The Return of Hockey

It sure will be nice to see games that count tonight.

The seemingly unstoppable Bruins are starting to get healthy.

Patrice Bergeron, out with a concussion, skated yesterday, and could return to the Boston lineup as a wing. It makes sense given Boston’s depth at center and given that playing center is physically demanding. Bergeron could save a lot of wear-and-tear by playing on the wing.

Scott Burnside has an article naming the NHL’s most tradeable players. Is it me or are Doug Weight and Keith Tkachuk on this list every year?

Allan Muir recently did a mailbag where someone asked what happens to team over the cap when the NHL lowers it, as is expected to happen in 2010?

Basically, teams just need to get under the cap, by whatever means necessary, which could cause chaos for teams with a lot of big contracts. Teams in good cap position, like the Canadiens will be, should find a lot of great players without having to give much back.

Finally, kudos to Larry Brooks for sticking a great joke into the end of his All-Star game story (joke emphasis mine):

This was the fifth game in All-Star history to go to overtime and the second to be decided by a shootout. The first came in Florida in 2003…Tim Thomas was the winning goaltender for the second consecutive year…Mike Komisarek was assessed the first penalty since 2000 when he was called for hooking Ryan Getzlaf at 2:22 of overtime…Petr Prucha was a healthy scratch.