Mike Green is cleared to play tonight and his a game time decision. I have a hunch he'll be in the lineup. (But for how long?)


Kris Versteeg had a big game last night (three goals and a helper). He's looked great all season on the top line with Weiss and Fleischmann. I'd be looking to sell high (but as always, make sure you actually sell high and don't just trade him for the sake of it).


Brian Campbell had three helpers. He's playing a lot and producing for the Panthers - a great fit for him.


Vancouver welcomed back Sami Salo last night (he scored the all-important first goal). However, in order to spread out their PP talent, Salo played on the second unit. Dan Hamhuis skated with Edler on the first PP pairing (and looked pretty good).


I'd expect to see Salo up with the first unit sooner rather than later, though. His shot is such a weapon.


If/when Cody Hodgson gains another step with his skating... look out. He's really good in puck battles and his creativity and offensive instincts are fantastic as well. His play has been a revelation for me this season.


The Pens have recalled Eric Tangradi


Florida better get started on that Jason Garrison extension… six goals and counting. Had five all of last season.


One of the sneaky bad trades of the past few years – Minnesota giving up Nick Leddy for Cam Barker. The Wild did get a draft pick along with Barker… but Barker turned into nothing, and Leddy is playing some really good hockey for the Hawks.


Speaking of Barker, at $2.25 million he may be the worst value in the entire league. Just not an NHL defenseman in any sense of the word.


Compiling a piece for the LVP’s of the fantasy hockey world so far (least valuable players). Three forwards, three defensemen, and three goaltenders – tell me your picks in the comments section below!


Watched a lot of the Leafs game last night. The Blues look a lot more up tempo under Hitchcock (at least they were skating harder). They are an impact forward away from being dangerous. Some really good forwards, and some great young defenseman. However, no one on that team is a game breaker. Not sure if Berglund or Oshie will get there, either.


The Blues have two of the best prospects in the world developing (Tarasenko in Russia and Schwartz in the NCAA), but relying on prospects to produce right away is rarely a sound strategy.


Hall had an assist and five shots on goal last night. Seguin had a goal, an assist, and one shot on goal.


Several Bruins had big nights – Joe Corvo had three helpers, Marchand had two goals, and Horton had two helpers.


Dubnyk was lit up for six goals in 28 shots. Oilers have been getting incredible goaltending this season, save for last night.


Magnus Paajarvi was a healthy scratch and Ben Eager played. I’m not an NHL coach, but….


Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and led all Oiler skaters with over five minutes on the power play. He’s being sheltered a bit (although he still saw close to 15 minutes at even strength), but it is great that the team is putting him in situations to produce.


Is today the day for changes in Columbus? Another horrible performance, capped off by Steve Mason outdoing himself once again.


Nick Leddy sure looks a lot like Keith out there – two helpers, and lots of minutes in all situations.


Steve Montador was a valuable roto player last year for this reason – one goal, one assist, and 5 PIM.


Grant Clitsome had a great game offensively – two goals and six shots.


Mark Letestu scored in his Jackets debut, but he was a minus-2.


James Wisniewski had no points and was a minus-4. Ugly, ugly stat line.


A few forgotten vets having strong seasons: Ryan Smith (nine goals), and Milan Michalek (10 goals and 15 points in 16 games).


Roman Josi is back skating with the Nashville farm club. He is a favourite of mine and had a shot at camp to earn a roster spot before he sustained a concussion in camp. The Admirals are hoping he makes his debut on Saturday. He plays a lot like former Predator Kimmo Timonen.


Sticking with the Preds…


This Saturday, the Nashville Predators will be playing (vs. Montreal) their 1000th game in franchise history. (Barry Trotz, however, will only coach his 999th game as a Predator since he has missed 1 game. However, for celebration purposes they won't make this known.)”


Barry Trotz is one of just seven coaches in all four major North American sports leagues to have coached or managed each of a team's first 12 seasons of existence.

The others are: NHL Lester Patrick, 13 seasons with New York Rangers; MLB Connie Mack, 50 seasons with Philadelphia; NFL Curly Lambeau 29 seasons with Green Bay, Tom Landry 29 seasons with Dallas, Hank Stram 15 seasons in Kansas City, and Paul Brown 15 seasons in Cleveland.


Harrison Mooney has a look at Craig Smith over at Puck Daddy. Boring Name, Exciting Hockey. Sums it up well.


