Dobber here, Angus will breakdown the Stefanovich for Brunnstrom deal further. But what concerns me about Fabio is that he is being outscored in the AHL by teammates Greg Rallo (undrafted) and Travis Morin (career minor leaguer). On the plus side, he did score a hat trick at the NHL level in his debut. He'll probably get a look - and a better look than he did in Dallas. This is a real opportunity for him. Best situation for him is 30 goals and 25 assists next season as a second-line winger. Worst situation is Top 3 scorer on the Marlies and then back to Sweden! Stefanovich couldn't even make the Marlies (he did well in the ECHL though, before fleeing to Russia), so the move cost Toronto very little.
Adrian Dater reports that Chris Stewart will play for the Avs tomorrow. Interesting to see how the new lines shake out, as this will be the first game with both he and Flash in the lineup.
Robin Lehner is starting for the Senators tonight.
The Midseason Guide, you can buy it here, was re-released two nights ago. Dobber added a KHL article, as well as a one-page addendum with some updates and notes. It will be updated one final time late tonight to prep you for this weekend's midseason draft.
A solid interview with the Sedin twins on NHL.com here.
Can someone explain how Colton Orr avoided suspension for his hit on Logan Couture on Wednesday night?
Speaking of Couture, he is out day-to-day with a lower body injury. How specific!
Alex Goligoski stepped up for the LAC Penguins (Life after Crosby). Two goals and an assist.
Kudos to Marc-Andre Fleury for mocking Carey Price – after the Pens won, he crossed his arms in the crease. Price did a similar pose after the Habs won a game last week in the shootout. Price must have been a member of the NWA in a past life…
Desharnais scored his first NHL goal for the Habs. He’s got upside, but he needs to be playing consistent minutes in a scoring role to develop (over 16 minutes of ice time last night is a great start). Easier said than done with undersized forwards who have toiled in the minors for a few years.
Cammalleri has missed two straight games with the flu.
Kris Letang, I think it’s time to start slowing down? On pace for over 70 points…
Carey Price has allowed four or more goals in three of his last five starts.
Washington must be having Roloson nightmares… I remember reading Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts column post-trade and he said that the Capitals were a bit peeved when they heard about the trade. Two consecutive shutouts later, I doubt their opinions of the deal have changed.
What Roloson is doing at his age is pretty remarkable. He plays at such a consistent level each night. The stability is exactly what the Lightning needed.
Hedman had an assist last night, but he’s still on pace for less than 30 points. When he puts it all together (another two years, I’d guess), look out. He’s improving each year, and the offense will come.
That sound you hear is the door closing on Marty Turco’s fantasy relevance. Corey Crawford posted his second consecutive shutout against the high-flying Avalanche last night.
Pat Kane has points in five straight games (coincidentally, his streak started the very same night I recommended him as a huge buy-low for the second half of the season). I wonder if he reads the ramblings?
Dave Bolland has seven points in 10 games. On pace for about 30 points right now, he’ll finish closer to 50.
Stamkos has one assist in his last six games.
Sid is a runaway for the Hart Trophy if he doesn’t miss too much time, but how about a vote or two for Jonas Hiller? He’s been a monster (sorry, Jonas) behind a very average defensive core.
Without Getzlaf, the Ducks keep finding ways to win. Ryan potted three goals last night (this seems to be the year of the hat trick), and Visnovsky had three points.
As a Visnovsky owner, I am incredibly happy (and not surprised0 with his strong season. Great talent and not much competition for ice time, however I am waiting for the shoe (injury) to drop (occur).
Colaiacovo was hit with a puck in the face and he didn’t return.
Colorado sent a message to Craig Anderson by starting Budaj for a second straight game last night. Unfortunately, the message was that Budaj stinks. Anderson has been bad (I think he’s playing hurt, personally) this season, but Colorado doesn’t exactly have options.
Semin missed his second straight game due to injury. Band-Aid Boy, so this shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.
Without Crosby, Staal and Malkin combined for almost 14 minutes of PP time. Staal had a goal while Malkin was pointless. He did have seven shots on goal though.