Injury Updates 12/29/2009

Columbus Blue Jackets v Anaheim Ducks

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

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Mike Commodore, Michael Blunden and Andrew Murray scratched.
  • Marc Methot, Derek Dorsett and Rostislav Klesla still out.

New York Islanders

  • Doug Weight, Sean Bergenheim, Rick DiPietro and Radek Martinek out.

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Mark Eaton likely.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Patrick Kaleta, Derek Roy and Nathan Gerbe still out.
  • Nathan Paetsch in for Andrej Sekera. [Sabres Edge]

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Injury Updates 12/27/2009

Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs

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

Boston Bruins

  • Both Milan Lucic and Derek Morris practiced with the team, no word if they are playing today. [Boston Globe]
  • Mark Stuart on IR.
  • Morris likely in tonight. [Boston Globe]

Florida Panthers

  • Nick Tarnasky and Kamil Kreps back in tonight.  Cory Stillman expected back Thursday.  [Steve Goldstein]
  • Dmitry Kulikov, David Booth and Kenndal McArdle remain out.

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Ray Emery and Ryan Parent expected to miss tonight’s game.
  • No word as of yet on Brian Boucher but he should backup at the least.
  • Boucher backing up, taking another day to rest.

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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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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/20/2009

Hawks vs. Red Wings

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.

Only two games so the selections were somewhat difficult.  Only a handful of players really helped their fantasy team as we saw a 3-1 game and a 3-0 game.  Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Kris Versteeg, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) – A constant beneficiary of playing minutes with Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith amongst others, Versteeg helped his team defeat a injured Red Wings team 3-0.  The left wing assisted on Keith’s powerplay tally, while taking a shot on goal, sitting two minutes and posting a plus one rating.  A contribution across five of the six standard categories puts the 23-year-old in our third star seat.

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Restoring the Rosters: Chicago Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks v Columbus Blue Jackets

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.

Due to excellent drafting over the last couple of years, the Blackhawks have restocked the cupboard nicely.  The core established on their current roster is mostly homegrown with players with free agent signings filling out a few spots.  Both their forwards and defensive units feature high end talent as well as solid depth.

The lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks is as follows.

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Trade Rumors: Fallout from the Big Three Signings

Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Six

The big three in Chicago reportedly signed todayPatrick Kane and Jonathan Toews both for 6.3 a year for five years and Duncan Keith 72 million over 13 years.  By my calculations, the Blackhawks need at least 4.5 million off the books to even get under the cap and realistically around 7 million to round out their roster.

Analyzing their roster and cap room, NHLHS will break down the most likely candidates to be moved and what their trade value may be.  All value is based on recent trades in the market.

Patrick Sharp, RW – The 27 year old is one of many talented right wings on the team.  In theory, this  could make him expendable with Kane and Marian Hossa naturally lining up on the right side.  Sharp’s cap hit is 3.9 million, a manageable sum if he produces to his potential.  His market value is relatively high due to his age.

Projected value: Two young roster players or prospects knocking on the door, preferably a forward and defensemen.

Brian Campbell, D – The 30 year old defensemen carries a lofty $7,142,875 cap hit.  Although a big dent in the Hawks cap number he remains an elite puck-moving defensemen who can QB a power-play with the best of them.  An argument can be made that shedding Campbell’s contract would alleviate every cap problem Chicago is dealing with.  It would also open up a glaring hole on a strong PP, not something a Stanley Cup contender should do.  Not to mention there is entirely no way his contract will be moved, Bob Gainey simply does not have the cap space anymore.

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Injury Updates 11/19/2009

Boston Bruins v Phoenix Coyotes

Here are some fantasy-relevant injured players around the league, and their most recent status:

  • Reigning Calder winner Steve Mason expected to start tonight against Dallas writes Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch, ending speculation on his back spasms.  The same report lists Mike Commodore and Raffi Torres as likely to play tonight while Samuel Pahlsson still recovers from back spasms.
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