The Kings have extended Jon Quick for three years. Bernier may be in a platoon situation next year (best case for him), but Quick is the man for the Kings for at least three years.
Some goalie stuff today. Craig Anderson IS starting tonight. There was speculation that Budaj was going to play, but the Avalanche coaches came to their senses. Budaj actually has the flu, but my comment stands. He is a brutal goalie. Weiman has great AHL numbers and should be backing up Anderson.
Jose Theodore is the likely starter for the Capitals tomorrow. If I am a betting man, I expect Theo to be the full-time starter in Washington by game 30 or so.
PENNER! PENNER! PENNER! If you expected Edmonton fans to be saluting Penner with a standing ovation, please email Dobber as we could use you writing around here! Penner had a game for the ages last night: two goals, three assists, 11 shots on goal (Ovechkin, who?), and a few standing ovations. Everyone expected Pat Quinn to get through to a few Oilers – Penner definitely is one of them.
Sticking with the Oilers, the line of Penner-Gagner-Hemsky combined for 13 points. Gagner is the long-term solution on the top line. He is incredibly talented offensively, and Penner opens up a ton of space for him to operate. Shawn Horcoff is better suited to the second line. I think Gagner hits 60-65 this year (I had him pegged at 62 before the season started). Chalk one up for the good guys (well, me, and it is still early).
Congrats to former Giant James Wright for scoring his first goal. He skated on a line with Lecavalier and St. Louis most of the night. He'll be potting a few more in short order if that continues. Wright always impressed me – I remember him coming in as a lanky 16-year-old to Giants camp and showing flashes of offensive dominance. Don Hay churns out great players (Meszaros, Kane, Blum, Lucic, soon-to-be Franson, and Brule, if not for poor pro development).
It looks like someone read my article on the AHL from Wednesday! Alexandre Giroux was recalled and scored a goal for the Capitals. The bad news is that he saw barely over five minutes of ice time.
I posted a dandy clip at the end of the ramblings from last night – Ondrej Pavelec does his best Vesa Toskala impression by allowing a goal from the opposing goal line. Pavelec was awful against the Capitals, but the Thrashers don't exactly have options (Hedberg is below average on his best nights these days), so he will probably get a chance to rebound from this one.
Carey Price owners – time to panic! Jaroslav Halak played great for the second straight night.
In case you missed it, here is Dobber's Puck Daddy article from yesterday. Puck Daddy is an awesome blog in every way possible.
Boston update: Marchand played over 16 minutes, while Sobotka played under 10. Both were pointless, but it looks like the Bruins favor Marchand in a scoring role.
If it wasn't obvious enough in Tampa, John Tortorella rides his top players hard. Prospal and Gaborik both saw over 24 minutes of ice time, and Del Zotto saw close to 20, a big leap from his usual 14 or 15. The Rangers lost, but their top guys will continue to log a ton of minutes. Hey look, I made a comment about Gaborik without mentioning his health!
Maxim Afinogenov has played himself onto Atlanta's top line, for now. He had two points and three shots on goal. Little was demoted and he skated with his old linemates White and Kozlov.