So our Czech translation from yesterday was apparently very rusty as we thought Petr Sykora had signed with M'sota, but apparently its just a try-out. Well since they were in the midst of negotiating a contract, it sounds like one of those, "As long as you show up with all of your limbs, we'll sign you" kind of a deal. So PS should be on the team and has a chance to end up on the 2nd line as the Wildmen are in need of some players with any kind of skill. Although 2nd line in M'sota with PM Bouchard as your center will not really compare to 2nd line in Pittsburgh with Geno Malkin as your pivot... we'd expect something in the 40-50 point range for Sykora this year.
Florida signed UFA dman Dennis Seidenberg to a one-year deal yesterday. He had a solid year with Carolina last year tallying 30 points but we don't see him coming anywhere close to that this year as we're willing to bet that was a one year blip in his production. His signing will cut into the playing time for a breakout candidate like Ville Koistinen and will make it very difficult for rookies like Keaton Ellerby and Jason Garrison to make the team.
Philly Coach John Stevens says he's going to keep his dynamic duos strategy going this year as Richards & Gagne, Carter & Hartnell and Giroux & Briere should all play together and they'll rotate the other wingers around. We're lukewarm on this for Claude Giroux (our #2 breakout candidate in the Breakout Bible) as we had hoped that would end up as the RW on one of the top 2 lines... but Briere is no slouch and we're not going to get too worked up about training camp line combos yet.
Our regular readers know that we've been talking about Sergei Shirokov all summer... and now that the games have started, you get a glimpse as to why. It was only an exhibition game but Shirokov had the Canucks only two goals last night in a 2-1 win over the Islanders. If he keeps this up he could be on the team from day one but we think its more likely he starts the year in the AHL and we'd bet that he won't be there long as he's NHL-ready.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Note: We're still working on updating our Injury Updates page for all the offseason activity, should be done today.
Maid Marian Gaborik is already hurting as he's sat out the first few days of Rangers camp with a tight groin... on the bright side, he's only got 4.99 years left on his monster contract. Let some other jabroni in your league draft this guy way too early while you take someone who's a little more reliable... do it for the sake of your blood pressure.
Dave Bolland is taking it slow in training camp as he has a sore back. We'll let you know if it starts to sound serious.
There are reports that Darren Helm sprained his shoulder and will be out 2-to-4 weeks... not that you really should be drafting the kid anyway.
What's distracting us today? We saw this clip today that we've never seen before...which is insane since we thought we had watched every hockey related YouTube video by now.
Anyway, it's Phil Esposito, Ron Duguay, Dave Maloney, John Davidson and a couple of other guys we don't recognize completely embarrassing themselves as they sing "Hockey Sock Rock"
Wow. That's bad.