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 Sabres to bring it in the last two games. In fact, all six of his points came in the last three games – right after I called him out for being a liability.
Gragnani's seven points in seven games secures his spot on the Buffalo roster in the fall. Unless they Lonny Bohonos him out of the league, that is. But he should be safe.
My THN article on 10 playoff performances that impact fantasy strategy this summer.
Henrik Sedin has managed just five points and is minus-4 after the seven games.
I think Brian Bickell's absence hurt the Hawks more than you think. Bolland and Frolik need his size on their line for it to work.
Derek Roy was back in the lineup for the Sabres. He earned an assist on the meaningless Brad Boyes goal.
Nice of Boyes to show up, by the way. Pointless in 6.9 games of the seven-game series, he scores in the final few minutes of a 5-1 game to make it 5-2.
Giving the Canucks a penalty shot in a Game 7! Man, the refereeing is so biased! (Just razzing ya, Vancouver fans)
The eight teams who move on in the AHL: Montreal's affiliate Hamilton, Manitoba (Vancouver), Milwaukee (Nashville), Houston (Minnesota), Portland (Buffalo), Binghamton (Ottawa), Wilkes/Barre (Pittsburgh), Charlotte (Carolina)
And seriously, why do Norfolk and Milwaukee have the same nickname? Do they think they're in the CFL?
Top AHL scorer is Ryan Potulny, who has 14 points in seven games and continues to get the NHL shaft. His NHL stints have been better than most players breaking into the league. Whose corn flakes did he crap in, anyway?
Who wants it more than Jonathan Toews?
Campoli the giveaway – what is Luongo doing lying down on the ice in front of his bench during the celebration? Is he alright? He's down there for quite awhile. Anyhoo, beauty steal and goal by Burrows:
Will Lucic get suspended for this?