Blacksox Dropped Players

Dropped:

F – Daymond Langkow – $2,752,055

F – Brendan Morrison – $ 2,000,000

Total Salary: $ 4,752,055

Returned Salary: $ 2,376,027.59

Posted: 3/25/2010 @4:25pm

Mr. Motorboat Fantasy Analysis

The salamehockey.com site administrators, over the course the next few weeks, will be taking a look at each team’s roster and analyzing the likely scenarios for keepers and re-signs for the upcoming 2010-2011 season.

Keepers – Forwards

1. Alexander Ovechkin, Washington – Arguably the best player in the league. What else can I say? Has potential to hit 60 goals a year and 120-130 points a year. The Elite superstar.
2. Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay – Stamkos has been on fire this year. The former #1 overall pick, Stamkos is threatening to it 50 goals in only his second NHL season. A force in the NHL for years to come. Potential is 110-115 points a year.
3. Phil Kessel, Toronto – another player with Elite level goal scoring ability, Kessel is the #1 offensive threat on the Leafs. Currently able to hit 70 points by himself, if he’s paired with a quality centre, can be a 90 point player.
4. Tuomo Ruutu, Carolina – A solid Fantasy performer, Ruutu has been able to resuscitate his career in Carolina. Look for 50-55 points a year.
5. Brian Gionta, Montreal – The potential captain of the Montreal Canadiens has shown how valuable he can be when in the lineup. On pace for 35 goals over an 82 game season, Gionta can obtain anywhere between 55-65 points a year.
6. RJ Umberger, Columbus – Has become a more offensive threat in recent years, Umberger is a player the Blue Jackets can count on to contribute consistently. 50-55 points should not be unreasonable.
7. Benoit Pouliot, Montreal – Has a great shot and stickhandling ability, Pouliot’s only flaw so far is that he’s yet to put if all together consistently at the NHL level. Change of scenery has done him well. Look for 45-50 points in the short term and 60-70 as long term potential.

Resigns – Forwards

1. JP Dumont, Nashville – While not getting any younger, Dumont still has the talent and skill to be a top six forward on Nashville.
2. Andrew Cogliano, Edmonton – While he has regressed since his breakout year, Cogliano still has the ability to be a productive top 6 forward on the Oilers, but will be pushed by the additions of Eberle and Paajarvi-Svensson next year.

Keepers – Defencemen

1. Dan Boyle, San Jose – The #1 offensive defenceman on San Jose, Boyle plays a regular shift, is the Powerplay quarterback, and #1 penalty killer. Look for 55-60 points over the next little while.
2. Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix – Still a top pairing option on a young Phoenix team, Jovonovski can be effective on the PP.
3. John-Michael Liles, Colorado – While he has had his run-ins with management this year, Liles is still their best option as the PP quarterback..

Resigns – Defencemen

1. Mark Giordano, Calgary – Has come into his own this year, making up somewhat for Bouwmeester and Phaneuf’s (at the time) shortcomings, Giordano has good offensive skills, and is a top 4 D-man on Calgary’s blueline.

Keepers – Goaltenders

1. Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary – Miikka is a top fantasy option for goaltenders. Kiprusoff has been remarkably durable over the last 5 years. Plays over 70 games a year, is good for 35-40 wins and 4-6 shutouts a year.

-Danny Petti

Red Menace Fantasy Analysis

The salamehockey.com site administrators, over the course the next few weeks, will be taking a look at each team’s roster and analyzing the likely scenarios for keepers and re-signs for the upcoming 2010-2011 season.

