Claude Giroux is suspended for Game 5 – an elimination game. Not surprised, in fact that’s what I said he’d get. Flyers fans hate Shanahan, but let’s face it the hit was late. And if you have a rule - “you can’t use the ‘well Player X got away with it last week, so Player Y has to get away with it too’ excuse” – then you know it was the right call.

 

But as with many ‘superstar out of the lineup’ situations, I think the Flyers win without him. Just like the Devils without Kovalchuk and the Preds without Radulov (the first time).

 

Hey, what did I tell ya? What have I been saying? Check out this headline “Even at 40, all Martin Brodeur does is win playoff games”. The Devils are winning the games, Brodeur is stealing zero of them. But as I keep saying – the legends get free accolades long after they stop being deserved. And as the 22-save wins pile up, the headlines will write themselves.

 

Vancouver GM Mike Gillis has signed a contract extension, but was tight-lipped about the length. As if he’ll go through that entire contract and the media and public will never find out when it is to end. The games people play…

 

The NHL has reached a “preliminary agreement” to sell the Coyotes to a group headed by Greg Jamison. Details of the sale are here, and if the Coyotes were eliminated first round we wouldn’t be hearing about this now.

 

Toronto prospect Leo Komarov is talking about coming to North America next season. The Finnish forward had 24 points and 58 PIM in 46 KHL games. Not very impressive, but the leading scorer on his team only had 29. He’s a possible third liner with potential 30-point, 90+ PIM numbers.

 

If this story turns out correct and Joel Quenneville does become coach of the Habs, look for Carey Price to be worth his weight in gold. Again.

 

Take a look over at DobberProspects – Brendan Ross has some great musings on the Leafs, as well as other prospect talk. He and Rich Dillon have gone above and beyond with keeping the ramblings fresh over there.

 

The Caps were held to just 18 shots on Lundqvist. I know I’m hard on Brodeur for facing just a few shots and getting free wins… but Lundqvist is having a fairly easy time as well. If you count the triple OT game as two games, then he’s averaging about 22 shots faced per game this series.

 

Marc Staal has three points in two games and five in the postseason. He had five in 46 regular season games. He’s found his stride.

 

Chris Kreider is down to about seven minutes per game now. He’s a minus-4 in the last four games, with zero points. The adrenalin rush is over…

 

Alex Semin hasn’t scored in seven games now. That’s 17 shots. He has just four points in 12 playoff games as he works his way towards a lucrative KHL contract.

 

So now we all go back to Barry Trotz’s decision to sit Alexander Radulov an extra game. Most of us thought it was a dumb move even before we knew the outcome. But an even dumber move, and perhaps a Nashville die-hard can help me out here, but why did I never see Sergei Kostitsyn, a setup man, on a line with Rads, a scorer?

 

Mike Smith has stopped 379 of 400 shots in these playoffs.

 

Here’s an interesting scenario in my keeper league playoff pool. The Top 9 regular season teams compete in the playoffs. My team and another team are loaded with the most playoff players. His team was better than mine, slightly. My team was built around Penguins, Bruins, Sharks and Predators, but I had other players scattered about. His team – Penguins, Flyers, Preds and others. I have Mike Smith. The end result after this round could see the two of us pretty much tied, but with just a couple of players each remaining. It would be, if the Flyers get eliminated, my Mike Smith, Vermette, Del Zotto and Stoll vs. his Anisimov, Stepan, Dubinsky. I’ll take it. BUT, because of all the weirdness in these playoffs, three other teams in the pool can get back in it despite being about 20% behind me. Can Brown and Williams make up the 16-point gap that Team C is behind? Can Lundqvist, Whitney and Elias make up for the 25-point gap that Team D is behind? Can Quick, Kovalchuk, Doughty and Vrbata close the 33-point gap (Team E)? See, the top two teams have hardly any players but such a nice lead that it will make it interesting. But I’ve never won the playoff trophy in this particular pool – and that trophy’s name is the Dobber Cup. So I kinda want it.

 

Andrei Kostitsyn didn’t do enough to get re-signed. On the open market, man, this could go anywhere. From the KHL, to a training camp invite, to a low-dollar deal, to something stupid like a Ville Leino offer of millions per season. No idea. Depends on how drunk some GM’s get. But the market for offensive players with the potential to score 30 (whether they reach that potential or not, just sayin) is slim. And GM’s tend to overpay when the market is slim.

