Lehtonen already hurt... Flyers optimistic on Leighton... Price bounces back... Eller in top 6... interesting cuts including MZA, Moller & MacLean... happy wiping BizNasty
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Uh oh, Kari Lehtonen skipped practice yesterday and won't play tonight due to a "slight" groin injury... I don't think any injury to Lehtonen should be described as "slight". The team thinks that he'll be back at practice today, we'll see about that. If you are relying on him in a fantasy league this year then we'll say a prayer for ya and make sure you have a better Plan B than the Stars do with Andrew Raycroft. [more]
The results of the MRI on Mike Leighton's back have left the Flyers encouraged... it's just a strain and the team thinks he may be able to return to the ice as early as Thursday. That's good news, I guess, but back injuries still scare us. [more]
Nate Gerbe had two goals for the Sabres and led the team's forwards in ice-time last night (18:19). He would seem to have a spot on the team locked up but is fighting for a role on a scoring line and he might be dueling with Drew Stafford, who had 1+2=3 last night himself... this battle is getting juicy!
Carey Price bounced back last night stopping 19 of 21 shots to pick up the win over the Panthers, so he's no longer the worst goalie in the world, according to Habs fans (for the moment). If you're willing to roll with the punches then you should be able to get Price at a discount and he'll give you serviceable numbers this year.
Lars Eller really stepped up for Montreal as he had a trio of helpers playing on what has to be the team's top line with Plekanec & Cammalleri. Coming into camp we weren't sure if Eller would be given a chance on a scoring line or plugged in as the #3C but it looks like Jackie Martin thinks he can help the team in the top 6... good news.
The cuts are coming fast & furious now and they're getting a lot more interesting:
We've been very pessimistic on Mats Zuccarello-Aasen coming into this year but we were still a little surprised that he the Rangers cut him yesterday... he'll have to prove that he can handle the North American game in the AHL.
The Habs sent The Great French Hope, Louis Leblanc to junior... no surprise there and we're still not buying into the hype on this kid.
LA cut Oscar Moller, Johan Fransson & Alec Martinez... Moller's the biggest surprise here as he's a pretty early cut and his stock has really fallen since making the team two years ago as a 19-year-old. There's still a number of young dmen in the mix for a roster spot as Hickey, Voynov & Muzzin are still in camp.
The Coyotes cut Brett MacLean after he had a solid camp and scored in a few pre-season games. We're a little surprised that they didn't reward his strong play in the AHL last year with a longer look but they instead decided to keep top prospects like Turris, Boedker & Tikhonov around a little longer.
The Panthers cut Michal Repik & Evgeny Dadonov... Repik is a guy who we think deserves a look but he's a victim of the numbers game in Florida. We'll see if Dadonov will stick around as he threatened in the summer that if he didn't make the NHL that he'd head back to the KHL.
What's distracting us today?
- Check out Jonas Hiller's new mask... apparently minimalism is back.
- Hockey or Die compares Nazem Kadri to that guy from American Pie's audition for Mamma Mia. Just watch the video.
- Intent to Blow bringing the funny: "After several disappointing seasons, fans waive New York Rangers" and even better "Canadians contact Blues, swear they meant to trade Price not Halak"
- Nice to have Elliotte Friedman back. We love the 30 thoughts. Our attention span must be pretty...
- Check out this tweetpic from BizNast2point0: