Jonas Hiller is feeling lightheadedness again (can we call it a concussion soon?) and will miss the next three games for Anaheim. Methinks they are in the market for a goalie...

 

I'm back baby! I really got my ass kicked yesterday thanks to week-old leftover pork that wasn't cooked enough (clearly). Now it's time to play catch-up.

 

JP Dumont was finally made a healthy scratch by the Preds. He could use a change of scenery more than anyone.

 

Pekka Rinne took the OTL despite stopping 48 of 50 shots.

 

Dustin Jeffrey is ineligible to return to tonight's game due to his IR status, but Sunday is looking promising. Interesting to note that in five AHL games after being sent down (he has been called up six times), he has nine points. Great attitude.

 

The word on Mike Green - 'inner ear trauma'. Concussion - stop being fancy.

 

Big defenseman Brendon Nash played his first NHL game for the Habs, actually getting a couple of shots on goal in 12 minutes of ice time. Potentially, the undrafted rearguard could be a 30-point, 80 PIM blue liner.

 

The Dispatch is reporting that Steve Mason has broncitis, so his next several starts are in question, though the team has not recalled another goaltender yet.

 

For a season and a half, what Joe Sacco did with the Avalanche was a miracle. The attitude about coaches changes far too quickly in the NHL. I'd hate it if I kicked ass at my job for 18 months and then really make some bad calls for two months and so my boss fires me.

 

How much do the Sabres trust Patrick Lalime? Well, to give Ryan Miller a break they recalled Jhonas Enroth rather than just give Lalime the start. Wow. Lalime is 0-5-0

 

Interesting that Toronto has acquired Aaron Voros. You know, they are a team who lacks depth so if he gets recalled, he could see enough ice time to become the Voros of old. That is - a point every two games and tons of PIM. But watch for a call-up first.

 

I think if I were the Atlanta GM I would have got the same term out of Byfuglien, but for $20 million, and not $26. I think this "could" be a good deal for them, but lets face it - they are paying him based on 40 games. He's getting points again now, but is that because Tobias Enstrom is back? One has to wonder. If they can so easily pay Byfuglien the equivalent of a Top 20 salary in the entire league based on 40 games, then I wonder why the Blue Jays are bickering with Jose Bautista over paying him $10 million based on one season.

 

I like how TSN calls Alexei Kovalev "red hot" when he has been pointless in three of his last four games.  The column was written after his three-point effort, so that must be it.

 

Eric Condra got into his first NHL game for Ottawa last night and picked up his first point, an assist. As "fzusher" pointed out in the comments of my Chris Kelly breakdown, Condra also stands to benefit from the trade in terms of ice time. Now 24, Condra is close to being NHL ready. After a stellar career for Notre Dame in which he had 38 points in 40 games in his last season there (seven points more than teammate Christian Hanson and 12 more than teammate Ian Cole), he took last season to get acclimated to the pro game. This year he already has more points (46) than he did all of last year for Binghamton (38). He'll never be a first liner, but he did get on my radar and I think he has similar upside to Peter Regin.

 

Bobby Butler has now posted back-to-back two-point games. His minus-13 in 11 games on the season will need work though.

 

The streaky Benoit Pouliot has goals in three straight now, playing with the talented David Desharnais. Put another up-and-comer on this line with them and I think you have a potentially awesome second line of the future. Pouliot's game is taking forever to come along, but I warned you of this four years ago.

 

Prediction: in two seasons from now, Nathan Gerbe will be Top 5 in the NHL in shots. That's all the guy does is shoot, and with third-line ice time he still manages two or three shots per game. Reason No. 47 why I think he'll be a star in a year or two.

 

Andrei Kostitsyn is a minus-7 in his last five games and yet he is still plus-5 on the season. At 26 years old, he should be through with this inconsistent stuff by now.

 

Kris Versteeg played 17:44 in his Philly debut. Dan Carcillo played under six minutes. I didn't see any noticeable drop in ice time for JVR or Nodl, nor did I see any slip in Leino's PP time (Versteeg did not play on the PP at all).

 

Nathan Lawson got the win, stopping 28 of 31 shots for the Isles. They are doing everything possible not to give Al Montoya a shot. That bugs me, as I picked him up in one league. The Isles are on fire right now, so they could throw you or I between the pipes and we'd get the win.

 

Tim Thomas has lost three of his last four decisions, with the win coming despite giving up six goals. I think Rask will get a start soon. But for Rask to flourish, he needs multiple starts - not once every three weeks like this.

 

Nice Kovalev shootout goal:

 

 


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greg said:

geetos
Porky Im pretty sure the "week old" aspect is the problem dobber not the doneness.
Welcome back!
February 16, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Byfuglien has 40 good games now he's a SUPERSTAR defenceman?! Craziness. He was an dispensable 3rd liner just this summer!
February 16, 2011
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Mike A said:

mikea
... How could Grabner get only 0:15 of PP time last night, given the streak he's on?
Shouldn't Capuano be fired for this?
February 16, 2011
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Anthony L said:

messierforlife
Hiller Dobbs,

I'm thinkin' this is where last week's Ray Emery signing by Anaheim comes in handy. He's just practising with Anaheim's Farm club in Syracuse at this point. However, he should be beginning his conditioning stint in the 'A' by this weekend, and may be ready to back up Jonas on the big club in the not too distant future.

