Mark Recchi potted a pair of goals in his second game in a Boston uniform. He played 16:37 with Bergeron and Kobasew. So far, his presence has hurt Wheeler, who was a healthy scratch. Again – this situation won't last, but Recchi will ride the high of joining a new team into late this month.
Eric Staal had six points and Carolina nine goals – that's 15 goals in two games since bringing back Eric Cole.
An interesting game to me was the Isles scoring seven times, including six on Brodeur. What you saw was all the kids actually getting a chance. Here is the lowdown:
– Josh Bailey two points.
– Sean Bergenheim three goals and a plus-3 in 17:11 of ice time. I picked him up this week in one of my leagues and suggest you do the same.
– Kyle Okposo scored and had 18 minutes of ice.
– Mike Iggulden, a 26-year-old undrafted minor leaguer who has yet to be given a chance, notched two assists and was a plus-2 in his second career game and first as an Islander. He played 12:37.
– Give Jack Hillen another two points. That gives him four in four games (and plus-4). Pick him up if you need a d-man. He was a preseason dark horse of mine and now he is finally getting the chance.
I'll keep the ramblings short today, since they are so late (in no small part to the "DobberHockey day in Toronto" yesterday – thanks to Eastern Edge's Russ Miller, Stu's Slant's Stuart McDonald, and the DobberHockey readers that I had the pleasure of meeting and partaking in some beverages with). I will, however, tell you about some of the moves I made in a couple of my leagues during "deadline week":
League 1: These rules can be found in the "Starting a Pool" section, (keeper league #1).
We have since added a rule where just the top eight teams qualify for the postseason. We keep our roster's for the NHL's postseason, but now the bottom five do not get to partake. It was my hope to get my rebuilding team into the top 8 this season. This new rule made for an interesting deadline, but it would have been more interesting if nine or 10 teams were in the mix instead of just a clear-cut eight. That being said, I had a very real shot at gaining 150 points with two trades and putting myself into fourth. That would send the current #8 guy into a panic as he would find himself out of the mix with probably the best playoff team (he is the defending two-time playoff champ).
Trade 1: I moved Eriksson and Huselius and acquired Briere. This was because I was fairly close to a deal involving my Filatov and O'Sullivan, and acquiring Nash and Carter, but I didn't have enough "sure thing" components on my side of the deal and didn't want to part with Mueller. Landing Briere allowed me to make Trade 2 and still hang onto Mueller…
Trade 2: I moved Briere, Filatov, O'Sullivan, Nodl and two second rounders and acquired Nash, Carter, Lucic, Legwand and two third rounders. This gained me about 70 points and put me 80 points shy of eighth place with ONE trade left (we get six trades between Nov. 1 and the deadline). Now – I like Rick Nash and Milan Lucic, but I KNOW that there are a LOT of poolies out there who put these guys on pedastals. Wanting to take advantage of this, I put an offer in to the ninth-place guy who had a terrible playoff team and was more interested in rebuilding. He was a "seller" and he had the most poin