TSN is reporting that Franzen has received last-minute medical clearance and he will indeed be in the lineup tonight. That's the latest, but check back in five minutes.
The FAN 590 is reporting that Franzen will NOT be in the lineup tonight.
St.Louis prospect Viktor Alexandrov has signed to play with Omsk next season. He is doubtful to ever come over, which is why he is not in the Top 400 fantasy prospects, let alone the Top 200.
Mikael Holmqvist will remain in Sweden next season.
Sergei Krivorasov will remain in the RSL, if there was any doubt or interest in the aging former NHLer.
Washington has reportedly been successful in getting Semen Varlamov across the pond for next season. I doubt he will be in the NHL next season, but with a good AHL campaign he could be the backup the following year.
One of those talented players whom I wish would come over is Islanders prospect Igor Volkov. However, the 25-year-old chose to sign for another year in the RSL. He will tumble in my prospects list as it is looking pretty doubtful that he will ever get here.
Say goodbye to Andrei Zyuzin. He has signed to play for St. Petersburg of the RSL next year.
The Penguins will scratch Georges Laraque tonight and they will dress Gary Roberts. Line combos in practice: Crosby with Malone and Hossa, Malkin with Talbot and Sykora, Staal with Dupuis and Kennedy, Hall with Roberts and Ruutu.
Johan Franzen is still a go for tonight.
Wilkes/Barre will play the Chicago Wolves for the AHL's Calder Cup. One possibility for next season is goaltender John Curry getting a shot at backing up Fleury next year.
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