Late draft? My Fantasy Guide is updated as of Friday, with the 48-game season as the basis of all projections.

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Jake Gardiner says he's ready to return. It's Randy Carlyle's call now.

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(Note - as pointed out in the comments below, I misunderstood the quote. Apparently it's a player we wouldn't expect. Not a team. Still, it was a fun exercise, though useless)

By now you've heard that Mike Gillis said that there is the structure of a deal in place with Luongo and it's to a team we would not expect. So that rules out Toronto, Chicago and Florida. And probably Philadelphia, too. So ruling out those two teams, do you have any guesses? Let me loft this one your way and tell if you'll ignore it or hit it out of the park:

Luongo to Detroit for Howard and Tatar.

Points for: the injury to Lack, and the uncertainty there, makes the Canucks need for stability between the pipes. They want a proven, experienced goaltender for this year and possibly next - but not so good that he would challenge Cory Schneider. Detroit may want to compensate for their weakened defense this season with stronger goaltending. They also have the assets to move.

Points against: Detroit generally doesn't do the "big, long contract" thing. The Canucks wouldn't want to move him within the Western Conference.

Here's another one:

Luongo to Tampa Bay for Garon and Killorn.

This has the added "plus" of sending him to a Florida team. And not as many points against. Just musing. Please discuss, refute, support... enjoy!

 

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Disappointed in Blake Wheeler so far. And when I consider his slow start a year ago, I wonder if he's one of "those guys". The guys who do nothing for 15 games and then tease you into thinking 'superstar' the rest of the way. The only problem is, it's a 48-game season. If a player screws around for 15 games, there's not enough season left to recover fully.

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Zac Rinaldo is questionable for tonight after receiving 20 stitches Sunday. He was cut by a skate. That will probably get Tom Sestito into the lineup, for those who crave PIM. The team recalled Tye McGinn from the AHL to replace the spot on the roster.

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The Ducks have recalled Viktor Fasth and sent down Frederik Andersen. Fasth got into three games for Norfolk and posted a 1.96 GAA, getting in some game action before becoming an NHLer. He was extensively profiled in the Fantasy Goalie Report:

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Brooks Laich is still out with a groin injury and, also in that article, the Caps are apparently sticking with the same line combinations.

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Dennis Seidenberg missed yesterday's contest with a LBI. He is day to day.

Brad Marchand is on a favorable line. He's playing with Seguin and Bergeron. He's also getting top PP time, which is something that was lacking a year ago. This is all hurting Rich Peverley, who finds himself playing with Chris Kelly and Chris Bourque on the third line.

Here is Seguin with a beauty in the shootout:

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So Todd Bertuzzi doesn't have mono after all and he could play as early as… tonight. That's quite the, uh, mix up.

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Phoenix has recalled Michael Stone. I knew he wouldn't be down for long. If you need a depth replacement on D, he has potential for quick returns. Though don't count on a lot of PP time.

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Chicago acquired Henrik Karlsson for a seventh rounder. Karlsson moves ahead of Carter Hutton as the No.3 goalie. It's probably a better situation for him though, as Crawford/Emery aren't as healthy or as consistent as Kiprusoff.  Still a long shot.

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With Jonathan Ericsson out with a shoulder injury, the Wings recalled Brian Lashoff. Although not known for his offense, he scored in his first career NHL game. No fantasy value at this time.

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Vladimir Tarasenko.

Two goals in his first NHL game, and three points in his second NHL game. There is a reason that he lingered in the Top 5 of my Fantasy Prospects list for so long - and were it not for the KHL shadow lurking about, ready to snatch him from his NHL chance, he would have spent time at No.1, no question. Now you're seeing why. He deserves the same hype in fantasy hockey that Ilya Kovalchuk had as a rookie.

And while Tarasenko goes nutty, Steen and McDonald post big numbers along with him.

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Colin Wilson saw over 20 minutes of ice time last night. His apprenticeship is apparently over.

But it's been Patric Hornqvist who has been the offensive catalyst for Nashville. The streaky Swede has four points in two games - he has extreme hot/cold runs so enjoy this one.

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Nazem Kadri is looking like the real deal, scoring again last night and this time seeing over 15 minutes of ice time. No matter how much of a funk he goes in at some point, I hope the coach lets him play through it.

