Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribute reports that Sidney was "flying" in practice, and he speculated that Crosby will be back "pretty soon." Great news.

 

Stu McDonald's piece will be posted within the next few hours. Sorry for the delay.

 

I'll be attending the Canucks/Oilers game tonight - Vancouver will be dressing their full lineup (from what I have read, at least). Not sure with the Oilers.

 

Gustav Nyqvist is going to be a very, very good player. He won't make the Wings this year, but could step in next year in the top six. Not big but he plays a strong game and he's got a ton of talent.

 

Luke Adam had a great game for the Sabres last night - two assists, lots of ice time, all over the offensive zone. He replaced Derek Roy (minor shoulder tweak) on the top line with Vanek and Pominville.

 

Ennis-Leino-Stafford was line two and will likely be line two during the regular season. Brad Boyes appears to be the odd man out in the top nine, as he skated with Matt Ellis and Cody McCormick on the fourth line. Adam could steal one of their spots but Buffalo likes the jam both players bring.

 

The Rangers have cut Tim Erixon. He played well but the team liked Stu Bickel (big, tough, defensive guy) a bit more. Brendan Bell also made the team.

 

Andrei Loktionov was cut by the Kings. He's got NHL talent but doesn't suit a fourth line role, and the top three center spots are locked up in LA.

 

Anton Lander had a great game for the Oilers – active at both ends of the ice, five shots on goal, plus-3, and a goal and a helper. Sam Gagner’s injury may open up a spot in the middle for him.

 

Awful news regarding Edmonton prospect Taylor Fedun last night. Fedun was signed out of college and was having a great training camp – he suffered a compound fracture of the femur, about as bad an injury as you can get. He sustained it going back for an icing call – very similar to the hit on Kurtis Foster a few years ago.

 

Fedun was a great story for the Oilers – an Edmonton native coming off of an impressive four year career at Princeton. A video of the hit (a bit graphic).

 

Lots of NHL teams are going to be finalizing their rosters today and tomorrow. Vancouver sent down Jordan Schroeder to the AHL and Nicklas Jensen (who was very impressive) back to the OHL. Hodgson will start on line two with Marco Sturm and Mikael Samuelsson.

 

A great piece regarding head shots written by Ken Dryden.

 

Columbus could have four rookies make their opening night forward lineup – Tomas Kubalik, Ryan Johansen, Cam Atkinson, and Maxim Mayorov. Kubalik has been very impressive – I didn’t know a whole lot about him heading into this camp, but I’ve been really impressed and he’s on my radar now.

 

He’s not my favorite goalie in the world, but Steve Mason had a great game for the Jackets, stopping 35 of 37 and looking composed and technically sound all game long. In the past he seems to get caught swimming and playing out of position too often.

 

Kubalik had 25 goals and 53 points last season in the AHL. He could get a look on the top line with Carter and Nash, as well.

 

The Kings signed Trent Hunter to a one-year deal. He’ll take up a bottom six spot, probably on the fourth line.

 

Andrei Markov won’t be ready for the season opener – the Chris Campoli signing makes more sense.

 

Brandon Pirri has (in my opinion) earned a roster spot with the Hawks, leapfrogging Marcus Kruger on the depth chart. He had two goals last night and has looked great each game, showing a lot of poise and playmaking abilities in the offensive zone. He’d likely start on line three or four, depending on Sharp (C or W?) and the Pat Kane as a center experiment.

 

According to Wings owner Mike Illitch, Bettman promised him that they would be the next team to move to the Eastern Conference. Great news for Detroit – way less travel starting next season (provided this is true).

 

Zach Bogosian saw more PP time than Toby Enstrom did last night – Byfuglien didn’t play.

 

Mark Scheifele had another goal, but was 1-10 on the draw. As I said yesterday, he’s probably earned at the very least a cup of coffee with the Jets at the beginning of the season.

 

Jake Gardiner scored for the Leafs last night, and led the team in ice time by a significant margin. Not sure the team can send him down even if they want to at this point… he’s earned it.

 

Anton Stralman had over 10 minutes of power play time for the Devils last night, but he failed to record a point.

 

Still pre-season, but worth tracking: Caps defenseman PP time – Green saw 1:46, Wideman saw 3:20, Carlson saw zero.

 

Alex Burrows scored only once in his first 10 games of the season in 2009-10 (slow to return after shoulder surgery). He still finished with 26 goals in 62 games (a 33-goal pace). He’ a lock for 30 goals, especially if he gets the vacant power play spot from Kesler for the short term.

 

The Dobber Sports hockey pool website is up and running - check out the story behind the HockeyKnight. If you have decided to use the site for your keeper or one-year league, we'd love feedback here.

 

What is your take – dirty hit or dive?


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Atomic Wedgy said:

Atomic Wedgy
Hit I dont think many would disagree with saying that was a complete coward play to DIVE like that.
October 01, 2011
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Considering that Pominville has been wearing the C for Buffalo, plays on the first line and on the first powerplay unit, how is he still projected for 52 points on the third line with no powerplay time in the guide? He's been very good in pre-season action.
October 01, 2011
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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
What is your take – dirty hit or dive? The correct answer is "both".
October 01, 2011
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Jason Banks said:

Jason_Banks
Helping other posters Flyers goaltending - They have Waived Leighton... which shows Bobrovsky looks like teh backup... that said Leighton clears doesn't mean he needs to be assigned but it is very likely

Chicago Goaltending - Emery has a 4.58 GAA and .813 SV% in 3 Preseason Apperrances... whet as Salak is 1.94 and .929 (with more shots)... Salak looks to have the spot... Interesting Crawford is 2.50 and .891... Crawford is the #1, but he can easily be eclipsed by Salak if things get rough... Hope that info helps those with Chicago goaltending...

