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Daily Dosage - Feb. 7, 2009

Early Edition...get your morning fantasy fix

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Legace all starThe Blues waived Manny Legace yesterday.  Even though Legace lost the number one job to Chris Mason, we didn't see this coming.  We figured the Blues would want to have a veteran around to help Mason along.  Instead they will have Chris Holt (and eventually Ben Bishop, we assume) backing up Mason.  Legace was an all star last year (hence the uni) so if he catches on in the right situation he could find himself again...see where Legace ends up before you cut bait.

Kris Letang picked up two goals in over 22 minutes of action last night.  It was a big game for Letang, but games like this are few and far between for the blueliner.  He had only three points in 16 games entering last night's contest. Once Sergei Gonchar comes back Letang's value will drop even further.

Mike Ribeiro kept his hot streak going in a big way.  He picked up two goals last night and tacked on two assists.  That's 14 points in only nine games.

AverySigns are pointing to a Sean Avery return.  The Rangers are having some internal discussions on whether Avery would be as good a fit on the Rangers as he was last year.  Assuming they decide they want him and no team lower in the standings claims him, he could be suiting up for the Blueshirts before the trade deadline.  If you're in a deep league you might want to jump the gun and grab him now if you have a free roster spot.

Speaking of Stars pests' Steve Ott has a surprising streak going... no, not the 5 game PIMs streak but the 7 game point streak, he's 5+6=11 in during the streak with 14 PIMs. So he might be worth a look if you're weak in the PIMs department.

MalkinPittsburgh juggled their lines last night.  Evgeni Malkin centered Matt Cooke and Petr SykoraSidney Crosby was between Pascal Dupuis and Tyler Kennedy.  The team played well and won 4-1, so these lines may stick for awhile.  From a fantasy standpoint this isn't great news for Malkin or Crosby owners but they'll still be making magic together on the PP.

From the, "See, this is what you could be dealing with" file... Peter Forsberg suited up for his first game with Modo the other night but apparently said afterwards that things didn't feel right and he would have to reconsider whether his return was the right decision.

Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):

LundqvistHenrik Lundqvist sat out last night's game with the flu.  Stephen Valiquette needs to buy Henrik some flu medicine because he let in 10 goals as his replacement.  Expect Lundqvist to be back very shortly.

A big blow to fantasy owners of Tomas Holmstrom.  The big winger is expected to miss 3-5 weeks due to hernia surgery.  He should return for the last 10 or so games of the season.  In the meantime, guys like Valterri Filppula, Jiri Hudler and Ville Leino could get a bigger role on the team.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have been referring to Mike Smith's UBI as "a bit of a mystery".  Rick Tocchet said he expects Smith to be back sooner rather than later but this still sounds a bit worrying.   

Manny Fernandez has been declared physically fit to play and is likely to be starting tonight.  Expect Manny to be getting close to 50% of the starts down the stretch.

Maid Marion Gaborik is ahead of schedule from his hip surgery.  He started skating a week earlier than expected but shouldn't be back till the middle of March or early April. [more]

A CT scan of Milan Lucic's foot showed no break.  Lucic could be ready to go tonight.

EricStaal Same goes for Eric Staal.  He missed the third period of Thursday's game with an apparent hamstring injury but expects to suit up for the Canes tonight.  He's missed only one game in his five year career.

Andrej Meszaros left Wednesday's game early with an arm injury, he's only listed as day-to-day.

Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Jaroslav Spacek and Jochen Hecht.

Distraction of the Day      

Hockeyhodgepodge What's distracting us today?  Today we're distracted by the fact we haven't had many entertaining distractions lately.  We decided to do a little bit more digging and find you some very random and very classic hockey clips. We found the majority of these clips searching through the archives at a great little site called The Wonderful World of Loser Domi.

HOCKEY HODGE PODGE - CLASSIC EDITION

- First up, as you can see Alex Trebek is the unofficial sponsor of our Hockey Hodge Podge segment.  This is for two reasons...one he's Canadian and two he's been on Cheers.  Now we have a third reason...he's got a fowl mouth:

- We're feeling pretty good today.  Not Ryan Hollweg good...but still good.


-  Cuba Gooding Jr is annoying, Tie Domi is a dink (if you don't know what a dink is, ask Mike Milbury), but somehow, they are awesome together.  Watch them unite their forces for a common cause in this clip:

- Here's some new math for you:
                    $1 beer + ECHL hockey fans + boring game = THE BEER-A-MID!

- This video has so many things we like (fighting, blood, hockey, the Superman theme) that we had no choice but to post it:

- One last video for you.  A classic interview by a very young Brendan Shanahan.