 

No, I don’t think Radulov will be back next year. I do think he’ll be back the year after, as an unrestricted free agent.

 

Shea Weber had three points in 10 playoff games.

 

Boom! Girardi hammers Mike Green:

 

 

Kovalchuk uses his helmet to try to keep the puck in the zone:

 

 


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donpaulo said:

donpaulo
... Big Ev, you can say it was Holtby's fault till the cows come home, but the puck went off Richards stick and into the net with less than 10 seconds in the game. That qualifies as clutch in my book. Maybe it doesn't in yours.

Further Richards is 5th in playoff scoring averaging 23 minutes per contest, hardly a poor performance so far. More points than Ovi or Parise who will probably get a similar 'brutal' offer sheet as well.

It is also my understanding that Calgary offered Brad more money so brutally overpaid in NY = a disgustingly perverse contract offer from the Flames eh ? The Kings made a similar offer so in your words they also offered to "brutally overpay". Perhaps the TO offer was just as loathsome ?

Maybe you feel that Lecavalier, Ehrhoff and Bryzgalov deals are also out to lunch ? The market dictates the price does it not ? Richards would be a fool to take anything less. I suggest you take issue with those contracts for guys whose teams didn't even make the playoffs or are now enjoying some offtime with with 10 million dollar salary.

The difference being that Brad is still in the playoffs due in large part to his last second heroics. Hate on his contract all you like but the guy and his team are still in the running which is what salary is based on.
May 09, 2012
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... donpaulo, Richards is still underwhleming in these playoffs, sorry. Brutally overpaid, and that goal last night was Holtby's fault.
May 08, 2012
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buck0198 said:

buck0198
G/Malkin/Ovie I am a diehard Penguins fan but I have to agree with 87Flyer...they are not handling this correctly. You need to punish superstars...period.

Giroux did deserve a game...Ovie deserved a game...Malkin deserved a game if not more...when you are head hunting you deserve to be suspended and all three were and Giroux may have had the best argument.

Ovie on Girardi was a play to simply knock the Rangers best player out of their lineup...Girardi has more saves than Lundqvist and only Richards can be compared atm.

GO DEVILS...GO YOTES!
May 08, 2012
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87Flyer said:

87Flyer
Explain to me then your reasoning For not suspending Weber or Malkin yet giving Giroux a game? It's round 2? He took to much heat so now he has to do something? There is no reasoning. Shanahan is no different than Campbell, a puppet. If you have two kids and they both commit the same offense a week apart and you don't punish the first how do you then punish the second? You'd be quite the father wouldn't you. Not the same situation here but the parallel isn't that far off base. This is what makes this "discipline" system so pathetic and makes a fan even more disgusted. How can two star players not be suspended for blatantly obvious suspendable offenses and then another does? How can a third line player get 25 games for an offense that top 6 players get minimal games for? Makes me sick to my stomach and just seeth with anger. The worst part. THEY DON'T GIVE A SHIT what any of us think. They know we will continue to watch. They just sit back on their lofty thrones and giggle as they play with their mountains of coin.

If that's what they consider a game, so be it but give them all a game for the same thing. Don't pick and choose or give lame ass excuses like "he said he didn't mean to hit him". One things for certain, if this isn't enough to get the Flyers pissed off and show some dam emotion then nothing will.
May 08, 2012
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bogans said:

bogans
Lundqvist vs. Brodeur shot count To be fair, most of the 22 shots/game that Brodeur game are from the fringe, whereas most of the 22 shots/game Lundqvist faces are unmarked guys right on the doorstep. The Rangers block the shots from the fringe, so Hank only faces the really dangerous ones. The Devils, on the other hand, clog the middle of the ice like crazy, so Brodeur only faces the fringe shots.
May 08, 2012
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donpaulo said:

donpaulo
... there was a lot of talk when Richards signed his huge contract in the offseason with NY that it may have been a mistake.
Where are those voices now ?
Brad Richards = clutch
May 08, 2012
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Mr. Guru said:

Mr. Guru
Radulov and S. Kostitsyn They played one full shift together in Game 2 in the 3rd with about 5 minutes to go. Other than that one time, I don't think they played a full shift together.
May 08, 2012
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