March 23, 2010

Dobber Sports

2010-03-23

Luca Caputi will be back in the lineup tonight for the Leafs, having recovered from his stomach ailment. Wayne Primeau will be scratched.

 

One thing I overlooked with regards to Carter – Ville Leino. I will be interesting to see if he gets a bump in ice time and takes advantage.

 

Angus here – pop over to the message boards if you have a fantasy hockey question on your mind.

 

Milan Michalek will be out for “a couple of weeks” with a knee injury. They are hopeful that rehab will be all that is needed for a speedy recovery.

 

Brooks Laich took a puck off the crossbar today at practice and left to get stitches.

 

I don’t know if some people want me to start censoring myself or what, but whenever I ramble off on a tangent, I have things misinterpreted and then somebody gets their panties in a knot. If anyone feels I’m slighting TSN in any way (I’m not – reread what I said) they are wrong. Real hockey analysis vs. fantasy hockey analysis are two different animals. Any TSN analyst – and truth be told I was singling out “the journalists” Damian Cox, Steve Simmons, etc and not Pierre McGuire and those guys – would kick my ass on TV and they already do kick my ass on the radio. But stick them in my keeper league and they would get embarrassed. Not just by me, but by a dozen other quality owners. And that’s just in my league. All I was saying is that if you want to follow their “reality” opinion for your “fantasy” league, you will probably be led in the wrong direction. You are better off listening to half the people that contribute to the forum then a TSN or ESPN or Sportsnet expert when discussing the fantasy value of a lesser-known player. Is that clear? Hope so! I am not slighting Cox, Simmons, McGuire, or anyone else for anything other than their fantasy hockey skills. And I’m sure they don’t care about that. They don’t put on the Trade Deadline program for us poolies, they put the show on for regular hockey fans.

 

Daymond Langkow was released from hospital and will be okay. He’s wearing a neck brace and is out indefinitely, but from a life standpoint from what I’ve read in a couple of newpapers he will be just fine. I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in a couple of weeks.

 

Grant Clitsome has been recalled by the Blue Jackets. Any time Clitsome does something, I feel I need to comment on it. So Clitsome has been recalled. The 24-year-old had two points the last time he was up, but he’s a 25-point guy at best. So Clitsome is back in the NHL. If they dub Antero Niittymaki as “Nitty” in the dressing room, what’s Clitsome’s nickname?

 

Sigh. Sometimes I wish I was seven again.

 

Vancouver signed college free agent Aaron Volpatti to an entry-level deal. He strikes me as a lesser Alex Burrows in that he would provide you with PIMs, but could produce points if he clicks somewhere in the top six. He is less likely to ever get into an NHL top six, however. For now he will play for Manitoba of the AHL.

 

Kevin Porter has played six games for the Avs now, but is still looking for his first point for them.

 

I’m still shaking my head at the TSN experts for spending so long discussing the merits of Jeff Halpern, but not giving Teddy Purcell any play when the two were swapped on deadline day. Halpern is pointless in eight as a King, while Purcell has six points in