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Nine games and $5.8 million dollars. Talk about making an impression! The Ducks have signed Viktor Fasth to a two-year extension. A huge vote of confidence - and the type of dollars that will not sit on the bench as a backup for more than a season, tops. Look for Hiller to be shopped next summer and early into 2013-14. Fasth is now a legit fantasy own in all keeper formats.

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Lindy Ruff has been fired! Until we know who will replace him, there is little to go on as to the future of your Sabres players. But first coaching vacancy open and Ruff is there. In fact, teams not even thinking about a coaching change could be thinking of a coaching change now. As I said on Twitter - how quickly could Lindy Ruff whip Alex Ovechkin back into shape?

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Mikhail Grigorenko was scratched for the second straight game and third time in five games. So in essence, the Sabres made the decision to keep him so that they could let him play for six more games…and then start scratching him every other game. Worth it?

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The Jets seem lost without Tobias Enstrom. The entire team, top to bottom, can't find the net. I say this after a win!

Blake Wheeler has been held off the scoresheet in five of his last six games.

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Thomas Vanek is developing a reputation as the NHL's leading scorer in imaginary 10-game seasons. It's after the hot start that we worry about. Vanek has been shut out of four of the last five games.

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Love the steady Raphael Diaz. I was concerned when PK Subban came back and Diaz suddenly stopped producing. But Subban is still there and Diaz has started up again. Diaz has points in three straight games and is plus-5 in that span.

Yes, as I noted yesterday (or was it Monday? Bah, days are running together), Max Pacioretty is heating up and he's taking David Desharnais with him. They combined on a goal last night.

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Cam Fowler is hoping to return next week - I would guess that since the team is off until Sunday, he will be shooting for that game. The Ducks play five games in seven nights, starting Sunday.

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I'm tellin' ya - Jakob Silfverberg is finding his legs now. Sure, it's only two games with points, but I just get that feeling.

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Three more assists for Benoit Pouliot last night. He has seven points in his last four games and is up to 13 in 15 on the year. His emergence is picking up where Cory Conacher left off. Conacher hasn't stopped, he's just slowed down to a more suitable pace.

Tampa prospect Alex Killorn has scored in consecutive games - his first two goals of his NHL career. He is rated 47th on my Prospects List, but has been moving steadily upward. That will continue - I really like him for next season, clearly he'll be ready (if he's not ready now).

Victor Hedman has nine points in his last 12 games.

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Matt Lombardi is ready to return to the Phoenix lineup. I don't think it will slow Martin Hanzal, who's off to a great start, any. Nor will it slow Antoine Vermette, who has just started heating up.

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The flu bug has hit the Bruins. Thank goodness they don't play until Thursday. But here are the players hit (so far): Campbell, Horton, Paille, Bergeron, Ference, McQuaid and Khudobin.

Milan Lucic missed last contest due to personal reasons, but is good to go next game.

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Mikko Koivu missed practice for the Wild because he was sick - not sure if it's the flu as well.

Also in that link above - PM Bouchard's wife had a baby Monday night, and Ryan Suter's wife was scheduled to be induced Tuesday night.

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Mike Green skated briefly in practice, but left after five minutes. The Caps next play on Thursday and it doesn't look good for Green.

Adam Oates is being stubborn about keeping Backstrom and Ovechkin apart. Here are the line combos in practice:

Chimera-Ribeiro-Ovechkin

Wolski-Backstrom-Brouwer

Fehr-Perreault-Ward

You can actual line combos - FREE - for the last three games, all teams, right here.

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Make it five straight games for Colin Wilson now - he has seven points in that span.

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San Jose winger Tim Kennedy has goals in back-to-back games, giving him two on the year. Kennedy was a once very promising prospect, but has been unable to get into the lineup after playing a full season in 2009-10. How a prospect debuts with 26 points and then disappears from the face of the earth NHL the next year is beyond me. I've never seen it before. Anyway, he's shown he can score at the AHL level and the Sharks are desperate. He's not on a good line, but hell - he's doing more than Martin Havlat is, so there's that.

Hard to believe, he's still only 26, too.

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Jordan Leopold was a healthy scratch for the Sabres and TJ Brennan drew back in - and Brennan played a near-season-high 17:08. He was pointless and plus-1.

Alexander Sulzer did play a season high last night - 22:54. He was shutout though. In 15 games with the Sabres last year he had eight points. In 15 games this year he has four.

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Brent Seabrook didn’t play last night because of a lower-body injury. He is considered day-to-day, but then aren't they all?

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Gabriel Landeskog was back in practice for the Avs, but he wore a "no contact" jersey. So still a week or two away, I'm guessing.

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Something is wrong with Rick Nash, but John Tortorella ain't talking. John, is there an update on Nash?

"Nope. He's out."

Gee…thanks. So he could miss anywhere from one to 30 games…

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Tomas Tatar was a minus-2 with zero shots last night and was held to 9:27 of ice time. Next stop is probably the minors and with Mikael Samuelsson sitting out (hand) we could finally see Gustav Nyquist back up and on a scoring line.

Jimmy Howard left the game with an upper body injury - quick, grab Gustavsson!

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Marian Hossa scores twice…and then leaves the game after this hit from Hansen:


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pbhockey4 said:

pbhockey4
@hawkdog Thanks for sharing the Kerry Fraser response-definitely a good read. I have to admit my initial response to the incident was a little emotional in favor of Hossa, but I would find it hard for Hansen to avoid that situation in real time (slowmo makes it look much worse). And I totally agree on the Keith hit...IMO he should've been suspended for more than 5 games.

