Shocking, sudden news - Tomas Fleischmann is out for the season with a blockage in his artery. What this means career-wise, I am unable to dig up at this point (it's Dobber). Adrian Dater is reporting that Peter Mueller is finally making progress though, but he's still a good month away I'm sure. Looks like the team will call Galiardi back up. I remember that Flash had a blood clot in his leg about 15 months ago, so I wonder if it's related.

 

Andreas Engqvist has been called up by the Habs. He's got size and is slated to fill in for Jeff Halpern on the checking line.

 

The Avs have sent TJ Galiardi a message - a demotion to the AHL. Ryan Stoa is coming up the other way.

 

Carlo Colaiacovo is injured again. Ian Cole will replace him in the lineup for now.

 

The Rangers have lost another forward to injury. Ruslan Fedotenko will be out for up to a month. This opens up more ice time for both Stepan and Zuccarello on the second line.

 

Nabokov to Detroit may be done soon according to Bob McKenzie. He would have to clear waivers... Wow.

 

Braden Holtby is getting the start in goal for the Caps tonight.

 

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Grant Clitsome has five points in five games. Worth picking up in one-year leagues and keeping an eye on in keepers. Now is a great time to emerge as an offensive defenseman in Columbus...

 

Steve Mason was great last night - I often criticize him so I figured I had to show both sides of the coin. He has a lot of talent but struggles with the mental aspect of being an everyday goalie. I personally wouldn't consider owning him but he does have upside.


Fedor Tyutin has nine points in his past 10 games. Columbus lacks a true PP defenseman but Tyutin has leapfrogged the pack at the moment. He’s not great offensively, but he is steady and dependable in most situations.

 

Dmitri Kulikov has five points in three games. He won't hit his upside (50+ points) until the Panthers get some talent to play with, but he should approach the high 30's next season. He has a huge shot and plays with a lot of confidence offensively.

 

We are in the market for a writer at DobberHockey. Check out this link for more information.

 

The time off sure did Nick Backstrom good – he stopped all 37 shots he faced last night in Calgary.

 

Martin Havlat had three points last night and how has points in three straight games.

 

Andrew Brunette is quietly stringing some quality hockey together. Skating has never been his strong suit, so the fact that he is slowing down with age hasn’t really impacted his offense all that much.

 

Brunette is currently on pace for less than 50 points – expect him to finish the season closer to 60.

 

Kyle Brodziak has seven points in his last seven games. He’s been put in more of an offensive role with all of the injuries to the Minnesota forward group. He doesn’t have much offensive upside but I’d take a flier on him if you need a center in a deep one-year league.

 

Marian Gaborik needs to be benched more. He responded with four goals and an assist against the hapless Leafs last night.

 

Zuccarello and Stepan have been absolutely flying together – the pint-sized Norwegian is a ton of fun to watch play. He’s absolutely fearless.

 

Gaborik skated on a line with Anisimov and Avery, while Wolski flanked the two rookies.

 

Lundqvist (aka the best goalie in the league) recorded his seventh shutout of the season.

 

It sure would be nice to have Ron Wilson's job security - he does poorer, and Burke has more confidence in him! Wilson is a horrid fit for that team and market. Motivation through fear and the media doesn't work, especially in markets with such intense media scrutiny and pressure. Players simply tune it out.

 

Dion Phaneuf had 15 PIM last night – he has one measly assist in his past 10. Simply not working out in Toronto at either end of the ice.

 

Spring Training is just around the corner – the community at DobberBaseball is slowly growing. Head on over there for some fantasy baseball advice to help build your team into a winner.

 

Ales Hemsky is out with a concussion. The Band-Aid Boy list never fails. I guess Hemsky’s breakout season will be pushed back again?

 

Shirokov looked very good in his first game this season with the Canucks. The biggest difference between this season and last season – his improvement in strength. He was able to keep the puck on his stick as well as knock it off the opposition, something he struggled with in his six games with the Canucks last year.

 

Raymond has been struggling mightily offensively, which will open the door for Shirokov to continue to prove he belongs in the NHL.

 

Horcoff is close to returning – Edmonton’s been a lot better with him in the lineup than without. Sounds like he's playing tonight.

 

Pulled the trigger on a trade in the DobberHockey Expert's League last night - my current goaltending has been killing me. Tuukka Rask, Cam Ward, and Tomas Vokoun are my three. Vokoun is always in, while Ward and Rask alternate. Ward has been terrible lately and Rask simply doesn't play that much (frustrating in a weekly league).

 

Moved Patrice Bergeron and Matt Cooke (who I picked up off of the wire last week) for Niklas Backstrom and Martin Erat. No use for Erat, especially with Okposo now back (RW), but Backstrom plays a lot and Minnesota is playing decent hockey lately.

 

Backstrom's 37-save shutout helped me say yes to the deal, I won't lie. However, I still would have pulled the trigger after a miserable game.

 

I have some good news and bad news. The good - Damien Cox has resigned (not re-signed) from the Toronto Star. The bad? He's moving to TSN on a full time basis.

 

Gaborik making Gustavsson look like a fool:


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Mike said:

slopoke
Decisions I agree with Michal Sk. The way I look at it, this site, and the opinions expressed are a source of information. If you choose to interpret the information as the "gospel truth" then you have mis-interpreted the intent.

Fantasy managers must gather information, and make their own informed decisions.

If you choose to rely solely on other people's comments, then you have nobody to "blame" but yourself
January 20, 2011
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slufoot said:

slufoot
Fleischmann I'm sure the blood clot in his leg had something to do with it. Read up a little on it. Pulmonary emboli form when a clots from other areas in the body make their way to the arteries of the lungs, causing blockage. Treatment is a combination of clot-dissolving medication, blood thinners, and oxygen until the lungs heal. Its a complication of deep-vein thrombosis - which Fleischmann had in his leg 15 months ago.
Career-wise, it looks as though he should be ok as long as they caught it early and there's no permanent damage to the lungs. Tough to tell how long recovery is though as it depends on how quickly the body is able to re-condition the lungs to previous levels.
January 20, 2011
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Mabus said:

mabus
... Don't use yahoo if you don't want to deal with issues about players not being available. ESPN, Fantrax and CBS are all much better for this issue.

Dobber - please drop Gilbert again. The only time he's been productive all year is the brief window you dropped him.

Mabus
January 20, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
Decisions... I have read in last couple of days quite a lot of complaints from guys who followed predictions written on this website so i decided to share my opinion. I do not take any prediction as granted. I read this site as very good source of fantasy-related information. Sometimes i miss important news, get the information with delay and even when i get it at time, i do not realize impact on my fantasy team (pool) straight away so i found this site very helpful and it is, no doubt, the best source of fantasy hockey-related information. But i don't follow every single piece of information found on this website by dropping players and so on... I play my own game and i use my own instincts.
If you can't follow your own instincts you should not play fantasy at all. It is not your game if you are guided by Dobber and Angus every single day. It is more them than your own knowledge (skills, instincts) playing in your pool. Brilliant article by Brent Lemon has been written a couple of days back and there is it all. In a few words - try to be better than the best ones.

http://www.dobberhockey.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3360:avoiding-old-man-darwin&catid=902:brent-lemon&Itemid=77
January 20, 2011 | url
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Marcus Lepkowski said:

Blueman
Nabokov What sucks is that I cannot pick Nabokov up as he is not listed in yahoo yet.. sucks big time!
January 20, 2011
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Ballsakic said:

Ballsakic
Backstom What Kerpartik said But I dont remember the 1 or 2 weeks part.
Anyway, Blanket predictions are just that.
But I was under the impression that he was done.
It's my own fault for dropping him but I would reconsider ever posting this type of stuff.
A lot of people depend on the ramblings for making moves in their leagues.
I will do more research , I took to much for granted on info in the ramblings.

