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Wednesday, March 06, 2013


WEISS IS DONE, MARKSTROM IS JUST BEGINNING

From the “sad news that would have been sadder in just about any other season” department: wrist surgery has ended Stephen Weiss’ abysmal 2013 campaign. It’s hard not to think that, like Jose Theodore, his time with the Florida Panthers is just about over.

Weiss found himself getting benched, injured and criticized by his choice during what’s been his worst year in recent memory. About the only bummer for fantasy owners is that he might have had a chance to do more as a revitalized veteran after a solid trade.

From the end of the road to the beginning, we have Jacob Markstrom. Dale Tallon gave him his seal of approval earlier on Tuesday and then he stopped 30 out of 31 Winnipeg Jets shots for his first win of 2013.

In Tuesday’s Dose, I waffled a bit between Markstrom and fellow freed-up netminder Dan Ellis. Considering Markstrom’s pedigree, strong “start” and the fact that Justin Peters started (and looked good) instead of Ellis last night, my gut feeling to lean toward Markstrom might actually be spot-on.

Naturally one day is far from a clincher for that argument, but either way I’d say Markstrom's worth a look in deeper leagues.

SMOOTH RYDER

After seeing his point streak die after switching sweaters from Dallas to Montreal, Michael Ryder seems like he’s settling in with the Habs. It seems a bit like cheating because they were of the secondary variety, but Ryder owners must be glad to see that he generated three assists on Tuesday (two of which were on the PP). He also had an assist on March 3, so he has a nice four points in three games with his new team.

It seems like he’s still getting moved around a bit and his ice time is a little inconsistent so far, too. He received 18:41 in his debut, 19:22 on March 3, and oddly was just under 14 last night.

 

So far, Ryder and Erik Cole look like they’re settling into their new habitats while Simon Gagne is admittedly limited (albeit on a team that can generate some serious offense).

SURGING CONTENDERS

Both the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings remain hot out West. While the Blackhawks pushed this season’s opening point streak to 23 and the overall run to 29, the Kings shook off a 4-1 St. Louis Blues margin to win 6-4 thanks mostly to a huge third period. Jeff Carter really slouched with a measly single goal, though.

It was generally bad news for backups. Corey Crawford received another start, putting at least a moderate bit of doubt into Ray Emery owners’ minds. In L.A., Jonathan Bernier’s attempts to usurp Jonathan Quick stumbled as he was pulled during the Kings’ comeback. (Bernier didn’t receive a loss, obviously, but that’s not really a concern in most fantasy leagues.)

Even the Blues’ backup faces potential tough news, barring an injury (keep an eye on that at Rotoworld, as you should with all your players anyway). After a tough night for Jaroslav Halak in particular and a tough start to 2013 for Brian Elliott, Jake Allen was once again called up from the AHL late last night. Uh oh.

INJURY NOTES (full list) and QUICK HITS

Some players are just best off in one locale, like Radim Vrbata with the Coyotes. I’m not convinced he’s totally worth owning, but it seems like that’s the case with Eric Fehr and Washington … Jordan Eberle is day-to-day with a hand injury … The Washington Capitals placed Mike Green and his perpetually wonky groin on the IR … Lubomir Visnovsky needed a personal day on Tuesday. While his situation is likely legitimate, you have to wonder if he’s costing himself several millions with the way he’s handling things this season … Good news for the Rangers: Rick Nash and Ryan Callahan each had two-goal nights on Tuesday. Bad news? Brad Richards was too “banged up” to play … Sounds like Milan Michalek is very close to returning for Ottawa … The same might be true for Ryan Malone and the struggling Tampa Bay Lightning … It’s taking them a long time, but the Blue Jackets are finally figuring out that Sergei Bobrovsky gives them a(t least a slightly) better chance to win than Steve Mason … Nicklas Grossman is day-to-day with a lower-body injury … Milan Hejduk is day-to-day with an upper-body problem.



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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 four years. Follow him on Twitter.
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