Here are your NHL injury updates for today, January 5, 2010:
- Dmitry Kulikov, David Booth and Kenndal McArdle still out.
Toronto Maple Leafs
- Carl Gunnarson expected back in 7-10 days. [Jonas Siegel]
- Olympian Mike Komisarek set to miss the next two games. [James Mirtle]
- John Mitchell returns tonight. [Leafs Twitter]
- Mike Van Ryn out for the season.
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TSN’s Darren Dreger wrote that the Blue Jackets were looking to move a wing for a defenseman if there is a “right fit”. Clearly the injury to Rostislav Klesla (right) appears scary as the defender ranks third on the team in TOI, averaging a little over 20 minutes a game. This injury comes with Marc Methot already out, a 24-year-old defenseman who averages over 19 minutes a game. Needless to say, GM Scott Howson needs to make a move soon or his team could fall out of the race. Although they appear to want to improve from within, I think they will be forced to trade a younger asset.
The options at wing are: Jared Boll, Michael Blunden, Alexandre Picard, Jacub Voracek, Rick Nash, Kristian Huselius and/or Antoine Vermette and RJ Umberger. Looking at this list, I am pretty sure Nash, Voracek, Huselius, Vermette and Umberger are not getting moved while Blunden and Picard probably would not fetch much. If Derek Dorsett is healthy, he could make Boll expendable. Another option is Nikita Filatov.
Quick to rebut, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch says Howson has not talked to a single GM and is not actively pursuing a trade. Portzline makes it abundantly clear that a trade is not brewing right now. Most trade talk starts around February but with the Olympics who knows how things will play out.
What are your thoughts? Who do you see being moved?
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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: Jeff Deslauriers, Edmonton Oilers (0-0-1) – The main beneficiary of the injury of Nikolai Khabibulin, the 25-year-old turned away all 36 shots to shutout the Coyotes. This start comes after giving up nine goals in his last two games so maybe the kid is turning things around. Monitor the status of the wounded Russian since history indicates Deslauriers should get some more time in net.
SECOND STAR: Daniel Briere, Philadelphia Flyers (0-1-0) – The veteran turned in an excellent effort last night potting two goals and chipping in two assists, one of which coming on the powerplay. The Quebec native added four shots and two penalty minutes to his line giving him respectable stats across five offensive categories. Briere now has 16 points in 17 games a respectable tally for any teams #2 right wing.
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