DobberBaseball Fantasy Prospects Report - released yesterday – be sure to drop by the site and pick that up if you’re in a baseball keeper league.
TSN is reporting that Kyle Turris is about to sign a two-year deal. There is not a doubt in my mind that a trade will happen next. My favorite two teams for a move? Calgary and Ottawa.
Matt Beleskey has been placed on waivers. He hasn't been the same player since his concussion last year and they need to get him into the AHL to find his game again.
So… what’s the protocol here when I know that my readers are sick of the Crosby talk from TV, highlights, Twitter, other sites, etc. But at the same time, he posts four points in his first game? Do I talk about him? Ignore it? What? Bah, I gotta say something, right?
Before the game I asked my wife how many he would get. Her guess? Zero. My guess? Four points. Bang on again. Man, I’m on a hot streak this season like I haven’t seen in a good four years. Everything I’m touching seems to be gold – so you’d be wise to pay attention now. I think I’ve inched my “right 52% of the time” thing up to 53% now.
Pascal Dupuis rode shotgun with Sid and tallied three assists. He has 17 points on the season and could finally break that 40 barrier that he hasn’t touched since his sophomore year when he had 48. But keep in mind that when line juggling happened, it was Dupuis who went off the line and not Kunitz.
Disappointed not to see Staal play with Malkin. We did get to see Malkin play with Crosby a lot.
The fact of the matter is – if Scott Gomez has 42 points in his last 92 games, then he doesn’t deserve 18 minutes of ice time. Ever. Until Jacques Martin gets that into his head, the team will fall short of their potential. Better forwards are seeing fewer minutes because of this stubborn obsession with treating Gomez like a 70-point guy. If he’s a role player, then treat him as such and give him 11 minutes on the checking line.
This is getting silly. Kris Versteeg is showing no signs of slowing down and you know what? I don’t think it will a whole lot. Not as long as all three of the members of that line stay healthy, the line won’t stop. It may slow so that all three fall inches short of 70 points. But no worse than that – but all three of these guys need to stay healthy. If one guy gets hurt for a few games, all bets are off and chemistry is compromised. That’s 25 points in 20 games for Versteeg, 21 for Weiss and 20 for Fleischmann. If Versteeg gets 30 in 60 going forward, it’s still a 55-point season.
The only forward to see more ice time last night than Matt Read was Claude Giroux. Of course, Jagr was out, but still. Question – how does a guy with such a skill set go undrafted? Read, by the way, scored. Earlier in the day he was named NHL’s third star of the week.
Sean Couturier saw a season low 6:44.
In six games since being blown out by the Jets, Ilya Bryzgalov has not allowed more than two goals in a game. Until last night when he let four by him.
Jeff Carter has awakened. Give him three goals in two games. He gets incredibly hot at times, and this is one of those times.
Now that Steve Mason isn’t playing, the Jackets are winning. Curtis Sanford is undefeated in regulation – 2-0-1.
With three points last night, Vinny Prospal has quietly posted 18 points on the season.
I had high hopes for Cal O’Reilly in Phoenix (I guess, not EVERYTHING I touch turns to gold…), but it hasn’t worked out yet. But it looks as though Dave Tippett is working with him as his ice time is still okay – in that 13-15 minute range. He has one point and is minus-3 in seven games.
Tyler Seguin has hit a bit of a rut, managing just one point in his last four games.
Tim Thomas has won six in a row and has three shutouts in that span. He one-upped Carey Price, who has allowed just one goal in 180 minutes of goaltending… and yet has a loss in those three games.
Nick Palmieri was a healthy scratch for the Devils and Tedenby drew back in.
I’m not sure what to think of Zach Parise this year. It’s obvious that 80 points is not in the cards, but I can’t believe he won’t get 70. That makes him a “buy low” guy right now, since I like him in that 67 to 73 range.
Tyler Myers is out 4-6 weeks with a broken wrist. As I noted yesterday, the door opens for Sekera. And of course, you have to also think that Marc-Andre Gragnani will eat some more PP minutes. The Sabres recalled TJ Brennan.
Leland Irving may have had a rough start to his pro career, complete with a stint in the ECHL, but it’s all falling into place this year. He was AHL’s player of the week last week. He’s 13-5-0, 1.94 and 0.927 for Abbotsford. There’s your goalie of the future in Calgary, finally arrived.
Alexander Semin was indeed a healthy scratch last night, as speculated. The Caps won. Was the message received?
In his NHL debut, Dmitri Orlov saw just 12 minutes for the Caps and 52 seconds on the power play.
It sounds like TJ Oshie will be ready to go for the Blues tonight after all. Sorry Brett Sterling.
Chris Pronger missed last night because of a virus. Braydon Coburn – a UBI.
Magnus Paajarvi was a healthy scratch by the Oilers. You knew it had to happen soon.
I also want to reiterate my invitation to prove to me that you bought somebody else’s guide, a snapshot, or send me the guide itself – and I will send you my Fantasy Guide to you for free, so that you can see what you missed. Only five people took me up on that offer – one complained that the guide he bought had ZIP predicted for Craig Smith and Matt Read…another guide that I got practically had a photocopy of last year’s final standings with some tweaks in it…plus Kesler playing 82 games. With my Guide – I had Kesler at 75 games because I was able to update based on his injury. I had 28 points for Read and 40 points for Smith. Would this not have helped you? I want you to see what you missed – email me your proof of another guide purchase and I’ll send you mine. Dobber at DobberHockey dot com