teams in back-to-back nights with some pretty sweet highlights to take as mementos.

Check out the pair of highlights from their 4-2 win in Anaheim on Sunday night. First there is Jimmy Howard absolutely robbing Bobby Ryan on the doorstep to keep the Wings' lead at two (later cut to one).

Because of Howard's stop there to help preserve the lead, Brad Stuart was able to attack an empty net from just in front of his own goal using the ol' bank shot.

Which play is better? I vote for Howard's as it will be one of the best saves of the season, but Stuart's was pretty awesome too.

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Posted on: September 30, 2011 9:03 pm
Edited on: October 1, 2011 10:00 am

Top scoring defensemen over age 40

NL2By: Adam Gretz

Earlier this week the folks at Japers' Rink put together a sensational breakdown (you can view the entire analysis right here) on how the Detroit Red Wings have "protected" their older defensemen in recent years, particularly Nicklas Lidstrom and Brian Rafalski, and how it relates to the Capitals and their own offensive-defenseman, Mike Green.

Basically, what the Red Wings did was split the two veterans apart (in past years Lidstrom and Rafalski were typically paired together) and made their new partners, usually Jonathan Ericsson and Brad Stuart, go back retrieve the puck in the defensive zone and take the physical pounding from oncoming forecheckers. By doing so they limited the number of hits Lidstrom and Rafalski had to take over the course of a game and season, further allowing them to be among the most prolific scoring defensemen in the league. It didn't necessarily increase their offensive ability, but it may have saved a few unnecessary hits, which is always a good thing for players in their mid-late 30's and early 40's.

During the 2010-11 season Lidstrom finished near the top of the points list for defensemen, as he's usually done throughout his Hall of Fame career, with 62 points, trailing only the 68 that Anaheim's Lubomir Visnovsky recorded. Sixty-two points is an impressive number for any defenseman in any era, but for a player that was 40 years old it was incredible.

Rafalski ended up retiring earlier this summer, while Lidstrom is coming back for another year at the age of 41, and it's probably a good bet that these two things will once again happen in 2011: 1) Lidstrom likely won't be asked to retrieve the puck on dump-ins, and 2) He'll probably be one of the top-scoring defensemen in the league if he stays healthy.

Last month we took a look at the top scoring forwards over the age of 40, and I wanted to take a similar look at defensemen to see where Lidstrom's '10-11 performance ranked. 

I went all the way back to 1970 and pulled the top-10 individual scoring seasons for defensemen age 40 and older. Have a look.

Top Scoring Seasons For 40-Year-Old Defensemen Since 1970
Player Age Year Games Goals Points
Nicklas Lidstrom 40 2010-11 82 16 62
Ray Bourque 40 2000-01 80 7 59
Chris Chelios 40 2001-02 79 6 39
Rob Blake 40 2009-10 70 7 30
Chris Chelios 42 2003-04 69 2 21
Tim Horton 41 1970-71 78 2 20
Chris Chelios 41 2002-03 66 2 19
Teppo Numminen 40 2008-09 57 2 17
Tim Horton 43 1972-73 69 1 17
Harry Howell 40 1972-73 73 4 15

Since 1970 there have only been 30 defensemen to play in the NHL over the age of 40, so you're only looking at, on average, about one per season. The number of players that have actually been productive while doing so is even smaller. And that makes Lidstrom's point total from last year even more incredible. The only other player on the list to top even 40 points was Ray Bourque back in 2000 when he finished in a tie for third among defensemen, while only six have managed to top 20 points.

Photo: Getty Images

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Posted on: September 14, 2011 9:36 am

Daily Skate: Belak's depression; Blues update

By Brian Stubits

BELAK'S DEPRESSION: Here is a very powerful piece written by Michael Landsberg at TSN, a good friend to the late Wade Belak. It's a terrific read that gives a closer look into each of their issues with depression, offering up a different perspective. Really worth a read.

ST. LOUIS SALE: The Blues are still searching for a new ownership group as Dave Checketts tries to separate himself from the franchise. A new and promising group has emerged (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) to possibly push this sale closer to a reality. The group, led by Calgary businessman and former Coyotes suitor Max Chambers, includes six-time Cup winner Bryan Trottier.

TWEET BEAT: Do you enjoy following some of the Flyers on Twitter like Ilya Bryzgalov or James van Riemsdyk? They might not be entertaining as much in the coming months. The Flyers are cracking down on how much the players Tweet during "business hours" as prospect Zac Rinaldo recently found out (from Puck Daddy/Courier Times).

QUITE A PAIR: Welcome to Detroit, Ian White. The defenseman is getting a nice signing bonus, opening training camp as the defensive partner of Nicklas Lidstrom. The other Red Wings pairings will be Brad Stuart with Niklas Kronwall then Mike Commodore will join forces with Brendan Smith when camp opens.

THE FIGHT GOES ON: The fight over fighting in the NHL has grown to an all-time high this offseason. Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun is one of those who would like to see the pugilism expunged from the sport, but believes the only way that will get done is with a strong-willed GM.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: It's awesome enough when your season tickets arrive at your house, nothing gets the blood pumping quite like seeing your admission slips. Now just imagine those season tickets being delivered by none other than Sidney Crosby? That's what a few Penguins fans got to experience.

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Posted on: September 2, 2011 9:09 am

Daily Skate: NHL, NHLPA statement

By: Adam Gretz

NHL, NHLPA STATEMENT The NHL and the NHLPA released a joint statement on Thursday regarding the three recent deaths in the NHL. The statement reads as follows:

"Everyone at the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association is profoundly saddened by the loss, within a matter of a few weeks, of three young men, each of whom was in the prime of his life.

"While the circumstances of each case are unique, these tragic events cannot be ignored. We are committed to examining, in detail, the factors that may have contributed to these events, and to determining whether concrete steps can be taken to enhance player welfare and minimize the likelihood of such events taking place. Our organizations are committed to a thorough evaluation of our existing assistance programs and practices and will make immediate modifications and improvements to the extent they are deemed warranted.

"It is important to ensure that every reasonable step and precaution is taken to make NHL Players, and all members of the NHL family, aware of the vast resources available to them when they are in need of assistance. We want individuals to feel comfortable seeking help when they need help.

"NHL Clubs and our fans should know that every avenue will be explored and every option pursued in the furtherance of this objective."

VANCOUVER RIOT INVESTIGATION CONCLUDES In case you were wondering why there was a massive riot in Vancouver following the Canucks Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins, an independent investigation has given us the answer, via Corey Masiak of NHL.com: "There were too many people -- not too many people for the police but too many people for the venue. ... They were too drunk. Alcohol sales that day were 68 percent higher than they were the year previous on the same Wednesday." Surely you're not surprised.

KRONWALL EXCITED TO BE PAIRED WITH STUART Veteran Red Wings defenseman talked about the upcoming season with Gregg Krupta of the Detroit News and talked about the potential of being paired with Brad Stuart again: Said Kronwall: "If that's the case, we've had some good runs in the past and I think we know each other very well and it would be a lot of fun to play with him again," Kronwall said. "He's one of those guys that makes it really easy for you."

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