If you're a Drew Doughty owner you are probably hoping Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter was watching the Olympics. Doughty's 59-point season in 2009-10 seems to be a distant memory as the Kings continue to employ him in a shutdown role more regularly. In Sochi, however, Doughty proved he can still provide significant offensive contributions when necessary.

 

In the Olympics Doughty was clearly at his most effective when firing shots from the point, but sadly that hasn't translated to as much offensive success with the Kings, likely because LA has a dreadful 29th ranked power play. One has to wonder if there is something with the man advantage that Sutter could tweak to make Doughty more of a threat points wise. He had points in three-of-four games before the break, so let's see if his strong play overseas helps him keep it going.

 

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Someone else who really stood out on Canada's blue line was Marc-Edouard Vlasic, and by standing out I mean he was very responsible defensively and didn't make many mistakes. If you have a deep roster with blocks as a category, he's a good one to have around.

 

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Dallas Eakins said recently that he wants to know if Ben Scrivens is for real. This could be a hint the Scrivens is in for a string of starts so Eakins can see what he is really made of, but in that same piece he also said both Scrivens and Ilya Bryzgalov would get a chance to play when things resume this week. Eakins did add though that he wants to ‘ride the hot hand’ which should signify he is hoping to at least figure out a No. 1 goalie at some point.

 

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Mikael Backlund lost a bet and was forced to wear a Team Canada t-shirt. The second part of his punishment was that he had to remain on the Calgary Flames.

 

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The New York Islanders have placed Frans Nielsen on injured reserve because of his broken hand. Long Island was once a fantasy gold mine this year, but soon it’s going to look very bleak. John Tavares is done for the year, Thomas Vanek will likely be dealt shortly, and now Nielsen is out for an extended period of time. Kyle Okposo looks to be the last man standing.

 

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PA Parenteau is hoping not be dealt by the Colorado Avalanche before the deadline. It’s hard to blame him as the Avs are clearly a team on the rise with a plethora of young talent. With that being said, it’s probably not going to take long for Parenteau to really struggle to get minutes there, if it hasn’t already happened. The future of the team is with Duchene, Landeskog, O’Reilly and MacKinnon, so Parenteau’s $4M cap hit could be something the team wants off the books to free up space.

 

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Sticking with Avs news, Milan Hejduk announced his retirement on Monday. He was a feared scorer in his day and I didn’t realize how consistent he was over his career. In addition to a 50-goal and 41-goal year, he had 11 straight campaigns with at least 20 goals. Not too shabby.

 

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Katie Baker says goodbye to Sochi.

 

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Great news for Logan Couture owners. The San Jose Sharks forward has declared himself ready to return after a hand injury. He had a shot to make Team Canada before he went down, and now let’s see how long it takes him to get back into the swing of things. Couture had 35 points in 43 games before he got hurt, so keep an eye on who loses minutes when he checks back into the lineup. Patrick Marleau was playing a fair bit with Couture, but then saw time with Joe Thornton and Brent Burns after the injury. It will be interesting to see how they use Couture now that he’s healthy.

 

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The idea that the Rangers tried to gauge Tampa Bay’s interest in taking Ryan Callahan for Martin St. Louis makes a lot of sense, well….. from New York’s standpoint at least. It wouldn’t be logical at all from Tampa’s end as St. Louis is clearly the superior player. Callahan can make an impact in your lineup there’s no question about that, but he doesn’t have nearly the offensive talent of St. Louis. Not to mention that Callahan is a rental and apparently wants a massive raise. The Lightning have a lot of young talent and look to be one of the up and coming teams in the league, so Steve Yzerman, who just built a Gold Medal winning team, is clearly going to be smarter than that.

 

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This was more competitive than the Semi-Final game between Canada and the United States, and the most personality you are ever going to see out of Jonathan Toews.

 

 

Pekka Rinne has been cleared for increased activity in his recovery from a hip issue. The story goes on to say that Rinne could get into some AHL games with Milwaukee shortly for conditioning purposes. I still say there is a strong chance they shut him down for the season if Nashville slips out of the playoff race completely. Carter Hutton owners don’t panic, he’s still going to have some value down the stretch.

