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  • The Press Box May 24, 2012

    Eastern Conference Finals

    The New Jersey Devils blew a three goal lead and with only 4:24 remaining in regulation Ryan Carter put the Devils back in the lead, and Zach Parise sealed the win by scoring into the empty net. I hope this series goes to seven games.

    Stephen Gionta has emerged in the playoffs as a serious fantasy option. In 17 games he has produced three goals and assists for the Devils. He is not a prospect as he is already 28, but rather a late bloomer. For those of you thinking of picking him with an early first round pick in a deep keeper league entry draft, perhaps a safer pick would be a younger player.

    Trade Rumors
    Bob Mand (@HockeyMand) of the Hockey Writers discusses the trade rumors surrounding Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins. Chicago, Tampa Bay, San Jose, and Columbus top his list of probable suitors should the Bruins decide to Deal the Veteran Tender.

    More Bruins rumors recently suggest Rick Nash who reportedly listed Boston as one of his teams on his trade wish list may find his way to bean town. Columbus would be asking for players such as Tyler Seguin, Dougie Hamilton or Patrice Bergeron but the Bruins would rather offer players such as David Krejci, Tim Thomas or prospects such as Ryan Spooner or Jared Knight who is currently showcasing himself in the Memorial cup. Joe Haggarty suggests the Jackets are asking too much, while the Bruins offer may be too low. But if Nash did become a Bruin I would have to believe his fantasy value would increase significantly and he would have a career year on the power house Bruins.

    In Detroit, Andrew Johnson of THW writes Red Wings Likely To Part Ways With 3 Unrestricted Free Agents this summer, Jiri Hudler, Tomas Holmstrom, and Brad Stuart I agree that the wings will let Holmstrom and Hudler go. They would love to retain Stuart but all signs point to him returning to California.
    The Wings already have significant cap space and by losing these three players would legitimately have the cap space to make strong offers to both Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.

    Memorial Cup
    The St. John's Sea Dogs punched their ticket to the Memorial Cup semi finals Wednesday night when Captain Jonathan Huberdeau lead his team by scoring two goals, and adding an assist while posting a plus -2 to lead his team to a 4-1 victory over host Shawinigan.
    Brandon Gormley has been outstanding for Shawinigan. The prospect of the Phoenix Coyotes is in his second Memorial Cup and still has a chance to win it all starting Thursday night as Shawinigan will play the Edmonton Oil Kings in the final round robin tie-breaker game. The winner faces St. Johns on Friday for a berth against the London Knights in the Finals on Sunday

    Signing
    Mikael Granlund has signed an entry level contract and will debut with the Wild in the 2012-2013 season. Granlund should be considered an early favorite for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year. His fantasy impact could be significant and you should consider drafting him if he is available, even if you are not in a full keeper league. If you already own him, and have been paying your dues with him on your prospect bench, the pay off is about to arrive!

    Alain Vigneault has been extended by the Vancouver Canucks for two more seasons. As a result I think it is safe to say that this will have an impact on the Roberto Luongo situation assuring he is dealt in the off season. It is difficult to envision a scenario where this does not diminish Luongo's fantasy value to some extent, either a little, or a lot!

    Tweet of the Day
    The tweet of the day goes to Rob Lowe:

    Rob Lowe ‏@RobLowe
    Congrats to The #StanleyCup bound LA #Kings from Dean Youngblood!! #NHL

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