Coincidence - Mason Raymond's best game of the past few months comes right after the Canucks acquire Chris Higgins?

 

Kevin Bieksa skated on his own again today and should play at some point during the five game road trip that starts on Saturday.

 

Marian Gaborik is starting to feel better and could be back within the next 7-10 days for the Rangers.

 

Ryan McDonagh has three points in his past five games for the Rangers. Seems to be taking over the role previously occupied by the struggling Del Zotto.

 

Scott Gomez has two points in his last five games.Worst contract in hockey. Surprised more isn't made of it... is there a player who can look so good without doing anything? It seems that Gomez does an end-to-end lap of the ice at least three or four times each game without accomplishing anything.

 

Jonathan Bernier is starting for the Kings tonight.

 

One young player to keep an eye on for 2011-12 - Jordan Caron. Big, skilled, and smart. The Bruins will continue to balance veteran leadership and youthful skill like they have so successfuly this season.

 

Washington has signed prospect Dmitri Orlov to an entry-level contract. Orlov recently made the jump from Russia to the AHL, and he has played very well in his short time with Hershey. He could make the Caps as early as next year.

 

Caps GM George McPhee on Orlov: “Well, he can’t play in the NHL this year based on the rules that we have in the league. But we expect that he’ll play a lot for [Hershey] the rest of this season and the playoffs,” McPhee said. “And we’ll see how that goes. But we got a report from someone that was at the game who said Orlov’s first period the other night was the best first period he’s ever seen from a 19-year-old in the American Hockey League. So that was pretty encouraging.”


My thoughts on Mike Green? He has struggled with fluky injuries and a complete change in team style around him – seems tied down when he is playing. I’d buy low – can only keep a Ferrari in the garage for so long. May never hit 30 goals again, but he’ll come close.

 

Michael Frolik exploded for three points last night in easily his best game as a Blackhawk. He was all over the ice and looked a lot like the former two-time 20 goal scorer.

 

Jonathan Toews now has six multi-point games in his last 10.

 

Rene Bourque has four multi-point games in his last 10. He seems to improve each and every season. Should finish with 50-55 points after a bit of a midseason lull in production.

 

Chris Campoli was pointless in just under 17 minutes of ice time in his Chicago debut.

 

Corey Crawford started his ninth straight game for the Hawks.

 

Is there a better goalie in the league right now than Antti Niemi? I’ll eat some crow here – he wasn’t that good last Spring (I know, I know, winning is all that matters), and I didn’t exactly have high hopes for him this season behind a very mediocre defense in San Jose.

 

Kessel has eight goals in eight games. I traded for him eight games ago.

 

Al Montoya had a spectacular game for the Isles – Minnesota didn’t get a ton of grade A chances but he stopped 33 of 34 shots. Dobber was bang on with his call on Montoya  a few weeks ago – a ton of motivation as this is perhaps his last kick at the NHL can.

 

Loui Eriksson is known as the most underrated player in the league, but I’ll toss a vote in for Frans Nielsen. Quietly plays a very effective two-way game. He had three helpers last night.

 

PM Bouchard is back on track with seven points in his past 10 games. He’s a sleeper for 65-70 points next season. Seems to be completely past any concussion issues.

 

PA Parenteau has only one point in his past three games, but it isn’t for lack of trying. He has 15 shots on goal over the recent stretch.

 

Ilya Kovalchuk has five game-winners in his past 11 games.  Kovalchuk and Brian Rolston combined for 15 shots on goal last night.

 

Nik Kronwall was pointless last night, but he played over 10 minutes on the PP.

 

Dan Ellis was great for the Ducks in the OT win.

 

Zach Parise has been cleared for light skating.

 

Matt Niskanen had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. He saw no PP time, but playing with less pressure to produce could be just what the doctor ordered. He looked so promising as a rookie a few years ago but seemed to struggle when asked to do more the next season.

 

Carl Gunnarsson had two helpers and saw almost three minutes of PP time last night. No Beauchemin and no Kaberle has opened the doors wide open for him. He impressed me a lot in 2009-10 with his strong two-way play, but has had a very inconsistent season to date.

 

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Jerry said:

CallMeJerry
Worst contract? Gomez' contract is silly. But the worst? There's Souray, Redden & Drury. I won't even mention that Yashin is counting against the Isle cap through to 2014-15. Gomez' contract isn't looking so bad now, is it?
March 03, 2011
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Marcus Lepkowski said:

Blueman
Mason Raymond Coincidence - Mason Raymond's best game of the past few months comes right after the Canucks acquire Chris Higgins?

