I polished off another update of the Fantasy Guide and draft list yesterday. The draft list has updated notes now.

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Regarding the Roberto Luongo trade speculation, some things have happened that have helped things move along, but even more has happened to hinder the process. While Kesler and Booth are indeed hurt, the fact is that Mason Raymond is having a very strong camp according to several insiders, and Luongo has stated that he is willing to play hard for the Canucks this season and is fine not being traded until next year. Furthermore, Kesler is actually progressing now and he may not be gone as long as once thought. If both Kesler and Booth are back by Game 17, do they really feel pressure to trade for a forward?

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Mikael Samuelsson (groin) and Darren Helm are still out of the Detroit lineup. And Gustav Nyquist remains with Grand Rapids. But the team gave the Griffins their private plane for the time being, and that allowed the Griffins to attend scrimmage. Nyquist got to participate and show his stuff. If Samuelsson remains sidelined, I think we'll see Nyquist get recalled at that point. But you can scratch him off your Calder favorites list.

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Antti Miettinen suffered an upper-body injury and is out indefinitely. Depending on the seriousness, this nudges Mark Scheifele's odds of making the team upward slightly.

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David Booth is out of action for about a month after a groin injury. You'll hear lots of 'groin injury' news this week. This really helps Zach Kassian's odds of not only making the team, but getting improved ice time.

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Cory Conacher is really making an impact with the Lightning. http://tbo.ly/W5hh7l">Apparently, he's playing very well with Vincent Lecavalier and Teddy Purcell. At this point, it looks like he begins the season on that line.

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Lubomir Visnovsky is not going to sulk at home after all. He has agreed to join the Islanders, now that his personal matter has been attended to. Very convincing cover, Lubomir.

The Isles bolstered their defense with a nice pluck from waivers - Thomas Hickey. An upgrade on Ty Wishart for sure. It's a much better team today than it was yesterday with these two moves.

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Monday's practice line combos that I missed yesterday, this from Florida:

Tomas FleischmannStephen WeissKris Versteeg

Jonathan HuberdeauPeter Mueller – Alexei Kovalev

Scottie UpshallShawn MatthiasTomas Kopecky

Jack Skille – Jared Smithson – George Parros

Quinton Howden – Drew Shore – Jon Rheault

Not seeing Kostitsyn or Svatos there. Clearly Shore is not in the mix for this season.

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Justin Braun is back participating in full practice for the Sharks.

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Regarding Anze Kopitar and his knee injury, although he will miss Saturday's game, he may not miss another one. He's getting that close.

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It's looking more and more like Nick Bonino is the No.2 center for Anaheim. He'll be playing with Bobby Ryan and Teemu Selanne. He has second-line upside, so this is just him fulfilling it. Not all players get a chance to do that. But I think he could be a low-60s guy. I remember a couple of years ago taking a bit of heat for suggesting that he was that kind of player. But circumstances can help, and on the flip side they can also hinder. I think Bonino is worth drafting in a later round of many leagues. I wish I was this comfortable with him when I had my two drafts earlier this week.

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I know that Brayden Schenn is currently on the top line with Claude Giroux, but when Daniel Briere is back I say he moves back to play with Briere. And then Jakub Voracek moves up to the top line. Give it a few games and it will happen. Then again, if I'm wrong, please accept my 'oops'.

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The prospect buzz heading into tonight's Orr vs. Cherry game is how Seth Jones surpassed Nathan McKinnon in the rankings to take top spot. Jonathan Drouin, as expected, is No.3 on the Central Scouting Bureau rankings.

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Toronto newcomer James van Riemsdyk left practice yesterday after taking a puck off the foot. It is reportedly a bruise. But JVR is getting hit with these little injuries far too often in his young career.

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Pierre Lebrun reports on Damien Brunner's hype, and how well he's doing in camp in a lengthy article here. It also includes his pick to have a bounce-back year: Matt Duchene.

