Ramblings: On Duchene, Carter, Schmaltz and more. (Feb 22)

steve laidlaw



I don’t know if this is a hype job, but Bob McKenzie writes that it’s roughly a 50/50 chance that Erik Karlsson is traded by Monday. As much as the rumours have been out there for weeks, it’s still mind-rattling to consider. I never would have guessed that the odds were this high. When was a player this good traded mid-season? Ilya Kovalchuk? Joe Thornton?

You have to feel bad for Matt Duchene, even if he was complicit in getting traded out of Colorado. At least he is producing again. Check out this snipe:


That gives him 22 points in his last 21 games, yet he’s unowned in half of all Yahoo leagues. Insane!


The Nick Schmaltz rollercoaster has hit another low. Just one point in the last eight games, and he was dropped from Patrick Kane’s line. He is still on pace for 53 points, which is awesome in a lot of leagues, but in shallower formats it’s time to shuffle him back to the waiver wire for hotter options.


Back-to-back shutouts for the surging Ducks. Ryan Miller finished off the one against Vegas on Monday and then brushed aside all 41 shots the Stars threw at him last night. He’s been shakier in the second half, but these timely performances are keeping the Ducks in the race. Always consider Miller a spot-start option.


Dougie Hamilton is now up to 20 points in the last 22 games, elevating his pace to 48 points. As I’ve been harping on for a while, Hamilton is a legendary second-half performer. He’s getting to 50 points. I’ve got offers out for him in the two leagues where I can still make trades, but I’m afraid it’s too late.


Another game sat out with illness for James Neal marking two in a row. Meanwhile, Shea Theodore missed his fourth straight and was placed on IR retroactive to the 15th<