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Daily Dosage - Nov. 25, 2008

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ClutterbuckCal Clutterbuck scored twice in Minnesota's win over Washington.  No, he's not fantasy relevant (first two points of the year) but we just really wanted to say his name... Cal Clutterbuck.  It feels good.  Impressed we got a Clutterbuck jersey up here?  You should be.

 

Bottom line on the Toronto-St.Louis swap is that the Leafs got the better player and Lee Stempniak should be a legitimate top 6 (2nd line) forward for them.... Steen and Colaiacovo, for various reasons, weren't going to flourish in Toronto.  Only question is if Cliff/Burke should have waited until these guys weren't at the bottom of the barrel in terms of trade value and maybe should have tried to get some younger assets (ie draft picks) in return?  Until you realize that you're talking about Cliff Fletcher... man never met a trade he didn't like and doesn't care for draftsmaft picks, so figured he pull the trigger on one more before he hits the road.  Stempniak's been on a real tear lately with 12 points in his last 8 games, so this probably won't help his fantasy value for the short term but he should get opportunities on the top lines and the PP (where he can play the point). 

 

The days of Ian White being fantasy relevant appear to be over.  The Leafs are moving him back to the blueline. [more]

 

Brandon Dubinsky had a Gordie Howe Hat-trick last night, so that combined with his hot start makes him a valuable commodity doesn't it?  The answer is no... before his goal last night, he hadn't scored in 13 games and only has 4 points in his last 11. 

 

With a goal last night Jeff Carter pulled into a tie with Thomas Vanek in the Rocket Richard Trophy race... we expected big things from Carter this year but this is ridunkulous.  In his last 6 games he's got 6 goals and 36 shots.

 

Stamkos

So Steven Stamkos is back to being a struggling rookie.  With Rick Tocchet behind the bench we were hoping he would finally bust out -- he was receiving a lot of top quality ice time -- but instead he was benched for 15 minutes on Sunday.  Insert your own 'Seen Stamkos' joke here.  It’s probably a good idea to sit the kid till he starts showing some consistency. [more]

 

Evgeni Nabokov is coming back on Wednesday.  With Luongo and Brodeur out he may be the best in the league.  [more]

 

Not fantasy news but Ryan "The Purse Snatcher" O'Byrne's own goal (video) last night that cost Montreal a win was pretty special... couldn't happen to a nicer tool... if you don't recall what we're talking about, check here.

 

We put up a new poll... the results of the last one were pretty one-sided... 5% thought Brian Burke was a great GM and about 8 times as many people thought he was just a blow-hard and a baffoon... which, I guess, makes him the perfect candidate to run the Leafs.

 

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page which gives you a consolidated list of injuries):

Roberto Luongo has an adductor muscle strain in his groin.  Oooookay.  What does that mean to you?  He’s apparently out at least a week...maybe longer.  The Canucks delayed the announcement for a second time as they continued to wait for the MRI results but we finally have an answer...but that 'maybe longer' makes us worry.  Since it’s only for a week, Curtis Sanford may get the most of the starts.  He looked good in a 3-2 win over Detroit on Monday.  [more]

SaloSami Salo returned vs the Red Wings last night after being sidelined with the flu and a hamstrin injury.  He played 22 minutes in the game and went 1+1=2.  A great game, but this guy is as brittle as they come. Oh Salo.  So much potential, so many injuries.  You can find other 30 point dmen on your waiver wire that won't give you as many headaches and grey hairs. [more]

 

Also returning from injury last night was Scott Gomez...who came back much earlier than expected.  The early comeback means there is a bit of concern with Gomez...especially when your coach is saying things like "we're gonna give it a go" before the game.  He scored a goal in 22 minutes of action…proceed with caution. [more]

Tomas Holmstrom's MRI revealed nothing serious. Homer owners will only need to wait about a week to see him back in his office, with his ass in some goalie's face. [more]

After being out 7 games, Sergei Fedorov's comeback lasted about 5 minutes the other night and now he's back on the shelf with that ankle injury and missed last night's game.

Darcy Tucker left last night's game with a knee injury and is listed as day-to-day.

Steve Bernier left the game last night with an undisclosed injury, we'll update you when we hear something.

Distraction of the Day

What's distracting us today?  MacGyver is the smartest guy in history right?  Well...the smartest guy in history is also a hockey fan.  Coincidence?  We think not.  Bam.  Take that NBA!

Who would have thought you would get a physics lesson at Fantasy Hockey Scouts?  Hmmm?  FHS University.  An interesting idea.