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Knights Alumni News: Small, Bigger, Huge

July 23, 2012

The middle of the summer is rarely the time for big hockey news – right? Except for those of us who are tracking who is going where. Which is, of course, all the die-hard hockey fans.  So for Knights’ fans – here is the next installment of Knights’ Alumni News!

Small:  David Meckler (’06/’07), was re-signed by the Los Angeles Kings to a one-year contract. Some fans may remember his Friday morning guest spots with D, Mindy and Gord on Fresh FM.  Having played his whole 5 year pro career in the AHL, it appears that the Kings may be giving Meckler one more chance to make the NHL, but as an ’06 draft, he’s sliding down the depth chart.  A power forward in his one year with the Knights, Mecks has yet to consistently show his ability to bull his way to the net and grab those so-called ‘garbage’ goals.

Bigger: Sam Gagner (’06/’07), was re-signed by the Edmonton Oilers to a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration. Gagner jumped to the NHL early at 18 and in his 5 year pro career has not yet matched his rookie season point totals (13G,36A,49Pts).  Last year he came within 2 points and had a memorable 8 pts in a single game against Chicago. His  1-yr contract is likely to give him a chance (he’s only 22!) to show he can produce at the higher pace he was projected at when drafted.  Surrounded by such top-level young talent as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall as well as the newly-drafted Nail Yakupov, this will be an amazing opportunity to succeed with any as his linemates.

Huge: Rick Nash (’00-’02) was traded to the New York Rangers this afternoon. After months of speculation since last season’s NHL trade deadline when the Columbus Blue Jackets leaked the news that their multi-million dollar captain and face of the franchise wanted a trade; he has finally landed with the Rangers. The 1st overall pick in the 2002, Nash has spent his entire 9-yr pro career with the Blue Jackets and one has to suppose he finally got tired of losing.  There has been a lot of chatter about how over-rated the former Maurice Richard trophy winner is – how can anyone that only scores around 60 pts be worth 7.8m/yr for the next 5 yrs?  Well, for starters – there aren’t very many power forwards that will score upwards of 30 goals regularly for a terrible team.  Besides that, if you didn’t see him absolutely dominate for Team Canada, you should – he can be that power guy that takes over a game when he wants to.  I’m going to wait and see how he does on a team that a) has someone who can feed him the puck (Brad Richards maybe?); b) top-level goaltending; and c) a full NHL-level roster.

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