Nicklas Lidstrom Retires
As a die-hard Red Wings fan its tough to imagine this team without Lidstrom. What an absolute rock star he was and to think he was drafted in the 3rd round.
Four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies and a Gold Medal. He scored 264 goals and 1142 points in 1564 games. WHAT A CAREER!
The big question now in Hockeytown is who will be the next captain. Henrik Zetterberg is the favorite to take on that role. I would love to see Detroit give an A to Darren Helm as I see him being the Wings leader down the road.
Tim Thomas Taking A Season Off?
If you own Thomas in your fantasy pool you are probably cursing with every suggestion that he might take the season off. If you can somehow find someone who lives under a rock and doesn’t know Thomas may take a year off you might be able to convince them to trade you fair market value for him, otherwise you are going to have to take a loss on him.
Check out this tweet from FHC writer David Dickenson "Wow... So Tim Thomas just gave a big F.U. To the bruins... No return from trade and he counts against the cap but won't be playing..."
Tuukka Rask owners are extremely giddy over this news as Rask is ready to be a #1 starter and his value is going to skyrocket. He has only started 23 and 29 games in each of the last two seasons so with Thomas gone expect him to start 60+ games.
My gut feeling on all this news is that I think Thomas will say he is taking a season off but it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him come back around the halfway mark. He is an intense competitor and will start to miss the game. Once we hit the midway mark and games start meaning more you will see him back in an NHL uniform.
Vladimir Tarasenko Coming to the NHL
This news also has fantasy owners extremely giddy. Tarasenko has decided to play for St. Louis next season instead of another year over in Russia. He is an offensive wizard who will be a legit contender for the Calder next season. Last year he split time between Novosibirsk and St. Petersburg in the KHL where he scored 23 goals and 47 points in 54 games. Tarasenko turned his game up a notch for playoffs where he scored 10 goals and 16 points in 15 games.
Corey Pronman tweeted “Several scouts Ive talked to think Tarasenko is ready to play an NHL top six. Could provide an impact from the get go.”
Marian Gaborik Out Six Months
Katie Strang of ESPN reports that Gaborik will be out six months as he will undergo surgery this coming week to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder.
Sounds like the injury happened in the Ottawa series. Pretty impressive that he was able to play through it. He disappeared in the Jersey series but was an impact against the Capitals. In the seven game series against Washington he scored three goals and seven points.
Stanley Cup Finals
New Jersey coach Pete DeBoer said “Henrik Tallinder won’t play tonight, but will accompany Devils to L.A.” so he most be getting close to being ready for action.
Darren Dreger tweeted “Drew Doughty admits the stress of his big $ contract impacted his season.Says he's at his best when he's having fun and he's doing that now.”
News and Notes from the NHL
OHL Scout Sean Lafortune tweeted “Lukas Sutter is massive. Biggest/strongest player thus far in day two.” He also tweeted “Oscar Dansk with one of the better showings for Goaltenders on the strength tests.”
St. Louis signed Ty Rattie. Rattie is an absolute goal scoring stud. He put up impressive numbers in the WHL, scoring 57 goals and 121 points in 69 regular season games. He followed that up with 19 goals and 33 points in 21 playoff games.
Fantastic column over on the Hockey Writers about Justin Schultz controlling his own destiny. http://thehockeywriters.com/overtime...r-own-destiny/
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