I was impressed with Mark Mancari's stint this last time. Buffalo just sent him back down after he got five points in 10 games. As a giant of a man - 6-3, 225 - Mancari stands a good chance of making the team in the fall. He's 25, so it will be next year or never. But he reminds me of Troy Brouwer so I would expect similar production short and long-term.


So with Angus off to Phoenix, you'll be stuck with me for nine of the next 10 days. Enjoy!


The big news out of yesterday is Marc Savard's concussion and how he is dealing with memory problems. I would be shocked to see him play again. I'm not sure why they don't mandate the Mark Messier helmets - it seems like they're onto something. And also they need to step up on the head shots.


By the way, can someone tell me why the NHL didn't suspend either Gaustad (for diving) or Weiss (for knocking him in the head) the other night? Something happened here from somebody. Clip at the bottom. As a Weiss owner, when I saw that highlight from my seat at the pub, I thought for sure I was losing him for some games. Thankfully no. But did anything come of this? I wasn't around a lot on Saturday, so not sure if there was a hubbub or if it was just ignored.


A huge announcement is coming later today. There hasn't been an announcement this big since Jay Arbuthnot's Frozen Pool joined the site. You may want to skip the coffee today, as this awesomeness I am about to share will O.D. you on excitement.


The Penguins have played in four straight shootouts and won them all. That's all fine and dandy for the likes of Pens fans and Dan Bylsma, but what about us poolies? Three games, two wins, two goals. How do you win three games with two official goals? Is this the Penguins or the Devils? Killing some fantasy squads.


Erik Condra has four points in five games for the Sens.


Ben Maxwell picked up his first two career NHL points Sunday for Atlanta. On this team, I think he has a future in the top six that he may not have had in Montreal. I like him to make this team next year and put up 30 points.


Braden Holtby was sent back down yesterday. I think the odds in 2012-13 (a season and a half from now) of the next full-time Washington starter is: Neuvirth 40%, Holtby 35%, Varlamov 15%, and "other" 10%.


Related, but different, I think Neuvirth 100% will be a successful NHL starting goaltender. Somewhere. Maybe not in Washington. Holtby 85% and Varlamov 60% (injuries, KHL flight risk).


Looks like the Red Wings will be rolling with a duo of Joey MacDonald and Thomas McCollum. Jimmy Howard expects to play a game or two before the season ends. But what if there is a setback?


Johan Franzen is expected to return to the lineup tonight against Chicago. Pavel Datsyuk is looking at either Wednesday or Saturday.


More injury news, this from the Dispatch (whose Aaron Portzline was among our guests in the recent Dobber Nation. Kristian Huselius will back in practice Monday.


More from Columbus (and Mr. Portzline): the Jackets have signed prospect Cam Atkinson. He's ranked 122 on my prospects list and I think very highly of his upside. He's a smaller player, so it may take awhile before we see the results, but long-term I think there is something here.


Patrick Maroon is finally getting settled in with the Crunch (AHL). He has 10 points in his last five games and has revived himself as a prospect.


Recently-signed and DobberHockey favorite Gustav Nyqvist has a point in each of his two games for Grand Rapids. With Mursak on the team next year, Nyqvist and Tatar will be battling for a part-time job in Detroit next year. I think Nyqvist's time is the following year, though.


Carolina future star Zach Boychuk had 10 points in five AHL games last week.


Ugly collision gives Dan Hamhuis a concussion. It's his fourth concussion and he's taking it quite seriously in terms of his future in hockey:



The Weiss elbow:



So how does Crosby look? You tell me:



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Will S said:

Bomm Bastic
Mancari Mancari is in Portland only on paper. He practiced with the team yesterday and Sabres will probably use him as an emergency recall again.

Also, Gragnani was called up and may very well stick for the remainder of the season due to Leopold's injury, and Ruff likes his versatility....may use him as a forward.
March 29, 2011
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Anthony L said:

Lidstrom keeps truckin'....+ Fun Fact of the Day Made the trip down to Detroit this past weekend for the Wings/Leafs game, and boy does Liddy still have it! St. Nich just does so much more than the scoresheet will ever suggest. But even sticking to the core stats, as he sits exact 1 month shy of his 41st birthday, Lidstrom has now put together his 3rd highest PPP total of his career!!(38 encounting, on the man-advantage)
March 28, 2011
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Derrek said:

Weiss hit You were sitting in a pub I was in my basement, but we both saw the same thing.. A clear elbow to the head, I cant't even justify his attempt at a hit. His arm is out, catches his chin good... 2 minutes!?! I was expecting the big gm and 5 mins major, my yahoo Pims flashed before my eyes. I was shocked this didn't get more attention. Then again, I've seen two komisarek hits in the last week that could easily have been 2 game bans for boarding/hitting from behind. Worth mentioning, was one of the first concussion tests I've seen the NHL administer. Don't know if it's the team that decides to do it or not, but it seems like this needs to be enforced by someone. I've 2 goalies get run, who looked dazed and actually had a trainer come out and look at them, but no way a team willingly puts in there back up for 15 minutes. In this instance they did a concussion test and Weiss only got 2 mins... Something is wrong with the crime and injury in the NHL, cuz it's not punishment
March 28, 2011
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Mike said:

Nyqvist sometimes hard to tell with the prospects that come out of US college. He's had good stats the last couple years, but maybe some time to mature is needed. Does he move up on the prospects list as a result of his signing?
March 28, 2011
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eribelan said:

Mark Messier's Helmets This helemt have failed lots of tests. He's the worst one in absortion and protection. That's what i've learn from someone who made some mechanicals test on them ...

Not so good ...
March 28, 2011
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David Goodburn said:

NHL Discipline NHL "discipline" is a complete joke. That Weiss hit is the exact hit they are supposedly trying to take out of the game (blind hit to the head). I love the NHL game but just get sick of seeing the inconsistencies in the discipline.
March 28, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

WTF Awesomeness... you are killing me?! I need every free second of the next three days to ramp up on my fantasy baseball knowledge and now I feel compelled to continue logging into DobberHockey all day to check for the "awesomeness". There is only 24 hours in the day. Oh mercy. smilies/wink.gif
March 28, 2011
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Chris B said:

Weiss/Gaustad I'm not sure how you call Gaustad for diving. He is clearly skating backwards and gets nailed in the back of the head. A reverse clothesline if you will. Going to be hard to stay on your feet.
March 28, 2011
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Eric said:

Hockey Hoser
Crosby Gotta love whoever's reaction in the backgroudn to Crosby's wicked backhand! lol
March 28, 2011
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GregP said:

Hamhuis "If there is more to come, I think you have to take a look at what is most important. That's hopefully not going to happen. But they (wife and two children) all know it's a risky game, and if I ever feel like it's putting myself at risk long term, then I'll have to take a step back and think about things" - Dan Hamhuis, Globe & Mail Feb.22nd 2011.

Sounds like a good family man, hope he's alright very soon. If he makes it back for the playoffs along with Edler, I think the Nucks can have a great playoff run.
March 28, 2011
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Chandan Singh said:

Crosby I posted the full version a couple days ago in the ramblings. Its worth a look(but just cuz its crosby): http://video.penguins.nhl.com/...&id=104870
March 28, 2011
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Noam said:

... WTF... the lack of a suspension is enormously puzzling. and they just played again today, so it's not like one's still forthcoming. i don't come close to getting it.
March 28, 2011
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