That Brian McCabe thing dragged on for so long that when the trade actually became official, I missed doing a trade analysis. Florida will actually score more goals than Toronto, but with McCabe playing the same role on either team and getting most of his points on the power play, I don't see a large increase for him. As for Van Ryn - until I see him make it to January without any wrist problems, I can't recommend him as anything but a dark horse. There was a time when I was a big fan - maybe he'll get back there, and maybe he won't.

 

Speaking of dragging on, Mats Sundin sounded as though he will not be making a decision in the month of September, if you listen to the TSN.ca feed of his interview with Darren Dreger.

 

Ottawa prospect Igor Mirnov broke his wrist and will be out of KHL action for two months. Mirnov is a big talent, but may never come over here.

 

NYI prospect Kiril Petrov was named MVP of the U20 Four Nations Tournament. The Isles have a good one there and I think they can get him over here in two years. Just my own guess though.

 

Dobber Nation will be available for download this afternoon and it's another great one. THN.com's Ed Fraser speaks in-depth about Bryan Berard, as well as the KHL. The Fourth Period's Dave Pagnotta gives you the lowdown on Sundin, as well as Schneider. DobberHockey's Matt Bugg gives you a full rundown on a handful of kids to watch in camp. Check it out this aft!

 

If you or someone you know is big on fantasy baseball, than you have to check out DobberBaseball !

 

Rod Brind'Amour has fully recovered from his reconstructive knee surgery and is feeling "as good as I ever have", he told the news-observer. He and his trainer both agree that he could have played had Carolina made the postseason.

 

From the Tennessean regarding Radulov: Poile said he believes Radulov, the team's first-round draft pick in 2004, will return to the NHL at some point. Should Radulov indeed choose to come back, the NHL has assured the Predators that his contract status will remain the same as it is today — and that he will have moved no closer to unrestricted free agency. "I would be flabbergasted if Alexander Radulov didn't return to the NHL — through the Predators — at some point in his career,'' Poile said. "Now is that going to be next month, next year, or after three years? I don't know.

 

If you read Tarik El-Bashir's blog outlining his discussion with Brian Pothier, you will be led to believe that he won't be ready for camp (concussion) and that retirement is a possibility.

 


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