Slick shot from Michalek a few nights ago:

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Noam said:

... So speaking of low value, I really, really want to drop Kovalchuk. With aplomb. With Crosby on my IR, I'll have to drop a forward in the next few days (I hope!), and some candidates include: Spezza, Krejci, Koivu, Neal and J. Staal; and for unexpected yet all-the-more-enraging-for-it candidates, Zetterberg, E. Staal and Kovalchuk. I already dropped Fleischmann recently, and I'm already regretting not just dropping Kovalchuk instead. Friggin Kovalchuk. (points and +/- only pool, by the way)
November 11, 2011
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Chris Mead said:

... Forward
Henrik Zetterberg - 13 games, 3G 2A -1 2PIM 0ppp, massive 52 SOG indicates imminent turnaround, but zero points on the man advantage is a concern in struggling Motown.
Eric Staal - 15 games, 3G 2A -16 10PIM 4ppp, -16!!! On an identical SOG pace to last season in which he netted 33, but shooting below 50% of his career average, things will right themselves, but he won't catch up to last season. Tue 11/8 in NJ TOI: Skinner 20:08 Staal 20:11
Ryan Getzlaf - 15 games, 4G 4A -3 9PIM 4ppp, 8 points in 15 games isn't bad, but it's disappointing given at this point last season he had 17, and has played 4 seasons straight above ppg. He is an elite player that is not producing how his owners were hoping. His line remains one of the most dangerous in the league, yet the 41 year-old Finnish Flash leads the team in G's and A's

Mike Green - holds this spot until I see him on the ice again.
Lubomir Visnovsky - 15 games, 1G 3A -9 6PIM 2ppp, it was hard not to see this coming. Again, disappointing in context of last season when he has 13 points through 15. If he comes within 20 points of last season, it will be a victory.
Tomas Kaberle - 15 games, 0G 3A -5 0PIM 3ppp, I doubt anyone saw him doing great this season, but ranking 5th on his own team in defensive scoring? Where's Frantisek when you need him? At least all of his points are on the pp...

Jaroslav Halak - 9 games, 2W 6L 1OTL 2.78GAA .882% 1 SO, is this really the same guy that Halak'd the class of the Eastern Conference out of the playoffs two season ago? Showing signs of turning it around, but giving up soft goals has got to stop.
Jonas Gustavsson - 9 games, 4W 4L 3.78GAA .878% 0 SO, no one was realistically expecting anything from this guy, but that all changed when Reimer went down, and he just can't deliver. He can hardly let in less fewer than 3 goals without the aid of Wilson yanking him before he has the chance. So. Bad.
Jonas Hiller - 13 games, 4W 6L 3OTL 2.95GAA .900% 1SO. Consider how much he means to the success of the struggling Ducks, and then take away the first 4 games of the season leaving 9 games, 1W 5L 3OTL 3.54GAA .888% 0SO, and you see the problem.
November 11, 2011
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fzusher said:

LVPs Using fantrax on one of my keepers, where special teams goals, PIMs, and +/- are rewarded on top of standard categories, and where teams operate under a cap based on NHL salary, standout bottom of the list high salary players (at least 8 games played, at least 2M in salary) are:


Blake Comeau (0 points, 4 PIM, -5, 11 games, 2.5M)
Derrick Brassard (2 goals, 2 pointa, 4 PIM, -11, 15 games, 3M)
Matt Stajan (0 goals, 2 assists, 2 PIM, -2, 12 games, 4.5M)
Manny Malhotra (0 goals, 5 assists, 2 PIM, -10, 16 games, 2.5M
Marco Sturm (1 goal, 0 assists, 19 PIM, -7, 14 games, 2.25M)
Eric Staal (3 goals, 2 assists, 10 PIM, -16, 15 games, 7.75)


Marc Methot (0 points, 4 PIM, -5, in 9 games; 2.25M)
Brad Stuart (0 points, 2 PIM, -2, in 13 games, 3.75M)
Keith Ballard (1 goal, 0 assists, 10 PIM, -10, in 16 games; 4.2M)
Henrik Talinder (0 goals, 1 assist, 4 PIM, -5, in 13 games)
Paul Martin (0 goals, 3 assists, 8 PIM, -3, in 15 games)

G (too tired for stats):

Steve Mason (2.6M)
Jaro Halak (3.5M)
Craig Anderson (2.75)
Roberto Luongo (6.716M)
Antti Nieni (3.2M)

Honorable mentions (either not enough games or not high enough salary): Colby Armstrong, Alexei Emelin, Scott Gomez, Martin Brodeaue
November 11, 2011
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
My bad Wasn't trying to nitpick, but read the ramblings while being super tired. After reading them again the use of the word "rarely" is key and a word I overlooked. My apologies and great ramblin' Angus!
November 11, 2011
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... G Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders
D Wade Redden, Connecticut Whale
D Jeff Finger, Toronto Marlies
F Brian Rolston, New York Islanders
F Scott Gomez, Montreal Canadiens
F Dustin Penner, Los Angeles Kings

Please, please, when we are talking LVPs a little respect here is due to Rick DiPietro. not only is he a mediocre goalie signed for 9 more seasons, but his presence is actively disrupting the team. The Isles' goaltending was humming along with Nabokov and Montoya, even if the rest of the team was not. Enter DP, who plays for 3 lackluster games, forcing the other two goalies to sit for a week and a half. which has apparently lost them whatever momentum each of them had had. Run-of-the-mill LVPs merely waste cap space and ice time. It takes a truly awesome LVP to become a moumental distraction that actively drags a team down and still manage to be on the books through 2021.

