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Breaking News: By now you’ve heard – Sidney Crosby will be back in the lineup Thursday. Comeback Part II! If it was me in charge of the lines, I would keep Malkin’s line intact. I would keep Staal’s line intact. Those lines are flying. Crosby will give a third-line scoring option like no other team in the NHL. Put me on one wing, and uh Jay Rosehill on the other, and this line still flies. I would suggest Eric Tangradi and Tyler Kennedy. Give it a shot. What do you think?
Edit – just read that he’s playing with Cooke and Kennedy. So my idea of keeping the other two lines intact was a good one.
PA Parenteau is out tonight with an upper body injury. Perhaps Niederreiter will get a look on a scoring line.
Here’s a fresh Radulov update from Puck Daddy. Nothing new here, but in case you’re starved for more info…
Jakub Voracek is a “maybe” to return to the Flyers tonight.
Tyler Myers could be facing a suspension for this hit. His hearing is today.
Craig Smith hasn’t seen 12 minutes of ice time in over half a month and he was scratched last game. This is to rest him, as he is used to short college seasons. This has paid off, given his play last night (and goal).
The Blues have signed blue-chip prospect Jaden Schwartz to a contract, as he has completed his college season. He'll dress for them tonight. While I wouldn't look for "instant star" kind of impact, I would rule it out. But I'm more in the usual camp with players like this – a point every two games for a couple of years before moving forward.
I owe $100 to Hockey Fights Cancer after losing a preseason bet that Erik Cole would not make it to 50 points this season. Actually, I was called out for saying he would never get there again. It was an easy bet for me to make because a) Cole is a 50 to 55 point player who should miss a handful of games each year thereby making the 50-point mark a little tougher to hit; b) if I lose the bet, money goes to cancer. So there really was no downside.
Cole got two last night, David Desharnais was back in action, and Max Pacioretty continues to roll.
We’ve all been here – I got into heated discussions with a couple of co-GMs in my league about Pacioretty vs. Couture. I tried to get Couture using Pacioretty, Weiss and a first-round pick. I argued that Pac and Couture are practically even… and the other pieces were such huge bonuses. He wasn't buying it. He later traded Couture in a package that brought him Corey Perry. So I went to the new owner with the same offer. He wasn't buying it either. A month later, we have Pacioretty with more points than either Couture or Perry – and none of the three teams are playoff bound, which is a factor in this particular league. I later used Pacioretty, Jon Quick and Joe Thornton to reel in John Tavares and Tim Thomas, plus smaller pieces involved. Can't complain about how it worked out, but you can bet I'm still rubbing it in on the other two guys. I don't like to let good tras