Are Sheldon Souray's days as an NHL player over? He has two goals in 17 games with Hershey this season. The fact that Souray only has a year left on his deal should get him at least one more NHL deal... but where?

 

Pierre Lebrun's midseason award picks are up over at ESPN.

 

A huge swing and a miss by myself this season - Peter Regin. I don't get to watch Ottawa play a lot, but I really liked his upside heading in to the season last summer. He was Ottawa's best player in the playoffs against Pittsburgh, and he was facing little competition (or so I thought) for the top line LW spot.

 

I've dumped Regin in my one-year leagues, but he's stashed away on my bench in one of my keeper leagues. It takes a lot for me to give up on a player with such low value (one goal on the season, no points since December 23rd). Any Ottawa fans care to chime on and provide a reason or two as to why Regin is struggling so much?

 

Lack of ice time, not in an offensive role, lack of quality linemates (a problem for all Ottawa players since the forward group is awful)...

 

I'll play contrarian to Dobber - will a new situation really be the difference for Filatov? He has all the talent in the world, but the hockey sense (at least at the NHL level) seems to be lacking. Hitchcock and Arniel have both found it difficult to find a spot for him in the lineup.

 

I do agree that the Kings will try to make a big splash - tons of cap space and young assets, and they can't afford to miss the playoffs after their fantastic 2009-10 season.

 

Dobber - Two points separate seventh and 12th in the West. While 13th and 14th are just three points behind that group with a game or two in hand. You're going to see lots of trades int he Western Conference this year - probably mostly tweaking. But I think Los Angeles will make the biggest wave because a) They are a team on the rise, so taking a step back is unacceptable b) They have a lot of assets they can move

 

I think the Blues will make the fewest moves/smallest wave. Their "wave" will just be having Oshie settle back into the lineup and McDonald returning.

 

One name being bandied about, if Columbus becomes buyers, is Nikita Filatov. He's not doing well in Springfield (nine points in 14 games) and yet is still young enough to be considered a prized asset. A new environment would to him wonders.

 

I knew that Dustin Byfuglien was slumping, but I had no idea he was pointless in 10 games. Tomorrow's THN article addresses some of the slumping or injured players and how the ASG break will give them the time needed to recharge both mentally and physically. Byfuglien is playing in the ASG, but it's more of a "fun" thing then a "job".

 

Michal Frolik is another example - pointless in 11. In fact, his entire line is slumping (Weiss and Dadonov). I think they are prime buy-low players.

 

My Puck Daddy debut from yesterday - check it out here.

 

Pick up Keith Ballard if he is available in your league. His ice time is about to jump way up with Edler out for the forseeable future.

 

I like Ballard for a few reasons. One - he has been incredibly underused so far this season, so he's fresh. Two, Dan Hamhuis logs a ton of PK time, and I doubt the Canucks will want to stretch him at the other end of the rink.

 

Ballard is a proven point producer in the past, as well. He has a good shot and he loves to get involved in the play. His ice time per game should climb by four or five minutes with Edler out.

 

Conspiracy theory with Salo returning... doubtful. Edler has been phenomenal this season and even if/when Salo returns, the loss of Edler is absolutely massive. I definitely think the Canucks were being extremely patient with Salo, but I don't think his impending return had anything to do with a surgery decision. Interesting to think about, though.

 

With no NHL hockey on the schedule tonight, the ramblings, it's time to open the floor up!

 

Fire me a tweet (angus_j), an e-mail ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or comment below with any fantasy questions, news, interesting info, videos, and so on! I'll have lots tomorrow on the happenings in the AHL and the CHL - time for a bit of catch up with those leagues.

 

A few DobberHockey veterans staged a mock NHL All-Star Game draft in the forums.

 

Another mock draft - this time Shane Doan and Paul Bissonnette make their picks on TSN. Funny stuff.

