My Puck Daddy article is up. Find it here.
Both Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek have been diagnosed with concussions. Simon Despres makes an excellent pickup – do it now.
Some Avalanche notes – Paul Stastny left the game late after suffering a torso injury. Also, Stefan Elliott’s low ice time came after a terrible turnover that led to a breakaway, further leading me to believe that he’ll be sent down. Semyon Varlamov had another terrific game. He is 4-2 with a 1.81 GAA and .939 save percentage in his last six starts.
Valtteri Filppula left the game last night with a cut on his leg. They’re not saying how serious it is right now. So probably not a paper cut.
St. Louis lines with David Perron back in the lineup: Backes, Oshie and Steen remains intact; Berglund with D'Agostini and Perron; Arnott with Sobotka and Stewart. This arrangement hurts Langenbrunner and Stewart, but helps Arnott and Sobotka.
Questions in Nashville are starting to arise about Sergei Kostitsyn's commitment level. Here we go again – and just when we thought he was a changed man. He played five excellent months of hockey to end last season and had a strong camp (four points in four preseason games). But now this. I get the impression that with either Kostitsyn brother, if they have the slightest hangnail they start to mail in the effort. They need to be comfortable. One little papercut and they go from possible 70-point players down to ECHL players. Just my gut feeling.
The Guardian Project was a failure. I did my part, but I think the powers that be underestimated how much the negativity of bloggers and hockey fans would impact the growth. And then they failed to build momentum – as Wyshynski says here, the characters weren't used on any jumbotrons to pump up the fans in the different arenas. This was meant to bring in (or keep) the very young fan. But even though it was targeted to 11 year olds, it should have been predicted that the 30 year olds would come down hard on this thing every step of the way. And that, in turn, would impact the interest of the 11 year olds. Anyway, I would have done it differently. It needed another year to build behind the scenes, for one thing.
If you want to see Lindy Ruff's reaction to Tootoo (hit is below), you can see it here.
Andrej Meszaros has an apparent shoulder injury.
I just realized (thanks to an email from Ryan) that I haven't addressed the Stamkos vs. Malkin debate here yet this season. This, after pretty much discussing it every two weeks for the prior year! My stance hasn't changed. Stamkos will get you between 90 and 110 points in nine of the next 10 years. If you want the security, you can't go wrong. Malkin will hit that range two or three times in