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Jiri Hudler's father has passed away. My condolences to Jiri. Calgary released a statement here. Funeral services are planned for Friday.

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Besides losing Hickey, the Kings lost Richard Clune to the Preds via waivers. The Kings are getting frightened of that damned waiver wire. Anyway, Clune is a penalty minute machine, if he can get into the lineup (which would be at the expense of Brian McGrattan and Brandon Yip.

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Jeff Angus previews the Dallas Stars from a fantasy standpoint over at Defending Big D.

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On Sunday and Monday Eric Tangradi skated with Malkin and Neal. Tuesday it was Beau Bennett's turn.

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Three new captains announced yesterday - Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit), Claude Giroux (Philadelphia), Bryce Salvador (New Jersey).

And I firmly believe that Ilya Kovalchuk would have been named captain had he not been an idiot with regards to the KHL. I'm so happy that the Devils have a sense of pride, and elected to give the C to someone else. Fantastic.

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Carolina has cut Jeremy Welsh and Riley Nash.

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From the pages of "What Took You So Long" comes word that Kyle Okposo is now on the Tavares-Moulson line. I think these three make a great fit and could stick together for two or three years if the coach gives them time to click.

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Beau Bennett on playing with the big guns:


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Knuckles said:

10th rounder
Hockeys Back! Even Google is happy to have hockey back. Check out their Google search page for a zamboni ice clearing game. Good way to kill a couple minutes.
January 16, 2013
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greencap said:

greencap
Free Fantasy Anyone got a list of free online fantasy pools where you can with prizes? Thanks!
January 16, 2013
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penguins87 said:

penguins87
Lubumir Thoughts on Production for Visnovsky if/when he does return? Who is the #1 - Streit/Visnovsky? Will this have a negative/positive impact on Streit?
January 16, 2013
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rbudde said:

rbudde
tsn rankings Just a heads up if you are using the TSN rankings this week. Some low rankings that others might miss IMO: Okposo, Filppula, Krejci, Doughty, Green, Crawford, Bryzgalov.
January 16, 2013
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shevyx said:

shevyx
smack Palmieri is playing with getzlaf and perry in camp.
January 16, 2013
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4horsemen said:

4horsemen
Prelude to a Luongo Trade? With Kesler and now Booth on the shelf you'd have to think the pressure is starting to mount on Vancouver to move Luongo for some 2nd line relief. Thoughts?
January 16, 2013
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smack said:

smack
Tidbits It's Malone who's playing with Stamkos and St.Louis for now.
And also, Dobber, Kostitsyn is still in Russia and isn't trying out for Florida (as was previously speculated), that's why you haven't seen his name there.

Also, anybody know who's playing with Getzlaf and Perry?
January 16, 2013
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Millhouse said:

Millhouse
Conacher The article states he played last year in camp with Stamkos and St. Louis. I would love that to be his final landing spot
January 16, 2013
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Holymanm said:

Holymanm
... Just what shevyx said. And here I was so excited to take Purcell! If he stays off that line heading into the season I might have to do some remanoeuvring... or will he make up for it on the PP and maybe moving back in with Stamkos eventually?
January 16, 2013
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shevyx said:

shevyx
... If conacher is with lecavlier and purcell, whos with stamkos and stlouis? Malone? Does this hinder purcells production a bit not playing with stamkos?
January 16, 2013
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... Okposo played with Tavares and Moulson at even strength for a good 10-15 game stretch in the middle of last season. The line kept scoring, but was just a bit better off with Parenteau, while PAP failed to ignite the 2nd line. Okposo played his best hockey in years (by far) on a line with Bailey and Nielsen late last season. If KO plays with the physical edge he's rarely shown since coming back from shoulder surgery then he could be a nice fit on the top line. Otherwise, I'd rather see a better playmaker in that spot (don't understand why Strome or Nino doesn't get a long look there. Sure they might be defensive liabilities at the NHL level at this point, but it is tough for the other team to score as long as Tavares has the puck).
January 16, 2013
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