Booth with the Gordie Howe H/T... Duchene pulling a Stamkos... don't overreact on Leighton... good start for Mueller... we like moves for Corvo & Purcell... Souray done... who you got, Clitsome or Slitoris?
David Booth was 1+3=4 last night and registered the Gordie Howe Hat-Trick after dropping the mitts with Mike Richards... he seemed to use the Olympic break to get himself healthy as has 2+4=6 in two games so far this week.
Another solid game for the rookie Matt Duchene last night as he was 1+1=2 with seven shots and is now 19+18=37 in his last 42 games in what is turning into a season that is very reminiscent of Stamkos' rookie year.
The Flyers decided to stand pat with their goaltending yesterday and they might be regretting that decision today... Mike Leighton gave up four goals on 26 shots against the Panthers and their 29th ranked offense. He's been very solid for the Flyers and this was the first time in eight consecutive starts that he allowed more than two goals, so we wouldn't overreact just yet.
Johan Franzen scored again, for the fourth game in a row and he has points in all five games since returning from his knee injury... not to mention a very healthy 25 shots over those five.
Cristobal Huet was back between the pipes for Chicago, making his first start in seven games and he lucked out with the opponent as he only had to face 14 Oilers shots in the win... he still allowed two goals, of course. Not sure where coach Q goes from here?... Tony Esposito anyone?
Ryan Jones had looked like a promising prospect for the Predators but they decided he was expendable and waived him on Tuesday... well he was snapped up by the Oilers yesterday and was in their lineup last night... keep an eye on this kid.
Well NHL GMs really put the 'dead' in deadline day as there were a bunch of deals but not much in the way of substance, here's the ones that we think have some fantasy impact...
The Avs traded Wojtek Wolski to the Coyotes for Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter - Wolski's been struggling lately with only 2+7=9 in his last 22 games so we'd expect him to pick it up a little in Glendale but he's going from a strong scoring team to one of the worst (and the 29th ranked PP in the league), so don't expect miracles here. Mueller's been horrendously awful this year but the kid is only 21 and managed 54 points as a 19-year old rookie, so its way too early to be giving up on him. He jumped onto a line with Duchene and the 1st PP unit last night and scored a goal in his first game with the Avs so things are looking up already. Porter's a decent looking prospect but he hasn't been able to establish himself in the NHL after being a star at UofMichigan.
The Oilers and Ducks swapped big contracts yesterday and Ryan Whitney goes to Edmonton for Lubomir Visnovsky - Edmonton is so awful this year that we wouldn't be expecting big things from Whitney the rest of the way although he should be given plenty of opportunities with their d-core in tatters. Lubes is in the midst of a pretty decent season and he should get some new life after escaping Edmonton and joining the Ducks in a playoff race. The Ducks also have the 10th best offense and the 6th best PP although we're not sure where Lubes fits into their plans.
This scout is a big Joe Corvo fan as he's been consistently productive over the past five years, so we were expecting him to break out of his funk this year anyway but a move to the league's top scoring team and best PP unit is just gravy... go ahead and pick him up for your stretch drive.
The Flames sent Dustin Boyd to the Predators... he was never really given much of a chance to show his talent with the Flames so he's worth keeping an eye on, although we have our doubts if he'll ever be a productive player.
Teddy Purcell is another one that hasn't lived up to expectations so he was shipped from LA to Tampa for Jeff Halpern. Lightning coach Rick Tocchet has had some success with both young guys (Stamkos) and reclamation projects (Downie & Foster), so this could be a good situation for the offensively gifted Purcell.
Injury Updates (see our Injury Updates page for a consolidated list of injuries):
Sheldon Souray just can't buy a break this year, actually he broke his hand in a fight and then picked up an infection in that hand after surgery... so he's done for the season.
Returning to action from the injured list last night was: Rene Bourque, Chuck Kobasew and Tom Poti.
What's distracting us today? When we first saw that Grant Clitsome was recalled by the Blue Jackets we thought we would take the high road (for once) and play it straight. Growing up, this Scout knew a kid with the last name of Slitoris... and I felt bad for him. So we didn't want to make things even worse for poor Grant.
Anyway, it looks like the cat is out of the bag as Deadspin and their kazillion hits are doing their best to make Clitsome into the next internet sensation for 14-year olds.
If he keeps producing like he did on Tuesday (when he picked up two assists in his NHL debut) he might be making a whole new name for himself. Buuuuuut that's probably not happening... after 19 points in 73 AHL games he's not really a point-machine. So don't go pick him up... especially if you're an Alex Semin owner.
Just do us a favour and keep the giggling to a minimum, okay?