April 16, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-04-16

 

Putting the finishing touches on Part 2 of my Prime Cuts article series. Should be out this evening!

 

Michael Grabner is drawing in for Matt Pettinger in Game 2 tomorrow night.

 

Ovechkin or Crosby? Another hockey question on your mind? Ask me here!

 

Jarome Iginla recently went on record stating that he is willing to waive his no-trade clause. Calgary would be stupid to trade him – they don’t have the prospects/picks to rebuild properly. What they need to do (after getting a competent GM) is find a way to open up some cap space. They have solid pieces in place but are really hamstrung by some horrible contracts (Kotalik, Staios, Langkow, etc). Trading Regehr for some offense is an option as well. The defensive core with Bouwmeester, White, and Giordano is very solid.

 

 

An interview with Swedish goaltender (and Ottawa draft pick) Robin Lehner, a top prospect flying well below the radar.

 

Jordan Eberle will most likely be playing for Canada at the World Hockey Championship this year. Eberle could retire from hockey tomorrow and still a legend in Canadian hockey history. Joining him on the team will be Corey Perry, John Tavares, and Steve Stamkos.

 

 

As I mentioned yesterday, it is looking like the Islanders are going to be well below the cap floor this summer (to the tune of $9 or $10 million). Could they be players in the Kovalchuk sweepstakes? I doubt it, but money does talk. I wonder if a 10-year, $87.5 million deal would be enough?

 

Thoughts from last night:

 

I didn’t catch the Buffalo vs. Boston game, aside from the highlights. Looks like Miller played really well. What the heck was Toni Lydman thinking with his attempted spear of Milan Lucic?

 

Washington vs. Montreal

 

Montreal's top line is going to give the Caps fits all series long. That is the best game I have ever seen Mike Cammalleri play before. He played with his usual high level of offensive skill, but brought tenacity and grit that I hadn't seen from him before.

 

The Canadiens better get ready to pony up for Plekanec! Does he progress into an 80-point center?

 

It looked like the Capitals were playing to not lose. Really tentative game on their part.

 

Vancouver vs. Los Angeles

 

The pre-Olympic Break Jonathan Quick showed up (and then some). He was the only reason the Kings stuck around past 60 minutes.

 

Justin Williams looked very sluggish – I wonder if the Kings will promote Brown or Simmonds to the top unit?

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