Jaromir Jagr is out 7-10 days with a mild groin strain.

 

Still awaiting word on Mike Smith. Apparently, there is a chance he starts tonight. Nobody will have this news before Goalie Post, so you GP members will get that heads up as soon as the coach makes the call.

 

The Leafs have traded Luca Caputi to Anaheim for Nick Deschamps. Caputi is having an awful time in Toronto, and even if he was turning heads the Leafs don't have room for him. Too many people ahead of him on the depth chart. But he is at the point in his career where he needs to get his NHL shot this season or next. After that, he's a career minor-leaguer. So the Ducks have that kind of room for him to at least get a shot. Meanwhile, Deschamps is further away (two years younger) so the Leafs can afford to sit him in the minors for a couple of years and see what the situation is in 2014. I think the Ducks were doing the Leafs a favor with this deal, but I guess they owed them a favor since they stuck them with that horrible Lupul guy and that terrible Gardiner kid.

 

My Puck Daddy for this week - here.

 

Down Goes Brown - more brilliance. And the icing on the cake? His reference to "concussion-like symptoms" (see my rant below - complete coincidence). Only read this if you like laughing a lot.

 

Mike Green is a "go" for tonight. Also, Caron was sent back down again by Boston.

 

Brett MacLean was the AHL player of the month for December. I don't get why he's in the AHL. I understand that he lacks a tool or two, but the bottom line should be results - and he had two points in five games in which he averaged like seven minutes a game. He took his waiver and demotion hard, managing just one assist in six AHL games. But since then he has 23 points (14 goals) in 18 games. BOTTOM LINE: he scores goals. Lots of them. Whose daughter or wife did he sleep with to be getting the shaft like this? Anyway, he just turned 23 a couple of weeks ago. Still young, still not written off in my books.

 

Jason Pominville is "ill" and may not get into the next game. Kassian was in his spot in practice.

 

Regarding the rankings - I'm going to have them up on Thursday instead. Because I'll be reviewing the 3YP stat for all players, and adjusting for the Midseason Guide, it's best that I just wait.

 

Not only did the Oilers lose RNH, but they also lost Tom Gilbert thanks to a bad Dan Carcillo hit (suspension forthcoming).

 

Some Penguins updates: Dustin Jeffrey is expected to return to practice this week. Paul Martin did return to practice yesterday for the first time in two weeks. Pascal Dupuis and Arron Asham both missed practice - they were hurt on Saturday. No update, of course, on the two Pens that matter the most - Kris Letang and some guy named Sid.

 

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins left the second period with an upper-body injury. No word yet on the extent, but he was the runaway Calder favorite and Adam Henrique could chip away at that gap if he’s out for any length of time. Hopkins played 3:44, indicating that he sustained the injury in the first and tried to play, sporadically, through it before giving up. I didn’t see the game, but from what I can dig up that is the case.

 

Further to my ramble on Craig Smith yesterday – is Matt Read in the same boat? The two pleasant rookie surprises have a lot of talent and real special upside, but each of them seem to have hit a wall. A college wall? A nice project would be to take a look at college players over the last five years and their numbers in the first 40 games versus the next 40, upon making the jump.

 

Jaromir Jagr did not play after the first period, but the injury is undisclosed. Talbot slid into his spot on the Giroux line, as did Voracek. Schenn also saw more ice time overall. “Injured calf” is the word on Jags.

 

The Rangers bailed on Carl Hagelin and put Dubinsky on the Richards/Callahan line. I don’t think Hagelin’s great NHL start is line-driven, though. He’s a hard worker who will produce – for a time – with or without stars. But getting back on that line would obviously be ideal.

 

The Oilers demoted Lennart Petrell and recalled Teemu Hartikainen. In the Midseason Guide – out in three days – we profile two prospects from each team who could most likely make an impact in the second half, and give you a short-term (this year) potential statline and long-term upside. Hartikainen is one of the two Oilers. He played 8:14 and was a minus-1 with two shots.

 

The Bruins have recalled Jordan Caron again. UPDATE - sent back down again.

 

Jeff Skinner returned to practice without contact. Again, I give my usual timeline at this point to 10 days to indefinite. Tends to be 10 days though, if the player’s name isn’t Sidney.

 

Alexander Semin, just two days after finding his form again, took practice off yesterday for “maintenance”. He did not play the final 2:31 of the last game, for what it’s worth. A “source” says that it is a cut on his right arm.

 

On the plus side, Mike Green is “pretty close”.

 

Buffalo line combos in practice yesterday (he notes that Gerbe gets promoted after a strong game):

Hecht, with Vanek and Pominville; Roy, with Gerbe and Stafford; Adam, with Boyes and McCormick. Extras skating were Kassian, Myers and Ennis.

 

Russo speculates that Devin Setoguchi will be back possibly Wednesday. Yawn. What is he, a 40-point guy now?

 

I thought this was pretty funny – Puck Daddy’s 12 things they’ll miss about the Versus network…

 

The Blackhawks signed their first round picks from 2011 to ELCs – Mark McNeill and Phillip Danault. We won’t see either of them next year.

 

Slava Voynov was “banged up” last game and did not skate. He missed Monday’s game and is day-to-day. Alec Martinez got back into the lineup.

 

The term I hate the most – “Concussion-like Symptoms”. If they are symptoms that are “concussion-like” then they are symptoms of a concussion! Quit catering to the NHL lingo/spin-doctors and call a spade a spade. They are making up this term, there is no such thing as a concussion-like symptom. It’s either a symptom of a concussion, or it is not. Move over “successful surgery”, we have a term that now pisses me off more.

