Another rough night for Martin Brodeur leads me to believe it could be official. Most declared him dead after last season but I was still holding out hope. Unfortunately Hope turned out to be a 300lb alcoholic. Just look at the stats: 5-5/.899/2.81/0SO. That is horrawful. Another red flag is the fact that Johan Hedberg has been by far the superior netminder: 7-4/.920/2.24/1SO. So what does this all mean? It means if you need a Goalie pick up Moose Hedberg. It also means Brodeur is not only NOT a #1, he’s not even a #2 Goalie right now. If you can trade the name and fill another need, DO IT! It’s BrodOVER.
Ryan O’Reilly – C (Col): This guy is what he is. 1 Goal and 2 Assists last night after having no Goals and just 4 Assists in his previous 11 games. RyO’Rei is a Waiver Wire All Star candidate, nothing more.
T.J. Galiardi – LW (Col): Nice of you to show up and score a Goal TJ! Thanks for making me look good by calling you a sleeper in the preseason!….. Uggh. The Mexican-Italian cocktail has been a big steaming pile this year. Remind me to not mention his name again.
Kyle Quincey – D (Col): Yes I know it’s an Avalanche heavy post so far, sue me. But I felt the need to mention Quincey. After a minor blip (2 Points last 9 games) Quincey responded with 2 Assists yesterday. His season line is more than respectable for a Defenseman (3G/13A/8PPP/22PIM). If for some reason he’s out there floating on Waiver Wire Island (just 69% ownership in Yahoo) go pick him up.
Ryan Getzlaf – C (Ana): Easily Getzy’s best game of the season (1G/2A/+2/6SOG). Pull 30 more games like this one out of your butt and then we’ll be cool again.
Niklas Hagman – LW (Ana): Hey nice empty-netter! Is that the only way you can score these days??? There are certain players in every sport where I wonder how in the hell they manage to keep catching on somewhere. There is Jack Wilson/Adam Kennedy/Nick Punto in MLB, Takeo Spikes in the NFL, and Hagman is that guy in the NHL. Which means Hagman the Bagman is making his one and only appearance on this site.
Max Pacioretty – LW (Mon): I don’t like mentioning guys who are getting suspended by the Neanderthal Shanahan, but his absense last night was a big loss for the Canadians. In fact Montreal is way too reliant on not only Max-Pac, but also Cammalleri and Plekanec. Take any one of those 3 out of the Montreal lineup and the offense falls apart…
Erik Cole – LW (Mon): And here is a big reason why. I was extremely dumbfounded when Montreal threw $18 Mil at this guy in the offseason and turns out I WAS RIGHT! (well me and every hockey analyst in the country). For fantasy purposes I could see streaming him from time to time, but thats it. This man doesn’t belong anywhere near a roster in a 12 team league.
Jordan Eberle – RW (Edm): Hat tip to frequent commenter Neely’sKnee for mentioning this guy yesterday in the comments. I knew Air Jordan was having a good season but not to the extent that he is. 2 more Points last night gives him 15 in the last 9 games. Yes, please and thank-you…
Niklas Backstrom – G (Min): Thats now 3 straight starts and make no mistake, Niklas without the C is the G in MinnE (again). Harding and I had a nice run though. Come back soon Josh!
Martin St. Louis – RW (TB): 3 Power Play Points… Dreis…. Tres… Trois… Three…. On the season! You don’t need me to tell you that’s terrible. But F it let’s push the chips to the center and go all in on this guy – BUY LOW!
David Krejci – C (Bos): Great night with a Goal and 2 Assists leads me to believe a run could be in the works… No not the runs, a run. Krejci is a key cog in Boston and an ideal #3 Center on your fantasy team.
Bruce Boudreau – (Ana): This just broke late here on the west coast. The Ducks fired Carlyle after beating Montreal and immediately hired Big Boy Boudreau. I am stupified by this move. Carlyle and Boudreau are cut from the same cloth and typically when a team fires a Coach the new guy is the polar opposite. But then again I’m not in the Anaheim locker room all that often, so maybe Randy just had to go. Fantasy wise I don’t think this will have much of an effect, but if I had to bet on a guy to benefit I’d say Getzlaf..