Dougie Gilmour is being honoured tonight by the Maple Leafs, its not called a jersey retirement cause the Leafs don't play that way but I think we can say that if anyone else tried to strap on #93 for the Leafs that the fans would rip that jersey off his back, along with his limbs. Looking forward to the ceremony for the guy who brought back respectability to the franchise, well that was until John Ferguson Jr took over... now we're stuck with frickin Jason Blake. Check out the top 10 Dougie-licious moments brought to you by our friends at Down Goes Brown.
Another shutout last night for Steve Mason and, yes, shutouts against Ottawa do count in the official NHL statistics. Unbelievable rookie season for Mason as he leads the league in shutouts and gaa and is 4th in sv%. Think it's safe to say that the Calder is his but lets start talking about the Vezina.
We can only really recommend Denis Grebeshkov if you're in an assists-only or maybe a points-only league cause he really doesn't bring much else to the table but he has been producing lately with 7 points in his last 9 games.
2 more goals last night for Jeff Carter moves him back into the Rocket Richard Trophy lead with 32. His pace has slowed a bit as he only has 5 goals in January but has kept up his point production with 9 in his last 7 games and is shooting the puck as much as anyone not name Ovechkin.
Vinny Prospal's slow start or the circus in T-Bay or the fact that he only had 5 points in December may have turned some fantasy hockey GMs off of VP this year but he's been going pretty well lately with 6+8=14 in 14 January games... so forget all the other stuff and just focus on the now.
Zach Parise has 8 points in his last 6 games and has been outstanding all year on a 95 point, 340+ shot pace. Probably the most telling sign of this kid's brilliance is that he's willing his linemates, Jamie Langenbrunner and Travis Zajac, along with him and turning them into fantasy studs as well. Langenbrunner had a slow start to the year but has had 2 goals in each of his last 3 games and is 7+7=14 in his last 10 games while Zajac has been fairly steady all year but has really picked it up latey with 5+9=14 in his last 10.
The news the other day that Swedish team Malmo is in financial trouble and is letting all their players out of their contracts is hitting home as our old friend Jonas Hoglund was forced to look for a new team. We can't confirm the rumour that the Leafs were negotiating to bring him back but we can confirm that he has hooked up with another Swedish team Sodertalje, attaboy JoHo.
While roaming around europe (well the european internet) we came across another old favourite... Double Z!... Zarley Zalapski! Dude hasn't played in a NHL game since the 1997-98 season but apparently he's become the Chris Chelios of the Swiss league as he's still playing at age 40.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Tomas Holmstrom will sit out tonight's game with a sore groin. He's been relatively healthy this year only missing 8 games so far and hopefully this is nothing serious... although Homer's injuries have been known to linger so keep an eye on this.
Steve Reinprecht suffered a separated shoulder on Thursday night and will be out for 4-8 weeks. Can't imagine your fantasy team will miss him that much so this hurts Wayne a lot more than it hurts you and me.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Freddie Modin.
What's distracting us today? One of our (well one of the Scouts, anyway) favourite comedians is the late Mitch Hedberg. For those of you that aren't familiar with his comedic genius...check out one of his classic comedy sets:
He's a pretty bizarre dude but still very funny. So why you might ask are we talking about Mitch Hedberg on a hockey site? Well it seems that the Atlanta Thrashers thought Hedberg would be the perfect spokesman for their struggling team in 2002-03. Have a listen:
What the hell? How bizarre is that? It's amazing that the Thrashers can somehow make a guy as funny as Hedberg not funny at all. There must be some sort of talent vacuum surrounding the Thrashers.
If you're keen to listen to the other Hedberg 'Hockey Loves' you can download all three spots here: