Peter Forsberg has started practicing with the Avalanche. More info here.

 

Interesting news to say the least - he makes Brett Favre look like a straight shooter with his decisions. As a hockey fan I'm very excited as Forsberg was my favorite player growing up. Not sure he has anything left in those legs/feet.

 

Dean Lombardi gets fined $50,000 for criticizing the integrity of the league. Curtis Glencross gets fined $2500 for drilling Clayton Stoner's head into the boards from behind. All's fair, right?

 

Angus here - my thoughts on the Nabokov situation coming very shortly...

 

Dobber here - Panties in a knot, anyone? A lot of backlash from Howard owners. Sorry guys, Howard will be useless - for this season, I should have specified - when Nabokov joins the Wings. Take Howard out back and shoot him? LOL that comment was funny. Listen, Nabokov will cannibalize some starts. No arguing that. I think he'll cannibalize half the starts between now and early March - and most starts down the stretch. In most league formats, having a goalie who splits his starts is, well, worthless. You want a goalie who starts most games, not a 1A/1B situation. So upset Howard owners, untangle those panties, take a deep breath, and face reality.

 

I'm working on a very extensive piece on the NHL's Guardian Project that will give you my take, the information that I was able to gather from conversations with Mark Schultz of the NHL and Adam Baratta of the Guardian Project, as well as my expert insight on the characters. I say "expert" as a former comic book collector and Stan Lee buff. I will also draw a pretty ... blurry line that relates this to fantasy hockey and why we need this to work. Watch for it and get your kids/neighbor's kids to read!


The Red Wings have to have an arrangement with the Devils where the Devils claim Nabokov off of waivers and then hold him for the required week and then waive him again, giving the Red Wings first waiver dibs. It's a loophole in this system. What's in it for the Devils? We'll find out. But I really do believe there is something going on. Otherwise, why on earth would the Wings think they can sneak him through at that price? They can't. So I'm sure they'll compensate New Jersey somehow. To those Howard owners out there - sorry for your loss. Worthless soon.

 

Also - out yesterday was my Puck Daddy piece, and the day before that was my fantasy mailbag over at The Hockey News. Sorry for no links. I'll try and grab them later when I have a moment, or maybe Angus will throw them up for me. Or you could sniff around those sites yourself!

 

Ilya Bryzgalov had a strong game last night, stopping all 36 shots he faced for a shutout. He has struggled at times this season (especially compared to last), but there aren't many better goalies to own in your pool.

 

Craig Anderson is playing horrid hockey right now. Battling through an injury, perhaps? This is a contract year so he has motivation to keep playing, although his terrible stats aren’t helping the cause at all.

 

Glad to see Steve Kouleas is joining TSN with his own hockey show - I really enjoyed his segments on The Score - he knows his hockey for the most part.

 

Big news of the day is obviously the Nabokov signing with the Red Wings (one-year, $750,000 pro-rated). Once/if he clears waivers, I will post my thoughts from a fantasy standpoint.

 

The Midseason Guide, you can buy it here, re-released just this past Friday. Get yourself organized and ready to go in the second half by picking up this great read.

 

The Penguins unsurprisingly struggled without Crosby and Malkin last night.

 

Brian Rolston has points in four of his last five games (six points total over that span). Just when it looked like his fantasy value was all but dead, he is coming up for another gasp of air. He’s seeing lots of ice time and with his shot he’ll always find ways to produce if given the opportunity.

 

Cam Ward is sure making it hard for me to bench him – 39 saves on 40 shots last night against the Rangers. He has been too inconsistent for may to carry on any longer with in a league that has weekly line-ups.

 

Ryan McDonagh recorded his first career NHL point last night.

 

The always-streaky Jussi Jokinen has 12 points in eight games. Two three-point efforts in that span.

 

Jamie McGinn has one goal in 48 games this season. I had him pegged for 15 – huge swing and a miss. What a brutal season for the former OHL star.

 

Michael Grabner is on pace for over 20 goals – he won’t fill any other stat categories for you (maybe SOG), but he is a one-trick pony worth looking at in all league formats (especially keeper leagues).

