Goldie: Here are my thoughts on the Anderson deal and how it might impact Robin Lehner. Also, Atte Engren has been assigned to Milwaukee. He's #39 on my Top-100 Prospects list and has been one of the best SM-liiga goalies over the past two seasons.

 

Jiri Hudler is missing his third straight with an injury tonight.

 

Daniel Sedin is questionable for Wednesday's game because his wife is expecting any day.

 

Dobber: Craig Anderson has re-signed with the Senators for four years, per Bruce Garrioch. He's only 29 so I don't have a problem with the tenure, although I don't fully trust his knees. And poor Robin Lehner will have things delayed, unless Anderson's knee acts up. At any rate, Anderson did what all goalies should do after seeing last summer - signing early. Don't get hung out to dry as NHL teams import undrafted Europeans to fill up spots.

 

Also, if you are looking for a new pool manager, check out our friends at hockeydraft.ca. Worth browsing, trust me.

 

The Calder will come down to Grabner, Skinner, and Couture. However, I'd think about giving it to Carlson.

 

There is precident for giving it to a defensman over a scoring forward (Barrett Jackman won over Zetterberg a few years ago). Carlson is playing 22 minutes per game on a strong defensive club, and will hit the 30 point mark.

 

I'd say it is harder to make an impact on defense as a rookie (a position with more responsibilities).

 

Kevin Bieksa is playing for the Canucks on Wednesday. He will likely take the place of Chris Tanev (assuming there are no injuries between now and then….).

 

Dobber is sick today so I am filling in for him with the ramblings.

 

GM Gates is running a little contest in the forum in which you can name the DobberHockey farm team - that's the area where myself or Angus choose a column written by YOU for publication on front page. Details here.

 

Callahan and Dubinsky are such terrific players – both had three points and dominated in all areas of the game against Pittsburgh last night. Speed, grit, skill, defensive presence – very well-rounded in real life (and fantasy hockey with PIM/hits/SOG).

 

Callahan has 14 points in his last nine games.

 

Lundqvist stopped 38 of 40 after sitting out practice. His injury obviously isn’t serious, but he was ran a few times in the Montreal game on Friday pretty hard.

 

Artem Anisimov has 10 points in his last 10 games, (and five in his last three).

 

Blake Geoffrion had a hat trick for the Preds last night (in less than 11 minutes of ice time) – he is already a very well rounded player, which helps him fit in to Nashville’s system.

 

Five rookies have hat tricks this season (and three of them are against Buffalo, the other two being Grabner and Stepan). Seems to be the season of the hat trick.

 

Speaking of hat tricks, PK Subban turned the trick against Minnesota last night.

 

David Desharnais had three helpers, played almost 19 minutes, and saw a lot of PP time. Great scoop by Dobber a few months ago – I grabbed him and he’s been a very solid winger for me.

 

Desharnais has 22 points in 34 games – roughly a 55 point pace over a full season.

 

James Wisniewski is now three points from 50. Plus-minus isn’t great (Long Island), but he may be on the 2010-11 Prime Cuts defensive unit if he finishes the season strong. The team will be unveiled throughout the month of April.

 

Pat Sharp left the game last night after going knee-on-knee with a Coyote. Will update when something comes out…

 

Chris Campoli scored his first goal as a Hawk – he’s been a great fit with the team. Fits the puck possession style, good passer, smart player, and very mobile.

 

Wild game between Calgary and Anaheim. The Flames came back from 3-0 down only to lose 5-4 in OT. Anaheim will be scary this postseason if Hiller returns. Their depth is average at best, but their top end talent is ridiculous.

 

Jay Bouwmeester was pointless and minus-3. He’s a solid defensive defenseman, but it is tough to justify paying nearly $7 million of cap space to a player who contributes four or five goals per season.

 

Corey Perry with another stat-filling night – two goals, one helper, four shots on goal, two PIM, one PPP, and a GWG.

 

Teemu, I am sorry I thought you were done. Selanne had three points and could hit 75 by the end of the season.

 

Columbus fired a measly 13 shots on Brodeur last night. One of the easiest of his 115 career shutouts.

 

David Clarkson had two goals last night. He is the perfect example of how important PP time is for production. Because of NJ’s forward situation, he was bumped off the PP unit this season. He scored over 20 last year and will need a strong finish to hit 15. Good net presence, but there is a big difference between Mair/Pelley and Zajac/Parise/Kovalchuk.

 

Cody Franson had a helper last night and could finish the season with 10 goals and 30 points. His upside – 15 goals, 45-50 points. Rough defensively at times, but he is a terrific passer and his shot is heavy and accurate.

 

Mike Fisher is pointless in his last 10 games.

 

Martin Erat continues his hot play – one of the streakiest players in the league. If he keeps this up he may win my one of my leagues!

 

Pekka Rinne got the night off, and Lindback was very solid. Is Rinne slowly stealing the Vezina from Tim Thomas? Before the rest, he had started 20 straight for the Preds.

 

Who should suspend Cooke longer – the NHL, or the Penguins? Cooke is putting Mario Lemieux in an awfully tough spot.

