Sunday ramblings will be up around 11:30 EST.

 

RIP, Boogeyman. Thoughts/prayers to his family and friends. 28 is way too young.

 

Malhotra's eye doesn't look too bad here. He has skated three days in a row now. A long, long shot to return, but great news for next season and beyond – there was a point where his career (and future vision) was in serious jeopardy. Two surgeries essentially saved his eye.

 

A funny line from Henrik Sedin yesterday. A reporter wondered if he was concerned about losing foot speed with so many days off. "I don't have any speed from before, so I don't think it matters,” he cracked.

 

San Jose has been the home team for eight straight playoff rounds – Sunday’s game in Vancouver will mark the first time in three years they are the road team.

 

Henrik Sedin missed his second straight day of practice. Bothered by a wrist injury as well as an undisclosed hip/groin/leg issue – the few days off will be huge for him. He was far from his usually dominant self.

 

I’d imagine the Canucks will put Kesler against Thornton, which leaves Sedin to contend with the Heatley/Couture/Clowe line.

 

Chris Higgins also missed practice – sore foot from a shot block, but he will definitely be playing in game one. He’s been a fantastic depth player for the Canucks through two rounds.

 

CSN Philadelphia is reporting that the Flyers will shop Jeff Carter this summer. They need to clear cap space for a goalie (and for the inevitable raise James van Riemsdyk will be receiving soon).

 

“Carter’s value coming off a 36-goal season is high. Most clubs would welcome him with open arms, especially since he is locked into an 11-year deal with an affordable cap hit.”

 

Affordable cap hit, sure, but 11 years is a tough pill to swallow.

 

The Isles gave Michael Grabner a five year deal worth $15 million. Fair for both sides – nice to see some stability in that organization (and no, the DiPietro contract doesn’t count). A new arena is the next step back to legitimacy.

 

Big trade went down in my H2H keeper last night – Thornton/Niemi for Price/Hall. I like the trade for both sides (knowing each team, it has the potential to benefit both). Seems like a great haul for a rebuilding club.

 

Mikael Granlund with an absolute beauty of a goal:

 


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KJ said:

Big Kjell
@back check The reason no one commented on Granlund's beauty was because it wasn't Kesler doing it smilies/wink.gif smilies/grin.gif
May 14, 2011
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back check said:

back check
What a goal.... O.K., not one comment on Granlund's goal yet. This was a sick move. What makes it so incredible is that this is normally something we see in junior or minor hockey - NOT at the IIHF World Championships. Look at the Russians, they are completely stunned. The hockey skill, hockey sense, and hockey confidence to try this is amazing. What I like best is it shows how Granlund is prepared to think outside the box. What a goal.
- back check
May 14, 2011
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Hal said:

jeamcasmith99
Schneider Larry..... a significant raise for Schneider? Sure. But he won't cost as much as Luongo. It'd prbably be around what Niemi or Anderson makes ~3.8. Even lower cap if they lock him up long-term.
May 14, 2011
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shaun b said:

shingy
Trade I would actually say that it was a good trade for him. A very good trade for you. Price is an upgrade any way you slice it. Montreal wasn't even very good in from of him this year and he still put up Vezina type numbers. He's more of a sure bet in my mind to continue putting up consistently stellar numbers for years to come. The more I look at Thornton's stats the more I realize how bad he is in fantasy terms. I'd recommend to anybody to trade him while he still has some good market value.
May 14, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Carter That is one large contract to move. He wont go to Vancouver though, Schneider is only signed for 1yr cheap- after that- he will be looking for a significant raise (assuming hes a starter). The Canucks cant add another high priced forward. The Oilers can handle Carters contract- but I would think the Flyers would want something thats gonna help them now (as well as being cheaper).
May 14, 2011
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sheldon said:

golfguy1672
... I think the oilers could give up something like MPS and a 2nd... Who knows. But we have the cheap talented players to give to save them cap space and give us the top line centre. Doubt it happens, but in theory it looks good
May 14, 2011
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TheRook said:

TheRook
... Re: Trade

I will preface it by saying i received HallPrice.

I think it was a good solid trade for both sides. I have a young team and wanted to improve my LW. The other team was on the brink of the playoffs and this trade helped him compete now by adding a star in Thornton who will outproduce Hall in the short term.

I think it was a fair trade where both teams improved their side for the goals they wanted to achieve.
May 14, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Will - makes sense numbers-wise, but Luongo isn't being traded. Zero percent chance.

I could see Schneider + if the Flyers love Cory, but Halak was more proven and didn't fetch a quarter as much (although one must remember that cap space is an asset).
May 14, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Sheldon, Edmonton makes sense, but who could they give Philly?
May 14, 2011
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sheldon said:

golfguy1672
... I think the oilers should put together a package to send for Carter. Unless they want a goalie in return, we could be a great trading partner.
May 14, 2011
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Rob said:

May 14, 2011
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shaun b said:

shingy
Fantasy Trade It's hard to judge fantasy trades unless you know the stats in the league. Everything changes when you find out there is a hitting stat or it's PP goals and not pp points, is there penalty minutes etc. Good looking trade though. If this year's regular season was any indication of Thornton's future points totals due to his new prep for the playoffs, I'd be weary. Besides power play points, he's pretty replaceable. Hall is looking to explode offensively but hopefully he improves on his peripherals, pims, hits, +/- etc. Niemi is awesome, I love what he showed in the second half of this year. Price is huge. He'll likely lead the league in starts and will get close to the most wins as well, all the while with numbers that will be around 2.30 and .925%. Niemi just might do the same so this trade could come down to Hall's progression over the next 1-2 years.
May 14, 2011
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Will said:

will878
Luongo for Carter Luuu for Carter trade just makes too much sense.

Unmovable contract for unmovable contract.

Playoff underachiever for playoff underachiever.

Position of strength for position of strength.

Kesler gets his winger. Philly gets goaltending.
May 14, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Hey Angus, I know you've been following the AHL playoffs. Binghamton is up 2-0 against Charlotte now. Robin Lehner 33 save shutout, Potulny (2) and Butler (1) with the goals.
May 14, 2011
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Nate said:

Nate
+ Price/Hall > Thornton/Niemi Big time imo
May 13, 2011
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