TSN is reporting that despite being healthy, Gary Roberts will be scratched. I disagree with Therrien's decision on this one, as the Pens lack experience and grit versus the Red Wings and Roberts offers that in spades.
Harrison Reed, who has free-fallen to 125 on my prospects list, has signed an entry-level deal with Carolina. They had to sign him or he would go back into the draft – this wasn't a signing to reward his (not-so) great season. He will not make the team in the fall. If anyone, it will be Brandon Sutter or Spokane's Drayson Bowman who makes the squad in the fall.
The Lightning finally signed Evgeny Artyukhin to a contract. It only took them two years. Artyukhin will give you a surprising amount of penalty minutes next season while offering 25 points or more.
Not a good sign for the likes of Shawn Matthias, Jan Mursak and Matt Beleskey – how do they let a team hammer them 9-0 in such an important game? Belleville has won four out of eight games against Kitchener in the last three weeks… yet they gave up nine goals and could not score one? True franchise players do not let that happen. They may become stars in a few years… but this tells me they will not be superstars. Kitchener vs. Spokane in the final. I have seen both these teams play live this season and Spokane is nowhere near Kitchener in team play. That's a tribute to coach Peter DeBoer, who will probably coach the Thrashers next season.
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