April 09, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-04-09

Boston beat writer Kirk Luedeke reports that the Bruins have signed Carl Soderberg, and that he thinks it is a three-year deal. Soderberg still needs to secure release from Sweden, but at his age (27) he should see time in the NHL right away (it’s likely a one-way deal). More on Soderberg over at DobberProspects. We have been literally following this guy for seven or eight years, and had written him off two or three years ago.

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Jiri Hudler missed last night’s contest with a UBI. Sven Bärtschi saw 18:15 of ice time. He played with Mike Cammalleri and Roman Horak, but somehow was pointless despite his linemates scoring twice – both times that Horak got an assist, Bärtschi wasn’t on the ice. He also saw a lot of PP time.

Max Reinhart was on the second line with Stempniak and Tanguay.

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So while Miikka Kiprusoff has lost five in a row, Joey McDonald stops 39 of 40 shots for the win. Changes nothing, Kipper will get the next start I’m sure. But his heart is not in it and it’s just another nail in my Expert League coffin that began when Karlsson’s season ended. Kipper’s numbers will probably be pretty weak as he winds down his career.

Other than that last place fiasco (can’t remember the last time I was in last place), I’m having a great year. I should win one keeper, and my other two are in a position to flourish for years to come, while taking some prize money this year and a playoff trophy to boot. And then the Yahoo expert’s league I’ve somehow come back from the dead and sit in second. That’s the one I was telling you about in November how I was in last place by a country mile.

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My THN column yesterday was on PA Parenteau – and you can check it out here.

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The Flyers have signed Steve Mason to a one-year extension worth $1.5 million. They were very impressed by his, uh, period that he’s played for them. Naw, actually, they rolled the dice on getting him dirt cheap rather than watch him go on a hot run and raise the ol’ asking price.

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The Lightning have recalled Mark Barberio – he will look to get into his first career NHL game. He has 44 points in 70 AHL games this year, after posting 61 last year as the AHL’s top de