Robin Lehner stopped all 21 shots he faced for the shutout over Houston in the Calder Cup last night.


Lehner's playoff stats - 12-4 record, .938 save percentage, 2.12 GAA.


Malhotra sounds like he is a go for tonight on the fourth line. Andrew Alberts likely draws in for Dan Hamhuis. Alain Vigneault's confidence in Ballard is about 0.00000%


Sticking with Ballard - I get that he is being a good team player, but I think the team probably would want to see some more fire from him. Maybe not now, but earlier in the playoffs/season when he was scratched.


He is a top four defenseman who makes a lot of money, he should be embarassed that he is sitting on the sidelines. He seemed to accept his fate without a peep.


The NHL combine was yesterday - Adam Larsson and Gabriel Landeskog stood out. I don't really get the point of the combine, but at this point I think teams try and get as much information (physical and mental) about a player as they can.


The argument can be made both ways - a player who is weak physically has more room to improve and grow, while a player who is strong and really filled out may  be closer to reaching his upside.


An example is Kyle Turris. String bean as a prospect, but had a ton of skill. Scouts saw him, added about 20 pounds, and liked what they saw. He isn't there (yet).


Another example is Nick Petrecki. Absolute monster, crushed the combine. Has that translated over to the pro game for him?


If you downloaded the Fantasy Prospects Report Wednesday, you may want to do it again as Dobber made some additions. Ryan Johansen and Brayden McNabb, which had disappeared into cut/paste purgatory, are back in.


He also added profiles for Andy Miele, Taylor Doherty, Matt Frattin, Aaron Palushaj and two other players who I won’t name because they make decent dark horses and I don’t want to give the names up to the non-paying public!


The Sabres locked up Drew Stafford to a four year deal worth $4 million per season. A bit on the high side in my opinion, but he is only 25 and does have a lot of offensive upside. As I wrote about in my column yesterday, Buffalo’s new owner isn’t afraid to spend some coin.


Met up for a few beers yesterday afternoon with Mike Colligan – my writing partner for last summer’s Business of Fantasy Hockey series. He is in town covering the Final for his site, the Hockey Writers.


The Flyers were unable to sign goaltender Joacim Eriksson, who is now free to sign elsewhere in the NHL. Justin Goldman’s take on the Eriksson situation is right here.


Any guesses as to the contract Brad Richards receives this summer?

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Larry said:

Richards.. I can see Richards landing in Buffalo- new owner wants a contender and they have the cap space.With Buffao hes got a better chance at a cup than with NY or Toronto. Calgary has no cap space, and even with Toronto- Id doubt Richards would take less than 7mil for 5yrs, hes probably looking for something in the 8mil for 6-8 years- an overpayment I doubt Burke is willing to make (or should).
As for Drury- he is in the last year of his contract, so to a team with a lot of cap space if he was packaged with a draft pick or young prospect it could be palatable. The biggest stubmling block is Drury's NMC and whatever he wants- hes balked at playing in Canada before so the Rangers options might be limited.
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Derrek said:

Turris drafted by the Jackets? The Coyotes you mean?
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Actually they were unimpressed with Larsson at the combine. Was below average in all tests.
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Derrek said:

BRichards Let's just throw out crazy ideas and see if any end up close, much like the discipline commity of the NHL.

Biggest longshot - WINNIPEG - In dire need a first liner, especially a center. Money would be the main issue, and acquiring his rights. If he has the choice of where to go, it's not very likely.

Biggest Spender - NYR - If he wants term and money in a contract NYC is place to be. Notorious for terrible contracts, it would actually be tough to screw this one up. But cap space is the issue. Drury needs to get buries in the minors or a miraculous deal like the Gomez one would be required. Never out of the question with the blue shirts.

Biggest GM? - Leafs Nation - We heard all the stories last season, and they already started this offseason. "No no no no" was a quote from B.B. about the B.R situation this summer. How much cap space can TO put into one center to play with Kessel? Will he be the answer, or just a short term plug at the expense of some prospects. It would make for a formidable first line, with nothing to back it up other than a solid D core. Good chance the $$$ will be right, but will the want for another cup in his lifetime negate that?

Other contenders - Flames - Possible too much "top end" talent, or just overpaid, would be the largest hurdle to overcome. With tons of roster spots to fill, the flames have close to 30M spent on 6 players and a goalie... but just imagine Iginla is over a PPG player while playing with 2nd liners, insert awesome playmaking center and BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.

-Columbus- Again a nice fit, to be able to play with Rick Nash and be a leader for the young guns, but this just as likely as the Peg, around 10% or less. They have the assets to land his rights, but they are a building team, and i can't think of one big trade this team has ever made... so might as well have included Florida on the list with Columbus tee hee hee
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fzusher said:

value of the combine Jeff, take a look at the sections on the combine in Gare Joyce's Future Greats and Heartbreaks. Off memory, there are 4 types of things teams use the combine for.
1. Teams do look for certain performance markers. Those vary across teams depending on what they value in players, what they believe they can develop vs. things they believe they can't develop. A team that likes dump and chase will mind the cardio performance. If a player has question marks regarding his skating, they'll look at lower body muscle performance, groin agility etc. to get a read on what's the physical upside on the kid in terms of skating ability, etc.
2. Teams look at attitude. Did you prepare yourself for the combine or just came in hoping to coast on physique or assuming talent alone will get you there? That shows how much you want to be an NHLer. Did you stop at the first sign of effort, or did you really push your body to its limit, whatever it may be? That shows how much you are willing to pay to win (e.g., future playoff stud). Etc.
3. Teams look at the interaction between the players (who are split into groups) to get a read on whether you are inclined to lead or to follow, whether you get along with people or are a loner, etc.
4. The combine gives the teams an opportunity to interview a lot of kids, whom they may not be able to fly over, or not willing to pay that doe. And those are very valuable at the draft.

The book covers the Turris combine, so it'll give you an answer as to what the Jackets' staff, at least, were looking in him. I'd say (and I really can't remember if that's off my head or from the book) that it was attitude. Turris' skill was undeniable, as was his physical immaturity. But will he be a coaster or will he put the effort to bulk up as much as he needs? Is he willing to take punishment? The combine could not have helped his chances at the draft, but it could have hurt him.
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