December 3rd, 2008

Dobber Sports

2008-12-03

 

The 07/08 Midseason Guide Special is over. I may do it one more time for a day some time during December.

 

Brett Hull interview, live just after 12 noon ET right here on FAN590  

 

Start activating and acquiring those Hurricanes – Peter Laviolette has been fired and Paul Maurice is back in as Carolina's head coach. This will kickstart the 'Canes' offense.

Daniel Briere was back in the lineup, but left last night's game again in the second when he experienced discomfort in his groin.

 

Another win for Craig Anderson last night – Florida has to be considering just making him their starter. He is 5-1-3. I have been touting him as a dark horse for two years in my fantasy guide.

 

Fleury's injury is looking as though it is long term. I think if you want this year's Ty Conklin, pick up John Curry. Granted, Dany Sabourin has been stellar this season – but if you remember, he was stellar last season at this time too. But after getting a few consecutive starts, he stumbled and Conklin stepped in and the rest is history. Sabourin seems to be a great stopgap, but once it gets long-term he falters.

 

One goalie who I think is safe despite being outplayed by his backup is Ilya Bryzgalov. Although Tellqvist has been stellar, he has proven that he cannot be a No.1 guy – like Sabourin, he always falters after playing a few consecutive games. With Anderson and Curry, we haven't had the chance to see that yet.

 

The Oilers have recalled Rob Schremp. He will replace Robert Nilsson who is out for 7-10 days. He is expected to play with Cogliano and Gagner. Up until this point in his career, he has never seen such a big opportunity. Schremp is ranked 37th on my fantasy prospects list.

 

Kenndal McArdle, ranked 277 on my prospects list, was called up by the Panthers. He played 5:26 and was a minus-1, though.

 

Mike Smith is on pace for 24 overtime losses this season.

 

Tomas Fleischmann has 10 points in his last 10 games.

 

Derrick Brassard is pointless in his last five games. I traded him in two leagues about five games ago – love it when I get lucky like that!

 

Now is the time to go after Kopitar – he is pointless in three games and is on pace for 61 points. He will certainly beat that number, so this is a 'buy low' opportunity.

 

Maybe it's time for another healthy scratch for Matt Stajan. after the last one, he peeled off 20 points in 18 games. In his last four games, though, he has just one point and is a minus-5.

 

The Panthers have zero players with 15 points or more. Booth, Bouwmeester and Weiss each have 14. Weiss is on pace to lead the team with 54 points. They need Michael Frolik to be a star. He will be one, but not this season.

 

Until NOON today, I am selling last year's Midseason Guide for $1.50. This is to give all the "doubters" an opportunity to see what is in store for them in this year's Midseason Guide. See first hand how this can help you, and I am confident you will buy this year's edition. 

 

 

Prospect Stefan Legein has decided to return to hockey. He will play for Syracuse this season. He is ranked 405 on my prospects list, but vaults into the top 200 with this news. He has minimal upside, but is sure to make the NHL.

 

Speaking of comebacks and returning to hockey, Daniel Ryder has just nine points in 17 AHL contests.
The Preds have sent Mark Santorelli to the ECHL. Despite being seemingly more offensively gifted than his brother, the younger Santorelli has struggled in the AHL.

 

As you know by now, Sean Avery has been suspended indefinitely for his 'sloppy seconds' comment. I love Avery's antics and I wish all players let loose like he does, however he did cross the line in terms of ettiquette and he needed to be suspended. I hope he doesn't get more than the one game though, because although from a PC point of view it needed to be done, the characters in the NHL are few and far between and thus should not be stifled too much.

 

Hartnell…look what he does when Ryan Malone is on a breakaway! Doesn't get any dumber…

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Angus here once again with some late night/early morning updates for you loyal Dobberites!

 

Enver Lisin had two goals for the Coyotes tonight. He has blinding speed and appears to be rounding the rest of his game out. The Coyotes are going to be a very fun team to watch develop offensively. Kevin Porter is another young gem who is quietly having a solid year and should break the 40 point mark.

 

Curtis Sanford was held off the ice on Tuesday – expect him to return to practice and play one of the Detroit (Thursday) or Minnesota (Friday) games. 

 

Roberto Luongo continues to improve ahead of schedule. All signs point to him gearing up for a return in two weeks for the December 17th game against the Oilers (coincidentally when Trevor Linden gets his number retired).

 

The Mats Sundin saga is coming to an end, finally. Bob McKenzie is reporting that Sundin expects to have a list of two or three teams by the end of the week and expects him to make a choice by mid-December. Vancouver makes the most sense logically in terms of cap space and providing a fit, as any other suitor would have to clear significant cap space.

 

Cam Ward is out for a week – Michael Leighton is a good short-term fix if you have been ravaged by the goaltending injury bug.

 

Jeff Carter now has 18 goals, and is now on pace for over 60. He is developing into a legitimate sniper, he has one of the best and quickest shots in the entire league. I bet the Flyers are glad Tomas Kaberle refused to waive his NTC last year… (rumored deal was Carter and a pick for Kaberle at the deadline)

 

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