January 28th, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-01-28

There are rumors circulating that the Hurricanes have called a press conference for later this afternoon. I doubt it is a trade, and I doubt Maurice is going to be fired. Brind’Amour retiring?

 

Maybe the press conference is to praise the recent play of Joni Pitkanen?!

 

Chris Connor is playing tonight for the Pens.

 

Josh Harding is starting tonight, as Nik Backstrom will sit out with a minor back injury.

 

Garnet Exelby wants a trade, according to Brian Burke. Rotoworld puts it best – any suitors out there looking for a sixth defenseman (a bit optimistic) that has trouble skating?

 

If the Rangers continue their slide, the deadline could be interesting for them. I wouldn’t expect Glen Sather to stick around past this season, although the same thing has been said many times over the past few years. The Rangers have lots of young talent ready to play in the NHL, but some awful contracts (Redden and Drury, especially) stand in the way.

 

Chicago and San Jose are battling for top spot in the league tonight.

 

Join the Olympic Pool! Tell your friends! Top 10 finishers all get prizes, including a few signed jerseys. Funniest team name gets a signed photo. Check it out!

 

Beauty Lecavalier goal from last night:

 

I did one of my “ask a question” topics over on the message boards yesterday. Answered around 60 questions. I’ll try and do it as often as I can – hoping for once a week. Seems to be popular, and I have noticed that we have a few new posters coming on to ask. Always good to convert those readers and lurkers to posters and active members!

 

I’ll have some more deadline stuff out this week, and then the Olympic Previews will begin! I’ll do a team-by-team breakown, with a focus on the fantasy side of things of course.

 

Lukas Krajicek, once a prized offensive prospect, has apparently gone MIA on the Norfolk Admirals. He failed to report to both the morning skate yesterday and the game last night. Maybe he fled for the KHL?

 

The Flames lost their eighth straight game, even after getting out to a 3-1 lead over the Stars. Iginla finally hit the scoresheet with a goal, his first in 12 games.

 

Mikael Backlund played just under nine minutes and was pointless. Was hoping for more ice time, but I guess the Flames wanted to shelter him on the road.

 

Olli Jokinen scored as well, only his second goal in his past 10. He is still shooting the puck a ton, with 41 shots over that span.

 

Chris Osgood continues to show why the Wings need to ride Jimmy Howard. Ozzie let in five on only 25 shots against the Minnesota Wild. I didn’t see the game or any highlights (yet), but I can’t imagine he played good at all.

 

The Caps exploded for four goals in the final frame to win their eighth straight. Shaone Morrisonn scored his first of the year. Fitting, as I was debating whether to pick him up in one of my pools – I am lacking in defensive GP and could use the +/- boost as well as the assist boost (he had three helpers over the past few games before tonight).

 

I forgot to mention this last night, but Kronwall’s return should have a huge impact in Detroit. They simply don’t have a defenseman as dynamic as he i