I love how NHL.com headlines always calls out random milestones like they actually mean something. Last night it¬†was the immortal Jose Theodore.¬†¬†What was his¬†milestone you ask?¬† He was playing in his 600th career NHL game…¬† That’s it.¬† To put into perspective just how worthless and inconsiquential a milestone like that is:¬† He still needs¬†261 more starts to surpass the legendary Gump Worsley for 10th All Time (among Goalies).¬† The real thing that matters is what¬†Jose did in that 600th start… Sh-shh-shhh-shutout!¬† And it wasn’t a fluke either, Theodore has been a model of consistency for the better part of 2 months.¬† He hasn’t given up more than 3 Goals in a game since October 17 against Tampa.¬† But, I wanna scream and yell and tell you all to sell sell sell.¬† The last time he was anything close to this good was exactly a decade ago (2001-2002 season w/ Montreal)..¬† But II, it’s hard for me to go against any Florida Panther right now.¬† That whole organization has been sprinkled with Pixie dust..
Jesse Winchester – C (Ott):¬† You’d be hard-pressed to find a better tough-guy last name than Winchester.¬† Unfortunately he’s just not that good at fighting.¬† I guess the first name is just too¬†gay to overcome…
Ilya Kovalchuk – LW/RW (NJ):¬† The snowball is getting bigger.¬† The Russian Sniper now has scored a point in 6 straight games (4G/2A) and is starting to resemble the guy who was in New Jersey from February on last year.
Travis Hamonic – D (NYI):¬† I pegged this dude as a deeeeep sleeper in the preseason and so far he’s been in a deeeeeep coma (evidenced by last nights FIRST goal of the season).¬† Plus he’s not even getting PIM’s, which would at least open up the Waiver Wire Window for those of¬†us who stream for Penalty Minutes.¬† Okay thats it I’ve already wasted too many keystrokes on this guy.¬† In fact forget everything I just said.
Ray Emery – G (Chi):¬† Don’t look now but brother man has saved 69 of the last 73 Shots directed his way (spanning 2 1/2 games).¬†¬† And believe me he has a great chance to earn alot more playing time going forward.¬† Corey Crawford would have a tough time outplaying Cindy Crawford right now.
Michael Del Zotto – D (NYR):¬† The last time we discussed MDZ I lamented the fact that despite Top Unit Power Play minutes, the production was not there.¬† Well he must have read this blog and took it to heart cuz he’s got 5 Points in¬†his last 6 games, 3 of them of the Power Play variety.¬† Not a bad pickup if he’s out there and you need D help, opportunity is the first requirement to being a useful fantasy player.
James Neal – LW/RW (Pit):¬† Happened to snap a 3 game scoreless drought while Crosby was out.¬† As Grey would say, Cust Kayin’
Martin St. Louis – RW (TB):¬† I gotta know when a guy gets hit in the face by a puck in practice, do you just chalk it up to chance?¬† I call B.S. on that.¬† Somebody had to be doing something dumb (St. Louis) or reckless (Moore)…. Am I right?¬† And what were the coaches doing?¬† Ahhh either way¬†I’ve got a Razzball Hockey Exclusive:¬† Here is the actual¬†x-ray of his face…
Jeff Carter – C/RW (CBJ):¬† Despite last night’s Goal there is no way around the fact that Carter’s had an awful season.¬† He could turn it around, but I’m not going after him unless he gets dropped and I can get him for free.
Brad Winchester – LW (SJ):¬† Hey 2 Winchester’s in 1 Post!¬† (For you¬†gun enthusiasts, I apologize,¬†this is not the site you’re looking for.)¬† Just so happens Brad Winchester is not the guy you fantasy enthusiasts¬†are looking for either..
Jaroslav Halak – G (StL):¬† If you can pry this guy away from a frustrated owner who is sick of watching Brian Elliott, it could pay off.¬† The aforementioned Elliott could fall off a cliff at any moment and guess who steps in?
Ryan Kesler – C (Van):¬† Since November 20th Ryan has looked like last year’s Kesler.¬† 3G/8A/6PPP’s/+7/6PIM/25SOG in just 9 Games.¬† And the scary part is I think he can keep up that pace ROS.
Matt Hackett – G (Min):¬† I’m starting to think you or I could Goaltend for this team and they wouldn’t miss a beat.¬†It must be because of Dany Heatley!¬† He’s a Winner!¬† If you own Backstrom just pick¬†Hackett, you could get¬†90% of the same production.