 

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David Krejci pretty much confirms what we were all thinking about the Czech Republic’s men’s hockey team at the Olympics.

 

“We didn’t even know what we were doing at some points.”

 

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The Montreal Canadiens have reportedly extended a contract extension offer to defenseman Andrei Markov of one year at $6M. This is actually kind of surprising as I thought they might let the 35-year-old walk and use that money towards a new P.K. Subban long-term deal. I still say Montreal blew it by playing hardball with Subban on that short bridge deal. He is going to be an RFA again and they could have locked him up long-term at a lower yearly amount prior to the lockout shortened campaign. Now he has a Norris Trophy under his belt and is going to command way more money.

 

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Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen is optimistic about returning to the lineup on Wednesday after having played just one game since December 15 because of a concussion. Detroit needs all the help they can get with Henrik Zetterberg hurt, but temper your expectations for Franzen in the immediate future, as concussions are tricky to come back from.

 

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Speaking of returns, it looks like Steven Stamkos won’t be back any earlier than March 6th. At the very least he should be back in time for a fantasy hockey playoff run.

 

Michael Amato is an Associate Editor for DobberHockey and a News Editor for theScore. You can follow him on Twitter at @amato_mike


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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
Another note - Hejduk You know what else is not too shabby? a Rocket Richard Trophy, a Stanley Cup Ring & Olympic Gold & Bronze medals! Very unshabby indeed!
February 26, 2014
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germant said:

germant
A Pat on the Back Solid ramblings.

Unlike some others, I don't check the forum daily (though I've heard great things, I just don't have the time). I come to the ramblings for my daily dose of analysis. The Callahan/St.Louis rumour is news to me so I appreciate it being mentioned here. If it means some have to read it again, well call me the King of Selfish because I don't care. smilies/grin.gif
February 25, 2014
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messierforlife said:

messierforlife
... True. Subban would have been useful on the PP if anything (Which I believe you made a point about in a previous day's rambling) smilies/wink.gif
February 25, 2014
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Rodgort said:

Rodgort
... moja- I'd rather them put bailey LW and Nelson at C, as Bailey has proven he is not very good at C, IMO.

One thing I disagree with Amato is the Subban part. I do not think it was a bad move to low ball him for the 2 year deal as I'm sure no one thought he would win the Norris in that time (I would like to see the odds for that haha: within the 2 years and after) and would command around 6-7.5 million depending on the cap if their evaluation panned out. And it also allowed them to fit other players in the fold over those 2 years (LOL Briere & Murray), so I thought it was a good move at the time, but of course now it looks silly. -my 2 cents
February 25, 2014
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Michael Amato said:

Michael Amato
... Thanks Anthony. Your point about the blue line makes sense and it's one of the reasons I thought they should dress P.K. Subban. Clearly it didn't matter in the end though.
February 25, 2014
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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
Doughty Prominence Great Ramblings Mike!

Just a thought resmilies/cheesy.gifoughty's offensive proficiency from the point in Sochi -- The Blue line in international play is closer in, making for smaller defensive zones/large neutral zone - Hence, maybe his shot from the point in North American rinks aren't as scary due to longer distance needed to travel to hit the net. Whereas guys with cannons like Big Z & Weber who have much more velocity than Drew, aren't affected as much with the further-out blue line.

That being said, I totally agree with your premise that Darryl Sutter's defensive style is the biggest element limiting Drew's output. But then again, Canada's Olympic d-core this year is being hailed as the best defensive unit ever in many circles-- yet he still managed to go nuts offensively in Sochi, in spite of such vigorous defensive duties coach Babcock limited him and his colleagues to.

