This week – hopefully today, perhaps as late as Friday – I will put the Fantasy Prospects Report, the Keeper League Pack and the Ultimate Pack C up for sale in the shop and rev up the hype machine for that work of art. Stay tuned for that. Not yet – I will post here in bold when it’s up and rolling
The two Mikes – Green and Knuble – were back in practice for the Caps yesterday.
Ryan Ellis was named OHL’s outstanding defenseman for the second year in a row, joining Tyson Barrie for that distinction (Barrie won the WHL’s version for the second time recently).
Johan Franzen is skating, but not practicing. He still plans to be ready for Game 1, but that is in doubt.
Dennis Wideman was back skating, but had to leave because of lightheadedness. I would guess he is several games away from returning yet…
With Hershey eliminated from the playoffs, the Caps have recalled some players – including Braden Holtby and Mathieu Perreault. The latter had six points in six AHL playoff games and looks to have found his confidence again.
Martin Erat was back in practice for the Preds. Cal O’Reilly was not, having “tweaked his lower body”. O’Reilly has yet to play anyway.
Interesting – Doug Gilmour is now the GM of the Kingston Frontenacs, and Todd Gill has been hired as the head coach.
Teemu Selanne on when he will decide on his retirement:
I try to use (July 1). It would be best for everybody if I know sooner than later. There is no pressure. I go back to Finland in mid-June
Selanne on if he would be at peace ending his career with a loss like that:
Yeah, I think so. I try to play like I left everything there. That is how you should play any way, in every season. You can't just win the Stanley Cup every year and just make a decision that now it is time. That would be awesome, but it doesn't work like that. I really believe that we had enough tools to go further. We lost to a great hockey team. They played well.
Full interview here.
As I said, the Sabres just weren't bringing it. You could watch Game 6 for two minutes, and immediately tell anyone who would listen that they were toast.
Corey Crawford lost his first playoff series, but his 0.927 save percentage is probably enough to earn him the starting job next season. But he can't raise his price tag the way Niemi did last year. The Hawks don't have a lot of money, so he'll need to keep it under $2 million for sure. CC is an RFA this summer.
With two series left to decide in a Game 7, here are the top scorers of players who were eliminated (so far):
- Perry 6-2-6-8
- Selanne 6-6-1-7
- Gragnani 7-1-6-7
- Koivu 6-1-6-7
- Keith 6-3-3-6
- Bolland 4-2-4-6
- Getzlaf 6-2-4-6
- Hossa 7-2-4-6
- Kane 7-1-5-6
- Myers 7-1-5-6
Cammalleri and Giroux lead the league with nine points, St. Louis has eight and Briere has seven. Kudos to Myers for being one of the only Sabr