 

Kyle Okposo returned last night – pointless in 18 minutes of ice time. Looked a bit rusty – I am looking forward to him and JT tearing it up down the stretch.

 

Is Nick Backstrom a 100-point player or a 70-to-80-point player? He’s on pace for 75 after recording a goal and a helper last night… Obviously a lot of his production is tied to Ovechkin, but he is a great buy-low candidate for keeper leagues (provided he can actually be had for below value).

 

The key with buying low is establishing that actual value – Backstrom has had a great start to his career and it will be interesting to see how it continues. He won’t be setting career numbers this season, something he has done every year since joining the Capitals.

 

Lost in the disaster in Ottawa has been strong play from Milan Michalek. He has five points in five games. A huge injury risk from a longer-term perspective, but I’d probably pick him up for some short term help.

 

Claude Giroux is on pace for over 30 goals and over 70 points. I had him pegged in the low 70’s, but his goal total is higher than I expected.

 

The PG/Gates section of the hockey forum is looking for some writers - info here.

 

Danny Briere is quietly on pace for over 40 goals. He doesn’t get much hype when discussing the best offensive players in the league, but he has to be up there. A lot of fun to watch.

 

Chris Pronger’s first game of hockey in almost a month – two assists and 20+ minutes of steady, dependable play.

 

Bobrovsky started for the Flyers and was stellar again. I had Boucher in over Luongo… should have paid closer attention to see who was starting for Philadelphia!

 

How long will Cory Clouston keep his job?

 

David Legwand is back on track after going pointless in three. He still has seven points in his last 10 – far from bad. Legwand is a solid option as a depth center in most league formats (I am thinking of picking him up in a league where I have only three moves all season).

 

Colin Wilson is quietly having a solid season – on pace for 20 goals and 20 assists on a very average offensive team.

 

Dobber and I were both very high on Pekka Rinne in the summer. He has one loss in his last nine games, and he has allowed one goal or less in six over the span. Rinne is in a great situation on a defensive team, but he is also a very talented goalie. He’s one of the better goalies to own in all league formats.

 

Jimmy Howard got the win after missing two games with a bruised kneecap.

 

So much for an easy transition – TJ Oshie played over 20 minutes last night, and he scored a goal. His return to the lineup is absolutely huge (obviously). Oshie is the straw that stirs the drink in St. Louis.

 

Jiri Hudler had three points. No, not over the past month… last night. He played over 16 minutes of ice time, including a fair chunk of it with the man advantage.

 

Atlanta now has seven players with 10 or more goals (Bergfors hit the total last night).

 

After a bit of a dry spell, Stamkos has six goals in his last four games.

 

Teddy Purcell has one goal and no assists in his last 10. A lot of skill, but he seems to be a step behind the play much of the time. Lacking in hockey sense? Probably not – looks like an effort/consistency issue to me.

 

Nik Antropov has six helpers in his last nine games (zero goals, though). A solid buy-low down the stretch for one-year leagues.

 

Anaheim rookie Brandon McMillan has five points in his last 10 games. He’s seeing decent ice time too – keep him on your radar. McMillan wasn’t a huge point producer at the WHL level (he scored 25 goals in his final year with Kelowna), but he is a classic overachiever.

 

Nice bounce back for the Leafs – Grabovski and MacArthur (by far Toronto’s two best players) combined for three goals and five points.

 

The Ottawa/Philly game turned nasty - Giroux can do more than dangle that is for sure!

 

Henrik Sedin with a beauty of a goal:



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jason said:

toewsfan
Loophole Dobber: Your waiver "loophole" theory seems unfounded, because any new re-entry onto waivers (even after holding Nabokov for 7 days) would still allow any of the teams below Detroit a second chance to claim Nabokov (in order of waiver priority -- lowest winning percentage). Can you please clarify?
January 21, 2011
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Todd Whittington said:

leaftodd
UPDATE on Nabby According to Bob Mac the loophole that people are discussing isnt available. On a reentry to the NHL detroit wouldnt get claim preference if NJ put him back on waivers. It would once again go according to standings.

