The Midseason Guide - buy it here - has been updated through today. I will update it one more time Thursday night. Today's update: a KHL article on potential players coming over, and a one-page addendum covering all the hot streaks/injuries and Wolski trades that have happened in the past week.

 

Kyle Wellwood has signed a one-year contract with the Blues, per TSN. Do you think the Blues are just signing these guys to sucker other teams into claiming them off of waivers? That's one way to make the competition worse. Very smart!

 

Kevin Shattenkirk missed last night's contest with a foot injury and Jonas Holos took his place. Holos played just 11 minutes, though.

 

Chris Stewart is expected to partake in full practice today. If all goes well, I think we'll see him early next week.

 

James Reimer, the latest hero in Leafland. JS Giguere was pretty good in the first few games of the season and Gustavsson has had three or four really good games. But then the other 25 games or so, the goaltending has been mediocre at best. So when a hotshot rookies comes up and wins three games - and gives up just two goals in his only loss - well, let's just say the fans here are starting to drool. And for good reason - Reimer has been a top goalie in the system for a couple of years now, profiled extensively in the last number of Fantasy Prospect Reports. Giguere hasn't been the same goalie for a couple of years now, and Gustavsson has had injuries stunt his development. When all three goalies are healthy, Reimer is playing well enough to stick. The name of the game in Toronto is playoffs and if an untested rookie is winning games, then that untested rookie is going to get the starts. I don't know how long this will last, but I have a hunch that he stays for good and as such I would have no problem picking him up.

 

Dustin Jeffrey was recalled by the Penguins and played just over six minutes. He didn't see a whole lot of ice time after taking a hooking penalty in the first.

 

The Pens carried a two goal lead into the final four minutes of the game when the Bruins rang off three quick goals - two on the PP.

 

With Chris Osgood out for 6-8 weeks, Joey MacDonald got the call and he got into the game when Jimmy Howard got the hook . I wouldn't run out and grab him though.

 

Matt Duchene is a point-per-game player 43 games in. Nice. He's working magic with Tomas Fleischmann. When Chris Stewart gets back, this team will be hard to beat.

 

Darryl Boyce, who's not really a scorer at...any level, now has four points in six games for the Leafs during this recall. His lack of production at other levels is precisely why I wouldn't recommend him no matter how hot he gets.

 

I just found out via the post-gazette that Jordan Staal has been playing with a cast on his hand. As long as that's the case, expecting goal production from him is not very realistic. As a Staal owner, I actually feel a little better about that. Any excuse, you know?

 

Mike Cammalleri will not be in the lineup tonight due to illness, and tomorrow's game is pretty doubtful.

 

Tomas Plekanec has but seven points in his last 15 games and just like that is on pace to barely sneak by the 60-point mark. So is it his fault Kostitsyn is slumping or vice versa? Who's been watching Habs games? I've only seen one in the last three or four weeks.

 

Logan Couture also has just seven in his last 15. Like I said in my THN article about a month ago, he is too inconsistent to win the Calder. Then again, that's probably the story for most rookies this year. This race is still wide open, but I still like Hall, Crawford and Stepan to give Skinner a run for his money.

 

Jan Mursak scored his first career NHL goal last night for the Wings. He and Tatar are each impressing during this call up. The Wings are in such good hands - will they ever start their decline? I thought all teams were on a success cycle? If so, Detroit's cycle is the widest-ranging cycle in all of sports.

 

Alexander Semin will miss the next two games with a lower-body injury, as he did not accompany the team on their trip.

 

Alex Kovalev is out for a week with a knee injury. Who will step up and fill the void of being a complete unproductive waste of rink space? Who will take up a man-sized spot on the ice and contribute nothing to the Ottawa offense? A linesman, for one...

 

Brayden Schenn is among the WHLers traded at their trade deadline yesterday.

 

Dallas has placed Brandon Segal on waivers. The Isles have waived Jon Sim. Again.

 

Give Mikhail Grabovski 29 points in his last 30 games. And he's dragging MacArthur and Kulemin along with him. MacArthur was the glue of that line in the first eight games or so, but then when he stopped scoring it has been Grabovski who has carried the line.

 

Jamie Benn - nice

 

 

Bissonnete vs. Janssen

 

 


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edm said:

emurdoch
Wellwood Blues say they didn't sign him:

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/hockey/professional/morning-skate/article_40555a08-1db3-11e0-9c5f-0017a4a78c22.html
January 11, 2011
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Paul said:

puckmonkey888
... Wellwood can be useful on the PP and the shootout. Also, he is not a defensive liability. He gets the puck out, gets it deep and doesn't turnover at the blue line. I saw almost every game he played with the Canucks.
January 11, 2011
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JF Bessette said:

gfunkb7
AK46 Is it just me or he's a country music fan like his brother? He's probably not headed to NAS but I have a feeling Jacques Martin doesn't have kind words for him. I was not on ice in overtime on the last game, which clearly indicates the coach doesn't have faith. I bet he'll be headed out west and Plekanec will resurrect!!!

January 11, 2011
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Couture Don't write Couture off for the Calder so easily.
January 11, 2011
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Kingchev said:

Kingchev
how? Cause he is a Fuckin Beauty Dale, thats how!
January 11, 2011
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Sean Peterson said:

Plus1Plus1
... Now known as "poor Cam Barker", lol.
January 11, 2011
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Dale McCarthy said:

digitalmonkey
CaM Barker Was that Cam Barker who was undressed by Benn? How is Barker still in the NHL?
January 11, 2011
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Ryan Ma said:

Maaaasquito
... RE: Plekanec

Yeah LAJ has it right... from the Habs games that I've watched in the last couple weeks that line looks timid... They're playing more of a prevent defense game, rather than an all out blitz.

The Paco, Gio, Gomez line is carrying more of the offensive buzz and on the hop all the time compared to the Plek line.
January 11, 2011
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Louis-Alexandre Jalbert said:

louisjab
Plekanec One of the problems with Plekanec is that both his wingers are in a slump. Andrei Kostitsyn is a streaky player, so he could bounce back anytime, but right now, he is in the midst of a 30 games slump. Cammalleri is also not producing right now, so Plekanec doesn't have a lot of help offensively.

Another thing lately is that the team has taken so many penalties (especially during that horrible road trip) and Plekanec is still one of the best PK guys for the Habs. When he's playing too much time on the PK, he has trouble finding his groove offensively. And Jacques Martin can't (or don't want to) use somebody else because the Habs are a defense first team.

And with Pacioretty playing well with Gomez and Gionta since he's been recalled, Martin has started to use Gomez line as the first PP unit. Gomez had more PP time than Plekanec 7 games in the last ten.
January 11, 2011
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