March 9, 2011

Dobber Sports



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Early word on Pacioretty: broken vertebrae – also seeing reports that it is two vertebrae in his neck (C4 and C5) and a “severe” concussion. His career is in jeopardy.


The Senators signed undrafted WHLer Wacey Hamilton. He has some upside as a fourth-line agitator, but is probably a long shot to stick. He was in Colorado’s training camp last fall and was released. Then again – his coach in Medicine Hat is Cory Clouston’s brother, so he’ll get a longer look than most players in his situation.


Seven of Lars Eller’s 15 points have come in his last nine games. The talented Dane is finally showing us a preview of what he can do.


The Blues have activated Jaroslav Halak from IR and sent down Ben Bishop. Halak will play against Columbus.


Guy Latendresse played 10 minutes in his return to the Minnesota lineup after a lengthy absense. He is one to watch, once he gets a few games in to get his timing back.


If Luca Sbisa’s worth four years and $8.7 million at this point in his unproven and thus far unimpressive NHL career, then Shea Weber should be looking for 20 years and $743 million. That being said, Jeff Finger’s contract was still way dumber.


There is a chance that Derick Brassard will play on Wednesday. If so, then there is a chance that Derek MacKenzie’s fun ride on the top line is over.


AHL teams announced their Clear Day rosters yesterday, meaning these are the players eligible to play in the AHL postseason. Interesting names include Mats Zuccarello, Vladimir Zharkov, Michael Leighton, Michael Del Zotto, Linus Omark, Jonathan Blum, Steven Kampfer, OEL, Mikkel Boedker, Matt Calvert, Dustin Jeffrey. Full list here.


Leighton is an interesting one, as it means if the Flyers and the Phantoms each go deep and the Flyers need Leighton… well I’m not sure how that works – the Phantoms only have two goalies on their Clear Day list…hypothetically speaking, of course, since the Phantoms are horrible.


Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter was the WHL player of the week after notching seven goals and nine points in four games for Portland. I believe he’ll be an NHLer next year in that 40-point range.


Dustin Byfuglien is day-to-day with a LBI. He will miss tonight’s game. Since he did terrible when Enstrom was out of the lineup, I can’t help but think that Enstrom will also see goose-eggs without the Big Buff. Just a hunch.


John-Michael Liles left last night’s game with what appears to be a leg injury. The perfect ending to an injury-riddled campaign for the Avs.


My THN article yesterday