Fantasy Hockey Ramble – April 10, 2009

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Dustin Brown has five points and is a minus-10 in his last 21 games – including zero points in his last 11.


After finally getting through a full NHL schedule, David Moss signed a three-year extension with the Flames. The 27-year-old has some upside as he enters his prime, but I wouldn't put it any higher than 65 points and even that would be a stretch. Look for 45 next year, if he can stay healthy.


The Red Wings have managed to bring prospect Joakim Andersson across the pond. Andersson has signed a deal with Grand Rapids and it will be very interesting to see how he handles the North American game. He is ranked 340th on my prospects list due to his limited upside (60 points). His talent is in his ability to play both ends of the ice. Still, he moves up the list slightly with this news.


Blake Comeau broke his wrist and is done for the season. The Isles recalled Mike Iggulden, who has played some strong games in the NHL this year. I hope the team makes room for him in the fall.


The Isles have signed Justin DiBenedetto to an entry level contract. He has some upside, but is probably a long shot to make the NHL.


Young d-man Luca Sbisa has been assigned to play for the Phantoms. You could see him with the Flyers in the postseason.


It is doubtful that Paul Kariya will be in the lineup today, but if he receives clearance from doctors this morning, he could be in the lineup Sunday. I activated him for the weekend regardless, because it's dice-rolling time.


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Joe Sakic has officially stated that he will not be back this season. Well, duh


For someone who is "out for the season" according to TSN, Mat Schneider sure played well last night. He played a monster 21 minutes and scored a goal.


Conspiracy theory… did Dallas brass ask the coach to tank? Why did Matt Climie get all these starts? He barely won last night, but had they lost they would be in the mix for 24th and even 26th – which is high enough that, if they win the lottery, would get them No.1 pick (if 25th, 26th) or No.2 pick (if 24th) – which lands them Hedman or Tavares. Anyway, if it is a correct conspiracy theory, then it shouldn't matter now – the lowest they can finish is where they're sitting right now, which is 23rd. So now we'll see Turco. He will start the final game and Tobias Stephen will back him up. Matt Climie was sent back to Idaho today. Had Climie lost last night – I suspect he would start again. Discuss!


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