Red Menace

Forwards

Keepers

  1. Derek Roy, Buffalo – Derek is a versatile and speedy forward with very good playmaking skills and is capable of hitting a 80+ pts ceiling if he plays consistently with a very good goalscorer. His career year came in parallel to Pominville’s after Buffalo’s last major exodus, and Roy and has stepped into the role of top line center ever since, without danger of losing it. He is likely to be paired with Vanek and/or Pominville for years to come.
  2. Thomas Vanek, Buffalo – Thomas Vanek, the world’s best known Austrian hockey player, has managed to make fantasy hockey managers scream with praise and frustration, all within a rather short five year time period. While many peg the big winger as a goal-scoring force akin to a Marian Hossa with 90+ point potential, it seems that Thomas’ 84-point, +47 career sophomore season might have come too soon. While he is clearly a perennial potential 40-goal scorer, Thomas does little much else in the way of points production and is notorious for being streaky. Nonetheless, he is due to bounce back after two rather disappointing and injury-laden seasons. Expect a range of 65-85 pts for many years to come.
  3. Dustin Brown, Los Angeles – The LA captain and former first round pick is a strong presence on the ice as well as off the ice (he is a great human being and he  “gets it”). He remains a fixture on the LA top six and often sees ice time on the powerplay alongside Los Angeles frontman Anze Kopitar, and has potential to deliver more than 60 pts with a ceiling in the mid-70’s.
  4. Wojtek Wolski, Phoenix – Often plagued by a fellow GM’s comments as being “lazy”, Wojtek is a key cog in the Phoenix youth movement and has broken out nicely this season, giving GMs indication he has the work ethic to meet his originally tabbed 70-80 point potential. Expect 60+ pts and more if Phoenix continues to play as it has this season.
  5. Jakub Voracek, Columbus – Jake has effectively grown into an excellent forward in the past year, busting out of the gate with Jagr-esque hair and poise to make Columbus see that he has point-per-game potential. While he still may be a year or two away from fully reaching his first rounder potential, Jake can offer 50-60 pts as a current production with a ceiling in the 75-85 range once he finds his stride.
  6. Shane Doan, Phoenix – Shane is a tried, tested and true forward on a burgeoning Phoenix team with extensive offensive firepower coming to maturity in the coming years. His leadership qualities and physical contributions to the team make him a valuable asset to own, despite his age. Look for 60+ pts until Shane’s icetime begins to decline in favor of younger forwards on the way up in Phoenix (see below).
  7. Alexander Frolov, Los Angeles – Playing on a very talented LA top six, Alex Frolov, a former first round pick, provides fantastic offensive upside and secondary scoring to the Kings and has shown he is capable of 70+ pts. While his continued success may be dependent on a new environment as ownership seems to be at odds with the Russia, Alex has the ceiling of an 80 pt forward.

Resigns

  1. Kyle Turris, Phoenix – Brought along quickly after his first round drafting, Kyle was far too young and undeveloped for the big team and was eventually sent back to San Antonio for development, which has taken longer than originally expected. The youngster has begun to come into his own in the minors, and offers excellent first liner potential once he comes into his own.
  2. Olli Jokinen, New York – Big Olli Jokinen has become somewhat of a journeyman in recent years, but continues to offer the potential to be a first line center with tremendous upside if he can improve on his work ethic.
  3. Chris Kunitz, Pittsburgh – Chris became a hot commodity after being traded from Anaheim to become one of the few wingers with chemistry on Crosby’s line. He has the potential to contribute at a top six level if he remains healthy.
  4. Ville Leino, Philadelphia – Once heralded as so good he was worth 5 draft picks, Leino offers top six potential in an extremely deep team, despite being dealt from the Red Wings early on his development.

Defense

Keepers

  1. Alex Edler, Vancouver – Alex is heavily regarded as a strong defenseman with great offensive upside with consistent production in the 40-50 point range.
  2. Christian Ehrhoff, Vancouver – Ehrhoff, like Edler, carries a lot of potential on the Vancouver blueline and offers production ranging from 40-50 pts per season.
  3. Kyle Quincey, Colorado – With John-Michael Liles often regarded as being at odds with Colorado management, Quincey, who broke out with the Kings in 2009, is regarded as an excellent powerplay quarterback capable of 35-45 pts.

Resigns

  1. Matt Carle, Philadelphia – Carle, despite his excellent rookie campaign with San Jose, has yet to duplicate his 42-point season but offers good potential for offensive upside considering Philadelphia’s aging blueline.
  2. Braydon Coburn, Philadelphia – Coburn, similar to Carle, has excellent upside and has already completed 5 NHL seasons at the age of 24. With excellent size and maturity, he can provide offensive potential for a top 4 defenseman.
  3. Paul Martin, New Jersey – Martin, prior to getting injured, occupied the top depth chart spot on the NJ offense and offers good point production, considering the lack of offensive depth on the NJ blueline.

Goalies

Keepers

  1. Carey Price, Montreal – Price, a former 1st round pick, Carey Price has long been heralded as the future Canadiens franchise goaltender, but has yet to deliver on his draft position. Only 22 years old, Price holds the potential to become an all-star goaltender if he can play with confidence and abandon the perennial Montreal goaltending controversy, either through trade or improvement in play.

Resigns

  1. Tomas Vokoun, Florida – Heavily rumored to be moving at the trade deadline, Vokoun has made a case to be a leading goaltender in the NHL, offering the potential for excellent pts production if he were to join a contending team in the coming summer.
  2. Cam Ward, Carolina – Cam Ward is an established starting goaltender with a Stanley Cup on his resume, and will likely see extensive game play in the coming seasons, and will likely benefit the most from a Carolina rebound.

