May 21, 2011

Jeff Angus



Ehrhoff is doubtful for tomorrow’s game. Look for Keith Ballard to draw in. Don’t expect to see Aaron Rome, either. Could see Chris Tanev or Andrew Alberts.


Manny Malhotra continues to improve each day…


Sounds like if/when Winnipeg joins the league, they will stay in the Southeast for scheduling reasons. I’m sure those divisional road trips to Miami/Tampa will be a nice quick flight…


One free agent to watch – Jussi Jokinen. Carolina has been a good fit for him – can he play the same game and get more ice time elsewhere? He is very inconsistent and pretty soft – could work well with a big, strong center.


Want to clarify my comments re: McGinn hit. I said it was boneheaded, but I didn’t say why (no, it isn’t because I root for Vancouver). The hit was borderline boarding, but it wasn’t dirty or malicious. I say boneheaded because he takes a healthy run while his team is up three goals late in the game.


McGinn will counter that he did his job (something he said to the papers today, injured two Canuck defensemen), but if the Canucks somehow score three on that PP and win the game in OT, he is the goat. Finishing checks is essential in the playoffs, but they must be reigned in a bit, especially when up three goals.


I didn’t get to watch the Boston/TB game today – looking forward to checking it out now. Do the Lightning go with Smith? I think Roloson’s leash is long enough to warrant another start.


Penalties galore in the Vancouver/San Jose game last night.


Dan Boyle had a great game recording two points, and he saw almost 14 minutes of PP time.


Joe Thornton is playing fantastic hockey right now – six points in the first three games, including three helpers last night.


Antti Niemi made several huge early game saves that ended up being the difference.


Second series in a row that Jamie McGinn has taken a boneheaded major penalty for charging/boarding/roughing/whatever you want to call it. Absolutely drilled Aaron Rome from behind, knocking out cold and out of the game. The Canucks got two goals on the powerplay.


Hamilton lives to play another day – they won again and are now down 3-2 in the series against Houston. Aaron Palushaj had another strong game. He’ll get a look at Montreal training camp for a top nine spot on the wing. Small, but skilled and smart.


Kyle Woodlief is never one to shy away from making bold predictions with his draft rankings. I enjoy his stuff over at the Red Line Report. Check his May rankings out.


Chicago signed one goalie yesterday, and they continued that today and signed another. Alexander Salak signed a two-year deal. The first year is two-way, the second year is one-way (although I have also read that both years of the deal are one-way). Unless the Hawks want to bring a veteran in to back Crawford up, Salak should be the frontrunner for the position.


More Prospect Report treats from previous years…




Claude Giroux, RW

The diminutive left-winger finished fourth in QMJHL scoring last season. Blessed with tons of hockey sense, blazing speed and great hands, Giroux would fit right in on a Philly team that has an abundance