December 11, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-12-11

 

The Sturm-to-LA trade is finally official. Anze Kopitar must be jumping for joy (sarcasm).

 

Sturm is not an upgrade over anything on LA’s roster – another overpaid veteran winger. The cost is low (future considerations), so I guess Dean Lombardi views the move as a low-risk, high-reward one.

 

If you are drafting goalies in a keeper league today, where do you take Jimmy Howard? He has quietly stepped into the "elite" conversation (from a fantasy perspective, at least).

 

I was never a huge Howard fan – I thought the Wings had left him to rot in the AHL, but I have been proven wrong in a big way. He is a great fit for that team – mentally tough, able to keep focused without facing a lot of shots.

 

He is also able to keep Detroit in games, as his 18 saves in the third period last night attest to.

 

The surprising Milan Hejduk left the game with a groin injury last night. No word on severity yet.

 

Jeremy Morin will be back with Chicago for the game tonight. The beauty of the salary cap – expect him to get the Couture/McGinn treatment from last season (a lot of call-ups/demotions to avoid paying his NHL salary).

 

Stafford and Connolly are both out for the Sabres tonight.

 

Boston's current third line is Seguin-Savard-Ryder. That's quality depth right there.

 

Lubo Visnovsky is on pace for 10 goals and 59 points – right were I expect him to end up.

 

Tom Gilbert has eight points in his past 10 games. The buy low window is closing very, very fast. I snatched him off the wire in two of my leagues last week. Gilbert is too good (offensively, at least) to not produce with the situation he is in.

 

Brent Lemon's Puck Daddy column from Friday is here.

 

Pittsburgh has recalled Dustin Jeffrey – as Dobber tweeted last night, this is long overdue.

 

Eric Tangradi had a hat trick on Wednesday night for the Baby Pens. This slipped by my radar yesterday.

 

Mike Komisarek is out for a week with a finger injury. The highlight of his season has been a turnover to Mike Cammalleri, so I doubt the Leafs will miss him.

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In all seriousness, Komisarek hasn't been a great fit in Toronto. They have depth on defense, but so many like-minded players (to a degree, Komisarek, Phaneuf, Beauchemin, and Schenn all play the same game).

 

Vancouver Giant defenseman David Musil may miss the upcoming World Juniors because of an injury. He is slated to go in the top 10/15 in the 2011 Entry Draft.

 

Musil's offensive upside is a bit of a question mark – he is more of a steady, two way defenseman. However, his raw skill set is pretty unique (he is still growing at 6'6" and very mobile).

 

The Oilers have no choice but to play Sam Gagner on their top line with Horcoff out. A good read on the situation here.