Back from a fun weekend of drafting (two drafts – both keeper leagues). A little tired, getting caught back up on the world of hockey – will update the Fantasy Guide later today with Saturday and Sunday news, notes and cuts.
The Habs have signed Chris Campoli to a one-year deal. I don't think he'll ever get back up to 30 points again, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues only. However, it speaks volumes with regards to Andrei Markov, who had problems with his wonky knee crop back up. Markov owners should be concerned.
Calgary cuts: Carter Banks, Chris Breen, TJ Brodie, Leland Irving, Stefan Meyer, Brendan Mikkelson, Greg Nemisz, Joni Ortio, Gaelan Patterson, Joe Piskula, Ben Walter, Clay Wilson, Sven Baertschi and Max Reinhart.
Now we have it – Nick Bonino, Mat Clark, Nicolas Deschamps, Peter Holland, Kyle Palmieri, Dan Sexton and Sean Zimmerman have all been cut by the Ducks. Sexton was surprising. Palmieri a little surprising as well.
Scott Clemmensen underwent knee surgery. Out for up to six weeks. I was actually informed of this via my Goalie Post account several hours ago. The news that hits your inbox on whatever goalies you need to know about for your team (I selected “all”, but you don’t have to) is precisely what will separate your team from your competition. Imagine this news on game day at 6:30 after you’ve already set your lineup? Anyway, this news also comes with advice/reaction from Goalie experts Justin Goldman and Jeff Hillen (and myself). So we’ll see a bit of Markstrom early on in the season. If he wins hockey games, can they send him back down? Still the best goalie prospect in hockey IMO. The Panthers will probably keep up another goaltender to be the backup, but when they want to start somebody, trust me on this, they will call up Markstrom for that start. But he will (probably) go to the AHL to log lots of playing time.
Some cuts today:
BUF – Marcus Foligno, Zack Kassian, Jonathan Parker, Michael Ryan, Colin Stuart, Corey Tropp, Phil Varone, Derek Whitmore, TJ Brennan, Joe Finley, Brayden McNabb, Dennis Persson, Drew Schiestel and Drew MacIntyre
CHI – Kyle Beach, Jimmy Hayes, Brian Connelly, Joe Lavin, Brandon Segal, Cristobal Huet (loaned to Swiss)
COL – Cameron Gaunce, Jonas Holos, Ryan Stoa
EDM – Olivier Roy, Chris Vandevelde, Philippe Cornet, Tanner House, Alex Plante, Milan Kytnar, Curtis Hamilton, Ryan Martndale, Tyler Pitlick
SJ – Thomas Heemskerk, Brandon Mashinter, Nick Petrecki, Tyson Sexsmith
Kyle Palmieri has tweeted that he has been cut, but the Ducks have yet to confirm.
Val Filppula’s debut on the wing with Zetterberg paid off – three points for him. Injuries hurt his ‘sleeper’ projection each of the last two years. Injuries may hurt his sleeper status again this year. But if he’s healthy, I wouldn’t be knocked out of my chair in shock if he flirts with 60 points. I know Angus said on Saturday that he’s had enough of Filppula as a sleeper and that is probably a smart idea, given his fragility. But if healthy, you never know.
Colorado winger Brandon Yip will miss four to six weeks with a broken arm. And now there is more room for Mark Olver and/or Ryan Stoa and/or Joakim Lindstrom…
The Canucks have released – Niko Dimitrakos and Owen Nolan.
Brad Boyes gets nothing for his hit to Joe Colborne’s head. Well, technically he gets suspended for two preseason games, but I don’t count or consider that and neither should anyone else. And again – Jody Shelley got five games, not 10. Preseason games are games in which the player would miss half of them anyway. I agree with both calls, I love both calls - I love even more what Shanahan is doing with the video. I just don't like media and fans calling them 10-game suspensions or two-game suspensions. They aren't. They're five games and zero games (but repeat offender status).
Breaking: Jan Mursak has suffered a broken ankle. Ouch! Terrible time for a developing player to get hit with such an injury. This guy was finally a full-time NHLer. Mursak is out for two months.
Derek Roy tweaked his shoulder and will take it easy for a few days. I don’t think any regular season games are in jeopardy.
Sam Carchidi seems to think that Philly prospect Matt Read will make the Flyers. Despite the team’s depth, I’ve felt that he had a decent shot. At the very least, he’ll be an early call-up.
