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Per Puck-rakers, Anton Stralman WON’T play tomorrow for the Blue Jackets.
Sunday evening… some news coming in now.
Erik Cole is out 4-6 weeks with a lower leg stress fracture. Talk about bad luck, Cole seems to be cursed. This means more offensive ice time for Ruutu, and it may even open up a roster spot for one of Boychuk/Bowman.
The Panthers have signed Dominic Moore to a one-year deal. He should see mostly defensive minutes, but when Reinprecht goes down with his annual injury, Moore may get a bump up to the second line.
The Habs have called up Yannick “don’t call me Shea” Weber to fill Markov’s void on the powerplay. Weber is a talented puckmover and should definitely be on your fantasy radar (if he wasn’t already).
Mike Commodore is likely going to miss the game tomorrow against Vancouver, meaning newcomer Anton Stralman draws in. Stralman was having issues getting his American visa, but he was on the ice today in Vancouver practicing with the team.
Sounds like Mikko Koivu’s potential injury is nothing to worry about.
It is going to be a tough fantasy year for Rinne/Ellis/Hiller/Giguere/etc. owners. Goalie situations with no set starter are never fun, as I have learned time and time again. It sure does pay to get at least one dependable, 60-70 game starter. I would’ve included Toskala/Gustavsson, but I hope no one owns Toskala. I’d already like a mulligan for boldly predicting a rebound season from him. Appears his confidence/skill is completely gone.
The Blue Jackets have extended Rusty Klesla for four more years. The per-season cap hit of the extension is $2.9 million. Klesla has a bit of fantasy significance in deep leagues that cound stats besides just goals and assists. He is a solid top four defenseman but it still seems like too much money with his injury history.
Michael Russo is reporting that Mikko Koivu left the Wild practice on Sunday morning in a ton of pain after falling on his knee. I don’t think I have to tell you what kind of impact this would have on Minnesota… Hopefully an update is forthcoming.
JP Dumont left the Stars/Preds game last night after losing consciousness. He was smashed into the boards (clean hit) by defenseman Stephane Robidas. Nothing to report as of Sunday morning, but expect Patric Hornqvist to take his spot on the top line in the meantime. Hornqvist is a gifted goal scorer and should click well with Arnott and Sullivan.
As a few posters on the message board have pointed out, Cam Barker is receiving next to no PP time. While I don’t expect this trend to continue (as he is not really all that valuable to the Hawks if he doesn’t play that role), but he had only 11 even-strength points last year. Even if his PP ice time drops only a bit, expect his production to be affected significantly.
Erik Cole looked to have seriously injured his knee after an awkward collision with Dennis Widem