Tyler Bozak is one of the most underrated players in the game. He's so smart, just great hockey sense and quick reflexes. He was the most coveted college free agent a few years ago and there's a reason for that. Besides his offense, he also won 22 faceoffs and lost FOUR.

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Kyle Turris is showing that he's in midseason form while much of the league is still in their training camp. Turris is up to three goals now.

Jakub Silfverberg scored his first career NHL goal last night. He's playing with Jason Spezza and stands a good chance of topping 30 points this year.

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Two more points for Cory Conacher gives him four in two games. He 's playing with Stamkos and St. Louis now. Regardless, he's in Tampa's top six for the season and if healthy he could be rookie of the year. He has the skills to keep up with those guys.

So if Conacher, Atkinson and David Desharnais each have big seasons. Huge seasons. Will NHL teams take a closer look at small, skilled guys? Those three players were: undrafted, drafted in the sixth round, and undrafted.

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Carlo Colaiacovo finally got injured. It took him nearly two full games this time. Let me just spin the Colaiacovo Wheel of Injury and see where it lands…okay, yeah - shoulder. So there you go. A shoulder injury this time.

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Damien Brunner - RIDICULOUS:

 

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rainman said:

rainman
Luongo trade How about: Luongo to Isles for Niederreiter and Nabokov?
January 22, 2013
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steve_oshp said:

steve_oshp
no trade? Guy on the radio today suggested Gillis doesn't have any deal in place, he's just trying to get the Vancouver media off his back and add a bit of urgency to any interested trade partners who thought they could sit back and wait for Gillis to get desperate and move Luongo cheaper.
Not sure I believe it but certainly a possibility
January 22, 2013
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Stompin Tom said:

Stompin Tom
... Luo to Washington for Laich and a goalie.
January 22, 2013
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BlackGold said:

BlackGold
Detroit and Big Long Contracts Not sure where you get that from as Zetterberg and Datsuyk have big long contracts.
January 22, 2013
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Jpappas said:

Jpappas
I remember when... wasn't there an article...way back when, that had some statments about how if the Canucks didn't move Luongo before the free agent day, then they would stand to loose a pretty large sum of money in regards to arbitration with Schneider.

Detroit is stubborn, they dont take huge risks unless they see it panning out down the road (wait...just don't think of Franzen's contract) Mrazek (sp?) is in the system but it takes awhile to develop right? Could Luongo help develop a young kid in the minors?

Tampa made their splash this year with Lindback. I think this would be an exectutive slap in the face to bring in a vetran waiting to steal a spot when you falter.

To me what makes sense is a team that is willing to go long term enough but not 7 yrs. what about Chicago?
January 22, 2013
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hawkdog said:

hawkdog
@MikeV maybe he is on his way to Vancouver? smilies/wink.gif
January 22, 2013
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MikeV said:

MikeV
... @davidgoodburn:

I sure hope JVR doesn't turn out to be another Kris Versteeg for Toronto (a good top six forward that never finds his game in T.O.)
January 22, 2013
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hawkdog said:

hawkdog
Lou
Loungo and Ballard for Visnovsky, Nabokov and Nino

NYI needs to "do something" with Visnovsky and Nino (asked for a trade)
January 22, 2013
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StoogeRangers said:

StoogeRangers
LuLu The Gillis quote seemed more about a player involved in the LuLu trade, not the team: "We have a potential deal in place with one team that has to do something with another player that they have, and it's not who anybody thinks it is, and so we have to wait." Gillis told the Sun.

So, it still could be Toronto, Chicago or Florida.
January 22, 2013
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davidgoodburn said:

davidgoodburn
JVR Any idea why JVR played the third least of any Leaf forward yesterday? Is he getting bumped down the depth chart already?
January 22, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
haha - CarloCola Really enjoyed today's rambling!!!
Great stuff all around!
January 22, 2013
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TeamFoster4 said:

TeamFoster4
Stanley Cup winner's first game.... After watching Chicago win over LA following the Kings completing an exhausting Ring Ceremony and Banner Raising, should it be a fantasy "rule" to bench players for the celebrating, 1st home game because of the amount of energy and emotion that is expended before the game is played that day? I didn't know if there was historical fantasy data that says to be prepared for less than expected numbers from star players that day and not start the season off for your roster with marginal performances. Thanks for any comments or feedback.
January 22, 2013
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