March 25, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-03-25

The DobberBaseball Fantasy Guide is fully updated through Sunday

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Some more morning notes:

This Ilya Kovalchuk shoulder injury (2-4 weeks) is perfect for Matt D’Agostini. I think he’s worth picking up now, as all he needed was one spot to open up in that top six. Now he’s got it.

Bruce Garrioch reports that Craig Anderson stuck around after practice for some extra shots. Next game?

Rumors a-flying that the Maple Leafs have recalled Jesse Blacker, who has yet to make his NHL debut.

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One thing I forgot to mention, but meant to, with regards to the Dvorak signing, is the risk of Emerson Etem being sent back down.

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Finally – Michael Frolik  will get a trial on the first line. I’ve never seen a coach take two years to try a skilled player on the top line before. Situation definitely bears watching, if Frolik can remember how to play that kind of game.

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My first concern with the firing of Guy Boucher was for the youngsters. Players who aren’t established in their NHL roles tend to be the most affected by events – injuries, line changes, coaching changes, trades, etc. It’s especially worrisome if they are doing well. So to me, I’m watching Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson and Cory Conacher… and to a lesser extent Ondrej Palat. But for now, the interim coach is rolling with the same game plan, looking at the ice time. Killorn was up over 19 minutes, Conacher and Johnson were up over 14 and Palat was around 13. So far so good. Conacher scored Sunday, too.

And as a sidebar, Boucher obviously loved the offense this year so it behooves fantasy owners to see him successful. He wasn’t, so that’s a blow to offensive NHL styles. With the talent that the team has on the way, I hope the next coach lets loose.

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Tobias Enstrom returned for the Jets Sunday and scored. He scored and played 23:40. And despite his return, Grant Clitsome still played 25:22. I had actually dropped him before the game, assuming that his production was toast now. He didn’t get any points, so I could still be right on that one.

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The Penguins have won, what, 11 games in a row? No need to rush Evgeni Malkin back. He’s saying outright that he’ll return when he’s 100% and not a moment sooner. The team keeps winning, so he’s in no rush. If he owned himself in a fantasy league…then maybe he’d rush ;)

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Cedrick Desjardins has lost all three games he’s played this year. He hasn’t been lights out, but he hasn’t been horrible either. With the Lindback injury, Desjardins will get plenty of chances. But he blows it too badly, the Lightning may look to Riku Helenius. He may be worth an early bid in some leagues.

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What I love about PA Parenteau – he doesn’t get hurt (knock on wood). Two-and-a-half seasons, three games missed. And I believe one of them was a healthy scratch. With 31 points in 31 games, he’ll be one of those “Andrew Brunette” types, but better. The guy you can count on for five or six years, never getting hu