September 26, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-09-26

 

Hodgson will actually be lining up at right wing with Kesler and Raymond, according to a recent tweet from Dan Murphy.

 

Patrick O’Sullivan has all but sewn up a top six spot in Carolina. Riley Nash has been sent down.

 

The Leafs have cut 17 players today, including Marcel Mueller, Jerry D’Amigo, and Brayden Irwin. All three will head to the Marlies.

 

Breaking news – according to Katie Strang, Mark Streit will be out for SIX months. This is a crippling loss to an already skill-deprived club.

 

Mark Streit will be out for at least a month according to Chris Botta.

 

Edmonton’s top line against Vancouver tonight will feature Shawn Horcoff centering Hall and Eberle.

 

It sounds like Nash with Brassard and Voracek looked pretty good yesterday. Vermette is a safer bet to center Nash for this season, but Brassard’s long-term skill makes him the best fit once he develops a bit more.

 

I could see Voracek sticking on Nash’s line though, as he is a superb playmaker and defensive forward. He is one of my favourite young players in the league.

 

Roberto Luongo looked really, really good last night. Anaheim wasn’t playing Getzlaf or Perry, but they had a decent lineup in and they generated about six or seven high quality scoring chances.

 

Brendan Morrison essentially earned himself a contract with his performance last night. He skated on a line with Peter Schaefer and Jordan Schroeder.

 

Schroeder had (by far) his best game of the preseason. He scored a nice goal and could have had another one or two. He won a few puck battles and showed great speed, anticipation, and hands. He isn't far away.

 

Carolina has cut a few players, most notably Oskar Osala.

 

Chicago has assigned Ivan Vishnevskiy to the AHL.

 

Sergei Samsonov left last night's game on a stretcher after falling awkwardly into the boards. If he is out for any length of time, another roster spot opens up for one of the young forwards in Carolina.

 

Cody Hodgson will (finally) make his preseason debut for the Canucks in Edmonton tonight. He is 100% healthy, and he has passed each test and increase in contact with flying colors. He'll center a line with Bill Sweatt and Sergei Shirokov.

 

Josh Harding has suffered a torn ACL and MCL. The ACL is the serious one here – I have torn my MCL before and recovery was only two months (and I don't have access to the same care that professional athletes do). However, a torn ACL is anywhere from four to six months (and maybe more considering how important knee stability and strength are to goaltenders).

 

This boosts the fantasy value of Anton Khudobin, but I think the Wild are going to dip into the goalie market and grab a veteran to play behind Nik Backstrom.

 

Justin Goldman on the Harding/Minnesota issue:

 

This is the big question in the goalie world right now.

My thoughts are that Khudobin is capable of being the backup to Backstrom this year. And with the signing of Josh Tordjman, the Houston Aeros are fine with he and Matt Hackett backing him up.

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