Today, in hockey history (thanks to Dean Youngblood in the forum)
One week from today I will be flying into Vancouver to meet with Jeff Angus and my graphics designer Glen Hoos, catching the Canucks and the Ducks, as well as other colleagues. One week from tomorrow – don’t forget – is the DobberHockey event at the River Rock Casino at 6:30pm. Details still to come, but don’t forget to carve out that timeslot and come and meet myself, Angus, Hoos, Marcus “Crazynuck” Schalle and DobberHockey writer Ray Irwin. Let’s talk some fantasy hockey. It will be in the lounge/pub. Among the stuff we’ll be giving away – how about a hockey stick autographed by the Vancouver Canucks? Be there Vancouverites!
Last week, Brent Lemon did a column on Martin Brodeur, using some of the work found in the book "HockeyNomics" by Darcy Norman. The column created quite a buzz and there was a lot of interest in this book. The good people at OverTime Books are giving away one of these books per day until Friday. A great Christmas gift for the fantasy nerd in your life (or for yourself, if you’re the fantasy nerd!). The first person who can create a thread in the forum in The Lounge called "Wednesday's Answer" and can tell me, using the Frozen Pool “Last 3 Games” instant line-combo tool, what have been the four Pittsburgh line combinations lately, will get a copy free. If you have won something from me this year, you are ineligible – sorry!
Buffalo hockey writer Jim Kelley passed away yesterday of cancer. I had no idea he was even sick, he was still writing up until last week. I had wondered why I had not heard him on the FAN as Bob McCown’s sidekick in awhile. Terrible news. He was a smart, insightful hockey man.
Dan Cleary is on pace for 63 points. I’ve been saying for several years that I think he can be a 65-70 point player if he played a full season. But he doesn’t. He never does. So pick him up and enjoy the short-term success, and hope for extended health. If he does manage to play 80 games, then yes – he’ll get 60 points.
It wasn’t the clean win that we’d like to see, but Corey Crawford still picked up the W. He’s won five in a row, but allowing five goals on 26 shots is probably enough to see Marty Turco back in there. I wouldn’t be shocked if Turco got hit with a loss against Vancouver Friday and then Crawford came back in Sunday for another win. At that point, the duties will start to shift towards the rookie as he does his best Jimmy Howard impression.
Jeremy Morin picked up his first NHL point, an assist. He was also a plus-2. Rockford is a horrible team and I don’t think it’s doing Morin, Brandon Pirri or Kyle Beach any good.
I thought he was done and done, but Tomas Kopecky’s four point effort last night gives him six in five games and plus-5 in that span. Last night was the result of added PP time thanks to Hossa being on the shelf.
Vladimir Sobotka had a bit of a breakout in a