Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Kadri and Lashoff join the flickering playoff hope.

Lashoff cleared re-entry waivers today, thanks to a league clause that means claiming any players after the trade deadline deems them unavailable to play on your NHL team, not allowed to report to your AHL club and not allowed to be traded. if somebody had picked up Lashoff they would be able to do nothing with him until next season other then negotiate his next contract.

Lashoff has had a great year on the Marlies with 7G 21A and 137PIM. Surely Toronto would have called him up sooner had he not been a threat to be taken on waivers. He has an edge, he plays on the PP and he'll throw the mitts. After watching Lebda fail to contain even the most average NHL player along his own boards all season long, this has to be an improvement.

Kadri on the other hand seems to be getting another pedigree call-up. Yes, 41 points in 44 games is very good. His improved defensive play and willingness to get physical against bigger players all good signs. Me personally, I would have liked to see him stay down for the rest of the Marlies season and help them get into the playoffs. Not up to me though, and with Armstrong injured for the rest opf the season somebody needs to come up.

I hope I'm wrong about Kadri and he shows he's ready to play in the NHL.

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