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Thursday, December 01, 2011


KABERLE CHALLENGED

 

Carolina Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford talked tough about Tomas Kaberle, saying that he needs to improve or he “won’t be in Carolina long.” I’m not sure what team Rutherford believes will take him on (the Canes aren’t exactly the type of team that can bury all that salary in the minors), so this is a perplexing move by a GM who has made a few dubious ones lately.

 

That being said, for fantasy purposes, any kind of wake-up call would be a nice one. Kaberle hasn’t been the assist machine that he once was, so maybe some public criticism could do him some good.

 

It probably won’t, though.


HEDMAN LOCKED UP

 

The Lightning signed Victor Hedman to a four-year deal worth about $20 million. He’s been more valuable in reality than fantasy, but the hope is that the tall, smooth-skating Swede might become a better offensive option in the future. He’s surrounded by talented offensive players who can bulk his assist numbers up, if he starts creating more chances, but that's ultimately part of what makes him frustrating fantasy-wise right now.


QUICK HITS

 

Derek Joslin was not suspended for his questionable hit on Kris Versteeg … The Boston Bruins remain red-hot, but there probably aren’t a whole lot of excess guys who are worth your time (unless Brad Marchand is still inexplicably available in your league) … Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is without Taylor Hall, but he still managed a goal and an assist on Wednesday night. That kid can play … Funny enough, Perry and Getzlaf scored three points each in a dominant Ducks win that ended up being Carlyle’s unknown curtain call … Martin Brodeur was lit up by the Colorado Avalanche, but it’s not like the Devils defense did him many favors. His value might not climb much this season, after all.


INJURY SNIPES

 

Jaromir Jagr, Ilya Bryzgalov and Brayden Schenn could be good to go for the Flyers on Friday … Let’s leave it at this: Kris Letang’s injury situation is confusing right now. He could be dealing with concussion-like symptoms or maybe not. Just stay tuned for updates … David Perron might be back in the St. Louis Blues lineup soon … Mark Giordano is day-to-day with a hamstring issue … Keep an eye on Erik Johnson updates. He might be back soon, but that’s not certain … Dmitri Kulikov is day-to-day with an ankle issue. It might have been lacerated on Tuesday night … Alex Pietrangelo is dealing with an illness … Nik Antropov is out with an undisclosed injury. (Click here for the full injury list.)

 

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