The Avs have signed Milan Hejduk to a one-year deal worth $2.6 million. Look for a 65-game season and probably coming in around 55 points.

 

Montreal prospect Louis Leblanc will miss the next four to six months due to shoulder surgery. Leblanc is ranked 28 on my prospects list and is featured in a profile in the Fantasy Prospects Report. He was not expected to make the team in the fall anyway.

 

From what I've heard from Darren Dreger, and what I've been reading this morning - Winnipeg should be the favorites to land Atlanta, but things would have to move pretty quickly. Now that Phoenix will stay put for another year, Atlanta is the team most likely to move. If Atlanta moves to Winnipeg, they would then go to the Western Conference. That would move Detroit to the East. Winnipeg would knock Colorado out of that division and into the Pacific. That, in turn, would push Dallas into the Central to take Detroit's spot. Detroit going in Atlanta's spot certainly ups the ante for Washington and Tampa, making that division one of the toughest in hockey.

 

Bob McKenzie tweets that Alexei Yemelin will be in Montreal's top six in the fall "unless something goes radically amiss". Yemelin looks like a potential 40-point, 100-PIM rearguard and at 25 the wait on that may not be too long. But I would pencil him in for 25 and 70 just to be conservative for 2011-12.

 

Arguably the game with the most drama last night. I would love to be a Detroit fan and at that game. The stress, the ups, the downs and then to come away with the win. The crowd was just nutty!

 

Jiri Hudler and Mike Modano got into the lineup, yet Hudler did not appear on the game stats as of 12:40. I wanted to analyze his ice time, but there was no number 26. Weird. He is there on the scoresheet for a penalty, but not on the roster chart.

 

What’s great about players like Joe Pavelski – even when they slump, they’ll still pick up a point here and there. A slump for Pavelski would be three points in seven games, with points evenly spread out. A slump for a Kostitsyn would be zero points in seven games. Pavelski led all Sharks – forwards and d-men – in ice time (24:11).

 

For the third time in four games, Antti Niemi faced at least 40 shots.

 

Darren Helm – 30-point player in the regular season, 50-point player in the postseason. Exactly. You can go up and down the lineups and pull out players like this, slap them together, and win 10 Cups in a row – you start with Kesler, then add Helm, Ward, Downie, Datsyuk, Thomas, Subban – these guys would rather die than lose.

 

Marleau – six games without a point now. Gutless?

 

Not even the return of Matt Halischuk, Jon Blum and Blake Geoffrion could help Milwaukee win their Game 7 against the Houston Aeros. Casey Wellman scored the winner and Houston will now take on Hamilton. Charlotte and Binghamton are the other two AHL teams left.

 

The following Flyers need surgery: Mike Richards (wrist), Meszaros (wrist), Kris Versteeg (sports hernia), Mike Leighton (hip) and Blair Betts (finger). Chris Pronger will also probably need surgery. Jeff Carter and Scott Hartnell are being evaluated for possible hip surgery. But it’s goaltending that caused them to be swept? Really?

 

Look at Joe Thornton cry innocent – he gets a taste of his own medicine. See what happens when you dive? Karma brings it right back to you:

 

 

Here was the dive I was referring to. I know I showed it before, but it was so ridiculous I have to make sure you’ve seen it:

 

 

The game winner – listen to the crowd. They are already on a high two minutes after the tying goal, and now this:

 

 


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fzusher said:

fzusher
Yemelin addendum Forgot to add this to my post:

Since we now have evidence that AHL and KHL numbers are more or less par, in North American terms Yemelin is a guy who's spent 5 years in the AHL and finally in year 5 got top minutes opportunity and produced at 0.5 points per game rate. Guys like that rarely become 0.5 points per game producers in the NHL, even for one season. Hence my skepticism.
May 11, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Yemelin a 40 point player? Sorry Dobber but I have to womder here.

In the last two years we've seen AHLers who moved to Russia posting slightly lower numbers, suggesting it is a notch above the AHL, but still way easier than the NHL. Emelin is 25, so his point pattern is pretty set. That pattern is:

05-06: 12 points in 44 games + 1 in 6 in playoff
06-07: 7 in 43 + 0 in 3
07-08: 4 in 56 + 1 in 10
08-09: 3 in 51 + 1 in 7
09-10: 7 in 46 + 13 in 22
10-11: 26 in 52 + 0 in 9.

