The contests are starting back up! Stay tuned for an announcement tomorrow. Prize will be an autographed 8×10 photograph of an NHL player (no, it won’t be Wade Belak).
Goldie: Is this even surprising? Leclaire is out with an injury. Not sure on the extent. Here’s the kicker – I’m told Mike Brodeur has concussion issues. Say hi to Robin Lehner. Fantasy sleeper pick? If you have room and want to manage the risk, absolutely. Sens think he’s NHL ready, so he’ll get chances.
Ekman-Larsson – the silent defenseman. Great read.
Goldie: Peter Delmas has signed a 1Y-2W deal with Montreal. Tossed to the curb by the Avs, I’ve always considered Delmas as very capable. So what did the Habs see that the Avs didn’t? Obviously something. Keep an eye out!
Michalek over Regin on the top line continues to dumbfound me.
Alfredsson and Spezza need someone who can create plays and move the puck. Michalek can skate and shoot, but he doesn’t have the East-West mentality needed. Regin does.
Column on Matt Taormina coming tonight. I was mad at myself for not knowing much about him, so I spent the past few days doing some digging. Is he the next Dan Boyle?
Niclas Bergfors practiced as an alternate yesterday and may be healthy scratched for Atlanta’s next game. He has not looked comfortable playing under Craig Ramsay so far.
One player who has impressed me – Jack Skille. He’s big, fast, and has a good shot. Once he starts to see more minutes in offensive situations, I’d expect the goals and assists to follow.
Chris Butler could make his way into Buffalo’s lineup on Friday after being a healthy scratch for the first four games of the season. Shaone Morrisonn injured his groin yesterday and will miss a few games.
Butler is a solid puck mover but he is inconsistent in his own zone. I was surprised he didn’t earn a regular spot out of camp considering the weak competition.
Dmitri Kulikov has replaced Bryan McCabe on Florida’s top PP unit. On paper, a power play featuring, Kulikov, Wideman, Weiss, Booth, and Frolik should be decent.
The problem is the Panthers have zero secondary scoring (and not much primary scoring, either), so teams can key on their top players.
Matt Stajan is a game time decision for Calgary tonight. It is only a matter of time until he replaces Jokinen on the top line, as he is a much better fit for Iginla.
Getzlaf, Ryan, and Perry all scored last night against the Canucks. The three finally were able to use their speed and generate goals and chances off the rush.
Cam Fowler really impressed me too – he was out with less than two minutes to go protecting a one goal lead. I think it is safe to say he won’t be back in Windsor if he keeps his play up.
Clarke MacArthur has an impressive four goals through the first three Toronto games (all wins, in case you haven’t heard). He is a one-dimensional player who is excelling with that dimension (goal scoring) right now. Hard to say where he ends up – 20-25 goals is a realistic expectation assuming consistent second line/second unit PP time.
Alex Steen's strong finish last season wasn't a fluke. He has been arguably the best player for St. Louis early into