Thursday, December 06, 2007

Canucks-Predators Preview / Ducks / Auld / Recchi

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CANUCKS VS PREDS

The Canucks roll into Music City tonight still not playing their best hockey. They remained undisciplined against Chicago yet still managed a win.
When are the Sedins going to break out again?
Word is that Vigneault wants to play Curtis Sanford in one of the next 2 Canucks games. I would hope that would be tonight, and save Luongo for the Penguins on Saturday night. (Crosby must lose)
CONFIRMED: Sanford will play tonight, according to Rotowire.

This game is about revenge as well, as the Preds beat the Nucks 3-0 on November 1st.
Look out for Jason Arnot, who broke a Predators record last game with 12 shots in one game against the Leafs. Arnott also had 1 goal and 1 assist in the Preds shutout over the Canucks 1 month ago.
-The Preds have won 3 of their last 5.
-The Canucks have won 4 of their last 5.

I think we beat Nashville 4-2 tonight and get our revenge. Arnott breaks his arm from taking 20 shots.

GAME TIME: 5:00 PST
TV: SPORTSNET PACIFIC



DUCKS CAP

I thought that Niedermayer's decision to play again would put the Ducks over the cap. But does it really? Not according to Hockey Analysis:

Burke is talking about making a deal anyways. But would that be to move a defenceman for a good forward? I can see Beauchemin or Schneider being on the block. But let's see if Burkie gets any takers.




AULD SHIPPED TO BOSTON

The Bruins are having serious health issues with their goaltenders this season, and have acquired Alex Auld to help out, in exchange for Nate DiCasmirro and a 5th round pick in 2009.
The B's lost Tim Thomas to an apparent ankle injury last night, and his status is unknown. But it's probably not very good if the Bruins went out and got Auld.
Manny Fernandez has back spasms and a knee issue that have not been resolved yet. His return is delayed.
Tuuka Rask is only 20 years old, so I suppose the Bruins won't put too much pressure on him. This is where Auld will help out....maybe. Auld isn't that good. Poor Alex has moved from shitty-defensive team to shitty defensive team in his brief NHL career.

I don't know much about DiCasmirro, except that he's a 29 year old left winger, and has not put up serious numbers in the AHL. But he can fight though.



RECCHI'S NHL FUTURE OVER?

The Penguins have assigned Recchi to their AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The last big name Penguin to go that route was John Leclair, and look what happened to him! I still can't believe that nobody wanted Recchi..... crazy.
I just listened to Dave Nonis on Team 1040 mention that Recchi is a risk at his current dollar value and that he isn't gambling on him.
In my opinion, I disagree. Recchi is worth the gamble. Geez, he only helped Carolina win the Cup 2 years ago.

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5 Comments:

At December 6, 2007 at 3:39 PM , Anonymous Matt said...

Yeah, I'm surprised the Flames didn't take him. They are seriously lacking in the washed-up has-been department. Oh wait, I forgot about Nolan, Conroy, Yelle and Nilson.

Actually Nolan has been better in the last few weeks.

 
At December 6, 2007 at 4:15 PM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Really? Nolan has been better? Gad I haven't watched a Flames game for quite a while now.
Poor Recchi. I just don't get it. He's not really that much of a gamble. He had 68 points last year for frick's sake! Did I miss something? It's not like he's a slug like Jason Allison was.

 
At December 6, 2007 at 11:27 PM , Blogger Andrew Bucholtz said...

Yeah, surprised no one's grabbed Recchi yet: probably due to his contract, but I'd think some teams with cap space would want him to bring along their prospects. Nice call on tonight's Nucks' game score: only off by the empty-netter. Hilarious moment tonight when Linden was given an assist on Burrows' goal originally, tying him for the franchise scoring lead (which he lost to Naslund in Chicago the other night), only to have it later revoked by the scorers. Also funny: the Associated Press thinks the Canucks have a new captain. The AP story posted on the Globe and Mail's website tonight started with the great line "The combination of Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin and Martin Naslnd was a triple play that the Nashville Predators couldn't overcome." Love that Martin Naslnd: he must be a great shortstop with all those triple plays!

 
At December 7, 2007 at 9:26 AM , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Ah, Recchi is now on re-entry waivers. Someone is going to take him.

I was bragging about being right about the score and then Linden ruined for me, that selfish bugger. :)

 
At December 7, 2007 at 10:35 AM , Anonymous Temujin said...

Trevor Linden. Enough Said :-0

 

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