The Fantasy Guide can be picked up online (pdf) for $9.99 - it comes with an updated spreadsheet. Updates are all free, download as often as you'd like. Last update was Sept. 22. I'm so on the ball that I actually updated three times yesterday. I'd be shocked if a day went by over the next two weeks where I don't do an update, so download the Guide when you need it and rest assured it will have all the latest cuts and injuries.

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The Blues have signed Brenden Morrow to a one-year deal. Morrow is unlikely to reach even 40 points, however his arrival will see to it that we rarely, if ever, see the likes of Ty Rattie or Dmitrij Jaskin this season. It may also cut into the ice time of sophomores Schwartz and Tarasenko.

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David Clarkson is looking at a 10-game suspension for leaving the bench in that brawl (shown below). Nice start in his new city!

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Sending these guys down would be nuts. Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar are NHLers and it's disturbing to see that the Red Wings have so many veteran forwards signed who are inferior players - and yet the 'name' and the 'track record' would, if push comes to shove, see to it that these vets get preference. These two are better than three-quarters of the forwards on this team. Two goals for Tatar, three assists for Nyquist last night. Not that it proves anything, since it's preseason, but to me it adds an exclamation mark to the above point. As a mere fantasy owner, I would like to see the likes of Dan Cleary or Todd Bertuzzi in the press box while these young guns get to have at 'er on the ice.

As it stands now, Bertuzzi is actually a frequent linemate of Nyquist. I'm just saying that if push comes to shove and you have to make room, look to the broken-down vets and not the kids on the cusp.

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Pekka Rinne owners can breathe a sigh of relief as he has recovered from his hip ailment and made his preseason debut Sunday. He played well, shutting the door for two periods against the Isles before Carter Hutton came in.

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A quick plug for Fantrax, a fantasy manager site that has steadily improved over the years - it can now handle my points-only keeper league (count top XX). Worth a look if you are in the market for a new pool manager.

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Speaking of goaltending, I'd consider drafting Jeff Zatkoff in the 'bench' or 'reserve' rounds of your draft. With Tomas Vokoun out (blood clot) and M-A Fleury sucking, you just never know. A great No.4 goalie to own at this point, and it's easy enough to drop him in late October if it looks like Fleury has righted the ship.

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Just one game, so small sample size, but Seth Jones led all Predators in Corsi and adjusted Corsi last night (plus-9). He was on the ice for 17 shots for and just nine shots against. Craig Smith also had a strong game and was on the ice for 14 shots for and eight against.

In that same game, Ryan Stromewas a minus-4 for Corsi. As you'd expect, he was on the ice for an impressive 13 shots for, but not-so-impressive 17 shots against. As is the case most of the time when discussing fancy stats, all this does is reinforce what you already know or what you already observed from watching the game or even just looking at the regular stats - Strome is an offensive dynamo but needs work in his own zone. Does he make the team? I have to think that he gets a couple of games in, but he'll get some precious AHL time.

 

 

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Defenseman Connor Carrick is making a strong case to make the Capitals as a 19 year old. He was a fifth-round pick last summer. Here is Carrick's fantasy profile and outlook. But as a rookie, I wouldn't expect more than 20 points and maybe 50 PIM over a full NHL season.

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Some chemistry for Damien Brunner as he clicked well with Patrik Elias and Jacob Josefson. The thinking in fantasy circles, if my poll is to be believed, is that Brunner will definitely play hockey in the NHL this season. But poll respondents are split as to whether or not he reaches the 40-point mark. I think he does. And if Josefson can stay healthy, he's the real dark horse from all this.

More Devils news. Jaromir Jagr has yet to suit up for a preseason game, but the coach is confident that he plays in Game 1. How did the Devils not know this was going to happen? I won't be drafting Jagr in any league. Not worth it. And I get the feeling that oftentimes we'll get the heads up that he won't be playing…about an hour before game time. It will hurt more than help.

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Zach Kassian will appear in person for a disciplinary hearing with the NHL for this high stick on Sam Gagner. An in-person meeting likely means something along the lines of five or 10 games suspension.

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It's looking more and more as though Boone Jenner will make the Blue Jackets. Right now he's clicking very well on a line with Brandon Dubinsky and Marian Gaborik, making him a fine dark horse. That being said, my money is on him playing a handful of games before things fizzle out and he goes down to the AHL for a season. See Jenner's fantasy profile here.

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I've been impressed with prospect Josh Leivo of the Maple Leafs. He was cut from the team a few days ago, but then was called back up and looked great Saturday despite sub-par linemates. He scored again Sunday. He's not NHL-ready, but he's a lot closer than I thought he was a week ago. Read Leivo's fantasy profile here.

Carter Ashton has also had a strong camp, just when I had about written him off as a potential top six forward. He's shown a lot of bite and has chipped in timely plays. Still a year away, but what he needs to do is establish himself at the AHL level - 19 points (last season) is pretty weak. Ashton's profile is here.

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Of note in the Blackhawks game - Brandon Saad has been moved back to the wing. Also in that link is news that Marian Hossawill be back in the lineup (probably)

 

Wednesday. He has been resting a UBI.

 

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Good news for Martin Brodeur owners - Cory Schneider has yet to allow a goal after 100 preseason minutes. Oh wait, that's not good news at all for Brodeur owners. Sorry.

