Los Angeles Kings have advanced to the Conference Finals after dispatching the St. Louis Blues in a sweep!
The Blues were the second seed team on the strength of their defense and goaltending. The loss of Jaroslav Halak to injury was not expected to be so detrimental as the Blues are winners of the Jennings trophy this year. Brian Elliott had a come back season after crapping out in Ottawa and poorly playing out his contract in Colorado, and was named to the All-Star game this year. The Blues goalies were so solid this season that Ben Bishop was traded to the Sens and even more help is on the way in Jake Allen who is ready for the NHL. There was some trade rumors surrounding the Blues for this off season assuming they had too many quality starting goalies. Perhaps not!
The Phoenix Coyotes are not going anywhere! NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is making an announcement Monday prior to game five and it is believed he will name Greg Jamison as the new owner. If the Coyotes remain in Phoenix, expect pending UFA Shane Doan and not test the open market. Jim Neveau has a in depth look in his article at The Hockey Writers
The New Jersey Devils are on the cusp of upsetting the Flyers! Martin Brodeur picked up the win to celebrate his 40th birthday. The Devils own a commanding 3-1 series lead and the Flyers may have to play game five with out Claude Giroux. Giroux delivered a questionable hit to Dainius Zubrus and will have a hearing with Brendan Shanahan. The Devils rallied from a two goal deficit in the game and out shot the Flyers 43-22. The only game the Flyers have won in this series came in overtime.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking to sign Leo Komarov, a 6th round pick who has developed nicely and is playing in the KHL. He is of the mold of Jarkko Ruutu, a pesky third or fourth liner. Leaf fans, don't over value his fantasy value if he does join the NHL next season.
The Ottawa Senators have resigned Peter Regin to a one year $800,00 one way contract. Regin has shown he can be a very useful NHL player but has a history of serious shoulder injuries. He will remain in Ottawa this off-season to rehab his shoulder. If he is able to resume his career he will lock down the third line center position behind Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris. Zack Smith will see fourth line duties and Zenon Konopka who is a UFA may be let go. A healthy return of Regin will also have a fantasy impact on Stephane Da Costa who will have a hard time playing his way out of the AHL. At a cap hit of only $800K Regin may make a great late sleeper pick in your fantasy draft for next season. Regin is a high injury risk, but if you use a very late pick, with his cap hit the risk is low and the reward could be decent.
Two games on tap Monday night include the Washington Capitals in new York for game five. The series is tied 2-2.
As I mentioned earlier game five is in Phoenix as the Nashville Predators will try to avoid elimination.
Watch Giroux's hit on Zubrus. You be the judge, should there be a suspension? How many games?