It's that time of year again – I'm suddenly flooded with inquiries about the "when" of my awesome Playoff Draft List. Here is the scoop (for today): the List is out on Sunday or when the playoff matchups are set. It may be Sunday night as a result, but hopefully if we get down to 16 teams before then I can email them to you early. If you have an early (Saturday or Friday) draft, flip me an email when you need it. BUT… I am hours away from launching my subscription technology. What this will mean is if you buy the guide or list, you can access it online when you log in. If you have bought one and you did not register for my forum, not a problem but you will need to register for the forum to get it – and I believe you will need to use the same email as in Paypal. No email in Paypal? Fine again… I can put you in manually. That will mean, if all goes well, that I will not email the lists… you can just pick them up at your leisure. Friday will have a list with 18 teams. Sunday will be more updated. When you login, you will be able to pick up both versions (if you bought it). I'm confusing myself with this ramble… just wait for the real announcement tomorrow. At the very worst, I will email it to you. Don't worry, you will get it one way or the other.
The Thrashers assigned Jordan LaVallee to Chicago (AHL) for the playoff run. Bryan Little and Boris Valabik will follow after Saturday's finale.
Patrice Bergeron will not play the final two games for Boston, but is apparently looking fantastic in practice.
Marc Savard will likely not play tomorrow. He is scheduled to start skating on the weekend.
Zach Hamill, ranked 37 on my fantasy prospects list, finished his junior season and signed with Boston's farm team.
The return of Andrew Alberts forced the team to ship Matt Lashoff to the minors.
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Matt Cullen was back in the Carolina lineup last night, but played just 10:29. However, half of that was on the PP.
David Vyborny will miss tonight's game with the flu.
Zenon Konopka was recalled. he has some offensive promise and may replace Vyborny. More importantly, he brings PIM potential, averaging nearly three per game in the AHL.
Kyle Brodziak will miss the final game for the Oilers with a broken finger.
Ales Hemsky will miss the last game with a knee injury. Geoff Sanderson will draw in, assuming his back holds.
Minnesota prospect Ryan Jones, ranked 150th on my fantasy prospects list, completed his college tenure and signed an entry level deal with the Wild. He will play for Houston. His offensive presence could/should help Pouliot and Kalus down there.
RJ Umberger returned to the Philly lineup and played with Briere and Prospal. He was on the second PP unit.
Scott Upshall and Steve Downie were healthy scratches.
The Rangers farm club, Hartford, signed prospect Tomas Zaborsky. He is ranked 309 on my fantasy prospects list because he is some years away, but he has decent second-line upside.