Mid-sized blockbuster yesterday as the Stars & Pens swapped Morrows. Brenden Morrow goes to the Pens for prospect Joe Morrow. Did you know that BU recently had a player named Tom Morrow... get it? TomMorrow? great name. Nonetheless, this trade should give Morrow a boost as he hadn't been playing with Benn & Jagr lately and Bylsma said that he can see him playing with Malkin & Neal (but also said he might be good on L3). I would be a little wary about his durability though, so wouldn't sell the farm to get him. I'm a big fan of Joe Morrow, watched this kid quite a bit with Portland and think Dallas got themselves a good one who can really skate and will produce offensively.
Tampa fired Guy Boucher yesterday morning and are working on a replacement. Tough spot for Boucher, I think he's a good coach but didn't have a lot of ammunition to work with, especially between the pipes. As for what this means, let's see what shakes down as their AHL coach, Jon Cooper, should get the job and that would likely be great news for a lot of the young guys like Conacher, Killorn, T.Johnson, Gudas, etc. that he's familiar with from Norfolk/Syracuse.
Your shutout of the day goes to Evgeni Nabokov for his 26 save skunking of the Panthers. As you know, I have a Life Rule that prevents me from owning a goalie from the Islanders but some of you might find Nabby useful as he is now 6-3-1, 2.47 & .908 in 10 games this month.
Remember when the Panthers could at least smile about the showing of rookies Drew Shore & Jonathan Huberdeau? Yeah, not so much these days as Shore has just one point in his last 13 games and Hubadoo has no goals (three assists) and a minus-7 in his last eight games.
One relatively bright spot for the Panthers has been Jacob Markstrom as he has give up a single goal in each of his last three games (two wins and the loss yesterday).
Alex Ovechkin extended his goal streak to five games (6+3=9 & 25 shots) with 1+1=2, five shots & five hits yesterday.
It hasn't really been a memorable first season for Roman Cervenka in Calgary but he did managed his first two goal game last night so maybe this will spark something. He was playing with Hudler & Backlund last night.
PIMs all-round at the Duck pond last night as Teemu Selanne (20), Ryan Getzlaf (14) & Corey Perry (10) each grabbed late misconducts that may have stolen you a category at the death. Getzlaf also had a PPG, six shots & four hits, so his monster season continues.
I'm on record as not being a big fan of Ryan O`Reilly for fantasy purposes but he's been very solid with 3+8=11 & 37 shots in his last 10 games.
Do the Canucks now have a L2?... Mason Raymond & Jordan Schroeder hooked up on a goal yesterday and each has a four game point streak going. Jannik Hansen rounds out the trio and he has 5+7=12 in his last 13 games.
Nice night for Bryan Little as he was 1+2=3 & converted 19 of 27 draws.
I said the other day to not worry about Damien Brunner's slump as his TOI was still decent... well it dropped to 12 minutes on Friday and then last night he was a healthy scratch. That's what a 12 game goalless streak will do for ya.
The Rangers are bringing Mats Zuccarello back to the NHL after a so-so year in the KHL (11+17=28 in 44 games). This guy could be productive, so he's worth a look but recall that he & Torts had a love/hate relationship so you never really know what you're going to get from him.
A few Swedes & other Euros that are done with their domestic league teams will be making their way over to NA over the next month. Most are likely to just play a few AHL games as they're obligated to return to Europe for the World Championship. Calle Jarnkrok (DET) & Jesper Fasth (NYR) are two that are expected to join their respective organization's AHL teams this week. Looking forward to getting a look at these two as they are both just 21 and finished in the top 20 in SEL scoring this season.
Up from the A: Darcy Kuemper.