Kuba injured already... Gaborik healthy already... Quick is #1: cause Murray says so... some interesting early camp line combos... fantasy hockey iPhone app: looks... we're not sure
Sens dman Filip Kuba picked up a leg injury on the first day of training camp... not sure how serious it is as he'll be re-evaluated in the next few days. This is a bit of an ominous sign for a guy who missed 29 games with a whole bag of injuries last year and we think he's in danger of losing minutes & PP time to Erik Karlsson, so this won't help.
Yesterday we mentioned Marian Gaborik being held out of testing on day 1 of camp with a sore back, well he was on the ice for day 2 so it was just a minor thing... for now.
Rich Hammond is doing the Lord's work covering Kings camp (on LA Kings Insider), some real interesting stuff that's definitely worth checking out. One is how defiant coach Terry Murray is that Jon Quick is his #1 goalie... which is good if your a Quick owner as he looked to really be slipping at the end of last season. But Murray did say that he wants to reduce Quick's workload and play him 55-60 games this year, so whoever the backup is, Bernier or Ersberg (likely Bernier), should see some decent action.
We're not going to get our panties in a bunch about line combos after a few days of training camp but there's not much else to talk about so here's a few quick notes:
More from Rich Hammond as he says that coach Murray said that he spent a lot of time over the summer coming up with line combinations and he likes Dustin Brown on the top line with Kopitar & Smyth... good news for Brown as the 2nd line in LA is a big drop off from L1. Bad news for Wayne Simmonds as we thought the kid might have a chance to fill that role (and still might) and convert that into a breakout season.
New Devils coach John MacLean is experimenting with Ilya Kovalchuk on the RW of the top line. We'll see if this lasts as Kovy (who shoots right) is very effective coming down the left wing and cutting in. If this sticks then good news for Parise & Zajac and bad news for their regular RWer, Jamie Langenbrunner.
The Oilers started with Shawn Horcoff between Taylor Hall & Jordan Eberle... not sure how we feel about this as we're not big fans of Horcoff and we'd rather see Sam Gagner between the kids. This leaves Gagner to play with Penner & Hemsky, which isn't bad as Hemsky's their best forward (right now).
SJ started with Joe Pavelski between Marleau & Heatley and Thornton centering Clowe & Setoguchi... likely just a chemistry experiment for coach McLellan and we're still expecting Thornton & Heatley (at least) to be paired up together for most of the season. [more]
What's distracting us today?
- We've been waiting for a good iPhone / iPad fantasy hockey app for awhile (we've even been considering jumping into that market). Our interest was peaked by this commercial for PoolSharx:
Okay... talk about underwhelmed. It's just a bunch of buzz words... "Less time! Better results! More fun!". Hmmm, how about you actually show us the app in action?
If you think the guy at your draft with the laptop gets made fun well wait till you bust out your iPhone. If your fellow owners don't rile you over your frantic iPhone typing then they will when your iPhone is taking forever to load.
We thought about trialing it out and letting you know about it but that commercial just rubs us the wrong way. If you've given PoolSharx a shot, let us know in the comments. Is it worth our while to go and check it out?