So yeah, he broke out last season, but on a team where the only other productive D was Ilya Nikulin (former ATL prospect) with 40 in 49. The next 5 Ds were 4 career KHL stay at homers and a 21 yr old stay at homer (only two were ever drafted - Igor Schadilov, a Caps 9th rounder from 1999, and Konstantin Korneev, a Habs 2002 9th rounder who was acquired mid season and dropped his point rate by 50% post trade). Which suggests he just got top offensive minutes, including PP, because they just had nobody better. That won't happen on the Habs - indeed, he got back to his no point ways in the playoff (Korneev had 4 in 9, on par with his pre trade numbers at CSKA Moscow)

Point is, I don't really see the 40 point potential there. The guy's a bruising stay at homer who takes care of his own end. My highest hope for him would be a more physical Hal Gill (10 points standard, 20 points on seasons when other Ds are hurt, 100 PIM). My more realistic hope would be a 10-15 point dependable bruising 3rd pairing guy (think Sean O'Donnell in his prime). At least that's what looking at his numbers tells me.

Maybe someone who's seen him regularly in the KHL (Alessandro?) can speak to this?
May 11, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
team reshuffles Dobber, you heard right. That's what they reported during game 6 last night.

Massimo, the TSN report specifically said this was in fulfillment of a longtime promise to the Wings owner to move them to the east, which suggests they want to move, not stay.

However (and this is just me musing here), the problem is that moving DET to any division other than Northeast makes no geographic sense, because Columbus is southeast of Detroit, and therefore closer to the other eastern divisions. The only geographically logical way to make that work is to move BOS into the Atlantic and PIT to the Southeast, but that kills both the BOS-MTL and the Pennsylvania rivalries. Option B is to restructure the conferences into Northeast and South-West. This would leave the current Northeast and Atlantic divisions intact, and create a new division of WSH, CAR, DET, CLB, and CHI. The other conference would then have a Southern division (TBL, FLA, NSH, DAL, PHX/COL), a Pacific division (COL/PHX, 3 California teams, VAN), and a Midwest division (CGY, EDM, WPG, MIN, STL). Advantage for the NHL is that this ensures there will always be at least one and usually two struggling sunbelt team in the playoff (out of the Southern division). Disadvantage is it means longer (read, more expensive) and less attractive (box office wise) competition for the struggling TBL and FLA.

Colorado actually makes more sense for being in the Pacific than DAL, as it is way more west than Dallas.
May 11, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Great analysis Sanstanya!! Thanks!
May 11, 2011
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slufoot said:

slufoot
Choking Sharks How painful is it going to be to watch the last 5:00 of the game on Thursday as the Sharks stomach another playoff collapse and the camera keeps stealing shots of Thornton on the bench (likely not winded at all). Best trade the Bruins ever made.
May 11, 2011
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Sanstanya said:

sanstanya
... @Seth
"What I don't understand, is why he's called clutch in large part because of his defense and forechecking or whatever, while Marian Hossa is ragged as a choker for doing pretty much the exact same thing."

I have an opinion on that, if not necessarily a full explanation. And it starts with disagreement on your claim that they do "pretty much the exact same thing." I don't believe they play the same, nor that they are expected to. And expectations play a huge role in how players are perceived. 1 caveat I have is although I don't consider Hossa to be equivalent to Kesler right now, I also don't label him a playoff choker as he has had reasonable success, even if falling short of expectations at times.

1. Part of the answer is about roles/abilities. Kesler's role has been primarily as a defensive forward with his offense only really emerging these past 2 years. Hossa has been a 100 point player in the league that has only once had pt/gm playoff numbers. I believe in part the choker moniker on Hossa is because, based on his skill and past achievments, he is expected to put up elite-level points; with Kesler, points are almost still considered a bonus to everything else he brings. The other part of the choker moniker is likely just the "curse" of playing for consecutive finals losing teams, and more perception than reality.
2. Although Hossa is a great 2-way player, as far as I know he was not specifially tasked with shutting anyone down against Vancouver, nor did he that I am aware of. So he had 6 points and played generally well defensively. But he had no points in the 1st 3 games (all Van wins) and 4 of his 6 in the 2 blowouts where Vancouver was so bad it wasn't terribly significant of him to put up points at the time. Nobody defines clutch as racking up points in a blowout, and getting eggs in tight losses. He had 1 meaningful point in terms of series outcome on the winning OT goal in game 6. But in my opinion at no point did he play as well as Kesler did consistently over the series. In fact he hasn't in the post season since he was with PIT I don't think (at which time he was talked up like nobody's business).
3. Nobody was talking about Kesler as a Conn Smythe favourite after round 1. Although he played well, with zero points you don't get that talk. And, rightfully, neither did Hossa, because he wasn't really considered that big a difference maker at the time.
4. If you compared their total playoff contributions (every little detail of every shift) and they had equal points, I (and most I suspect) would take Kesler in a heartbeat. Therefore, Hossa must meaningfully outpoint Kesler to be perceived with comparable value. meaningfully being game-decising production. He only really had a sniff of that in 1 round. After 2 rounds, Kesler has been probably the best defebsive forward in the playoffs and has a barrel full of "meaningfu;" (game-deciding) points and Hossa is at home.

