February 8, 2010

Dobber Sports


Nazem Kadri has been recalled by the Leafs (emergency) due to some illnesses (not sure who), per Darren Dreger (Twitter).


Mike Ribeiro has been activated by the Stars


NEWS: I have finalized arrangements through the Children’s Aid Society and through the Toronto Marlies. For less than half the price of a regular ticket, you can send a kid to a game on Saturday, March 27 at 4pm (against Rochester). Total cost, including GST, will be $15. My goal is to send 50 kids to a game and your generosity is appreciated. I will update right here every day as we get closer to that goal. $15 buy it here.


More good news – the DobberHockey night in Toronto luxury suite was so successful that they have arranged to have two suites side-by-side for me, thereby freeing up even MORE space. I need to confirm an official number, but I believe this means I can sell 10 more tickets – luxury box, food, hockey, and fantasy hockey talk. Naturally, myself and the writers will be mingling between the two suites… Details to come


Ray Emery (hip) is still questionable for tonight. Sounds like it’s nagging, so those of you who snagged Leighton, hopefully you hung onto him.


Small deal – the Sharks acquired Niclas Wallin from the Hurricanes for a fifth rounder. The trade essentially means that Jason Demers will see fewer games, which is unfortunate.


Chris Kunitz was back in the Pittsburgh lineup Sunday and was back on the Crosby line. He picked up where he left off, getting zero points in 13 minutes of ice time.


Incidentally, the PIT-WAS game was widely believed to be the “game of the year” (if you are to believe all the Twitter comments) so far. It must have been orgasmic for NBC – Crosby scoring twice, then Ovechkin notching three and taking the game to OT. I think there was a replay of that game on at 7pm, I would have watched it a second time over that other small sports event that was on. Not that the superbowl wasn’t entertaining – it’s just that the PIT-WAS game was so great.


Now back to Kunitz – I guarantee the Pens will make a move for a winger at the deadline. They grabbed Guerin last year, Hossa the year before. This year will be someone else. You can’t keep sticking Crosby with the likes of Kunitz and Dupuis. Status quo would mean that the Caps will knock them out of the postseason in five or six games. Who do I like? It would have to be someone in the middle of the line in terms of skill. I’ve mentioned Ponikarovsky before. Ray Whitney is another option. Sturm is another, although his cap hit for next season is tough to swallow. Frolov, another option though the Kings may not shake up a good thing.


So Shawn Horcoff signs a six-year extension back in 2008 and has 73 points in 132 games since. $33 million. How did he even push for that money, let alone get it? A 70-point center, and even at his peak he couldn’t be considered anything above that, would get $3.5 million per.


The Bruins snapped a 10-game losing streak against the Habs. Now the Habs have to play the Caps, who are on a 14-game winning streak. I have to think they stick with Halak. It would be unfair to throw Price in cold against the mighty Capitals.


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