Christian Ehrhoff is out with a lower body injury and is considered day-to-day. The 4 points in 18 games is a bit hard to stomach. Looking at his career numbers he hasn’t been overly reliable since switching from Vancouver to Buffalo. I would suggest steering clear unless you’re in a 14+ team league.
Stephen Weiss is out with a groin injury and is listed as day-to-day. Ironically his 3 points in 17 games is actually worse than the 4 points in as as many games he had last year in Florida. The only positive for poolies is that his $4.9 million dollar cap hit for the next 5 seasons will ensure he is given plenty of chances to rebound.
Johan Franzen has an upper body injury and has been added to the 7 day injured reserve list.
Jeff Carter is dealing with a foot injury and it is unclear as to when he’ll return. Thus far he’s fired 57 shots in only 14 games, which is great. The issue with Carter’s production has been his point totals. Since coming over to LA he’s become predominantly a two category player – SOG and G. Make sure you don’t overvalue him based on some of the stat lines he put together in Philly, those days appear to be over.
Daniel Briere took part in the Canadians’ practice session on Saturday – this should be indicative of a return to the lineup soon. Health will always be a concern but he’ll get his far share of power play time. I would take a chance in deeper pools and hope for a prorated 45 point season.
Thomas Vanek left Saturday’s game against Columbus after falling awkward in front of the Jackets’ goal. Hopefully this isn’t too serious (selfishly because I just traded for him this past weekend). You can watch the video here.
Rick Nash skated this weekend for the first time since suffering a concussion. It is definitely a positive sign, nevertheless we know that coming back from this type of injury can be rife with setbacks and uncertainly. For now all you can do is stash him on your IR spot – he’s simply too valuable to drop or trade at this point. How many players will have a reasonable shot at 40 goals, 40 assists, and 300 shots?
Craig Anderson may return from his neck injury and start on Tuesday for the Senators. At this point I would keep him on your bench until we get full confirmation that he is back.