Ramblings – Sept 06 2014

Dobber

2014-09-06

Thoughts on Leino, Brodeur, Ward and more …

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Pick up the Fantasy Guide here – last update was Thursday!

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The Boston Bruins are inviting everybody's favorite fantasy commodity Ville Leino on a tryout. Why not? He's still only 30 and worst case scenario they can just cut him if they don't like what they see.

It's easy to write Leino off at this point after his disastrous tenure in Buffalo culminating in a goalless 58-game season last year, but if he cracks the Bruins squad he might be at least worth investigating. Depending on where he plays.

The Bruins also invited Simon Gagne to camp and they seem to be leaving no stone unturned in an attempt to replace Jarome Iginla's scoring.

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So Martin Brodeur would listen to an offer to join the Montreal Canadiens. Not shocking but very unrealistic for that to be a potential landing spot. The Canadiens obviously have Carey Price as the number one and then Peter Budaj and Dustin Tokarski behind him. Brodeur could maybe beat out Budaj at this point but Tokarski would seem to be above him anyway.

The Tokarski/Budaj dynamic will be interesting next season. It's clear the Canadiens have more confidence in Tokarski based on last year's playoffs but does it really make sense to keep him if he is barely going to play behind Price? It might make sense to try and move him for assets.

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Rory Boylen of The Hockey News checks in with five goalies that could lose their starting jobs this season. I agree with all of them except for Marc-Andre Fleury. He's been shaky at times during the playoffs but posted solid regular season numbers. In a contract year I see him having a big campaign and earning a new deal. He's pretty important to the Pens because of their free-wheeling style, and he's bailed them out on more than a few occasions.

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One of the goalies on his list was Cam Ward and I wanted to add to what Laidlaw said yesterday about the Hurricanes goalie.

Taking Anton Khudobin this year seemed to be a wise move givien his strong performance last year and Ward's rapidly declining play in the Hurricanes net. However, general manager Ron Francis looks to still be backing Ward with his recent comments to the News Observer.

 "We still believe he can be an elite goalie in this league," Francis said. "By the same token, Cam understands what he needs to do to get back to that level. He could have done one of two things in the offseason – either sit back and relax, or work twice as hard toward having a better year. From what I have heard, he chose to work hard."

Still, in a perfect world Francis would probably like to trade Ward and go with Khudobin, but the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner's contract makes it almost nearly impossible to do that. Francis is probably hoping Ward regains his form and a team suffers a goaltending injury early in the season that gives them a shot at moving him.

I'd probably say