Goldie: Garon starts in MTL on Tuesday. Good move. Also, I don’t mind criticism of my articles, but remember that you can find statistical analysis of goalies anywhere. Here, you will actually learn about the position.
The Post-Gazette reports that Jordan Staal left practice 30 minutes in today because he broke his hand. What a terrible blow for Staal, who was looking forward to making his season debut Wednesday for the Penguins. He will be out for about six weeks, according to several sources, so now we’re looking at mid-December. Instead of getting in 70 games this year, it will be more like 50. So 35 points would be a stretch. On the plus side, this news helps owners of Mark Letestu and Mike Comrie. I don’t own either in any of my league. But I do own Staal in two leagues. The problem for me is, my competitors don’t believe that he is more than a 55-point player in Pittsburgh, whereas I staunchly believe that without these injuries he was in line for 65 to 70 points. So I can’t move him for the little return I am being offered. I’m stuck. But it’s not the first time (and it won’t be the last).
Goldie: Ozzie hurt his groin in practice today, so Joey MacDonald could see some action. JDD was waived and I’m not happy – he didn’t even get a single start. Read today’s School of Block, then check out this tweet by Weekes about Neuvirth. And this one too. Today’s fantasy mailbag is found here.
Danny Briere has been suspended for three games for the below hack. Look for Zherdev to draw back into the lineup. This team has more than enough depth to compensate, in fact the added ice time should even get some of these guys rolling.
Alex Burrows will come off the long-term IR tomorrow. If he’s not playing with the twins immediately, it probably isn’t far off. Get him in your lineup.
James Wisniewski leads the Islanders in scoring with 11 points in just nine games. Obviously, especially with Streit out, he has found his home on the Island. Equally obvious – he won’t keep up that pace. However, I think he can keep up a 60-points pace, though that would require his staying healthy – which never happens. Don’t expect more than 65 games, but perhaps as many as 50 points.
Luca Caputi played on a line with Phil Kessel and Tyler Bozak Saturday. The team will keep that line intact, if Sunday’s practice is any indication. That bodes well for Caputi, but he needs to take advantage with some points.
Drayson Bowman and Zach Dalpe have been sent down to the AHL by the Hurricanes. The team recalled Jon Matsumoto, who is an underrated player that reminds me of Patrick Sharp or Chad Larose in terms of being able to produce a little more than you would expect. He’s certainly more NHL ready than Bowman and Dalpe. I think those two kids will be full-timers next season and make more of an impact at that time.
So does Lindy Ruff remain head coach of Buffalo for another 10 years? Obviously a great coach, but I’m just wondering what a change in atmosphere or strategy would do for this team.
Phoenix has returned Andrew Ebbett to t