Breaking: Sidney Crosby was back on skates this morning and shooting pucks

 

FrozenPool Update: Jason Arbuthnot here. The Fantasy manager is back online. Sorry for the delay. I hope it's all back and functional. First test runs look successful.

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Time for a few plugs. First off, I want to offer my readers some cash, so I've managed to secure $250 from Fan Duel to give away as a prize over at DobberBaseball. All you have to do is have the best one-day fantasy team for opening day. Details are here. I'll have a similar contest on the hockey side announced later today or tomorrow.

 

I also want to share some notes on the Interactive Playoff Draft List and the Fantasy Prospects Report, because I'm pretty pumped about them. Why? Well, let's start with the Prospects Report. This year I have more people involved than ever before - myself, Jeff Angus, Jeff Renaud, Justin Goldman, Alessandro Seren Rosso and of course Matthew Bugg. This means an extra 50 prospects (give or take) will be profiled. This will also include, besides the upside and the certainty, I will be adding a new indicator - the 3YP that I introduced in the Midseason Guide. How awesome will that be? I've just taken the best damn Prospects magazine for poolies and pushed it into another stratosphere!

 

Now the playoff list - completely revamped. Instant pushbutton for 'my' picks. Increased flexibility in doing whatever you want with this list. Instead of choosing the first-round winners and two finalists, you can choose the winners of each round of the playoff tree. You can also manually add even more projected games to teams if you really want to stress them. Also - extra sort features: by points, by player name, or by team. Plus the usual goalies 'yes or no' option. And it's all ready to go at the push of different buttons - no brainwork involved. This thing kicks so much ass that I've been asked by the government not to release it, because they fear rioting.

 

Four games in a row for Braden Holtby, four wins in a row for Braden Holtby. My hunch is, the winner of the Neuvirth/Varlamov battle for Washington supremacy will be - Braden Holtby. Is he better than either of them? I would say no, but he's extremely close. And, most importantly, he does not get hurt. Those other two are solid Band-Aid Boys and that will be their undoing in Washington.

 

Michael Frolik played over 21 minutes yesterday. Sure, it was an OT game, but still... his prior high with Chicago was 17:20, his first game with them. His next highest was the game before last. Looks like they're leaning on him a little with the Bolland injury (below).

 

Dave Bolland suffered a concussion Thursday and missed yesterday's contest. The way concussions have been going, we won't see him again in the regular season. That no doubt played a role in the Frolik ice time, as he was moved to center.

 

Craig Anderson finally showed his mortal side for Ottawa, getting the hook after giving up four goals quickly.

 

Jordan Staal was pointless in his first five games back from injury. Let's give him that. So after his five-game adjustment period, he has 20 points in 26 games, which is about a 63-point pace. Next year he'll play with Malkin - a full year after it was promisted to us (remember that, back in September?). I cautiously pencil him in for a nice breakout season.

 

Tyler Ennis has 24 points in his last 26 games and five in his last three.

 

Two more points for Andrej Sekera. He's never looked so good - that's 13 in nine games.

 

Brian Campbell was only able to play seven minutes last night, due to his leg injury.

 

The Star-Tribune reports that Guillaume Latendresse has been complaining about soreness in his abdomen and he has returned to Minnesota. This is related to his previous abdominal issues.

 

Marcus Johansson has a point in each of the two games that Nicklas Backstrom has missed. The Caps have been pushing this guy to succeed and eventually we'll see it in the numbers. I don't think he'll fail - not just because of the talent, but because of the support too.

 

Cal O'Reilly (broken leg) is about three to four weeks away from a return, per the Tennessean.

 

Shawn Horcoff took a shot off the ankle and it is possible that there is a fracture or at least a bruise, though he did return to the game. We'll know more later today I'm sure.

 

Ray Emery got into his first game in over a year as Dan Ellis got the hook last night. Ellis allowed four goals on 21 shots, Emery stopped all nine that he faced. I think Ellis will get the next start, but the clutch-goalie Emery is circling above him like a vulture.

 

My Saturday column in THN can be found here.

 

After two points in seven games, Corey Perry has seven in his last three. That puts him back on his 85-plus pace.

 

Lubomir Visnovsky has nine points in his last five games

 

There was some worry that Jordan Staal would miss Sunday's game, but he was obviously fine, netting two points. Here is what happened Saturday:

 

 

Kris Letang says he is okay now, after taking this HUGE hit from Brule. I don't 100% trust that a player is okay these days, after they take a hit like this. Sidney Crosby was okay too, remember?

 

 

 


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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
Alex the government is everywhere.
March 14, 2011
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Alex McDonald, Age 11 said:

Alex McDonald, Age 11
... Wow, did the government really ask you not to release your list?
March 14, 2011
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Casey Jones said:

Casey Jones
Homer announcers Can't leave out Larry Murphy. As great a player as he was, and he was a helluva defenceman, Detroit can do no wrong when he's behind the mic and all other teams who skate at tha Joe are in clear violation of rule one in his book, penalty for cutting the ice with tainted blades.
March 14, 2011
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Knuckles said:

10th rounder
Keeper d prospects Hey Dobber,Angus

Appreciate the ramblings (has me in 1st this year, and not to be pushy but did I miss the keeper d prospects article or am I just being impatient?

