Regarding my note below on Juhamatti Aaltonen, I had a source read that and contact me – he has inside information that Aaltonen has received a one-way contract offer from the Dallas Stars. Glean from that what you will.
With $9 million likely needed for the Red Wings to re-sign pending UFA Val Filppula and pending RFAs Gustav Nyquist, Brendan Smith, Joakim Andersson and Jakub Kindl… the Wings will only have $1.8 million to offer Unrestricted Free Agent Damien Brunner
Detroit barely made it into the playoffs. With four games left, it was clear that it was going to be close. They had to win them all. Enter Henrik Zetterberg – 10 points in those games, lifting them on his shoulders. And then you can add another eight points in the first round. Clutch.
The Rangers make me cringe, but I’ve gone from resenting them for sucking so badly all season and then backing into the playoffs almost by accident, to respecting them for what they did to fix it. Removing Gaborik and adding Brassard was a stroke of genius, as was the timely Mats Zuccarello signing. Zuccarello has 10 points in his last 13 games, while Brassard has 18 points in 19 games as a Ranger. I cringe because I traded Brassard in my keeper league at around 11am on Trade Deadline Day. And when he was dealt to the Rangers I was blindsided. I had no idea he was even on the block. I basically dealt Mike Smith, Diaz and Brassard for Hiller, Brouwer and Setoguchi. I wanted to move Smith before he left Phoenix, assuming he goes.
Braden Holtby had a .935 SV% in the playoffs last year and we all raved about his tremendous play. This year his SV% is .938.
The same play that Dion Phaneuf tried in Game 4 in overtime was done three times in Game 6 by other defensemen. They connected their hit to varying degrees, as Phaneuf did, but the coverage was there to back them up. I don’t blame Phaneuf for the move. I don’t blame anyone. And I was just as unhappy with how O’Byrne defended the two-on-one as I was with Phaneuf taking himself out of the play.
Jake Gardiner will be star. You’ve heard that before. But it’s not often that a team can have a player who can create offense when there is zero momentum going for the team. If Boston has the Leafs penned in the zone for three shifts, just send out Gardiner – he always manages to carry the puck up the ice. And I think Randy Carlyle sees this now, and there is no way Gardiner is ever held out of this lineup again.
Tyler Seguin has zero points, but he has 27 shots on goal (4.5 per game – he generally averages about three shots per
Two players who deserve goals – Jaromir Jagr and Mikhail Grabovski. When either one of them is on the ice, the play goes in the opposing end – and those two hang onto the puck or retrieve the puck like nobody else in this series. But neither has a goal yet.
You know who wants to stay in the lineup? Dougie Hamilton. Just 10:49 ice time… but five hits.
Joe Colborne got into the Leafs lineup last night because