Goldie says: Remember gargantuan goalie Jason Missiaen? The former Habs prospect is expected to sign with the NYR. I somewhat "broke" this news on Twitter. Read my analysis here.
How excited are my readers and forum members about my DobberHockey Minors program? This excited. As you may (or may not) know, I have a semi-regular feature every week or two in which I pull a gem of an article from the forum and post it under the "Called up from the DobberHockey Minors" section. It's a chance for a regular Joe who has always wanted to write some fantasy hockey columns to give it a shot and perhaps get recognition. If you get enough recognition, you could James Reimer your way onto the big club and get a regular column. That's how we discovered our latest columnist Tim Lucarelli. Anyway, this section in the forum is where you submit your article and it is where they are holding a tournament to name the "DobberHockey Farm Team". Loads of fun, and they're looking for your vote on the best name in each "division", eventually whittling it down to two finalists over the course of the next two weeks. Take a look!
Stephen Weiss is day-to-day with a leg injury. Interestingly enough - Shawn Matthias is also day-to-day now, as he closes in on a return. Matthias, by many accounts, had played his three best NHL games of his career prior to going down, so that was bad timing - but also an indicator of a dark horse.
The Devils losing three of their last four has finally done them in. They just didn't want to die, did they? But next year, I can see them rolling with Josefson, Kovalchuk and Tedenby on one line, and a re-signed Parise, Zajac and (???) on the next line. Not bad. Josefson has six points in his last six games.
Marek Svatos scored his second goal since signing late in the season, and his first goal since joining the Sens. I said right off the hop that he sucks, but it's not like I'm an NHL GM or anything...
Nate Gerbe has five points in his last three games. He's doing this getting 10/12 minutes per game. I really believe in this guy long-term. He's not another one of my little-guy projects, he'll work out.
Ottawa rookie Colin Greening has eight points in his last 14 games. They're starting to lean on him, too, giving him 18 minutes or so. I can see 40 points next year from the guy, give or take.
Andreas Nodl snapped a nine-game pointless drought and Kris Versteeg snapped a seven-game drought last night.
Al Montoya is 8-3-4 now. He seriously needs a full-time NHL job next year. Any political crap preventing this will make me throw in the towel on the whole thing. If he gets a job, and goes 0-10 to start, and THEN is banished to the AHL? Then, sure, that's fair. But he needs a job to start and I think he'll be DiPietro's backup (which means he'll be the No.1 by the second period of Game 1 after DiPietro twists his knee). Montoya had 17 saves in the third period alone last night.
Sergei Bobrovsky played terrible and got the hook, and yet Boucher takes the 'L'. Sometimes, stats are set up to not do justice. Three goals allowed on nine shots.
Like James Reimer really needed to get into the 'zone' again. But the rookie has three straight wins and has allowed just three goals in that span. Three shutouts already.
Lauri Korpikoski - Phoenix is REALLY starting to lean on him. He's seeing 22 minutes a game at times and seems to pop up on the scoresheet every two games. I think he'll be that third-line guy who posts 45 points a year, kinda like Handzus was in Philadelphia. He has six points in his last six games and is one of the better plus/minus owns.
Justin Williams has dislocated his shoulder and will be out for close to a month, per the LA Times. There is a chance he may need surgery. Oscar Moller has been recalled and may actually get a look in Williams' spot. I don't recommend nabbing him at this time, though.
In his last 31 games, Paul Stastny has 18 points and is minus-13. You can't pin the Avs woes strictly on him...but he ain't helpin' any.
Two more points for Grabner. He's now tied with Couture in the rookie scoring race for second place, and his 31 goals leads all rookies. Right now I have Skinner, Grabner, Carlson, Crawford, Couture as my Calder picks in order.
My THN column from yesterday on Benn, Anderson, Samsonov, Belanger and Mitchell
Steve Downie and Ryan Malone are each within 10 days or so of returning. Downie should be ready this weekend.
Check out what I said on Twitter about four or five hours before the Matt Cooke suspension announcement. Sometimes I get it right!
Patrick Wiercoch made his NHL debut for the Sens...and was a minus-2 last night in nine minutes of action
Eric Fehr played just 9:26 in his return to action. He was pointless and minus-1
Loui Eriksson is "probable" for tonight's contest, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas News.
Three weeks for Patrick Sharp. So do the Blackhawks hang in there? A lot of hungry teams in the 6-10 spots in the West. Marcus Kruger better make a star debut, to make things easier for this team. He's expected in the lineup tonight for his NHL debut. He's ranked 62 on my prospects list.
Scott Upshall has five points in 12 games with Columbus.
With Chris Osgood ready to return, the Red Wings sent probably their hottest goaltender to the AHL in Joey MacDonald. The team recalled Jan Mursak.
The Pens have signed prospect Tom Kuhnhackl to an ELC. He's ranked 84th on my prospects list because, of course, he is a winger in that system and his offensive upside is quite high.
With Niklas Hagman injured, the Flames have recalled Greg Nemisz.
As crappy as Mike Fisher has been for the Preds, since they acquired him David Legwand has 18 points in 17 games.
Lengthy tilt - Erik Johnson vs. Ryan Jones:
So....what happened here?