Angus here – last tidbit of the night: TB top line is Lecavalier centering Tanguay and St. Louis. I figured the Bolts would try this eventually – they need Vinny going more than they need Stamkos going, and Marty drives that team.
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Jackets have re-signed Kris Russell to a three-year extension!
Matt Moulson is on pace for 98 points so far this season! He has three goals and three assists through five games for the winless Islanders, as he is making the most of the opportunity given to him to start the season off. He has played primarily with Tavares and Okposo at even-strength, and that should help him get to 40 or 45 points if he plays the majority of the season in the NHL.
Brian McGrattan had a Gordie Howe Hattrick last night against Vancouver! Nice to see as I think he has battled some off-ice issues recently.
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James van Riemsdyk had an assist in his return to the lineup last night for the Flyers. He is showing his playmaking skills so far, with four assists in four games. He probably won’t get enough ice time to hit 50 or 60 points this season, but if there is an injury, you never know. He is of the best prospects to own in a keeper league, for sure.
David Jones is off to a great start for the Avalanche. He really impressed me back in 2007-08 when I saw him play for the first time. He is big, fast, and very solid both offensively and defensively. Not a flashy player, but I can definitely see him developing into a fantastic complementary winger for the Stastny/Duchene duo down the middle.
The Coyotes have recalled Kevin Porter from San Antonio. I guess Taylor Pyatt isn’t quite ready to return yet. Porter will be a top-six forward for the Coyotes either by the end of this season or to begin 2010-11.
The Predators have called up Cody Franson. Many speculated that this meant Kevin Klein would be scratched, as he has been very pedestrian to start the season off. However, Dan Hamhuis is nursing a upper-body injury and will miss the game tonight against Washington. Franson makes a terrific first pass and will get lots of power play time right off the hop.
Marian Hossa skated for the first time since the playoffs yesterday. He should make his return in about five or six weeks, but he could be back a bit sooner. Chicago is a potent offensive club without Hossa… with him their lineup just gets ridiculous.
Chicago has claimed Andrew Ebbett off of the waiver wire. I wonder where he slots in?