You wait long enough and you get what you want... that's the lesson here... as long as your name is Drew Doughty. He re-signed with the Kings last night on a eight-year $56M contract. He could be a step behind having missed training camp but it wouldn't surprise me if he comes out with a spur in his saddle to show everyone how good he really is.
Mike Ribeiro showed no mercy with the Panthers last night as he had 1+5=6 in 14 minutes of ice-time. Alex Goligoski also had 1+3=4 for the Stars. Ribeiro leads the league in preseason scoring with 2+8=10 in four games as Dallas has been flying in the exhibition season.
Jose Theodore was lit up for seven goals on 37 shots last night and has now given up 12 goals in his two preseason appearances. This is noteworthy as with Clemmensen out injured for 8 weeks and Tyler Plante being sent down yesterday, Jacob Markstrom looks as though he'll start the year in the NHL and could get some decent playing time if Theodore isn't up to snuff.
Jaromir Jagr with another goal last night on a setup from Claude Giroux and Jagr leads all players in the preseason with four goals while only having played in three games. Giroux has seven assists in four games so far.
Both Steven Stamkos and Brett Connolly with a pair of goals last night for T-Bay... Connolly has been productive in the pre-season with 3+2=5 in four games. There is definitely room on this team for him so he should, at least, get a nine game audition to start the year.
David Rundblad with the winning goal on the PP late in the 3rd period last night. He played 21 minutes with 6:03 on the PP. Craig Anderson stopped 39 of 40 for the win and has looked good in the preseason with a .940 sv% in three appearances.
Thomas Greiss with a 25 save shutout of the Canucks last night and he's taken advantage with Niemi & Niittymaki out by going 4-0-0, 1.25 & .943 in the preseason. It's just preseason but that gets my attention.
Tomas Kubalik returned after missing a few games with a suspected concussion and he had two assists for the CBJs last night.
Jarome Iginla was back on skates yesterday for the first time in about 10 days after resting due to back spasms... so some progress there. But now Rene Bourque is sitting out with a mystery injury that the team claims is not a concussion.
The Wild claimed Nick Johnson off waivers from Pittsburgh so they must see something in him. He's had some points in the AHL but I wouldn't hold out hope for much NHL production.
The notable cuts from yesterday: Zach Boychuk (CAR), Drayson Bowman (CAR) & Michael Leighton (PHI) is on waivers.
ryanbatty from Copper & Blue with a look at the probability that Hall, Eberle & MPS fall victim to the sophomore slump by reviewing a bunch of players in similar situations over the past ten years... worth checking out to get a feel for what the possibilities are.