December 13, 2010

Dobber Sports

2010-12-13

 

Turco gets the start against the Avs tonight. A mediocre performance means this thing drags on for another week (again). A horrible performance shifts the starting job firmly into Crawford’s court. A great performance probably shifts it slightly into Turco’s direction.

 

Jody Shelley got two games for the hit I show below.

 

Evgeni Nabokov and his KHL team have mutually agreed to walk away from his contract. The only team in the NHL that can afford him and needs him is Tampa Bay, with $10 million in cap space. However, he would need to clear waivers. That being said, I don’t think a team would pluck him off waivers if he was going through at a $4 million cap hit. Need a goalie? Put him on your bench for a week or two. Drop him if it doesn’t pan out. But I’m thinking TB.

 

Sergei Kostitsyn has really turned things around. He has five points in his last four games and is a plus-7 in that span. More importantly, his ice time is creeping upwards, which only helps things.

 

Corey Perry had five points in Sunday’s win. Bobby Ryan, who had three points himself, scored one of his goals using Mikko Koivu’s stick – and Mikko shoots the opposite hand! I stuck a clip at the bottom…

 

Well if that doesn’t give Michal Neuvirth the next couple of starts, nothing will. The ping pong game that is the starting goalie position in Washington continues. Seven goals allowed by Varly. Not all were his fault, but it is what it is.

 

It’s obvious that Bruce Boudreau is changing his coaching style for better success in the playoffs. Less run-and-gun, more responsibility and better defense. But this team isn’t built for defense (and adding Scott Hannan ain’t gonna change that). I guess the team is hoping that a weaker regular season playing a better system will result in better playoff results. I don’t think it will. I think their old style was perfect – they failed the first year because of inexperience. They failed last year because of Halak. Don’t quit on what was so successful during the regular season just because of that.

 

Brandon Dubinsky – come on. Twenty-seven points? Seven in his last six. His usual early-season surge is lasting longer than in prior years.

 

Ryan Callahan had four points in 12 games prior to the blowout, in which he scored two to snap out of it.

 

It is looking as though Kristian Huselius will/could be back in the lineup by this weekend or next week according to Puck Rakers.

 

Sean Leahy speaks my mind perfectly with this article on how veterans feel that young players need to be respectful and more vanilla. (hint: I think the veterans are whiners)

 

In the last 17 games, Brandon Prust had 10 points, 44 PIM and was plus-5.

 

Chris Drury is targeting Wednesday for a return. That should impact some wingers (I’m assuming he’ll be wing), and that makes Prust a bit of a risk. Then again, Prust is such a nice flier to take…

 

In the DobberHockey Pro League, Sentium has the same problem I do – lack of time to run his team and remember deadlines has sunk him to last place. He is volunteering to step aside or bring on a co-manager to turn this team around. I think it is a very feasible challenge to get this team into the Top 5. I’m still hoping/thi