The Sellers: Carolina Hurricanes

01/06/2010
Toronto Maple Leafs v Carolina Hurricanes

The Sellers is a weekly column presented by NHLHotStove that will discuss all the rumblings and situations surrounding the teams that will most likely miss the playoffs.

Heading up to the March 3rd trade deadline, keep an eye out here for the bottom eight to ten teams in the league that will be known as “sellers”.

We have come to that time of year in the glorious 2009-10 National Hockey League season where general managers have some serious decisions to make.

In taking a look around the NHL there are currently two teams who could be in absolute sell mode. The one team we will touch on today is the Carolina Hurricanes who sit dead last in the Eastern Conference and are 16 points out of a playoff position.

In researching the roster, a few names automatically stand out.  Ray Whitney, Joe Corvo, Matt Cullen, Rod Brind’Amour and Scott Walker to name a few.

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NHLHS Endorsed Pickups

12/30/2009
Carolina Hurricanes v Dallas Stars

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

This week we will go over several streaking players in the NHL leading us to another extended version of NHLHS Endorsed Pickups.

Here are today’s picks:

C: Alexander Steen, St. Louis Blues –  Despite his position in most fantasy leagues, Steen plays left wing on the second line for the Blues.  Although this team deals with lack of production at times, this second generation forward continues to score at an alarming rate.  With nine points in his last five games the chemistry with current line-mates TJ Oshie and David Backes seems electric

Prognosis:  Hopefully Steen will gain LW eligibility.  Regardless, his production rivals many top fantasy superstars so ride him while he is hot!

C:  Tim Connolly, Buffalo Sabres –  With Derek Roy day-to-day, Connolly should get extended ice time.  This news comes on the heels of a four-game point streak in which this 28-year-old center produced six points.  Since the lockout, the Syracuse, New York, native averages nearly a point-per-game making him a safe bet in all formats.

Prognosis:  Another grab him while he is hot comment would fit here.  When healthy, Connolly makes a solid number two center in all formats.  If your league excludes PIMs, even better.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/28/2009

12/29/2009
Carolina Hurricanes 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.

A few important things happened last night.  The Flames broke a scary win less streak while Steve Mason somewhat redeemed himself in the eyes of his team.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Rene Bourque, Calgary Flames (0-1-1) –  Bourque played a pivotal role in leading his team to a 4-1 victory.  The Lac La Biche, Alberta native scored three, one on the powerplay, one shorthanded and one even strength.  In addition, this 28-year-old fired only three shots on net giving him a perfect shooting percentage while also posting a perfect plus two.

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Injury Updates 12/05/2009

12/05/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Anaheim Ducks

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along. Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Vancouver Canucks

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Jussi Jokinen and Chad LaRose playing today. [Canes Now]

Edmonton Oilers

  • Nikolai Khabibulin still not working out. [Dan Tencer]

St. Louis Blues

Los Angeles Kings

Toronto Maple Leafs


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Trade Rumors: Busy Day in Carolina

12/03/2009
Pittsburgh Penguins v Toronto Maple Leafs

TSN’s Bob MacKenzie reported a trade of former first rounders.  The last place Carolina Hurricanes moved their most recent first round selection, Phillipe Paradis, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Jiri Tlusty.

The Hurricanes get an NHL ready player who can be inserted in their lineup immediately.  Similar to their deals last year for Jussi Jokinen and Eric Cole the team gets a player who has shown flashes of offensive ability but fallen out of favor with their teams.  Considering that Tlusty is only three years removed from his 13th overall selection giving up a young prospect like Paradis does not hurt as much.

Held scoreless in his two games with the Leafs, the 21-year-old put up 15 points in 18 games with their AHL affiliate.  In 66 games last year in the A, the Czech native averaged a point per game with the Marlies.  At his age, his production at the AHL level translates to the ability to hold a regular shift.  Partner that with familiarity with coach Paul Maurice and the youngster should make a seamless transition to the Canes

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Injury Updates 12/03/2009

12/03/2009

Semin warms up in Washington, DC

This thread will be updated all day, so keep refreshing it as the day goes along.

Here are your wounded bodies for tonight:

Injuries Tonight

Montreal Canadiens

Buffalo Sabres

  • Craig Rivet a game time decision. [Audio]

New York Islanders

  • Frans Nielson skating with the team while Richard Park is not.  Both will play [Katie Strang]

Atlanta Thrashers

Washington Capitals

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Jonas Gustavsson visiting a heart specialist, not traveling with the team.  [Calgary Sun]
  • Gustavsson scheduled to undergo heart procedure tomorrow.  [Bob MacKenzie]
  • Carl Gunnarson will miss six weeks. [Jonas Siegler]

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Raffi Torres may miss this game due to the birth of his son. [Tom Reed]

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