Sunday ramblings will be up around 11:30 EST.
RIP, Boogeyman. Thoughts/prayers to his family and friends. 28 is way too young.
Malhotra’s eye doesn’t look too bad here. He has skated three days in a row now. A long, long shot to return, but great news for next season and beyond – there was a point where his career (and future vision) was in serious jeopardy. Two surgeries essentially saved his eye.
A funny line from Henrik Sedin yesterday. A reporter wondered if he was concerned about losing foot speed with so many days off. “I don’t have any speed from before, so I don’t think it matters," he cracked.
San Jose has been the home team for eight straight playoff rounds – Sunday's game in Vancouver will mark the first time in three years they are the road team.
Henrik Sedin missed his second straight day of practice. Bothered by a wrist injury as well as an undisclosed hip/groin/leg issue – the few days off will be huge for him. He was far from his usually dominant self.
I'd imagine the Canucks will put Kesler against Thornton, which leaves Sedin to contend with the Heatley/Couture/Clowe line.
Chris Higgins also missed practice – sore foot from a shot block, but he will definitely be playing in game one. He's been a fantastic depth player for the Canucks through two rounds.
CSN Philadelphia is reporting that the Flyers will shop Jeff Carter this summer. They need to clear cap space for a goalie (and for the inevitable raise James van Riemsdyk will be receiving soon).
"Carter's value coming off a 36-goal season is high. Most clubs would welcome him with open arms, especially since he is locked into an 11-year deal with an affordable cap hit."
Affordable cap hit, sure, but 11 years is a tough pill to swallow.
The Isles gave Michael Grabner a five year deal worth $15 million. Fair for both sides – nice to see some stability in that organization (and no, the DiPietro contract doesn't count). A new arena is the next step back to legitimacy.
Big trade went down in my H2H keeper last night – Thornton/Niemi for Price/Hall. I like the trade for both sides (knowing each team, it has the potential to benefit both). Seems like a great haul for a rebuilding club.
Mikael Granlund with an absolute beauty of a goal: