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Today was the day that the sky fell on Isles fans everywhere when it was announced that John Tavares destroyed one of his knees tearing his MCL and meniscus requiring major reconstructive surgery and is, of course, done for the season. What really has to sting is Tavares was doing eff all in the Olympics so far posting no points in four games with a plus-3 rating with six shots on goal; hell, he was only averaging 10:39 of ice time to begin with. Hmn, seems like I’m just rubbing salt in the wound there, but I’ll go with it! This injury affects three types of people; Isles fans, Tavares owners and Kyle Okposo owners. What does it do to Tavares owners? It basically cripples your team unless you made some killer trade or ended up getting really lucky with solid wire grabs earlier in the season. You can’t replace his production, you can’t even get close, but feel free to drop him and add whoever you can to make up some of the loss. I’m sorry to say it, but that’s how it rolls. You have my condolences, y’all. As for Okie owners this one is easy, trade him immediately. I don’t think Okie’s production is going to fall off a cliff, but it’s going to take a hit regardless, it’s only a matter of how much. Before anyone gets a whiff of just how badly it will affect Okie you have to move him while his value is this high. As I type this it’s falling ever so slightly and slowly with these questions now looming over him for the last 30 games of the season. To make matters worse for Okie owners it’s almost a foregone conclusion that Thomas Vanek is going to get traded when NHL play resumes next week and that will really erode Okie’s value. He is as talented as he has been playing this season but lets not fool ourselves into thinking that losing Vanek and Tavares on his line won’t hurt his value. You don’t move him for a bag of pucks and a sixer, but you definitely want to try and move him before Vanek is gone and the world gets a look at lonely Okie on a line with, uh, Mike Grabner and, er… Frans Nielsen? Yikes. Act quickly, but not foolishly. Anyway, this isn’t all the injury news from the Olympic pains, err games:

Henrik Zetterberg is done for team Sweden and out for the tournament with a herniated disc in his back. This is an old injury for Z, but he aggravated it and speaking as someone who suffers from the same ailment don’t count on his return being immediate when NHL play resumes next week. He may or may not be done for the year, we’ll now more when he gets examined later this week.

Mats Zuccarello broke his hand and returned to New York today to get it evaluated. There’s no time table for his return.

Aleksander Barkov also hurt his knee and is down for 4-6 weeks. The rookie was having a pretty solid season, but I doubt this ruins anyone’s day.

 

  1. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    who exactly isn’t going to think it hurts Okposo, what i mean is who’s dump enough to not notice this will happen immediately.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: I didn’t infer the fact that Okie’s production is going to dip a bit is a big mystery to anyone, rather that it’s difficult to quantify. He can produce at a point per game pace, he has that kind of talent, so it remains to be seen just how much this will cost his owners. Since there’s a small window before play resumes next week, it’s a good idea that his owners try and move him now, before the hit in production is easily quantifiable. Ya dig?

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @JD: yeah, it is hard to quantify. better get lucky hoping fantasy owners simply didn’t notice the Tavares thing.

        • JD

          JD says:
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          @Montezuma’s Revenge… right now: That’s basically what it comes down to, yeah. Once Okie starts playing sans Tavares, and then sans Vanek, everyone will KNOW what he’s worth, but even now, his value has only taken a nominal hit because we just don’t know, for sure, what will happen. I’m just trying to give folks a heads up, sorry if you don’t like my approach.

  2. willy says:
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    Hey JD,

    Okie owner here… I was so pissed with that tavares injury. Okie was so so so hot because of that snub and especially in the weeks leading into the Olympic break. I really wanted him to do well (i guess only because i’m his owner).

    Anyway, I’ve sent several offers out, as I am a bit heavy with RW and could use a LW, but it doesn’t seem people are biting on it. Maybe they all are thinking the same thing about the production that I was when it happened… Really wouldn’t surprise me actually.

    Perhaps I’m aiming too high? Kunitz owner says I’m nuts and same with the Sharp owner. I’m waiting to hear back from the Benn owner…what LW would you target for Okie? Maybe list a few if you will. Also, I’ve been riding it out with 3/4 Def all season (hasn’t troubled me at all) so maybe if I can’t get a LW worthwhile I should try and get a Def? Thoughts?

    In the end I may be stuck with him, but that may not be catastrophic… Maybe with Tavares gone that just means they will depend on Okie more for scoring and stuff and will get more minutes? Who knows I guess…

    • JD

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      @willy: I think most Kunitz owners won’t want to part with him for much, he’s incredibly hot this season and playing for a top offensive unit, so he isn’t going to slow down much. Okie is a surprise, and that will keep his value slightly lower than those guys like Kunitz that most expected to perform near the level he is. Benn for Okie is a good deal for both involved, but again, Benn is expected to do what he’s doing and Okie isn’t. Honestly, you never really get value back in a trade, or at least it’s pretty rare. Even if you can’t move Okie, you could do a lot worse. The only issue with keeping him (whether you have a choice or not) is that will fast become the primary and basically only scoring option for the Isles and opposing defenses will know that and swarm him every time he touches the puck. Shut down Okie, shut down the Isles.

  3. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    that’s at least twice you’ve mentioned being happy when tim thomas lost. Panthers enemy or just Thomas?

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I’ve got a beef with Thomas, I think his attitude sucks. I also think using your place as a pro-athlete to push political messages at the wrong place at the wrong time irks me in a way I can’t really explain. I don’t want to know what these guys think politically, it makes them harder to like. I’d rather they just keep it to themselves while they play and let us enjoy their performance and attitude towards the game, you know?

  4. goodfold2 says:
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    this is some true b.s. for us Khudobin owners (the Big Burrito!), Ward is starting today. Hope BUF learns how to score a lot. F’ing b.s.

    • JD

      JD says:
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      @goodfold2: After Ward’s pretty horrible start last night I would assume Khudobin will get the start tonight @DAL, we’ll see later today.

      • JD

        JD says:
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        @JD: Khudobin is confirmed as the starter tonight, deploy him as you normally would.

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