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Some notable CUTS:

Boston cut Zach Trotman and Carter Camper among others.

Colorado cut Calvin Pickard, which is worth noting because they still have Sami Aittokallio. It tells me that Aittokallio is next on the depth chart - and with J-S Giguere currently hurt (undisclosed but seems minor), that could be a big deal.

Detroit cut Tomas Jurco, Martin Frk, Xavier Ouellet, Ryan Sproul, Calle Jarnkrok and Marek Tvrdon among others.

Edmonton cut Richard Bachman, who will need to clear waivers. They also cut Oscar Klefbom

LA cut Brandon Kozun

Phoenix cut Brandon Gormley and Brendan Shinnimin

Pittsburgh cut Scott Harrington

Vancouver cut Kellan Lain

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Leafs vs. Sabres LINE BRAWL! Sabres take exception to the Tropp injury, and next faceoff John Scott takes a shot at Phil Kessel. That didn't go over too well. Even Bernier and Miller squared off!:

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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... rataylor, that actually isn't the case. I have always hated the Red Wingsa and the attention they have gotten, especially their average prospect pool filled with one-dimensional Euros. People like to say they hold their prospects back, but they just don't have that many quality prospects.
September 23, 2013
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Puck Nation said:

Puck Nation
Red Wings Ken Holland said in an interview during a Sept 19th preseason game with Boston that Tatar is on the team and Nyquist would probably be the first call up when an injury happens. We all know Bertuzzi's back will go out or Samuelsson will get injured sooner rather than later. Not to mention Helm is a Band-Aid boy too (and he is injured again, Groin I believe) Nyquist doesn't have to clear waivers while Tatar would.
September 23, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... Clarkson's 10 will definitely stand. Based on the situation he had no reason to jump the bench, Scott was already on the ice. Leafs fans, with the signing of Raymond kiss Franson goodbye. Man that Clarkson signing was awful the day it happened, and it's only gotten worse since!
September 23, 2013
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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
Clarkson's Bonehead move. Clarkson just made signing Cody Franson that much harder cause' they'll have to call somebody else up to replace him and pay him for an 8th of a season 'on top' of David's hefty salary!

We all saw how BizNasty was used as an example for this very offense just last week. Why not learn? 10 games is more than enough of a deterrent for a pricey contract like his, given the cash he'll lose.
September 23, 2013
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BCFelony said:

BCFelony
... Another reason to be embarrassed to be a leaves fan. I wish John Scott got a hold of any of those leaves, it would have been an absolute bloodbath. Later clarkson. 10 more games until leaves fans realize you can't really skate, or pass, or do anything that isn't a total fluke offensively.

"Team toughness" is skating away and swinging your stick like a 6 year old playing road hockey? leaves commentators are a joke.
September 23, 2013
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BlackGold said:

BlackGold
Redwings I also think they screwed up this time. They are wasting good years out of guys who should be entering growing into 2nd line duties instead of still learning on the 3rd. Trend in the NHL is for young stars to enter the league and learn to contribute offensively sooner and sooner, with prime production in the late twenties.

Nyquist is 24, he needs full season of NHL icetime now to adjust to NHL play, and sending him back to the AHL imo is going to stall his development or reduce the number of prime years they get out of him.

However the signing of Cleary I think is also a message that Detroit is an organization that will show respect to players for long time contributions to the team and was made to uphold that reputation.
September 23, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... Lol. Big Ev also has a major hate on for the Wings ever since they stole Alfie from him. I think the Wings are still one of the top 5 model franchises, but they definitely screwed up this year. More time in the AHL won't hurt Nyquist and TAtar, but it definitely isn't adding a lot to their development at this point.
September 23, 2013
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... UKFlames, they are most certainly not the model franchise anymore, it's all a big myth. A model franchise would be one who puts their young players in positions to succeed and promotes them when they truly have earned it. Detroit is content signing old guys like Cleary and Alfredsson just to try and win now when it's clear they are not close to being Cup contenders.
September 23, 2013
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Rodgort said:

Rodgort
... Clarkson get 10 games for coming off the bench too? I wonder what (if anything) will come of that brawl
September 23, 2013
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Excelsior said:

Excelsior
... "Also just a heads up I haven't been able to download the guide on my iPhone or iPad since the new iOS came out "

I'm also unable to download update on my MacBook and iPad.
September 23, 2013
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Detroit This team was always held up as the model franchise for briniging along prospects slowly and then giving them the chance when it was right for them to break out, it seesm opinions are changing. They have a high number of prospects that are more than ready to take full time jobs but they keep holding them back and going for the vets instead, a mistake that many teams have made and paid the price for. Are they really the model franchise for prospects??
September 23, 2013
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Saad back to wing This is good news for Piiri, if he can get healthy, he now has a chance at the #2c slot. Like Dobber always says, careers are made or broken on timely injuries and this is Pirii's. If he gets healthy he can take that job and rise to the stars or he misses it and is the next trade bait, will be interesting to watch.
September 23, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... Also just a heads up I haven't been able to download the guide on my iPhone or iPad since the new iOS came out
September 23, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... Reading my mind Dobbe! Was gonna ask if there's been any news on Seth.
September 23, 2013
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