Although, he's held his own, I don't see how Curtis MclHenney will avoid being bumped down the depth chart to 3rd string by season's end---Unless of course Emery suffers a setback or proves not to be the same as prior to his devastating injury.
February 16, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
RE: Byfuglien @Dobber - I guess I should have been more clear. I was disagreeing with the statement, "but lets face it - they are paying him based on 40 games." I don't think that is really being fair to Buff and what he brings to the team outside of simply point production. And that, he has a history of over the last few seasons.

I agree though that the $2.2 million raise is all relative to what he was making before. So when I said it was reasonable, I was attempting to say relative to the $3 million he was getting previously, imo.
February 16, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
... Duchene out indefinitely w/hand injury and Hiller out at least next three games w/recurrence of "lighthededness/dizziness".
February 16, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Buff 1st - Everybody needs to understand that Enstrom is the guy that makes everything work in Atlanta. Check Byfuglien's production with Enstrom out of the line-up. Check Atlanta's record with Enstrom out of the line-up. Check Enstrom's even-strength point totals last year compared to other top tier defensemen. E-N-S-T-R-O-M.

The signing is a lot, but it works for Atlanta because they need to hit the cap floor (might as well spend the money). Buff has quickly become a fan favourite. Most importantly, the Enstrom-Byfuglien duo is MORE valuable than the sum of their parts.

Let's just be straight... Byfuglien is the Seabrook/Rafalski. Enstrom is the Lidstrom/Keith. There is a superstar defenseman and a guy who is the perfect fit. Atlanta doesn't care which-is-which and simply paid to keep them together.
February 16, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Travis - see McCabe, Bryan

He'll get blocked more and more with each game. It doesn't take long to hone in on a team's strength

Ryan - I didn't really make a stance to disagree on. I said he COULD be worth it. I said "I" could have signed him for less. Both are true. In fact, just wait 10 more games for his next cold streak, and then sign him for less. Just a little less, that's all I'm saying. To compare him to his salary in recent years isn't right, because he was overpaid before as well. If he was making $2.5 million this year, then yes a $2.2 million raise is reasonable. If he made $10 million this year, would a $2.2 million raise be reasonable?


I have a feeling guys that in two years Byfuglien will be a good player in this league, but his contract will be a set of handcuffs on this team. Like a Brad Boyes - still good, still producing decent, but the money is untradeable.


February 16, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
big Buff @Travis

in the few ATL games i have seen (all against PIT), he's averaged 5 shots (3GP: 7-5-3) but was probably blocked at least another 5 or 6 times. the game he had 5 (if my memory serves me correctly) he had over 15 shot attempts that were either deflected or blocked. In the other games, he was blocked just as much since so much of the ATL offense runs through the back end and the keyed in on him, obviously.

so to your point of whether or not it's a skill vs. attempts, i might say it's a bit of both but it's not like he gets 5/7 shots through, it's more like 5/15, but the confidence and ability to get open for those shots is the skill he is bringing to ATL.

what a beast he is out there.
February 16, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
Byfuglien Sorry Darryl, but I have to respectfully disagree with you regarding Dustin Byfuglien. His value goes beyond what he did in the first 40 games this season. Obviously Dudley is very familiar with Buff's play in Chicago and what he brought to the team there. The last few years he's been making $3 million, so I think a $2.2 million raise is reasonable considering what he has shown as of late. I think he would have been able to get at least that on the open market and the Thrashers were willing to pay that for the face of the franchise. He would have been taking a significant discount imho if I would have signed for 4 per. Obviously its a gamble signing anyone to a 5 year contract like that, but you can't say this was based on just his first year with Atlanta.
February 16, 2011
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Travis Ma said:

dstarsboy
Big Buff I think he deserves the dough. He's 3rd in the entire league in shots on goal, as a defenseman. Even when he went cold he was launching 7-8 bombs on net per game.

D-men have the hardest time recording shots on goal because 80% of the time they're blocked by a player or they miss the net. Getting a shot through and on net is a bit of a skill and Buff's got it.... either that or he really takes 20 shots per game and only 4-5 go through... could be the latter. smilies/tongue.gif
February 16, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
it was a mercy pull he got no support from his team that night. Thomas faced 16 shots in that third period.
February 16, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Sorry, I missed that.
February 16, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
Rask did get a start in the last four games He started against Detroit at home and lost last Friday night. He was pulled in the third and Thomas came in in relief.
February 16, 2011
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Ballsakic said:

Ballsakic
Dobs Glad your back and Healthy. smilies/smiley.gif
February 16, 2011
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