 

The Kamloops Blazers show off one of the best celebrations of all time:


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Knuckles said:

10th rounder
... Filatov and Kovalchuk together ? There's an interesting thought.
January 28, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... I'd agree with that take, Jon.
January 28, 2011
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Jon Dey said:

Sovereign
Filatov Filatov has missed the boat in CBJ.
Since the team is so close to be a playoff contender, and already has been in recent years. That is their yard stick. They do not want to risk adding a player that needs grooming to their line-up with the playoffs on the line. They would rather play it safe than develop him.

Filatov needs to be placed on a team like EDM, NJ, TOR, (insert any bottom feeder in the east here), so that he can just play it out, and not have anything hinge on a bad judgement. If it is "hockey sense" at the NHL level he needs, he isn't going to get it in the AHL or anywhere else. If he can't do it outside of CBJ either, then call the kid a bust and move on.
January 28, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Filatov has been horrible and I've bailed on him in every league, but re-acquired him cheap in one league. There is no hype here. Not anymore.

But if his play is a 0 out of 10...I'm not sure how it can get any worse in a new city, no? My point - it's impossible to get worse than "sucks". So yeah, a new environment will be better for him. A lot better? A little better? Who knows. But it can't be worse.

And the KHL would be an environment where he will flourish.



Malkin vs. Stamkos - I already said three months ago that Stamkos could win the scoring title and Malkin could get 40 points this season...and you know who I would prefer to own in a points-only keeper come the summertime. I don't change my mind week to week or day to day...and rarely even month to month (Yandle being awesome, well that's an exception). Stamkos would need to win two titles in a row and Malkin would need a third straight injury-plagued season before I would come over to the dark side. That's my recommendation, and I study fantasy hockey full time smilies/wink.gif

You can follow the current trend, or you can make an educated guess as to where the trend will be, then go there and wait for it to come to you.
January 28, 2011
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Chad Burly said:

2sticks1puck
Regin I think Regin could easily rebound next year. I think it is a combinations of soph slump, the entire team giving up on the coach, just not enough talent for him to work with out there.
January 28, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... I'll save my Malkin/Stamkos and Shirokov thoughts for tomorrow's ramblings! Thanks for the ideas, gents!
January 28, 2011
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Jason Banks said:

Jason_Banks
Sheldon Souray comment Little mis-information on Sheldon, buyers should be aware of...

Yes Sheldon only has 2 goals.... but he's also only played 17 games, not all 44
Also He has 6 assists... and that puts him at just under half a point per game... He's also a +4... So really he hasnt been bad...

Here's the downside, from what I've heard he's playing with no heart at all, skates and flutters around, the players on the team know he is a great player and they get him open for shots or plays, but he gives little effort. Also he is prone to walk away from the team for games or streches... Basically he's treating it as being a part time Beer Leaguer...

All he's doing is waiting for Edmonton to trade him or to place him on Re-Entry waivers and get claimed for a team that needs what he can provide. He's not a player I like at all, but he does have some skills playoff bound teams could use at like 20% the cost (approx 40% of contract left this season minus Edmonton paying 50% of whats left = about 1.08 mill rest of the year and falling)

Also anouther one to watch Wade Redden...

He has a different attitude, he wants to play and is showing it!

27 points in 39 games in Conneticut/Hartford... Don't be surprised if The Rangers Place him on Re-Entry with the intent of using him and keeping guys like Del Zotto, McDonagh, Gilroy or Sauer down in the AHL until the playoffs because they have no waiver problems...

We all know the Bust Wade has been for New York, But they have nothing to lose but showing anouther round of confidance in him and a chance to show that he can atleast be useable in the NHL rather than paying 6.5 for an AHLer. Rangers have the Cap Space to Do what I've said, but they also have the $$$ to waist Todd White and Wade Redden

Finally Johnathan Cheechoo may be worth a Flyer for a team looking for help on forward... San Jose has giving him a place to play in the AHL and he has 38 pts in 42 games, they could give him a chnace to play in a strech run... or maybe a team like Nashville approches the UFA for the strech run... for cheap.
January 28, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
Shirokov Mr. Angus,

As you are the resident Canucks expert, what are your feelings about Shirokov?

