Nicklas Lidstrom will announce his intentions today regarding his retirement. It is expected that he will say he is hanging them up, but nothing has been confirmed.
Assuming he does retire this will have an impact on the Wings blueline, and in fantasy leagues as well. lidstrom plays top minutes for Detroit and if he retires look to Niklas Kronwall to assume the mantle unless the Wings acquire a new number one defender. That is a possibility as Ryan Suter is a UFA and Shea Weber is a RFA. I believe both of Nashvilles top defenders remain in Nashville so the Wings could look elsewhere. Perhaps Mike Green from Washington. Who ever takes Lidstrom's place will have a huge opportunity, and big shoes (or skates) to fill.
Lidstrom is not the only star player considering retirement this off season. Sens Captain [B]Daniel Alfredsson[B], Ducks Teemu Selanne, Flyers Captain Chris Pronger, Thomas Holmstrom, Martin Brodeur, Ray Whitney, and Mike Knuble all played important roles and are significant fantasy contributors. The retirement of any of these players opens the door for a younger player to step into a prominent scoring role and deliver some fantasy points to your bottom line.
Stanley Cup Finals
[B]Anze Kopitar[B] was the over time hero in game one of the Cup finals, giving the Kings yet another victory on the road.
Jonathan Quickmade 16 saves on 17 shots for the victory.
As much as it pains me to discuss the CBA as this is a fantasy hockey site, and the CBA is more of a nightmare we all want to forget, it is relevant. So here goes, the fact that there has been no negotiations yet is very frightening to me. The league can not afford another labor dispute that interrupts the season.
One bright spot is Gary Bettman commented in his state of the union address that the salary cap for the 2012/2013 season could be raised by as much as $10 million. The Hockey Writers Mike Colligan writes, NHL Salary Cap Could Rise to $73.8 Million
@andrewhirsh of Hockey Writers reports Carolina Hurricanes may deal first round pick in an attempt to acquire a top forward to play with Eric Staal. Carolina currently owns the eighth overall selection. Players forecast to be available around that pick include Teuvo Teravinen, Griffin Reinhart, Matt Dumba, and Morgan Reilly.
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