– Giulio Iaconi

Montreal Xtreme’s Fantasy Analysis

The salamehockey.com site administrators, over the course the next few weeks, will be taking a look at each team’s roster and analyzing the likely scenarios for keepers and re-signs for the upcoming 2010-2011 season.

Keepers – Forwards

  1. Eric Staal, Carolina – Undisputed leader of the Hurricanes, Staal is only 25 years old and is about to enter his prime. He has been a PPG player in the past couple of years and has the potential to reach 100 as he has done it before.
  2. Loui Eriksson, Dallas – coming off a 36 goal season, Eriksson has not disappointed so far this year. Already matching his career high so far this year, Eriksson has the potential to hit 70 consistently, and if the chemistry between himself and Brad Richards grows, can be a PPG.
  3. Martin Havlat, Minnesota – Has had a slow start to his career in Minnesota, Havlat has picked it up since the 20 game mark or so. Has been a PPG player for his career, Havlat has also shown that he can stay healthy as he’s been injury free for the past two seasons. Potential is a PPG player, but realistically in Minnesota, 70-75 points.
  4. Mike Cammalleri, Montreal – A proven goal scorer who can average 35-40 goals a year, Mike has been remarkably durable (exception this year) even though he has a smaller frame. Can hit between 70-80 points in Montreal.
  5. Johan Franzen, Detroit – A younger, more skilled version of team-mate Tomas Holmstrom, Franzen’s only fault is his unfortunate ability to always seem injured. However when healthy, he has the ability to score in the 30 goal, 35 assist range.
  6. Kris Versteeg, Chicago – A rookie of the year finalist last year, Versteeg is a top 6 forward on a young and talented Chicago team. While he has regressed slightly in his sophomore season, Versteeg has the ability to achieve between 55-65 points consistently.
  7. Alex Burrows, Vancouver – Alex has improved every season he has played in the NHL. A versatile winger, Burrows can play any role needed and has gelled with the Sedin twins when on that line. Look for 50-60 points a year from him.

Resigns – Forwards

  1. Milan Lucic, Boston – After a breakout year saw him nab 42 pts in 72 games, a lot was expected of Lucic this year. Injuries have plagued him, but Lucic can be a solid fantasy performed, especially if he stays on a line with Savard.
  2. Matt Moulson, Long Island – This former 9th round pick has finally found a home in the NHL. Moulson has demonstrated his scoring ability, and chemistry with the Islander’s future superstar, John Tavares.
  3. Nikita Filatov, Columbus – A wildcard, Filatov has all the tools to be a star in this league, including great goal scoring prowess. With Hitchcock’s dismissal, a return to North America looks more than likely.
  4. Brayden Schenn, Los Angeles – Already used in an NHL game this year as an emergency callup, Schenn is seen as the team’s future #2 Centre behind Anze Kopitar.

Keepers – Defencemen

  1. Sergei Gonchar, Pittsburgh – The old man of the Pittsburgh defence, Gonchar has proven that he is still an elite level point producer. Gonchar is capable of 55-65 points.
  2. Sheldon Souray, Edmonton – While he may not be with Edmonton next year, Souray’s booming shot and ability to run the PP still make him an offensive threat. Look for 45-50 points if he can stay healthy for a full year.
  3. PK Subban, Montreal – Subban has broke out in a big way in his first year as a pro in Hamilton. Strong Skater, puck mover with an elite level shot, PK will more than likely be in Montreal next year. Can hit 35 pts in his rookie year, but long term potential, look for Andrei Markov numbers (55-60 points).

Resigns – Defencemen

  1. Kevin Bieksa, Vancouver – A solid fantasy defenceman, Bieksa has twice hit the 40+ point plateau. Biggest downfall? He always seems to be injured. If he can maintain his health over a full year, can be a valuable fantasy option.

Keepers – Goaltenders

  1. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh – A cornerstone of the franchise along with Crosby and Malkin, Fleury has already won the cup at his young age. Technically sound and blessed with great reflexes, look for Fleury to average close to 40 wins a year and 4-6 shutouts over his career.

Danny Petti

Montreal Xtreme Dropped Players

Dropped:

F – Brian Rolston – $ 2,600,000
F – David Moss – $ 1,318,519
F – Jiri Tlusty – $ 1,171,429
D – Jaroslav Spacek – $ 2,405,334

Total Salary: $ 7,495,282
Returned Salary: $ 3,747,641

Monday, March 22 at 8:15 PM