I think the summary though is that Kesler is considered clutch for doing what he is expected/assumed to do and then some, which is to be better than the guy he playes directly against, with or without points. Whereas in many people's opinions, Hossa does not do entirely what he is expected/assumed to do which is put up elite-level and/or "clutch" game-changing points while playing responsibly. He generally puts up some points (while playing responsibly), but not since PIT has he put up elite points in the playoffs.

My 2 cents anyway. Except it's so long it's more like 7 or 8 cents.
May 11, 2011
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Chad Brown said:

Raider_Pride
lol did we just compare marian hossa to ryan kesler? lol omg
im sorry seth, blackhawks fan or no blackhawks fan, flaky czechs who try to find stanley cups hidden under rocks (ie pitts, det, chi) have no business being compared to a heart and soul player of keslers calibre.

lemme know when toews and kane slump (ie sedins) and hossa puts the entire team on his back, then we might have a comparable argument lol, gave me a good giggle when i read that though

for the record seth, todays cage match, i took danny briere by a wide margin lol
May 11, 2011
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Seth said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
... Dobber - Watch the video starting at 19 seconds. Datsyuk falls and his stick hits Thornton in the back of the neck or somewhere, Joe tenses up right after it hits him and yells at the ref while pointing at his back.

Puckhead - I fully understand what Kesler brings to the table beyond offense, my team has played him in the playoffs 3 years in a row now. What I don't understand, is why he's called clutch in large part because of his defense and forechecking or whatever, while Marian Hossa is ragged as a choker for doing pretty much the exact same thing.
May 11, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Datsyuk/Thornton clip It's funny how people view the same clip differently:
-some see a 2 hander to Thornton's head/back
-some see a Datsyuk dive
-all i see is a clear kick to the nuts! but that's just me.
May 11, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I'm just going by what Dreger said - he stated that Detroit was promised by the NHL a move to the East and, a long time coming, the NHL will finally oblige them. Perhaps I mis-heard, but I remember finding that interesting.
May 11, 2011
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Massimo Cinelli said:

rticinelli
re: Detroit moving The end to that story, is Columbus takes Atlanta's spot in the Southeast... Minnesota moves to the Central, and Winnipeg takes a spot in the Northwest.

Still a lot of very large, complex parts to move around before even thinking of this, though.
May 11, 2011
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Massimo Cinelli said:

rticinelli
re: Detroit moving I do not think Detroit will ever move. When the NHL expanded not too long ago, they specifically requested to remain in the Western Conference/Central Division. Plus, if they moved to the East, there would then only be one Original Six team remaining in the West. No siree, won't happen.

Word on the street is that Columbus has been pushing with the league to get moved into the Eastern Conference since their inception. Makes the most sense for them to be the team that moves, as well, since they are one of only two Western Conference teams (Detroit being the other) who are in the EST. Their desire to move into the Eastern Conference, along with their time zone localization (as opposed to, say, Nashville, who is on CST), makes Columbus the likely choice to move division/conference.
May 11, 2011
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Rob Wise said:

IceBreaker
Nashville will Move, Not Detroit I highly doubt that Detroit will move to the Southeast. In fact, I doubt they move at all. Atlanta/Winnipeg would go to the Northwest to play with the Canadian teams and neighbour Minnesota. Colorado would move to the Central, and Nashville would move to the southeast. Nashville would have been in the southeast from the beginning if a team wasn't needed in the west to balance things.
May 11, 2011
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buffalosoldier66 said:

Sheepdogged
Atlanta to Winnipeg And the Wild get screwed again by not getting the chance to move into the Central with Chicago, St. Louis, Columbus, and Nashville.
May 11, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Hyde - it's not right, it's tit for tat hahaha
Karlos - oops! my crack knowledge is rusty LOL
May 11, 2011
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Karlos El Taco Piquante said:

Fighting_Emu
Snorting crack Whoa whoa whoa! This is a gross misrepresentation of the facts going on here! You smoke crack you dont snort it. Last guy I saw snort crack ended up 2 handing a guy in the head for diving...
May 11, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Couture You should be bashing Couture today.

