The Leafs have signed prospect Greg McKegg to an entry-level contract. McKegg led Erie (OHL) in scoring with 49 goals and 92 points this past season. He was picked in the 3rd round of the 2010 Entry Draft.

 

Geno Malkin managed to avoid surgery on his MCL (his ACL was still operated on). Sounds like his recovery is ahead of schedule. He won't be back until next season but should have time before camp to skate and exercise hard.

 

The NHL's fake season is upon us. Great column with fantasy hockey implications.

 

Alex Edler is playing tonight for the Canucks. Dan Hamhuis will be ready for game one of the playoffs.

 

Vancouver's potential defensive group for game one: Hamhuis-Bieksa, Ehrhoff-Edler, Ballard-Salo. First time all season all six have been healthy. Formidable to say the least.

 

Mike Green will be back before round one kicks off, but Dennis Wideman won't. The Capitals aren't anticipating a return from Wideman at any point during the first round.

 

Some potential Finnish free agents who could have a fantasy impact in 2011-12...

 

Michael Grabner scored two goals last night - 32 and 33 on the season. Florida's leading scorer David Booth had a goal (his 23rd). Just saying...

 

When exactly did Rick DiPietro steal Dan Cloutier's helmet?


Henrik Zetterberg left the game with a lower body injury last night. He won't play in either of Detroit's final two games... no word on his return for the postseason.

 

The year of the hat trick continues… Corey Perry continues his assault on the NHL with three (the third being his 50th of the season). Rocket Richard is sewn up, he is chasing down Daniel Sedin for the Art Ross, and he has probably leapfrogged his way above Sedin for the Hart as well.

 

Anaheim’s top players are peaking at the right time – if Jonas Hiller can return soon, the Ducks could play sleeper once again in the postseason.

 

As a hockey fan, I’d love to see an Anaheim/San Jose first round match up.

 

Good news for the Hawks (and poolies) – Patrick Sharp returned to the lineup last night after missing seven with a knee injury

 

Scott Clemmensen recorded the loss for Florida last night – his fourth consecutive start. Tomas Vokoun has been out with a back injury.

 

Mattias Tedenby’s rookie season hasn’t been all that impressive from a statistical standpoint, but he has shown flashes of offensive skills each game. He’ll be a regular in New Jersey next year, as will fellow Swede Jacob Josefsen.

 

Depending what happens with Parise, the Devils could slide the two rookies alongside Ilya Kovalchuk on the second line.

 

Worst NHL player of the year award – Nikolai Khabibulin?

 

My Head-to-Head opponent this week (final) has Devan Dubnyk (shutout Canucks on Tuesday) and Cam Ward (blanked Detroit last night). I am losing 15-1 at the moment…

 

Jeff Skinner is only one point away from 60 after scoring another last night.

 

Jarome Iginla also had three goals, and broke the 40 goal mark for the fourth time in his career. His strong season has gone largely unnoticed because of Calgary’s struggled.

 

Interesting stat I saw on another forum last night – Milan Lucic and David Backes both have 30 goals, 30 assists, and a plus-30 rating.

 

Impressive for sure, but Backes at plus-30 is even more remarkable considering how average the Blues have been all season.

 

Ilya Kovalchuk scored his 30th of the season last night – his eighth straight 30 goal seasons. Expect him to be closer to 45 in 2011-12.

 

Interesting Cory Schneider tidbit from DobberHockey's wisest - fzusher:

 

"Vigneault, in a really classy move, put Schneider in net for 29 seconds yesterday. To be the perfect class act, he'd let Schneider start one of the remaining two games so that he can hit his 25th game in style.



25 games would make him eligible for the Jennings if the Nucks finish the year with the lowest GA, which has been pointed out in different media recently. But I don't know if people have mentioned how big of a deal this would be.


Why?



Because in 08-09 Schneider won both the Holmes (fewest GA) and Bastien (best goalie) in the AHL. Since the Jennings became the trophy for fewest goals allowed in 1982, only one goalie - Mike Dunham - has won both the Holmes and the Jennings. And he's never won the Bastien (Dunham did win the Butterfield, for Calder cup MVP, which Schneider hasn't)."

 

Perry with 50 – got Hart?


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Craig K said:

csk_17
Re:MVP Wysh's Perry v. Sedin article at Puck Daddy sums up my point well.
April 07, 2011
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Craig K said:

csk_17
MVP I don't disagree that the Hart race is now between Perry and Sedin. That being said, Perry playing the past 5 weeks at a level that is out of this world shouldn't diminish Sedin's ridiculous consistency over the whole year. He shouldn't be punished because his great play vaulted the team out of 'must-win' territory before the all-star break and not in March. The "What have you done for me lately" game can have a tendency to lower the standard of the awards season.
April 07, 2011
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
The Ducks If the Ducks get any kind of goaltending out of Hiller, Emery or Ellis, they will be playing in June. Their big line is unstoppable. The can beat you with skill, with quickness, or they can run you over. The Selanne-Koivu-Blake line is as good as some playoff teams' top line and their top power play unit of Selanne-Getzlaf-Perry-Visnovsky-Fowler has been on fire. Their defense has been much better since Beauchemin was brought back. Fowler has bounced back nicely after having a shaky middle of the season. Sure, their third pairing on D or their 3rd and 4th lines won't scare anybody, but with the way their best players have been going any relative lack of depth might not matter so much.

Also, while he might not be quite worthy of the Hart Trophy as someone mistyped, Bobby Ryan has put up some tremendous numbers (34G-37A-71P) all while seeing very little power play time whenever Getzlaf and Selanne have both been in the lineup.

-Impartial Observer (Not a Ducks Fan)
April 07, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
... @Dukla-totally agree about Backlund for next season.

Also, LOVED that the primary assist on Perry's 50th was from Teemu, who seemed just as overjoyed for Corey as he was when he broke the rookie goal scoring record back in'93. Literal torch passing, although I like everyone else hopes this is not the end of the line for Teemu.
April 07, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Backes... +30, no way I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't checked it.
Phenomenal. My favourite stat is when players have a +/- that exceeds all their teammates by a good margin. Backes has been a slowly rising favourite player of mine for 2-3 years. I had no idea he had crept up this high.

Wow! Feeling really good about trading away James Neal for Backes this year in my multi-cat salary cap league!
April 07, 2011
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DonCoburleone said:

DonCoburleone
I meant Perry Yeah barneyg I meant Perry getting the Hart should be a no brainer...
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barneyg said:

cabro57
Perry Hold on Don, did you actually write "The Hart going to Bobby Ryan should be a NO BRAINER"? Perry I agree, Ryan not so much.
April 07, 2011
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barneyg said:

cabro57
41 GP for goalies Talk show hosts have it wrong as they often do. Repent Tokyo is right -- there's a 3D view of the Cup on the HHOF website and David Aebischer's name (Avalanche win in 2000-01) is on it even though he played 28 games in the regular season a 1 game in the playoffs (1 minute in a game against LA, so it wasn't in the finals).

I've also read elsewhere that goalies (and players) need to be dressed for 41 games but don't actually need to play in those games to be automatically qualified, but couldn't find an official link.
April 07, 2011
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DonCoburleone said:

DonCoburleone
Where's the Perry love? You gave my boy Perry his props on this site but I've been going to just about every sports website out there (NHL, Yahoo, SI, ESPN, CBS) and on their hockey sections Perry is just a side note.. "Corey Perry gets a hat trick and oh yeah 50 goals too." If this was a Sedin or Ovechkin or even Marion Gaborik they'd be plastered all over those sites with article after article declaring their greatness. Corey Perry is the best player on the best line in hockey (Sedin line is awesome but whoever you put next to the Sedin's is garbage compared to Bobby Ryan) and the Ducks are a playoff team. The Hart going to Bobby Ryan should be a NO BRAINER and it would be if he played for a team in either A)Canada or B) East Coast...
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
You don't have to play 41 games. hose radio hosts were misinformed. A team can request anyone's name to be put on the Cup - there are front and back office people on the cup who have never set foot on the ice, let alone played 41 games.

41 games is for automatically qualifying. Other players can have their names added by request of the team, like George Parros when Anaheim won.
April 07, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... Backlund should be the #1 centre on Calgary full time next season. He is just better than the alternatives there. 3 assists last night.
April 07, 2011
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Greg said:

GregP
Schneider What is really unfortunate for Schneider is that if the Canucks were to win the Cup he would not get his name on it. Apparently a player needs 41 games minimum to be eligible. A rule that definately needs to be revisited by the NHL, as discussed on the TEAM 1040 yesterday by Blake Price and other hosts. Great pickup fuzsher!
April 07, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
It's not Dan Cloutier's helmet It's actually one of Osgood's old helmets left over from when he played for the Islanders. It's one of the few helmets out there that doesn't put pressure on the steel plates in DiPietro's face, and which can protect him from further damage should he get hit with a puck. It's been modified to new specs, but it's essentially the same old helmet.

You can read more about it here: http://ingoalmag.com/news/isla...ered-face/
April 07, 2011
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dennis said:

hannuemen
Iginla Iginla's 40 goals after his awful start to the year is even more impressive.
April 07, 2011
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Marc said:

MGW
Joke-inen That's why some people (including I) call him Joke-inen...
Minus 1 eh? Pretty stellar.
April 07, 2011
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shortcuttomoncton said:

shortcuttomoncton
Jokinen! I feel it's also important to note that in Calgary's 6-1 win, Olli had one PP assist, won 4 of 10 FOs, and was a -1.

Amazing.
April 07, 2011
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