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Fantasy Hockey Scouts: Daily Dosage - Mar 1st, 2010

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Niemi quietly handed the reigns?... Ellis on the outs... Kozlov wants a move... Auld gets a move-on... Uh-oh for Gabo... learn how to speak Russian (correctly & with attitude)   

Daily Diarrhea   

Congrats to Canada & the US for putting on a good show in the gold medal game yesterday and for the right team winning (although maybe I'm biased?).  Alright, time to get back to hockey that matters... fantasy hockey!

Niemi Interesting and somewhat confusing quote from Hawks coach Joel Quenneville recently on his goaltending situation:

We're close to where somebody is going to get the net and the opportunity to keep it, that was the chance, (Niemi) took it and he has it. He has won some games and I don't like usually bucking that trend.

So it sounds like (I think?) that he's officially handing the starting gig to Antti Niemi, which is what we've been begging for all along... lets hope he can hang on to it. [more]

Pekka Rinne re-upped with the Predators last week for two more years so he's emerged as the victor of this Crease Conflict.  Expect Dan Ellis to be moving on in the summer and while we don't think he's done enough to walk into a #1 gig somewhere, he's good enough to potentially sign on as a #1A and challenge a less established #1.

Lightning GM Brian Lawton has said that he's going to be aggressive at the trade deadline... sounds like he could be looking for an upgrade on Alex Tanguay as a scoring-line winger for Vinny Lecavalier. [more]

Kozlov In potentially related news, Slava Kozlov has asked the Thrashers for a trade... dude has been seeing limited minutes and has been a healthy scratch lately.  This one would intrigues us a little as despite only being on pace for 33 points this year, he had 76 last year.

The Rangers scooped up Alex Auld on waivers from the Stars.  Not a great move for Auld as he's gone from battling Turco for the #1 job in Dallas to being stapled to the bench in New York as he's unlikely to see much action playing behind Henrik Lundqvist.

No surprise here, Teemu Selanne has said that this is likely his last season, so best not to include him in any youth movements you're undertaking for your fantasy team.

Semyon Varlamov was at the Olympics with Russia as their 3rd goalie and now the Caps have sent him to the AHL, probably more of a conditioning thing than anything but this must be getting a little frustrating for fantasy GMs as Varlamov has only seen one NHL game in the better part of three months.

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

Gaborik The Rangers had dodged quite the bullet this year in keeping Marian Gaborik healthy but it would figure that he would hurt himself while playing at the Olympics.  He missed a good chunk of the final two games for Slovakia with a LBI (speculation is that its his groin, which at this point is probably being held together with duct tape).  Not sure on his status as the Rangers will have to take a look at him but we wouldn't be surprised if he'll miss some action.

Keith Tkachuk had surgery on his finger the other day and is expected to miss 10 days.   

Daily Distraction 

What's distracting us today?  Ever wondered if you were doing Alexander Ovechkin's name justice with your pronunciation???  Well this comes from our friend over at the Sacramento Gold Miners Fan Club and it would actually be pretty funny and educational if this Russian girl wasn't so b-i-t-c-h-y about it...

... makes me wanna just keep on butchering his name... take that!