from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- Dany Heatley’s foot speed is a concern in today’s racehorse NHL, but it’s his hands that have really deserted him. He’s a half-second slow on the trigger, which is not surprising for scorers as they get older. “Everybody talks about your feet going as you get older, but it’s your hands,” said Jari Kurri, in his last NHL days. Heatley is only 32, but it would surprise no one if the Minnesota Wild used one of their get-out-of-jail cards to buy out Heatley this summer. He’ll make $5 million next season.
- Jeff Skinner’s two concussions in the last 14 months are a concern, for sure. He’s only three years into his NHL career. The first came on the Andy Sutton smackdown at Rexall Place last season. The second was against the Toronto Maple Leafs a few days ago when he piled headfirst into the boards after a Mark Fraser hit. In both cases, he seemed fine, then the headaches and post-concussion stuff started a few days later. Skinner is an Olympic team candidate with some of the NHL’s sweetest hands. “He can score at any moment,” said Carolina Hurricanes captain Eric Staal.