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I've been following the AHL playoffs closely - some tidbits:

 

Carolina's farm team was shutout by the Baby Pens last night. The Charlotte Checkers feature about six or seven future Carolina regulars - Justin Faulk, Zac Dalpe, Zach Boychuk, Drayson Bowman, Riley Nash, and Mike Murphy, to name a few.

 

Baby Pens goalie Brad Thiessen is having a sensational playoff run - he was the best goalie in the regular season as well.

 

Robin Lehner had a 36 save shutout to get the Sens past Johnas Enroth and the Portland Pirates. I'd expect Lehner to start 20-25 games next year behind Craig Anderson. Same goes for Enroth in Buffalo, but more likely 12-15 starts.

 

The odds of Cory Schneider getting dealt this summer… probably 60/40 (for and against). By the deadline next season… 90/10 (assuming Luongo is healthy).

 

I think the Canucks will be targeting an entry-level forward. Jacob Josefson on  the Devils is a name who may draw interest, and the Devils would certainly have a need for a potential future franchise goaltender.

 

The Canucks won’t have a ton of cap space so they probably can’t take on a big contract coming back, although they could always offload money elsewhere.

 

Bruins impressively sweep the Flyers – was Tomas Kaberle even playing? Looked meek all series.

 

Claude Giroux will probably get fined for a dirty hit on Bergeron – head shot, left his feet. Giroux is one of my favourite players, but looked like a head shot to me.

 

Sticking with the hit, Bergeron has to be aware that a player is coming. These head shots are awful, but some percentage of the blame has to be on the player (in some cases), no?

 

Bergeron immediately left the game – would be a huge blow obviously if he can’t go in round three.

 

Loving David Krejci’s game right now – the Bruins top line dominated all series long. Without Pronger, the Flyers struggled to deal with Lucic and Horton down low.

 

Dennis Seidenberg led all Boston skaters in ice time (nearly 30 minutes, three more than Chara). Fantastic UFA signing – Boston has a great mix of puck movers and stay-at-home guys on each pairing.

 

Johnny Boychuk will be a solid fantasy option largely because of his massive point shot (which he showed off last night).

 

Once again, Kyle Wellwood has elevated his game in the spring. He has 19 points in his last 32 playoff games, and San Jose’s third line has been great in both rounds.

 

It means nothing at this point, but Tim Thomas absolutely owned the Lightning during the regular season.

 

Ty Conklin had 48 saves for the American team against Canada yesterday – the game was very lopsided (taking a look at the rosters, not much of a surprise).

 

The best American skater was forward Derek Stepan, far and away. For Canada, Brent Burns and John Tavares impressed. Tavares will score 40 next season. Burns would get a lot more praise and media attention if he played in a larger hockey market – such a fun player to watch.

 

Ryane Clowe had three helpers for the Sharks last night. He’s not exactly young (nor is he old), but I think the best is still yet to come.

 

Dan Cleary had his best game of the playoffs yesterday. The Wings need other forwards aside from Datsyuk and Zetterberg to step up.

 

Franzen is clearly struggling with his ankle injury, and both Filppula and Hudler have been invisible.

 

Todd Bertuzzi showing shades of his past dominance:

 

Cody Franson’s missing puck trick:


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KJ said:

Big Kjell
@Larry Yup. Slewfoot it was. No doubt about it.

Bit of Bert's old medicine smilies/wink.gif
May 07, 2011
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Anze said:

Anze
... By the way I think that Giroux hit was legal, not from the blindside, and he doesn't jump up, even if his feet leave the ice by the strenght of the impact. Well done !
May 07, 2011
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Anze said:

Anze
2 down, 1 to go After Chara's malicious hit on Pacioretty, I wished that Savard would never come back, that Bergeron suffers another concussion, and that Chara broke his neck in a corner. The first 2 wishes look good, still waiting on Chara. If it happens I may have to send Santa another wish list with the names of Lucic, Marchand and Horton on it.
May 07, 2011
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Zammer said:

Zammer
toolbox I agree for the most part, but also think the NHL will eventually have to institute a formal "late hit" rule. For example if you finish your check more than .5 - .75 (TBD)after the puck has left possession of offensive player, the offending player must show he let up or at least doesn't "follow through". The game has got too big, too fast, and eventually stars will be protected when they don't have the puck. NHL has to attempt to limit and quantify late hits (like the NFL did) to protect all players (especially the stars) because watching your pass can't lead to a career ending concussion as the hits serves little or no purpose, other than intimidation. Reducing injuries and concussions in exchange for a little less intimidation, should be a good tradeoff in the NHL's eyes.
May 07, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
@KJ Did you not see Bertuzzi get slewfooted the play before? shouldve been a plenalty to SJ. As far as i can tell, the 'offside' isnt clear on this replay- tuff call for the linesman at full speed.
May 07, 2011
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Mabus said:

mabus
... Agreed about the Lehner comments. Here was the quote back when they signed Anderson:

http://www.ottawasun.com/sports/hockey/2011/03/21/17707906.html
May 07, 2011
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KJ said:

Big Kjell
... Lehner is not playing a game in the NHL next season...unless Anderson and the backup go down with injuries.

Bert scored a beauty. But it was still offside. The Wings had the refs with them last night.

Thiessen is earning the backup role behind fragile Fleury next year. Who knows what might happen smilies/wink.gif

Schneider to the Devils is salivating...

May 07, 2011
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toolbox said:

bmorrice
Bergeron hit Jeff, Giroux will not be suspended because this does not qualify as a head shot. The league considers this an "east-west" hit (compared with a Cooke-on-Savard "north-south" hit). Responsibility rests solely on Bergeron for admiring his pass. I'm not Colin Campbell, but from what I understand, this is simply a gorgeous, clean hit. Reminds me of Campbell on Umberger a couple years ago.
May 07, 2011
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rooneypoo said:

rooneypoo
RE: Lehner Bryan Murray has already indicated that the goal is to have Lehner play in the AHL next year, ideally, in a starting role. No guarantees, but you'd have to think that this playoff run is enough to help him wrestle the job from Brust.
May 07, 2011
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Noam said:

Holymanm
re: franzen did anyone else catch *the franzen show* on that HUGE 92 second shift near the end of the 3rd right before the whistle which led to the offensive faceoff/4th line GWG? he was absolutely on a mission throughout the whole thing, including the big rush up the middle from a last dman back position, and created three or four chances nearly by himself...

which was, sadly for my pools, about the only time this series i've seen anything like that from him. but there might be hope?!
May 07, 2011
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