Big game today – all eyes will be on this one. Who do ya got? Penguins or Capitals?
Breaking: Adrian Dater reports that Peter Forsberg will play for Colorado and will sign a contract. Quick – stay away from him!
San Jose goaltending prospect Alex Stalock suffered a season-ending injury yesterday after a player stepped on the back of his leg at the knee. Stalock has a bright future in a city where goaltending is still a big question mark.
Keep an eye on this today: Marc-Andre Bergeron’s debut with Tampa Bay. He’ll be in the lineup and will be used on the power play. He tends to make early impressions with his new team. Happens every time.
Buffalo prospect Mark Mancari was the AHL’s player of the month after tallying 13 goals in 15 games. How does a 6-3, 225-pound point-per-game player in the AHL not get more of a shot in the NHL on a team full of munchkins? This one boggles my mind. I know the Sabres have a handful of highly talented little players – so trade one of them and get big Mancari up for a real trial on the third line. Now 25, it’s looking as though he will be a career AHLer.
In his first career NHL game, John Moore was pointless and minus-1 for the Jackets, 12 minutes of ice time. A potential PP quarterback, but he’s only 20 years old.
Nashville prospect Blake Geoffrion has found another gear in the AHL. He has 13 points in his last four games and 16 in his last six. That’s a torrid pace, I don’t need to point out. I’ve always considered him a potential third-line energy guy, but he’s certainly showing a little more than that. The trouble with Nashville is, other than Radulov, they haven’t brought up a forward who has really taken charge and shown potential to be that 80-point star. What they have is a handful of 50-65 point players who produce in spurts and I fear that Geoffrion will be one of many like that. For what it’s worth, Kostitsyn is hinting at something a little more. But ask me again in March.
Steve Sullivan played just nine minutes in his return to action for the Preds. Just easing back in, is all.
Here’s somethin’. I actually learned about the Malkin injury from DobberHockey (thank you Angus). Yeah, I went away for the day. Fortunately, in the one pool I own Malkin in, I am in a rebuilding phaze. That pool is funny – I rebuilt a very strong team, was suddenly put in a position to win three years ago, but it was a year or two before I planned on winning…naturally, I went for it and won. Of course, I hurt my team securing the title, and for the last two-plus years have been struggling to maintain a strong team with a semi-rebuild (kinda what Burke has been trying to do with the Leafs – not tear things apart and do a real build long-term, but just a quick fix). Anyway, the half-assing it hasn’t been working so I decided to pull the plug and do a full rebuild back in January. This Malkin injury I guess seals it.
Remember when Sergei Kostitsyn had three points in 19 games to start the year? Weren’t you thinkin KHL? Me too. Anyway, 27 points in 30 games later, what are we thinking now? He’s the star of the Preds forwards. Didn’t see it coming. Actually, when they traded Boyd for him in the summer, I had an inkling that it COULD happen…but had given up on that by October.
Even in short-term leagues, Linus