Now the word from Bob McKenzie is that Nabby will NOT report to Long Island. Whatever. This won’t be resolved any time soon. Hang onto all your goalies and make no decisions until you see this is 100 percent finalized.
Nabokov has been claimed by the Islanders and word is that he’ll report. So this hurts Poulin for this year – not Howard. Poulin was looking great and I like him better than Nabokov or DiPietro. But may as well take your time with him, since the team isn’t going anywhere this season.
Jimmy Howard on the potential Nabokov signing:
""I don't need anyone to push me. I push myself. I practice hard," Howard said after the game when asked about Nabokov. "It's out of my hands. If he can help us, he can help us.""
Speaking of, I will have a column on the signing up later this afternoon. Waiting to see if/when Nabokov clears waivers before putting it together.
Florida defensive call-up Clay Wilson played about nine minutes last night. Over eight of them were on the power play (he was pointless).
Calgary scored seven times on only 19 shots against Andrew Raycroft.
The streaky David Moss has six goals in his past nine games – scoop him up and ride the wave if you need some offense.
Jarome Iginla has nine points in his past seven games. He scored his 20th of the season last night, and is quietly turning around his season after a poor start.
Olli Jokinen has seven in his past six games – he’s bumped his “on pace for” from 40 to 50 in the span of a week or so.
Another player on an impressive scoring streak is Mike Ribeiro – points in 11 straight games. With the uncertainty regarding Brad Richards in Dallas, Ribeiro’s long-term value should be reasonably high right now. Probably not the best time to trade for him during a point streak, but think about doing it once he cools down.
Max Pacioretty had a strong game for the Habs. He looks considerably better than he did last season – the time in the AHL definitely served him well.
James Wisniewski is on pace for almost 10 goals and over 50 points. He's been a great fit in Montreal. Is this the kind of production to expect from him if he continues to get placed in an offensive role?
David Desharnais has four points in his last nine games. He has averaged 15 minutes of ice time over his past two, and he has recorded a point in each game.
Dmitri Kulikov missed last night's game with a minor rib injury.
Ryan Miller has started 24 straight games for the Sabres. Time for a break?
Kyle Okposo recorded an assist for the Islanders last night.
I mentioned that Michael Grabner was worth picking up if you were lacking in goals – he scored two last night and could hit 30 by the end of the season if he keeps his recent hot streak up.
Travis Hamonic led the Islanders in ice time with nearly 23 minutes. He's got a ton of upside, more