October 17, 2007

Dobber Sports

2007-10-17

 

The Rangers have recalled Nigel Dawes, which indicates that Marcel Hossa will be unable to go tomorrow night. 

 

Sheldon Souray has a separated shoulder and will be out of the lineup indefinitely. This will give Gilbert and Grebishkov more time on the power play… they may be worth plucking off the waiver wire. 

 

 Chicago has announced that Havlat will rehab his shoulder (no surprise there) and he should be back in four weeks. Regardless – dump him off now if you can get anything decent for him. Three serious injuries to the same shoulder in a short time span. His days could be numbered and I wouldn't want him on my team when I found out.

 

Alexei Ponikarovsky will return to the Toronto lineup on Thursday. Meanwhile, both Kyle Wellwood and Carlo Coliaicovo participated in full practice yesterday and are very close to returning. I wouldn't touch Wellwood right now, because he could go down at any minute with that serious abdominal problem of his. This will spell the end of two of Gamache, Newbury or Battaglia for now.

 

Tomas Fleischmann is now off the Ovechkin line and Joe Motzko, who has been recalled, will get a tryout there. Wait one game and see how he does, but he is a good scorer in the AHL.
 

 

Mason Raymond has been sent down to Manitoba. The Vancouver speedster was not getting into the lineup enough.

 

The Flyers have recalled Steve Downie, hoping to eat away more chunks of the suspension. He had to be sent down because of roster limitations. Ben Eager is day to day with dizziness and Jesse Boulerice has been waived, to allow for this transaction.

 

Jordan Leopold returned to the lineup last night and played 17:24. However, he did not play at all on the power play. Brett Clark played a little bit on the PP, but for the most part the Avs went with four forwards and JM Liles.

 

Speaking of the Avs, chalk up another three assist for Stastny, who is looking to take the franchise player mantel from Joe Sakic this year…as opposed to waiting a year or two for that honor. He is unbelievable so far.

 

Jaroslav Hlinka played just 12:24, received minimal PP time and was a minus-1.

 

Milan Hejduk missed the contest with a back injury. He is day to day.

 

Bad news for Budaj owners – and don't say I didn't warn you. The No.1 job was by no means sewn up and in the fantasy world that means STAY AWAY. Anyway, he got yanked after giving up four goals. Jose Theodore came on in relief and got the win, stopping all 17 shots that were thrown at him.

 

Trent Hunter has replaced Bill Guerin on the top line in Long Island. Guerin will play on the second line with Sillinger and Satan. That makes more sense to me, as that better balances the scoring on the top two lines.

 

Martin St.Pierre, who longtime readers know I was pretty high on late last season, has left the RSL and returned to North America, signing a contract with the Blackhawks. He will play for Rockford of the AHL but will be the first call up. The diminutive forward has loads of offensive talent and will surprise when he gets the chance. He had seven points in 14 games with Khimik and he scored in his season debut for Rockford.

 

The Bruins have signed Brad Marchand to an entry level contract. He is ranked #186 on my fantasy prospects list.

 

Sean Avery, who has been out with a shoulder injury, will not skate until next week. He will be out of the lineup for at least two weeks yet and likely three or four.

 

Marcel Hossa is suffering from a hip flexor injury and will probably not play tomorrow. He has an assist in each of the three games that he has played this season, while on Jagr's line.

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Peter Mueller will be back in the lineup tomorrow, after being a healthy scratch on Saturday. Let's see how he bounces back f