Trade Rumors: Christensen in, Valiquette Out

12/02/2009
St. Louis Blues v Anaheim Ducks

The New York Rangers claimed center Erik Christensen off waivers while putting backup goalie Steve Valiquette on, says Newsday’s Steve Zipay.  Christensen found himself on waivers earlier in the year and went unclaimed, probably due to his meager showing of zero points with a minus three rating in nine games.  Clearly Ducks management felt Chipchura was a better alternative down the middle.

Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record spoke with John Tortorella on the issue, and found out adding Christensen is a result of an undisclosed injury to Donald Brashear.  However, Torts also said the move should motivate Brian Boyle to step up his game when the team is healthy.  Boyle may find himself on the block if his play does not improve in the coach’s eyes.

No stranger to the Atlantic Division, Christensen played parts of three season with the Pittsburgh Penguins before getting shipped to Atlanta as part of the Marian Hossa deal.  In the 2006-2007 season, the 25-year-old posted career highs in practically every category finishing the year with 18 goals and 33 points.

The larger question could be, why do the Rangers need a better backup goalie? Vally sports a 2-3-0 record with one shutout, a 3.74 GAA and .852 SV% in six games, below average marks in every category.  The necessity for a better backup could have something to do with star goaltender not remotely playing as well as his career marks.  For now Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson fills in for the journeyman as he tries to regain his form in Hartford.

Do you think Lundqvist should be traded?

I certainly do not and with his value lower than usual I cannot see GM Glen Sather getting adequate compensation for the Swede.


Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 11/25/2009

11/29/2009
Montreal Canadiens v Chicago Blackhawks

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: Troy Brouwer, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) -We mentioned Brouwer in our most recent Keeper Watch so showing up here is not a big surprise.  One game removed from a four game point streak, the 24-year-old scored a goal and added an assist.  The former 7th round pick took one shot, added two penalty minutes and finished the game a plus three.  Brouwer continues to improve on a strong Blackhawks team that looks like the real deal.

SECOND STAR: Wayne Simmonds, Los Angeles Kings (0-1-0) – The 21-year-old also continues to improve for the young Kings.  Simmonds posted a goal and an assist, leading his team to a 3-1 victory over the Oilers.  The former 2nd round pick added four penalty minutes, five shots on goal and a plus one to his line for the night giving him our second star.

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Injury Updates 11/25/2009

11/25/2009
Ottawa Senators v Florida Panthers

Here are some fantasy-relevant injured players around the league.

Tonight’s Status Updates:

  • Tim Thomas may have a broken hand. [TSN]
  • Adam Foote and Scott Hannan play tonight. [All Things Avs]
  • As we’ve been saying all week, Marian Hossa returns tonight. [Tribune Icing]
  • Rene Bourque remains day-to-day with an undisclosed injury. [Flames Insider]
  • Eric Staal back with the Hurricanes tonight. [Canes Now]
  • The Senators play without Pascal Leclaire, Alexei Kovalev and now Mike Fisher. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • Chuck Kobasew set to return. [Russo’s Rants]
  • Chris Drury all set to return, Ales Kotalik questionable. [Rangers Rants]
  • Dan Boyle will play tonight, Devin Setoguchi still not ready. [Working the Corners]

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Injury Updates 11/22/2009

11/22/2009
Vancouver Canucks v Montreal Canadiens

Here are some fantasy-relevant injured players around the league.

Tonight’s Status Updates:

Last Night’s Injuries:

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Injury Updates 11/19/2009

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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Injury Updates 11/17/2009

11/17/2009
Washington Capitals v Atlanta Thrashers

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