Couture was the player who didn't get the puck deep and turned it over in the neutral zone on Detroit's winning goal. To make it even worse, Couture followed the play after turning the puck over and left his man wide open for Datsyuk to feed him the puck with an empty net.

Rough shift for Couture
May 11, 2011
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edata said:

eribelan
Emelin to Montreal Habs ? Sorry it's in french:

http://blogues.cyberpresse.ca/lnh/2011/05/11/alexei-yemelin-enfin/?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers& utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_bloguesaccueilcp_BO3_acc
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And Leblanc out 4 to 6 months ... Did he played injured?
May 11, 2011
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Hyde said:

gfhyde
... As bad as Joe's dive was, wasn't Datsyuk's worse? Are we saying that's OK?
May 11, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... WooWoo:

Niemi - he could turn out to be God Himself, and at the time the contract was still the wrong one. They could have got a better deal, at that time.

Pavelski - he's been the best player on the Sharks all season long, was their best playoff performer last year, and was one of their best playoff guys in the first round. And even when he is slumping, here in the second round, the slump is nowhere near as severe as Patrick Marleau's and certainly not bad enough to warrant any criticism.

Anti-Sharks? Bah. I have no vested interest in this series and I picked the Sharks to win: http://www.dobberhockey.com/in...Itemid=102

Logan Couture was not a bash - I own Couture. Why would I have bias AGAINST my player? I was being a realist.

And Joe Thornton - I"ve been a pretty big fan for years (see his consistent high ranking in my Player Ranks), but I've never been as disappointed as I was when I saw that dive. The worst dive in history. Including Olympic Diving events.


Seth:
What are you talking about? Datsyuk swung a stick at his head? Didn't notice. I just noticed the dive, as did the ref. Ha - I didn't notice it, but I"m advocating it. Classic.


Alright, new rule - no snorting crack before commenting LOL! smilies/cool.gif
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May 11, 2011
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Puckhead said:

Puckhead
Kesler clutch Seth, I will admit that I can't stand Vancouver, and have hoped they fall on their faces every chance they get. That said, the way Kesler plays is unreal! The guy singlehandedly disposed of Nashville, and when I use clutch, it doesn't have to be offensively driven. He shut down Toews in the Chicago series, he totally unnerved Weber, and Rinne at times with his relentless attacks at the net. Sure he drew a garbage call in OT of game 3, but that all adds to his playoff success. This guy wants to win, period! End of story.
May 11, 2011
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Seth said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
Thornton You're really saying Joe deserved Datsyuk swinging a stick at his head for diving? Don't really know what to say to that tbh. It was a pretty brutal dive sure, but I don't know if I've ever heard someone advocate a stick to the head before.

And Kesler really ups his game in the playoffs? Before game 3 of the Nashville series he had 3 goals and 19 points in 32 career playoff games. 5 goals and 10 points in the 4 games since then....let's wait and see if he can keep it up longer than 4 games before crowning him one of the best clutch players in the league.
May 11, 2011
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WooWooWoo said:

WootskiWoo
Sure Some of the anti-Sharks stuff in these columns is extraordinary. If it's not calling out Thornton for a dive (granted, it was) rather than focussing on his role as by far San Jose's best forward so far in the playoffs overall, or bashing Logan Couture a few weeks ago when talking Calder or slamming Antti Niemi's contract (and he's subsequently been beyond solid against Detroit - far better than Nabokov showed consistently over the past few years)... I don't get it.

Praising Pavelski is also off the mark - they guy has been relatively invisible against expectations with his all around play in this series and will be up for some criticism if they lose in 7, although his position will be safe going forward. Marleau though? Sure, I agree with you - his summer will be unfathomably long...
May 11, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
... Do they give an award for douche of the year? Thornton would be in the running for sure.
May 11, 2011
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