I know how hard it is to do this everyday,I am not blaming anyone for my mistakes.
Too bad it was so big . Hell it's just a game.
January 20, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Nabokov Stories There needs to be a pure Nabokov thread for stories about how he is picked up in each league. This could be interesting. The value on DET would be insane... and to boot... they don't have a signed goalie for next year and beyond. Crazy! In one of my leagues a guy could be picked up even if he isn't on Yahoo! and it created a minor stir. In two of my other leagues, I believe an added player goes to Yahoo! waivers - in which case the lucky ba$tard hanging out with waiver #1 will get him. Muddafugga.
January 20, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... BS, you were right:

Niklas Backstrom's hip is looking serious. Think - season ending. You can cross your fingers and hope that he can return in a week or two, and play through his hip pain. Or you can be pro-active. Jose Theodore is doing well right now. In fact, he's posting great numbers. But he gets into funks and when that happens, the Wild will look to the market. Nabokov? Leighton? Look to Leighton. It's a long shot, but if you're desperate for goaltending and have bench room, get him off the wire and sit him for three or four weeks and see if this happens.


Dobber posted this on January 10th. I'll say what I said earlier - regardless of what you read here, consult w/ other sources before making an important lineup decision.
January 20, 2011
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Mark Mason said:

minksauce
Last Post Title was supposed to be directed to Ballsakic, didn't mean to put in "Kerpatrik6"
January 20, 2011
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Mark Mason said:

minksauce
Kerpartrik6 I remember that post too.However, I remember it saying something along the lines of Backstrom injured his hip and could be out for the entire season OR he may only be out for a 1-2 week period.
I'm not sure if it was Angus or Dobber who wrote it, and I don't remember which day it was written.
January 20, 2011
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Jesse said:

always420
... There is no way that any contending team in the West (or the East for that reason) with a higher waiver priority than Detroit will let Nabokov go to the competition. I just don't see it happening.
January 20, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Ballsakic - I don't recall posting anything on Backstrom, but I could be wrong. With that, I'd advise reading a few sources before making a big decision like dropping one of the better goalies in the league.

Do you remember what day this was posted on?
January 20, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
... hey, i was hoping you might have posted Dion's fight video smilies/wink.gif
January 20, 2011
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Ballsakic said:

Ballsakic
Backstrom I read the daily ramblings here and it was said Backstrom had a long term hip problem
so I dropped him. Now I lost him.
I wonder where some of this bad info ends up on here sometimes?
January 20, 2011
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Tom Mizwicki said:

Wink
Blueshirts How do you think the lines will shake out for the Rangers when Callahan returns? He's on my IR... Ultimately will need to decide between him, Savard and Okposo by the end of February. Thoughts?
January 20, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Gab-Gab I gave myself a big pat-on-the-back last night for not starting Gustavsson even though I am down in saves and tied in wins on the week in my H2H.

I would like to say that Beauchemin made a gorgeous pass to Sean Avery on the 1st Gaborik goal. Wowzers.
January 20, 2011
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Richard J. DAngelo said:

bullwinkle
Played the wrong guys I took your advice and benched my Colorado players - Stastny, Liles, and Fleischmann since they were "stay away" for this week's action. Instead I played MacArthur, Grabovski, and Versteeg. After Colorado vs. Vancouver (6 PPP which I badly needed) and New York vs. Toronto results (a combined +/- of -7), no wonder I'm not in first place! @#^@#&@$#&#!$@**!!!!
January 20, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Leafs D blows Komi,Phaneuf and Beauchemin would probably all make the top 10 list of overpaid dmen- possibly top5.Cant believe the drop off in Komisareks play- fowards must be chomping at the bit when they see him on the ice- it wasnt like that in Montreal. Phaneuf,Beau and even Kaberle all have terrible lazy habits making average goaltending look awful.
January 19, 2011
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JW said:

maya has the knife
Beauchemin Hard to miss Beauchemin's lazy ass causing two of those goals and ending up -3 on the night. The Leafs are always good for a laugh.
January 19, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
Horcoff By close to returning, you mean he is slated to play today.
January 19, 2011
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