Is your wrist still aching from refreshing hockeybuzz.com over and over on Tuesday's trade deadline? If it is, I feel your pain. That was quite a day, but I've got news for you: Another trade deadline is just around the corner. If your Yahoo! pool accepted the default league settings, you're facing a March 8 deadline. As an owner who currently sits second, third and fourth in a trio of leagues, the Skinny will be plenty busy in the next several days. Here's some light reading as you prepare your own stretch drive. Best of luck:
WEEKEND UPDATE: Need-to-know info from the past few days
Last week in this space Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau semi-endorsed David Aebischer as his stretch-run goalie. Things look a little different today now that Aebischer is fresh off allowing 15 goals in his last three starts and rookie Jaroslav Halak emerged as a lone bright spot in Saturday's loss at Boston. Carbonneau hasn't totally reversed fields – not publicly, anyway – but an article in the Montreal Gazette all but put the Canadiens' playoff hopes in the rookie's hand.
Halek remains available in roughly 90 percent of Yahoo! leagues. At his best, he's worthy of a No. 2 fantasy goalie slot. Montreal is on a 12-19-1 slide, however, and as we learned Saturday, a goalie can only do so much if the team in front of him pulls a no-show. It's probably too early to completely give up on Aebischer in fantasy circles, but his owners absolutely have to find room for Halak somewhere on their roster.
A few post-trade deadline updates: Pittsburgh forward Gary Roberts was moved to Evgeni Malkin's line and responded with three points Sunday. … Bill Guerin lined up with Joe Pavelski and Ryane Clowe Sunday. He has yet to register a point with the Sharks, but should take off once Patrick Marleau returns to bolster San Jose up the middle. … Bryan Smolinski has assumed a post centering Markus Naslund and Jan Bulis in Vancouver. He has assists in two straight. … Roster shuffling in Phoenix opened the door for Bill Thomas (3 points/last 2 games) and Yanick Lehoux (3-game point streak).
One-timers: Coach Dave Lewis put together an interesting fourth line Saturday, teaming Brandon Bochenski with Stanislav Chistov and Phil Kessel. A lot of offense there, and while their minutes were down a bit, the trio combined for eight points in two weekend games. … Montreal defenseman Mark Streit (available in 95 percent of Yahoo! leagues) has eight points in his last nine games. … Buffalo right wing Drew Stafford has goals in three straight games and eight points in his last five. … According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sharks goalie Vesa Toskala suffered a setback while testing his injured groin Saturday. … Defenseman Marc-Andre Bergeron now has seven points in six games since joining the Islanders.
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Martin Gelinas, LW, Fla – Tuesday will mark one month together for the Gelinas (25 percent owned)-Stephen Weiss (0.36 percent)-Nathan Horton (24 percent) line. All they've done since joining forces is collect 36 points in 11 games while helping Florida crawl back into the playoff picture. Gelinas (3 goals, 9 assists/last 11) gets the nod here due to wing eligibility. Weiss (5 goals, 7 assists) is a center option in deeper leagues and Horton (8 goals, 4 assists) is a solid points-PIM play in any format.
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Kyle Calder, LW, Det – With an assist Sunday, Calder now has a goal and three helpers in three games with Detroit. The Red Wings were desperate for a second-line spark plug and so far Calder has been a perfect fit. Linemate Johan Franzen has four points in the same span and Robert Lang had a season-high four points Friday.
Marcel Hossa, LW, NYR – Still up there on Jaromir Jagr's line and still available in just about 90 percent of Yahoo! leagues, Hossa recorded two assists Thursday. His totals over the last 14 games: 8 goals, 5 assists, plus-5.
Eric Belanger, C, Atl – A solid depth option at center, Belanger entered play Sunday with four goals and three assists in his previous five games. Looks like he's solidified his spot between Marian Hossa and Slava Kozlov.
Brenden Morrow, LW, Dal – Morrow (wrist) practiced Saturday and is targeting a March 18 return to the lineup. Disclaimer: He's a captain now and has vowed to cut down on his penalty time, so he's not a 150-PIM guy anymore. What he remains, however, is a 60-plus point scorer on a team desperate for some scoring punch. He was cut loose in about 40 percent of leagues during his stay on the IR.
Chris Osgood, G, Det – Osgood started back-to-back games over the weekend and may well be back between the pipes Tuesday against Nashville. Dominik Hasek, who is dealing with tightness in his thigh, told the Detroit Free Press that he will be "careful" for the final six weeks of the regular season. Translated: "I'll be sitting a lot."
Steve Bernier, LW, SJ – Coach Ron Wilson shuffled lines Sunday and put Bernier with winger Milan Michalek and center Joe Thornton. The trio was held scoreless, but both Bernier and Michalek hit a post and the Sharks won 4-0, so a return engagement Tuesday is likely.
R.J. Umberger, C, Phi – His ice time is up into the 16-18 minute range after the trade deadline. So far his production is up, too, with four goals and a plus-2 in three games. Upgrade linemate Stefan Ruzicka as well.
Ian White, D, Tor – Tomas Kaberle is out with a concussion, so White takes over as quarterback of the Toronto power play and also inherits greater even-strength responsibility. Look for a short-term production boost worthy of a No. 3 or No. 4 defense slot.
Dustin Penner, LW, Ana – He's getting hot at the right time again. Last year's surprise playoff contributor scored Sunday against Nashville and now has six goals and three assists in his last 10 games.
Jonathan Cheechoo, RW, SJ – In what was likely a disciplinary move, Cheechoo started Sunday's game against Dallas on San Jose's fourth line. He did manage two assists in 12 minutes of ice time.
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Thanks to a five-point push Sunday, the Skinny pulls within spitting distance of Rotowire's McLarney entry. It's going to come down to goalie play and whether Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Evgeni Nabokov can regain their early-season form. Jaroslav Halak is given a tryout, but I plan spot-starts only early on.