Keep up the great work!
March 14, 2011
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Katharsis said:

Katharsis
FSN Pitt announcers I just can't stand them. Anybody else just feel like running your ears against a cheese grater would be a better alternative to their game calling and blatant homerism?

As for the hit - it didnt look like direct contact to the head from the arm, but it was a high hit that followed through into the chin. I think Letang will be alright.
March 14, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Holtby It seems like recently in the NHL, goalies that had big rookie seasons haven't done so well in their 2nd year as a #1 or #1a.

Steve Mason, Jimmy Howard, Jaroslav Halak, Tuukka Rask...
March 14, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
Letang Have to agree w/your theory Dobber. Seems like a trend that players say they are ok after taking a shot, return for a game or part of a game, then it really hits them and they are out. See Clutterbuck as the most recent example. After reading that Letang left practice after only 25 minutes today, you have to wonder if it has caught up to him.
March 14, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
what does your theory have to do with concussions, exactly? curious.
March 14, 2011
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Crosby I predicted that he would return for the playoffs to a couple of friends based upon the theory of periodization training for peak performance (from the academic discipline exercise physiology).


Hopefully his return will make the playoffs as epic as the Detroit Coyotes series last year, which was the greatest series of hockey play and excitement that I have ever had the pleasure of watching.
March 14, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Varly will be the first to lose, I agree. Don't kid yourself about Neuvirth though - it's always something with him. I remember saying that about Brassard a few years ago and getting pushback from some Brassard owners that his injuries were always a fluke. But fluke is still an injury and if it happens too frequently then it becomes a pattern. One fluke, I'm still on board. Two flukes I get uncomfortable. Three flukes and I slap the Band-Aid label on him!


Ennis - I'd say so, if he gets a point per game in the final 13 then he's in the discussion for sure
March 14, 2011
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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Varly Loses! Some of Neuvirth's recent woes have been incidental/bizarre kinda stuff. What are the chances he gets metal flakes in his eye again?

Varly regularly hurts himself in warm ups. That's a guy that should consider maybe avoiding stretching!

Boudreau will run with the hot hand so long as he's dominating. If you want to play, then you have to stay healthy; if you want to keep your starting job, then you have to keep winning. I know it's not a popular thing to say about Boudreau, but I think that's good coaching for these guys.

...and given that predilection, if I had to guess who loses, it would be the guy that can't stay healthy enough to play regularly and doesn't win as much as the other guys when he does--and that should make Varly the odd man out.
March 14, 2011
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lanky522 said:

lanky522
J. Staal Wonder if maybe he starts wearing a visor...
March 14, 2011
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BDog said:

BDog
Ennis If he keeps up his current pace can Ennis creep into the Calder race?
March 14, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
yeah yeah yeah but i had the balls to post it in public! lol.
March 14, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... You and the 50-odd emailers, plus Twitter buddy! I actually used the Gazette link from an emailer
March 14, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
dobber no credit for bringing you the crosby story smilies/tongue.gif
March 14, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... lcbtd - I agree man, they were insane with the homerism there, I remember thinking that last night. Just - wow. PIT is pretty bad for that. The Rangers guys are bad too. Nashville ditto. But the worst is Columbus - holy homer Batman!
March 14, 2011
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lcbtd said:

germant
Wouldn't it be nice if . . . Hey Dobber!

Next time there is a controversial hit and you're posting a video, can you NOT use the homer announcers from the "victimized" team? It seems every time I see a clip I have to put up with homer announcers denouncing the hit as the worst hit possible.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could just get rid of homer announcers?
March 14, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

March 14, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
Crosby skated again, per TSN Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby skated on Monday for the first time since being sidelined by a concussion in early January. The Penguins confirmed that Crosby skated in full gear for about 15 minutes in Pittsburgh. He took some shots and stick-handled around some cones on the ice.

http://tsn.ca/
March 14, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Kraft - By December, I'll pass judgment. I would give him two months next season. I'm satisfied with what he's doing now with no supporting cast and starting slowly after an injury - a 63 point pace is his best pace yet.
March 14, 2011
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Kraftster said:

Kraftster
Staal I think its possible Staal could be playing himself out of the second line center gig that he was expected to have with Malkin this season. Granted its hard to come back more than half way through the season and be at the same level as the rest of the players, but he has not really shown any sort of growth/polish to his offensive game. Still flashes of raw skill, but his vision just doesn't appear to be that of a second line center. I hope that the hand injury is contributing to his poor shot and that he works in it on the offseason - it looks very weak.

For the first time in a while, I've really started to re-question Staal's offensive upside. At one time I would have thought Staal would turn Kesler into a Staal-lite player; now, I'm thinking its going to be the opposite -- Staal could be a ~55-60 point Kesler-lite player.
March 14, 2011
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PD said:

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Ballsakic said:

Ballsakic
Holtby I love the way this kid plays he is so Calm in there. But with The Washington coach he could be replaced with just one bad game.
March 14, 2011
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Jeff Sabatine said:

marsid6687
Broken Link? It appears the link to the Saturday THN column isn't working.
March 14, 2011
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