One measly game last night and when we mean measly... we mean Avs vs Isles measly. No mas... peep our Trade Deadline - Fantasy Preview to lift your spirits.
One of the guys we suggested that could see a bump due to a trade was Tom Preissing as the LA blueliner has been out of the lineup for all but 22 games this year with some combination of healthy scratches or dizzy spells... pick your poison. LA activated him from the IR this past weekend and then placed him on waivers yesterday, so we'll see if there are any takers. He might be a little tricky to move as he's still got two years at $2.75M remaining on his contract.
We've had our eye on Jesse Joensuu for a while since the big winger put up decent numbers in the Finnish league last year but it hasn't quite translated to North America this year as he's been somewhat of a disappointment with only 30 points in 56 AHL games. He has picked it up lately with nine points in last six games and that led to the emergency recall by Garth's Gang and Double J responded with a goal in his first NHL game last night. Hopefully he gets a chance to stick around on the Island as there's not much for them to play for and it would be a valuable experience for Jesse.
Another trade yesterday as Niclas Havelid and minor leaguer Myles Stoesz were sent packing to New Jersey for Anssi Salmela. Havelid gets a big uptick here but he's only been a 20 point guy the last few years so he'll only help teams in really deep leagues. Salmela is an intriguing prospect as he led the Finnish League in goals amongst dmen last year and is having a nice year in the AHL with 8+16=24 in 38 games. We want a big deal. Come on GM's, do something.
Ryan Smyth was the lone bright spot for the Avs last night. He scored both of the team's goals in their 4-2 lost to the Islanders. He's playing at a 66 point pace which is right in line with his career trends (other than last year's ugly 37 points).
Kyle Turris is coming back after two weeks of riding the bus in the AHL. Turris had seven points in his first three AHL games and then none in his last five so not sure if that was a real confidence booster for the kid. Hopefully Wayne has some plans to use the kid now that the season is officially lost.
With Chris Kunitz no longer in Anaheim, the team is looking for somebody to step up and take his scoring line minutes. Drew Miller may get the first crack. He's a former sixth round pick but has grown into one of the Duck's top prospects. In his first game with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf he picked up an assist in over 16 minutes of work. Keep an eye on him.
When we have the time and space we like to poke a little fun at some of the worst performances of the year... Did you know that Rod Brind'Amour is not longer the leader of the NHL golf tournament? Rod is still in the final group at a -30 but Brendan Witt is your new leader at -31... basically being an Islander dmen automatically qualifies you for the top 10. And from the Sophomore Slump is Real file, we have Peter Mueller with his 0+3=3 in his last nine games and Sam Gagner with only three points in his last 15 games and on pace to follow up his 49 point rookie season with a measly 27 points.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Darcy Tucker didn't play last night for the Avs. He only has 12 points in 50 games so you probably don't care. Sidney Crosby says he is ready to go, he's been skating on the bum ankle and says its been feeling good so he expect to see him in the lineup tonight.
Darcy Tucker didn't play last night for the Avs. He only has 12 points in 50 games so you probably don't care.
Sidney Crosby says he is ready to go, he's been skating on the bum ankle and says its been feeling good so he expect to see him in the lineup tonight.
We had to go all the way to the WHL (by way of Barry Melrose Rocks) to find this clip. We don't often post minor league brawls so you know this clip is very special. How special? Cross-check-to-the-goalie's-face-special. Enjoy: