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Angus here. Sergei Shirokov with another statement game. Two assists playing on the first PP unit with the Sedin twins. Best forward on the ice for either team.
A couple of quick notes that I will go into more detail in the morning – the Habs cut Sergei Kostitsyn. Also, the Rangers cut Grachev. He did score today, but he was later sent to Hartford. Sharks cut tryout invitees Dan Hinote and Mat Dandenault. Matt Duchene has made the Avs.
How does Stalberg keep scoring? How good will he be this year? More in the morning. I also give my thoughts on him on Dobber Nation, if you haven’t heard the Podcast yet.
The reason I haven’t mentioned Peter Forsberg over the past week or so of his rumored “return” is because I don’t care. And you shouldn’t either. He won’t help your team, he will make it worse. He’ll miss games at the last minute, after you’ve already put him in the lineup and you were counting on him. DO NOT PICK HIM. In ANY format. Ever. I wish there was a way I could make every loyal reader understand absolutely beyond a shadow of a doubt that Forsberg should not be drafted. Perhaps I will change my banner to read “Do Not Draft Forsberg”.
The Leafs made just four cuts today – Nazem Kadri, Christian Hanson, Jonas Frogren and Andy Rogers. The remaining 8-10 cuts will come after today’s preseason finale.
Kris Russell played nearly 20 minutes – six on the PP – had two points and was a plus-2 last night. He’ll take another step forward this year, perhaps topping 35 points.
Mike Santorelli was pointless and a minus-2, but he’s still playing with Legwand and Erat. Still hanging in there.
Patric Hornqvist subbed in for the injured Sullivan and he played 19 minutes, picking up another two points. Horny has really found his groove and has probably taken over the lead in the race to land a top six wing spot.
Shirokov did indeed return last night, and tallied an assist to boot.
Henrik Zetterberg, who has yet to play a preseason game due to a groin injury, is expected to play today.
Ilya Bryzgalov stopped all 27 shots against the Sharks. Along with Carey Price, I think he is in for a bounce-back year that is further compounded by a new coach that brings a beneficial system. Disclosure: I do own each of them in a keeper league, but I feel strongly about this because of what Jacques Martin (he made Lalime’s numbers strong) and Tippett (he made Smith’s and Turco’s numbers strong) bring.
Randy Jones has officially been waived and will play in the AHL this year I am sure.
As hinted at Thursday, Carter Ashton has returned to junior. Andrew Walker actually had a word with him Friday in Alberta for another show he does. He’ll be taken very seriously in fantasy leagues next fall.
The Sabres cut seven and I believe that leaves 26 in training camp, including Gerbe and Kennedy. Expect the