You know how much we love a trade here at FHS. Well, we got one yesterday as Jason Williams was dealt to the Blue Jackets for a 6th round draft pick and a warm body. Williams was a sleeper on many draft lists in the hope that he would mesh with Ilya Kovalchuk... didn't happen. Now it looks like J-Will has a new lease on life. The Jackets are desperate for 'C' help, especially on the PP. Since Williams only has 18 points his year he's probably available in your league. Don't forget he had 36 points in only 43 points the year before...there's upside here, with very little risk.
Welcome to the party Ryan Whitney. Whitney picked up his first goal of the season... in his 12th game last night. Don't get too frustrated by Whitney as we all knew it would take him a little while to find his legs. He's looking better out there and most importantly he's getting the big time minutes -- 28:45 yesterday.
Looks like Jason Spezza is waking up as well. With two more points last night he's put together a nice little run of 14 points in his last 12 games. He now has 36 points in 42 games but you were hoping for more than that from Spezza weren't you?
Its been a sick season for Ryan Getzlaf, the latest chapter is a 7 game point streak with 11 points during the streak. That puts him on pace for around 100 points and 150 PIMs. He'll have a hard time topping Ovechkin but Getz could be this year's #2 all-around fantasy performer.
Nicklas Backstrom picked up 3 assists last night and now has a sweet 48 points in 45 games. It would be nice if a few more of those points were goals (he only has 12 so far) but we're not going to complain about a point-a-game player... neither should you. The big fella (Alex Ovechkin) also had three points last night (2 goals and an assist). These two look like they'll make a deadly combo for years to come.
Another good one on the Crapitals is Tomas Fleischmann... Flash has goals in three straight after just returning four games ago from pneumonia. He doesn't typically get the best line assignments but does find himself on a pretty lethal PP quite often.
Daniel Briere returned to Philly's lineup last night and had a goal... unfortunately it was the Phantoms not the Flyers, so this will only help you in your AHL fantasy league. He'll play one more game with the Phantoms and then should be ready to go with the big club after the weekend.
Only read the next paragraph if you're in an extremely deep league... Steve Montador has seen increased ice-time lately and he's responded with a little offense, 3+3=6 in his last 10 games to go along with his steady PIM contribution, which puts him on pace for 150+ right now.
Curtis Sanford has been placed on waivers by Vancouver (soon to be joined by Marty Gerber) and with a few unstable goalie situations around the league he could be claimed, although where he ends up is probably not going to be pretty.
Some harsh words from Craig MacTavish on Robbie Schremp the other day that we've been meaning to post, saying that Schremp is... "slow, he's not a physical player, he's soft at (the NHL) level"... Wow, talk about inspiring confidence. Schremp had 3 points in 4 games with the Oil but has gone into what looks like a depression induced funk since being sent back down to the AHL with only 5 points in his last 13 games. Methinks someone needs a change of address. [more]
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
A Teemu Selanne update for you, which gives us a chance to bust out the old Winnipeg Jets uni. Looks like the Finnish Flash is hoping to comeback from his lacerated left-quadriceps muscle on Jan 27th against the 'Yotes. It is going to be interesting to see what the Ducks do with Bobby Ryan when Selanne comes back. [more]
Sergei Gonchar is expected to begin skating with the team shortly. It's a good sign he's progressing but don't expect to see him on the ice for another month and a half.
Sidney Crosby left late in the third period yesterday with what looked like an injured left knee. No word on the severity yet but Sid the Kid looked to be in quite a bit of pain. We'll obviously keep a very close eye on this situation for you.
Three Penguins injury updates in a row...you know things are rough in Steel City. Kris Letang also left last night's game when he was hit in the leg by a slap shot. No word on severity here either.
Ville Peltonen is out with for 2 weeks with a broken bone in his foot... sad news for people who like old Finnish dudes.
Duncan Keith left last night's game seeing stars, so looks like a concussion but his coach said that it wasn't too bad so he's only listed as day-to-day.
Finally, some good news on the injury front... Jack Johnson could return on Saturday from the shoulder injury that has kept him out since game #2. He's been back practicing and taking contact and says things are feeling good. Grab this guy if he's available as he's better than any other FA dman out there.
Paul Ranger missed TB's last game with an undisclosed injury, its probably related to the undisclosed injury that he just returned from. Consider him day-to-day.
Bryan Little returned to action last night after missing 3 games with bruised ribs.
What's distracting us today? Three items.
First off, if there one thing TSN does well it's Top 10 Lists. Just saw their most recent one "Top 10 Plays from the 2008-09 Season So Far" and it's a pretty good one. Avalook:
(Hat Tip to Kukla's for the video)
Secondly, we saw this video over at NHL.com. It's typical NHL.com fair - hockey players doing something outside of the rink...resulting in many an awkward moment. Today it's Mike Green, Donald Brashear and Eric Fehr making burgers:
And finally, we were having a read over at Stanley Cup of Chowderwhere we saw this hilariously embarrassing video made by three Habs fans a few years back:
Wow that's bad.