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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

For Those of Us With Lives: Your Weekly NHL Up-To-Speed (11-3-10 to 11-10-10)

The News
Yeah, Boogaard scored.  We know now.  It was a long time coming.

Crosby fought, and won, against Matt Niskanen.  I'm not his biggest fan, but I'll give the guy props to picking his opponents wisely.  Of his five fights, all five opponents (Niskanen, Marek Zidlicky, Brett McLean, Keith Ballard, Andrew Ference)  were nearly the exact same size as him.  If your star player is going to get into a fight, that's what you want him doing.

GM's held their annual meeting where they shoot down ideas.  They farted around with the All-Star Game, which is fine though it still will suck far more than the skills competition.  They agreed that headshots were being handled correctly, which is fine also because I don't feel like talking about them anymore.  I'll just assume they don't exist, like smallpox.  They decided Dave Tallon is a dope and coach's challenges are clown shoes, so that gained no traction whatsoever.  Also means GM's just gave up the right to whine about calls that were "missed."

Can I call shenanigans?  Because I think Brian Burke is trying to mess with my Maple Leafs prediction.  Toronto is sinking faster than Marty Brodeur's floorboards.

Loui Eriksson embarrasses Brent Johnson...don't hurt 'im, Lou!  Oh yeah, the Crosby fight's tacked on the end:

How 'bout Ze Monster with ze monstrous save:

You know I'm putting this one up, because it cost $1.625 million:

This is the player Cal Clutterbuck needs to be:

And, let me tell you, this isn't hockey-related, but look at Andy Reid looking like a 15-year old Cuban Little Leaguer at a 1971 Punt, Pass, and Kick:

Self-Important Thoughts Section
- There's something to be said when a 1st rounder, instead of tanking horribly and chasing himself out of the league, finds a different way to be an effective player.  Props to Manny Malhotra for his great start this year.

- Steven Stamkos was working out with Gary Roberts over the summer, which explains why he's stellar this year (what's your excuse, Del Zotto?).  Highlight?  Apparently, when Gary gets mad, Stamkos calls him "Scary Gary."

- In case you all didn't know, I've been posting like mad at Behind the Net, bam, bam, bam, and blammo, so you can see why I've only been a once-a-weeker around here.

- In case you feel that sufficient props haven't been given this week, mad props to Jake Plummer for finding a career path that didn't involve interceptions and pissed-off fans.  You should probably be Ryan Leaf's life coach.

- Oh, and if you haven't seen the joke yet, go to Google Maps, type in "japan to china," and look at step 43.

Tweets of the Week
"Khabibulin is as good as there is in the league right now, and that includes Thomas, Halak."
- Damien Cox (@DamoSpin)  Note: Wow, why do you have your own NHL blog...

"How is it in 2010 they don't have edible stickers on apples? We can eat underwear, for god's sake."
- Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy (@wyshynski)

"Playing the settlers of catan with a few of the boys.  This syvret guy, what a strategist!"
- Bobby Ryan (@b_ryan9)

Fantasy Time (Yahoo standard scoring)
Note:  This section has gotten a little labor-intensive, so I'm switching it now to one player at each position (and under 50% owned) that has played well the past week and deserves interest.

Brian Elliott - 3 GP, 3 W, 1.67 GAA, 94.4 SV%, 0 SHO --- 47% owned
- Why should you doubt that Elliott can develop into a good goaltender?  The critics were quick to hit him last year, despite it being his first season being truly leaned on.  I'm not scared of Lehner (yet), and I'm definitely not scared of Leclaire.  This Ottawa team is playing very well, so Elliott should be considered a viable option.

Left Wing
Viktor Stalberg - 3 GP, 1 G, 3 A, +2, 4 PIM, 1 PPP, 9 SOG --- 5% owned
- He's on the top line with Kane and Toews, and it wasn't long ago that the Leafs were ga-ga over this guy's potential.  He's got the situation to go for a run.

Right Wing
Michael Frolik - 3 GP, 2 G, 2 A, +4, 0 PIM, 0 PPP, 17 SOG --- 8% owned
- The Panthers offense came out flat as a pancake this year, but they've picked up the mo' lately and regardless of their final record their top line will produce.  Frolik has two years under his belt of 20 or more goals, is taking a ton of shots, and has the 1st-round pedigree; there are good reasons to think he could have a solid year at a thin position.

Cal O'Reilly - 3 GP, 1 G, 3 A, +2, 0 PIM, 1 PPP, 4 SOG --- 4% owned
- I've seen other fantasy "experts" say that O'Reilly is a mirage, or that he'll only give you assists, but at this point in the year, if you need a center, you aren't going to find people who are going to knock your socks off. That being said, O'Reilly is on the best line in Nashville, he will help you in assists, plus-minus, PPP, and he won't kill you in goals.  He's played at a higher than point-per-game pace in the AHL, and he can do it at this level; that's about as good as you can get off the waiver wire in the center position.

Cody Franson - 3 GP, 1 G, 1 A, +2, 2 PIM, 0 PPP, 6 SOG --- 9% owned
- This one's only if you're desperate, because I was tempted to say there weren't any defensemen worth adding at under 50 percent ownership.  Franson's points came in one game, and he doesn't have much for PP production just yet, but he's getting some PP time, he was a bit of a sleeper coming into the season, and he has 7 points over 13 games.  You could do worse.

I'm going to take a powder (which doesn't mean what you might think it means).  Don't forget to buy long johns this year.


  1. Crosby fought? Crosby played tug-of-war with Niskanen. Ultimate fail on both for not removing the visored helmets.

  2. I agree on the fail for the visored helmets; I was always taught that if you're going to fight, you take off the helmets. But if the Mike Green-Ilya Kovalchuk thing was called a fight, this one has to be.


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