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Fantasy Phase 2: Snagging the Up & Comers

Blog: KK Hockey By Hippy Dave

This is my favorite time of the fantasy season, when we get to eagerly watch the wire and see who boils up to the top, itching to snatch up that next great unheralded player before the next guy does.  How soon you pull the trigger can make a big difference in how effective your strategy is; it’s important to wait a few games on a guy you might suspect is a good value to see if it isn’t just a fluke.  Also, it’s critical to make sure you don’t drop someone off your roster to make room that even though may be starting slow will ultimately outperform whoever you replace them with.

Juggle the stats, see who’s on the powerplay that wasn’t before, take a look at the line combinations (Yahoo’s team review articles are great for this) and see who’s on the top lines, and watch a game or two of a player you’re interested before you grab them.  Below are a few guys who didn’t get drafted in my league that are getting picked off the wire as we speak.

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Early Season Top Goalie

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to watch the NHL awards as the season progresses.  I like to pick candidates for the awards as they emerge early in the season and monitor those choices as the season progresses, in part to see how far into the season it is before the eventual winner emerges.  Today, there is a leader for the Vezina Trophy as best goalie.  It is Ilya Bryzgalov of the Phoenix Coyotes.  Bryzgalov has been the bright spot on the Phoenix Coyotes.  Phoenix has a 5-2 record which gives them the Pacific Division lead.  This is despite a lacklustre offence that has only scored 2.43 goals per game (tying them with Tampa Bay for 20th in the league).  Their success is largely due to goaltending.  The Phoenix team has allowed a league leading 1.43 goals per game.  Bryzgalov is the man who is primarily responsible for that.  He has played in six of the seven games and has a .953 saves percentage and a 1.14 GAA.  These are tremendous numbers that are unsustainable over the season.  However, a very good season from Bryzgalov (as we have seen so far) could make Phoenix a contender.  He is the primary reason that the team has a good record so far and for that is the early Vezina Trophy leader.

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Avalanche May Have A Dilemma On Their Hands

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The news last week that Quebec City Mayor Regis Lebeaume has commissioned a feasibility study as the first step toward building a new arena caught my attention. I’m both rooting for it to become reality and for the NHL to return to Quebec City.

All the talk seems to concede that, a la the Cleveland Browns, the new franchise would revive the Nordiques nickname. The only reason that would be significant here is that the Avalanche recognizes the franchise’s seasons in Quebec in its records, while not its retired numbers. So if the Nordiques name is revived, the Avalanche would have to decide whether to “return” those franchise records to Quebec too.

more on the Avalanche and their surprising start…

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Sheldon Souray Hits The Gossip Pages

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Various U.S. publications and social media are reporting that Souray’s ex Anjelica Bridges, “the Cougar of the Year,” is alleging that Souray tricked her out of millions and now is allegedly “threatening” to keep their children in Canada against her will.

read all about it from David Staples at The Cult Of Hockey.

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  Tags: anjelica+bridges, sheldon+souray

Another Bad Night For Huet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

On a night when the Hawks dominated much of the game offensively, Huet allowed 2 deflating goals, including one that needed to be seen to be believed.

With the Hawks trailing 3-2 midway through the third period, Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas fired one from inside the red line around the glass that deflected toward the goal, bounced and hopped into the net between Huet and the post.

Huet also let Toby Petersen beat him with a slap shot from past the right circle near the boards in the second period that rang down the boos from the sellout crowd.

“I can blame only myself,” Huet said. “The third goal (by Petersen) is bad. It can’t happen. Right now I feel bad because I feel I let the team down. I know I can play way better than that.

“Obviously, I really looked bad tonight and I didn’t help the team.”


added 10:19am, Not the best video quality, but check out the last goal Huet gave up last night below…

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Sunday Morning Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Ron Wilson’s off-season goal was to cut down the Maple Leafs’ goals against and fix their terrible penalty killing. How is that working out?

• Of course, Brian Burke is saying he would make the Phil Kessel trade again, even knowing what he knows now about the Leafs. What’s he supposed to say? That he wouldn’t make it?

• When Jason Blake had his breakout year with the Islanders, the top five scorers, along with him, were: Miro Satan, Viktor Kozlov, Mike Sillinger and Alexei Yashin, four of whom no longer playing in the NHL and one who may be next.

• You have to be smart to be lucky and lucky to be smart: How else to explain the Red Wings draft choices of stars Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom after picking Carl Steen, Kent McDonnel and Bob Boughner in the previous rounds of those drafts. Combined NHL goals scored by the players chosen before the Big Three: 15, all by the current Windsor Spitfires coach.

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Coaching Changes Ahead

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The indications are Laviolette has already received interest from a couple of teams that might want to make a change. GMs can’t afford to waste time because with the compressed schedule, a team could easily be out of the playoff race by mid-November.

That means struggling teams are going to be quick to pull the trigger.

The Maple Leafs (Ron Wilson), Islanders (Scott Gordon) and Wild (Todd Richards) are all off to slow starts. Richards was just hired and Wilson has been given a vote of confidence. There’s a lot of talk that Gordon might be on the hotseat.

Another team to keep an eye on is the Thrashers.

They’re playing well right now, but if they stumble, coach John Anderson will feel the heat from GM Don Waddell, who might need to get the team back into the playoffs to keep his job

read on for more rumors…

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Is Theo Fleury Telling The Truth?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Fleury suggests that because he was such a high-profile player having such a good 2000-01 season for the Rangers (29 goals, 37 assists for 66 points in the first 51 games), physicians Dr. Brian Shaw and Dr. Dave Lewis conspired to undermine the program on his behalf by overlooking his series of “dirty” tests.

Thus, he essentially charges that the program was a sham and that the physicians and counselors who supported him throughout his many ordeals were co-conspirators.

See, this is what Fleury did and still does. He takes people down with him. He now takes the program down with him just as he took the Rangers down with him when he was suspended on Feb. 28, 2002, for the remainder of the season for drug- and alcohol-related issues for what apparently was a 14th failed drug test that was one too many for the program to bear.

more plus other hockey topics….

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This One Had To Feel Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Max Afinogenov of the Thrashers scores against his old team, the Buffalo Sabres tonight.

added 10:54pm, Alexei Kovalev of the Senators with a goal tonight against the Canadiens can be watched below…

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev, maxim+afinogenov

‘Grapes’ With Numerous Topics

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Don talks numerous topics on Coach’s Corner including Senators, Leafs, Phil Kessel and Marc Savard.

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  Tags: don+cherry

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