 

Geoffrion’s hat trick:


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Emanuel Sequeira said:

hockeymasters
hockeydraft.ca I just noticed Angus' comment on hockeydraft.ca. I'm the commisioner of a Keeper Hockey league and we use that in what is our first season. We chose it because it keeps your information for the next season. While there are some neat features to it, it's unlikely that we will continue to use it. One of the reasons is because it does not show stats for players not dressed. I have found it a bit tricky to make player transactions and you have to be very specific with how you do it. I think it's a little more important to be able to view the stats that are important to you than having neat features. Take it for whatever it's worth.
March 21, 2011
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Tim Johnston said:

holdUP
Cooke Suspended for remainder of season (10 games) and first round (4+ games).
I'm a Pens fan, and I say get rid of him already. I mean out of the league. Just do it. Wanna set a precedent? There ya go, Cooke booted out of the league. Obviously suspensions aren't teaching him not to commit these types of fouls.
March 21, 2011
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Anthony L said:

messierforlife
woww! OVECHKIN OUT 1-2 WEEKS ........... TO "REST"!!
http://rotoworld.com/headlines...ng-injury

Great news, considering I have him on both of my fantasy teams in head to head round 1 of playoffs this week. Great! I betetr make it to the finals in both!
March 21, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Calder, Calder, Patrick Eaves 1. 55pt Matt Duchene almost garnered more votes last year than Jimmy Howard (8th in NHL with 37wins, 5th in GAA, 4th in SV%). Statistically, Howard was better last year than Crawford this year... so I can't see Crawford winning. The point though, is that the voters almost put Duchene above Howard!!! Voting:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com...e1615665/

2. Pengwin's Calder voting would be: 1.Couture, 2.Crawford, 3.Skinner, 4.Carlson, 5. Grabner, 6.Marchand. Couture gains my vote based on amazing two-way numbers, which no doubt contributes to his teams playoff spot/seed. Everybody else falls a bit behind this top six crowd. Subban's +/- is near the bottom of MON defensemen. I don't think he can be considered to get a top three vote.

3. I've heard of shoveling snow... but never shoveling a player. A good clip to add:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Lr3xsFteGw&feature=related
March 21, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Calder If Crawford gets seven more wins, he'll have 35, and I don't see how a 35-win rookie gets beat out by a 57-point forward. How often do ROY winners have just 57 points as a forward? But from what I'm hearing, Crawford isn't even getting a sniff.
March 21, 2011
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Dale McCarthy said:

digitalmonkey
Selanne Any chance Selanne decides to play again next season?
March 21, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... I recall stating that Carlson was the best rookie at the height of Skinner's scoring surge early in the season. I still maintain that as well. The forwards just dont have that many pts to get the award over a d-man that plays in all situations and often has the most TOI for a top team.
March 21, 2011
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tGr said:

27Blue
calder came on to mention subban for the calder. another one in the defensive mix has to be shattenkirk. i know he is not the same presence on the ice as the other 2 mentioned, but the stats are comparable. same points as carlson, just a couple behind subban), 20 min per game... plus, he didn't get a call up until november, so he has done it all in less games. i think what separates carlson is that he plays his minutes against the opposition's big line. with crawford in the mix, however, it is not likely that any of these defensmen get a real shot...
March 21, 2011
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Subban? Is Subban not eligible for Calder consideration, Jeff. He has the same 22 minutes of TOI and with a little luck over the next 9 games could hit 40 points. The only deterrent is his -2 I suppose with Carlson at +18
March 21, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
Callaghan Callaghan is terrific player indeed, this season he is doing really fantastic job by picking points for my team in multi-category league i am in. Another thing i realized as an owner is that my team comes from behind on Sundays thanks to him smilies/smiley.gif ...he scored 3points yesterday, 5point last Sunday and he has had a few multi-point games on Sundays this season before. I am lazy to check it, but it seems that if Rangers play on Sunday he always scores smilies/wink.gif
March 21, 2011 | url
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Will S said:

Bomm Bastic
Holtby Mark Parrish of Portland (Sabres farm) scored on Holtby in OT on the 19th. As far as I know, both remain with their respective AHL teams.

http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/2011/03/mark_parrishs_backhander_in_ot.html
March 21, 2011
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BabyElias said:

BabyElias
Cawford I think you forgot Crawford. IMO he should get it.

To support my opinion, please take a look at this:

http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/daily-chicago-sports-tab/2011/03/corey-crawford-his-case-for-the-calder-memorial-trophy.html
March 21, 2011 | url
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Budde said:

rbudde
holtby bolt Heard somewhere Holtby was sent down. Anyone know for sure?
March 21, 2011
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Seth said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
Clarkson Do you see his linemates changing at any point? Either this season or next....I know it's hard to forecast for next season but the guy has some skill (as he showed last year)...any chance he plays with better linemates or starts getting some PP time?
March 21, 2011
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paul said:

donpaulo
Matt Cooke hard at work again

http://www.tolensky.com/2011/03/matt-cooke-history-of-violence.html
March 21, 2011
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