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Monday, October 24, 2011


That other trade


Don't expect much direct fantasy impact from Montreal acquiring Petteri Nokelainen and Garrett Stafford. Maybe that move will light a fire under the team's star players, though - at least the ones who aren't injured, that is.

 

Blue in Columbus


Vinny Prospal has been adamant that efforts don’t trump results. Anyone who drafted Steve Mason probably agrees, since Columbus’ should-be franchise guy is an appalling 0-7-1.

 

Interestingly enough, Propsal is one of two Blue Jackets forwards who is putting up good numbers in an awful situation. Prospal and Rick Nash have eight points each, making them … well, diamonds in the rough. Nash is obviously more likely to keep this up, but Prospal might be worth a look to fill one of your depth spots. (If he doesn’t snap and turn into Michael Douglas in “Falling Down,” that is.)

 

Fantasy owners will be interested to take a look at the potential impact of James Wisniewski's suspension-delayed debut, but expect more on that subject on Tuesday.

 

Drew Doughty remains in a holding pattern


Buried in all of the past summer's negotiation drama was the fact that Doughty wasn’t really his all-world self last season. The 2011-12 campaign hasn’t been much friendlier so far, as the Los Angeles Kings star is struggling with a shoulder injury. It’s unclear if he’ll play at all this week, so keep an eye on updates.

 

Monstrous replacement


James Reimer suffered a minor neck injury against the Canadiens last weekend, leaving the team at the mercy of Jonas Gustavsson’s goaltending. Maple Leafs fans aren’t exactly sold on “The Monster,” but this is one of the big Swede’s last chances to really prove himself in the eyes of the Toronto brass and maybe the league as a whole.

 

(Only give him the same chance on your own team if you’re really desperate.)

 

David Backes is feeling a little better after getting crushed


Chris Pronger has haunted St. Louis in a figurative way for years since he departed for greener pastures. He affected the team in a more direct way on Saturday by clobbering captain David Backes. It’s unclear how long Backes will be injured, but the valuable power forward should be sore for quite a while.

 

Injury snipes


Let’s all hope that Peter Mueller can get his career back on track because his latest concussion-related setback is really upsetting … Ales Hemsky should be an honorary Edmonton Oilers trainer at this point … Jose Theodore better get healthy quick; the Jacob Markstrom bandwagon is approaching rapidly in his rear-view mirror … Scott Gomez will be out for a week and no, it wasn’t due to an injury related to carrying all the gobs of cash he’s receiving … Jacob Josefson will miss months after undergoing surgery on his broken clavicle, making the Devils even more dependent on Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach PariseTyler Ennis hurt his ankle while Zbynek Michalek injured his hand in other injury news from Saturday ... many of these players will be re-evaluated on Monday, so stick with Rotoworld for updates. (Click here for the full injury list.)

 

Demotions, scratches and cold streaks


Theo Peckham is becoming a regular healthy scratch thanks to Corey Potter’s rise and the return of Ryan Whitney, but he could still be worthwhile for PIMs if he can get back on the ice ... Mark Scheifele was demoted to the juniors after seven largely ineffective games; consider this the beginning of a long trail of prospects being sent to juniors or the minors since the entry-level deadline is coming up for many franchises ... Should the Patrick Kane as a center experiment finally end? He hasn't scored in his last three games and most importantly, it just seems weird.



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James O'Brien is the Hockey Daily Dose's author and has been a contributor to NBC's Pro Hockey Talk for more than two years. Follow him on Twitter.
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