Looking forward to seeing Eakin in DC next year
Fantastic game #4 in the WHL final as Portland came back and tied it late but then fell to Kootenay in OT (again). Cody Eakin is such a great player as he led the way with 2+1=3 to give Kootenay a 3-1 lead in the series. Ryan Johansen had two goals but his linemate Nino Niederreiter has been pretty invisible in the games I've seen.
Jaromir Jagr had a hat-trick for the Czechs yesterday to beat the US 4-0 in the WC quarter-final. He's without a contract for next year and there is talk that he may want to return to the NHL, I have no doubt that he could still be effective even at 39-years-old. He just had his best season in the KHL (of three) on a ppg basis with 19+31=50 in 49 games. There are rumours that Pittsburgh is interested, there could be more to it but it sounds like they just want him to come back for a golf tournament or something.
Sweden's Martin Thornberg with 2+1=3 & seven shots yesterday as Sweden rolled over Germany 5-2 in the other QF. He was rumoured to be drawing NHL interest before the tournament so this certainly won't hurt.
Finland-Norway and Russia-Canada are your other two QFs today... guess which one is more intriguing?... although Russia hasn't looked very good in the tournament so far.
More excitement coming out of the WCs as the Habs are talking to Russian dman Alexei Emelin about a contract for next season. He was a draft pick of theirs back in 2004 and has 6+ years of experience in the top Russian leagues (he's 25). He had a really nice season this past year with 11+15=26 & 117 PIMs in 52 games but his previous high was 12 points in a season so I have my doubts about how much upside he has. He looks like he could give you some PIMs but it's been a rare occurrence lately for a euro-vet to come over to the NHL and contribute immediately offensively.
Just an FYI... the Predators are still trying to woo Alexander Radulov to come back to Nashville, just in case you thought that they've given up. He has at least two more years left on his current deal with Ufa and I don't expect him to return before that's up. [more]
Colorado re-signed Milan Hejduk to a one-year deal... he's slowing down but can still be an effective player for your fantasy team with around 60 points if he can stay healthy. I like him as he's consistent and not as brittle as a lot of people think.
Tampa signed Richard Panik, a 2nd round pick from 2009 to an ELC... he had a better second season in the OHL but he still seems to always leave you wanting more. He looks surely like he'll follow in the frustrating footsteps of enigmatic Slovaks like Zednik & Satan.
Tonight we get another game #???... Zaza, take it away...