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Breaking News: By now you've heard - Sidney Crosby will be back in the lineup Thursday. Comeback Part II! If it was me in charge of the lines, I would keep Malkin's line intact. I would keep Staal's line intact. Those lines are flying. Crosby will give a third-line scoring option like no other team in the NHL. Put me on one wing, and uh Jay Rosehill on the other, and this line still flies. I would suggest Eric Tangradi and Tyler Kennedy. Give it a shot. What do you think?

 

Edit - just read that he's playing with Cooke and Kennedy. So my idea of keeping the other two lines intact was a good one.

 

PA Parenteau is out tonight with an upper body injury. Perhaps Niederreiter will get a look on a scoring line.

 

Here's a fresh Radulov update from Puck Daddy. Nothing new here, but in case you're starved for more info...

 

Jakub Voracek is a "maybe" to return to the Flyers tonight.

 

Tyler Myers could be facing a suspension for this hit. His hearing is today.

 

Craig Smith hasn't seen 12 minutes of ice time in over half a month and he was scratched last game. This is to rest him, as he is used to short college seasons. This has paid off, given his play last night (and goal).

 

The Blues have signed blue-chip prospect Jaden Schwartz to a contract, as he has completed his college season. He’ll dress for them tonight. While I wouldn’t look for “instant star” kind of impact, I would rule it out. But I’m more in the usual camp with players like this – a point every two games for a couple of years before moving forward.

 

I owe $100 to Hockey Fights Cancer after losing a preseason bet that Erik Cole would not make it to 50 points this season. Actually, I was called out for saying he would never get there again. It was an easy bet for me to make because a) Cole is a 50 to 55 point player who should miss a handful of games each year thereby making the 50-point mark a little tougher to hit; b) if I lose the bet, money goes to cancer. So there really was no downside.

 

Cole got two last night, David Desharnais was back in action, and Max Pacioretty continues to roll.

 

We've all been here - I got into heated discussions with a couple of co-GMs in my league about Pacioretty vs. Couture. I tried to get Couture using Pacioretty, Weiss and a first-round pick. I argued that Pac and Couture are practically even… and the other pieces were such huge bonuses. He wasn’t buying it. He later traded Couture in a package that brought him Corey Perry. So I went to the new owner with the same offer. He wasn’t buying it either. A month later, we have Pacioretty with more points than either Couture or Perry – and none of the three teams are playoff bound, which is a factor in this particular league. I later used Pacioretty, Jon Quick and Joe Thornton to reel in John Tavares and Tim Thomas, plus smaller pieces involved. Can’t complain about how it worked out, but you can bet I’m still rubbing it in on the other two guys. I don’t like to let good trash talk opportunities slip by. - We've all been there, so it's nice when you can trash talk about it later. It could just as easily have gone the other way and then we're the "trash talkee" instead of the "trash talker". Just sharing a story.

 

With two last night, including the absolutely dirty goal shown below - Tyler Ennis has 12 points in his last 14 games.

 

Jamie McGinn continues to roll – another goal last night, to go with six shots.

 

Bobby Ryan is going to squeak past 50 points. Barely. So what’s a prognosticator to do in the summer? Predict him for 55, and he could get 80. Predict him for 80 and he could get 50 again. Well, you take the cheesy way out and go down the center – 65 points. This is why I let my formula handle things, keeps me from judgment calls that give easy-out answers.

 

As Semyon Varlamov continues to roll, his stats are slowly falling into place. He’s not among the leaders yet, but there’s still time for 30 wins, a .920 SP and a 2.50 GAA.

 

Tomas Vanek was back in the lineup for Buffalo last night, playing 16 minutes but was held pointless.

 

Andrej Sekera is out with a serious bout of pneumonia.

 

Breaking news – Columbus is eliminated from the playoffs!

 

Here is my Puck Daddy piece from yesterday. And here is my Hockey News piece. Yes, I have a pretty busy Sunday afternoon/night/Monday morning…

 

Kyle Palmieri was recalled by the Ducks again. Pointless in just under 14 minutes of ice time.

