Cam here, back from vacation... thanks to Jay and the crew for keeping the dream alive while I was out-of-pocket. Just getting back into the swing of things, so give me a day or two to get back up to full power.
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Teemu Selanne sounds like a dude who ain't retiring (via the OC Register):
"So far, so good. I've been skating three weeks now, and I'm really optimistic... I'd like to play one more year... I'll have to make a decision between now and start of training camp."
So I'd draft Teemu assuming he'll be back and exceeding expectations once again.
Patrick Kane says that the doctors have told him that he should be ready for training camp after offseason wrist surgery. That could be optimistic but Kane says that he just wants to make sure he's ready to go for the season opener... that shouldn't be a problem.
Peter Mueller claims that he's fully recovered from his concussion problems and is ready for the season. That's great news but recall that he came into training camp last year saying the same thing before suffering a concussion in the Avs first pre-season game and missing the entire season. So I'll be avoiding him unless I get really desperate.
Nathan Horton is also over the concussion he suffered in the playoffs and while he hasn't been skating, he should be ready for season once camp gets going.
Scott Burnside of ESPN.com with a rundown of some of the big names that are recovering from injuries and speculation of whether they'll be ready for training camp.
Encouraging words the other day from Oilers Coach Tom Renney for fans of Devan Dubnyk (of which I am one) as it sounds like the coach is ready to push Khabibulin out the door (via the Edmonton Journal):
"I certainly don’t expect Nikolai Khabibulin to play 70 games. I’m not sure he can play 60. I’m not sure he can play 50. That’s the great mystery here."
"I think this is a young fellow [Dubnyk] who is on the verge of being a National Hockey League starter. There’s no question about that."
"For me, it’s a perfect scenario at some point in time, whether it’s this year or the beginning of next year, sooner rather than later remains to be seen, but there is an opportunity for a changing of the guard."
Here's a little Q&A with CBJs Coach Scott Arniel from the Puck-Rakers Blog where he says that the team will take it slow with Ryan Johansen and he doesn't anticipate using him as a winger on one of the top lines. So given their depth a center, it could be challenging for Johansen to see quality ice-time this year... dammit.
The Capitals signed Stanislav Galiev to an ELC the other day, he was a 3rd rounder in 2010. Galiev scored 37 goals and had over a point-per-game last season but that was with a QMJHL team (Saint John) that nearly scored five goals a game (4.76) and won the Memorial Cup... I don't think Galiev was the one driving the bus there. We have him ranked at #310 in our Fantasy Prospects DB.