NHL Players in the Olympics

01/07/2010
2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic - Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins

The title says it all.  This article will be no more than a comprehensive list of NHL (and some other players owned by NHL teams) players set to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Here's to a New Year Without Head Shots

01/02/2010
New York Rangers v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Five

I am certain that an opinion piece of this nature will upset each team’s fans but these head shots have got to stop.  Of course, we are all hockey fans and love the big hit, some live for it but there needs to be a line drawn with the increasing speed to the game.  These hits need to stop or else hockey becomes a survival of the fittest in which young players stand little chance of establishing a career due to playing scared due to footage from the last gruesome head shot.

While the League’s general managers mull over a rule change, I would like to propose a rule change of my own.  Repeat dirty hits will lead to a permanent suspension from the League.  The OHL instilled a similar rule when they banned Michael Liambas, a notoriously dirty player, from playing in their League following a career ending hit against Ben Fanelli.  This instance marked just another time Liambas made a questionable hit, you cam see another one on first overall pick John Tavares here.  The NHL made a similar move with former NHL pugilist Ryan Hollweg, essentially calling any hit remotely borderline until he played his way out of the league.

The moral of my rant will be that these types of players simply do not deserve a paycheck in the National Hockey League.  A League where the rest of the world comes to play and play for the sport’s greatest trophies.  What kind of message does it send when careers start to end due to these injuries? Do we need Sidney Crosby or Alexander Ovechkin seriously injured before we start to see lifetime bans?

My nominees for a lifetime ban…

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Injury Updates 12/30/2009

12/30/2009
Montreal Canadiens v Boston Bruins

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Just a quick note, if I omitted a source it is due to a previous report with no recent updates. Here are your injury updates for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Montreal Canadiens

  • Roman Hamrlik back in, Max Pacioretty a healthy scratch.  [Habs Inside/Out]
  • Paul Mara remains out.

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Matt Walker, Jeff Halpern and Todd Fedoruk remain out.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Ray Emery, Ryan Parent and Brian Boucher still recovering.

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The Seven Million Dollar Man

12/26/2009
Rangers Sign Chris Drury And Scott Gomez

How does a team know their investment will pay off?  Better yet, What would inspire a team to devote a large percentage of their cap space to one single player? This article plans on analyzing the production from “top-tier” forwards based on a seven million dollar cap hit or higher.

As of this writing there are 14 forwards making this salary or higher, with most of these players filling the scorecard adequately.  These 14 forwards discussed are Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton, Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards, Sidney Crosby, Jarome Iginla, Alexander Ovechkin, Scott Gomez, Evgeni Malkin, Vincent Lecavalier, Thomas Vanek, Dany Heatley, Chris Drury and Eric Staal.

A quick glance at this list screams Drury and Gomez as the noticeable busts.  Coming into a weak free agent year for centers the two cashed in on GM Glen Sather’s ludacris spending.  However, a deeper look into their 2009-2010 season makes other players current production look similarly as bad.

In addition, this article will identify the best of the bunch showing exactly if and why the top salaries are actually worth it.  Impending free agent Ilya Kovalchuk believes his worth to be 20 percent of the current cap, an enormous 11 plus million cap hit. With his current production, not to mention countless intangibles would you consider the 27-year-old worth it?

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Injury Updates 11/25/2009

11/25/2009
Ottawa Senators v Florida Panthers

Here are some fantasy-relevant injured players around the league.

Tonight’s Status Updates:

  • Tim Thomas may have a broken hand. [TSN]
  • Adam Foote and Scott Hannan play tonight. [All Things Avs]
  • As we’ve been saying all week, Marian Hossa returns tonight. [Tribune Icing]
  • Rene Bourque remains day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. [Flames Insider]
  • Eric Staal back with the Hurricanes tonight. [Canes Now]
  • The Senators play without Pascal Leclaire, Alexei Kovalev and now Mike Fisher. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • Chuck Kobasew set to return. [Russo’s Rants]
  • Chris Drury all set to return, Ales Kotalik questionable. [Rangers Rants]
  • Dan Boyle will play tonight, Devin Setoguchi still not ready. [Working the Corners]

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Injury Updates 11/23/2009

11/23/2009
Rangers Chris Drury

Here are some fantasy-relevant injured players around the league.

Tonight’s Status Updates:


Injury Updates 11/22/2009

11/22/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Montreal Canadiens

Here are some fantasy-relevant injured players around the league.

Tonight’s Status Updates:

Last Night’s Injuries:

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