March 04, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-03-04

The DobberBaseball Fantasy Guide is out now and fully updated

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Some early afternoon news – Bobby Butler, who was placed on waivers on the weekend, has been claimed by Nashville. I think he’ll do very well there, similar to how Barry Trotz turned things around for Sergei Kostitsyn. That being said, “very well” in Nashville means “a 50-point player”, so say goodbye to any upside.

Benoit Pouliot “will not play this week” due to injury. Once again, he starts rolling and then an injury stops all momentum.

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Jose Theodore will not have surgery, and so he will be back by mid-April. As for Cam Ward – late April. So now is the time for scooping up Markstrom and Ellis, if you haven’t already.

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Evgeni Malkin was back in practice Sunday and my hunch is that he won’t miss anymore than another game or two. Perhaps zero.

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Jose Theodore is probably out for the season. He left Saturday’s contest with what turned out to be a torn groin. Scott Clemmensen started yesterday and got the loss, while Jacob Markstrom waited for his equipment to arrive. But frankly, I think Markstrom will be starting 15 of the remaining 25 or so games that are left – assuming Theodore is done.

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Martin Brodeur (back injury) will not play Tuesday, per Tom Gulitti, but he’s eligible to come off the IR.

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Cam Ward left Sunday’s contest after colliding with Justin Faulk. He got the win, but Dan Ellis finished the game and it’s unclear if Ward will miss any further time.

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Joni Pitkanen returned Saturday, but left early and was not in the lineup Sunday. It hasn’t been announced whether his LBI is related to the one that kept him out for three weeks… but logic would dictate that it is.

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Dmitry Kulikov has been placed on the IR with a UBI, but it was his wrist (it looked like).

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Rick Nash has returned to action and has posted two points in each of the two games since he’s been back. In fact, the last six games that he’s played ha has posted points. I get the sense