Fantasy Guide and Draft List were updated as Sunday. iPhone draft app too. Next update is tomorrow…and there will then be one final one on Friday. Also, regarding the occasional person who has problems with a "corrupt file" – it's not. It's your browser, the file is fine. Some versions of Firefox struggle opening some versions of Adobe, or so I've learned over the past month.
Another mystery solved – Mathieu Perreault has made the Caps. The team has cut Orlov, Eakin and Sjogren. The battle between Perreault, Eakin, Sjogren and Bourque (cut earlier) was a fierce one, but by many accounts MP was the best player in camp and made it impossible to be cut. If he can ever maintain consistency I honestly believe he could work his way up to the second line. He won’t get many opportunities to do that – but he has the will and ability to force the issue.
Mikael Backlund is reportedly out for the next 2-6 weeks with a broken finger. Shall we see Paul Byron back up?
In a jam? Struggling with a decision? Need some insight? I’ve got your back – fire some questions at me here and I’ll answer all I can throughout the day!
Sean Avery has reportedly been placed on waivers. His status as an NHL player for this year is very much in jeopardy, although I would like to think that another team will take him. His act has been toned down dramatically over the last year and the Rangers won more games with him than without him – and that’s the bottom line.
My Awards/other stuff predictions over on Puck Daddy can be found here.
My column for Puck Daddy from yesterday – here.
My column in today's Hockey News explores what fantasy owners should do with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Not to mention, what Oilers' brass should do. I think that if he gets seven points in nine games, they have to keep him. If he gets six points…then they could send him to junior without any backlash. What is your line? You do have a line, no matter how hardcore your feelings are that he should stay or how adamant you are that he should be sent down – you have a line. What is it? One point in nine games and he stays? Twelve points in nine games?
Nino Niederreiter was put on injured reserve, and so will be out for at least another seven days.
As I was musing on Twitter, I'm disappointed that the Blackhawks went with Emery over Salak. Not that I don't want Emery in the NHL – I do. In fact, I think he can be a solid starter somewhere. And therein lies the problem. When a goalie has not established himself as the No.1 goaltender on the team for two years, then I feel that bringing in someone who has the ability to take his job is a mistake. It nearly ruined Carey Price. It DID ruin Steve Mason. It just plays with their psyche – goalies are fragile. Remember Jim Carey? And do you remember Olaf Kolzig? Same thing there. Is Crawford fragile, or is he – to borrow a Goldman term – "mentally tough"? I'll tell ya this much – Emery is mentally tough. If you have room, and unlimited transactions, stick Emery on your bench until December. If he steals the job – which, despite my rambling, is still very unlikely don't get me wrong – it will happen in December.
I'm not as anti-Pierre Mcguire as some of you are, but this made me laugh so I thought you'd get a kick out of it: