February 11, 2010

Dobber Sports

2010-02-11

MTL has picked up Dominic Moore from FLA for a second round pick. Nice deal for Florida. The Habs make up for their crazy injuries by adding a decent third-liner who has proven before that he can put up points when called upon.

 

Per Tarik El Bashir – Chris Bourque and Karl Alzner are both in the Washington lineup tonight. Morrisonn, Poti, and Chimera are all out.

 

With the injury to Josh Gorges, Montreal has recalled defenseman PK Subban from Hamilton. Expect him to see power play time right off the bat.

 

Pittsburgh has traded Gue…..nin to St. Louis. The deal is Nate Guenin for Steve Wagner. Both are AHL defensemen. Wagner once showed promise in the NHL, but a broken leg derailed his development.

 

Ray Emery is out for three weeks to rest his hip. Expect Michael Leighton to get the bulk of the starts until he returns.

 

Fantasy Baseball Guide – available now – can be bought here for just $8.99!

 

The Olympic buzz is building in Vancouver big time this week. Got my Canada car flags up (yes, that’s right, one just isn’t enough)! The venues look amazing, although I am still curious as to how they will make BC Place look nice! Maybe a little of the “editing” techniques used in Beijing will help?

 

Kyle Cumiskey had the OT winner last night for Colorado over Atlanta. Chris Stewart scored as well. Both of these players tie in nicely with an article I am working on for today. Russ Miller is taking a one week hiatus with the Eastern Edge. Sneak preview – the title of the piece is, “An Avalanche of Upside.”

 

Here are my thoughts on the Getzlaf/Carter situation. Steve Yzerman wants a righty shooter to replace a righty shooter, and Carter for Getzlaf accomplishes that. Steve Stamkos (who would be my choice) also shoots right, but he doesn’t have the same faceoff ability that Carter does.

 

Yzerman and the staff want a righty in case of an important offensive/defensive zone faceoff. However, I believe that thinking along those lines is very short sighted. To put it in simple terms, the best players should be there. Perhaps if Stamkos is there instead of Carter, that means two or three more goals for Canada, and then those potentially key faceoffs lose their importance. Seems like a circular argument to me.

 

Marty Turco is obviously on the block right now, but the Stars may have trouble moving him. He is a free agent to be, but he still carries a cap hit in excess of $5 million. Dallas is taking a financial risk on Kari Lehtonen (if they choose to re-sign him, of course), but they didn’t give up much to acquire him. Vishnevskiy is a solid prospect but nothing special. I have held on to Lehtonen all year, turning down numerous trade offers along the way. Hopefully this season has been a wake up call to remind him that he needs to focus on conditioning to become a successful NHL goaltender.

 

Goals as a Devil for Kovalchuk – zero.

 

Goals as a Thrasher for Bergfors – two.

 

Ilya Kovalchuk saw extra minutes without Zach Parise in the lineup, but he was pointless for the third straight game. It is premature to start shopping him, as there is an adjustment period going to any team, let alone from Atlanta to New Jersey.

 

Gaborik missed the game last night with a leg laceration. The Rangers scored only once in his absence. It would be unfair to Dan Ellis (37 saves on 38 shots) to say that the lack of Gaborik was the reason for the poor offensive output, though.