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Fantasy Hockey Scouts: Daily Dosage - May 29, 2009

Daily Diarrhea

Light day for news, we'll do 3rd Round Breakouts & Breakdowns manana... 

Niedermayer_R With all this talk about what Scott Niedermayer's going to do next season are people forgetting that his brother Rob is part of the package deal?  Rob even went as far as to say that Scott's decision won't "really affect my decision that much".... ahhh, we beg to differ, you better hold onto your brother's coattails like grim death my friend as the market for 34-year olds coming off of 21 point & minus-17 seasons without superstar brothers is less than booming right now.

Speaking of the Ducks, why do they always get themselves into these messes???  They're sitting around waiting for the Niedermayer's to get back to them (since they may have to deal Chris Pronger and let Francois Beauchemin go if they decide to come back) and they're also waiting to hear back from Teemu Selanne, as to whether he's going to honour the final year of his contract... another off-season of limbo for the Ducklings.

After a rough season where he was a minus-23 and only managed four points in 18 playoff games, Rod Brind'Amour is ready for more.  The soon to be 39-year old has two years left on his contract (yikes) at a $3.6 million cap hit (yikes again) and he says that he wants to play that out.  GM Jim Rutherford gave Rod the not so ringing endorsement, saying that he'd needed to have a strong training camp next season to earn a position on the team.

Preissing There is speculation that Kings dman Tom Preissing may be done with the team despite having two years and $5.5 million left on his deal.  Apparently he has put his Manhattan Beach townhouse up for sale for $2.15 million... good luck with that, I wouldn't pay more than a buck & a half for that shack.  TP only got into 22 games last year as he was either scratched, sent of the minors or out with an illness for the rest so we wouldn't be surprised if he's playing elsewhere next year.

Atlanta signed RFA dman Anssi Salmela to a contract recently... he was fairly unproductive in his rookie season as he only managed six points in 26 games between NJ and Atlanta but did put up some points in the AHL with 8+16=24 in 40 games.  The key to his new contract is that its a one-way, meaning that he should be a regular on Atlanta's backline next season.

Edmonton signed 2007 1st rounder Alex Plante to an entry level deal... he's managed some intriguing points and PIM totals in the WHL but we have a hard time seeing him continue that in the pros as he's had the luxury of playing on a strong Calgary team in the WHL and his future is more as a physical stay-at-home type.

Injury Updates

Lidstrom Detroit says that they expect Nicklas Lidstrom will play on Saturday in game #1 of the finals... this is finally sounding likely.  Whereas they still list Pavel Datsyuk and Jonathan Ericsson as "questionable", so they probably won't be ready.

Pretty amazingly, outside of Sergei Gonchar, the Penguins have been injury free in these playoffs... so far.

Daily Distraction

What's distracting us today?  In this Scout's humble opinion pretty much everything The Onion does is hilarious.  The other day we found a great video they put together on the NHL (which we posted as a Distraction on May 23rd).  With no hockey today we thought we would again hit up The Onion for some hockey-themed fun. 

They often have this segment called 'Strong-Side, Weak-Side" where a star gets their strengths and weakness listed in typical Onion fashion.  Four NHL'ers have been featured over the years... Wayne Gretzky (below), Marty Brodeur, Sidney Crosby, and Mike Modano.  No Alex Ovechkin yet... advantage Crosby.