 

Here’s a good update on Justin Schultz, and the likelihood that he’ll be signed and join the team by early next week.

 

Corey Perry’s streak of 272 consecutive games is at an end. His shoulder injury would need to be pretty serious to get him to miss some hockey, the guy is a warrior.

 

Cody Hodgson is pointless in eight games for Buffalo. After playing 21 minutes two games ago, he played 11 minutes last night. As I mused in my trade breakdown – his ice time won’t be handed to him on a silver platter. It will be up and down like Tyler Ennis’.

 

The Canes have recalled Bobby Sanguinetti. I wouldn’t expect a lot from him, but he is running out of chances to make a splash so you never know…

 

I had this up on the newsfeed already, but in case you didn’t know – Daniel Carcillo has been extended by the Blackhawks for two more years.

 

Ennis with a sweet little goal here:

 

 

 


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Spooky said:

Jammer
... From a Pittsburgh Penguins OFFICIAL statement:
"The diagnosis of Dr. Robert S. Bray, a neurological spine specialist based in Los Angeles, is that Sidney Crosby had suffered a neck injury in addition to a concussion."
March 14, 2012
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Fact: Crosby's last injury was a soft-tissue injury in the neck. Not a concussion. They just thought it was. Hence why he is back sooner.
March 13, 2012
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mick said:

hawkdog
crosby third line CBS is already spouting that he will start on the third line with Kennedy.

He may be fully aware of his own body but don't fool yourself into thinking there are no other pressures involved - teammates, fans, sponsors, however its more likely he's tired of sitting in press box and having people come in during intermission and ask him when are you coming back?. Why not wait till the last 5 games of the season to prep for the playoffs?
March 13, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Wait for me... How dare you guys all go flinging poop around without inviting me!?!
W.T.F.
March 13, 2012
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Spooky said:

Jammer
... Crosby's recent injury was not a concussion, huh? Who is in Fantasyland now?
And I never said for him not to play anymore. I simply suggested that maybe a couple of days being symptom-free is quite enough. But you're right (as always). He does know his own body. These guys did, too: http://www.totalprosports.com/...ncussions/
March 13, 2012
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... literally every player is at risk of a concussion. Let's just not play hockey anymore, then and everything will be good and we can go dance around in a field with puppy dogs and rainbows.
March 13, 2012
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Comparing Lindros to Crosby is simply being overdramatic and foolish IMO. Crosby's recent injury was not even a concussion. Laperriere and Pronger are also completely different cases, and they were both way older than Crosby which in itself matters a lot.

If a guy says he's ready to come back, you put him in. That simple, really. He knows his own head and body.
March 13, 2012
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Spooky said:

Jammer
... Oh, I'm being overdramatic but you're opinion is the valid one? Was that what you said after his FIRST concussion? Perhaps that opinion was "a bunch of bologna." L
isten, if Crosby never gets concussed again I'm fine with that. And great for Bergeron & Booth if, indeed, they are both fine now. But it seems like a stretch to think Crosby will NOT get hurt again, and if you ask guys like Lindros, Primeau, Laperierre, Pronger they might say to wait awhile too.
March 13, 2012
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Good grief the overdramatic opinions of guys like Spooky are ridiculous. Guy can't do anything right int he eyes of some, or else he's gonna get "another hit that will end his career". A bunch of bologna. Do we HAVE to show you guys like Bergeron and Booth whoa re more than fine now?
March 13, 2012
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Spooky said:

Jammer
Sidney As a Flyer fan I amittedly have no love for Crosby. Still, I'll hate to see the guy go down for the third (and last) time when somebody decides to have a run at him. And it WILL happen. After seeing Lindros, Primeau, Pronger, Giroux, Briere, and Voacek among others NHL guys like Toews lose significant time, I can't help but wonder why Sidney would come back so soon (has he even had heavy contact yet?) Why not just wait til next year? IMO: This is going to end badly.
March 13, 2012
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Dobber said:

March 13, 2012
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Post Script Post Script:

