The Jets decided to send Mark Scheifele back to junior. Winnipeg fans have reason to be excited for his future though. While it certainly seems to be the right decision now, I kind of wonder if this scenario would have played out differently had Evander Kane not been so "off" early on. Had Kane enjoyed a better start and had that pairing stayed together on a line, who knows? Maybe it's a different conversation now. Either way, no reason for Scheifele to be down on himself. Time to go tear it up against the guys his own age.

 

The Habs added Petteri Nokelainen and blueliner Garrett Stafford from Phoenix in exchange for Brock Trotter and a 7th rounder in 2012. Stafford will go to Hamilton. Trotter to Portland. Mike Blunden has been recalled from the Bulldogs too, while Andreas Engqvist and Aaron Palushaj have been sent down.

 

David Backes is sore and stiff from that Chris Pronger hit last night that left Backes with an "upper-body" injury, but no word beyond that so far. Hopefully we'll know more on that front sometime Monday.

 

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Jack Johnson had no GWG before this season. After seven games now in '11-12 he has three of them.

 

The Rangers' Twitter feed had this info on Henrik Lundqvist leaving the Oilers game early: He explains that he left game due to pain in left foot due to excess pressure from equipment in his skate. Lundqvist calls problem with skate "fixable" and adds "it's a little sore now, but tomorrow I will be fine". Also, "It was bothering me the whole game, we tried to fix it during the intermission..in the end it was just too painful"

 

Did you hear about Petr Sykora's penalty box trickery tonight? Funny stuff, depending on your perspective.

 

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In case you missed it earlier tonight when the bulk of the games were getting underway, Vancouver acquired David Booth, Steve Reinprecht and a third round pick in 2013 for Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm.

 

Great for Booth, who has been miserable so far this season. His +/- can only improve in Vancouver and he should be able to get back to his shooting ways with the Canucks. SOG was a driving force of his game once upon a time. He’s slated to play with Ryan Kesler, who has had Chris Higgins and Cody Hodgson on his wings.

 

Samuelsson should easily be a top six regular with the Panthers and can still make that 40-50 point range, but potentially with a more harmful +/-. Sturm. I’m just not a big Sturm guy for poolies. There have to be better options, unless your league is incredibly deep. The Panthers have been using a first line of Fleischmann-Weiss-Versteeg for awhile, which could put Samuelsson on the Upshall-Goc line in place of Kopecky. But Versteeg also isn’t a legit first line winger, IMO, so Samuelsson will likely end up on L1 at some point.

 

I’m not sure where you fall on the Dion Phaneuf love/ hate spectrum, but I for one am pretty happy to see him thriving in Toronto. I never thought he was as good as he was hyped during his glory years in Calgary, but I also never thought he was nearly as bad as people made him out over the past few seasons either. And from a standard league fantasy perspective, he can be one of the better ones when his overall game is flowing this well because he chips in across the board. I did a phone interview with him before he got to the NHL and even back then, he was exactly as surly as you see him now.

 

You know how there are certain parts of your life that can be considered fork-in-the-road moments? Jonas Gustavsson signing with Toronto instead of San Jose in the summer of 2009 coming over from the SEL was such a moment in his career. Good grief. He seems to have so little confidence right now and while it’s impossible to say, you’d have to think his path would have been dramatically different – and better – had he signed with the Sharks when he hit the NHL. He would have been eased in that first season as the back-up behind Evgeni Nabokov – also allowing him time to adjust to NHL rinks - and then, at the very least, would have had a real shot at starting for a contending team with more support. Now that the Leafs are actually a better team, he’s long-since lost his mojo and needs to figure out how the hell to get it back. James Reimer, incidentally, was apparently pulled from this game tonight as a precautionary measure because of whiplash symptoms.

 

You know how you can see your iPhone’s battery charge percentage level rise when it’s plugged in? If there was a way to quantify a rise in hockey IQ while listening to any Mike Babcock interview, that’d be the best way to demonstrate it. Can’t get enough of that guy. Conversely, your actual IQ shows a similar decline for every 10 minutes of Jersey Shore watched.

 

Nice quote from Tomas Vokoun tonight after the Caps smacked the Wings hard, 7-1. "We’ve been on a roll. It’s a good feeling, trust me. I’ve been playing losing hockey for a long time and it’s really tough. No matter how we win I enjoy it.”

 

Saturday’s a total gong show so I’m not sure how long these lasted, but the Flyers began with some tweaked lines. Scott Hartnell - Claude Giroux – Jaromir Jagr/ Brayden Schenn - Danny Briere - Wayne Simmonds/ James van Riemsdyk - Matt Read - Jacob Voracek. The big story this past week was how little ice time Hartnell in particular was seeing.

 

Jackets’ reporters were noting on Twitter tonight that Ryan Johanssen looked much more comfortable this evening (his first NHL pointage) than he has in recent weeks. This was his fifth start, so we’re getting closer to when they’ll have to make a decision on him.

 

Martin Havlat quietly has two points in two games since being healthy enough to play for his new team, the Sharks. He was a -29 over his two years in Minnesota and it’s safe to say that should not be an issue on San Jose. He’s playing with Ryane Clowe and Logan Couture on the second line, although it’s only a matter of time until he spends time with Joe Thornton too.

 

T.J. Oshie’s points haven’t been too consistent this season and it looks like he was benched for a long stretch in the middle of tonight’s game in the second period. Patience with him. He can still have a good season for fantasy owners and the Blues. Oshie offered up a “no comment” after the game and Davis Payne said, "Just an in-game decision. I make a lot of decisions based on how guys are playing."

 

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Troy said:

PittPens1787
Sneaky Sykora I'm a Pens fan, but I'm laughing at the Sykora move. I give him props for pulling a fast one on the refs. His team gained a competitive advantage and he didn't get penalized any further for it. It was a smarty move, albeit a sneaky one.

Had the game ended with a different result, though, I might not be expressing my opinion. That's not to say I would feel different about it, but I wouldn't be "OK" with it, per se.

Pens are on fire. I'm almost scared to see what happens when 87 & 71 return.
October 23, 2011 | url
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JULES said:

itzjules
... only 1 game today, so here's a nice logan couture tribute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiPjnLQYQbI
October 23, 2011
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Massimo Cinelli said:

rticinelli
Khabibulin and Markstrom Chris, I'm interested to hear your thoughts on Khabibulin and Markstrom following last night's games.

With Khabibulin's shutout, do you think Renney will break the rotation soon and start giving Khabby some more starts? Can't exactly say Dubnyk has been bad so far this season, but the Bulin Wall is back in force early on.

In Florida, hard to determine right now how serious Theodore's "core" issues might be, but Markstrom was amazing last night in the third and stole that game for the Panthers. Like Dubnyk in Edmonton, Theodore has been pretty good so far this season, but if Markstrom continues to play like he did last night I'd find it hard for Dineen to not play him more often.

Thoughts?
October 23, 2011
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Dan Grant said:

baumer
Green's big night! Green's biggest night in a year and it gets no mention in here? smilies/grin.gif
I'm disappointed.
October 23, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Pens vs Devils Pens

Neal does it again. Another goal and another beastly performance.

Jordan Staal had arguably the most complete game of his career last night. He was a force all over the ice. 2 goals and he found a sweet spot on the pp where he was being fed one timers and looking like Stamkos. He was a menace on D and really showed his elite skill. Amazing performance but it leads me to believe that Crosby won't be back until mid-November (after they have a 5 day break so he can take more punishment in practice) because of the Pens strong play.

Letang was flying last night and being reunited with Orpik shut the devils down last night.

Fleury = Elite. By seasons end, people will be debating the elite goalies and Fleury will be mentioned with lundqvist, Rinne, Thomas, etc. Mark it.

Michalek blocked a shot with his hand/forearm and left the game. The 1st game with their full d core and they have an injury, this team can't stay together! Geez.

Kunitz had a beauty snipe last night and has looked smoother out there once he got his first goal a couple nights ago.

Sullivan just can't buy one but he is playing well.

Devils
Kovalchuk plays way too much! I know he Has a big pay cheque but he played 32 mins the night before and was on all game long last night too. He was responsible for at least 1 of the penguins goals as he changed when the devils were short handed with the pens in their zone and applying pressure, creating a 5-3. Terrible team player.

Parise was as tenacious as ever but Fleury and the Pens d were in shutdown mode last night and were giving many great chances.

Elias score a SHG even though he clearly should've been in the box for 4 mins as Chris mentioned above. Terrible call by the refs and Bylsma looked like he wanted to bite their heads off once he scored.

Hedberg's high glove had was picked apart last night and I believe all 4 were scored there.
October 23, 2011
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Rusty Pickles said:

Rusty Pickles
Trade Booth has a NTC that kicks in next season. You think Tallon wants that around after his major concussion? Great move for the Panthers. They can turn around and flip aging vets like sturm or samuelson for more than their worth at the trade deadline to a contending team. win-win.

As for winners, Salo owners rejoice, he is on pp1 not hamhuis, bieksa or ballard.
October 23, 2011
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Travis Ma said:

dstarsboy
TSN Mention's Dobber Hockey This is the first time I've seen this but Scott Cullen mentioned DobberHockey today in his Booth trade break down. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=378728
October 23, 2011
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JW said:

maya has the knife
... Tallon is a genius, don't question anything he does. He has a ton of talent in the pipeline. If he loses 2 to FA next season you can expect players like Repik and maybe Howden or Bjugstad to get a long look.
October 23, 2011
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Killer67 said:

Killer67
Flyers Lines Why are they messing with anything right now anyway? If it ain't broke....For whatever reason, Hartnell doesn't need a lot of minutes for the Flyers to win, so keep giving him lower minutes, plain and simple.
October 23, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Tallon got fleeced! Not sure how this is a good move for Florida- trade arguably your most talented forward in his prime- for two aging 2nd/3rd liners who are UFA's at the end of the season? and throw in a 3rd round pick? The Sturm signing was a mistake, one that most Van fans questioned right away- so losing him doesnt hurt us at all, Sammy will be missed-but when you can get a younger (and hopefully more durable) player in return- its a slam-dunk! As for the Canucks PP- I wouldnt be surprised to see Ballard get some of it- he is skating better than all the other Canuck dmen- Bieksa has looked average so far this year.
October 23, 2011
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CommittedToTheIndian said:

CommittedToTheIndian
... Flyers lines
Why not reunite Hartnell with Briere? They had chemistry in the past, and Briere has started slowly, although he did have two points tonight.
October 22, 2011
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slufoot said:

slufoot
Versteeg I'll give you that Versteeg isn't a legit 1st line winger, but neither is Samulesson. I think Versteeg sticks.

That trade dramatically boosts Booth's value, diminishes Samulesson's and makes Sturm fantasy obsolete. Booth is Higgins on steroids, so he's going to thrive on L2. Samulesson just lost his golden ticket - which was 1PP for the Canucks. Hanhuis and Bieksa owners rejoice.
October 22, 2011
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