Fantasy Hockey Ramble – April 11, 2009

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In today's Hockey News article , I list some potential playoff pool BUSTS.


The Penguins have recalled Miroslav Satan from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He cleared re-entry waivers. He could be in the lineup today.


TSN is reporting that Johan Franzen has signed an extension with the Red Wings that will run nine or 10 years. Huge for fantasy owners, as we don't know how well he would do on another team. This doesn't bode well for Hossa staying for next year.


The Wild won 8-4, but were still eliminated from the playoffs. Coach Jacques Lemaire is apparently seriously considering retirement. Such a decision will probably help the Wild from a fantasy standpoint – more goals (I know it sounds silly to say that after they score eight, but it's true). But they would lose a lot more games because the team is weak and requires a trap coach. In my books, it's probably time for complete overhaul of the team – GM, coach and players. The latter part will be easy with Marian Gaborik moving on in the summer.


Interesting to see that Gaborik was a minus-2 last night, despite getting two points and his team winning by four goals.


Dan Fritsche suffered a "chest injury" and left the game in the second period. He had two points in just four minutes of ice time.


Defenseman Francois Beauchemin made his long-awaited return to the lineup for Anaheim. He played 15 minutes, but saw no time on the power play.


Dion Phaneuf missed yesterday's contest, apparently nursing an injury. His season has been shaky, so speculation is that he has been nursing this injury for awhile now. Prospect John Negrin took his spot, but was a minus-2.


The Hurricanes have re-assinged Zach Boychuk to Albany of the AHL. He will be the first player called up in the postseason if they need a forward.


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Kyle Beach, ranked 240th on my prospects list, has signed to play with Rockford to end the season. Beach is ranked so low because, although he should make the Hawks in 2010-11, it will be four years before you see 60 points or more. With power forwards, you always have to wait. His upside, when he gets there in 2017ish, is in the high 70s.


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