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Daily Dosage - Oct. 27, 2008

Daily Diarrhea

Check our weekend posts for all the injury updates (there were a lot on Sunday) and Yahoo position changes and the hex Sarah Palin put on St.Louis goalies.

Chicago sent a couple of Dmen to the AHL and are expected to call up Cam Barker and insert him into the lineup on tonight.... its about time (yes, he's on our fantasy team)... CB is 3+2=5 in 7 games in the AHL and should see top 4 ice time right away.  While we're talking about IceHogs, have to mention that goalie Antti Niemi is doing very well in the AHL (4-1, 1.56, .951) and is just waiting for Khabibulin to be moved so he can come up and win the #1 job from Huet.

Ville Leino is also getting the call from the AHL to replace the injured Johan Franzen... Leino was 5+4=9 in 5 games for Grand Rapids. 

Going the other way on the AHL express is Kris Russell, Columbus wants him to go down to get some ice time and work on his consistency.  We thought they would have worked on that when he was in the NHL for the whole year last year but apparently not.

We took down our old poll, Jakub Voracek was your choice for rookie you're most excited to see... ours too.  The new poll wants to know which one of the early season surprises do you think can keep up their hot pace.

Since there's not much to report when there's no games on Sunday, we thought we'd hand out our early season Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler" awards:

Know When to Hold 'em... these guys are off to slow starts but don't bail yet:

  • Joe Corvo - only 2 points in 7 games but is playing 20 mpg, leads the team in PP ice time and with Joni Pitkanen hurt, Corvo should get a boost. 

  • Ed Jovanovski - no points so far but playing 23 mpg and leads team in PP time so be patient.  We don't think he'll reach the 51 points he had last year and he'll probably get hurt soon but he's still not worth dropping.

  • Steven Stamkos - no points yet but coach Barry Melrose wants to increase his ice time and get him on the 1st PP unit.  We wouldn't drop him but we would be shopping him around cause he's got name value which could bring in a nice return.

Know When to Fold 'em... drop these guys:

  • Sergei Samsonov - no points in 7 games and has been skating on the top line but that won't last long if he's not producing... remember this guy's on his 5th team in the past 3 years and its not because people really wanted him, its because people really wanted to get rid of him.

  • RJ Umberger - 2 points and minus 5 in 7 games, the #1C experiment failed and now he's back to his more suitable 3rd line role.    

  • Ruslan Fedotenko - 1 point in 9 games, we never ever recommended this guy, has a high of 41 points in 7 NHL seasons.

Know When to Walk Away... sell high with these guys:

  • Ryan Miller - 5 wins, 1.60, .940, we like this guy but advise to sell while he's hot, not just cause he can't keep this up but because Miller always plays better in the 1st half than the 2nd.

  • Saku Koivu - 10 points in 7 games, his ice & PP time are down, 15 & 3 mpg, and he's been pushed aside a little by all the talent in Montreal so he won't keep this up. 

  • Aaron Voros - 5+4=9 in 11 games, he's only playing 12 mpg and won't come close to keeping up this pace, his highest point total in a pro season was 30 points in the AHL one year.

Know When to Run... to your waiver wire and grab these guys:

  • Devin Setoguchi - 5+3=8 in 9 games, playing about 15 mpg on the 1st line with Thornton and Marleau, he's a sniper.

  • Loui Eriksson - 4+2=6 in 9 games, playing 18 mpg with 3 mpg of PP time and has been re-united with Ribeiro and Morrow on the 1st line.

  • Mason Raymond - 3+3=6 in 8 games, 6 points in his last 5 games, he plays on the 2nd line and can handle the point on the PP. 

Distraction of the Day

What's distracting us today... we've got a friend in the Dublin Marathon today, so we wanted to wish him good luck... so good luck!  Can you imagine 26 Guinness in one day?  crazy... what's that?  ah, its actually a running race?... no Guinness involved?  But I thought it was in Dublin?  Well then... no luck is needed for that, 26 miles should be a piece of cake, lets hope he trained.