Ramblings: Coreau, Saad, Zuccarello, and why you should trade Toews (Jan 23)

Dobber

2017-01-23

Ramblings: Coreau, Saad, Zuccarello, and why you should trade Toews

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The Midseason Guide is still available and can still help you! Besides the second-half projections, this beauty will also have players on the trade block (and what it means), prospects ready to make the jump for a dozen games down the stretch, the lowdown on undrafted or unsigned free agents (both in college and in Europe) and much more. Order it here

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SERVER UPDATE! The move is still on hold. Details to come as I get some. Progress finally made on Sunday though. And just a reminder – the forum is experiences issues with double-posting and difficulty with quotes and edits – but that stuff will go away when everything is moved to the new server. Hang in there, I know it’s annoying.

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I liked Laidlaw’s Brad Marchand comparison (last week) when it comes to Victor Arvidsson and I think it’s bang-on. That also means, however, that you’re looking at 50- to 55-point seasons for another five years and just when you’re ready to lock him into that range of expectation, bam – he breaks out later than most players.

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Another 7-6 game, this time between Ottawa and Columbus. I like this – especially when it’s my players doing the scoring. And hey, Curtis Lazar picked up his first point of the season (25 games). It was the sixth time in the last seven days that a game has featured at least 10 goals. According to Elias, 4.8% of games this season have had 10 goals. Last season the number was 3.2%. Things are looking up?

It was one off-game for Mike Condon, who was between the pipes for all seven goals in the OT loss. The goals brought his SV% down to 0.914 – that’s still solid for a backup, but not ideal for a starter. In the end it means an extra goal allowed every three or four games that maybe Craig Anderson stops. I suspect that towards the end of this week we’ll get word of Anderson returning to practice and within two weeks he is back as the starter. Let me try to guess an exact date (my last – and only – guess had been January 7, which was obviously wrong). I’m going to go with Thursday, February 02, after just seven days of practice. You can’t take the hunger from these athletes, as much as you want to slow them down and ease them back in – they don’t want to be eased in.

Zack Smith had three points on Sunday giving him 14 points in his last 13 games. It coincides with the heating up of Mark Stone and Derick Brassard – his linemates. Brassard has nine points in his last 10 games, and 12 in his last 15. It took him 30 games to get his first 12.

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