NHL Players in the Olympics

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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Looking for a Defenseman?

Carolina Hurricanes v Buffalo Sabres

As we approach the midway point of the 2009-10 season in the National Hockey League, many questions remain unanswered.

Which teams are serious about playoff contention?  Who needs a massive upgrade to make the push from a bubble team?  Which team should sell off the year and attempt a mini-rebuild?

Those are some thoughts circulating the League as we take a look at the state of all teams around the NHL.  Now, when perusing through certain rosters some names that could bring in returns which would benefit a team in need of depth.

Today, we look at the defensemen around the NHL likely to be moved by the March 3rd, 2010 trade deadline. As a side note, be sure to tune into “The Hockey Guys” on deadline day as there will be an all day live event with a live chat room for discussion on all the rumors and news as it breaks in the NHL.

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Injury Updates 12/26/2009

Detroit Red Wings v Colorado Avalanche

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

Ottawa Senators

  • Daniel Alfredsson out a few weeks.
  • Jason Spezza and Nick Foligno remain out.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Thomas Vanek back.  Chris Butler and Patrick Kaleta still out of the lineup. [Sabres Edge]
  • Nathan Gerbe not on any lines. [Sabres Edge]

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Marc Methot out one to two weeks. [Tom Reed]
  • Rostislav Klesla and Derek Dorsett remain out.
  • Anton Stralman and Kristian Huselius amongst others seem to have recovered from the flu.

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Minor Signings Around the NHL

San Jose Sharks v Calgary Flames

With the National Hockey League roster freeze upon us, we can see some teams trying to find some solutions and bringing in players to their roster. Meanwhile, other teams choose to add to an already bright future.

What do I mean you ask?  Let me answer that for you.

Today the Phoenix Coyotes were able to solidify a spot on their blue line by signing free agent veteran blue liner Anders Eriksson to finish out the rest of the year (barring injury) with the big club.

In order to fit Eriksson in to the mix, the Coyotes subsequently assigned David Schlemko to the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage.

Eriksson scored a goal and chipped in two assists in his eight games with San Antonio.  Previous to this year, he has appeared in 552 NHL games with six teams, compiling 22 goals and 149 assists over parts of 11 seasons.

With the Coyotes excellent start to the season,  it seems to me that they feel the playoffs are a reality.  By signing Eriksson, the team adds another veteran to the blue line, one which already accommodates Ed Jovanovski, Adrian Aucoin and James Vandermeer.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

Dallas Stars v Los Angeles Kings

Any player written about is under 50 percent owned in Yahoo! leagues.

Here are today’s picks:

LW: Steve Sullivan, Nashville Predators –  Perhaps the feel good story of the decade, Sullivan plays a large part in the Predators early season success.  A fixture on the top line playing alongside Martin Erat and Jason Arnott, the diminutive forward has six points in his last four  games and ten points in his last seven.  With the Predators one of the hottest teams in the league and a surprise story of the year expect the trend to continue.

Prognosis:  You need to grab this guy if you need help on the left side.  Sullivan should provide at least 60 points by the end of the year.

C: Saku Koivu, Anaheim Ducks – Fellow Finn Teemu Selanne went down, but Koivu did not miss a beat.  In fact, the older of the Koivu brothers is one of the hottest players in the league posting five points over his last three games.  The Ducks new second line of Bobby Ryan – Koivu – Dan Sexton looks incredibly dynamic and has outproduced the likes of Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf as of late.

Prognosis:  Not sure how long this trend will continue but you would be hard pressed to find a hotter player at the moment.  Stream him until he runs out of gas.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/10/2009

Stanley Cup Finals - Detroit Red Wings v Pittsburgh Penguins - Game Six

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 six hockey games and a total of twelve teams in action.  Of the twelve teams, six of them finished with two goals or less.   Good night for goalies.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Brian Elliot, Ottawa Senators (0-0-1) – Filling if for the injured Pascal Leclaire, Elliot performed at a higher level last night shutting out the punch-less Flyers 2-0.  A solid 23 save effort for the 24-year-old.  In his previous six games, the Ontario native surrendered at least three goals so use him carefully.  His stock is very limited once Leclaire returns as he certainly makes very little argument for staying a number one.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/01/2009

Anaheim Ducks 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) and thus exclude player’s salaries.

THIRD STAR: Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks (0-0-1) – Although his team eventually lost to the Kings 4-3, Getzlaf continues his fantasy dominance despite his team in the the bottom of the standings.  Actually all three stars come from the same game which is a rarity but we did only have four games last night. The 24-year-old assisted on two goals, one of which coming on the powerplay. The center added two shots and finished the evening a plus one.  Not his most impressive fantasy outing but a star nevertheless.

SECOND STAR: Jack Johnson, Los Angeles Kings (0-1-0) – This 22-year-old defenseman is not known for his offense, yet. JJ broke out last night, adding two assists, taking two shots on net, sitting four minutes in the box and posting a plus two rating.  Johnson now has eight points on the season, putting him in line to shatter his career high of 11 points.  Will this year be his breakout year? Probably not, but the offense is definitely coming around.

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Restoring the Rosters: Carolina Hurricanes

Carolina Hurricanes v Colorado Avalanchee

Based on Matthew Pouliot’s series on Circling the Bases, I have decided restore the rosters for every NHL team. Like Pouliot, I have established some ground rules for my selections.

  1. Each team contains players they originally drafted or signed before any other NHL team. This includes players drafted and not signed, as well as European free agents coming over at an older age.
  2. I have chosen to leave retired players off the list, and lean toward players in the AHL rather than those deported (KHL, SEL, DEL, etc.).

Essentially I am choosing the best available players for a team to succeed in the current NHL season. All 30 teams will be covered, with grades assigned to forwards, defense and goaltending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.

Looking at the roster, there are a few names most casual fans would know, and then a few only Hurricanes fans and prospect enthusiasts have knowledge of.  Despite carrying a few superstar players the Canes have to rely on a plethora of young and unproven players.

The lineup for the Carolina Hurricanes is as follows.

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