March 16, 2009

Dobber Sports



It was a very insignificant deal at the trade deadline, but it will be a Steve Mason injury away from having a major impact in roto leagues next season. Calgary’s fifth-round draft pick in 2005, goaltender Kevin Lalande, was buried in their system. Forced to play in the ECHL thanks to the numbers game, the Blue Jackets took advantage and ‘stole’ him for a fourth-round pick. So early return? Last week, Lalande backstopped Syracuse (the Blue Jackets’ farm club) to a 3-0-0 record despite being outshot 114-71. He was the first star in all three games. 


Ryan Miller has been skating for two days and is certain he will be back before the end of the season. My guess – a week to 10 days more.


Jere Lehtinen is ready to return to the lineup. James Neal has been removed from the second line as a result and Neal will play with Sutherby and Conner according to the Dallas News. If Brunnstrom is ready by tomorrow, he will sub in for Conner.


If Mike Gillis knew Alex Burrows would respond to a new contract like this, he would have re-signed him in October instead of March. Since signing the four-year deal, Burrows has seven points and 10 penalty minutes in six games. He has 15 points in his last 13 games and is a plus-11 in that span. 


Since coming back from his wrist injury, JM Liles has eight points in eight games.


Mark Streit has 14 points in 15 games since returning from his upper body injury. Despite missing five games this season, he's still going to top 60 points. The 31-year-old is signed for four more seasons and it wouldn't surprise me if he was a top five scoring defenseman in all four of them. He doesn't have the pedigree of a Jay Bouwmeester, a Ryan Whitney or a Jack Johnson – but it says here that Streit will outscore all three of them over the next four years.


Braydon Coburn is likely going to receive a suspension for a match penalty he received on a high stick yesterday on Nik Antropov.


Randy Jones left yesterday's contest with a groin injury.


Jeff Carter has played 200 straight NHL games. Fantasy owners love that reliability.


NYR line combos: Drury with Naslund and Antropov again; Gomez with Avery and Zherdev; Dubinsky with Sjostrom and Callahan.


Dubinsky has 21 points in his last 57 games. After his big season with Jagr and his 11 points in 11 games start – that obviously would have been the time to 'sell high' on this player.

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The line on Sean Avery since rejoining the Rangers: five points in six games, 10 PIMs, even plus/minus and at least 16 minutes of ice time in his last three contests.


Goalie Peter Mannino got his first NHL start for the Islanders and stopped 40 of 42 shots. Not worth a flyer at this time though.


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