Dobber’s Puck Daddy from today – right here.
I’ll have analysis up on the Tlusty-Paradis trade in a bit. Paul Maurice (Carolina coach) no doubt recommended Tlusty, as he coached him a bit in Toronto.
Kindl will be seeing first-unit power play time. Maybe take a short-term flier on him in addition to keeper league interest.
Gustavsson is undergoing a second heart procedure and is on the shelf for at least a few weeks.
Ilya Kovalchuk is very close to signing a massive nine or ten year extension, according to the Versus telecast last night.
Last 11 games for a few Panthers: Weiss has 15 points. Frolik has eight points. Reinprecht has nine points. Horton has 13. I hope you listened with the buy low recommendation! Florida spreads out the ice time, but lately both Horton and Weiss have been seeing in excess of 20 minutes per night – they are the one-year guys you will want to own.
Frolik doesn't have the same one-year value, but his keeper league value is immense.
My draft strategy of taking Nashville's top line paid off for once! Dumont, Arnott, and Sullivan combined for nine points and plus-8 in the overtime loss last night against the Wild. Sully seems to be rounding in to form a bit – definitely a good buy low candidate. As long as he has the legs and hands, he should be a solid point producer.
The ageless Andrew Brunette keeps on producing. Now 36, Brunette is on pace for close to 30 goals and 66 points. He has never relied on his speed so that probably benefits him, as skating is often the first thing to go with aging forwards.
More like the Mikko Koivu of old tonight – two points, four shots on goal, and two penalty minutes to boot.
Roberto Luongo was solid last night in New Jersey, and will be starting again tonight against the Flyers. Expect Raycroft to play on Saturday in Carolina (the 10am game time probably scares the Canucks a bit, as that is the same game time when Luongo tore his groin last season in Pittsburgh).
Backstrom (Minnesota) looks awful this season – no confidence, bad angles, bad glove hand. I'd dump him in one-year leagues. Not worth it to continue bleeding points.
Martin Havlat had an assist in his return.
Chris Stewart and Matt Duchene are forming great chemistry on Colorado's second line, and combined for six points last night against the Panthers. Stewart in particular had a monster fantasy game. He finished with one goal, two helpers, four shots on goal, and 19 penalty minutes.
Paul Stastny had a monster four-point game for the Avs. His goal totals are way down but he should end up around 80-85 points.
As it stands right now, the Smyth-for-Quincey deal is looking like quite the win-win. Quincey has been far and away Colorado's best defenseman. He had two helpers last night in almost 25 minutes of ice time. I bet Detroit wishes they still had him right now… (I know, they had no room at the time, but still).
Marc Savard's cap hit is actually lower than the reported $4.2 million per season (it is $4.007… cue the James Bond jokes). It is a massive steal, even if Savard is bordering on an age where offensive forwards start to decline offensively (34 seems to be the magic number). With him back, the B's are 4-1, and have scored four or more goals three ti