Keep up the great work! I love this place, and you get unfairly flogged a lot for putting yourself out there and being the leader of this community. I showed a couple more buddies this website the other day, and after examining what the site has to offer (which they were barely able to do because there's so much), they were ecstatic. Much respect to you and what has come together here at Dobber Hockey.
March 13, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Oh, I thought you were responding to me not him. Either way, I prettied up the intro to that blurb above, and gave a nice, relaxing conclusion so nobody misconstrues (especially the fellow GMs who may be reading this smilies/wink.gif )
March 13, 2012
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
No Worries No worries Dobbs, I was referring to Bball's comment, seemed like he took your trade scenario break down personally. I am a big fan of Max Pac, and well, every trade/league is different. It's not like you tried to get Eberle for Jagr.
March 13, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Ross - I did take it personally, not trying to hide that. And of course the trade offer was for the playoffs. After all, at the time I had Pavelski, Clowe and Thornton. So to me, Pac vs. Couture was almost even, but Couture gets a boost in value because of playoffs. So Stephen Weiss should more than compensate for that. But adding a first? Those are like gold in this league, a first is so hard to get. And still couldn't tear Couture away from either of them. Both were convinced that Couture is a probable 80-point player, while Pacioretty is 65.

We all have deals that we can't believe another guy didn't take. And when things swing so suddenly over the course of a few weeks that it's obvious that the other guy made a mistake, then that's perfect scenario for some trash talking. It's what makes fantasy hockey so fun!

bball - as I note above, I had Big Joe, Little Joe and Clowe. So it was a priority to gather as many Sharks as I could. I'm not sure what you mean by giving up prospects - it was Weiss, Pac, and a 1st... but my team was up against the 31-player roster limit, we can keep 27. So I had lots of good assets to burn with what is the deepest roster in the league.
Not "tooting my own horn" but sharing a story. I'm sorry if you found it boring, or if it rubbed you the wrong way. Just an innocent chat over a beer - that's what my ramblings are all about. Casual, fun conversation. We're all friends here.


March 13, 2012
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littleranger said:

littleranger
10 Fantasy Thoughts Thoughts all over the fantasy map: http://thehockeywriters.com/te...-and-more/
March 13, 2012
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Offended? I believe the 'overpayment' aspect in the trade offer was for the playoff points he would receive if the Sharks make the playoffs.

You took that trade scenario very personally
March 13, 2012
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bball said:

bballplyr321
... If you were so high on Pac and so low on Couture then why did you try twice to make the deal? Did you just feel like being generous and decide that you no longer wanted a couple of decent prospects on your team? I do not take you for a fool sir. You tried to overpay and sell high toon get a player that is an ultimate buy low. You know it. I know it. And anyone who actually watches the west coast teams rather than looking at a box score and making a generalization. Couture will be the player, along with Pavelski that Sharks fans hope to build around for the future. So if you honestly feel that Pac is the equal to Couture, you better hope the prospects you got in your deal pan out because if they don't, you just got owned. And if Pac is not equal to Couture in your mind, maybe you should tone down the tooting of your own horn. Makes you look like you really don't know how to look at the big picture or really portray it in a manner that would build credibility.
March 13, 2012
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JW said:

maya has the knife
Ennis goal That sound you heard was Markov's rusty knee squeaking.
March 13, 2012
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
2013 Predictions Next seasons predictions will separate the men from the boys, perhaps like no season before. I suppose I should argue that this seasons predictions have separated the men from the boys. People in their right minds would have stuggled with: Kessel, Karlsson, Spezza, Hossa, Lupul, Elias, Pominville, Whitney, Parenteau, Hartnell, O Jokinen, Zetts, Pacioretty, Filppula, Vrbata, Wheeler, Desharnais, Florida line (moving back where they belong)... in the top 50. (feel free to add a name)

This doesn't address the fall guys or goaltenders: Crosby, Ovy, Green, Backstrom, Sedin, Sedin, Perry, Briere, P Kane... I have tried not to include too many injury guys.

The market place, where scoring is concerned, is in as big a flux as we've seen in some time.
March 13, 2012
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