Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/07/2010

01/08/2010
Nashville Predators v Dallas Stars

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) and thus exclude player’s salaries.

Really big night for hockey, as there were 10 games and 20 teams playing.  A ton of great efforts as you will see from our extensive honorable mention section.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 7, 2009:

THIRD STAR:  Matt Carle, Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-1) –  Carle stood out in Philadelphia, posting three of the Flyers seven points.  The 25-year-old scored a powerplay goal and assisted on both a powerplay goal and even strength goal.  Now with his third team, the 2006 Hobey Baker Award winner seems to be settling down once again.  He also managed a plus three rating and two shots on goal in over 23 minutes of ice time.

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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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 01/06/2010

01/07/2010
Dallas Stars v New York Rangers

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) and thus exclude player’s salaries.

Not too busy of a night with six games and 12 teams in action.  Complete tie between the offense and defense as six teams scored two or less and six three or more.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for January 6, 2009:

THIRD STAR:  James van Riemsdyk, Philadelphia Flyers (0-0-1) –  van Riemsdyk played a large role in the Flyers 6-2 route of the Leafs.  In under 14 minutes of ice time, the 20-year-old scored a powerplay goal and assisted on another. In addition, the former 2nd overall pick fired three shots on goal while finishing the game a modest plus-two.  Even though his scoring pace slowed down from a point-per-game clip at the quarter mark, this top prospect should finish with respectable numbers and eventually break out.

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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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The End to All Team Canada Speculation

12/30/2009
2007 NHL Awards Portraits

As the announcement was made on NHLNetwork in the States and TSN in Canada, NHL Hot Stove was on board and prepared to drop the news to
you directly after the announcement.

The selection, in order as it was announced:

Bob Mickelson: “This is a day every Canadian has been waiting for” and those words have never been more true.
Mike Chambers: “…a first ever Olympic Mens Ice Hockey win at home, on home ice.”
Steve Yzerman: (huge ovation) “….like all Canadians we are very excited to be here.  For all hockey fans, it’s a great day.” “This has
been an enjoyable process, but, a difficult one.” “Every player on this roster was put on after great debate.” “We feel we have a team
that will make Canadians proud…….and compete for a Gold medal which all Canadians know that we can achieve.”

Goaltenders:

Martin Brodeur (Montreal, Quebec)
Marc Andre Fleury (Sorel, Quebec)
Roberto Luongo (Montreal, Quebec)

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Final Destination: Scott Niedermayer

12/23/2009
Anaheim Ducks v Philadelphia Flyers

Some players around the League find themselves at a career crossroad.  A crossroad with tough decisions to make regarding ongoing speculation of their final season.  Speculation whether to stay on a sinking ship and finish at the bottom of the sea or leaving one’s comfort zone in an attempt to stay on top.  Certainly no easy decision for any player

While Scott Niedermayer ponders his future in hockey he continues another solid year in his famed career.  The same cannot be said for the Anaheim Ducks, who sit 13th in the Western Conference despite coming off a come from behind victory against the Colorado Avalanche.  The team finds themselves as of this writing a mere five points behind the eighth seed.

The asking price for the captain should be reasonable, as he would strictly be a playoff rental.  However, GM Brian Murray can  acquire a potential piece or pieces to build for a brighter future in sunny Anaheim.

A quick look around the league shows there are a few teams in need of Niedermayer’s services. At 37, he still is one of the best defensemen in the game and a huge piece for a few teams looking for that extra push into serious cup contention.

Lets take a closer look at which teams could trade for Niedermayer in order to bring home Lord Stanley’s Cup.  Even though he already carries four Stanley Cup rings to his credit, every player in this league starts the season with one goal in mind.

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Flyers NOW Turning the Corner?

12/08/2009
New Flyers coach Peter Laviolette

A few days ago Puck Daddy did an article about the Flyers and their coaching change.  Until tonight, the article appeared very wrong.  After tonight it reads oh so well.

Say what you will about the Islanders, they are a very competitive team.  In fact, before the game they were ahead of Philadelphia in the standings.  Now they are tied and that should be the closest the Islanders get to the Flyers all year.

Their new coach, Peter Laviolette, moves from the press box to the bench, giving them a strong leader who most likely will push them over the top.  Although there were rumors of no fighting and a less physical team I would like to remind you these are still the Broad Street Bullies.  Dan Carcillo felt no need to tone down his game, and it looks like Chris Pronger won’t either (see Boarding call on Tavares).

For this team to be successful they need to maintain their physical nature while feeding off consistent production from their top two lines.

This is why this game is a true turning point.

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