NHL Players in the Olympics

2010 Bridgestone Winter Classic - Philadelphia Flyers v Boston Bruins

The title says it all.  This article will be no more than a comprehensive list of NHL (and some other players owned by NHL teams) players set to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

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Daily Fantasy 3 Stars 12/21/2009

St. Louis Blues 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.

A big night for hockey.  We saw 11 games and 22 teams in action, of which numerous players stood out.  Some normally unheard of names make the list as we see some new players make become fantasyworthy. Here are our standout fantasy stars for the evening:

THIRD STAR: Michael Frolik, Florida Panthers (0-0-1) –  Frolik led his Panthers to a 4-1 victory over the Flyers last night.  A native of Kladno, Czechoslovakia, the same town as Jaromir Jagr, the 21-year-old scored a powerplay goal.  In addition, Frolik posted two assists (1 PP, 1 ES), took two shots on goal, sat two minutes and finished a plus one. With 23 points now in 38 games, he now projects to post 50 points, a five point improvement from his last year totals.

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Injury Updates 12/11/2009

Carolina Hurricanes v Washington Capitals

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

Florida Panthers

  • Gregory Campbell out with concussion-like symptoms.  David Booth still has not started skating.  Cory Stillman out for another couple of weeks. [On Frozen Pond]

New Jersey Devils

  • Bryce Salvador and Mike Mottau expected back in the lineup. [Fire & Ice]
  • David Clarkson, Paul Martin and Dainius Zubrus remain out.

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Eric Cole out two to three weeks. Chad LaRose expected to miss three to four weeks with a lower body injury. [Canes Now]

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Injury Updates 12/04/2009

Calgary Flames 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

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Mattias Ohlund and Ryan Malone expected to play tonight. [Erik Erlendsson]

New Jersey Devils

  • Johnny Oduya expected back in the lineup tomorrow. [Fire & Ice]

Anaheim Ducks

Minnesota Wild

  • Petr Sykora, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Brent Burns all worked out but are not skating with the team. [Russo’s Rants]

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Cost Efficiency: Rich Peverley, best player in hockey?

Atlanta Thrashers v Pittsburgh Penguins

Well maybe our headline is taking it a bit too far, but you can’t get a better player for your money.  Claimed off waivers last year from the Predators the 27-year-old now has 59 points in 58 games for the Thrashers. The undrafted free agent recently signed a 2 year contract worth a total of 2.6 million a modest raise from his current 487,500 cap hit.

Since he makes 487,500 this year, as a technicality we can put his stats over his salary to determine his cost-per-point production.  Prior to joining Nashville, Pevs was a point-per-game player in the AHL showing glimpses of his potential.  If the graduate from St. Lawrence University continues his pace, he may be one of the greatest bargains of all time.

He averages a goal for every 61K he makes, a small value in comparison to Dany Heatley’s 441K per goal.  The center assists on a goal for every 33K paid, making Joe Thornton’s 300K per assist look like a king’s ransom. Peverley’s 22K per point is 15K less than the next player James Neal, who is coming off an entry level contract himself.  Nobody can compare to his proverbial bang for the buck.

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