BREAKING NEWS: Mats Sundin has signed with the Vancouver Canucks. This might send fantasy ripples throughout the league as the Rangers, Flyers, Hawks and Canadiens all might be looking elsewhere for help now. More detailed fantasy analysis to come. [more]
Heard an interview on the FAN 590 with Ray Emery where he says that he's really enjoying playing in Russia and is having fun over there (aka "my tongue is pickled in vodka"). He put his chances of returning to the NHL next year at 20%, so keep that in mind for next year's draft or if you're holding onto him in a keeper league.
Ottawa coach Craig Hartsburg says he's splitting up the Heatley-Spezza-Alfie line. Right, we've heard every Ottawa coach say that before, hell we've heard Hartsburg say it multiple times before. It might actually be possible to do if they had other players to play with but the guys who are supposed to be providing secondary scoring, Fisher, Kelly and Vermette, have only combined for 20 points and are a -16 so far this year.
Amazing performance from Steve Mason last night stopping 47 of 48 to beat the top team in the league, San Jose. This brings his gaa down to 1.91 and his sv% up to .929, unbelievable numbers for the rookie. He's turning into one of our fantasy heros this year, too bad he's not on our team... might have to use some jedi mind trading tricks to pry him away from another GM... "You will trade me Steve Mason and in return you will accept Chris Mason, Bob Mason and a few Freemasons."
First Alex Kovalev blows his goal-less drought and last night Todd Bertuzzi potted the OT winner to break his drought at 19 games. Can't we depend on anybody? Maybe Brett McLean is our man. Brettles hasn't scored in 30 games this season! That's it...the McLean watch is on. All joking aside, Bertuzzi played very well last night. He may go on a tear...keep an eye on him.
With the Gaborik return (see below) Brent Burns moved back to defense last night. He looked pretty shaky back there, but we'll put it up to him gettin' rid of the rust. Normally, a move from forward to 'D' would be fantasy poison but Burns wasn't doing much on right wing so hopefully he can get back to last year's pace on the blueline.
Dustin Brown is starting to feel it... possibly cause his acting career is going so well (see below) or possibly because of his 7 points in his last 4 games and he's on pace for around 375 shots. In related news, Pat O'Sullivan has a 6 game point streak with 7 points over that stretch.
We haven't heard anything hilarious out of Tampa Bay recently so we were glad when we came across this nugget. Rick Tocchet finally realized that his team has no good defensemen so he's going to go with a five forward PP unit. Vinny Lecavalier, Vinny Prospal, Ryan Malone up front and Mark Recchi and Marty St. Louis on the points. Fans of shorthanded goals rejoice! Malone looks to be the big benefactor here and ... well, you shouldn't own Marik Malik or any other Tampa d-men anyway, so we'll forgot about who is losing out. [more]
Michael Rosival must be taking offense to the rumours that he's going to be traded to make salary cap room for Mats Sundin. The struggling d-man scored two goals last night and was named the second star. He's average 39 points the last two years but is on pace for 34 this season. A change of scenery might be a good thing for M-Ros.
Mats Sundin was apparently going to make a decision by today...but now it's looking like this weekend. His agent says he has no idea what he's going to do, so earlier reports that Sundin was going to be a Ranger may not be true. We're tired of waiting on Mats but it looks like Sundin owners might have a nice gift in time for Christmas. [more]
Calgary prospect Mikael Backlund is struggling in Sweden, there are rumours that his team is ready to discard him whereas there are whispers that the Flames aren't happy cause they believe that Vasteras is not playing him cause they suspect that he'll leave for North America next season. Lets not forget that Vasteras is the same place where Patrik Berglund led the team in scoring the past two years and we're pretty sure they suspected that he would be leaving for North America shortly. We'll be watching Backlund closely at the World Jrs but it appears that his progress has stalled [more]
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Marian Gaborik had a triumphant return last night with the game tying goal and an assist in just under 20 minutes of play. He looked pretty shaky in the first but improved dramatically as the game went on. It might be too late...but this guy's value is really low right now. Sure he's injury prone but when he plays, he's one of the top 10 wingers in the league. If your team is floundering make a play and see if you can catch lightning in a bottle. In 77 games last year he scored 42 goals and 83 points.
Chris Osgood is suffering from a groin injury but the Wings are unsure of the seriousness yet. Goalies + Groin = Bad News. This is just another reason to own Ty Conklin...who will go from splitting time to being the number one if Osgood is out for an extended period of time. [more]
After three games the Canucks welcomed back the oft-injured Sami Salo. He made it through the first period fine but crashed into the boards in the second and left the game. Word is it's a separated shoulder or rib injury or both or neither? This guy has to be the most injured guy in the league.
Jason Chimera left last night's game with a groin injury, he said he heard something "pop"... yikes. Unless we're talking about collars or rice krispies, the word pop usually has a downside.
Jussi Jokinen missed practice due to body maintenance. No, you shouldn't care but what the hell is body maintenance? Is he getting his oil changed?
What's distracting us today? A few weeks ago we were distracted by the awesome campaign commercials by Jon Toews, Patrick Kane and Brian Campbell. Well the LA Kings wanted to get in on the action and came up with their own...too bad it's terrible:
So now we know that Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Matt Greene, Oscar Moller, Drew Doughty, Sean O'Donnell and especially Wayne Simmonds can't act. We think we'll go and vote for Toews, Kane and Campbell after watching that. Apparently, everybody is in the same mind set as us. Neither Brown or Kopitar (or Greene) are in the Top 10 for their positions.