Brendan Shanahan has declared himself "on the market", deciding he's not going to wait for the NYR not to sign him anymore... now, if he's "on the market" in your fantasy hockey league, we wouldn't recommend going out and grabbing him, he can still put up 20 goals and gets a lot of shots but his PIMs have dropped off significantly the past 2 years and he's not as durable as he used to be. Having said that, we wrote this guy off during the lockout and he came back with an 81 point season the next year, so you can never be sure.
I guess Atlanta coach John Anderson wasn't too happy after the team's 7-0 loss to Philly the other night? Jeez, chill dude. He was so incensed that he's even going to break up the Little White Russian line and will try Erik Christensen and Jason Williams on a line with Kovalchuk, again... sorry no cool nicknames for that line. But showing that he has a flair for the ironic, he is replacing Kovalchuk with Kozlov on the line with Bryan Little and Todd White so I guess this watered-down version would be the "Virgin Little White Russian line". Also, here's what Anderson says he wants from his lines (we hope he goes into a little more detail with the players): "With Christensen’s line, goals. With White’s line, goals. With Reasoner’s line, goals and stopping goals. And with Slater’s line, energy."
Duck season has officially started... sorry for the lameness of that pun, but these Ducks are really flying!:
The kid from Regina (yes, rhymes with vagina, we can hear the giggling from some of our american friends that just realized this), Ryan Getzlaf had 5 assists last night and now has 10 points in his last 4 games after going pointless in his first 4 games this year.
Corey Perry has a 5 game point streak with 8 points over that span.
Teemu Selanne had a hat-trick last night and now has goals in 3 straight.
There's always a black duck in the bunch and with this flock its Brendan Morrison, who still only has 1 assist and is a minus 5 in 11 games so far and his ice time is down around 14 mpg now.
Dman of the Day
Speaking of Anaheim, Francois Beauchemin is a guy that might be worth a pickup if he's on your waiver wire, he's 4+1=5 in his last 7 games and is playing almost 26 mpg of ice time with about 2:30 a night of PP time and sometimes sneaks onto the 1st PP unit. Playing on Anaheim, he's also contractually obligated to mix it up once in a while so he'll get you a few PIMs as well.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):
Zach Bogosian has a broken leg and is out for 6 weeks, at least. But it sounds like the team still won't be sending him back to junior.
Brent Burns played last night and didn't miss any games with his lower body injury.
Originally Randy Jones was expected to be out for 3 to 4 months after hip surgery but he says now that he's targeting a mid December return, so much earlier than expected.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... first off, congrats to the Phillies and to the whole city of Philadelphia... it's time to party like its 1999! Somewhere, Mitch Williams just cracked a(nother) High Life. But speaking of towns and dudes in rough shape... Detroit is trying to put an end to the tradition where people light the city on fire on Devil's Night, by turning it into Angel's Night instead. Good for them, we'll see how that turns out. We don't expect anything of that magnitude in Calgary, but we will have the sidearm ready (alright, its only a watergun, well a spray bottle really) in case any whippersnappers try the old eggs and TP routine on Fantasy Hockey Scouts HQ. Say a prayer for us, will ya.