Scott Hartnell is having a bit of trouble with his heart (literally, not figuratively). Probably not a concern in the long run, but definitely interesting.
David Perron seems to getting closer to practicing without contact. He returns to the Blues today to join them for training camp.
One thing I noticed in those rather deep drafts was that PA Parenteau was picked. With 14 teams, 27 players and counting the top 14 skaters, I felt he was borderline. In the other league with 15 teams and 25 players he was picked surprisingly early. Nothing against Parenteau. He certainly could get 45 points. Hell, last year in the Guide I think I had him for the 40s (I don’t have it in front of me right now to see) and was pretty close. But this year, with Niederreiter on board and Okposo healthy, I don’t see Parenteau getting the ice time that he did a year ago. And teams will always favor their high draft picks over hardworking and overachieving journeymen. A player like Parenteau has to work twice as hard for every bit of respect that he earns. I still have Parenteau at 45 points in the guide, but that is a drop from 53 and I think the decline will continue as the Isles bring in their blue-chippers.
And if you have the respect and establish yourself as a solid, producing NHLer – don’t ever lose that, even if your pedigree is a good one. Once you do, it’s nearly impossible to get back into the club. Just look at Michel Ouellet, who was cut by the Lightning on the weekend. Or Patrick O’Sullivan, who had a four-point game last week but could probably have a four-point game every preseason game right up to the end…and still get cut.
As well as Jack Hillen is doing in the preseason, he has too many PP QBs to leapfrog (Suter, Weber, Blum) to make an offensive impact in the regular season.
My Hockey News column from Saturday focused on Zac Dalpe and Paul Byron. You can find it here.
As I try to get caught up on what has happened in the hockey world the last two days, here are notable cuts. Ramblings will be added throughout the morning.
ANA – Emerson Etem, Mark Bell, Mathieu Carle
BOS – Ryan Spooner, Jared Knight, Alexander Khokhlachev, Dougie Hamilton, Carter Camper
BUF – Shaone Morrisonn, Ales Kotalik, Alex Biega, Jacob Lagace
CAR – Jared Staal
CHI – Shawn Lalonde, David Toews, Chris Didomenico
COL – Greg Mauldin, Calvin Pickard
DAL – Jamie Oleksiak, Jack Campbell
DET – Tomas Jurco
EDM – David LeNeveu, Hunter Tremblay
FLA – Angelo Esposito, Keith Seabrook, Nolan Yonkman
LA – Tyler Toffoli (very strong camp), Linden Vey, Brandon Kozun, Martin Jones
MIN – Zack Phillips
NJ – Max Clermont, Scott Wedgewood
NSH – Chet Pickard, Atte Engren, Juuso Puustinen, Michael Latta, Jani Lajunen, Taylor Beck
NYR – Christian Thomas, Chad Kolarik, Pavel Valentenko, Jyri Niemi, Chad Johnson
PHI – Blake Kessel, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Eric Wellwood, Michael Nylander, Adam Mair
PHO – Brandon Gormley, Tyler Eckford, Justin Pogge
PIT – Keven Veilleux
SJ – Marek Viedensky, Taylor Doherty
STL – Danny Syvret, Brett Sterling, TJ Hensick, Jonathan Cheechoo, Jay Barriball, Jake Allen, Ty Rattie, Brett Sonne, Stefan Della Rovere
TB – James Wright, Dustin Tokarski, Trevor Smith, Alexandre Picard, Richard Petiot, Richard Panik, Michel Ouellet, Jaroslav Janus, Mark Barberio, Carter Ashton, Mike Angelidis
TOR – Mark Owuya, Korbinian Holzer, Jeff Finger, Jesse Blacker, Mike Zigomanis, Kenny Ryan, Marcel Mueller, Jerry D’Amigo, Joe Colborne, Luca Caputi
VAN – Steve Begin, Bill Sweatt, Kevin Connauton, Prab Rai, Anton Rodin, Owen Nolan, Niko Dimitrakos
WAS - Braden Holtby, Ryan Potulny, Christian Hanson
What a shocker on the Buffalo moves (Kotalik, Morrisonn). I love how team brass – all teams, not just Buffalo – pretend that players have a chance of earning a spot with their play when the writing is so clearly on the wall.
Most teams are down under 30 players now so the cuts this week will include some well-known names.
Big Bert with a beauty:
Ovechkin gets punked by Backstrom: