The Fantasy Prospects Report is out - you can pick it up here alone, or as part of the Keeper League Pack!

 

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An update on Aaltonen again (below) - Miika Arponen, former DobberProspects writer, tells me that Dallas is out of the mix on Altonen and that Carolina, Florida, Tampa Bay, Calgary and another team in the West are very much interested.

 

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So…what the hell was that?

I'm embarrassed. Humiliated. I call the Penguins in four and they look terrible. Sidney Crosby should be ashamed of himself. If he wants the Cup, he can get it. He's choosing no Cup. That's how I see it. And Kris Letang is a shadow of himself.

Tomas Vokoun got the hook after giving up three goals on eight shots, including the first, seventh and eighth shot. Then Fleury gets back in there and he gives up a goal on the first shot he faces - with eight seconds left.

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There's a lot of yammering from media types about how we can't blame the goalies for the loss. And that's partially true. But giving up six goals on 29 shots is inexcusable. The number should be three if the goaltending is average, and two if the goaltending is very good. If the team is down 3-1, maybe they're not psychologically crushed. Maybe every time they try to get something going, they do so with confidence instead of going through the motions. So yeah, blaming the goalies is valid.

The goal Fleury allowed right off the bat:

That being said - blame the stars more. As I alluded to above with Crosby and Letang. But how about this - Crosby, Malkin, Neal, Iginla and Letang were pointless and a combined minus-10 last night. They are pointless and combined minus-19 overall in the series.

The Penguins dressed Joe Vitale in place of Tyler Kennedy.

So who would you start in Game 3? Fleury… or Vokoun? Do I hear a Jeff Zatkoff vote?

 

 

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Torey Krug with another assist, three hits and two blocked shots. Six points in seven playoff games now. Looking for to his fantasy numbers in 2013-14.

Brad Marchand scored 28 seconds in… and then he scored again with nine seconds left in the first period. If there were two times to score goals that would best break a team's back, I would say 0:28 and 19:51 of the first period.

Jaromir Jagr picked up two assists, ending a six-game pointless streak. His goalless streak still stands at 15 games.

Nathan Horton is on a four-game points streak. He has eight points in that span, pushing him to fourth in league scoring with 17 points. He's also leading the NHL with a plus-19 rating. Plus-19! In just 14 games!

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The Chicago Blackhawks have signed free agent goaltender Antti Raanta to a contract. Raanta was the starting goalie for Assat of the SM-liiga in Finland (Joel Armia's team). In 45 games he posted an impressive 1.85 GAA and 0.943 SP, leading the league in both categories while playing the eighth most games of any goaltender in that league. He's only 24 so I think he'll be the No.3 goalie next season and if he impresses - and that looks promising given his SM-liiga numbers - then he could well be a backup in the NHL in 2014-15. He was Team Finland's goalie at the World's.

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Juhamatti Aaltonen's rumored deal with Dallas is allegedly a one-way deal. If this hypothetical theoretical contract does indeed possibly exist.

By the way, why would Dallas hesitate in announcing it?

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The Los Angeles Kings own the rights to Bud Holloway, but teams are apparently interested in acquiring those rights. Holloway was a big scorer in the AHL, but never got a sniff of the NHL (we've seen that a lot with LA) and so he went to Sweden. Once there, he tallied 152 points in 142 games. Worth watching how this pans out.

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The Sharks have signed Tomas Hertl to a three-year ELC. He could make this team with a strong camp - there's certainly room for him.

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Ron and Don after the game…

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Ron and Don, Coach's Corner:


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kevinsrangers said:

kevinsrangers
stats/corsi/fenwick.... corsi, fenwick, and stat watching are all great tools. but none are to replace watching players play. they are complimentary. nothing is more valuable than actually watching a guy perform for predicting what he can do.
also great job on the ramblings as ussual.
June 05, 2013
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mounD said:

mounD
Vokoun / MAF (Cont'd) ... The rest of MAF's night was equally shaky, and in what could be one of his last games as a Penguin, failed to reclaim any of his mojo, or give the Pens any shot at a respectable loss. If its 3-1 after the first period, maybe the Pens are a different team for the rest of the night. But the Bruins just had an absolute stranglehold on the neutral zone for the final 40 minutes, living off the luxury of a 3-goal lead.

If Vokoun doesn't start game3, I'll be very surprised. You don't play MAF just because you need to determine where your potential "future" is with him; you play the goalie who gives you the best chance to win. Right now that's Vokoun by a country mile. Sucks to say, but MAF is damaged goods.

#LetsGoPens
June 04, 2013
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mounD said:

mounD
Vokoun / MAF Quite simply, it has to be Vokoun. I understand the argument that giving up goals on the 1st, 7th, and 8th shots of the game is unacceptable; however, if you look at the goals, Vokoun is certainly not even close to being the main source of blame.

