More on the Timonen situation, thoughts on Letang, Radulov on Trotz…

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Hey, Kris Letang cut his hair. My theory is, all that hair was throwing off his weight, causing an imbalance to his skating stride, which in turn caused knee and groin problems. With the hair gone, look for an 82-game season from Letang. Alright, fine, I'm reaching for fantasy-worthy news.

But since we're on the topic of Letang, here is what I have for him in the Fantasy Guide: 59-11-36-47, 47 PIM

 

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The Penguins signed Brandon Sutter to a two-year contract worth $6.6 million. I really like Pittsburgh's bottom six this season and I think it will make a big difference in the postseason. I wasn't a fan of the Rutherford GM hiring, but I have admit that he has addressed the team's needs.

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So yesterday there was a mix-up and it was to be my day for the Ramblings. Amato had taken about seven or eight days off this summer and I found coverage (Roos/Kennedy) for all of them except yesterday. I didn't catch it until late afternoon when I finally went to DobberHockey to read the ramblings and was surprised to see they were my own…from Monday. So then I realized the mistake, and the ramblings were 20 hours late. You can read yesterday's ramblings here, including my reaction to the Dellow hiring by Edmonton. The trick was to write a decent 750 words…yet leave some topics for these ramblings that are up just a few hours later. That's quite a trick in early August.

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I get into the Kimmo Timonen situation a bit with my Del Zotto breakdown, but I'll talk more on it here. He's being treated back in Finland and, yes, this could be it for his hockey career. He has been on the fence about retiring for two years now. This is probably the straw that broke the camel's back. Even if he's cleared to play in five or six months, do you really think he would? Timonen is an eight-time 40-point defenseman with a career high of 55 points his last year with Nashville. Philly beatwriter Tim Panaccio reports that GM Ron Hextall sees the injury as "long term". Here is the official statement by Hextall.

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I enjoyed this brief tidbit from Dmitry Chesnokov on Alex Radulov. He gives his thoughts on Barry Trotz and what Alex Ovechkin can expect playing for him:

"Bad coaches don’t work at the same club for 15 years." Radulov told Lysenkov today. "When I came to Nashville Trotz helped me a lot. I learned a lot. I became a hockey player. The coach trusted me, called me up from the minors. I have only the best memories of Trotz. This is a new challenge for him [in Washington]. Life changed, he had to go. But he has a lot of ideas that he will be able to realize in Washington."

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Ovechkin, incidentally, was in a minor fender-bender in Moscow. He wasn't hurt.

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Is PK Subban ready to become Montreal's captain? Nissa Khan of The Hockey Writers says "no". I agree. Too soon. So who should be captain? Plekanec, Markov or Pacioretty?

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Taylor Pyatt had signed in the Swiss League a couple of weeks ago. Yesterday, his brother Tom signed there.

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Jeff Angus' annual Top 50 NHL players list is now complete. You can check it out here.

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I'm late with this month's rankings and I hope to have them up today. Never fails - every August 1 I'm late with them because I get the Guide out and then I walk away from hockey for a couple of days. But I don't remember being five days late with it though. I guess the site upgrades and server issues took a bigger bit out of me than expected.

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Buffalo Sabres' season in 60 seconds:

 

Comments  

+1 #3 rataylor22 2014-08-06 14:40
Pacioretty and Subban are both 25. How is one ready and one not? Also, I think giving it to Patches would be accepting never giving it to Subban.

Should give it to Markov, if for no other reason than they wouldn't have to deal with the awkwardness of "stripping" someone.
#2 Reddawg 2014-08-06 12:49
Does the loss of Timonen immediately make Mark Streit quite a bit more valuable?
#1 Username 2014-08-06 11:12
Plekanec should be Montréal's captain until Subban is ready (maybe a year or two) if they don't want to give the C to Subban yet.

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