Wade Redden and Jeff Finger have the blue line nailed down. They are a money-wasting pairing for the ages. Cam Barker is way out of his depth next to those two.

As for your forwards, Scott Gomez, Brian Rolston and Dustin Penner form an absolutely dominant dollar-shredding impenetrable fortress painted in red ink.

In sum, that is how you spend $25+ million a season. I dare anyone to top that.
November 11, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

... Pontus, that is exactly what I meant. Thanks.
November 11, 2011
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Glen Hoos said:

LVP My LVP nominees: Visnovsky, Halak (not for much longer, hopefully) and of course, S. Mason.
November 11, 2011
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gerald said:

worst value? Have to agree with Guy Incognito - Barker isn't even close to the worst value. I'm assuming Redden doesn't count since he is technically not "in the league" although he is signed to an NHL contract.

But Gomez is the worst. He contributes nothing to that team at a cap hit north of 7.3 million.

What about Ville Leino and his 6 year deal for 4.5 per season? He has looked awful this year.

Komisarek making 4.5 for another 2 seasons AFTER this one - to play as the 5th d-man in Toronto?

I've caught a few Jets games - Blake Wheeler is an invisible man out there, hasn't scored a goal, and is making 2.55 million. Only 1 year to go on that deal though.

This could go on all day, so I'll stop it here.
November 11, 2011
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Guy Incognito said:

Guy Incognito
Value... "Speaking of Barker, at $2.25 million he may be the worst value in the entire league."

Until the end of the 2013-14 season, I believe the "worst value in the entire league" title is the exclusive property of Scott Gomez. The discussion pretty much starts and ends there, IMO.

Barker may be a bit overpaid, but Jeff Finger he is not.
November 11, 2011
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doulos said:

Barker and Eager Not a fan of either of these players. Barker started the season actually fairly well but has been getting progressively worse with every game. Last night was his worst game of the season.

I was not a fan of picking up Eager from day 1 and I am still not a fan. He can really move for a big guy but he has the hockey IQ of a toddler. Consistently makes bad decisions with the puck and it's a miracle that the Oilers have not directly lost games due to his boneheaded penalties (of which he has taken very few so far).

Paajarvi is back in tonight and Eager is out. Barker is injured and and Sutton is taking his place. Just those 2 changes alone should be marginally helpful.

November 11, 2011
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Darcy S said:

Ramblings - Oilers "Magnus Paajarvi was a healthy scratch and Ben Eager played. I’m not an NHL coach, but…" - Paajarvi is ice cold right now and Eager's energy and toughness would be needed against the Bruins. Simple enough for me.

Re. Barker - "not an NHL defenseman in any sense of the word" - kinda harsh given his performance this year. He has been doing fine (not #3 overall pick performance, but those expectations are gone), calm on the ice.

Good analysis on RNH. Also, Dubnyk looked shaky in his start vs PHO too, FYI.
November 11, 2011
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... Find your comment about Barker over the top. Edmonton has completely turned around their defensive play compared with last year in spite of their top d-man not playing yet. Barker is plus 3 and logging lots of ice time, he is playing well.
November 11, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

value dipietro is a far, far worse value than barker.
November 11, 2011
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Ballsakic said:

Impact of Russel in St Louis I dont see him taking PP time from Pietrangelo, or Shattenkirk or
Colaiacovo, but I do see him playing on the 2nd PP with Shattenkirk.

Russel has pp skills so he will see some time. Hitch was his first coach.
November 11, 2011
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Evan Cook said:

... LVPs
F: Ennis, Staal, Stewart
D: Visnovski, Hedman, Kaberle
G: Brodeur, Halak, Mason
November 11, 2011
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PD said:

LVP nominees F - Staal, Ryan, Kovalchuk, Carter, Leino, Crosby(I don't think we can ignore he's 98% yahoo owned)
D - Visnovsky, Wiesnewski, Golioski, Green, Erhoff
G - Anderson, Mason, Hiller, Luongo, Halak

Which CLS trade? Wasn't that covered?
November 11, 2011
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Pontus Andersson said:

Contradiction or? I think what Angus means is that if you keep your prospects in NHL then give them a chance to produce, like Edm i doing with RNH. If you dont, then let them play in AHL, NCAA, what ever. Dont bring them up and give the press box time or 10 dog minutes a game (only).
November 11, 2011
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Marc said:

Spezz How bout that pass from Spezza, that was the highlight of the highlight for me.
November 11, 2011
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Similar Similar situations, and I know you don't mean to contradict, but...

"The Blues have two of the best prospects in the world developing (Tarasenko in Russia and Schwartz in the NCAA), but relying on prospects to produce right away is rarely a sound strategy."


"Hall had an assist and five shots on goal last night. Seguin had a goal, an assist, and one shot on goal."


"Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and led all Oiler skaters with over five minutes on the power play. He’s being sheltered a bit (although he still saw close to 15 minutes at even strength), but it is great that the team is putting him in situations to produce."
November 11, 2011
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