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Goldie Says: “Learn about four different goalie dynamics to watch for during these pre-season games!” Stand-outs so far include Bernier, Lack, McKenna, Lehner, Hiller, Desjardins and golden boy Tuukka Rask. Three veterans in Turco, Luongo and Kiprusoff also stood out in their first pre-season action.
Anaheim has made some significant cuts – Nick Bonino, Nicolas Deschamps, Peter Holland, Kyle Palmieri, Brandon McMillan, Emerson Etem among them.
Colorado cut Trevor Cann, Tom Fritsche and several others.
The Wild cut Jarod Palmer, Josh Tordjman and a couple of others.
Keven Veilleux and Nick Petersen were among 15 Pittsburgh cuts today.
Columbus cut Petr Straka.
The Derek Stepan show continues in the Big Apple. He’ll center Gaborik and Frolov tonight. Tortorella is giving the kid every opportunity to earn that top line spot out of camp.
Johan Franzen suffered a charley horse from the Orpik hit – he’ll be fine. Great news for Franzen owners (like me). If healthy, he has at least one 40 goal season in him.
Both Brett Sterling and Mike Comrie scored for the Penguins last night. Comrie also had seven shots on goal.
Brooks Orpik went knee-on-knee with Johan Franzen last night. I didn’t see the hit, but Franzen left the game with a knee injury. It doesn’t sound serious, but it is definitely something to keep an eye on.
I only caught the end of the Vancouver/Edmonton game (as good as it is to have hockey back… preseason hockey isn’t exactly thrilling). Hamhuis-Edler looked good and will be Vancouver’s top pairing this season.
On the Edmonton side… Dubnyk looks clumsy again. Not sure how he got the Oilers to commit multiple years to him. Ryan Whitney looked pretty good. He’ll get a fair share of assists with the speed and skill up front for the Oilers.
Alex Edler looks to be building off of his extremely strong postseason. I have him projected to hit 51 points this season – with his skating, passing, shot, and chances of playing with the Sedins in a variety of situations, I feel confident in my prediction.
Curious news out of Washington – Michal Neuvirth has re-signed for two years (cap hit $1.15 million per). This is a calculated risk here, as the money doesn't represent much of a raise over the qualifying offer he would be due next summer.
Neuvirth and his agent know that Washington will be in tight against the cap next summer with several impending free agents, and having a starting goalie at $1.15 million will help immensely. Your move, Varlamov.
Bob McKenzie urges people not to sleep on the Red Wings. As usual, I agree. I am not a huge Jimmy Howard fan (rebound control is subpar), but he proved me wrong last summer. Hudler will provide a huge spark to the secondary attack (especially the second PP unit).
I'm interested in seeing if Babcock is serious about two roster changes – keeping Datsyuk with Zetterberg, and splitting up Rafalski and Lidstrom at even strength.