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I'll have more in the ramblings late tonight/tomorrow morning, but the Flyers have acquired the rights to Ilya Bryzgalov from the Coyotes for a third round pick. Also, the Winnipeg franchise will hire Kevin Cheveldayoff to be their new GM. My thoughts forthcoming.
Update II - Aaron Rome was suspended four games this morning for the hit on Horton. If the series does not go seven games, he will miss time next season.
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Wonder if anyone out there can put me in touch with somebody who is developing an online fantasy hockey game such as Small World...
Update - Horton has a 'severe concussion' and will not return for the Final.
Regarding the Dobber Sports Facebook page - I understand many of you are leery about announcing to all of your Facebook friends that you like Dobber Sports, because it may give away what you believe is a great secret and an edge to winning your league. I have three points that I like to make on that. One - I wholeheartedly agree, if that were the case. It's all about the win. BUT:
Two - If they don't know about it by now, then they'll never know about it. I'm advertised this year in McKeen's and The Hockey News pool guides, I write for THN, Puck Daddy, the Score Forecaster...this stuff is all over the place now, there's no hiding it. Besides, how many times do you ignore your newsfeed when a friend "like's" a company? How about "always".
Three - Even if you tell some competitors about it, they are still too lazy to put forth the effort. In my 22-year keeper league, I am certain that seven of the 14 guys do not go to my site...ever. And another one or two only visit monthly. And I only notice maybe five of them buying my guides. This is my own league - they know all about the site, they just don't care. You can generally find them in the middle of the standings every year, as they are not good enough to win and not smart enough to jockey for a better draft pick.
Nathan Horton was carried off the ice on a stretcher after a (late?) hit by Aaron Rome, who was kicked out of the game. Horton was taken off the ice on a stretcher, but was clearly trying to get the trainers and staff to let him off and let him skate on his own so hopefully he is okay. He was taken to hospital where his exremities were all moving. Probably a concussion, but the severity is unknown. I’m guessing some of that playoff magic spray will do the trick and have him up and ready to go by Game 6. You know the spray that I mean – the one that you squirt on yourself in the playoffs and you’re magically healed when normally the injury will keep you sidelined for three months. (UPDATE: I said the above with tongue-in-cheek late Monday night, but as I updated at the top on Tuesday morning - Horton is done for the series, which is certainly a result that I neither expected or desired).
The Blues have signed TJ Hensick for two more seasons. I would imagine that it is a two-way deal, I would be surprised if he had any leverage to get a one-way deal. Hensick is a former Top 10 prospect on my Fantasy Prospects List, but one of the ones who just never got it rolling at the NHL level.
This guy thinks that Evgeni Grachev will have a big season. I agree, but in the AHL. Let him dominate there before dominating in the NHL. But I agree that his defensive game, as well as his strength, have improved.
Jason LaBarbera signed back on with the ‘Yotes for two more seasons. Although he has been a starter before, I don’t think he will be one again so expect the team to sign Vokoun another starter.
Allowing seven eight (sorry, I shut off the game and didn’t know until later that they scored an eighth!) goals last night has robbed Luongo of his shot at a Conn Smythe if Vancouver wins the Cup.
Mike Heika reports that Brad Richards has received three- and/or four-year offers from the Stars to remain. Nope. He’ll shoot for eight years and get at least seven this contract – mark it!
Michael Ryder was the only player to get more than two points, despite the team scoring eight goals. Ryder was moved up to replace Horton when the latter was carried off the ice. The points give him 14 and set a career playoff high for him. As an unrestricted free agent next month, this couldn’t have come at a better time.
Fun fact: Vancouver outshot the Bruins 41-38, lost the game 8-1.
Fun fact: anyone who says or writes the words “fun fact” before giving you a fun fact, deserves a punch in the face. Starting now.
Hey, with 3000+ Twitter followers and thousands reading this site daily, I can’t believe I don’t even have 100 likes on the new Dobber Sports Facebook page. You’ll have questions for the people behind Frozen Pool, Hockey Pool Geek and Goalie Post (plus myself) – this is where you can do that! I invite/ask/beg/threaten you to "like" the group.
The hit on Horton, two quick strides after getting rid of the puck – then he was hit:
Tim Thomas with the nice check!
Milan Lucic with another awesome bite-my-finger joke. Now they’ve each done the joke, it won’t be funny if they do it a third time.