Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Savard, Streit lead NHL injury headlines

If you are preparing for a Fantasy Hockey League, your Office Pool, or paying attention to your favourite team, you should be aware of some injury woes being felt throughout the league at present.  While Andrei Markov was injured some time ago, recent additions to the list include New York Islanders' D Mark Streit, and F Kyle Okposo, as well as the ongoing saga of Marc Savard in Boston.

Here is a breakdown of some of the key injuries across the league that may have an impact on your pool / draft in the days to come.

Anaheim Ducks – Joffrey Lupul – Day to Day

Atlanta Thrashers – Patrice Cormier – out indefinitely

Boston BruinsMarco Sturm – 2 months, Marc Savard – out indefinitely.

Calgary FlamesDaymond Langkow - out indefinitely, Matt Stajan – out indefinitely.

Minnesota WildJames Sheppard – out indefinitely, Josh Harding – out for season

Montreal CanadiensAndrei Markov – out indefinitely

New York IslandersMark Streit – out indefinitely (6 months), Kyle Okposo - out indefinitely

New York RangersChris Drury – Out four (4) weeks

Philadelphia FlyersChris Pronger – day to day, Michael Leighton – out four (4) weeks

Pittsburgh PenguinsJordan Staal – Out 4-6 weeks

Tampa Bay LightningPaul Ranger – out indefnitely

Vancouver CanucksAlexandre Burrows – Out 1-2 months, Sami Salo - out indefinitely (at least December).

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Canucks' Sweatt, Connauton Impress

Canucks' Sergei Shirokov comes to Daniel Sedin's aid
After a meaningless 3-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers, Alain Vigneault cut his team some slack.  Having played two games in two nights, there were bound to be some tired legs.  Well, there were actually three games in two nights, but that's just too weird for words.

As is typical in pre-season NHL games, the team playing more veterans tends to lose.  Probably due to the vets breaking themselves in slowly, working on their timing and line combinations, they seem to go through the motions a bit while the youngsters work their tails off to earn a job.  It's fairly predictable that the group with more people with jobs on the line will win the night.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Roberto Luongo relenquishes Canucks' Captaincy

As has been long speculated, the Vancouver Canucks Goaltender Roberto Luongo has surrendered his captaincy before the start of the upcoming 2010-11 season.  As TSN is reporting, Luongo decided to step down to reduce distractions and focus on winning a championship.

Luongo was criticized unfairly last year for comments he made about the team play, but when you're team captain and asked what went wrong, how much are you allowed to say as a goaltender?

In a market like Vancouver, Luongo's words were scrutinized regularly. If he made a comment about the team's defence, some people believed he was criticizing the players' performance.