Top prospect Vladimir Tarasenko has decided to play out the final year of his KHL contract, rather than buy it out and cross the pond for St. Louis.

 

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I’m not sure what Nashville is thinking, if they’re close to signing a late-blooming undrafted defenseman. The deepest blueline corps in the league, from one through 10 on the depth chart. I mean – upgrade a forward or two!

 

Besides the Rafalski retirement, Doug Weight is also going to hang ‘em up this week. Weight’s not a shocker, though. Weight had 104 points in 1995-96 and he had 90 in 2000-01. He had 1033 points in his career and 970 penalty minutes – solid fantasy numbers for 1238 games.

 

Rafalski retires after a 48-point season – that’s his sixth highest season in his 11-year career. You’d think he has three good years left in him still. So Rafalski’s PP time will go to Kronwall. Kronwall’s PP time will go to Kindl. And now Smith may make the team in the fall.

 

Thing is – Rafalski’s retirement frees up another $6 million for the Wings, leaving them with $21 million to spend (assuming the cap goes up $2 million). They have eight roster spots to fill, with a good $6.8 million to give to Lidstrom (my estimate, because that would pay him more than Datsyuk). So seven spots and about $14 million. Lots of flexibility. If I’m the Wings, I pocket the cap space for a rainy day, and just build from within. Lots in the system. Maybe add two or three spare parts via free agency, but no big money FA’s.

 

Mike Smith started okay (not that he saw a lot of rubber), but didn’t steal the game for TB – 17 saves on 19 shots. Would Roloson have done better? Discuss.

 

Tyler Seguin – back down to seven minutes. Coaches who won’t play young players because they’re young….I can’t stand. See Hitchcock, Ken.

 

Sean Bergenheim left the game with an undisclosed injury. Steve Downie, who left last game, was back in the lineup.

 

Los Angeles has signed prospects Linden Vey and JF Berube to ELCs. Vey is ranked 182 on my prospects list and is profiled in the Fantasy Prospects Report. Berube is not ranked, nor profiled. Vey has pretty good upside, but is three to four years away, so the wait on him will be a long one for fantasy owners.

 

 

Poor Bob Cole. Love the play-by-play voice and you can’t beat his goal calls… but it wasn’t Downie cutting in. It was Stamkos:

 

 

Smith and Thomas each with beauty saves…

 

 


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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Smith vs. Roloson Smith was fine, ballsy move by Boucher-but ROloson is starting game 6 (and game 7 smilies/smiley.gif )Thomas stole that one,but he has been inconsistent at times so I expect Roloson to be the star in Tampa. Horton must give his coaches ulcers.If there was a moron quotient for penalties- he would lead the league. The Bruins lack of discipline is their biggest weakness- and something good teams can exploit.
May 24, 2011
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David Goodburn said:

davidgoodburn
Smith/Roloson I don't think Roloson would have made a difference last night. Both Boston goals were great passing plays that left the goalie little to no chance of a save.

Smith didn't steal the game but I give Boucher credit for having the gall to make the switch and risk the loss falling on his head for a bas coaching decision. Even most seasoned coaches wouldn't have stuck their neck out like that.

May 24, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Cosmetic Changes! Hot diggity!smilies/cheesy.gif
May 24, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
Tarasenko news.. Talented russian decided to stay in KHL...
May 24, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Yes if he was 30 he would still get ice time, that's the point. He hasn't earned the ice time.
May 24, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
I think maybe if he was 30 he would have a larger body of work as a pro to show julien how he responds to making mistakes.

i think a good example of that would be horton. a succession of terrible penalties, and then BAM - a goal. Julien knew he could get that goal out of him if he kept giving him ice time. I think he just considers seguin to still be a wild card who might have been in the middle of having a bad game, and he wanted to limit the damage.
May 24, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
RT 1 - Yes
2 - Also yes. But if he was 30 and did that, he'd still get the ice time. Does Julien want goals, or lessons taught?
May 24, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
dobber - 2 things 1 - rafalski probably doesn't have 1 more pain-free year left in him.

2 - seguin made some big defensive mistakes last night, which is why he played so little. not because he is young.
May 24, 2011
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Renegade said:

Renegade
Thomas That Thomas save was a beauty. Just drafted him in a league, hope he keeps the starting gig.
May 24, 2011
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Michael said:

Miqualle
Sequin Ice-Time I wonder how much of Seguin's ice time had to do with the tripping penalty he took after taking down Moore and negating the Bruin PP early in the first. As soon as the penalty has called figured he would earn some time on the bench for it so I can't say I'm shocked my the decline...having said that, I thought he'd still crack 10 mins..wow...
May 24, 2011
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Nate said:

Nate
Rolly/Seguin Rolly would have made a difference. But I understand the decision to start Smith. But...

Seguin barely getting any minutes is shameful.
May 24, 2011
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