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Daily Dosage - Mar. 4, 2009

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Avery Sean Avery is back on Broadway as the Rangers claimed him on re-entry waivers yesterday and it sounds like he could suit up for them in their next game on Thursday.  Avery's a useful fantasy player if he's racking up lots of stupid penalties but apparently he's a changed man so if anger management = less PIMs, count us out.

Stephen Weiss had another three points last night and that gives him 11 points in his last nine games.  His 48 points this year equals his career high and it looks like he could end up close to 65 for the year.  Very solid breakout season but until he starts shooting the puck more he's not going to be a big fantasy contributor as he's a liability in goals, shots and PIMs.

Just having Marty Havlat healthy is huge for fantasy hockey GMs but add to it that he's playing like he wants to get paid (he's a UFA this summer) and you may have your comeback player of the year.  Marty's currently on a nine game point streak and he's 4+11=15 & +10 during the stretch.

Burrows Alex Burrows signed a new four year $8 million deal with the Canucks and then went out and scored two goals last night.  He's now 5+5=10 over his last eight games.  He's not getting much PP time but when you line up next to the Sedin twins at even strength, good things happen.

Ilya Kovalchuk remained the hottest hockey player on the planet with another goal last night.  Check out these gaudy numbers: 11 games, 14 goals, 22 points.  Awesome.

Claude Giroux was back up with the big club in Philadelphia and was put on a line with Danny Briere last night.  No points last night but once Briere gets his touch back this french-connection could form a very dangerous (but tiny) unit.

Keep an eye on the trade deadline today to see if Scott Clemmensen gets moved.  Devils GM Lou Lamoriello says that he's given his word to The Clemmer that he'll trade him if he gets a decent offer.  No idea where he could end up but Buffalo, for one, wouldn't be bad.

Dumont JP Dumont.picked up three assists last night...the second game in a row he's done it.  He now has 12 points in his last seven games.  He doesn't score much (only one goal in those seven games) but he piles up the helpers.

Jason Arnott and Steve Sullivan are the guys that have been on the receiving end of those sweet passed from Dumont.  Arnott has 11 goals (and 18 points) in his last 15 games and Sullivan has six goals (and 11 points) in his last seven games.  This scout must admit that he's a little surprised that Sully has been able to return the way he has after missing the better part of two seasons. 

Johnny Oduya picked up the game winning goal last night.  He now has five points in his last four games.  He's on pace for 33 points and a crazy +33.  Those numbers will help a lot of fantasy teams.

Recchi When a player scores five points in a game and is a healthy scratch in the next, you know something weird is going on.  That's the story with Mark Recchi...sounds like the veteran winger is very close to being shipped out of Tampa Bay.

Speaking of old men, pretty much any old guy who's having a crappy year was put on waivers yesterday.  Two of the more noteworthy names were Miroslav Satan and Brendan Morrison so we'll see if there are any takers.  We'd be surprised if these guys could turn around bad seasons but they could definitely end up in better situations if they were claimed.

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

Hossa Marian Hossa (just recently back from a neck injury) went down hard after a hit from behind by Roman Polak.  Hossa left on a stretcher and the word is they took him to the hospital more as a precaution, so it sounds like he's going to be fine.  We'll let you know the deal when we hear it.

Tomas Kaberle suffered a hand injury in the third period last night...yup it's to the same hand he injured earlier this year.  He had no strength in the hand after the game and is going for x-rays today.  This doesn't sound good but we should find out more tomorrow. [more]

Jose Theodore didn't start last night due to the flu.  Michal Neuvirth started in his place and was Mike-Ricci-ugly between the pipes...he let in five goals on 30 shots.  Theodore shouldn't be out too much longer.

Todd Bertuzzi is out with a LBI injury, he's listed as day-to-day but the word is its more like week-to-week.

Tom Poti pulled up lame in the warm-up last night with a re-occurrence of the groin strain that has dogged him all year.  He's listed as day-to-day.Vokoun

Tomas Vokoun returned from his ear infection last night and stopped 27 of 30 shots and picked up the win against Atlanta.  Craig Anderson's reign of terror is over.  Start Vokoun as you normally would.

Cory Stillman also returned for the Big Cats last night.  He missed three games with an ankle injury and picked up a goal and an assist.  Expect him to play at a 60+ point pace for the remainder of the season if he can stay healthy.

Also returning to action from the injured list last night was: Scott Walker, Owen Nolan and Viktor Kozlov.

Distraction of the Day 

What's distracting us today?  Thought it was about time we posted a quality video.  Something a bit different than the junk we usually post (like watching Luke Schenn play NHL09 with Cabbie).  We saw this interview Scott Oake did with the Great One.  Oake covers a lot of topics like another southern Ontario team, the Canadian Olympic team, fighting with helmets, and we even get an update on Paulina Gretzky...meow.