Ray Emery signed a two-way contract with the Ducks yesterday, he'll have to clear waivers before he can report to the AHL to get into game shape. He should clear waivers as a team would have to keep him on their NHL roster if they claim him and he's admitted he needs a "training camp". Anaheim could be a good spot for him with Jonas Hiller in need of rest but I'm sticking by my original prediction that it's unlikely he sees any NHL action this year.
Oh lord, it's already begun... Peter Forsberg's comeback is on hold as he's got some visa issues to sort out before he can officially join the team. I'm sure it's nothing a few high-priced immigration lawyers can't sort out but it's just so typical for this guy... next it will look like he'll be ready to go and then they'll be waiting for a special brace for his skates and he'll be delayed a few more games.
Tomas Kaberle with two assists last night and he has 1+4=5 with a surprising 10 PIMs over his last six games... he had four PIMs in the 47 games prior to this so something must have set him off lately. He's on pace for his typical 50 point season with not many goals, shots or PIMs but he is tied for the lead league amongst dmen with 21 PPA and his plus/minus is a respectable minus-3 on a team that is minus-28 overall.
Datsyuk returned last night and he played on the 2nd line with Cleary and Jiri Hudler... Hudler had two points and if this line can stick for a little bit then maybe he can return to being useful. He's been better lately with 4+10=14 in his last 18 games after starting the year with 1+5=6 in his first 30 games.
Should have mentioned this yesterday when I was gushing over Marc-Andre Bergeron... Pavel Kubina is a big loser in this situation as his PP time will likely plummet. He was averaging close to 3 mpg on the PP but saw that drop to 1:02 in MAB's debut. Having said that, he does only have two PPPs on the year but I don't see this move as helping his value.
Alex Burrows extended his point streak to seven games (5+3=8) with a goal last night. Just an FYI for new fans of Burrows, he plays with the Sedin's at ES but doesn't see much PP time, in fact he's 13th on the team with an average of 0:50 PPTOI/gm.
2+1=3 last night for Mikael Samuelsson and he's on fire with 5+6=11 & 27 shots over his last six games... the dude won the lottery as he has the best of both worlds, playing with the Sedin's on the top PP unit and with the surging Kesler at ES.
Devan Dubnyk with the 37 save shutout last night and he improved his numbers to a respectable 6-5-6, 2.74 & .917... he's now started four of the past seven and maybe now the Oilers are starting to realize that Khabibulin is struggling a little, so why not give the kid a look?
A goal on six shots last night for Dustin Penner and he might be showcasing himself for a trade out of Edmonton with 4+1=5, six PIMs & 18 shots over his last six games. Not a big fan of his but I can see him doing well in a new situation on a better team.
In case you were wondering why you haven't heard anything from Alexander Burmistrov lately, he has 0+1=1 with 13 shots over his last 15 games. He's only a teenager, so don't be too hard on him but I wasn't sold on his upside even before this season.
Nikolai Kulemin with two points last night and that gives him 3+3=6 & plus-4 over his last four games... he's quietly putting together a nice season on the Leafs "Breakout Line" with Grabovski & MacArthur as he's on pace for close to 60 points after 36 last year.
Michal Rozsival was a pretty consistent 30+ point, big minute dman for the Rangers but it doesn't seem as though the Coyotes look at him that way as he's averaging 18 minutes with less than a minute on the PP and is pointless through six games with his new team.
Lets check in with one of our lovable losers, Martin Hanzal, as for some reason other people seem to think that this guy is always on the verge of breaking out but I have never seen the attraction. Lots of ice-time this year but the points have been pretty sporadic and he's on pace to finish with 32 points which would mean four seasons without cracking 35 points... that's not future breakout material.