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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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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/23/2009

12/24/2009
Pittsburgh Penguins v Los Angeles Kings

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.

With 12 games and 24 teams in action, we saw plenty of hockey to get us through the Christmas break.  Now in the middle of a mandated break, us hockey fans as well as players anticipate a big day on Saturday.  Having said that, since there were so many teams in action, choosing three standout players proved incredibly difficult. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Marc Savard, Boston Bruins (0-0-1) –  Savard played a vital role in the Bruins 6-4 victory over the Thrashers.  Going blow-for-blow with the offensive powerhouse in Atlanta, the 32-year-old center stepped up and lead his team to victory.  On the night, Savard put three points on the scoreboard, a goal and two assists all of which coming on the powerplay.  In addition, the Ottawa, Ontario native fired four shots on goal while posting a plus one rating.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/15/2009

12/16/2009
Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders

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.

Last night we saw three separate teams score over six goals.  Ironically it was one blowout, the Penguins 6-1 drudging of the Flyers that yields our three stars.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0-1) – Malkin capped off the night’s scoring with a shorthanded goal with less than two minutes left.  The talented Russian also assisted on fellow Russian expatriate Ruslan Fedotenko’s third period tally.  Now a grizzled veteran at age 23, Geno fired five shots on net and sat four minutes in the box.  The native of Magnitogorsk posted an impressive plus two rating giving him solid contributions across five offensive categories, six if you team counts shorthanded points.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/12/2009

12/13/2009
Minnesota Wild v Philadelphia Flyers

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.

Twelve games and 24 teams in action last night, certainly a good night to be a hockey fan.  Ten out of the 24 finished with two goals or less, giving offenses a win for once.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Mason Raymond, Vancouver Canucks (0-0-1) – Raymond has three points in his last two games following a five game pointless streak.  The 24-year-old scored a goal and added an assist, both on the powerplay to give him two points on the evening. In addition, the Calgary native fired two shots on net and sat four minutes in the box.  One of our original NHLHS Endorsed Pickups, Raymond is once again stepping up his game in a big way.

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Weekly Fantasy 3 Stars – Week Ending 11/29/2009

11/30/2009
New York Rangers vs Pittsburgh Penguins.

Similar to our Daily 3 Stars, this section will break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every week 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: Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) – The Ducks all-time leading scorer was among the League’s hottest players this week.  The 39-year-old scored three goals and added two assists in four games, with four of those points coming on the powerplay.  Selanne added two penalty minutes and 14 shots on goal while maintaining an even plus/minus.  On the season, the right wing now has 14 goals in 25 games.

SECOND STAR: Brad Richards, Dallas Stars (0-1-0) – Still flying well below the radar, the 29-year-old is once again an elite playmaker.  This past week was no different as the center scored one goal and assisted on five more.  Although he finished the week a minus one, his five powerplay points and 17 shots were enough to put him in this spot.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/28/2009

11/29/2009
Ottawa Senators v New Jersey Devils

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:  Brian Rolston, New Jersey Devils, (0-0-1) -One of two Devils to make this list, the 36-year-old turned in a solid effort last night scoring two goals and adding two assists (2 on the powerplay).  Playing with Patrik Elias has paid dividends for the former first rounder as he now has four goals in his last four games.  The left wing added a plus three and seven shots on goal making him a contributor in five of six offensive categories.

SECOND STAR: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins (0-1-0) –Scoring three  and adding two assists puts Sid in this spot.  Finishing an 8-3 rout over the Rangers with five points, including one on the powerplay, the Stanley Cup Champion added five shots on goal to go along with a plus four rating.  All impressive numbers but not enough to propel the Kid into a first star rating.

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