This will get lost in the shuffle today, but don't forget it! Detroit has given Jan Mursak a two-year extension. Why is this so important? Because the deal is one-way. He will make about $600,000 regardless of what league (AHL/NHL) he is in.

 

Angus here - I'll have a breakdown on a Kaberle deal as soon as it goes down. Glad I have Friday's off from work!

 

Jordan Eberle has four goals in his last six games. Finally getting healthy after missing all of January with an injury.

 

Due to injuries on the blueline, Yannick Weber and PK Subban both logged close to 30 minutes of ice time.

 

Dobber: Damian Cox is reporting that a deal involving Kaberle is almost official. It sound as though the Leafs will get Joe Colborne (or Ryan Spooner) and Boston's first rounder this summer. Colborne is a potential star. Angus will break this down further, if and when it comes to pass.

 

Brian Elliott is off to Colorado for Craig Anderson - Anderson is a UFA at the end of this season and I can't believe the Avs got something for him from a non-playoff team. Seems weird. Do the Sens think they can re-sign him or something? And that his knees will be fine for next year? I'll try and get Goldman to break this one down for us.

 

Ales Hemsky has three multi-point games in his last four. His trade value is climbing… but it would be foolish for Edmonton to move him.

 

John Tavares has 12 points in nine games. If you own him, look for a big 2011-12 season. I could see him hitting 45 next year. Mark Streit will be a massive, massive boost to the Isles both at even strength and on the PP when he returns.

 

After being a healthy scratch for a few games, Tyler Seguin has three points in three games. He isn’t playing a ton (averaging 13 minutes over those three games), but he is seeing enough ice to produce.

 

Nathan Lawson allowed five goals on 18 shots and was replaced by Al Montoya. Look for Montoya to get a few starts as the Isles goalie carousel continues. My advice? Don’t own an Islander goalie!

 

Rookie defenseman Steve Kampfer has one point in his last 10.

 

Dustin Brown wanted to prove a point last night – in yesterday’s ramblings I made mention as to why I feel he is not suited for a top line role, and he goes out and scores a pair of goals.

 

Ryan Callahan had a goal and an assist. I made this comment on Twitter a few days ago – give me 12 Ryan Callahan’s and I’ll show you a fantastic hockey team. He is an incredibly well-rounded player. His upside is higher than many think, too.

 

Jonathan Bernier was very good last night – three goals allowed on 37 shots.

 

Another contender for leading scorer in the final 20 games – Pavel Datsyuk. He has 10 points in his last nine, and five in his last three.

 

Unsurprisingly, the Canucks struggled with five of their top six defensemen on the shelf.

 

Pekka Rinne was good when he had to be, and Mike Fisher scored his first goal as a Predator. Nashville’s lines are tough to figure out – like St. Louis, they lack top end talent but boast a lot of depth.

 

Martin Erat has 10 points in his last nine games – a notoriously streaky player.

 

My latest 15 Points to Consider will be out late tonight or on the weekend (slight delay) – my thoughts on Byfuglien’s new contract, the Versteeg trade, a potential Kaberle deal (yay) and more!

 

Don’t forget to check out DobberBaseball. The 2011 Fantasy Guide is out now! Spring training is just around the corner. Opening day starter for the Jays… who do you think it will be? Post your thoughts on the forums over there!

 

A beauty save from King Henrik:


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back check said:

back check
This is awesome... Not sure what the etiquette is for linking to other sites, so if you guys take this down, please write your own bit with the link. It's a piece from Housses of Hockey and Bloge Salming called "NHLPA Respect in the Workplace Meeting." It takes a poke at Richards, Avery, even Shanahan. It is too funny...

http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2011/02/18/houses-of-the-hockey-bloge-salming-present-nhlpa-respect-in-the-workplace-meeting/

February 18, 2011
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RustyPickles said:

Rusty Pickles
Iginla 6 game point streak 9 points during that span, not one word lol

guy is obviously done (eyeroll)

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February 18, 2011
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... Re; The Bruins and Leafs

The Bruins' draft pick will be a late first rounder (20-25th overall), more comparable to the Leafs' second rounder (ca. 35th overall) than the Leafs' first rounder (ca. 5th overall). The Bruins might have overpaid for Kaberle a bit, but they are going for it right now and sometimes you have to mortgage a bit of the future to do that. On the other hand, there was absolutely no need for the Leafs to make the Kessel trade. Everyone but Burke and the most unrealistic Leaf fans knew that that least one of those first rounders would a very high pick.

Re: Tavares

Most of Tavares' -22 was compiled during the Isles' awful 1-17-3 stint. Since mid-December, Tavares has been better than a point per game and is a slight minus (15G 20A 35 P and a -3 in the last 30 games). I wouldn't expect him to do be a +/- asset anytime soon, but I don't think he'll be a big liability, either, going forward.
February 18, 2011
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James said:

jimywho1
... are the bruins retarded? why need another center? or defensive dman?

BRUINS SHIP WHEELER, STUART TO ATLANTA FOR PEVERLEY, VALABIK

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=354407
February 18, 2011
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BDog said:

BDog
... I understand both teams current situations with regards to building and going for a cup. I still believe it's an overpayment for a UFA. Colbourne was the 16th overall in 2008.
February 18, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Toronto was a rebuilding team. Boston is going for a Cup. Completely different situations.

Toronto gave up their picks KNOWING they could be very high (2nd last year, at least top 10 this year).

Boston won't pick in the top 15/20 this year, and Colborne wasn't a high pick either.

February 18, 2011
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BDog said:

BDog
... So you think Boston is giving up two 1st rounders for Kaberle (Colbourne and a 1st round pick)? Wouldn't Chiarelli be chastised as much as Burke was for giving up two for Kessel.
Me thinks you overvalue Kabs a bit too much. Hopefully Chiarelli isn't stupid enough to do the same.
February 18, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Hemsky - wait for my column this weekend. I'll touch on that issue a bit more.

Elliott - has some upside, 14 game win-streak last year. Seems more mental with him when he struggles.
February 18, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Eberle has 8 points in his 8 games since returning from injury. Looked great last night, but really has been hot right out of the gate since coming back.
February 18, 2011
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Trevor Mark said:

Kidney Crosby
RE: Belliot
Angus,

In regards to the acquisition of Anderson by Ottawa, have you seen Elliot play this year? Elliot has proven to be a poor man's Alex Auld at best. Not saying Anderson is a gem of any kind, but he has at least had some success when healthy. Elliot has but one long streak from last season where he was lights out.

What's wrong with a trade of mediocrity for more mediocrity?
February 18, 2011
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CHR17 said:

CHR17
Hemsky Dear Jeff Angus, why shouldnt the Oilers deal hemsky is a solid offer came along? And if they did deal him what would be a fair pricetag?
February 18, 2011 | url
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Ryan Lenethen said:

DarthVain
Ya But... Will John Tavares also be -22 again next year?

also

Don’t own an Islander goalie! Too Late! Picked up Al "You killed my father, prepare to die" Montoya, last nights game at least gives me some hope that the Isles will see Lawson as a lost cause and Montoya as the savior! Maybe.
February 18, 2011
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