Hey everyone!

This post is letting you know about the weekly “programming” coming up on the site. We are more than daily recaps! Here’s the schedule of what you can expect to be posted when.

Mondays are generally going to be Waiver Wire posts to help identify who to pick up and help your team out.

Tuesdays are going to be a new feature called On The Line. This will help show which players are getting paired up with a focus on the power play.

Wednesdays are going to be our RCL Updates. Look for the first one of those next week since our opening games run through the 13th.

Thursdays look to be our Hot and Cold column to identify players streaking in both directions.

This should kick in full speed next week when we have a little more data behind us to help with analysis and decisions.

For now, let’s give a couple of waiver wire adds to get the ball rolling.

Nathan MacKinnon, Steve Downie and Semyon Varlamov of Colorado all get nods in the early going. MacKinnon is on a line with PA Parenteau and is clicking right away. He has three assists in his first two games and is off to a solid start. Downie opened the season with a two-point night and is getting about 15 minutes a night. He’s also a pest of a player who can pile up the PIMs and the points. Varlamov has started out hot with two wins and little challenge from Jean-Sebastien Giguere. He’s allowed two goals in two wins over Anaheim and Nashville and looks to be off to a solid start with Patrick Roy as a coach.

Another goaltending option is Ben Bishop of Tampa. Anders Lindback didn’t inspire much confidence in his first start of the season. Bishop did when he turned away 37 of 39 shots in a shootout win over Chicago…in Chicago. Bishop was solid in Ottawa last season and makes a nice depth addition if you need one.

Other players we like now are Jacob Trouba of Winnipeg (defenseman) and Damien Brunner who are both off to solid starts.

One final thing. Keep an eye on how the Flyers respond to the sacking of Peter Laviolette and Craig Berube taking over as bench boss. I would wait a game or two and see what they do after the emotions drain away from the coaching change.

  1. drew says:

    Is Scott Hartnell donezo? Ditch him for Brandon Gallagher? or Silfverberg?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      I’d hang on a little while longer and if he doesn’t show improvement in the next few games toss him for Gallagher.

  2. goodfold2 says:

    just grabbed orphan team. start 4 Centers/2 of each wing 1 forward/1 wing/1 util/6 DEF. This team needs D and less RW’s. Categories are G/A/PTS/+/-,PIM/PPP/SHP/SOG/FW/HITS.
    roster is
    C- E.stall/richards/spezza/skinner (RW also)/grabovski/lecavelier/backlund
    LW Vanek (RW also)/Lucic/Marchand
    RW Hossa/J.williams/Ryder/stafford/havlat/jones (is on CGY first line and has gone nuts with pts, so i picked him up)
    D souray (IR)/ericksson/zidlicky/hamhuis/beaucheman/visnovsky

    previous owner didn’t draft enough D or LW. another owner is coming at me with his keith for my richards. if we didn’t start 4 centers i would likely do this trade. Last year in player raters these 2 were almost tied. Problem was Richards had a down year to do that
    1. which are my weakest 2 RW that I can drop for Defensemen or LW’s. based on lines and teams they are on i’m thinking stafford/havlat. jones is now on top 2 on a team that scores. Or I could try to trade those 2 for defensemen?

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      Stafford is one…and the second one isn’t really clear but Jones could draw some attention in a trade. Havlat would also be a guy to consider packing up or putting perhaps a package deal.

      Try for trades and drop if needed. You never know what you might get in return.

  3. Quack Attack is Back says:

    I love Ben Bishop. I have him on every team this year. He has been a FA pick-up or my last pick in almost every draft.

    • Andrew Nordmeier

      Andrew Nordmeier says:

      I liked him a lot last season when he filled in for Craig Anderson when he went down with an ankle injury. Should be the starter in Tampa if it were up to me.

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