Evgeni Malkin takes home Player of December honours and what a beast he’s been. Ridiculous totals and downright dominance on the ice. Steven Stamkos, who’s really heating up in the goal department, was second star. Henrik Sedin rounded out the top three.
So Ilya Bryzgalov will have a little more time to contemplate the universe. Sergei Bobrovsky will start tomorrow’s Winter Classic, which has been moved to 3pm et in case you hadn’t heard. Tough call for Peter Laviolette given the big picture of Bryz being “the guy” in Philly, but clearly he feels Bob right now will give the team the best chance of getting two points. I like Bryzgalov a lot and I’m not worried about him in the short-term or in the long run, for single-season or keeper leagues. If his owner is jittery, start haggling for a good price.
Henrik Lundqvist will obviously start for the Rangers. No Marc Staal yet, but he’s getting closer.
New contract for Josh Gorges: Six years at $3.9M per AAV. He was to be a UFA this summer and that’s not a bad contract for a guy who was never drafted. Carey Price will be happy to have that guy locked up.
Happy New Year!
All the best to you and your family. If you can, take a minute on New Year's Day to let them and your friends know how much you appreciate them. We sometimes get a little caught up in our own lives and forget to tell the truly important people to you know how much they mean.
Make 2012 whatever you want it to be. No excuses. It’s your life… seize control and take it where you want it to go.
And from me to you, a sincere thanks for the warm welcome from the DH community (readers and staff) since I signed on for the Sunday Ramblings gig (and bi-weekly Q&A) at the start of this season. It’s been a really worthwhile experience.
Anyway, it was another typically busy Saturday of action so let's get to it.
Alex Ovechkin scored another pair of goals tonight, pushing his point streak to six games. That's also B2B games with two markers and it's fantastic to see him playing like he should be and also getting some results. That sound you're hearing is the rare window of opportunity that had been open in keeper leagues to get one of the game's few truly elite players slamming shut.
And Alexander Semin? He potted another one today and has come up with nine points in his past seven starts. Finally. He's been playing with Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, who has basically been the picture of consistency this season, so Semin owners who hadn't given up on him are FINALLY being rewarded.
I love that Ryan Johansen has been getting a shot on the wing with Jeff Carter and Rick Nash. The other night Johansen had a really strong game on that line. He's like the vast majority of young guys we see come into the NHL… they take time to mature. Patience.
David Krejci quietly has points in five in a row. He can be one of those guys that will run really hot or really cold. It's particularly interesting, to me at least, to see the opening of a Bruins' broadcast now and see the Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Tyler Seguin unit listed as the first line, while Milan Lucic – Krejci and Nathan Horton are placed second. Completely deserved, but it's always kind of fascinating to see how long it may take for broadcasters or media to make that sort of designation.
Trevor Daley has been getting first unit power play time with Alex Goligoski and Daley has five points in his past four games. Three of them came today.
It still is not old to me how cool it is to see the fans of Winnipeg so charged up every night. Imagine a playoff series?!?! Cannot get enough of Evander Kane either. His progression this year has just been so fun to watch. He and Blake Wheeler are tearing apart the opposition on a routine basis.
Phil Kessel has been a beast for his poolies this season, but his owners got a scare when he was hit by the puck in the second period. He left the game for a bit and then came back for the third. Hopefully no lingering ill-effects from that one.
You may have heard by now that Krys Barch earned a misconduct for an alleged racial slur toward P.K. Subban. Team General Partner Cliff Viner offered