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  • The Press Box May 10, 2012

    Another game seven is scheduled for Saturday 7:30 when the Washington Capitals will be in New York. The only thing better than game sevens, is game seven over time. The way this series has gone, that is a good probability. Here's hoping!

    Has any player rebounded more in the playoffs than Dustin Penner of the Los Angeles Kings?
    Penner had a brutal season playing only 65 games and scoring seven goals and 10 assists while posting a minus -7. His season was marred with hand and back injuries, lost confidence and a failed marriage, not to mention the pancake distraction. It was by far the worst season of Penner's career.
    In the post season however, Penner has two goals and five assists in only nine games and is a plus -7. He has been playing on the top line with Mike Richards and Jeff Carter and looking great. He will become a UFA on July first and there will be plenty of interest. The Kings may hope to retain Penner to compliment Carter and Richards, as well as former Ducks GM Brian Burke now in Toronto who has stated he wants to add size. Bryan Murray has a connection to Penner from Anaheim as well and perhaps the Ottawa Senators GM will take a run at signing Penner. The Ottawa Sun has a great article on Penner here
    Penner has been highly inconsistent in his career. It would be a gamble signing him to a contract.

    Martin Brodeur could make a case for the biggest rebound in the post season. Brodeur who just turned 40 is leading the Devils into a deep playoff run that not too many experts predicted. Eric Adelson of Yahoo Sports has a great read on Brodeur;

    "its laughable that a man who has backstopped three Stanley Cup championship teams and has three shutouts already this spring has never won a Conn Smythe Trophy. Brodeur hasnt won a Hart Trophy either. Its borderline insane how a guy whos been arguably the most valuable player of the modern era has never been named most valuable player of anything in the NHL. "
    Read the entire article here

    The Boston Bruins first round disappointing loss has sparked plenty of off season speculation about what their off season plans will be. With Tim Thomas entering the final year of his deal and Tuukka Rask a RFA there are questions surrounding the crease. Will Thomas be traded? If so the fantasy value of Rask takes a massive jump!
    The bruins powerplay has been missing a quarterback. Is Dougie Hamilton the answer? Hamilton has great fantasy value and offensive upside but is he ready? Here are two great views on the Bruins off season game plan;
    Bob Mand's article on The Hockey Writers, and
    Tim Lucarelli's article on Dobber Hockey.

    If you are looking for the best coverage and most comprehensive coverage of the NHL entry draft with player bios, mock drafts and fantasy rankings here it is!
    2012 NHL Entry Draft Guide The Next Ones
    I suggest bookmarking that page and keep going back to it all summer as it will be constantly updated.

    Ryan Suter recently commented he will take some time before he begins to talk about a contract with Nashville. The Preds management have said money won't be a problem in signing Suter and Weber this summer as the Preds are prepared to spend to the Cap (Whatever that is). The two top teams outside Nashville in pursuit of Suter will be Philadelphia, and Detroit. Suter will be looking for a long-term deal and has said he hopes to play out his career with whom ever he signs with. He may be looking for a contract up to ten years (again depending on new CBA). His fantasy value would be higher in either Detroit, or Philadelphia as he would be the undisputed number one defender in those cities.

    Read Elliotte Friedmans 30 thoughts this week. Great stuff as always

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