December 29, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-12-29

Here it is – my Top 10 Fantasy Events of the past decade over at The Hockey News. Mentioned below, Ziggy Palffy and his sudden retirement did indeed crack this list. A must read and a lot of fun to write and research.

 

Gionta had an assist in his return to the Habs lineup. His return seemed to knock a minute or two of ice time from Andrei Kostitsyn, but AK still managed an assist himself. AK is on a six-game point streak and has 20 points in his last 18 games.

 

Patrick Kane has 16 points in his last 11, vaulting him in among the top scorers now.

 

Ryan Callahan has 10 points in his last eight games. Torts really likes this guy and he’ll have every opportunity to flourish.

 

Claude Giroux has eight points in 13 games under the new coach and has seen over 17 minutes of ice time in nine of those games. JVR has one point in that span and has seen over 16:30 of ice time in just two of those games – the first two. Since then, he has hovered around 10-12 minutes.

 

Ottawa rookie Peter Regin has five points in his last five games. In all five of those games he has seen more ice time than any one of his 28 games prior. So he’s another beneficiary of the injuries in Ottawa.

 

Phil Kessel is pointless in his last six games. He’s also a minus-6. The Leafs have been trying Kulemin on that line in place of Poni to try and get it going. He’s looked good, but still goose eggs. Kessel’s slump has resulted in Stajan also slumping – just one point in six.

 

Michael Russo updates us – Chuck Kobasew is out beyond 4-6 weeks with a sprained MCL and ACL. The MCL will be healed in 4-6, but then the ACL will need to be evaluated and may require surgery. He also reports that Petr Sykora will miss two more games and then likely rejoin the team. Sykora will be back to his 45-point self when he returns, I don’t expect anything magical to happen.

 

Russo also reports that Brent Burns is working out a lot right now (no date targeted) and PM Bouchard is still no change.

 

The Stars have activated Trevor Daley off the IR. Again, I expect nothing magical to happen here. Just an FYI.

 

The Panthers have sent Shawn Matthias down to the minors. This was his best cup of coffee in two years, as he notched four points in 10 games and was a minus-1. Just 10 shots on goal though, which he’ll need to step up. But still, that’s pretty good considering he averaged about eight minutes per game. He is 25th on my prospects list.

 

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Team Slovak (Olympics): Halak, Budaj, Stana; Chara, Visnovsky, Sekera, Meszaros, Jurcina, Strbak, Lintner; Hossa, Gaborik, Demitra (? must want to train the team doctors), Handzus, Bartecko (one of my favorite dark horses… about 12 years ago!), Hossa Jr, Cibak, Kopecky, Palffy, Radivojevic, Stumpel, Satan (who isn’t even playing this year) and Zednik. I’d love to see how good Palffy is these days against top competition. Perhaps he’ll tear it up and get wooed back to the NHL for one year (it’s only one year, h