Avalanche Looking to Move a Defenseman?

12/21/2009
Edmonton Oilers v Colorado Avalanche

With Avs rumors swirling around the internet, beat writer Adrian Dater of The Denver Post puts pretty much every current rumor involving youngsters Matt Duchene or Ryan O’Reilly to shame.

So the answer to the talented twosome leaving Colorado is no.  These rumors are false. No move will be made for Ilya Kovalchuk.  No need to swap veteran underachievers with the Flyers.  Nothing.

Dater, however, does hypothesize as to what till happen once Kyle Cumiskey returns from his foot injury.  Cumiskey, a young defenseman known for his offensive prowess very well could be the odd man out.  However, a 23-year-old d-man with limited NHL experience and a lengthy injury history provides limited value in the current trade market.

That leaves two players likely on the block: Jean-Michael Liles and Ryan Wilson.  The latter an undrafted free agent who at the ripe age of 22 actually is producing at the NHL level.

Turning a free-agent signing into a need would be excellent asset management as long as the team feels the current player they see is his ceiling. His reasonable capt hit of $ 551, 667 through 2011 certainly adds remarkable value should he be shopped.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/02/2009

12/02/2009
Chicago Blackhawks v Colorado Avalanche

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.

Somewhat weird night.  Although only four games were played every winning team scored at least four goals.  However it was a losing team, the Colorado Avalanche, and essentially one line that swept the honors.

THIRD STAR: Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche (0-0-1) – Last June’s 3rd overall pick is showing why he was so heavily touted.  The 18-year-old potted two goals, one coming on the powerplay, and an assist in the Avs 6-5 loss to the Panthers in a skills competition.  The Ontario native added seven shots on goal and finished the evening a team-high plus three.  Duchene now has seven points in his last four games and is becoming a player that makes other players on his line better.

SECOND STAR: Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche (0-1-0) – The second generation star continues to prove himself as an elite playmaker.  Coming off an injury plagued season, Stastny remained healthy and now has 30 points in 29 games.  The 24-year-old scored a goal and assisted on three more, including Duchene’s powerplay tally.  He posted a respectable plus two while putting four shots on goal and even sitting two minutes in the box.  Contributions across all six standard categories gives the center our second star of the evening.

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