Midseason Guide - out in TWO days! Pre-order it here.

 

Ryan Getzlaf is out for a month with a fractured sinus/orbital bone face. Big opportunity for Matt Beleskey and/or Joffrey Lupul to seize, as Bobby Ryan will probably move to center.

 

Flash actually has 16 in 16 for Colorado, not 14 in 15. I wrote that piece below before his profile was updated.

 

I do believe that Brett Clark's numbers take a dive as soon as MAB arrives in Tampa. So enjoy his PP time while you can.

 

Canada will play Russia for the Gold TODAY. Game time is 7:30pm ET (Bronze game is at 3:30pm ET)

 

Linus Omark, another assist. What is it with prospects making an impact in the first game of a recall and then fading after that? Talk about adrenalin. Anyway, Omark played over 16 minutes and saw secondary PP time. I would roll the dice on picking him up. I think he'll be around for a week or two this time, depending on Eberle.

 

Todd Bertuzzi, who has been up and down a lot these past couple of years, is up again. He has five points in his last five games.

 

Jiri Hudler - back on the board with an assist. Just enough to get me to not slap a bust label on him and recommend you drop... yet not enough to make me comfortable in saying that he's back. He has five points in five games now, but two of those games were goose eggs.

 

He played 28 minutes and five on the PP, but Tom Gilbert was shut out again. What is with this guy? Last year, just when I - the king of hangers on - gave up on him, he rattled off something like 20 points in the final 18 games. He's probably waiting for the last of the fantasy owners to dump him before he, well, takes a dump on us.

 

Tomas Fleischmann has 14 points in 15 games with his new club. Very streaky, but the end result looks pretty good so far.

 

Semyon Varlamov has not allowed more than two goals in a game in his last five starts. He is WHITE hot.

 

Check out this Taylor Hall (EQ50 stick) piece by Easton Hockey. Nicely done. Also, that's a pretty kickass mullet on the one guy haha.

 

The Devils put Vladimir Zharkov back in the lineup and he played seven minutes last night. Brian Rolston also got back into the lineup. Dainius Zubrus was scratched. They say he is injured... who knows.

 

The Wild have signed Jed Ortmeyer. Once he clears waivers and does his conditioning stint, it will be the kiss of death to Patrick O'Sullivan's NHL career.

 

I've never seen a promising career that was on the right track completely derail within two years like this.

 

Rather than claim Michael Leighton, the Isles have recalled hot young goaltender Kevin Poulin. With RDP such a huge Band-Aid Boy (Let's call him "Pascal L"), I wonder if Kevin Poulin (Let's call him "Steve M") could do well during this recall. Where would I have seen this before...?

 

The Isles could/should still claim Leighton on re-entry waivers though. Half price.

 

Those who are against the NHL's "guardian project" - relax. Just have fun with it. The characters look cool. I'm sure the battle they put together will also look cool. And yes, if you have 30 new superheroes, you're going to have five or six of them look similar to current comic book heroes. That's hardly a reason to scoff at the project. It's just a fun, unique little thing that the NHL is doing. No more, no less.

 

So is Puck Daddy going to poke fun at each of the 30 Guardian's as they get released? Won't they run out of insults by, say, January 10?

 

Jack Johnson has eight points in his last eight games.

 

Marco Sturm was dropped to the fourth line by the third period last night.

 

In the last 11 games, Justin Williams may only have six points... but he has 30 PIM. Maybe they're breeding him to be a goon!

 

Steve Downie was back in the lineup. He played with  Moore and Purcell, and saw some PP time.

 

Kyle Wellwood has been released from his KHL team, according to Puck Daddy's Dmitry Chesnokov.

 

Trevor Smith has been acquired by Columbus from Anaheim for Nate Guenin. I recently wrote about Smith's four-goal game and wondered if he would get a recall. I think Columbus will give him a look. Guenin, meanwhile, has been traded to 27 of the 30 NHL teams now. Only three to go! (kidding, but it seems that way)

 

Recalls worth noting - Dan Sexton to Anaheim; Mikael Backlund to Calgary.

 

MA Bergeron, whom the Lightning signed as I noted her yesterday, will go through waivers to get to the AHL for conditioning. He actually may not get through, but we shall see.

 

Martin Erat (UBI) is out for at least another week.

 

Hilarious! Puck Daddy drew my attention to this clip...

 

 


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Ziggy said:

Isle B.
... Dobber,

A) Sure that salary difference would be negligible with most teams, but the way the Isles are being run right now I don't see them taking on any one-way contracts.

B) The team Leighton helped get to the Cup finals just 7 month ago saw enough after one game to know that he isn't ready to play in the NHL right now. I don't think Leighton was able to cover the puck more than 2 or 3 times the entire game and left juicy rebound after juicy rebound. It's harsh, but in a salary cap league where the relative value of goalies has plummeted (Hawks essentially choose to keep their #4 d-man over Niemi, Habs trade Halak for Lars Eller, etc.), I don't see too many teams lining up to claim Leighton on re-entry waivers. Every organization probably feels they have a guy as good as he is that is on a two-way deal instead of a one-way multi-year deal.
January 05, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Ziggy A) Leighton at half price I believe is $750k. They're paying Lawson...what, $550k? Minimal bump in payroll.

B) If your boss didn't give you a chance after your first day on the job and fired you, you'd feel cheated, wouldn't you? The guy missed three months and his first game back you write him off?
January 05, 2011
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Ziggy said:

Isle B.
Isles & Leighton A) Considering the Isles just dumped Wisniewski and Roloson despite being in the midst of a 7-1-1 streak, I seriously doubt they are looking to add any payroll whatsoever for the current season.

B) Leighton isn't going to help anyone right now. He couldn't stop a beachball against the Kings last week.
January 05, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
GETZLAF UPDATE Out 4-6 weeks, until at least late January per Ducks
January 05, 2011
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Bruno Joannette said:

Beejer
MAB Waiver issue It seems as though the Lightning has put MAB on waiver because they want to give him the AHL pay check for the duration of his conditionnal stint. If the Lightning would have paid the full NHL salary... he wouldn't go thru the waiver.
January 05, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
MAB and Ortmeyer waivers Neither MAB nor Ortmeyer need to clear waivers to play in the NHL after signing their contracts, because that rule only applies to players who have had a professional contract outside the NHL this season (like Nabokov). MAB hadn't played yet this season, and Ortmeyer was on a PTO (professional tryout) in the AHL. Ortmeyer is currently on waivers, but that's in order to be assigned to Houston, and these are regular waivers, eligibility for is determined by number of NHL games played AND number of seasons since the start of the player's first NHL contract. The same criteria will apply to MAB should the Lightning want to assign him to the AHL permanently and not only on conditioning - I just don't remember the criteria and so can't say for sure whether he'll have to be placed on waivers for this purpose. I suspect he would, though.
January 05, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
more like the team doesn't win when he doesn't score...
January 05, 2011
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James W said:

Wfactor
Mike richards random note:
In Phili wins Mike richards has 34 of his 37 points
When Phili loses Mike richards doesnt even have a goal yet and is -12
I just find this odd, that he hasnt scored once when Phili loses
January 05, 2011
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Steve Montpetit said:

Haddock
... I hope someone snags Bergeron on the waiver wire.

Just for the hell of it.
January 05, 2011
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david said:

newper114
Flash He has 16 points in 16 games not 14 in 15?
January 05, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I didn't see the Ennis save - I couldn't dig it up either. I tried though.

January 05, 2011
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Steve Montpetit said:

Haddock
... I wonder what impact Bergeron could have on Brett Clark's stats. I was thinking of picking him up on my draft tommorow night, but now I'm not as sure...
January 05, 2011
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Rossi said:

Dean Youngblood
MAB Clearing Waivers I read somewhere that MAB will not have to clear waivers since he was sent to the AHL on a "conditioning stint" for two weeks. As long as he doesn't stay passed 2 weeks then he can be recalled without going through waivers. Is this not correct?
January 05, 2011
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Dale McCarthy said:

January 05, 2011
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McG said:

McGoober
Dobber you forgot the "save" of the year Anyone who has not seen Tyler Ennis make the game saving play for the Avalanche needs to take a look. Right around the 6 min left mark of the third. Never seen anything like it. Poor kid was then in the box for Jones winner in OT.
January 05, 2011
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