I read the few ramblings about him but I didn't get a chance to watch him play with the 'Nucks during his brief call up so I have a couple questions about him:

1- Is he at the top of the depth charts? Last year Grabner and Hodgson kept him down on the list but with Grabner gone and Hodgson's Band-Aid-ness coupled with Shirokov's excellent play/attitude with the Moose, is he THE call-up for the forseeable future?

2- Does he look ready for 11-12 or will the Canucks still be too flush with NHLers for him to have a scoring role? i know anything can happen in training camp and if he blows up in pre-season, he could earn a spot but will it be a top 6 spot or will he be lucky to crack the line-up/sit in the press box (obviously he ultimately determines what he does but i am thinking more along the lines of how the coaches feel about him and how he fits in with the team)?

3- Any chemistry with the Sedins? Would he fit with them or will their RW continue to be a revolving door?

4- Last and most importantly, IS HE A FUTURE FANTASY PLAYER? Do his skills translate to the NHL level or could he be yet another AHL scoring threat that can't figure out the big leagues?


Thanks for your input!
January 28, 2011
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Dave said:

ddp
Finally Finally someone toning down the Filatov hype around here. Whats your stance on Malkin vs Stamkos Angus? Stir the pot.
January 28, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Sammy and Ehrhoff will probably man the PP point for now. Even if Ballard's PP time doesn't increase dramatically, his ES time will. And the Canucks score at ES as well. 4 or 5 more minutes per game is a huge swing.

January 28, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
... I was at the game wednesday between the canucks and preds,
Ballard logged the most ice time of anyone but sammy got the pp time, so i think its sammy's ice time to lose,
if he doesn't step up i would think Ballards pp time will increase, especially after he gets a few more games with that kinda ice time.
January 28, 2011
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Carson said:

Carson
... Edler
I understand the injury will open up ice time, but not sure why Bieksa wouldn't slide into the top PP role. Maybe Samuelsson. I am hearing Salo (but a week on HNIC they still were not even sure if he was coming back) and Bieksa is a big upgrade IMO offensively over Ballard. Especially how Bieksa has been playing since the break. I could see Samuelsson competing, but do not understand why so much hype on Ballard or Salo. Ain't gonna happen.
January 28, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
TWEET TWEET (Predictions Please) I posted one of these early in the season. Always fun for keeper league considerations.
This one is a two-parter, with 4 players per part.

Part I: Where will they be on March 4th? July 2nd?
1. Tomas Vokoun, FLA
2. Ilya Bryzgalov, PHX
3. Brad Richards, DAL
4. Jimmy Howard, DET

Part II: RFAs. Predict a cap number (keeping in mind the value in draft picks if another team signs them). Do their teams keep them?
1. Zach Parise, NJ
2. Dustin Byfuglien, ATL
3. Andrew Ladd, ATL
4. Poster boy of the month... Keith Yandle, PHX

Thanks in advance!!! smilies/kiss.gif
January 28, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Hahaha, that's fantastic celebration!!! Wonderful find Jeff!!!
January 28, 2011
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Yardie said:

Yardie
Keith Ballard Ballard saw 4 seconds on the PP on Wednesday with Edler out. While he has produced as a well rounded Dman for fantasy purposes in the past - a lack of PPTOI diminishes his value (Hamhuis and Bieksa will pick up most of the slack with Edler out). In most leagues there would be someone seeing more PPTOI than Ballard sitting on the FA pile. Having said that if his PPTOI ticks up then he'd be worth a pickup.
January 28, 2011
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Perfectly timed injury?? With Edler going for surgery, and out for a while, does this now free up the cap space for Salo to return?
He seems to have been healthy and practicing with the team for a while but they couldn't bring him of LTIR as they didn't have the cap space.
Nice conspiricy theory but do you think the Nucks talked Edler into surgery so they could get Salo back in??
January 28, 2011
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bam bam bigalo said:

rcole
Keith Ballard I trust this site with confidence, so I don't want to neglect this comment, but I personally can't justify picking up Ballard...

Some explanation would be excellent!

And that is the most classic displays of victory I have seen in a long while... keep up the good finds smilies/smiley.gif
January 27, 2011
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