According to Tarik El Bashir… Neuvirth is starting tonight!
Duncan Keith contract details: 13 years, $72 million. Not 100% confirmed yet. This just in: NHL plans to investigate it! (Not really, but it wouldn’t surprise me.) Great work NHL, lets hook Duncan up to a lie detector machine and ask if he plans on retiring at all within the next 13 seasons!
James Neal has been suspended for two games. Link up on TSN.
Angus MD with the scoop: Canucks have waived Matt Pettinger, which can only mean a few things. One of them is Daniel Sedin is returning tonight.
The other ones don’t involve Daniel returning, but that isn’t as fun, is it?
Andrew Ebbett has been waived by Chicago.
Marty Havlat is out tonight with a strained hamstring. That’s a shocker!
Varlamov is starting tonight. I hope Neuvirth gets a game this weekend – I own him in a keeper league and he was really impressive in the AHL playoffs last season.
Huet had another strong game, picking up his fifth win in a row. He was stellar on a night where he didn’t need to be, as the Hawks filled Calgary’s net with seven tallies. Kane and Toews combined for one! Now that is what I call secondary scoring.
Pavol Demitra is planning to skate by himself today. Encouraging news, although he is still a ways away. I think a late January return is in the cards. He should probably see 20-30 games, and should put up .75-1 point-per-game. As he continues to improve, it may make sense to nab him and stash him on the bench. He had great chemistry with Kesler on the second unit last year, and those two with Samuelsson should click well.
Fantastic Dobber Nation episode up yesterday – check it out my clicking on the article, or by going to the 'Radio Show' tab on the left side of the DobberHockey home page. Les Jackson (current Dallas Stars Director of Scouting & Player Personnel) shares some great insights on the wealth of young talent the Stars have suddenly accumulated. This is the October Dobber Nation, and it was pushed back because of some key people suffering from health issues. All is good now, and another edition will be out next week!
Daniel Sedin will play on Sunday. He feels great but wants to give himself a few extra rest days before returning to the lineup.
Tim Thomas missed the game last night with a minor injury, but he was healthy enough to dress as back up. Rask is getting a fair amount of starts this year, but expect the Bruins to split the games 80/20 once Thomas gets rolling.
Mabus raised a great point yesterday re: Mueller. His production has gone way south since suffering a concussion mid-way through the 2008-09 season. He was producing at a .6 point per game clip before the injury, and after returning that pace dropped to only .25 points/game. He may be playing tentative because out of fear of suffering a concussion, who knows. I knew Mueller had been struggling but its always great to get numbers to back up opinions. Thanks, Mabus!
I'm not sure if any of you have read/are reading JT Bourne's blog, but it is tremendous. He is a former NCAA player and Islander farmhand (and the son of former Isle great Bob Bourne). He is trying to make it as a writer and has a ton of talent, as well as a unique perspective on the game, being a former player. His insights are awesome. Check it out here.