I guess it just comes down to consistency. Fraser was quick to point out that worse hits have occurred this year and gone without suspension. Does a player need to get hurt in order for the hit to be taken seriously? Should intent even enter the equation? Can we honestly assess a player's ability to be able to defend himself in a certain situation or whether he put himself in a vulnerable position to begin with? The way that head shots have been dealt with has been inconsistent and messy to say the least--and I don't know that this thorough "Shanahan policing" has really alleviated much. I'm not in favor of guys getting hurt, but hockey is contact sport and concussions naturally follow as a result of some hits. But now people (including myself) get all fired up over hits like the one Brad Stuart laid on Landeskog earlier this year. As an Avs fan, Rob Blake used to crush people like that all the time, and I bet Lando will remember to keep his head up next time. Sucks he got a concussion, but that's the game of hockey. Phew, sorry for the rant...
February 20, 2013
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hawkdog said:

hawkdog
@pbhockey fair enough, i retract the dive comment.
hope Hossa is ok.

If want to see an example of a real intentional attempt to injure go back and look at Keith's hit on Sedin.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZ75H7gS0hc
February 20, 2013
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hawkdog said:

hawkdog
Pengwin good call on the Dats video, that was a sick play!

if anyone is interested - TSN - Ref Fraser's take on the Hossa hit.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=416432
February 20, 2013
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pbhockey4 said:

pbhockey4
hawkdog hawkdog, going back and forth, and now that I watched it on a computer instead of a tiny phone screen, I can see how this might have been unintentional. Definitely tough to tell considering the game happens at full speed and not at slowmo. Not sure why Hansen thought that he could vault over Hossa catch that puck and then be able to do anything with it besides throw it back in the zone--weird play that was unfortunate for Hossa, intent or no intent on Hansen's part.

However, to say Hossa dove is a mistake. Hossa stayed down on the ice, not moving, and left the game after the incident happened at the start of the third. Doesn't really sound like he "embellished" there, considering it was a close game, he had already potted two goals, and both he and his team would've wanted him out on the ice if he could've gotten back in. Not sure if you've ever gotten hit in the back of the head, but that's one of the most dangerous spots (if not THE most dangerous) to get hit in the head. Even little hits to the back of the head can cause some pretty nasty concussions.
February 20, 2013
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aleco83 said:

aleco83
Markstrom Also... The Cats called up Markstrom, woot!

http://www.litterboxcats.com/2013/2/20/4008598/florida-panthers-recall-g-jacob-markstrom-from-rampage-san-antonio
February 20, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
... No Pavel Datsyuk goal video?!
Shame.

Good rambling.
Still hoping Desharnais will start pointin' it up, eh?
Hmph.
February 20, 2013
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hawkdog said:

hawkdog
dive? are you sure Hossa wasn't embellishing a little there?

definitely wasn't intentional
February 20, 2013
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pbhockey4 said:

pbhockey4
Not intentional? Granted I watched the video a couple times from my phone, but I have to disagree and say that Hansen's forearm shiver was completely intentional. I don't think the play started off with him thinking "well I'm gonna put the people's elbow through Hossa's head" but he certainly finished off with that sentiment. Have to agree with capretto on this one--hard to imagine Hansen putting that much force into the back of Hossa's head unintentionally. Unless of course it's become commonplace for players to elbow the puck down from the air when it's at head height...
February 20, 2013
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Wink said:

Wink
... Sorry- don't know why I typed wrist... meant leg. Oops. (Never post before your first cup o' coffee! smilies/smiley.gif )
Not saying Hansen is a dirty player by any means. Just pointing out that in consecutive games against the Blackhawks, he'll likely have cost them games played by key players... at what point does reckless become a trend?
February 20, 2013
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Wink said:

Wink
Reckless? So, I guess Hansen was just being 'reckless' when he slashed Bolland across the wrist last time these two teams played? And Bolland was out the next game?
February 20, 2013
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Jpappas said:

Jpappas
Either way... This is what the NHL has to take the biggest part of the off season to look at. Their players safety. From a non fantasy stand point, I don't own Karlsson or Hossa, but I do know their offense is good for the league. I'm not a huge Crosby fan, but can't ignore what he does for the game.

It has to be in the back of a players head, "what could I do to this guys if I follow through with this action" just like in everyone else's job. I know this is a split second type of judgement and we shouldn't hinder the game, but we can't approach these guys as a one time use situation until they get hurt in the game and then swap them out.

This is starting to look like Devellano's "cattle" comments taking new light.
February 20, 2013
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capretto2002 said:

capretto2002
Force of follow through Watching it live, I couldn't tell if he made a move for the puck, but Hansen's forearm and elbow drive through the back of Hossa's head with enough force that I do think this was intentional. Maybe he started going for the puck, realized he wasn't going to get it and then his check went high. But even if the forearm was in the back its an elbowing call. Hope Hossa isn't out again, and I'm from Pittsburgh, where we have some reason to dislike him.
February 20, 2013
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little_boyes_semin said:

little_boyes_semin
... I can't imagine anyone actually thinks Hansen's hit was intentional. Reckless, of course, but I highly doubt Hansen expected that outcome.
February 20, 2013
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