March 19, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-03-19

 

Mike Cammalleri practiced today, and it sounds like he will be good to go at some point next week.

 

The Canucks have re-signed Ryan Kesler to a six-year extension. This move comes out of nowhere, as the last we heard back in February was that talks were being put on hold until the summer. The cap hit for Kesler’s deal is $5 million per season.

 

Nathan Horton had two helpers and played close to 22 minutes last night in his return from a broken leg.

 

Mathieu Schneider had two helpers for Phoenix, playing close to 25 minutes of ice time (including over three on the power play). He had a great stretch last season with Montreal down the stretch, and could do the same for the surging Coyotes. Phoenix is now only three points back of San Jose for the division lead.

 

Dustin Boyd had his first point as a Predator last night.

 

The Brian Boucher era (the first official one at least, as deemed by myself) began last night for the Flyers. Boucher stopped 27 of 29 shots in a 3-2 win over Dallas. The ball is his to run with down the stretch.

 

Ilya Kovalchuk had five shots on goal last night, but he just doesn’t look comfortable in a Devils sweater. Perhaps he is used to carrying the puck more often through all three zones? He just looks a bit off and hasn’t been able to find chemsitry with any of New Jersey’s forwards yet.

 

Tyler Myers scored his 10th goal of the season last night, and barring an unforeseen collapse (or a few Matt Duchene hat tricks), the Calder is his. No slight to Jimmy Howard, either.

 

Jason Pominville scored three for the Sabres last night. He has quietly developed into a very steady 60-70 point player, although his 80 point season back in 2007-08 may have inflated his value a bit. He now has eight points in his last four contests.

 

Derek Roy had a strong game as well offensively, with three points.

 

Steven Stamkos now has 82 points this season. Imagine if someone predicted that he would be a 40+ goal scorer on this day in 2009? You'd have been crazy… right? So how about predicting 40 from Tavares next season? I don't see that happening unless the Islanders can somehow trade for Marty St. Louis, though.

 

Jussi Jokinen had two points last night, after going pointless in three. He has gone from fantasy afterthought to keeper (in deeper leagues, anyway) with his play this season. Jokinen was cast aside by both Dallas and Tampa Bay, who considered him barely more than a shootout specialist. He has found a home in Carolina.

 

Brett Carson has four points in his past 10 games. He could be a decent young d-man to keep an eye on next season in deeper leagues. He skates and moves the puck pretty well.

 

Mike Rupp had quite a game last night for the Penguins. In addition to scoring a goal, he went toe-to-toe with Zdeno Chara. He lost the fight, but did quite well for himself against a man few sane people would be willing to drop the gloves with.

 

Matt Cooke answered the bell last night, dropping the gloves with Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton two minutes in. It was the biggest fight put up all night by the Bruins, who couldn't solve Marc-Andre Fleury all night.

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