The News Dion Phaneuf will serve as the Maple Leafs captain in 2010-11, according to TSN. Our View This despite the fact that Phaneuf has just 26 Maple Leafs games under his belt. The Maple Leafs are currently captain-less, however, and after they went on a limb in getting Phaneuf last season, they appear to be doing all they can to make their move look like a good one.
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Leafs to name Phaneuf captainPosted in Fantasy Hockey by SlapShot 563 days ago (http://ownersedge.fanball.com)
Devils eyeing KaberlePosted in Fantasy Hockey by SlapShot 563 days ago (http://ownersedge.fanball.com)
The News The Devils are apparently interested in Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle, according to TSN. Our View Kaberle has one year remaining on his deal with the Maple Leafs. In 82 games last season, he tallied seven goals and 42 assists.
Bouchard making some progressPosted in Fantasy Hockey by SlapShot 563 days ago (http://ownersedge.fanball.com)
The News Limited to just one game last season due to a severe concussion, Pierre-Marc Bouchard has been cleared to start walking and riding a stationary bike, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Our View While that's progress, he is still progressing slowly. His 2010-11 season looks to still very much be up in the air. Stay tuned.
Toews named Conn Smythe winnerPosted in Fantasy Hockey by SlapShot 564 days ago (http://ownersedge.fanball.com)
The News After tallying 29 points (in 22 games) during the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup run, Jonathan Toews was named the winner of the 2010 Conn Smythe award on Wednesday evening. Our View Amazingly, despite being just 22 years of age, Toews is not the youngest player to ever take home playoff MVP honors. That distinction belongs to someone you may have heard of, goalie Patrick Roy, who won the award at age 20 in 1986 as a member of the Canadiens.
Briere has three points, but Flyers fall in sixPosted in Fantasy Hockey by SlapShot 565 days ago (http://ownersedge.fanball.com)
The News Daniel Briere factored in every Flyer tally on Wednesday night, but it wasn't enough as Philly lost a 4-3 heart-breaker in overtime and Game 6 went to the Chicago Blackhawks giving them their first Stanley Cup Championship in 49 years. Our View Briere scored a goal, assisted on two others in the game and finished with 30 points in 23 playoff contests to lead all players. Michael Leighton, who was brilliant leading up to the finals, had another tough outing as he allowed four goals on 41 shots in the game. He was peppered with shots all night, but the goals he did allow were soft and could have been avoided in most respects. Scott Hartnell scored the other two goals for the Flyers, including one to tie the game at 16:01 of the third period, but Philly will just have to settle for being the second best team in 2010.
Kane's OT tally makes cup dreams come truePosted in Fantasy Hockey by SlapShot 565 days ago (http://ownersedge.fanball.com)
The News Patrick Kane scored at 4:06 of overtime to cement the Blackhawks' first Stanley Cup Championship since 1961 as they nipped the Flyers 4-3 on the night and 4-2 in the series. Our View Kane added a pair of assists in the contest as well and was everywhere on the ice throughout the game. Jonathan Toews, the NHL's youngest captain, was named the Conn Smythe award winner as the most valuable player in the playoffs. He had seven goals and 29 points, finishing second overall in points and was the first to hoist the cup in Philly's unfriendly confines on Wednesday. Antti Niemi stopped 21-of-24 shots in the game and Dustin Byfuglien, Patrick Sharp and Andrew Ladd scored the other tallies for the Blackhawks. The wait is finally over after 49 years.
Setoguchi undergoes hernia surgeryPosted in Fantasy Hockey by SlapShot 565 days ago (http://ownersedge.fanball.com)
The News Devin Setoguchi recently underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia, according to the San Jose Mercury-News. Our View He'll have plenty of time to recover this offseason. Look for him to come back rejuvenated last year, as he was clearly hampered by the injury toward the end of the season and into the playoffs.
Carcillo likely to be healthy scratch tonightPosted in Fantasy Hockey by SlapShot 565 days ago (http://ownersedge.fanball.com)
The News Daniel Carcillo is not expected to play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals tonight, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Our View Look for the agitator to be a healthy scratch. He's only played in two games of the series thus far.
Slater gets extensionPosted in Fantasy Hockey by SlapShot 566 days ago (http://ownersedge.fanball.com)
The News According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Thrashers gave center Jim Slater a two-year, $2 million contract extension on Tuesday. Our View The fifth year Thrasher will now spend at least two more years with the club after posting 11 goals and 18 points in 61 games last season. He was a healthy scratch for most of the first third of the season, but maintained steady playing time down the stretch. He'll earn $900,000 next year and then $1.1 million in 2011-12.
Leighton expected to start Game 6Posted in Fantasy Hockey by SlapShot 566 days ago (http://ownersedge.fanball.com)
The News Flyers coach Peter Laviolette has given a strong hint that Michael Leighton will start in net for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night, according to ESPN.com. "Our goaltender has the best numbers in the playoffs, I don't think I have to announce it," Laviolette said after Tuesday's practice. Our View Leighton was pulled from the net on Sunday night after giving up three early goals, but it sounds like he'll be back between the pipes as the Flyers look to stay alive on Wednesday. Brian Boucher didn't do any better in place of Leighton in Game 5, giving up three goals as well on just one additional shot attempt.
Lightning likely to hire Guy BoucherPosted in Fantasy Hockey by SlapShot 567 days ago (http://ownersedge.fanball.com)
The News According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Guy Boucher will likely soon be named Tampa Bay's new head coach. Our View A 38-year-old former player, Boucher coached the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs last season. Stay tuned.
Briere suffers eye gash on SundayPosted in Fantasy Hockey by SlapShot 567 days ago (http://ownersedge.fanball.com)
The News Daniel Briere needed stitches to close an cut under his eye in Game 5 on Sunday but was able to return to action shortly after suffering the cut, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. Our View He'll be re-evaluated today, but you have to believe he'll be available for Game 6. The Flyers face elimination, down 3-2 in the series.
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