The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Malkin was fighting a virus for the first week and a half of the Final and he had trouble keeping food down. That explains a lot.
As expected, both Bret Hedican and Glen Wesley have retired. Hedican may latch onto a team in California, but his hip is so fragile I can't believe LA, SJ or ANA would want him. Regardless, as I'm sure you have guessed, the Canes will be looking for a No.4 and No.5 defenseman via free agency.
Ondrej Fiala, ranked 397 on my prospects list, was not signed by the Wild so he goes back into the draft. The team was reportedly concerned about his injuries.
Columbus has given qualifying offers to Fritsche, Leclaire, Picard, Lindstrom, Rome, Wilson and Methot. None of this is a surprise.
675 people beat me in the DobberHockey Ultimate Playoff Pool 2009, but it's the Top 4 who get the prizes. Congrats to Jean for taking the top prize of a Nicklas Backstrom autographed Caps jersey, courtesy of hockeyknight.com.
David Nunes, Patrick Gilbert, Jeremy Wall, "Miscreants", Doug Yool, Paul Siopiolosz and Colin McPhee all tied for second, however the tie-breaker is "Least Games Played" followed by a randon draw. That means that Siopiolosz and McPhee are tied for second and third. The other five are all tied for fourth place.
Random draw: Jeremy Wall wins Dobber's Ultimate Fantasy Pack 2008C – it's the fourth prize…but really it's first prize in everyone's hearts! It includes my just released Fantasy Prospects Report, my Fantasy Guide 2008-09 (out Aug. 1 and updated all summer), my Midseason Fantasy Guide 2009 and my Interactive Playoff Draft List 2009.
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Which means Colin McPhee takes the blocker ($225 value) from Sever Goalten