Shrapnel - 5/6/2011

In some ways, it hardly seems like a week has gone by, and in others, it's like it's been forever.

We've seen some big swings for the teams still in the playoffs, as the Lightning swept the Capitals right out of the postseason (thanks for making my prediction look good, guys...), the Sharks appear to be on the edge of doing the same to Detroit, Boston giving the Flyers all they could handle, taking a 3-0 lead into tonight's matchup (and making some wonder if history could repeat), and the Canucks pushing Nashville to the brink, with a potentially deciding game 5 on tap for tomorrow night. (Oh, and the Green Men had a bit of fun with Nicole Kidman.)

Over at the World Championships, Scott Arniel had a fascinating interview where he recalled his memories of being part of one of the first organized World Junior teams, Antoine Vermette appears to be near returning to the ice after suffering a knee injury in a Team Canada exhibition game, and Team Canada and Team USA will meet up today at 16:15 CET in their first qualification round game. (That's about 10:15 here in the US, but sadly it is not available on Versus this morning. I believe it'll be tape delayed tonight, but on the other hand, there are worse reasons to stop by the R-Bar for "breakfast".)

Over here at The Cannon, we've started our Draft Prospects Profiles series, which will run through the month of May, while Lou took some time to get his thoughts about Mike Commodore off his chest. Dan took a look at Ryan Johansen's continued playoff success in the WHL, contrasted by his continued suspect playoff facial hair, and I took a look at R.J. Umberger and the possible comparisons if he should sign a contract extension this summer.

Over at Dark Blue Jacket, Tom took some time to consider the state of Juice, while Gallos considered if we need to specifically look for free agents or trades with more "snarl".

Over at The Other Paper, they've got the scoop on Jared Boll taking part in the "Make CF History" hockey tournament to help the Ohio Cystic Fibrosis foundation. (Don't worry, guys, he's just signing autographs. Put your gloves back on!)

At Light the Lamp, they continue to give you tips on cheap Jackets gearoffer sheets, and his own look at Umby and his future with the Jackets.

Last, a moment of pause. This week saw a major change in the face of the world with the news that the United States had found (and killed) Osama Bin Laden. 

While we generally prefer to keep our politics out of our hockey, American or Canadian, if  you happen to see a member of the American or Canadian Armed Forces today, thank them, and let's hope that those abroad will remain safe, and can return to their families soon.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join The Cannon

You must be a member of The Cannon to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Cannon. You should read them.

Join The Cannon

You must be a member of The Cannon to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at The Cannon. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9355_tracker