The Shark Blog
5. July 2013 06:54
Busy week, with the
draft and teams scrambling to get their houses in order leading up to Free
Agent Frenzy this weekend. Two major
trades dominated the headlines this week, while a few others may impact your
Friday, June 28
- Alfredsson Will Return Next
age 40, the Captain shouldn't be considered a huge fantasy factor at this
point; however, he finds ways to keep himself relevant. He will remain an option on offense for
deeper leagues as long as he refuses to retire.
The possible is out there that Ottawa may not be his home...
- Brad Richards Will NOT Be
Sather move that boggles the mind.
Richards will return next season.
Maybe a new coach will revive his career. Consider him a borderline fantasy center next
Saturday, June 29
- Horton Will Leave the Bruins
had a decent run with Boston from a fantasy perspective. His health will always be a factor, but he
should bring goal-scoring to his next destination.
Sunday, June 30
- Vancouver Trades Schneider to
year's trade floor shocker was a dandy.
Lou isn't content to roll with a pair of senior citizens again at the
Rock, so he dealt for the Vancouver goalie that wasn't supposed to be on the
block. Schneider won't be the clear-cut
in New Jersey (a situation he's vaguely familiar with), but has a better shot
at fantasy relevance this year, and especially two years from now. This move certainly boosts Luongo back into
the top 10, while dropping Brodeur way down to backup fantasy duty.
- Hurricanes Trade McBain to
should see a small boost in his fantasy value.
He has potential to be a decent starting defenseman, and Buffalo boasts
a little more offensive gusto than the Canes.
This move cements Justin Faulk as the top dog in Carolina.
- Chicago Trades Bolland and
these guys have garnered headlines in recent weeks, once there are 30 teams
playing hockey in October, you'll likely forget where they landed. Which, incidentally, was Toronto and
- Islanders Trade Nino
Niederreiter to Wild for Cal Clutterbuck
the fantasy factor, It's a rare treat to have a deal that involves two of the
best names in hockey. Nino goes from
irrelevance to potential top-6 talent in Minnesota. Clutterbuck will mostly be drafted in leagues
that value PIMs with an occasional goal or two.
Monday, July 1
- Tim Thomas Ready to Revive
players can bring out such diverse, strong emotions as the Vezina/Conn
Smythe/Obama snubber. Personally, I'm a
fan, so I hope to see him land somewhere special. Don't expect his fantasy value to be very
high regardless of destination. Unless,
that is, he becomes the next Flyers experiment in net.
Tuesday, July 2
Nabokov likely flying back to Russia, Thomas looking for a new home, and now
DiPietro hitting the road, the Islanders go into this weekend on the hunt for a
- Pens Re-sign Letang and
was looking questionable at times, but the Pens now have their full complement
of offensive weapons locked up. This
means another few seasons of fantasy dominance by the Penguins.
cutting ties with Briere, the Flyers added Lecavalier to the set of offensive
weapons at their disposal. As for the
fantasy impact, I wouldn't plan on any significant change to his production in
the new home. He should continue to
exist as a depth option on offense for the next few seasons.
Wednesday, July 3
- Toronto Puts Grabovski on
a couple months after signing him to a 5 year deal, the Leafs have apparently
changed their minds. Depending on where
he lands, Grabovski should remain a border-line offensive option in the fantasy
Thursday, July 4
- Dallas / Boston Swing 7-Man
this deal with have fantasy implication for years to come (with the likes of
Joe Morrow some day being a potential fantasy star, now in Boston), a couple of
significant fantasy players will have new homes and new roles.
Seguin leaves what was becoming an awkward situation for him in Boston, to
become the undisputed #1 center and star for the Stars. While he will see a drop off in surrounding
talent, he should see time with Jamie Benn, which ought to help both of their
Eriksson had faded in recent seasons, but the presence of quality centers in
Boston may help him return to the top tier right winger status.
Peverley should remain a viable depth option with occasion goal scoring spurts.
- Danny Briere Signs with
has become a non-factor in regular season fantasy circles. He seems to save all his scoring for the
post-season. Don't expect anything earth
shaking from this deal. He may see a
short term bump as he tries to proves himself in the homeland early in the
season. Worth a late-round look.
Look for a flurry of
fantasy-relevant deals over the weekend, as Free Agent season opens at noon...
28. June 2013 06:45
With the 2013 season
wrapping up just as the fuse on those Independence Day fireworks were being
lit, there won't be much of an "off-season" this time around.
Nonetheless, it's easy to overlook the transactions that fall on page 9 of the
sports section through the heat of the summer.
In an attempt to keep your mind where it belongs (fantasy hockey), each
week, I will bring a play by play of the offseason headlines, and what effect
they may have for the 2013-14 fantasy hockey campaign.
Friday, June 21
- Alain Vigneault Hired by
a fantasy perspective, things can only get better for the Rangers. Torts did little to encourage offensive
creativity. Look for the likes of Nash,
Stepan and Brassard to boost production next season.
- Lindy Ruff Hired by Dallas
has little to get a excited about for fantasy owners coming into next
season. Most of the scoring from last
season is gone, leaving just Benn and Eriksson to carry the mail. Perhaps new blood behind the bench will spark
some new blood to rise.
Sunday, June 23
- Leafs acquire Bernier from
Kings for Frattin and Scrivens
Monday, June 24
Tuesday, June 25
your league awards points for blocked shots, this is great news for Canuck
owners. There's not much excitement to
be had with this news. Some people never
may have a hard time finding a home on this side of the pond. Expect him to land in the KHL. Meanwhile, the Flyers resume their 20 year
search for a #1 option in net. Sergei
Bobrovsky looks really good right now.
- Kiprusoff (CGY) Plans to
had faded from glory over the past few seasons.
The Flames are left with Joey MacDonald to carry the torch. Expect a very high draft pick in 2014 for
Wednesday, June 26
- Horton (BOS) to Have Shoulder
be back in time to start the season.
- Nabokov (NYI) likely won't
Return to Isle
probably won't land another starting gig, thus losing the fantasy hockey
relevance he enjoyed last season. Unless
the Flyers take a chance…
Thursday, June 27
- Tampa buys out Lecavalier
move by the Bolts to unceremoniously release the soul of the franchise. Vinny will land on his feet somewhere and
remain a decent depth forward for fantasy purposes.
- Alex Tanguay traded from
Calgary to Colorado for David Jones
has been a depth option in fantasy circles for several years and should remain
that on a rebuilding Colorado squad.
has flirted with fantasy relevancy, socring 27 goals in 2010-11. He should be a top-six forward with the
Flames, but barely worth considering for your fantasy lineup.
15. March 2013 10:24
The season is half
way complete, but with the trade deadline a couple weeks away and fantasy
playoffs quickly approaching, you are running out of time to fix your lineup in
time for it to matter.
The obvious entry in
this slot in Crosby's line. Kunitz and
Dupuis are working magic with the best player in the world. Let's move on to the less obvious…
Chris Stewart (STL)
After a slow start
(ok, a slow couple of years), Stewart is showing flashes of the brilliance that
had his name in the conversation for "top power forward". Since the calendar flipped to March, he can
certainly make a case for that title.
Stewart has piled up 6 goals and 7 assists through 8 games this
month. The PIMs and +/- are coming along
as well, making him once again an all-around good guy for your fantasy lineup.
Michael Ryder (MON)
Ryder has been one
of the most under-rated fantasy forwards over the past decade. He continues to quietly put up goals year
after year without fanfare as he moves from town to town. Since arriving in Montreal, he has picked up
his assist totals, amassing 9 points in 8 games. He has 3 multi-point contests in the past 5
Sergei Bobrovsky (G-COB)
No goaltender is as
hot as the man in Columbus. He hasn't
lost a game in regulation since February, going 5-0-2 in the process, while
averaging less than 1 GAA. It's probably
too late for you to cash in on this mad streak, but he deserves a nod in this
Jonas Hiller (G-ANA)
wasn't willing to just step aside and allow Fasth to claim his job after
all. He has reclaimed the crease with an
amazing run, going 7-0-1 over this last 8 starts.
Shea Weber (D-NAS)
Weber got off to a
tragic start, waiting until Valentine's Day to wake up and contribute. Since then, he's back to being an offensive
beast for Nashville. His last couple of
weeks have been particularly productive, with 6 points in his last 5
games. He's back.
Ryan Suter (D-MIN)
Speaking of Weber
and defensive beasts, his former partner has been exploding on offensive over
the same timeframe. In his last 16
games, he has piled up 17 points.
Doesn't get much better than that.
WHO'S COLD / TIME TO DROP?
If you're going to
make room for a new edition, you obviously need to let someone go. Though it's tough to part company, here are
some guys that it may be time to cut ties with...
Joe Pavelski (F-SJ)
Just 1 goal and 1
assist over the past 10 games. He's even
seen his ice time dive down to the 16 minute range as of late. I'm a big believer in Pavelski and expect him
to wake up at some point, but it's hard to keep the faith with these numbers in
a short season.
David Clarkson (F-NJ)
Clarkson was a
monster at the start of the season, even leading the league in goal scoring
through the first month. Since then, he
has disappeared completely. He has zero
goals and just 2 assists through his last 13 games.
Dany Briere (F-PHI)
After a hot streak
through February, Briere has disappeared offensively. He hasn't put up a point in 5 games, with a
-8 rating during that stretch. His ice
time is in the 4th liner territory. Drop
him and don't look back.
- Viktor Fasth (G-ANA) - upper
- Patrick Sharp (F-CHI) - upper
- Jamie Benn (F-DAL) - wrist,
- Entire Florida Panthers
- Raphael Diaz (D-MON) -
- Evgeni Malkin (F-PIT) -upper
Brent Burns (D-SJ)
Burns just returned
from a series of injuries. Before this
week, he had no points and sat at a -5 on the year. In his two games since returning, he has been
utilized as a forward, which has resulted in 2 goals and 1 assist, while
maintaining the valuable "D" designation on the roster. Take advantage now!
Ryan Whitney (D-EDM)
After a dark period
of healthy scratches, Whitney apparently got the message. In his last 8 games, he's put up 3 goals and
Slava Voynov (D-LA)
Last year, Voynov
hit a stretch where he took off as a top fantasy option. He seems to be back there again as of
late. 9 points in his last 8 games for
Jake Allen (G-STL)
It may be a
short-term situation, but Jake Allen has kicked Halak and Elliot to the curb,
as he's gotten the Blues back to winning.
He has gone 7-1 on the season and has gotten the nod in 4 of the last 5
starts for the Blues (all wins), including a shutout last night.
Derek Stepan (F-NYR)
Stepan has been
developing into a feature role with the Rangers for a couple of years now. It seems from a fantasy perspective he has
arrived. He has totaled up 9 points in
his last 8 games.
14. February 2013 16:06
The landscape of
fantasy hockey changes very quickly.
Just look at the San Jose. Two
weeks into the season, you couldn't go wrong with a lineup stacked with Sharks. Since the calendar turned to February, no
team has been worse. At the same time,
owners were ready to bail on the likes of Kessel, Ovechkin, and Kovalchuk. Don't look now, but all 3 are hot. It's critical to stay on top of the trends,
which is why you're going to continue scrolling down this article...
Phil Kessel (O-TOR)
It took him 10 games
before acquiring his first goal; however, it has been a sweet ride since he
broke through. 7 points in his last 4
Alex Ovechkin (O-WAS)
After the worst
start to his career, he has shown some good signs of life lately. He has 7 points in his last 4 games and is
currently riding a 3 game goal streak.
Cam Ward (G-CAR)
It was a tough
start, but the wins and quality performances have started to come around for
Ward. He has won 4 of 5 starts.
Patrick Elias (O-NJ)
8 points in his last
five games, including 2 straight 3-point nights.
rookies are dropping off:
Nail Yakupov (O-EDM)
Following a 6 game
scoring streak, Yakopov hasn't seen the scoresheet in the last 3 contests.
Cory Conacher (O-TB)
After a stunning
start to the season, Conacher has hit a wall.
He's now gone 5 games without a point, heading into Thursday night.
Dougie Hamilton (D-BOS)
After a strong, much
heralded start, the rookie has dried up offensively. 6 game scoreless run right now.
Brian Elliot (G-STL)
After a fast start,
Elliot and the Blues have crashed and burned following the injury to
Halak. Nothing but losses and four
straight games allowing 4+ goals. He's
being dropped all over the place. May be
the time to stash him on the bench, as this won't last forever.
Marian Gaborik (O-NYR)
Mr. Streaky has just
1 stinkin' point in the last 7 games.
- Jonas Hiller (G-ANA) - lower
- Mikka Kiprusoff (G-CGY) -
- Erik Karlsson (D-OTT) -
achilles. Out indefinitely.
- Jaroslav Halak (G-STL) -
still toying with a return date.
- James Reimer (G-TOR) -
strained MCL. Who knows when?
Jiri Tlusty (O-CAR)
Tlusty has been
mixing well with the older Staal lately, compiling a nice 9 points in the last
6 games. He is coming off back to back
2-goal performances going into Thursday night.
Mike Cammalleri (O-CGY)
I wrote this guy off
years ago. Mostly from banging my head against the wall. The Flames are starting to put up goals and
Cammalleri is part of that action. He
had a 3-game vacation with a hip flexor, but sandwiched around that were 7
points in 2 games.
Chris Stewart (O-STL)
Stewart has been a
big disappointment since arriving in St. Louis; however, the streaky winger has
been showing signs of life lately. He
has 2 multi-point games in the last 3 games.
Keep an eye on him.
Brayden Schenn (O-PHI)
Schenn has piled up
7 points in the last 7 games as he continues to gain ice time and a more
prominent role with his new team.
Alex Steen (O-STL)
Steen continues to
roll, and therefore, continues to disappear from waiver wires, but he still
remains in many leagues. He has 12
points in 13 games, including 8 points in the last 7 games.
Cody Franson (D-TOR)
stepped it up on the Toronto blueline.
His name is Cody Franson. Riding
a 4-game point streak, he has an impressive 8 points in 10 games, yet remains
unclaimed in many leagues. He's hitting
his prime now at age 25, so jump on it now.
Ben Scrivens (G-TOR)
It's unclear how
long Reimer will be out, or how long until the new management team in Toronto
pulls the trigger for a new man in net.
For now, it falls on Scrivens.
Toronto has been winning games, so if you're desperate for goalie
starts, it's worth a look at Scrivens.
Michal Jordan (D-CAR)
No idea if this guy
will be able to translate offensive success into the NHL, but it's his name is
Michal Jordan, and he will be starting his career in North Carolina. Different sport, but history shows this might
be a good thing.
8. February 2013 09:38
Believe it or not,
after this weekend we will be 1/4 through this NHL season already. If your league has playoffs, you may be a 1/3
through the regular season already. In
other words, if you don't like your team by now, you'd better act quick. Fortunately, we're hear to help. Here is this week's edition of the fantasy
Kunitz. Crosby. Malkin. Dupuis.
Even Matt Cooke is starting to put points on the board.
Kane has been
inconsistent in recent years, but he has come out on fire this season. The hotness continues, with 6 goals and 8
points in his last 4 games.
Similar story for
Hank. With 4 goals and 5 assists over
his last 5 games, he's risen near the top of the scoring leaders.
Pekka Rinne (G-NAS)
After a sluggish
start, Rinne is on fire. He's won 4
straight, allowing just 3 goals during that span.
Sheldon Souray (D-ANA)
Seems like he has a
new sweater every year, but one thing stays the same: he scored goals. He's potted one in each of the last 3 games,
giving him 4 on the season. That's more goals
than Kessel, Sharp, Hall, Richards, Nash, Semin, Ryan, and many other
In terms of goals,
see Souray's file above… here are a few more disappointments:
Jordan Eberle (F-EDM)
Just one lousy
assist in the last 5 games. This guy was supposed to challenge the leading
scorers this year.
Mikko Koivu (F-MIN)
Those good vibes to
start the season on fire with Parise have vanished. Four straight games without a point. -3 over that span.
Rick Nash (F-NYR)
Just one point in
his last 4 games. Ice time is starting
to be reduced.
Milan Michalek (F-OTT)
After a solid start,
he's registered just 1 assist in the last 5 games. Somebody missing Spezza?
Evander Kane (F-WPG)
3 games without
seeing his name on the scoresheet. He
did register 7 shots on goal last night.
Need one to go in now, Evander.
Marian Gaborik (F-NYR)
Is there a streakier
human being on the planet? After four
straight games without a point, he broke through with a goal last night. Guess it's time for another hat trick, Marian?
Shea Weber (D-NAS)
You're killing me,
Shea. 1 lousy point on the season? Please don't look where I had him ranked
- Cam Fowler (D-ANA) - upper
- Brad Marchand (F-BOS) - same
- Ray Whitney (F-DAL) - lower
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (F-EDM) -
upper body, day to day
- Patric Hornqvist (F-NAS) -
- Jaroslav Halak (G-STL) -
practicing, but not ready to play yet
Viktor Fasth (G-ANA)
You may have already
missed the boat on this one. Fasth isn't
your typical rookie up for a cup of coffee.
He's 30 years old and has had success in Europe. Now, he's challenging Hiller for the job in
Anaheim. 4-0 so far in his NHL career
with a GAA under 1.
Colin Wilson (F-NAS)
The Preds are
quietly making their move, and 3rd year winger Colin Wilson is leading the
charge. He has 6 points over the last 3
Martin Hanzal (F-PHO)
Seems to be
recovered from some early season injury woes, and is running the show in
Phoenix. 4 goals and 1 assist over the
last 4 games for the Coyotes.
Andy Greene (D-NJ)
Before last week, it
was foolish to suggest the name Andy Greene on a fantasy hockey website. However, 2 goals and 4 assists later, he
deserves a nod.
Jiri Hudler (F-CGY)
The Flames are a
team worth looking at in fantasy circles.
They've played just 8 games, meaning you can take advantage of those
extra games going forward. Hudler is on
to consider. 7 point in 5 games this
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