Lander/Gardiner - I agree with Stuart and Doulos on the 2 of them... Offencive stats are great in a fantasy world, but you need to play a great overall game to compete and get a chance in the NHL... in Toronto all we hear is how good Gardiner is and how he is produceing, 5 points in 5 games... but he is a 0 and a wreck in his own zone... they were trying him on the PK and it hasn't gone well... I got to see Jake play a few Marlie games last year and he looks alot stronger there than he does currently, and i dont think its the NHL/AHL level change that I'm seeing... He seems to be trying to do too much... he is a solid D prospect make no mistake.. but I think an AHL season would be benifical, but this is Toronto... Lander I seen alot of him on TSN and I notice his floating alot, not good if your a center trying to make a team... Edmonton is also almost too young... Winning in Oklahoma would be good for some of these fringe players rather than crapping up in Edmonton...

Final Rosters - there is no real site that gives it out... but if you look at thehockeynews.com Depth Charts they are fairly accurate and uptodate (within 12 hours of assignments)... Remeber those are depth charts and don't look at it as Line Combos... also make your own assesments on where a player belongs... (Anisimov is the 3rd liner with higher skill than Brian Boyle if your looking at NYR... there are alot like that tho)
October 01, 2011
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Stuart McDonald said:

Slantman
... Gardiner is awful in his own zone. He's a keeper offensively but he needs a tonne of work in his own end.
October 01, 2011
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Eric Daoust said:

ericdaoust
Final rosters Is there a page out there that shows all final NHL rosters?
October 01, 2011
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Blueorrfan said:

Blueorrfan
Off for a few hours? That's BS! You are not allowed to have time off, we are craving updates and news!

lol
October 01, 2011
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doulos said:

doulos
Lander Lander's stats masked what was a game in which he actually struggled quite a bit. He took 3 different holding penalties and looked to be behind the play multiple times. Not sure what will happen with the injuries on the team, but I'd say Lander is probably looking at a start in OKC.
October 01, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
the hit.. not a headshot- he did let up- but interference (and a dive).
October 01, 2011
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littleranger said:

littleranger
Mack Gordon - Anisimov I can definently see an increase in production with Cally and Dubi being his linemates and they are starting to hone their offensive skills. I can see him in the low 50s forsure but it'll be hard to be above that with 2nd unit PP time and always have Richards in his way. Hope this helps!
October 01, 2011
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Fantasy Player said:

fantasyjunkie08
Back up goalie battles What is the status in Philly for the back up goaltending job? Also has Chicago made their back up choice yet?
October 01, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... He'll be back up if there's an injury - a few players out-performed him in camp.
October 01, 2011
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lusshouse said:

lusshouse
Paul Byron Wow. Any rambling/comments on Paul Byron being cut yesterday. I drafted him as a sleeper since he was on no one else's radar and was locked at 95% to make the Flames. Even if 40-45 points was generous for him, I had him as my depth guy to get me 35 and with the upside of more.

Now I'm looking at 10-15 points only.

What happened?

Will he get called back up soon?
October 01, 2011
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Jaxx said:

Jaxx
Mac non-hit Agreed. A non-hit. I think Abdelkaer reacted because it looked like it was going to be an elbow/head shot but Mac pulled away and grazed him with his shoulder while Abdelaker was bent over. Thats what the NHL wants to happen, guys to pull back if they sense an opponent is vulnerable - tough to do in a fast-paced environment but Mac did just that. The way Abdelkaer threw his arms up is proof he wasn't hit and he tried to draw a penalty - then went after Mac to save face or atleast make a point. Shanny shoudl take this opportunity to review it and use as an example of pulling away when an opponent is vulnerable.
October 01, 2011
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JD said:

JD88
Mac Hit That was crap he dove!!! and I can only hope that this wont be something that comes this year with the crack down I already think there are to many penalties in the pre-season! I understand its a warm up with the rules for the refs to but I hope it gets better!!!
October 01, 2011
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Jason Banks said:

Jason_Banks
MacArthur Hit I seen it as a fine hit... mind you wasn't as much a hit as a glanceing blow... yes the head was hit, but Abdelkader was getting low to start skating and MacArther was circleing... As the Wings analysts were saying the head was not targeted...
October 01, 2011
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Jason Banks said:

Jason_Banks
Fedun Injury Looking at the video It looks as if Nystrom was reaching around Fedun and got the stick caught up in his skates... doesn't look like an attempt to take Fedun out...

Bad luck play... personally I don't want a full out no touch Icing... but Hybred... If the defender has more than a reach on the offencive player the play should be called, any intentional iceing should be called... but I also feel the offending player should be givin a chance to chase out a play within range...

My wishes would not have prevented Fedun's injury as I felt Nystrom was fine with all he did and he had no intent to take out Fedun, just reach and touch the puck... he didnt grab him to spin him from what I seen, there was no attempted bodycheck or taking of the body...
October 01, 2011
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Mack Gordon said:

Mackgord
... What are people's thoughts on Anisimov? I feel like he's waaaaaay under the radar. He's increased his points every year, he's only 23, he's quick, he's strong on the puck. Anyone other than me see him for a big jump this year or next? If not, why?
October 01, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... When are they going to change the icing rule? When it comes to progressive changes, the NHL is a joke. Green PP time was noticeable late last yr when he wasnt on the 1st unit. I think Boudreau is walking on thin ice eight now.
October 01, 2011
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