Tomas Kaberle played only 17 minutes against the Senators on Saturday night – fifth among Leaf defensemen.
Jakub Voracek has three helpers so far tonight in the Columbus game. He is a really fun player to watch – strong on the puck, big, fast, and talented. It is hard to project him because he is so sound defensively. Sometimes young forwards that show an above average defensive acumen are put in that role and struggle to find extra offensive minutes. Another example of this is Martin Hanzal in Phoenix. Although he is on pace for only 40 points, Voracek could easily be a 60 point player with more ice time. He doesn’t even turn 21 until August.
Forgot to mention this earlier, and it is not fantasy relevant, but I felt awful reading about the passing of Brendan Burke last night. He was in the news last month, as he decided to share his story of coming out to Justin Bourne and later to ESPN writer John Buccigross. Seemed like a really good guy – very tragic story.
I was holding two luxury suite tickets for somebody, but I have not yet heard from him so they are back on a first come, first serve basis. TWO tickets – luxury suite – March 21 – with Dobber, Lemon, Notch and Miller, plus 19 other fantasy fanatics. Food included – $35 each. Buy it here.
Detroit has traded Ville Leino to Philadelphia for defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and a 5th round draft pick in 2011. This opens up cap space and a roster spot for Johan Franzen to return. Leino has not played well at all this year for the Wings, and will be in tough to earn any kind of offensive minutes with the Flyers.
A rare night tending the bench door tonight for Ryan Miller instead of the net. He has been a bit off lately, but even when he struggles he is superior to Patrick Lalime.
The Olympics are a week away (give or take). If you haven’t clicked here to pick your players for our FREE Olympics Pool, then we understand. Cowards are people too, and we don’t judge.
Cam Ward was sent home for treatment on his back. He played the full game in Calgary, but the injury started to affect him on the flight out. The ‘Canes recalled Justin Peters to replace Ward. Manny Legace to get the starts for the time being. In other words, Carolina won’t be winning much in the short term.
I rarely pick up players just to boost the plus-minus category, but I did this year with Jeff Schultz, and he has vaulted me from 5th into 3rd in the category basically all on his own. Plus-2 again last night for the man they call “the Sheriff.”
Vladimir Zharkov played 15 minutes for the Devils, and saw some time on the power play. Maybe New Jersey wants to develop a Russian connection with him and Kovalchuk? Probably reaching, but keep an eye on Zharkov’s ice time. 15 is quite a bit above his season average.
Four of Washington’s five goals on Friday night were high glove side. Safe to say teams have figured out Ondrej Pavelec’s weakness.
Michal Neuvirth was fantastic for the Capitals, stopping 43 of 45 shots. The score (5-2 Washington) doesn’t really tell the story here, as Atlanta played quite well. Neuvirth adds a bit of arsenal towards his bid at the starting position down the stretch for Washington.
Ilya Kovalchuk debut – two assists, one penalty, and a lot of excitement in about 22 minutes of ice