by Patrick Hoffman on 05/21/11 at 10:53 AM ET
From good friend of the blog Stan Fischler at MSGNetwork.com:
• WORLD’S WHAT? While the misnamed World Championships of hockey go unnoticed along New York’s Broadway, Chicago’s State Street and Hollywood’s Wilshire Boulevard, it gets lots of scrutiny from National Hockey League bird dogs scrutinizing prospects. Glen Sather and John Tortorella have to be pleased with Derek Stepan’s efforts for Team USA. “I didn’t realize how good Stepan was,” observed Team USA—former Islanders—head coach Scott Gordon. “Derek was impressive not just from a point standpoint—seven points in seven games—but his hockey intelligence. He’s the whole package.”
P.S. Don’t be surprised if Gordon re-appears as an NHL head coach. He’s got plenty of admirers among general managers.
• ON DEVILS ISLAND: Evgeni Nabokov’s snubbing of the Islanders during the homestretch may come under the heading “Time is a healer.” Nabby’s big-time agent Donnie Meehan has convinced the vet goalie that it would be more sensible to show up at training camp and be a good (goalie) boy, make some real money and then see what happens. Certainly, there’s a chance that Garth Snow can trade Easy Ev to a goalie-seeking team such as Philadelphia—even Phoenix, if Ilya Bryzgalov goes bye-bye—for a draft choice. (Hey, maybe even nab another Michael Grabner!) If Moose Hedberg does not return to New Jersey, who knows, Lou Lamoriello might get on the blower to Snow.
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