I’m 37 today. Where has the time gone? Sonuva...

 

Yes! I forgot the big news of the day - Jarome Iginla's 1000th career point. In today's THN article, I give my thoughts on some of the biggest question-mark players heading into the offseason, and compare poolies' tendency to write players off using the Iginla example (when speaking of Malkin). Article here. And thank you everyone for the birthday wishes!

 

Maksim Mayorov tallied his first career NHL goal Friday. I think, given the talent coming up, that Mayorov will be hard-pressed to muscle his way into their top six. It probably means ‘bust’, unless he takes a huge step forward next year.

 

Corey Crawford watch: 31 wins now. He had one win in the first five weeks and 30 wins in the next 20 weeks.

 

Daymond Langkow sure looked good between Iginla and Tanguay. He only walked away with a point (15 minutes of ice time), but the line dominated in the third period.

 

Kevin Shattenkirk has six straight games with a point (eight points in that span). He’s hit the 40-point mark now. Pretty good for a rookie defenseman who didn’t make the team out of camp.

 

Crosby “looks good” at the morning skate, but waffles on his return. And you know what? The team and he will keep waffling until 6:59pm on a particular game day and then – what do ya know – he’s back. I’m still thinking he plays two regular season games, no matter what the party line is.

 

It looks like in the Expert League I will finish sixth, barring a jump up or down one spot. Key reasons I was able to climb up from dead last (dead last by a 10-point margin, I’ll add) up seven spots to fifth: 1. I own March’s player of the month Perry; 2. I own March’s third star in Rinne; 3. I scooped waiver wire picks Grabner, Sekera and Shattenkirk.

 

Reasons why I probably won’t move up to fifth: 1. I missed roster deadlines the last two weeks, which means Andrew MacDonald is still active (d’oh!).  2. I won Martin Erat in bidding two weeks ago, but again, missed the roster deadline so failed to add him. Oh, what could have been...

 

Ryan Ma and Jason “Frozen Pool” Arbuthnot are deadlocked for first place with 99 points, by the way.

 

Pavel Datsyuk will not play today, but tomorrow remains a possibility. He’s apparently skating hard, according to the Free Press.

 

It shocked the hell out of me seeing Alex Steen back in the lineup last night. I did not expect to see him again this season. But despite his return, Matt D’Agostini still scored and saw some PP time. I like that perseverance. Steen did not see PP time. That’s a situation to watch in the fall, there is only room for one of them on the top PP unit.

 

Mike Green no longer has concussion symptoms. It’s amazing how the arrival of the playoffs cures concussion issues. They should do a study. Perhaps there’s a cure in there somewhere – just fool the player into thinking it’s playoff time and he’s all better. They’d be easier to fool, too, with their mind all addled like that.

 

Anaheim prospect Kyle Palmieri was the AHL rookie of the month with 12 goals and 15 points in 13 games. His surge up the prospect charges puts Matt Beleskey’s standing at risk.

 

They’re gonna throw him right in there. Stephane DaCosta will make his NHL debut Saturday against the Leafs. The Sens signed the top unsigned NCAA prospect (he was ranked second in the Midseason Guide) a couple of days ago. The Sens sent Colin Greening back to the AHL as a result.

 

Erik Karlsson will miss today with that gash on his leg. I think Tuesday is probably questionable as well.

 

Interesting recall to watch for the Wild: Max Noreau. The d-man has 56 points in 76 AHL contests and is a first-team All-Star.

 

Playoff Draft List – here!

 

I love give-n-go goals like this, even though the guy who put me out of the playoffs (so far) owns Tanguay:

 

 


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Uzair said:

Sportfreunde
... Remember that Matt Beleskey has a one way contract starting next year. He can play on any line and if he can get a bit of speed then he'd be the ideal 3rd liner that can chip in on the 2nd. Are Jason Blake and Teemu Selanne both gonna be there next year? If not, I'd expect Beleskey to still play a role.

Also, it was great watching Kevin Shattenkirk play for the Avs for a bit but only offensively, he's not the soundest player when it comes to defense and needs to put up points otherwise his ice-time will get cut especially with more stable dmen on STL including Ian Cole who's starting to emerge.
April 02, 2011
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Eric Daoust said:

ericdaoust
Happy Birthday! And thanks for the years of fantasy hockey gold!
April 02, 2011
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Langkow Only walked away with a point, Dobber? Wish I could say that everyday with all my roster.

Tanguay earned that goal with his work on the forecheck. Nice to see him rebound this season.
April 02, 2011
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JB said:

jbsleepers
Happy Birthday Dobber! Hey Dobber, as one of your loyal followers I'd like to wish you a very Happy Birthday! As far as getting older...you know what they say, you're just getting wiser. For everything you "lose" by getting older, you "get" something better that you didn't have before! Cheers!

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April 02, 2011
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Kevin said:

mrmojorisin
Iginla Worth a mention, Iginla's third period game winning goal last night was also his 1000th NHL point. Big milestone for one of the classiest players in NHL history.
April 02, 2011
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Chris said:

CascadeFilly
Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday, Dobber!

And congrats to Iginla for 1000 points. I remember the slew of comments going around here earlier in the season, stating he was washed up and in a downward spiral. Some even mentioned Bourque as Calgary's new go-to guy. Here we are, 80 points and a potential for another 40 goal season later...
April 02, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
happy birthday, old man! happy birthday!
April 02, 2011
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