Not really - the coach move Tambellini to Raymond's spot the game before as he didn't like what Raymond was doing (and moved Raymond to the 3rd line). I think it was a wakeup call.
March 03, 2011
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Derrek said:

TangerineDreamTeam
Sather not father Gotta hate that I phone autocorrec
March 03, 2011
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Derrek said:

TangerineDreamTeam
No love for gomez So after every habs game televised on RDS comes a show called antichambre (lockeroom). It might as well be called let's all rag on Gomez. Every single show they talk about how overpaid and underachieving Gomez has been. The fact that he isn't French making that much money doesn't sit well with any of the québécois hosts of the show. Despite all that, I would like to point out, briere refused to sign here, RDS rumours about ur cousin vinny signing here every 2nd month, and come the canadians didn't sign Martin biron, and didn't we keep lapierre. The pressure from the French media to perform in Quebec is absurd. Example, Saku koivu after he just had eye surgery, reporters were grilling him about not speaking French while taking photos of a guy with a torn retina...
U can't expect every single contract and player to workout. Is it gonez's fault father is an idiot and gave him the money? Ask the rangers fans about drury, redden and roszival. Otherwise call RDS if u speak French, they could use another Gomez hater
March 03, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
lots is made of Gomez's contract in the Montreal market In fact, I don't think a day goes by that a friend doesn't complain about it to me.
March 03, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
TO CLARIFY PREVIOUS COMMENT Lecavalier is out. Not Prospal, or your cousin, or any other Vinny you may know.
March 03, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
VINNY & HEMSKY Vinny out at least tonight w/mid-body injury per Erlendsson.

Hemsky out 2-3 weeks w/shoulder injury per Matheson.

Adjust accordingly.
March 03, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... I linked to the wrong column, and now I can't find the one I read.

I'll gladly remove it.

I have heard from a very credible connection that the Penguins essentially shut Crosby down last month baring a miracle. Obviously no link or source so I'll leave it at that.
March 03, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Crosby Piece Agreed with Crosby comments below - there is nothing new here Angus. There is certainly nothing there that is even close to a medical opinion or evaluation of Crosby's current appearance/health. Even a tweet from somebody who saw Crosby squinting would hold more credibility towards him possibly missing the end of the season.

Booooooo.
March 03, 2011
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Dave said:

ddp
team990 Yesterday they had pierre mcguire on who has loads of connections in pittsburgh...he only said that Crosby feels millions better. So that is good news.
March 03, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... The real issue re:Crosby is how easily he was concussed by the hit(s). Those werent big hits. If a player can get injured like that, the NHL has major problems with equipment.
March 03, 2011
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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
Red Hot Leafs!!
Some Food For Thought...The Maple Leafs seem to be silentyl (outside of the greater Toronto Area, of course) picking up points in almost every game lately. Last time the Leafs lost in regulation was February 12th! Moreover, they've only dropped 2 games in regulation, total, since January!!
March 03, 2011
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Czechline said:

Czechline
Still don't have any better Crosby clue ... and to add to Big Ev's comment "just an opinion piece" by a big whining baby; what a terrible article. I still have no idea if he's comming back. Probably only for the last few games (if that) as he teeters on the bring of fantasy relevance for 1yr leagues.
March 03, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Yeah that article is just an opinion piece
March 03, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
Crosby Article Angus, I read that article last week, and I didn't pick up anything in it stating that Crosby was done for the year.
March 03, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Crosby's status As Ballsakic pointed out, in last night's broadcast Bylsma said Crosby has been doing some light workouts while still experiencing some symptoms although lately he's had a real "spring in his step!"

Now unless he was told to lie (or stretch the truth a bit) to keep Pens fans (and us wonderful fantasy owners) hopeful for a return this season, or at least in the playoffs, I wouldn't count him out just yet. Bylsma tends to brush aside the daily Crosby status updates but this time he had a really positive and almost excited tone in his voice when answer so unless that was to fool the national tv audience, I am still hopeful for a playoff return.

Done for the regular season? Perhaps but here's hoping he makes a Forsberg-esque playoff return.
March 03, 2011
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Ryan Lenethen said:

DarthVain
Time is not enough Some have mentioned that they should miss as many games as the injured player by headshot. How is that going to matter when you get a 100pt superstar injured by a 15pt goon, how is that a deterrent to teams. Repeat offenders just get kicked out of league. Or how about the offender is FINED the salary of whatever the injured player makes, and they can't play until its paid off. Lets see whats 3 months of a 9 million season... Makes that 500,000 goon player a bit less attractive an option.
March 03, 2011
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Tim Johnston said:

holdUP
... And in the case of Crosby, who would you be suspending, Steckel or Hedman? If a guy sits the rest of the period, should the offending player have to sit off until that player is back on the ice?

Saying someone should miss as much time as the player is injured is just silly. The act is what's punishable, not the result.

To sort of go with what Vena said about what if the hitter is Ovechkin... you don't think certain players will be putting themselves in vulnerable positions around a high-end player like Ovechkin? "Oops, he barely caught my head, but the team is gonna put me on the IR for the rest of the season because he's one of the best players in the league. Sorry fans, but we wanna win games."
March 03, 2011
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Ballsakic said:

Ballsakic
Crosby Angus, Last night Pierre asked the Penguins coach
the status on Crosby. He actually was pretty positive about Crosby feeling more active.
I guess you can never know.
March 03, 2011
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Dan Vena said:

Sack Lunch
... What if it's a borderline headshot against a concussion-prone player that ends up being out for a season... or more. And what if they guy delivering the borderline headshot is ovechkin.
March 03, 2011
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Brian said:

BrianSTC
NHL should get their head out of their ass! The biggest lie the NHL tries to feed us is by cracking down on headshots, that would take hitting out of the game.
This is complete garbage.
IF A PLAYER INJURES ANOTHER PLAYER BY A HEADSHOT, THAN THAT PLAYER SHOULD MISS AS MANY GAMES AS THE INJURED PLAYER.
This has to be done or otherwise we will witness someone getting killed on the ice!
March 03, 2011
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