I’ll be at the Slovakia/Latvia game tonight. Scouting fantasy hockey sleepers, of course.
Jaromir Jagr wants to return to the NHL. He will be back, I have no doubt in my mind. The rumor last season was Edmonton being the destination of choice, but I can’t see that still being the case. The power of the mullet has once again captivated the hockey world! As for Jagr’s fantasy upside at this point… His production during his most recent three NHL seasons went from 123, to 96, to 71. Depending on where he comes back to play, he could still be a point-per-game player. Alongside Crosby in Pittsburgh, perhaps?
Sticking with Jagr, check out this hilarious photo of him from the 2010 Media Guide.
My fantasy advice thread from yesterday has spilled over into today. Keep posting! I’ll try and answer what I can this morning/afternoon before going out to enjoy what is another insanely nice day! It may not be snowing on the local mountains (Cypress), but a crisp, clear, sunny day is hard to beat.
The link to my advice thread.
And the winner is…. “Does DobberHockey Niederreiter.” Some funny names in there, for sure. There were many word plays involving Boyes, a certain Alex from Washington, and Crosby.
Dobber with a great piece on Troy Brouwer over at The Hockey News.
Five Reasons why Jeff Marek likes hockey. Always enjoy his segments on Hockey Night in Canada.
In interesting news, Angus Unleashed and Praba Unleashed are tied in the pool with 39 points. Coincidence?
I am unsure of Mike Babcock’s strategy heading in to the game tomorrow, but for me, it is simple. Play more physical, pass the puck less, and keep pushing the tempo. Canada has been over passing during the first two games, a sign of nerves. The Americans have been far and away the most physical team so far at the tournament, and Canada will have to match that. I’d also slide Jonathan Toews alongside Crosby and Nash on the top unit – he is a very smart player and right now Iginla can’t keep up with Crosby on the ice.
Scott Niedermayer has been a mess defensively, especially in the Swiss game. He has had a tough year in Anaheim, but most people hoped/assumed that he would turn his play around at the Olympics. That hasn’t been the case so far.
Tomorrow is shaping up to be an amazing day for hockey. Russia vs. the Czech Republic at noon, Canada vs. the US at 4:30, and Sweden vs. Finland at 9:00 pm. All PST, of course.
Announcement for the Staal autograph w