The Islanders continued to purge anyone that's decent as their tank-job is gathering steam... Dwayne Roloson was moved to Tampa for dman prospect Ty Wishart. Roloson should take over the #1 job in Tampa so his value gets a huge boost and hopefully you acted quickly (sorry we're late with this) as he's probably been scooped up in most leagues where he was floating on the wire. Wishart is a decent prospect who should have a clearer path to the NHL as the Islanders could use him immediately. He has 4+14=18 & a plus-13 in 31 AHL games this year but I wouldn't get overly excited.
The Roloson trade comes just as Cedrick Desjardins picked up his second straight win last night by stopping 34 of 35 against the Rangers. Not much more the kid could have done but it looks as though it was all for not as he's likely headed back to the AHL shortly.
The second hat-trick in eight games for Drew Stafford last night as he has eight goals in the eight games since returning from his shoulder injury. There's upside here and maybe he can keep this going but injuries & inconsistency seem to derail this guy every time so I have my doubts.
Alexander Semin is now goalless in his last 12 games and only has 5A & 29 shots over that span so dude is in a major funk. He's too good to have this last forever (unless he's hurt) so now would be a great time to inquire about his services.
Jay & I traded for Jason Pominville back in November (giving up Niittymaki) in a league with a bunch of Rotowire folks, so we bought low and are loving the return as he's been on a tear lately with four points last night and 6+6=12 & 37 shots over his last 10 games.
Simon Gagne had a few nice games right after he returned from his neck injury but he's now gone 12 games with just 1+1=2... horrid season from him and I don't see any signs or have any faith that he can turn it around.
Holy hell, Martin Brodeur just keeps getting worse... people thought it was bad before but he's 1-8-0 with a 3.91 gaa & .843 sv% over 10 games since he returned from his elbow injury. I had been telling people to be patient with him but I'm now thinking that was a stupid thing to say... I don't own him in any leagues but if I did, I'd be looking to the waiver wire to see if there's a decent replacement.
Great contribution from Tuomo Ruutu last night as he had 1+3=4, plus-3 & two PPPs. If you own him then knock on wood as he's been healthy so far this year and has picked up his game lately with 4+8=12 & plus-6 over his last 10 games. Actually, after starting the year slowly, he's been pretty steady for a while with 8+18=26 over his last 29 games.
We've been talking up Antti Niemi a little lately as he's actually been pretty solid and looks to be separating himself from Niittymaki in the battle for the net in San Jose. His numbers on the season (9-9-2, 2.92 & .904) are pretty pedestrian but it's over the last month that he's really picked it up (6-4-1, 2.17 & .926).
James Reimer stopped 32 of 33 shots to get the win in his first NHL start for the Leafs and with Giguere likely out for a while, maybe the kid will get a chance to show what he can do... he hasn't played a ton in the AHL but sports a very impressive career .920 sv% over parts of three years at that level.
Phil Kessel only has two goals over his last seven but he does appear to be warming up with 2+4=6 over his last five games and consider yourself warned as he's a streaky player who racks up his goals/points in bunches.
Two goals last night for Jeff Skinner and the rookie is chugging along with 3+5=8 over his last nine games.
I've had my eye on the Sabres dman Andrej Sekera for a little while as over the past month or so he's been seeing a lot of ice-time (upwards of 22 minutes on most nights) and the points are starting to come as he has 5A (three on the PP) over his last six games. You'll only get assists & some PPPs out of him though, so keep that in mind.
Dustin Penner has points in four straight and 3+6=9 over his last 11 games.
Magnus Paajarvi was a healthy scratch last night as he has points in only one of his last eight games... don't sour on him for the long-term, keep your focus.