Sad news as Derek Boogaard was found dead at his apartment in Minneapolis yesterday. Our condolences to his family. The Boogeyman will be missed.
At the WCs... you've seen the goal by Mikael Granlund yesterday and he added an assist to lead Finland to a SF win over Russia and has himself into the top 10 in tournament scoring with 2+6=8 in eight games. Goaltender Petri Vehanen was the star for me as he had the 30 save shutout and is sporting a 1.28 gaa & .951 sv% through seven games. Sweden dispatched the Czechs in the other semi with Mikael Backlund looking strong with 1+1=2 and seven shots.
The Habs have signed 25-year-old Swiss FA dman Rafael Diaz to a one-year, two-way deal. He's been putting up some nice numbers in his homeland with 12+27=39 in 45 games this year and the Habs struck gold with another Swiss dman, Mark Streit a few years back, but I'm very skeptical that Diaz will see much time in the NHL next season... it would be rare for a euro-vet like this to step in and put up fantasy-worthy numbers, the odds aren't in his favour.
Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy with some inside information and also a lot of speculation that Alexander Radulov could be dropped by Ufa in a cost-cutting move and that may lead to his return to Nashville. We'd welcome that but we'll believe it when we see it.
The Islanders extended Michael Grabner for five years... seems a little excessive for a guy with half of a good season under his belt but this is why Garth Snow gets paid the big bucks, I suppose.
Kootenay defeated Portland to take the WHL title last night, Cody Eakin is the headliner for Kootenay but they've had lots of players really step up and impress during their run... Dallas prospect Matt Fraser, an undrafted FA signing, led the league in playoff goals with 17 and finished one point back of Ryan Johansen with 17+10=27 in 19 playoff games and Sabres 3rd rounder, Brayden McNabb, was pretty dominant from the blueline finishing the season with 24+75=99, plus-48 & 132 PIMs in 78 games (RS & playoffs combined).
Two strong goalie performances from young prospects in the AHL as Matt Hackett stopped 38 of 39 shots to give Houston a 1-0 series lead and Robin Lehner was even better for Binghamton as he had a 35 save shutout to give the B-Sens a 2-0 lead over Charlotte.
We'll slip in some injury news as this is all we got for today... Pavel Kubina (head injury) didn't travel with the team to Boston for tonight's game #1 and hasn't been skating so it sounds unlikely that he can return anytime soon.