Kotalik and Higgins for Jokinen and Prust. The deal frees up just $500K for the Flames, so not sure why they did that. If it’s faith in Higgins, then they have more of it than I do. And Kotalik would never last under Sutter. Jokinen gets another chance centering a superstar – the upside is tremendous. Then again – it was with Iginla, as well. Meanwhile, Stajan owners are smiling.
Angus popping in here – per Darren Dreger, the Rangers are set to deal Kotalik and either Higgins or Gilroy to the Flames for Jokinen.
Darren Dreger on Twitter – says it is Jason Blake going to Anaheim, so not Finger. Another forward spot freed up for Viktor Stalberg, Christian Hanson et al.
I’m hearing that Toskala for Giguere is a done deal, and that the Leafs will get a first rounder as well. The other player going to ANA will either be Jeff Finger or Jason Blake. I won’t have analysis for this one today, as I’m out the door. But obviously Giguere will be the new No.1 and Toskala will play out his contract as a back up.
Another deal for the Leafs is upcoming in about 30 minutes (12:30). Other team could be the Ducks, which may involve a goaltender given the recent Hiller news.
Looking at the top shooters in the league, I found some interesting things: Phil Kessel would be third in the league had he not been hurt; Radim Vrbata sits 14th in the category, and Patric Hornqvist sits 16th. If those two can start hitting nine percent of their shots instead of six percent they would have 35 or even 40-goal seasons in their futures.
Sorry Oilers fans, but nothing cures a big slump like a game against Edmonton. The same could be said for the Leafs, who cured Edmonton’s slump not two weeks ago. Both teams are at the bottom of the food chain. At least the Oilers can look forward to Eberle, MPS and either Hall or Seguin. As good as Nazem Kadri is, he just doesn’t match up to those three.
Sheldon Souray broke his wrist last night. I don’t have to worry about it because I refuse to allow someone so fragile on any of my teams. But if you were sucker enough to acquire Souray – I’m sorry. I’d like to say that this news helps Tom Gilbert (who I DO own), but that would just be wishful thinking. At this point, the only Oiler I would bother with is Patrick O’Sullivan, who was actually a healthy scratch Thursday when Mike Comrie returned.
O’Sullivan has 12 points in his last 15 games and has pretty good chemistry with Comrie, so it’s funny that when Comrie finally returns Pat Quinn scratches O’Sullivan one game and scratches Comrie the next.
David Booth is set to return today, which is great news. I had wondered if we would see him at all this season. With Frolik managing just one point in his last seven games, you could see Booth replace him on the top line.
Mike Cammalleri’s injury looked extremely serious. Let me put it this way, I wouldn’t want my ankle bending in that direction, nor would I want my knee to bend in quite that manner. It was painful to watch. So I can’t believe his news would actually be better than Nick Foligno’s news. Foligno, later in the game, suffered a broken leg in what didn’t look quite as bad. Anyway, Cammy will have an MRI on his knee, but I suspect that we won’t see him in February. Good thing for fantasy owners that he would get all that time off for the Olympics anyway.
Speaking of Leafs and “bad” – Brian Burke is holding a press conference in a half hour (11:30