On the first goal, Marchand's 1st :28 into the game, he faced a nice move from Marchand on the breakaway, who buried a wrist shot (post-leg fake) up high. The second goal was off a horrible turnover from Letang going up the middle of the ice, trying to find Brooks Orpik (really???) for a breakaway pass coming out of the box. Krug got the puck to the net and Vokoun was victimized. The third goal was probably the one for which Vokoun was least culpable. Another bad turnover, and the Bruins had essentially a 3-on-1 down low -- all it took was a nifty pass across the slot to Krecji, and he buried the puck into a yawning net. Tough to stop breakaways, one-timers across the slot, and second chance opportunities when your team is hanging you out to dry. Vokoun wasn't good by any stretch, but to say he was responsible for those goals is a weak statement.

MAF, on the other hand, was abysmal. He gave Marchand his 2nd of the game on the first shot he faced, an innocent wrister from outside the slot -- it was not only a horrible softie on his first shot, but it was also at the worst possible moment. The Pens' Brandon Sutter had just scored to make the score 3-1, and the building was alive for the first time all night. Then MAF allows the 4th goal, and CEC absolutely died. I've never seen a building deflate that fast in my life. The rest
June 04, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
Fleury or Vokoun At this point you need to win a game. Decide what to do with Fleury in offseason in the offseason. Put in the guy that gives you the best chance to win, and that is Vokoun. Fleury had a chance to redeem himself last night and couldn't even mop up.
June 04, 2013
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mrmojorisin said:

mrmojorisin
Corsi Want proof that Corsi is an over rated stat? Ask anyone who watched last nights game what they thought of Crosby and Krejci, Crosby's Corsi was extreamly high while Krejci's corsi was dismal. This stat takes zero accountability for positioning on ice, proper system play, shot blocking, acurate breakout passes, and a million other small things that make up an intellegent usefull hockey player. If corsi, fenwick, and other advanced stats were as important as most "flavor of the days" make it out to be there would not be a single paid scout, you cannot replace an eye on the game with numbers.
June 04, 2013
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aleco83 said:

aleco83
Fleury or Vokoun Fleury, quite simply this becomes his last chance to stay a Penguin. Let him try to redeem himself. At this point you need to know what to do with him in the offseason and I don't think playing Vokoun will shed any light on that.
June 04, 2013
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mabus said:

mabus
... Pittsburgh looked bad against the Islanders, and good against Ottawa - but let's be honest, it was Ottawa. Neither goalie performed well for long stretches, and forcing Vokoun out there every game was a mistake. Now he's tired and Fleury has no confidence. I'm sure they can turn it around, but I'm not sure how.
June 04, 2013
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Axeman33 said:

Axeman33
... Bud Holloway = Oscar Moller?
June 04, 2013
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Mats Vandal said:

Mats Vandal
Bud Holloway, another King castoff? Dobber makes a good point about the Kings not giving much rope to prospects.

Matt Moulson and Teddy Purcell have become very realiable producers for their new clubs.
Even Brian Boyle is putting together a career with Rangers. Lokitinov showed flashes of brillance with New Jersey.
And former 4th overall pick Thomas Hickey was a +9 in 39 games in his NHL debut on Long Island.

The well runs deep in Manchester, and a Stanley Cup won, but how long can this club continue casting aside talent and get away doing so?
June 04, 2013
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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
Bet365 Bet365 still has the Pens as the favorite to win the series. Meanwhile LA is +475. A $20 bet pays $115 and they haven't lost at home. I still like Chi but thats good odds and when you compare to the Penguins odds. I just had to put money on Bos. Maybe they calculate odds too late after the result? That seems odd to me.
June 04, 2013
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
Penguini al dente The old cliche is true. Defense wins championships. The Pens have a lot a great offensive talent and a lethal power play but they don't win the battles along the boards, their goaltending is weak and, as for their blue line, all that needs to be said is that Mark Eaton, who came back to the Pens via an AHL tryout, is playing bigger minutes than he did for them four years ago. The Bruins look like they are doing more or less what the Isles did against the Pens only the B's are way bigger, way more experienced and have the goaltending to finish the job.
June 04, 2013
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Jouko-Pouko said:

Jouko-Pouko
Antti Raanta Here's more on Raanta from http://blackhawks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=672792:
Raanta led the league in goals-against average and save percentage, and ranked fifth in shutouts, while leading his team to the 2013 SM-liiga championship. The Rauma, Finland, native was named to the league’s All-Star team, and was honored as the best goaltender, as well as the Most Valuable Player of the regular season and playoffs.

The 6-0, 182-pound goaltender was a member posted a 4-3 record with a 2.09 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage for his native Finland in the 2013 IIHF World Championship. He was named as one of the country’s top three players by the tournament coaches.

I agree that he will be a #3G next season, and then may follow Antti Niemi's footsteps the rest of the way.
June 04, 2013
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Jouko-Pouko said:

Jouko-Pouko
Juhamatti Aaltonen Aaltonen's agent told a Finnish newspaper that Aaltonen will only sign a one-way deal, and Aaltonen has 3 possible teams to choose from, Dallas not being one of them.
June 04, 2013
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