Its’s official – 11 years and $58 (sorry for the typo earlier) million for Jeff Carter. Not sure what to think of this contract…
Goldie: If you didn’t think Hiller was elite before today, he’s proved it in the last week. Bryzgalov continued to show signs of energy drain vs CGY last night. Fleury FINALLY heeded my advice and displayed an intense/desperate effort from the drop of the puck. He could suddenly surge, so be aware. Holtby gets start #2 tonight. Rinne scouting report here.
Milan Hejduk has 16 points in his past 10. He has lost a few steps (and I thought he was washed up last season), but he is a smart player and still can shoot the puck.
Keith Ballard is a healthy scratch again tonight. I really like Alain Vigneault as a coach but I am dumbfounded as to what he is doing here.
In the long run this little stretch won’t matter, but Ballard needs to play to get back into game shape. Aaron Rome is a solid defenseman but the long-term success of this club depends considerably more on Ballard.
Sami Salo is way ahead of schedule and could make a return in mid-December. That would surely mean a Kevin Bieksa trade, as the Canucks would need to clear $3.5 million off the books to make room for Salo’s contract coming off the LTIR.
Cam Fowler had two helpers and played over 24 minutes last night. He has played over 20 minutes per game in five of Anaheim’s six consecutive wins.
His improvement from the beginning of the season (only a month or so ago) has been remarkable.
Jay Bouwmeester had three goals and 29 points last season. He is currently on pace for six goals and 29 points this season. Hey, at least he’s consistent!
Don’t look now (or you can, the choice is yours), but the Ducks have won six straight games.
Brent Burns was given five and a game for butt-ending Steve Bernier at the end of the Wild/Panthers game last night. He tried to get his hands up but the stick to the face looked unintentional to me.
Minnesota has quickly found out what Chicago learned long ago – Cam Barker is a brutal defenseman. He needs a ton of PP time with stud linemates to produce (his even strength production at the NHL level has always been below average).
The fact that Chicago got Nick Leddy AND a pick for him still amazes me. I am a huge supporter of the proven over unproven theory, but all that Barker has proven is that he is a one-dimensional defenseman.
Dennis Wideman is on pace for 55 points, and he has points in eight of Florida's last 10 games. The trade is working out very well for both teams.
Rick Nash missed last night's game with a lower-body injury.
Kyle Wilson took Nash's spot on the top line – he had a rough game, going pointless and finishing with a minus-3 rating.
David Jones scored twice last night – he has missed the past few games with a minor hand injury. He's got 25 goal upside but can never seem to stay healthy.
The first time I have written this in a while – Marc-Andre Fleury had a good game last night. He faced only 16 shots, but he stopped 15 of them. Baby steps…
The Pens score five, and Malkin is pointless with over five minutes of PP time. What gives?
Kris Letang is showing no signs of slowing down. He has fiv