One semi-fantasy relevant trade yesterday as the New Jersey Devils sent Kurtis Foster, Stephane Veilleux, Nick Palmieri, a 2nd rounder in 2012 and a conditional 2013 pick to the Minnesota Wild for Marek Zidlicky. Zidlicky had been pretty dreadful this season with no goals, 14 assists, minus-6, and just 3 PPP through 41 games. He was healthy scratched a handful of times and obviously not well liked by the team or the coach. He reportedly wanted to go to New Jersey so this change of scenery and the fact that he'll likely be staring at Ilya Kovalchuk on the opposite PP point from him makes Zidlicky a nice candidate to start producing more. As for Kurtis Foster, this certainly hurts his value as he rejoins the Wild, a team he spent four seasons with. The devils had been 21.8% on the PP with him and 13.2% without him. His 12 points in 28 games including 10 PPP as a Devil made him somewhat useful. I'd bet he isn't as useful going forward.
The Oilers resigned Ales Hemsky to a 2-year/$10 million contract. Those of us Hemsky owners hoping he would end up in a better situation will have to deal with it. I won't get into trying to figure out how a guy who's constantly hurt and underperforming is worth that contract. I'll leave that for the folks in Edmonton.
Semyon Varlamov with a 28 save shutout in Columbus. He's given up one goal or less in 4 of his last 5 appearances (one was in relief but he still played 43 minutes). With the Avalanche still in the hunt for a playoff spot, it will be interesting to see if they lean on the kid or go back to the veteran in Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
The stat line of the night goes to David Jones for his 2+1=3, plus=3, 2 PIM. He's gone under the radar with his 5+6=11 over his last 9 games.
Gabriel Landeskog is on a four game point streak with 3+3=6 and a ridiculous 20 shots for the streak. His plus-17 as a rookie on a mediocre team really speaks volumes about the type of player he is. I was avoiding this bandwagon all season but at this point, count me in.
Michal Neuvirth with a nice performance against the Habs as he stopped 30 of 31 shots to record the W. I'm a big fan of Neuvy and really think this kid needs a starting gig for next season. Hopefully the Caps will oblige.
Cory Schneider won his seventh straight game last night as he, too, stopped 30 of 31 shots. Can we all pray together that this guy gets traded?
Ryan Miller has won 3 straight as he beat the defending Champs last night in the shootout, making 35 saves along the way.
Chipping in an assist to run his point streak to 6 games was Mike Ribeiro (2+6=8).