Jarkko Ruutu to Anaheim for a sixth. Fantasy significance: zero.


If any trades occur today, analysis will be posted later on tonight.


My guess on Kaberle return: Blake Wheeler, one of Zach Hamill/Joe Colborne, and a prospect.


Jaroslav Halak has been placed on the IR with a hand injury. The Blues have recalled Ben Bishop from the AHL. Conklin will get the majority of the starts, but don't be surprised to see Bishop in there for a game or two.


Halak has been battling through the injury for a while. Explains his poor play.


The Isles have locked up PA Parenteau to a one year extension. Nice reward.


Brassard will be out for three weeks with a hand/wrist injury.


Kevin Bieksa is out for a few weeks with a small foot fracture.


That leaves Vancouver's defense as: Salo, Ehrhoff.............. and? Right now the bottom four will consist of Aaron Rome, Yann Sauve, Evan Oberg, and Chris Tanev. Ouch.


In terms of where the current defensemen sit on the depth chart - #3, #5, #8, #11, #12, #13.


Jake Voracek has 17 points in his last 20 games. He’s still probably undervalued in many keeper leagues out there – treat him as a future 80+ point player and proceed from there!


Jussi Jokinen returned to Carolina’s lineup last night.


Ilya Kovalchuk has goals in three straight and seven in his last 10. He had a beauty last night against Carolina, even if it included faking out Joe Corvo.


Colorado lost its ninth straight last night – the longest consecutive string of losses since the team moved to Denver 16 years ago!


Unsurprisingly, Jordan Staal has averaged 25 minutes of ice time PER GAME over his last four. He has goals in three of those four games as well.


Chris Stewart has two goals in his last 10 games. Can any Colorado fans chime in on his struggles? I pegged him to have a slight drop in numbers, but he was hot out of the gate and I was getting ready to eat my words in November.


Kris Letang was pointless in seven games before his recent three game point streak. He has five points over that span.


Chicago got a strong start from Corey Crawford last night. Are they done trying to draw blood (good games) from a stone (Turco)?


Jack Skille is still pointless in Florida, but he is averaging close to 19 minutes per contest in the three since the trade.


Derick Brassard left the game last night after taking a puck off the hand – no word on the severity of the injury. Band-Aid Boy.


Dustin Brown has three points in his last 10 games. I have an interesting thought on him in my latest column. Glorified third line winger? His chemistry with Kopitar has completely fizzled out.


Kings prospect Andrei Loktionov has four points in his last five games with the big club. He appears to have leapfrogged past a few forwards on the depth chart.


Brayden Schenn is tearing the WHL apart. He will 100% be in Los Angeles in some sort of scoring role next season. I wonder if the Kings will entertain the thought of moving him to the wing? Big, strong, great vision… paired with big, strong, great hands (Kopitar)?


Dave Bolland has five assists in his last two games.


I like to sing the praises of players who have zero fantasy significance from time to time – Clayton Stoner has quietly developed into Minnesota’s most steady defenseman. He pounded David Backes a few games ago in a lopsided fight, and he is a tower of strength in the defensive zone.


Don’t be surprised to see Brent Seabrook traded in the summer. I think he may price himself out of Chicago (he is an impending RFA).


Want consistency? Draft Mikko Koivu. His last three seasons – 67 points, 71 points, and 70 points (on pace for).


Marian Hossa has seven points in his last eight games. Usually not a stretch worth mentioning, but he has had a pretty poor offensive season, aside from his first seven games (11 points).


Kris Versteeg had his first point as a Flyer – an assist – in just under 15 minutes of ice time.


Joffrey Lupul has three points in his last two games. The Versteeg trade opens up a regular spot for him in the top six.


Quite the offensive outburst in Anaheim last night.


Alex Semin had a hat trick.


Karl Alzner had three helpers – he had seven points all season before the game.


Neuvirth and Varlamov both had bad games – each allowed three goals on 12 and nine shots, respectively.


Cam Fowler fired a great opening round 67 last night (golf talk for a miserable minus-5 rating).


Toni Lydman had a goal and managed to be plus-2. His impressive season at both ends of the ice continues.


My latest 15 Points to Consider will be out on Friday – my thoughts on Byfuglien’s new contract, the Versteeg trade, a potential Kaberle deal (yay) and more!


Don’t forget to check out DobberBaseball. The 2011 Fantasy Guide is out now! Spring training is just around the corner. Opening day starter for the Jays… who do you think it will be? Post your thoughts on the forums over there!


NHL goals of the week:


Joey Crabb is not just a member of the “NHL All-Names Team” any more – check this goal out:


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Kraftster said:

Brown Brown is what he is. A streaky ~55-60 point winger. That's good enough for about 30th in the league in winger scoring. His value in points only leagues is always going to be limited, but the fact of the matter is that most leagues are not points only. If the league counts shots, Brown is more valuable than his 55-60 point based upon his shot total as compared with the average forward -- top 50 in the league three straight years, including a top ten finish in 2008-2009.

If the league counts hits, which more leagues are doing now, Brown becomes a monster. Top three finisher the past three years, looking like at least a top 5 this year.

Add to all of that the fact that he is above the average in PIMs (incredibly consistent at 55 PIMs/year), and you have a very solid fantasy contributor.

If your charcterization of him as not a top-line winger was not fantasy related, I think its even more off. What is a top-line winger if not a guy who finishes in the top 30 or so among all wingers pretty consistently? Not to mention the intangibles that Brown brings to the ice, the space he creates for his linemates, etc. If Brown is not a top line winger, then there aren't very many wingers in the league who are.

/s/ Brown fanboi
February 17, 2011
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Dale McCarthy said:

Kaberle return "My guess on Kaberle return: Blake Wheeler, one of Zach Hamill/Joe Colborne, and a prospect."

That would be ridiculous overpayment by Boston.
February 17, 2011
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Kevin said:

re: kaberle/boston "And another Centerman? lol, they're loaded down the middle"

I wouldn't call Bergeron, Krejci, Marchand, Seguin LOADED - actually far from it. The B's will not win the cup with that group down the middle, not even close.

I did mean UFA barneyg, thanks for the catch! smilies/wink.gif
February 17, 2011
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barneyg said:

... Kevin -- sure that's what you meant but Kaberle is a UFA at the end of the season.

Pengwin -- the fact that Paul Bissonnette is the league leader for GAON/60 tells you what you need to know about that stat. He's facing horrible competition. Stoner has played well but he's not playing tough minutes either.
February 17, 2011
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duducks said:

kaberle/boston Boston needs a puck moving Dman just as much as Toronto needs to move him. They have Recchi on the point with Chara?
And another Centerman? lol, they're loaded down the middle
February 17, 2011
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Kevin said:

Kaberle Return.... "Blake Wheeler, one of Zach Hamill/Joe Colborne, and a prospect"... I really doubt that Boston would be willing to give up that much for Kaberle seeing as he is a RFA at the end of the season. The Bruins are in a pretty good spot as far as their roster for the next few years is concerned and Kaberle's list of teams to be moved to is reportedly one (the Bruins)so why would they give up so much youth now when they could simply make a run with the team that they have now and sign TK on July 1st for another run next season? I think that the B's likely target another centerman instead - just a complete shot in the dark here but Wheeler and Toronto's first entry pick for Spezza seems far more logical than giving up Wheeler, Colbourne and another prospect for a rent-a-player...
February 17, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

... Exactly my point. Brown was moved off the top line because he isn't a top line winger.
February 17, 2011
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higherbudget said:

brown brown hasnt been playing with kopitar for the past 5 or so games. brown is playing with loktionov and clifford, and kopitar has been playing with simmonds and handzus.
February 17, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
deRick Brassard Cats are being killed smilies/wink.gif. THis is a commong mistake but Derick Brassard only has one "R" in his first name.

Great ramblings Angus. Looking forward to your 15 points.
February 17, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Fowler No... Fowler is a horrid defensive defenseman. smilies/grin.gif

Last night's game was just a microcosm of his NHL season. His idea of defense is lazy, soft, one-handed poke checks at the puck & puck-carrier. He attacks forwards like a puppy dog licking a child.

Watch his -5 from last night on the NHL.com highlights.

WAS Goal #1: Ovechkin. 1st, Fowler lets Ovechkin get behind him. When Ovechkin splits Fowler/Mara, Fowler gives a soft little stick tap on Ovechkin's arm. HIT HIM.

WAS Goal #2: Laich. Yes, this is Selanne's turnover. But where is Fowler going??? STAY BEHIND THE NET. Teemu needs a safe pass option. He skates right into an area (middle D-zone) that is congested. Why?

WAS Goal #3: Steckel. Primary assist is from Boyd Gordon. Boyd Gordon! Just look at the aggressive body (sarcasm) that Fowler puts on Gordon as he comes from behind the net. WTF.

WAS Goal #5: Knuble. Puck is turned over at the WAS blueline. Primary assist from Backstrom. Fowler basically taps Backstrom's stick as lightly as he can. WHAT ARE YOU DOING?

WAS Goal #7. Semin. This is perhaps the perfect ending to one of the worst defensive games OF. THE. YEAR. Fowler has a chance to meet the puck in the corner, gain control... PIN THE PUCK ON THE BOARDS SON. HOLD IT WITH YOUR SKATES. Instead, lazy little swing. Doesn't get past Semin. Then, when Semin gets control... SURPRISE, SURPRISE - Fowler does the same L-A-Z-Y, gentle stick swing at Semin's arms that he's already done several times.

Game over. Washington wins.
Fowler stinks. Let's not pretend here. He stinks.

February 17, 2011
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Stu said:

The Jet
Holtby Why not give Holtby another look? Leading AHL in GAA and I think he's better than the two incumbents.
February 17, 2011
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Ballsakic said:

Fowler The ducks announcers said Fowler played pretty good and he was a victim of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
February 17, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Points 1. Good work noting the Lydman-Fowler plus/minus differential. Its just crazy. Same team, same forwards, same goaltending. I love looking at team stats and thinking, why is this guy up here and this guy down here if they have the same teammates and play the same opponents!?

2. Neuvirth & Varlamov have both looked shaky recently. Capgeek says that WAS can take on a cap hit of $5.27m. Let's say they deal out a guy worth $0.82m. That means they can acquire a salary cap number of $6.09m. Neuvirth has a very attractive salary for the next two years that has trade value all on its own ($1.15m, $1.15m) and Varlamov might be a nice fit with their other young Russians (Kulikov & Dadinov). Can somebody tell Tallon and GM-GM that this is a good trade? Me & my buddy own Vokoun in a keeper/playoff pool and would love to see Vokoun in a Capital jersey.

3. Nice shout out to Clayton Stoner. +7 on a below-average team like the Wild is what a coach really wants out of a defensemen. Points, hits, yada, yada, yada... a coach wants his defenseman to sport a PLUS first & foremost. That means you take your token goals that happen to occur while you are on the ice and just do your shutdown job. Behindthenet.ca is a great site for hockey fans that want to crunch stats beyond fantasy items. Sort by D, 30+ games, and look at least goals against per 60min even strength. 2nd best of 191... Clayton Stoner... 1.19 goals against per 60min even strength. (#1 Biz Nasty, 0.69ga/60min! Last, Filip Kuba 3.86ga/60.)


February 17, 2011
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UKflames said:

WSH goalies With both of them continuing to suck it is going to make it very difficult for the management to decide which to keep and which to trade away. They can't keep hopping back and forth hoping for one to take the reigns because neither is.
February 17, 2011
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Gregor Frolov said:

Kenzan Kanzaki
Golf ... In Fowler's defense, there are a few PGA tournaments which use a Par 74 course ... which allows his -5 outing to turn into a very fun 69.

Just saying.
February 16, 2011
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