Leighton gets the nod for #2... Max in, Colby out?... a blast from the past... David Bolland is the balls
Peter Laviolette wasn't going to let us know who was starting Game #2 but he must have changed his mind as Michael Leighton was named the starter. Leighton looked pretty shaky but the players in front of him didn't do much to help him out either. He bounced back very well (two straight shutouts) after he was shelled in Game #3 vs. the Habs. We'll see if he can do it again.
Nicklas Lidstrom's decision about his future should be coming within the next week. Appartently nobody has any idea which way he's leaning but since he's a UFA the Wings would also need to re-sign him if he wanted to come back. He dropped in points for the third straight year but his 49 points were still good for T-8th in the league.
Maxim Afinogenov was offered a one year contract by the Thrashers. We wouldn't be surprised if the UFA has a look around after July 1st to see what's out there as a one year deal can't be too exciting for him. He's an interesting fantasy play next year after his bounceback season (61 points in 82 games).
Colby Armstrong on the other hand will not be returning to Hotlanta. He was a former 1st rounder way back in 2001 who had a big rookie season in 2005-06 (40 points in 47 games). You probably don't remember that as he's been putting up half a point a game since. Don't expect much more than 40 points from Army unless he ends up in a unbelievable situation. [more]
Here's a blast from the past for you... 45-year-old Dominik Hasek is appartently close to signing with Spartak Moscow of the KHL. Pfft, he's old but he's not Chris Chelios old. Seriously though, Hasek put up some pretty good numbers in the Czech league (23 wins, 2.26 gaa and .922) so no reason not to pick him up in your KHL league.
Nothing to say.
What's distracting us today?
- Who was doing that sandblasting during the National Anthem in Game #1.
- A new EA Sports video game for the Wii... complete with a tiny hockey stick controller. Cool? Maybe.
- Great quote (from Matheson) by Mike Babcock, who got his start as a player/coach in Britain. "My biggest chore was convincing the players to start drinking on Monday and Tuesdays, not Friday and Saturdays when we played the games"
- This Scout isn't a big fan of Cabbie's... but far out, Dave Bolland is the balls!