Usually you'll find several rambles throughout the day but you haven't seen that and I apologize. With the Prospects Report out on June 1, I want to make sure I get it done. Normally that is not an issue, but with my second daughter due to be born in a week or two...it could get hairy. So I have to make certain that I am AHEAD of schedule - not just ON schedule. So the nose has been against the grindstone...and the ramblings have suffered. Just to explain ;)

 

Nicklas Lidstrom picked up his 70th point of the year – playoffs and season – in just 91 games. How great is he? In 2003, when Chelios was 41 he managed just 19 points. Hey, it’s tough finding a 41-year-old defenseman to compare this accomplishment…

 

So is this another San Jose collapse in the making? Not collapsing, per se. I don’t think you can call outshooting the opponent 42-22 a collapse or a choke…but at the same time…they lost the game. Another one of those and it’s Game 7 and that monkey on their back becomes a gorilla – and that would be advantage: Detroit.

 

Kyle Wellwood – seven points in 11 games. Who had him in the playoff pool?

 

I love how Datsyuk was questionable for the game last night, but then he plays and gets three points. Nice!

 

Jiri Hudler – healthy scratch. Drew Miller drew in. Hey, that was an unintentional pun.

 

Sergei Kostitsyn and Patric Hornqvist are pointless in their seven games. Got ‘em in the pool! Johan Franzen is pointless in his last five – got him in the pool, too!

 

Sean Bergenheim has seven goals and eight points in his last eight games. The talent has always been there, but the one year that he was poised to do something about it he held out for a contract and the Islanders let him go back to Europe. He came crawling back and never got another chance on the scoring line. He’ll never be a 60-point guy or anything, but there is enough there for him to post 50.  But he’s also injury prone, so for next year I wouldn’t bank on anything above 35. But he could be next year’s Kopecky.

 

If Ken Hitchcock is brought in to coach the Devils, I give up. Another year of crappy Kovalchuk numbers – don’t GM’s see that his coaching numbers are declining with every job? Actually, check that, he often has a great five year and then he loses the team in Year 2. Regardless, this guy has more lives than Mike Keenan. Why oh why do the Old Boys Club insist on recycling coaches when there are so many good, new ones out there in other leagues?

 

Chris Pronger (back, leg) and Mike Richards (wrist) may need offseason surgery. Well…I guess at this point it would just be “surgery”, since it can’t be “onseason”.

 

So Adrian Dater, tell us how you really felt about Ryan Stoa this past season.

 

Phoenix did a great job in acquiring prospect Ethan Werek from the Rangers for Oscar Lindberg. Werek is ranked 107 on my Prospects List and will be profiled in my prospects report, but he was probably only two or three years away in the Rangers’ organization. You can make it three or four in Phoenix.

 

You saw this I’m sure, but if not – the Giroux hit on Bergeron (another concussion):

 

 

Whoa, this Thornton dive was ridiculous:

 

 


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steve laidlaw said:

metaldude26
Dater Writer Grade Can I give Dater an F for his writing. It's not that he's terrible but he's got to be the whiniest, most annoying sports writer ever.
May 09, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... That's interesting Big Ev...I'd be scared to though smilies/wink.gif

JR is doing what he does best - no filter. As soon he puts in a filter, he will be off the air and out of the public eye. If Marleau was proud of his playoff performance to date, then he can be mad at his buddy. But if his buddy has a point, than just take the bitter pill and swallow it. Then go out for a beer with his pal and let bygones be bygones.
May 09, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
Idea Have you ever given readers the chance (in a contest or something) to do the ramblings one day? I'd love to be able to do that! It would also give you or Angus a day off!
May 09, 2011
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
Marleau vs Roenick Although I'm sure Roenick is trying to get some attention, I also tend to agree with him. Marleau has been pretty invisible. But I don't blame Marleau. I blame Wilson for re-signing Marleau in the first place. Since when has Marleau ever proven to be a valuable playoff performer? This playoff shouldn't come as a shock. The only reason SJ has gone this far in the playoffs so far is because of the likes of Couture, Clowe, Setoguchi, and to a lesser extent Niemi, Pavelski, Thornton and even (I hate saying it) Heatley. Marleau has been nothing short of unimpressive so far.
May 09, 2011
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Aaron said:

goose191919
JR No thoughts on the JR comments last night on Versus/national TV? He called Marleu "gutless" and then went to twitter to defend it: “Everyone can be mad at me for my comments. That's fine!!” Roenick wrote. “My opinions are mine and I’ve always voiced them! Classless? I’ve had worse said of me!! Marleau has his fans and that's great! I am not one of them and won't pretend to be! I love the Sharks with a passion and think the fans deserve a better effort than Marleau has given in this series!!!”

I think Randy Hahn said it best on twitter in response: "Jeremy Roenick only cares about furthering his broadcasting career. His Marleau take was WAY over the line. Many bridges were burned."
May 09, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
Another great Lidstrom stat: http://twitter.com/#!/wyshynsk...6327954432
Lidstrom (183) now just two points in back of Yzerman (185) for 9th in all-time playoff points; one in back of Trottier for 10th.
May 09, 2011
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tGr said:

27Blue
ageless wonder... lidstrom was 40 until just about a week ago... but your statement is true - it is not just hard to find a 40 year old defenceman who has come close to lidstrom this year, it is hard to find any 40 year old player who has come close... the only defenceman who was close was ray bourque with 59 regular season points to lidstrom's 62. only 4 forwards aged 40 or older have had more points than lidstrom's 62 this year:

howe (had 103 points at aged 40 and 71 points at 41)
bucyk
selanne (this year - and the only other 40 year old on this list to play in the 21st century)
delvecchio

AMAZING!
May 09, 2011
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
Franzen vs Thornton They don't call Franzen the mule for nothing. He is freakin' strong. You see the way the linesman tried to stop him from getting at Thornton and Franzen is so strong that he simply bull-dozed the lineman right onto Thornton's back and then he landed on Thornton too. smilies/smiley.gif
May 09, 2011
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lusshouse said:

lusshouse
Got Wellwood Got Wellwood in my pool! 3 BOS, 3 SJ and 3 TB as I was trying to follow your guidelines. And I also got stuck with 1 VAN (D Sedin), 1 DET and 1 NAS (Legwand).

Currently sitting 2nd, a single point behind the leader.

Thanks for the help!
May 09, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Wellwood He played great in the playoffs last year for the Canucks, was arguably their best forward,in fact had been solid both years with the Nucks- his only playoff experience at the NHL level, this despite being the 3rd ctr on both teams. You wouldnt think he would be the type to flourish in the playoffs,but he is a very smart player.
May 09, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
and the razzie goes to.... Big Joe.... ugh, even Rob Schneider and Adam Sandler would say that was some bad acting. Shouldve only been 1 penalty,best way to stop it is penalize the diver. fine him too (even thought its chump change to these guys).

the Giroux hit was borderline...but no way should it lead to a concussion, sad to see a talented player like Bergeron so fragile. It seemed he had put his problems behind him,but when a small bump leads to a concussion- you have to wonder if he should be on the ice.
May 09, 2011
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