Secondly NJ (or Det) cant trade Nabby without first putting him on waivers and then allowing the rest of the league a shot at him. At least thats how bob has put it and how i read it from his article.

http://tsn.ca/columnists/bob_mckenzie/?id=350469

Cheers.
January 21, 2011
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Katharsis said:

Katharsis
Re: Nabby Trade
Is there any reason the devil's can't trade nabakov to the wings in a week? Say for a draft pick?

Good point though, interesting to see if that's what happens, otherwise it sounds like the islanders are interested and they do need a goalie!


Well, two things: the contract has a NMC, so Nabokov would need to approve anything, which assumingly he would approve a trade. Secondly, however, is that in order to be dealt, he'd need to go through waivers again, allowing any other team to claim him. At least, that's what I remember reading.
January 21, 2011
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bball said:

bballplyr321
... Do you have a credible source for the NJ claiming Nabby comment? There are a lot of different points of view out there right now and there are a lot of sources that are saying different things. Any chance this could be appealed by the players union or have Bettman step in because this is clearly an attempt to work around the spirit of the CBA, especially if there is a secret deal in place. As I am sure that you know, that's called collusion and that's just another word for cheating.
January 21, 2011
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Todd Whittington said:

leaftodd
Howard owner As a Howard owner i'm insanely happy with this. Of course that may be because i've had nabakov stored on the bench since last year when he left and now get to see Jimmy get more rest and support.

But i can see how this will piss off others lol.
January 21, 2011
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Craig K said:

csk_17
..... Bryan Murphy, let me introduce you to Mike Brophy. http://www.sportsnet.ca/bios/mike_brophy/archive/
January 21, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
... ya, thats why he went to the KHL last year...............................and howard is still playing in the nhl.
Lets see how nabby does with the NYI.
Its really to hard to predict how nabby will play, but you can probably count on an adjustment period.
January 21, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Nabokov = 1A If Nabby joins DET, he will be 1A.
He has only been a playoff let-down because SJ's D has always been sub-par.

Nabby's career playoff numbers: GAA 2.29, SV% 0.914... while not great...
Howard's 2010 playoff numbers: GAA 2.75, SV% 0.915.

Howard's career AHL numbers work out to: GAA 2.67, SV% 0.911
Nabby's career NHL numbers work out to: GAA 2.39, SV% 0.912
(*And don't forget that Nabby's best SV% regular season was... last year!)

We don't really have an apples-to-apples comparison because they've played with different defenses in front of them. The DET defensive system routinely is in the top 5 in the league for fewest shots against per game. SOGA (one of my fave stats).

I think many of has have come to think of Howard as a top tier goalie because, relative to the aging Osgood, he is better. And many (myself included) consider Osgood a HHOF caliber-goalie (let's not go there)... but the recent Osgood is an old-Osgood.

Long, story short - DET's defensive game and an aging Osgood has tricked everybody into thinking that Howard is a stellar goalie. He's good... not better than Nabby.


January 21, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
Nabokov Seems silly for anyone to get upset or speculate about Nabokov's effect on an NHL team until we learn where he lands. FWIW, Russia may not sound so bad after all, Nabby! From Newsday: The New York Islanders are reportedly thinking about attempting to claim Evgeni Nabokov on waivers. smilies/shocked.gif
January 21, 2011
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GB said:

Front89
Philly D Pairings With Pronger back, they returned to what can be considered the normal pairings...

Pronger - Carle
Timonen - Coburn
Meszaros - O'Donnell

Walker and Bartulis scratched

Lavvy did mix them up a bit during the game as he sometimes does, but if all are healthy those should be the normal pairs
January 21, 2011
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Jah D said:

sansai
Philly D lines @DonC - With Pronger back the lines go back to what they've been most of the season. Pronger-Carle, Coburn-Timonen, Mesz-O'Donnell. While Pronger was out, Richards took his place on the point for most of the1st line PP duties, So Meszaros and Carle on the 2nd PP Unit will remain the same as it has been since Pronger's injury. Timonen saw the biggest bump in ice time with Pronger out, but Laviolette has been spreading it around fairly evenly and I expect that to continue.
January 21, 2011
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
Howard You think the most loyal organization in professional sports is going to drag their starting tender out the back door and shoot him, for a 35 year old, that couldn't get an NHL contract a couple months ago? Howard has been 'okay' this year, while working through some naggy injuries. I would wonder that a rotation would potentially be explored. Playoffs would see the hot hand employed. I agree Nabby is interesting, however I don't think he was just handed the keys to the castle.
January 21, 2011
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BGJ said:

bletchley
... Howard is worthless now? Funny.
January 21, 2011
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DonCoburleone said:

