James O'Brien

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The All-Tank Team

Monday, April 22, 2013


INJURIES (full list)

 

Hopefully this goes without saying, but in almost cases where the word “surgery” gets bandied about, it’s time to drop that player. In other words, dump Ryan Nugent-Hopkins right now. It would be pretty shocking if we see Nathan Horton and Zach Bogosian before the playoffs get going (if applicable). The undersized center’s season is over. Dmitry Kulikov’s season is just about over while Jose Theodore won’t make his hopeful start or two for Florida, either. The same goes for Curtis Glencross (who underwent an MCL procedure).

 

Hopefully you didn’t have Drew Miller in the first place, but if he’s on your roster, make that belated upgrade and count your lucky stars that your team has been strong enough to carry the gray-haired forward so close to the finish line.

 

James Neal and Evgeni Malkin continue to practice so ... hopefully your league allows you to stash them on the IR. Really, that goes for a lot of the borderline (injury, not talent) guys. I’d be tempted to dump a great-but-inactive player for a peripheral-filler, although it can be a case-by-case thing. Just remember that you don’t get a bonus for keeping guys you’ve had the whole time; “What have you done for me lately?” and “What can you for me this week?” are the only questions that truly matter.

 

QUICK HITS

 

Ilya Kovalchuk seems fine after returning from a shoulder injury. He played two games this weekend. Sure, fantasy owners grimaced when he grimaced during a trip to the penalty box on Sunday, but he seems OK ... Jaromir Jagr scored the game-winner for Boston on Sunday, giving him the 118th GWG of his outstanding career. It's not all merely about the past, though, as he has eight points in nine games with Boston ... Steve Stamkos still has a shot at the Maurice Richard Trophy as he notched Goal 28. Still, Alex Ovechkin will be hard to catch at 30 (and possibly more by the end of the week) ... Hopefully you trust Derek Stepan at this point ... If you just need quantity, Joey MacDonald might just be the guy - for a week ... Congrats to the Toronto Maple Leafs for clinching their first playoff berth since 2004 (which I believe was when I lost the last scraplets of my innocence.)



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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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