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Daily Dosage - Oct. 3, 2008

Daily Diarrhea

We've updated our FREE Fantasy Hockey Rankings to take into account all the major injuries... so grab a copy, take comfort in the fact that you've got the most up-to-date list you can get and do some damage at your draft this weekend... good luck.

Speaking of lists, its feeling like a very list-heavy day... if you're really opposed to lists then you probably don't want to go any further... otherwise, list-lovers rejoice!!!

Demotions of the Day:

  • Claude Giroux was sent down to the AHL... expect him to be back up when Philly runs into some injuries and it wouldn't shock us at all if he spends more time in the NHL this year than the AHL.
  • Anaheim has sent Joakim Lindstrom to the AHL... not surprising.
  • Sounds like Ville Leino will start the year in the AHL... he has impressed but misses out due to the numbers game... probably should have thought of that when he signed with Detroit as a UFA.
  • Looking like Mikael Backlund will not make Calgary roster and will play this season in Sweden this season.... ah yeah, if you had the Breakout Bible then you know that we told you that a long time ago... it was simple math... his numbers in Sweden don't suggest that he's ready.   

From the "If you consider this relevant news for your fantasy hockey team then you're either in the deepest league on the planet or you're off your medication" file:

  • Toronto dman Jeff Finger will likely miss the first week of the season as his sore foot still hasn't healed.
  • Chris Chelios will miss 3 to 6 weeks with a fractured bone in his leg.
  • NYI signed 2008 1st round draft pick Josh Bailey... are they still thinking about keeping this kid in the NHL this year?... terrible idea.

Potential Line Combos:

  • Patric Hornqvist played with Jason Arnott and J.P. Dumont on Nashville's top line last night.
  • Lee Stempniak is getting a shot at replacing Erik Johnson on the 1st PP unit for St. Louis.

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which will give you a consolidated list of injury status):

  • Josh Harding update: he has a scratched cornea but shouldn't miss any regular season action.
  • Returning to game action recently was Sidney Crosby, Jason Arnott and Nikita Filatov.
  • Joe Thornton has a sore groin and may rest for a while but is expected to be ready to go when the regular season starts.
  • Marek Zidlicky could miss some games at the beginning of the regular season with a leg injury, "It doesn't look good," coach Jacques Lemaire said. "Looks like it'll be awhile."
  • Steve Downie is out a few weeks after straining his knee.

Distraction of the Day

What's distracting us today...  as much as we don't really care for Minnesota as a team (mostly because of Jacques Lemaire) we're really starting to like some of their players... another great piece from Michael Russo in the Star Tribune on 20 year old James Sheppard's comedy routine that is his life...

  • Last year Sheppard lived in Darby Hendrickson's basement, borrowed Hendrickson's truck and preceded to immediately add a little character in the form of a few dents, "I pulled into a Holiday Inn parking lot and tried to squeeze in between an 18-wheeler that shouldn't have been there," Sheppard said.
  • Not sure if Darby kicked him out or if Shep left on his own accord but this year he's been crashing at teammate John Harding's place, sleeping on the futon, using Harding's breakfast table as a closet and still breaking things, "I got to Hards', and the first night I was there, I broke his TV remote. Then I took his car out and the 'check engine' light went on. I mean, I'm trying to behave myself."
  • Well maybe Shep can make it up to Hards with some sweet pickin on his guitar... "He's been bragging to me for months about how good he is at guitar now because he's been playing all summer," Harding said. "So he picked up the guitar finally and was like, 'So, do you like Eric Clapton?' I said, 'You know what, I don't really like Eric Clapton. Let's hear something else. He's like, 'You sure you don't like Eric Clapton?' He was going on and on hours on end about how good of a guitar player he was and he knows one song and he only knows the first two chords!" The song was 'Tears in Heaven,' and Sheppard calls it "my go-to song."