February 26, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-02-26

Alex Auld, who cleared waivers yesterday, is on re-entry waivers this afternoon. This means that Dallas would be on the hook for half of his salary, which may entice a team to put a claim in.

 

Slava Kozlov has requested a trade from Atlanta. He is currently on pace for 11 goals and just over 30 points – a far cry from the 76 he posted last season. His offensive numbers should pick up on a new team, especially if he is put in a situation to succeed with good linemates.

 

Dobber’s weekly Puck Daddy article.

 

In perhaps the biggest game of the season for the Edmonton Oilers, Tyler Seguin and Taylor Hall faced off on Thursday night, as Plymouth and Windsor did battle. Windsor won 6-3, and both players scored a goal. Ryan Ellis had four points and was the first star of the game.

 

I thought David Krejci was fantastic all tournament long for the Czechs. Definitely their MVP.

 

Cody Hodgson has looked great with the Brampton Battalion since returning 10 games ago. He has five goals and 10 assists, and is logging heavy minutes in all situations.

 

Ran into Steve Kouleas on Wednesday night – great guy! We chatted a bit about the games so far, and are in agreement that the Slovakia game will be a cake walk if Canada can play with the same intensity as they did against Russia. The skill level displayed was jaw dropping at times, especially on the four way passing play that ended with Nabokov robbing Rick Nash at the side of the net.

 

Expect Tampa Bay to be very active at the trade deadline this year. What that means, I have no idea. Perhaps a few veterans will be on the move? More Lecavalier to Montreal rumors? Yes, please! Link to the story here, and it contains a few quotes from Lighting GM Brian Lawton.

 

I am not surprised Sweden got eliminated in the Olympics. That team was horribly selected. Mattias Weinhandl showed why he has failed to stick in the NHL. Freddie Modin was sluggish and looked out of place. And in the final game last night, they had Sami Pahlsson on as the extra attacker! Give me a break.

 

Some KHL stuff – Darcy Verot delivers a dirty sucker punch to the face of Nikita Filatov. Verot did something similar against Jaromir Jagr this season as well. This clip is a few weeks old, but I just came across it now.

 

What kind of player is Verot? In 33 KHL games this season, he has one goal and 347 PIM. Last season his PIM total exceeded 500. Looking at some of his other youtube work – this guy is a goon in every sense of the word.

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My predictions for today:

 

The USA beats Finland in a close, low scoring affair. Both Miller and Kiprusoff shine, but the Americans eventually wear down Finland with their speed and physi