 

That rant was brought to you by this Philip Larsen headline. He has symptoms of a concussion. Jordie Benn will make his NHL debut tonight. Sheldon Souray is on the IR.

 

Ryan Smyth’s two points last night give him five points in five games.

 

Chicago prospect Jimmy Hayes scored his first NHL goal in his second NHL game. He’s seen 16 minutes of ice time this year between the two contests. He’s got the big size (6-6, 221) and maturity (22 years old) to stick next season, but as with all power forwards I would preach patience with his production.

 

Since getting his No.1 job back, Corey Crawford may have played his weakest game, allowing four goals on 30 shots and taking the loss. Two of the goals were while shorthanded. But still, the door may have opened up for Ray Emery to get another shot.

 

In WJC action Mikael Granlund had a goal and three assists to eliminate Slovakia. His brother Markus had three points for the Finns. As Angus said in his 15 points, Mikael will center the second line for the Wild next year.

 

At 5pm ET today, Sweden takes on Finland; At 8:30pm today Canada takes on Russia – winners obviously go for gold, that game is Thursday.

 

Look who seems to be in the zone now – Craig Anderson has allowed just four goals in three games. Mind you, the Sens have been stingy giving up shots, but still… Also, Anderson had his fourth assists last night. That’s a nice bonus in some league formats (like one of mine).

 

The Jagr salute! Except it wasn’t Jagr…nor a member of the Flyers…

 

 

Dissension in the ranks? PK Subban vs. Tomas Plekanec:

 

 


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derek said:

buck0198
WJC Refs taking the game over...
January 03, 2012
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derek said:

buck0198
WJC Come on Russia...hold on!

Sick of the Canadians thinking they deserve titles without playing games.
January 03, 2012
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Patrick Hall said:

pattywins
... Yeah! Mike Green Yeah!

Some people are in year long pools without changes. One team I have you can drop two, but since I have filatov, setagouchi and green, I am excited to see seta and green back. Seta might only get 40 points now, but thats a lot better than the 13 he currently has.

Ps even worse, I have both seta and green in a goals scoring pool that counts everyone.
January 03, 2012
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Aaron said:

Aaron27
Hemsky Nine games without a point...
January 03, 2012
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notoriousjim said:

notoriousjim
... green really bugs me, he is out a month and never goes on the IR. goes on the IR and comes back 2 days later. Still he was a big part of me trading AO. (ao and big buff for malkin, eberle, dubinsky and green.... so malkin alone has made this a nice trade)
January 03, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Pengwin Who are you and what have you done with Pengwin? smilies/shocked.gif
January 03, 2012
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dasnorm said:

dasnorm
jagr Jagr was saying before the game that he wasn't that into playing outside, suspect his injury is more that he wanted to sit rest of game rather than playing on bad ice and really getting hurt
January 03, 2012
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dasnorm said:

dasnorm
updates rnh left game in a sling and gilberts leg should not bend that way, teubert and josh green called up today. Mike Green should also play tonight smilies/smiley.gif
January 03, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
10/10 Awesome rambling - tons of goodies for all.
Loved it, loved it!!! smilies/smiley.gif
January 03, 2012
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jacques oeuf said:

hammer2003
... Dobber's Calder pick Zac Dalpe had a 2 point night game before last and is skating on the first line and first PP with Staal.
January 03, 2012
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mick said:

hawkdog
JVR Thks for Ramblings this morning!

JVR Spent time on the Giroux line in the third period as well.

January 03, 2012
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bill said:

kidd
@shaun b guy in my league has dubinsky, callahan and hartnell. he's got 40 hits after first night!
January 03, 2012
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Killer67 said:

Killer67
Rupp Salute Absolutely amazing! One of the few that could get away with that and not have to answer the bell. 24/7 makes me like this guy even more.
January 03, 2012
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shaun b said:

shingy
Lingo/Spin-Doctors/Calling a Spade a Spade
Euphemism; A euphemism is the substitution of a frank expression that might offend or otherwise suggest something unpleasant to the audience, for a mild, inoffensive, relatively uncontroversial phrase.

"Lingo/spin-doctors"...I love it. It reminds me of listening to politicians. They have so many euphemisms. Instead of telling us the truth and giving us access, they want to be the only ones with any control of the situation. Calling a spade a spade seems to be a thing of a past and all we're being left with is this Orwellian way of communicating.
CEO's, presidents, commissioners, etc, they have become professionals at softening the truth. God forbid anyone tells us Sidney Crosby might actually have a career ending concussion because they will lose money on jersey sales. A person's freedom to discuss their personal health is way outmatched by the bottom line. Rant over.





January 03, 2012
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STONE. said:

STONE.
Good-bye VS. I had forgotten the "Show us your V" slogan. Classic.

Even if the coverage hasn't always been fantastic, I've been glad to have 2-3 regular season games per week (even almost all of them included Pens, Bruins or Caps). Vs. also showed as much of the playoffs as possible. I just hope the NBC network maintains this coverage!
January 03, 2012
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shaun b said:

shingy
Hits Parade
Thanks for the ramblings.

Anyone else have the misfortune of playing against someone who has both Callahan and Dubinsky?

I'm down 25-1 in hits after the first night. Ouch! I lead the league in hits but this should be too much to overcome.

I'm waiting on Roy to put together an impressive run sometime in the near future. Hopefully Gerbe can spark something there.

If Skinner is on your wire and you can afford to sit someone, it's time to grab him. If he's back in 2 weeks, it should be well worth it in the second half.


January 03, 2012
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