Columbus Finally Making a Move?

12/28/2009
San Jose Sharks v Columbus Blue Jackets

Tom Reed of The Columbus Dispatch recently reported that Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson will shake things up soon in an attempt to send a message to his team.  Considered a strong team with room for improvement following their first playoff berth, the young team struggled and currently sit in 14th in the Western Conference, just one point above cellar dweller the Edmonton Oilers.

The difference between the Oilers and Blue Jackets however are injuries.  The Oilers lost their number one goalie and arguably their number one scorer, if not for the breakout year of Dustin Penner and admirable job by Jeff Deslauriers thinks could be even worse in the province of Alberta.

The Blue Jackets’ problems prove not as simple.  A sophomore slump from Derick Brassard and Steve Mason severely hurt their chances, as well as the deportation of Nikita Filatov.  Couple those problems with the injury to top defenseman Rostislav Klesla and the Jackets lost key components to last year’s playoff team.

Nevertheless, Howson stayed the course admitting he would not make any panic moves.  At this point a move seems too late.  Recent rumblings around Twitter point to Karl Alzner moving to Columbus.

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Trade Rumors: Busy Day in Carolina

12/03/2009
Pittsburgh Penguins v Toronto Maple Leafs

TSN’s Bob MacKenzie reported a trade of former first rounders.  The last place Carolina Hurricanes moved their most recent first round selection, Phillipe Paradis, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Jiri Tlusty.

The Hurricanes get an NHL ready player who can be inserted in their lineup immediately.  Similar to their deals last year for Jussi Jokinen and Eric Cole the team gets a player who has shown flashes of offensive ability but fallen out of favor with their teams.  Considering that Tlusty is only three years removed from his 13th overall selection giving up a young prospect like Paradis does not hurt as much.

Held scoreless in his two games with the Leafs, the 21-year-old put up 15 points in 18 games with their AHL affiliate.  In 66 games last year in the A, the Czech native averaged a point per game with the Marlies.  At his age, his production at the AHL level translates to the ability to hold a regular shift.  Partner that with familiarity with coach Paul Maurice and the youngster should make a seamless transition to the Canes

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/24/2009

11/25/2009
Montreal Canadiens v Chicago Blackhawks

In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO)

THIRD STAR: Mike Cammalleri, Montreal Canadiens (0-0-1) – Only one game last night, making the options for 3 Stars pretty thin.  Cammy stood out among his peers, scoring a goal, adding five shots and finishing the night a plus two.  The Canadiens victory over the Blue Jackets was a pretty well-rounded effort in which four different players scored.  The left wing now has four goals in his last three games making him one of the hottest player in hockey.

SECOND STAR: Anton Stralman, Columbus Blue Jackets (0-1-0) – The secret is out on Stralman, he is one of the hottest PP quarterbacks in the league.  I admit it, I have been sceptical but this kid is simply impressive.  Adding a goal and an assist (one on the powerplay), the Swedish defenseman finished the night contributing in four of six offensive categories.  Not his best outing, but it certainly adds to his numbers evenly.  See if Stralman is still available in your league and take a long hard look at your teams current defensemen.

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