DonCoburleone
Pronger back and the effect? Just wondering with Pronger back what were the Philly D pairings last night? And who out of Meszaros and Carle will be the most negatively impacted? THANKS!
January 21, 2011 | url
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mick said:

hawkdog
... Is there any reason the devil's can't trade nabakov to the wings in a week? Say for a draft pick?

Good point though, interesting to see if that's what happens, otherwise it sounds like the islanders are interested and they do need a goalie!
January 21, 2011
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David Goodburn said:

davidgoodburn
Starting Goalie Website Angus says: "Bobrovsky started for the Flyers and was stellar again. I had Boucher in over Luongo… should have paid closer attention to see who was starting for Philadelphia!

There is a great website leftwinglock.com that has accurate, timely updates to starting goalies. Great resource for all fantasy hockey players.
January 21, 2011
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Renaldo? said:

Teh Doktor
Byfuglien By contrast, Enstrom has six points during those same seven games, 11 in his last 10.

I don't think anyone expects Byfuglien to score at the clip he was, so a slow-down is expected. I'm curious as to whether this is just a case of opposing forwards keying on him, opening up space for Enstrom or is it something else?
January 21, 2011
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TML said:

TML
Leafs Top Players Argubaly they are, but Kulemin has been pretty good, and he's pretty close, so it's not by far.
January 21, 2011
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Ryan said:

kingshockeygm
Byfuglien please comment ... no points in 7 games. Is THIS the guy we've been waiting for or is this the blip? Can't see him actually getting 80 points, but when a guys hot, ride it. Gotta hear an 'expert' opinion ...
January 21, 2011
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Dave said:

ddp
Giroux dangle? Sorry, after watching the video, I'm not quite sure what it is more that Giroux can do then dangle?
January 21, 2011
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Ballsakic said:

Ballsakic
Nabokov I think at best Howard would get 2-1 starts over Nabokov if he signs.
Nabokov never has been a good playoff guy.
So owners of Nabokov will find themselves in a Tuka Rask situation in Detroit.

Sure you can run out and get him if your league lets you carry 54 or 5 goal tenders but I think he is only good for next year.
January 21, 2011
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GB said:

Front89
Bryz No love for a 36 save SO by Bryz over the Kings?
January 21, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... No way, brian murphy. Steve Kouleas is passionate and says what's on his mind. He's not a robot like Darren Dreger.
January 21, 2011
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
"Giroux can more than dangle..." What's more satisfying in your roto leagues? When an offensive dynamo like Giroux gets an assist and a 5 minute major for fighting? Or, when your pugilist get a 5 minute major for fighting, an assist, and goes +1?

I'll take both, thank you very much as Giroux and Prust helped my roto team admirably last night. smilies/smiley.gif
January 21, 2011
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brian murphy said:

kingstown
... you lost me forever after the Steve Kouleas thing

There is no larger idiot in Hockey than Steve Kouleas
January 21, 2011
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STONE. said:

STONE.
... I'm not sure of all of the ins and outs of the waiver system, but wouldn't it be wise for one of the teams chasing Detroit (Chicago, SJ, Dal, etc) to grab Nabby for that cheap of a price?
January 21, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
Halak Save Amazing save by Halak in the final minute of play against Detroit to force overtime.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...A#t=00m29s
January 20, 2011
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Jeff Lucarelli said:

jeffl97
Grabner Kid could start putting up 30 goal seasons as soon as next year. His speed is unreal and lets him generate like 3-4 quality scoring chances a game. I remember he had breakaways in 3 games straight this year he just hasn't been able to finish. If he works on his hands he can be a quality NHLer.
January 20, 2011
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