Patrice Bergeron had a nice little comeback last night with a goal and three assists in Boston's 8-3 victory over Montreal... good to see him back and make sure not to forget him on your cheatsheet just because he missed most of the season last year... you should still be wary of his injury history but he's still worth the risk as your draft gets into the middle rounds. Marco Sturm had 2+3=5 last night for Boston as well.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
- Rick DiPietro may not see any action during the NYI exhibition schedule as he is still rehabbing his knee from offseason surgery.
- Erik Johnson is having a 2nd opinion MRI today in Cleveland on his right knee and its starting to sound as though this could be serious... stay tuned... late update: word is that he's torn ligaments and is out indefinitely.
Potential Line Combos:
- Montreal Gazette reports that Alexei Kovalev may be tried on the point for Montreal's PP this season, in the spot vacated by Mark Streit... which doesn't really boost Kovalev's value as he was already a lock to be on this deadly PP unit but is bad news for Roman Hamrlik who was the obvious candidate among the dmen to assume that role.
- Chicago coach Denis Savard is trying out Cam Barker with Brian Campbell on the blueline... good news for Barker if he can make this work... if you've read the Breakout Bible 2008, you know that we're very high on Barker, he's ranked in our top 10 breakout candidates this year.
- So far in camp Derick Brassard, not RJ Umberger, is centering the Columbus 1st line with Rick Nash and Kristian Huselius... these lines will probably change but keep an eye on this as Brassard is a very talented playmaker.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... A great story of what training camp really should be all about... Michael Russo of the Star Tribune has a piece today about one of our new favourite players Stephane Veilleux of Minnesota... If you remember, in one of the better stories of the offseason, Veilleux fired his agent and represented himself in contract negotiations and just to show him that there was no market out there for him Minnesota put him on waivers and nobody picked him up so he had no choice but to accept their low-ball offer.... so his decision making abilities are questionable, at best... and then we get this from training camp...
- While most players are all worried about their nutrition and what they're putting into their body, Veilleux was enticed into a suicide chicken wing-eating competition at a local joint on Sunday and showed up for training camp on Monday with burnt lips, "I feel like I have 200 canker sores," and then went on to describe his bowel movements as, "Unbelievable. Unbelievable."
- At that point you'd think that Veilleux would recognize that he's done enough damage to his body and should maybe just save some of it for the ice but no, he goes on to join the players for a "Hoops Fever" competition in their hotel's arcade and volunteered this info, "Me and Burnzie [Brent Burns] played so much, we have tennis elbow."
All we can say is that we'll be cheering for this guy from now on.