Streit hurts shoulder... Savard's best case: half season... update on Harding & Leighton... Foligno, Fowler, Kotalik & Fedotenko impress in X play... Burkie's underground lair
HEADS UP... we updated our 2010/11 Fantasy Scouting Report on Sept 21st, so its some of the freshest fantasy hockey draft advice, projections & cheatsheets that you can find.
The Islanders Mark Streit hurt his shoulder in a scrimmage yesterday and was seen leaving the arena with his arm in a sling so this might be serious... he'll be re-evaluated in the next few days. This would really hurt as Streit is one of the top fantasy dmen in the league.
Marc Savard talked to the media yesterday and while saying all the right things about how he's planning on being back this year, he did say that he wasn't going to rush back (he thought he returned too early in the playoffs this spring) and he was going to wait until he was 100% before he looks to return. So the best case scenario is probably a half a season out of him, so if that's worthy of a late round pick in your league then give it a go, understanding the risk that he might not play at all.
Sergei Samsonov suffered a sprained neck as he went head-first into the boards in a game against Atlanta last night... not sure how long that will keep him out. We weren't planning on going anywhere near him in any fantasy leagues this year, this just gives us another reason.
Injury update from yesterday on two goalies... Josh Harding has a torn ACL & MCL and so he's likely done for the season... tough break for the kid. We'd expect that the Wild will look for a veteran backup. No real update on Mike Leighton's back injury although the team did reveal he suffered a back injury during the summer and that this could be a re-aggravation of that injury... yikes. I want to see my goalies with back injuries as much as I'd like to see Oprah in a bathing suit.
The Sens Nick Foligno has been impressive in the pre-season as he's trying to win a top 6 job over Peter Regin... he's scored in each of his three pre-season games including two goals last night.
Another rough outing for Carey Price as he gave up six goals on 30 shots... at least this one was in Ottawa so he probably wasn't booed (as badly).
Here's our daily Cam Fowler update... he once again led the team in ice-time last night (25:08 with 6:24 on the PP) but had no points to show for it. We're starting to come around to the idea that the Ducks are going to keep him in the NHL for at least a nine game audition... so he might be worth considering for a late round pick in one-year leagues, if you're the gambling type.
The Sabres Craig Rivet is going to sit out practice for a while as he has a bruised throat... no big loss as he's not a great fantasy option unless you get off on the 100+ PIMs.
Well-timed big performance by Ales Kotalik last night for the Flames as he had 1+2=3 and scored the winner in the shootout. The Flames are over the salary cap and it looks like they'll have to make some kinda move (although with Langkow hurt maybe not) and Kotalik seemed like an obvious candidate. But given that Calgary needs guys who can score, maybe they keep Kotalik around and look for a solution elsewhere.
Speaking of guys that Glen Sather overspent on... Wade Redden was waived by the Rangers, we'll see if he ends up in Hartford, Europe or semi-retired with a $6.5M pension.
Still with the Rangers, Rusty Fedotenko had 1+2=3 last night in pre-season action and is making a push to make the team as a try-out. We still think he's in tough as the Rangers have quite a few bodies up front but remember that he's had some good times with Torts, so that could keep him around.
What's distracting us today?
- We found this little beauty pretty interesting... a picture via Leafs HQ (via the Toronto Star) of Brian Burke's secret underground lair (actually its a room at the Leafs practice facility) that has a wall with pretty much every player you'd ever care to know... this must be where he comes up with those diabolical trades??? If you really want to know what the Leafs depth chart looks like then Leafs HQ went all CSI on the photo and figured it out.