Rob Rossi reports on an interesting line practicing together in Pittsburgh – Mike Comrie at center with Evgeni Malkin and Eric Tangradi.
Okay Comrie owners, you can put your arms down now.
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With Marc Savard having played the last several games, it seems strange that the injury that he already came back from – a terrible concussion – has returned. But he has had some symptoms of post-concussion syndrome again and as a precaution he is staying off the ice and taking it easy. When the season begins it’s a different story though. Savard has a history of returning early from injuries – his track record for injuries is a long one, yet his amount of games missed is suprisingly small considering. Still, consider him a high risk, but absolutely worth selecting later in drafts.
As Angus noted yesterday, now Tyler Seguin has the ice time he needs. When Savard returns, who knows how the four top pivots will co-exist?
Tomorrow night is the first draft of the Three-Tiered Invitational: The Experts.
Speaking the Experts League, I’m sitting in fifth place in the DobberBaseball one. Not bad, considering it’s not my main sport.
Some more training camp invites:
Nick Tarnasky, Wade Brookbank – CHI
Aaron Downey – DET
Ty Arnason – FLA
Los Angeles opened camp with Kopitar centering Smyth and Brown; Stoll centered Parse and Williams; Handzus was between Ponikarovsky and Simmonds. Obviously there will be a lot of mixing and matching throughout the campaign, but these lines look to be a strong bet to be seen quite often. This would boost Brown’s production and hurt Ponikarovsky’s. It also helps Parse, who last year seemed adept at producing with minimal ice time and on a checking line.
From all accounts, Rick DiPietro looks healthy and strong in training camp. I would consider drafting him as my third goaltender, provided that I am comfortable with my first two.
On the Forecheck’s first impression of Sergei Kostitsyn in camp? “Kostitsyn, quite frankly, was terrible. I was eager to see his lauded offensive skill set, and came away unimpressed. His demeanor was poor and his effort worse. This won’t fly in Barry Trotz’s system, and I hope he turns it around.”
Wow – Sergei really hasn’t been the same player since the media/Russian mob thing. He went from top prospect to frustration in an awful hurry.
Nashville prospect Linus Klasen, trying to make a name for himself on this side of the pond, is out with a concussion for at least a week.
Filip Kuba suffered a nasty leg injury yesterday and left the ice. Rumor has it that it is a broken