The LA Daily News is reporting that Jack Johnson has fully recovered from his broken foot and ready for camp. He'll get an immediate shot on the top PP this year. That being said, temper your expectations as he is still young.
Zdeno Chara will be ready to go for training camp, according to the Boston Globe. Said GM Chiarelli: he may start slowly, not play in every preseason game," said Chiarelli. "He's right on track, but he may need some time to feel his way into it."
The rehabbing likes of Patrice Bergeron (concussion), Manny Fernandez (knee surgery), and Chuck Kobasew (fractured tibia, compliments of a Chara slapper) all are close to 100 percent, said Chiarelli.
According to the Globe, six teams are currently above the cap and will need to pare down: PHI, SJ, CHI, WAS, CGY and ANA.
Three teams need to spend up to the cap: PHO, ATL and LA.
Boston 2008 top draft pick Joe Colborne will report to Denver next week where he will play college hockey.
Some notes on the fantasy guide
– both French and English versions are updated through Saturday, August 23.
– the Draft List (in Excel) will be updated at the end of August, mid-September, and then every few days after that. The reason being that currently I have not really made a whole lot of player projection adjustments.
– I am getting a lot of suggestions for the Draft List, but I am really only taking suggestions for the Guide (i.e. "lowdowns", etc.). I won't be changing the Draft List because there are too many different pools to satisfy and I could literally add 12 more columns to it and still have people email me asking for more. The current columns are "goals", "points", "long-term upside (points)" and penalty minutes. Because it is in Excel format, the 'keen' poolie can insert whatever data they wish. Hey – if I did that for you, then your competitor, who would be too lazy to do it himself/herself, would have the same info!
Starting in mid-September, every Wednesday at 5:40 pm I will be a guest on the Bill Watters Show on AM 640 Toronto for a fantasy hockey segment.