The break can't break hot streaks for Stewart & Franzen... Grebeshkov with a boost... Toivonen = not the answer... RDP hurting but not concerned... getting Caruso'ed
Wow, there was actually some NHL game action last night, just one game though as they eased us back in...
Our boy Chris Stewart continued to roll as he had two points last night and that gives him 3+5=8 in his last five games and is 19+19=38 over his last 39 games, so he's shown that this isn't just a little hot streak, the kid has stamina.
Johan Franzen scored twice, although one was called back, and he has goals in three straight and points in each of the four games since returning from his knee injury... so he's jumped right back in the saddle would be a nice trade target for fantasy GMs at your deadline.
Denis Grebeshkov was traded from the Oilers to the Predators for a 2nd round pick. He's having a down year this year after a breakout season with 39 points last year and this guy won't give you much other than assists and maybe a few PPP (he should be on the 2nd PP unit). One thing to note is that Barry Trotz is a coach that likes to "activate the defence", as Pierre McGuire would say, so he should get a little boost from that. For more on the impact of some potential Trade Deadline deals, check out our Deadline Fantasy Preview.
Jordan Leopold goes to the Penguins for a pick and he's now on his fourth team in the past two years. Going Panthers to Penguins is an automatic increase in value but this guy's relevant offensive days are behind him.
A few signings to report... the Stars re-upped Steve Ott for four more years, he was a useful fantasy player last year but has regressed back to his mid 20 point level this year. The Flames re-signed Matt Stajan to a four-year deal, good for the Ragin Stajan as the Flames seem pretty determined to make it work with him as their #1C. We have a hard time seeing him as more than a 60 point player but maybe he'll really click with Iginla and prove us wrong.
A minor league deal sends goalie prospect Joe Fallon from the Hawks to the Blues for Hannu Toivonen and Danny Richmond. Not much fantasy impact here but Fallon is a goalie worth keeping an eye on down the road and hopefully Toivonen is not Stan Bowman's solution to the Hawks goaltending worries.
The minorist of minor deals here as the Thrashers acquired Evgeny Artyukhin from the Ducks for Nathan Oystrick. We'd say Artyukhin is only really useful in goon pools but he seems to have turned into the gentle giant this year with only 41 PIMs so far.
We mentioned yesterday that the Caps had sent Semyon Varlamov to the AHL... well he played for Hershey on Sunday night (stopping 30 of 31 in the win) and was recalled yesterday, so he should be good to go when the Caps get back at it on Wednesday.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Rick DiPietro's knee is swollen, which doesn't seem to be a big concern to him or the team but hopefully for fantasy GMs, you've given up relying on this guy as even after a year off he's still not sure when his knee's are going to flare up.
The Flyers put Ray Emery on LTIR yesterday which was more of a cap related move but they also aren't saying anything about a possible return date so this is really smelling like it could be a season ending thing.
Milan Hejduk has recovered from his January knee surgery but hurt his back at some point over the break and missed last night's game due to that.
Skipping the Olympics was probably the best thing for Tomas Holmstrom as he was dealing with a bruised knee right before the break and the two weeks gave his entire body some time to recover... it showed last night as was 1+2=3 with four PIMs. He's probably only useful in deeper leagues but is worth a look if he can stay healthy and stick with Datsyuk on the top line.
If you have no idea what it going on... then maybe you need to be Caruso'ed: