Angus here - the Rangers have acquired Bryan McCabe in exchange for Tim Kennedy and a 3rd round pick. Not much value for a decent top four defenseman - nice move by Sather. I'll have the fantasy breakdown up tonight.
Dobber: Interesting waiver movement today. Washington has claimed Marco Sturm, which is nice news for Sturm owners. The Blues placed Ty Conklin on waivers, indicating confidence in Bishop. The Flyers claimed Nick Boynton and the Blue Jackets claimed Craig Rivet. Pascal Leclaire, Nathan Lawson and Robby Schremp are among those placed on waivers along with Conklin.
Chicago is close to re-signing Brent Seabrook to a massive extension. According to Bob McKenzie, the cap hit could be north of $5.5 million per season.
Nashville has recalled Blake Geoffrion and he'll play in Dallas tonight.
Ben Bishop had a 39 save shutout last night for the Blues – he and Devan Dubnyk squared off in one of the tallest goaltending duels in recent memory (6’8” Bishop vs. 6’6” Dubnyk).
Patrik Berglund has increased his keeper league value tremendously over the past month – another two point effort for him last night.
Chris Stewart recorded his third multi-goal game since the trade.
Pietrangelo left the game with an injury.
Blake Wheeler had a great game for the struggling Thrashers last night, scoring a goal on one of his seven shots.
Erik Karlsson has the potential to be a special player, but his defensive game is atrocious right now.
Devils rookie d-man Mark Fayne has six points in his past 10 games. I haven’t seen much of him, but he’s getting ice time because of the struggles (offensively) of Andy Greene as well as the injury to Matt Taormina.
Svatos had three shots on goal in just under 15 minutes of ice time.
I have started compiling some initial players for my 2010-11 Prime Cuts team. This is far and away my favourite column to write each and every year.
Standard keeper league, no positional requirements – do you take Tyler Seguin or Jeff Skinner?
Matt Calvert scored his first career hat trick last night (a natural one, to boot). He’s been on my radar since last April. Reminds me a lot of Oshie/Parise – tenacious, smart, crafty, and skilled. He’s ahead of where I was expecting, but it is nice to see a hunch pay off early.
Calvert also added an assist and seven shots on goal.
Derek MacKenzie had two helpers – he skated on a line with Calvert and RJ Umberger. MacKenzie has six points in six games, and he is worth owning with Brassard out.
Brian Boyle scored his 20th goal of the season last night for the Rangers.
Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist, and he knocked Mike Green out of the game with a vicious head shot.
Mike Green left the game and looked to have suffered a concussion.
Erik Christensen had four points for the Rangers. In his previous 19 games, he had a combined three points.
Cory Stillman was pointless in his Carolina season debut. He played over three minutes on the PP.
Jeff Skinner saw only 14 minutes of ice time – his lowest total in the past month.
Eric Staal left the game with an injury after a hit from Matt Niskanen. Nothing further on his status, yet.
David Schlemko has goals in consecutive games.
Ondrej Pavelec left the Atlanta game last night with a minor injury, but he shouldn’t miss any time.
Per Bob McKenzie, the Leafs are interested in Stephen Weiss. He’d be a great fit in Toronto, even if the cost would be two late first round picks. The odds of one of those picks turning into a Weiss is very low. He wouldn’t be a rental either – a legit top line center when paired with the right winger(s).
Another prospect I really like is Boston’s Ryan Spooner. He has quite a few players to leapfrog on the depth chart, but he’s having a fantastic season in the OHL.
Stepan’s hit – definitely a response to a cross-check earlier in the shift: