Miscellaneous, take 2

A few things happened in the NHL this week, so I’m gonna regroup them in this article.

Cherepanov collapses.

Very, very sad news from Russia. Top prospect Alexei Cherepanov died at the end of a KHL game today, october 13th. While returning to the bench after being hit, he collapsed on the bench and didn’t regain consciousness. Our deepest thoughts to his family and friends.

Cherepanov was tagged as the next Jaromir Jagr for the Rangers and was expected to play top minutes as soon as next year. His death leaves a big hole on the right wing for the Rangers.

Kopitar in LA for a long time.

Anze Kopitar, LA’s young superstar and top talent, signed a 7 years extension with the Kings, worth 47.8 millions. The contract breaks down to 6.8 millions per year on the cap. He’s locked up until summer 2016.

This is good news for the Kings. Kopitar, O’Sullivan, Stoll and Brown are their best forwards and they’re now signed for at least 3 years. 6.8 millions seems fair in the actual market for a point-per-game player and potential 100 points player. Kopitar is the face of the franchise in LA. Good signing by Lombardi.

Jack Johnson injured.

Jack Johnson, LA Kings’ top d-man, is out for at least 3 months. He was injured to the arm in the game against the Kings and will go under surgery later this week. This is a huge blow to LA, who were already struggling with a thin defence.

pezzz interrogation : I picked Drew Doughty in my pool this year (I had to pick a rookie). With Johnson sidelined for 3 months, he will likely see top minutes and play on the 1rst PP with Preissing on the point. Is 40 points probable for Doughty, or am I too optimistic? Are Bogosian and Pietrangelo better picks? Only the points total counts in my pool.

Andrew Alberts on his way to Philly.

Bruins and Flyers made a swap today. Philadelphia acquired D Andrew Alberts for F Ned Lukacevic and a conditionnal draft pick. Lukacevic was previously acquired by the Flyers in the Denis Gauthier trade with the Kings.

With Randy Jones and Ryan Parent sidelined for many weeks (8 for Jones, 10 at least for Parent), the Flyers had to get a d-man to fill the holes. Alberts appears to be nothing more than a band-aid until Jones returns or until a bigger trade takes place. He will likely be waived when the Flyers d-corp will be healthy.

On the Bruins side, this trade relieves them from 1.250 millions on the cap while making place to promising rookie Matt Hunwick. Is this the 1rst step of a bigger trade to get a top 4 d-man for the Bruins? Only time will tell.

Rangers in fire

The Rangers are 4 on 4 so far this season. 8 points in 8 games. It’s impressing, considering they played twice against Tampa Bay, once against Philly and once against Chicago, 3 teams with HIGH expectations for this year. They scored 12 goals in 4 games, averaging 3 per game. A lot of experts were saying that with the departure of Jagr, Shanahan and Straka, the Rangers would have a difficult time scoring and would even miss the playoffs.

POLL OF THE DAY : Are the New York Rangers underestimated? Are they Stanley Cup contenders?

Good day to all.