Back from a fun weekend of drafting (two drafts – both keeper leagues). A little tired, getting caught back up on the world of hockey – will update the Fantasy Guide later today with Saturday and Sunday news, notes and cuts.
More cuts – from Dallas, Los Angeles and Montreal.
The Habs have signed Chris Campoli to a one-year deal. I don’t think he’ll ever get back up to 30 points again, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues only. However, it speaks volumes with regards to Andrei Markov, who had problems with his wonky knee crop back up. Markov owners should be concerned.
Calgary cuts: Carter Banks, Chris Breen, TJ Brodie, Leland Irving, Stefan Meyer, Brendan Mikkelson, Greg Nemisz, Joni Ortio, Gaelan Patterson, Joe Piskula, Ben Walter, Clay Wilson, Sven Baertschi and Max Reinhart.
Now we have it – Nick Bonino, Mat Clark, Nicolas Deschamps, Peter Holland, Kyle Palmieri, Dan Sexton and Sean Zimmerman have all been cut by the Ducks. Sexton was surprising. Palmieri a little surprising as well.
Scott Clemmensen underwent knee surgery. Out for up to six weeks. I was actually informed of this via my Goalie Post account several hours ago. The news that hits your inbox on whatever goalies you need to know about for your team (I selected "all", but you don't have to) is precisely what will separate your team from your competition. Imagine this news on game day at 6:30 after you've already set your lineup? Anyway, this news also comes with advice/reaction from Goalie experts Justin Goldman and Jeff Hillen (and myself). So we'll see a bit of Markstrom early on in the season. If he wins hockey games, can they send him back down? Still the best goalie prospect in hockey IMO. The Panthers will probably keep up another goaltender to be the backup, but when they want to start somebody, trust me on this, they will call up Markstrom for that start. But he will (probably) go to the AHL to log lots of playing time.
Some cuts today:
BUF – Marcus Foligno, Zack Kassian, Jonathan Parker, Michael Ryan, Colin Stuart, Corey Tropp, Phil Varone, Derek Whitmore, TJ Brennan, Joe Finley, Brayden McNabb, Dennis Persson, Drew Schiestel and Drew MacIntyre
CHI – Kyle Beach, Jimmy Hayes, Brian Connelly, Joe Lavin, Brandon Segal, Cristobal Huet (loaned to Swiss)
COL – Cameron Gaunce, Jonas Holos, Ryan Stoa
EDM – Olivier Roy, Chris Vandevelde, Philippe Cornet, Tanner House, Alex Plante, Milan Kytnar, Curtis Hamilton, Ryan Martndale, Tyler Pitlick
SJ – Thomas Heemskerk, Brandon Mashinter, Nick Petrecki, Tyson Sexsmith
Kyle Palmieri has tweeted that he has been cut, but the Ducks have yet to confirm.
Val Filppula's debut on the wing with Zetterberg paid off – three points for him. Injuries hurt his 'sleeper' projection each of the last two years. Injuries may hurt his sleeper status again this year. But if he's healthy, I wouldn't be knocked out of my chair in shock if he flirts with 60 points. I know Angus said on Saturday that he's had enough of Filppula as a sleeper and that is probably a smart idea, given his fragility. But if healthy, you never know.
Colorado winger Brandon Yip will miss four to six weeks with a broken arm. And now there is more room for Mark Olver and/or Ryan Stoa and/or Joakim Lindstrom…
The Canucks have released – Niko Dimitrakos and Owen Nolan.
Brad Boyes gets nothing for his hit to Joe Colborne's head. Well, technically he gets suspended for two preseason games, but I don't count or consider that and neither should anyone else. And again – Jody Shelley got five games, not 10. Preseason games are games in which the player would miss half of them anyway. I agree with both calls, I love both calls – I love even more what Shanahan is doing with the video. I just don’t like media and fans calling them 10-game suspensions or two-game suspensions. They aren’t. They’re five games and zer