I'm not going to get into the All-Star Fantasy Draft analysis cause the whole weekend is a joke, I don't really have any interest in it. Watched the draft, cause I want to see some of the player's personalities (see: rare) and stupid stuff that happens (see: here) but I couldn't give a cat's ass about who gets picked where. I mean Alfredsson & Chara left my boy Logan Couture till the last pick???... who does that???... not cool.
This post over at PPP got me thinking about James Reimer and how you'd be getting in on the ground floor if you picked him up right now as his value is as low as it goes. He's started just once in the Leafs last 11 games and has seen his gaa creep up to 3.01 & his sv% sink to .899. Sure he hasn't seemed the same since the concussion but overall on the season (12 of his 18 games have come post-concussion) his underlying numbers are very solid. His ES sv% is .931 (league average is around .920) and this has been shown to be a better predictor of future performances than overall sv%. His SH sv% is a horrid .771 (league average is around .870) and the reason why his numbers look so bad but that tends to fluctuate a lot and the Leafs PK has really improved over the last month. For comparison sakes, Reimer had a .933 ES sv% last year (.855 SH sv%) whereas Jonas Gustavsson is .916 at ES this year and .910 last year.
Apparently the Blackhawks are looking for a 2nd pairing dman before the trade deadline, not convinced that Nick Leddy is ready to fill that role in the playoffs. Leddy has been having a great season, on pace for 41 points while averaging 22:26 of TOI/gm (2:06 on the PP). He's hot lately as well with 5A over his last six games but beware that he could be in for a demotion if the Hawks find a trade partner. [Adam Jahns - Chicago Sun-Times]
Minor league deal yesterday as FLA traded Tim Kennedy to the Sharks for Sean Sullivan. The Sharks do their homework and Kennedy has shown some promise in the NHL when he was with the Sabres but he's been pretty piss-poor even in the AHL this year (3+6=9 in 18 games), so keep your expectations low. Sullivan is a good point producing AHL dman that is 27 and has never played in an NHL game. Theoretically he could see some time on the Panthers blueline but I'd say it's a longshot.
No takers for Antero Niittymaki on waivers so he'll remain with the Sharks for the time being but could be headed to Europe eventually. Perhaps they'll put him on re-entry waivers and see if there is more interest at a 50% discount.