Reasoner Re-Signs!! (Updated June 8 @ 12:35 pm)
Just moments after posting this blog, I learned that centerman Marty Reasoner re-signed with the Thrashers.
Marty will be a Thrasher for two more years according to Ben Wright on the team’s website!
This, obviously, is very good news, indeed…now let me call again for giving him an “A” to wear on his jersey this year!
Update June 8 @ 6:36 pm - The word I’m getting now is that the Reasoner deal pays him $1.1 mil this season and $1.2 next season. This is a bargain…especially when you consider the money Holik was paid.
The Fat Lady Prepares For Her Last Performance Of The Spring NHL Tour
The Fat Lady’s spring concert tour is coming to an end this week. So far this spring she has performed for St. Louis, Columbus, Montreal, San Jose, Calgary, the New York Rangers, Philadelphia, New Jersey, Washington, Vancouver, Anaheim, Boston, Carolina and Chicago.
The only question is if she’ll be bellowing out her song Tuesday night in Pittsburgh or a possible game seven on Friday evening in Detroit.
Regardless, if Saturday’s game five is any indication, she will find herself performing once again for the Penguins who find themselves a game away from being defeating by the Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Finals…and for the second year in a row return home for a must-win game six.
Detroit also has history on their side as 14 of the previous 19 teams who have come out on top in a game five when the series was tied 2-2 going into it have ultimately prevailed to lift the cup. And…as if the Wings needed any more help… one more thing playing into Detroit’s favor is the fact that the teams will have two days of rest between games five and six instead of just one. “The biggest part is the extra days off. That’s the best thing that we’ve got to this point”, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said, “We’ll be a better team.”
As for Saturday night’s game five…once again, Detroit’s stars came up big for the Wings in the 5-0 smack-down of the Pens over the weekend…Henrik Zetterberg notched goal number eleven for the playoffs and also added an assist on Niklas Kronwall’s third goal of the postseason…Chris Osgood, (2.00 GAA and .927 SV%), continued his strong bid for the Conn Smythe with shutout number two in 21 games this spring…and Pavel Datsyuk returned to the lineup to chip in with a pair of helpers.
For the Penguins, both Malkin and Crosby were held to but one shot on goal apiece. The Penguins’ captain has only one goal and three overall points so far in the Finals going into the must-win sixth game of the series. Malkin has a pair of goals and five assist versus Detroit so far.
Marc-Andre Fleury had to be pulled after Zetterberg made the score 5-0 on the Wing’s third power play goal of the second period. Making his first playoff appearance since 2004, backup Mathieu Garon stopped all eight shot he face…but by that time, the damage had been done.
Tuesday is do-or-die time for the Penguins…just like last year.
Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch…
With last week’s announcement that defenseman Anssi Salmela has been re-signed, the blueline in Thrasherville looks something like this going into the draft and free agent signing season…
The starting six would be Hainsey, Bogosian, Enstrom, Exelby, Salmela and Valabik, (pending contract as he’s an RFA this summer). Arturs Kulda, Chad Denny and Grant Lewis will probably be vying for that open seventh spot in training camp and preseason.
Nathan Oystrick and Clay Wilson are UFAs on July 1, so I exclude them from consideration until and unless they re-sign.
But, like I said, that’s the way it looks now… prior to any moves that would be made over the course of the next couple of months. If the Thrashers were successful in his bid to bring in a top-four defenseman via free agency, that would skew the depth chart to where Hainsey, Bogey, Toby and (insert name of desired top-four defender here) would round out the top pairings with XLB, Valabik and Salmela rotating around the third. Thus leaving Kulda, Denny and Lewis in Chicago again.
And with that, I leave you with the following question. Of the following players, which do you believe could help bring the highest return in trade value ..whether alone or couple with other players, prospects or draft picks… if Waddell wished to shop them around for a top-line forward?
Exelby…Valabik… Kulda…Denny or Lewis?
Mucking and Grinding’s Kevin Allen opines that “Don’t Stop Believin’” isn’t just about red Wings hockey to him.
SI.com’s Allan Muir equates Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix to … get this… Vladimir Putin. Appearently, Muir thinks Lacroix has am issue in regards to “power”.
Jay feaster, former GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning, remembers his summer with Lord Stanley’s Cup in his blog for The Hockey News.