The worst loss in the history of mankind... Gagne and Briere lead the way... Schneid's to get a promotion... Eberle makes a big splash... Memorial Cup off and running... Markov may return... Lidstrom with the pitch
Enjoy your Saturday night with no hockey. Maybe take your significant other out for a nice dinner so they won't bother you the next couple of weeks? Just a thought.
With Simon Gagne in the lineup: four wins against the Bruins. No Gagne: three losses. He capped off the big comeback for the Flyers with the GWG last night. He totaled five points with two game winners in the four games he played. Nice work.
The only Flyer hotter than Gagne has to be Danny Briere who had 1+1=2 last night and put together a very nice 5+5=10 against the Bruins.
Yeah sure maybe your team suffered what some are calling the worst loss in the history of mankind but there is a lot to be excited about in Beantown. First, Tuukka Rask has officially arrived and the B's should be able to put together a nice campaign with him between the pipes for 60+ games next year. Also Milan Lucic finally looked like the player we all thought he could be the last two weeks. After only 20 points in 50 games during the regular season big Looch had eight points (5+3) in his last seven games and dominated at stages. 50 points & 150 PIM's could be in the cards. Finally, there's also that small matter of getting to draft Seguin/Hall. It's a good time to be a Bruin fan... even if it doesn't feel like it today.
Word out of Vancouver that the team is expecting stud prospect Cory Schneider to serve as their backup next season. Vancouver is hoping to reduce Bobby Lou's workload so Schneids might even be usable in some deeper formats. He had a strong season in the AHL with 35 wins, 2.51, and .919. On a sad note, thus ends Andrew Raycroft's time in Vancouver.
Jordan Eberle made his Worlds debut a smashing success picking up a goal and three assists as Canada crushed Norway 12-1. Can he handle playing with men? Oh yeah, he can. This kid is going to be a big time keeper.
The Memorial Cup kicked off last night and Windsor continues to dominate hammering the Brandon Wheat Kings 9-3... including two goals from Taylor Hall. That's nine wins in a row for the OHL powerhouse. Can the Spitfire's be stopped from repeating? The Calgary Hitmen and Moncton Wildcats are next up to give it a go. Check out Yahoo's new CHL blog Buzzing the Net for more junior news.
The Devils signed a couple of first round picks as Mattias Tedenby (2008) and Jacob Josefson (2009) put their names on contracts. Tedenby is a skilled scorer with lots of upside but will need to prove his smallish size (5'10) isn't a problem at the NHL level. Josefson is more of a two way player who projects as a 3rd liner. Both will compete for jobs with the big club this September but will likely spend the season in the AHL.
Jared Staal was picked up by the Canes earlier this week and was signed by the club yesterday. The younger brother of Eric's signing has been getting a ton of press but he's not somebody you need to worry about fantasy wise. He has some upside but is a long term project has a very long way to go until he hits the fantasy radar.
Andrei Markov had a full practice with the Habs on Friday and could make an appearance against the Flyers. No official timetable from the team has been announced but if it happens this will be a big plus for the Canadiens.
The Steve Stamkos concussion that had many worried looks like it won't be a lingering problem, according to the Lightning. He won't be playing Sunday night for Canada but he's recovering very quickly.
Tom Poti's eye should be all healed up for the start of next season.. He took a puck to the eyeball in game 6 and temporarily lost sight in the eye and miss the pivotal game 7.
What's distracting us today?
- Great toon courtesy of Hockey World... topical humour, only on FHS!
- Ever wonder who was the first woman to get her name on the cup? Wonder no more thanks to the always informative Greatest Hockey Legends.