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Saturday's Daily Dosage - Stafford, Lehner, Eriksson...

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The Sabres re-signed RFA Drew Stafford to a four-year $16M deal... he looked to be heading towards bustdom but he came to camp in great shape last year and was determined to shoot the puck more and converted that into a surprise breakout season this year with 31+21=52.  He would have been close to 40 goals if he hadn't missed 20 games due to injury.  Where his numbers go next season is a little bit of a guessing-game but injuries are always a concern with this guy.

19-year-old Robin Lehner got the better of 21-year-old Matt Hackett last night in their epic Calder Cup goaltending duel as he stopped all 21 shots he faced whereas Hackett gave up three goals on 37 shots.  Binghamton evened up the series at two games a piece.   These playoff runs are great signs for these prospects but I still don't think either of them will be in the NHL next season as both Ottawa & Minnesota will want to be patient.

Dan Hamhuis (mid-body injury) didn't practice yesterday and it doesn't seem like he'll be able to go tonight.  Manny Malhotra (eye) also missed practice but skated on his own and could return tonight.

The Flyers lost the rights to 21-year-old goaltending prospect Joacim Eriksson by leaving him unsigned and he'll go back into the draft.  The crowd over at BroadStreetHockey isn't too pleased.  This is a bit of a surprise but GM Holmgren says that they didn't see enough progress and feels like they've got enough goalie prospects right now.  I think there's a lot of promise here even if he didn't wow people during his first season in the SEL (2.56 & .907 in 17 games) this year.  I wouldn't get too down on him if you're a fan as I'm sure he'll hook up with another NHL team shortly. 

The NHL Draft Combine was yesterday, here's where you can find the top results, if you're into that kinda thing.  I find the data interesting but I don't put a lot of weight into it... either a guy can play or he can't, how many curl-ups he can do doesn't have anything to do with it.  And plus it seems like most the guys that do well in the testing are the ones that have had the longest time to rest & prepare.