January 21, 2012

Jeff Angus

2012-01-21

 

The Ducks re-signed defenseman Francois Beauchemin – three years and $3.5 million per. Great cap hit for their best defenseman (this season, at least).

 

The next DobberNation will discuss the midseason fantasy award winners (and losers) – weigh in with your thoughts here.

 

What concussion? Two points and almost 30 minutes of ice time for Kris Letang. W-o-w.

 

Dobber’s Midseason Guide was released January 6 and then an addendum was added Friday the 13th, get it here.  Prospects, second-half projections, the trading block – and so much more.

 

Dustin Jeffrey had a great game – two goals, an assist, and four shots on goal. He centered the second line. Was the best player on the ice for either team. Huge opportunity for him right now with Staal/Crosby out. Pittsburgh would love him to take control of the second line vacancy.

 

Montreal's ice time for centers (game went to OT): 24 for Plekanec, 19 for Desharnais, 15 for Gomez, 10 for Eller. Desharnais is playing really, really well right now. I wouldn't sell high on him – I think he's for real. A bit of a risk with his size (I hate saying that, but its true), but he's a really solid player who understands his skills and limitations.

 

Erik Cole has five points in his last five games (although those points came in only two of the games). He's been a really good signing to date, and has been Montreal's best skater on many nights.

 

Minor trade – Ponikarovsky to the Devils. He'll fill a spot in the bottom six, and could move into the top six with an injury. Tedenby is likely to get sent down. I'll expand my thoughts on this later today.

 

Cam Ward with the shut out last night. Figures, as he's on the bench this week. With Halakamania running wild once again, I think it's time to swap Elliott out and put Ward back in.

 

Two goals for the streaky Jussi Jokinen last night.

 

Jeff Skinner had no points but didn't show any signs of being affected by the Orpik hit from earlier in the week. He was dangling all game long.

 

Jay Harrison is on pace for 15 goals and over 40 points. Another assist last night – glad I scooped him off the wire a few weeks ago. Harrison hasn't had over 30 points in any hockey season since back in the OHL in 2001-02.

 

Harrison already has more goals this season (seven) than he had in his previous 142 games as a Hurricane (six).

 

Eric Staal – 11 points in his last eight games…

 

Curtis Glencross is out for six weeks with a knee injury. Huge blow, as he was a big part of the top line with Jokinen and Iginla. Does Cammalleri slide in there?

 

Brendan Morrison and Alex Tanguay both should be back soon. Likely that Tanguay takes the top LW spot, leaving Cammalleri to stay on the second offensive line.

 

Something has to give in Phoenix eventually – Yandle, Ekman-Larsson, Rundblad, Gormley, Summers, Schlemko, etc. Having a deep prospect pool is great, but at some point these guys need to play. The Coyotes will likely move one or two of them for a forward… Rundblad was a great value acquisition in terms of his upside and the quality of prospect he is, but he is a redundant player with the young studs ahead of him on the depth chart.

 

Dustin Byfuglien is skating again. No word on a return, though.

 

Ottawa has called up Da Costa from the AHL. He has 19