January 25, 2011

Dobber Sports

2011-01-25

 

Watch for it – at 2:30 pm ET: Dobber Nation

 

Still getting the details needed to post the story for the Dobber Nation show, but that shouldn’t stop you from listening to it. You can download it here.

 

No surprise here, but Marc Savard has been diagnosed with a concussion. Extremely worrisome, in my books (and Marc’s books too, I’m sure).

 

The Coyotes have sent Brett MacLean back down and recalled Andrew Ebbett.

 

Andy McDonald is a game or three away from returning. He is back practicing and working hard to get back.

 

Tobias Enstrom will be out until around February 10 with a fractured finger.

 

The Sharks recalled sensational minor league netminder Alex Stalock. If he gets into a game, I’m dying to see how it goes. Potential dark horse for next year.

 

JP Dumont is out with a neck injury. This will cause even more reliance on the likes of Wilson, Kostitsyn and Hornqvist for the Preds.

 

Amazingly, the Ducks are 8-3 without Getzlaf this year.

 

I’m starting to think that hockey fans/bloggers are the biggest whiners. First it’s the Guardian Project, an initiative that targets 8-14 year olds via cool characters and online gaming. It’s funny to see a forty-something blogger insult something that is not meant to impress their age group, or a twenty-something fan insult the idea that comic books are out of style – when it’s not about comic books, it’s about online gaming and social media. But I digress. Now I see whining about Clay Aitkin singing at the All-Star game. I agree it’s not my first choice, but then I look at the big picture – one of the main stumbling blocks to allowing a man to watch this game is the wife. She’ll want to go out and do something as a family, or watch something else on TV. But throw Clay Aitken on as the anthem singer, and suddenly you up your chances of her wanting to tune in for at least the start. If just one wife lets her hubby or young son put the game on because of this, then score it a win. Now stop picking apart every decision the NHL makes! What a bunch of clowns…

 

Atlanta prospect Spencer Machacek is really impressing me, with 24 points in his last 21 AHL games. They’ll make room for him next year. Future second liner.

 

Evgeni Grachev played just nine minutes for the Rangers last night. But he had seven points in his last four AHL games, starting to turn things around in that league. Too little too late for me, as I moved him for a late draft pick back in January to make room for drafting Sergei Kostitsyn in the midseason draft.

 

I don’t expect Sidney Crosby to be out for too much longer – perhaps another 10 days to two weeks. But they are clearly being very careful with him and there is no need to rush him back since the team isn’t going into the tank. What this is doing, however, is bringing some winning fantasy teams back towards the rest of the pack. With nine games already missed, that’s a good 15 points that Crosby owners haven’t received. And while, as a Crosby owner in one league, I’m not overly concerned, I would immediately become quite concerned if he came back and promptly sustained another concussion. So take all the time you need, Sid.

 

Malkin is also sitting out and resting his leg as well as a sinus infection (which is brutal – trust me). Missing the ASG will do wonders for him – a full two