September 13, 2013

steve laidlaw

2013-09-13

 

The Fantasy Guide and Draft list were both updated yesterday. Pick it up here.

 

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So I guess Dan Cleary will be back with the Red Wings after all. Cleary signed a one-year deal worth $1.75 million on Thursday. This further crowds things for the likes of Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar.

 

Now, some of the Red Wings' older forwards like Cleary, Mikael Samuelsson, Todd Bertuzzi and Patrick Eaves are likely to miss time with injuries and be ineffective otherwise so not all is lost for Nyquist/Tatar owners but it is still problematic for those of us who want to see the future of the Red Wings today.

 

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It didn't take the Carolina Hurricanes much time to find a replacement for the injured Joni Pitkanen, signing veteran defenseman Ron Hainsey to a one-year deal on Thursday.

 

Hainsey doesn't have a ton of upside, though he has three 30-point seasons in his past. His impact will come more from being a roadblock to the NHL for youngsters Danny Biega and Ryan Murphy who I mentioned yesterday.

 

An optimist would also point out that Hainsey could help push Mike Komisarek out of the regular lineup which would be a huge boost for Hurricanes netminder Cam Ward.

 
 

 

 

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Please ignore the reports that the Canadiens may be looking to sign Simon Gagne. I am not saying that the Canadiens aren't interested. What I'm saying is that YOU shouldn't be. For some reason the Canadiens are looking to pick up the Flyers' washed up former stars, as though somehow that is a viable strategy.

 

I can understand the Daniel Briere signing – at least he might have something left to offer – but Gagne hasn't done anything three years and is such a Band-Aid Boy you cannot possibly consider him an everyday player.

 

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Some interesting line pairings early in Ducks camp.

 

 

 

 

Dustin Penner is never a reliable option but he could be a streaky option whenever he gets time on the Ducks top line.

 

Apparently Jakob Silfverberg was the third man on the Bonino-Selanne line, which would make for a really intriguing second unit. Nick Bonino and Silfverberg are youngsters with breakout potential. For that line to be truly successful Teemu Selanne will have to have a bounce back season because he looked old last year.

 

No word on power play time, which should really be the only thing we concern ourselves about in Anaheim. We know Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf will be on the top power play unit. Those other three spots are up for grabs and it is anyone's guess who will win them.

 

Selanne lost his spot on that top unit by the end of last season. He could be right back in there with yet another renaissance but otherwise there are several youngsters chomping at the bit including Silfverberg, Bonino, Emerson Etem, Kyle Palmieri, Peter Holland, Matt Beleskey and others.

 

At least one power play spot will go to a defenseman but that is up in the air with Sheldon Souray out for at least the first half of the season. Francois Beauchemin is recovering from an ACL tear but should be ready for the start of the season and is coming off of his best pro season (on a per-game basis). Cam Fowler is in the midst of a precipitous fall from grace but still has plenty of upside. Sami Vatanen looms as a real sleeper, though he may not even make the final roster.

 

Keep an eye on the Ducks this fall as they definitely are a team with a lot still up in the air.

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