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Tuesday, November 29, 2011


MAX GETS THREE GAMES


So the verdict is in: Max Pacioretty has been suspended for three games. Ouch. The tough part about suspensions is that you don’t get to put him on the shelf and add someone in the mean time.

 

I’m not so sure I’d drop him, but it all depends on who might be available in your given fantasy league. If there’s a comparable FA available, then maybe it’s worth it to sned him away and then hope to pick him back up when the time is right. Still, it’s a risk and Pacioretty has been very valuable so far this season. It wouldn’t be surprising if he tries to make up for lost time and redeem himself, either.

 

GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS PART I


Dallas Stars fans and lucky fantasy owners held their breath when an awkward split landed Kari Lehtonen on the injured reserve. So what’s the damage? Well, it’s not too bad. Lehtonen is expected to miss about three weeks with that groin injury. That’s a big bummer to fantasy owners, but considering his injury history, it’s also a dodged bullet.

 

To fill the hole, I’d say try to find a top backup/underpaid starter in backup’s clothing (Brian Elliott, Curtis Sanford, etc.), a starter who might still be on the wire (Jose Theodore, Craig Anderson) or if you’re feeling lucky … Andrew Raycroft. That’s a big gamble, but he almost had a shutout against Colorado on Monday night. I wouldn’t recommend it, but adding the former Calder Trophy winner would be efficient from a timeline sense, if nothing else.

 

GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS PART II


The other big Saturday injury featured Taylor Hall. Unlike Lehtonen’s more exact target date, Hall is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. That’s obviously a bummer, but that also likely means he’ll be on the IR (maybe as you’re reading this), which would give you the delightful opportunity to “audition” that player you haven’t had the stomach to add yet.

 

(If you’re in a league that doesn’t have IR spots, then boo to that commish. If you’re that commissioner, then boo on you.)

 

INJURY SNIPES


Drew Stafford is day-to-day with a groin injury … Andy Greene is struggling with an undisclosed injury that will keep him out an unknown amount of time … Keep an eye on Kris Letang; his broken nose might sideline him after all … Alexandre Burrows might miss tonight’s game with a hand injury, but Alexander Edler is likely to play and Mason Raymond could even come back … Michal Handzus and Colin White will probably be away from the action for a little while for the Sharks. (Click here for the full injury list.)

 

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