Ramblings are late this morning – Happy Family Day to 25% of my readers! Enjoy yesterday’s ramblings while I finish putting today’s together…
Here it is – as I hinted a few days ago – the team finally says the “c” word about Brad Richards.
Marco Scandella has returned to practice for the first time since his concussion.
The Coyotes have sent Kyle Turris to San Antonio of the AHL. Buy low keeper leaguers, I still have faith in him!
Congrats to Jordin Tootoo, who got into his first game back with the Preds. He played 10 minutes.
Michael Russo thinks that the Mikko Koivu injury could be his finger and could be long term. He believes the Wild will now go shopping for a pivot.
Shane Doan knocked Ryan Suter out of the game with a blow to the head just in front of the boards. He left with a UBI, but I think that could be code for concussion – you know how teams won’t say that word so i never trust them. The only clip I could find of it is here. Doan could have a suspension coming.
The moves paid off really well for St. Louis already as they pounded out nine goals. Of course, they played the only team without a goaltender (I count Montoya as a decent goalie until I see him stumble). Was the timing of the trade planned? The Blues knew they were playing a stumbling, Hiller-less Anaheim team so did that make them push the close the deal out on Friday at midnight, rather than wait until Monday? Sounds like a trick I would pull in my fantasy league.
Alex Steen’s ice time did take a hit with Stewart in the lineup, but his production shot back up. His PP time went bye-bye, yet he lined up on the second line. The line had more freedom thanks to Stewart patrolling the first line and everything worked out just like the Blues had hoped.
Everything, that is, except Ty Conklin. But then after he gave up three goals on five shots, Ben Bishop came in and stopped all 20 that he faced. Good sign. Maybe the Blues will let Conklin walk in the summer and give Bishop the backup job.
Steen lost the PP time because Kevin Shattenkirk is there now. With Shattenkirk and Pietrangelo QB-ing, the Blues scored three times. Of course, that was against Timo Pielmeier and Curtis McElhinney, but still – you always need to start practicing with pylons before moving onto the real thing. And that was a good practice.
Brad Boyes was down to 13 minutes of ice time and was off the power play. But even he got into the act, notching an assist. The only reason I’d hang onto him is for a potential trade.
The only skater where things went south – as predicted – Matt D’Agostini was down to nine minutes of ice time and zero points. D’Agostini was on pace for about 40 points and he currently has 27. I think he’ll end the season with…oh, around 28. Stick a fork in him!
I notice the St. Louis strategy was to increase the ratio of puck-movers to stay-at-homers. As I’ve been preaching since my Fantasy Guide, the NHL is shifting to offense from the blue line. So St. Louis moves out Johnson and Brewer, brings in Shattenkirk to