Archive for the ‘Fantasy Hockey’ Category

Calgary Flames v Vancouver Canucks

Wednesday night will go down has one of the craziest nights in recent memory when it comes to a player being traded to one team only to find out hours later that another team did in fact acquire the player in question.

Enter, the Jarome Iginla saga, where everyone in the hockey world had him going to the Boston Bruins, only to wake up on both coasts Thursday to find out he’s a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Florida Panthers v Philadelphia Flyers

With just a few weeks left until playoffs in most fantasy pools, the time has come when you must decide your planning process for keepers for next season. With many league commissioners allowing up to eight keepers per team, making the final decision on player seven and player eight can get pretty tough. Deciding on keeping a rookie from this year’s crop may not be such a bad idea if you happen to have one of the players I’ve listed below. One thing that has come out of the shortened season so far is the fact that their are plenty of impressive looking kids playing in the National Hockey League, the question in fantasy though is, do you own any of them?

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Colorado Avalanche v Anaheim Ducks

The Colorado Avalanche are currently dead last in the Western Conference standings, but incredibly just six points behind the San Jose Sharks for the eighth and final playoff spot. The team has just three wins this month, and to make matters worse, their highest paid player on the team, Paul Stastny, has no goals in his last six games, recording a minus six rating over that period with just one assist.

Stastny, who was involved in the rumour mill at last year’s trade deadline, is a tough piece to move these days due to his salary, and more importantly, his cap hit for next season. He will earn $6.6 million in 2013-14, the same salary he will bring in this season, making one wonder if the Avalanche are even considering using one of their amnesty buyouts on him this summer.

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Winnipeg Jets v Toronto Maple Leafs

The NHL trade deadline is still less than three weeks from now, but when it comes to your fantasy league, your deadline may be approaching very soon.

In most Yahoo leagues, the last possible date to trade a player was set for March 21st. That was until they made a late change to their deadline late last week, adding March 28th, April 4th and April 11th under the league settings in the commish tools. These added dates are important, as many of the head-to-head league playoffs begin in week 23, which runs from April 8th – April 14th. Many owners like the idea of setting a deadline on or after the same day as the real NHL deadline, giving managers the opportunity to assess the value of players dealt to another team. If the Flames decide to deal Jarome Iginla to the Bruins for example, his trade value in your pool probably goes up quite a bit.

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Tampa Bay Lightning v New Jersey Devils

The last thing the Tampa Bay Lightning needed these days was an injury to one of their star forwards. The Lightning are currently in 12th place in Eastern Conference, five points behind the Rangers for the eighth and final playoff spot, and eight points behind the Hurricanes for the Southeast division crown.

New today that captain Vincent Lecavalier will be out indefinitely with a possible knee injury is obviously not the news the team needed to here, and more importantly, not what owners of the former 1st round pick in 1998 draft needed at this point in the fantasy season.

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Columbus Blue Jackets v Anaheim Ducks

When the Columbus Blue Jackets acquired goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from the Philadelphia Flyers for multiple draft picks in June of last year, it was clear they were getting a solid backup that would split time with Steve Mason throughout the season. What they didn’t know, is they may, and I repeat, may, have found themselves a true number one goalie in return for those picks,

While the struggles of Ilya Bryzgalov continue in Philadelphia, Bobrovsky has put together a very impressive seven game stretch, that came with his first career shutout Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings. Over his past seven starts, Bobrovsky has gone 5-1-1. What’s more impressive is in his last 230:43 played, he has a 0.52 GAA and .981 save percentage. In fantasy, he’s owned in 38 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 32.2 percent of ESPN Leagues.

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Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks

Everything these days is going right for the Chicago Blackhawks. The team has earned at least one point in their first 24 games, an NHL record, and on top of that, have won a team record 11 straight. Every night it seems as if a different player steps it up, with last night’s heroics belonging to Daniel Carcillo, but for the first time all year, injuries will play a role over the next few weeks.

Before the game, the Blackhawks announced forward Marian Hossa would be out with an upper-body injury, and during the game, they lost Andrew Shaw and Patrick Sharp to injuries. The Blackhawks have not released details on the extent of Sharp’s injury, but we did have an update from Yahoo! Sports Thursday morning, which won’t sit well with Sharp owners.

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