September 22, 2007

Dobber Sports


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Kyle Wellwood underwent surgery on his sports hernia – a repeat of the surgery he had last season and he will be out indefinitely. Do not expect him in the lineup before December. Suddenly, the strong play in camp (and similar, but harder hitting style of Wellwood) is looking like it will work out nicely for Simon Gamache. Keep an eye on this situation, as there is suddenly room for a smallish, creative pivot. 


Sabres winger Drew Stafford left the ice with an immobilized left arm after a goal, and Ruff said Stafford will be re-evaluated today but may miss a few days.


Kris Russell scored again last night as his game rounds into form. He still has a shot at making the Jackets as their QB. Meanwhile, both Voracek and Brassard made the scoresheet. I give the edge to Brassard to possibly make this team. Gilbert Brule scored twice.


One player I have not seen hit the scoresheet yet is Nik Zherdev. He can look good in practice all he wants, but the last time I checked fantasy leagues only value players when they produce in games.


Buffalo winger Patrick Kaleta, a hard-nosed rookie with a reasonable shot at making the team, gave Zherdev a borderline hit that prompted Jared Boll, who has arguably been the best rookie in Columbus this  year, to go after him. Boll received 17 minutes in penalties and has a future as a power forward in the NHL. If he makes the team this year though, don't expect even 20 points…but his PIM's will be nice.


Dan Ellis and Pekka Rinne shared the goaltending duties last night, each giving up a goal. I have noticed other fantasy sites and hockey columnists giving the backup job to Rinne, but he is on a two-way contract this year (Ellis is one-way). For that reason, I still stick to my guns and say that if Ellis has a decent camp – which he has – than he will be the backup in Nashville.


It is looking as if Vern Fiddler will win the job to play alongside Arnott and Dumont. I don't think he will get a 50-point season this year, though. That makes him undraftable in most leagues.


Carolina plugger Chad Larose has a knee injury and will sit out until the middle of October. 


Our own Jim Gunther reports that Gionta was back on the line with Zubrus and Elias in last night's contest. He also says that goaltender Kevin Weekes was helped off the ice after New York's Sean Avery crashed the net. The Devils indicate that it is a bit of  sore neck and nothing serious, but Jim believes that the leg may have been hurt as well.


Colin White underwent plastic surgery yesterday on a serious gash near his eye. The doctors are worried about the long term effec