Groundhog Day 2010

Dobber Sports

2010-02-02

Hilarious look at Gary Bettman’s inbox. Down Goes Brown is one of the funnier guys to follow on Twitter. Incidentally, you can follow me on Twitter – @DobberHockey

 

With three last night, Sid the Kid is now tied for the NHL lead in goals with Patrick Marleau with 37.

 

John-Michael Liles was a healthy scratch for the Avs again Sunday. After a five game points streak he made the mistake of going two games without a point and going minus-1. He’s gotta be traded soon, I would suspect.

 

Colin Wilson was the AHL rookie of the month for January. He had 20 points in 17 games. I think there is a strong chance that he will be a 70 or 75-point player in the NHL.

 

The Dispatch is reporting that Raffi Torres will be on the move. The roster freeze for the Olympics starts on February 12, so there may be a small run of deals leading up to that.

 

The Ducks have waived Nick Boynton. He has been passed by Brookbank, Eminger and Festerling on the depth chart.

 

Pascal Leclaire will back up Brian Elliott next game. Mike Brodeur has been returned to the AHL – bad luck for him as he was just starting to prove himself. Leclaire’s next injury, his right knee, isn’t scheduled to occur until early March, so you have a bit of time.

 

The splash that Flames fans (and fantasy owners of Flames players) were hoping for was pretty anti-climatic, as the team was held off the scoresheet. Here are the line combos, although given the trade these will change of course: Stajan with Boyd and Iginla; Langkow with Glencross and Bourque; Jokinen with Hagman and Lundmark. It’s nice to see Boyd get rewarded for a strong game Saturday. This looks like three lines that can score, but that certainly didn’t happen.

 

There were only two power plays for the Flames last night, but the PP units looked like this: Stajan, Hagman, Iginla, JBo, Giordano on the top PP; Bourque, Jokinen, Glencross, Langkow and White on the second PP. White was also part of the third unit and in the end saw a tad more PP time than any other rearguard on the team.

 

J-S Giguere will get the start for the Leafs tonight. Also expect Phaneuf in the lineup.

 

The unofficial word on Cammalleri is 6-8 weeks. I figure this will give Sergei Kostitsyn an excellent opportunity to step up. His brother Andrei took advanatage of injuries in the lineup to get back on track. Let’s see if the theory holds for Kostitsyn the younger.

 

One of the threads in the forum was on how the Canucks have impacted NHL personnel this year. After beating the Flyers, they fired John Stevens. After beating the Blues, they fired Andy Murray. After beating the Leafs, they traded one-third of their team away. Tonight they play Montreal – Habs fans are hoping for another shake-up.

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