--So maybe the onus is more on Doughty than we are led to believe to improve his shortcomings in La-La land, rather than blame it on a defensive situation Sutter has restricted him and his Kings teammates to --seeing how such a system never hindered him in Sochi--in fact it was clearly quite the opposite.
February 25, 2014
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Shift Disturber said:

Shift Disturber
... RT, I have aright to express my opinon, which I did without resorting to name calling. I wish I could say the same for your approach. For some reason I've gotten under your skin.
February 25, 2014
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RangerFan said:

RangerFan
Lamp Lamp, I did the same with Clutterbuck in hopes that he might play with Tavares but that never happened so there is no reason to keep an eye on him anymore. smilies/wink.gif
Zucc is going to miss 2 weeks of games. I guess it depends who is out there on FA wire. Pouilot has been doing ok (30gms 19pts) but it was more of 1 really hot streak. He is a decent guy to keep.
Mesz is a mirage. Philly was scratching him over the past few games and then Timonen got hurt so he played. Timonen is healthy now so I would not bother picking him up.
Lindholm. Already so polished.
February 25, 2014
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... If you're unaware of that expression you're quite naive. There is nothing wrong with criticism, there is something wrong with unnecessary and unwarranted criticism, which your entire post was. The St. Louis report wasn't recycled material. It wasn't in the ramblings Sunday and again in the ramblings Monday, it was a new news report that was commented on in the Monday ramblings. Just because you feel the need to be a prick about something you perceive as recycled because it was in a forum post doesn't mean you are correct. Ramblings might as well stop commenting on in game injuries and trades and basically anything at all because those are all always talked about in the forums before the make it to the ramblings and therefore by your definition, are recycled material. Stop being a jack**s.
February 25, 2014
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Shift Disturber said:

Shift Disturber
... RT22 - I'm not sure what sand you're referring to. Are we only permitted to pat the Ramblers on the back? Is criticism not allowed? I have high expectations for the Ramblings and am normally not disappointed. But if I see recycled material I call them on it. Also if you look at my postings you'll see that I am generally positive and supportive of all posters. Your reaction was over the top.
February 25, 2014
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LampRays Heroes said:

LampRays Heroes
... In a deep H2H league I picked up Brock Nelson of the Isles 2 weeks before and his stock may have skyrocketed with the recent injuries to Nielsen and Tavares. Any ideas with Strome called up what the forecast is here with Vanek up in the air.
Can anyone ever figure out what happened to Clutterbuck? I was keeping my eye on him waiting for him to breakout, still waiting...
Can any Ranger Fans out there that can shed light on whether I should drop Pouiot given the injury to Zuccarello?
Is Meszaros back after an abysmal start to the Season with many other Flyers (Read-Lecavalier-etc), or was that just a tease?
Vatanen or Lindholm going forward if you had a choice of Duck D-Men?


February 25, 2014
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donpaulo said:

donpaulo
... I enjoyed todays ramblings very much
February 25, 2014
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... Jeez Shift, clean that sand out. Not every reader of the ramblings actively contributes to the forums, so for lots of people I'm sure the St. Louis thing is new news. Not every person on here is hardcore all fantasy all the time. That just an unnecessary, over the top and over-picky criticism.

Also Amato never mentioned anything about the Leafs. And while I agree there are a bunch of teams that would be less ideal to play for than Calgary, they also aren't the pinnacle of sports franchises right now either. Amato was just making a joke. Like really. Clean that sand out bud and calm down. On a basically nothing news day, the ramblings were just fine.
February 25, 2014
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Shift Disturber said:

Shift Disturber
... Yeah, trade Backlund to the Leafs 'cause they have such a great winning tradition. Also your MSL commentary was said already on the boards yesterday. Add something new or just provide a link.
February 24, 2014
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mojavedesert said:

mojavedesert
Okposo Okposo now has a great chance to be a leader of the forward corps, and with the Isles' season lost, this is an even better chance for the younger players to show what they can bring to the big stage. Anders Lee and Strome have been recalled. Is there a chance that Josh Bailey may centre the first line?
Maybe the top 2 lines could be:
Bailey with Vanek (until he is traded) and Okposo
Nelson with Grabner and Strome

Whatever Capuano does, I sure this can't be any worse.
February 24, 2014
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