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Daily Dosage - Feb. 27, 2009

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KunitzA few trades went down yesterday... Steve Begin was traded to Dallas, not sure anyone outside of Steve and his Mom really care about that.  A deal of greater significance was Pittsburgh dman Ryan Whitney going to Anaheim for Chris Kunitz and Eric Tangradi.  Big winner here is Kunitz who will get a chance to line-up with Crosby, although we're not sure that he's the answer to the Penguins problems as he's never proven to be anything more than a middle-of-the-road winger... he should get a boost from this trade but don't expect him to turn into Jari Kurri overnight.  Tangradi is one to watch for next year as the big winger is having a great season in the OHL, trailing only John Tavares in the scoring race.

So apparently we were way off yesterday when we said to have patience with Marty Brodeur and give him some time to find his groove.  We should have considered the man and his opponent as Marty had a pretty easy comeback as he shutout the Avs.  So screw patience, get him back in there right away, appears he's feeling it already... must be nice, takes me like a week to get over a hangover.

Another goal last night gives Ilya Kovalchuk 11 goals in his last nine games and the sniper is back after starting the year out pretty cold and not shooting the puck enough.  He should top 40 goals for the fifth season in a row and is one of the more consistent goal-scorers in the league.

Toskala Vesa Toskala is 7-0-4 in his last 12 games as the Leafs have gone on a little run lately... but with the news that his sore hip may require off-season surgery we have to wonder why GM Brian Burke doesn't shut this guy down for the year as he's only hurting the Leafs chances of getting a good draft pick.  Look at the Islanders, there's a team that knows how to tank... already shut Rick DiPietro down, Doug Weight's out, traded Comrie and Campoli for picks and now they're cruising towards John Tavares.

Steve Sullivan seems to be finding some of the touch he had prior to his long absence with that back injury... he's had four goals and five points in his last five games and hasn't shown any signs of setbacks since returning.  

Anton Babchuk is a bargain bin dman who could help a desperate GM right now as he's had 3+2=5 in his last five games to go along with a decent number of shots.

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):

Lucic Two Bruins left last night's game early with injuries to upper halfs.  Marc Savard left with a suspected concussion and Milan Lucic left with a hand injury after he smashed it in Mike Brown's face in a rather one-sided "fight".  No word on the extent of either injury, stay tuned.

Sergei Samsonov sat out last night's game with a UBI... he's listed as day-to-day.

Niklas Hagman left last night's game with a concussion (see below)... he's had a history of concussions (none of which he remembers) as he missed four games earlier this year with one so this could keep him out a while.

Jaroslav Spacek probably suffered a concussion last night as well, we'll see how quickly he can shake that off.

Jason Chimera sat out for the second time in the last three games with that lingering groin injury.

Colaiacovo Carlo Colaiacovo took a puck to the ankle and had to leave the game.  No word on the severity yet but no injury with Carlo is a minor one.  We're not surprised that he was hurt but we're very surprised that he's managed to stay healthy for this long in St.Louis.

Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Paul Martin, Paul Mara and Viktor Kozlov

Distraction of the Day 

What's distracting us today?  Did you see the elbow Brendan Witt threw at Niklas Hagman last night? Don't feel too bad if you missed it.  We don't think Hagman saw it either.