April 11, 2011

Dobber Sports

2011-04-11

 

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Mikael Samuelsson was not at the Canucks’ practice. No word on why, but he did miss time recently with an LBI and has been ineffective since returning.

 

The Canucks have recalled Cody Hodgson and he practiced on a line with Mason Raymond and Jannick Hansen. Not draftable…unless it’s a deep pool and you have several Canucks already – and it’s the final round. Then sure, roll the dice.

 

The Wild have fired coach Todd Richards. He is the third coach to be fired in three days – with Ottawa’s and Florida’s coaches preceding him.

 

Crosby is still not cleared for contact. That pushes him back to at best Game 3. As a result of this news, and the Zetterberg news, I adjusted those two players in the Draft List and re-uploaded it. At this point, yeah, the Penguins should mail it in and sit their star until the fall.

 

Beatwriter Adrian Dater is 100 percent confident that Milan Hejduk will re-sign to play another year with the Avs.

 

Henrik Zetterberg will not be available for Game 1. He is out with a LBI (apparently his knee). Nik Kronwall probably will.

 

Jacques Lemaire will not coach the Devils next season. Kudos to him for going out on top with such a great reputation.

 

With the season finished, teams that are eliminated are sending their younger players back to the AHL for a playoff run there, including Ottawa (Bobby Butler) and Edmonton (Linus Omark).

 

So…did Montreal give Nashville their leading scorer for nothing?

 

Washington has re-signed Mike Knuble to a one-year extension. Kudos to him for extending his career a little longer yet. What a great career – he was a checker and fringe player, and then he clicked with, in order, Joe Thornton, Peter Forsberg and Alex Ovechkin. Playing just well enough to stay on those lines. The result is nine straight 20-goal seasons, peaking at 34 goals and 65 points. Before that, his best was 15 goals and 35 points.

 

I like this headline: Flyers have faith in Bobrovsky. Yeah. That explains why he was pulled in a 3-3 game on the weekend. Lots of faith.

 

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