Sharks in demand

The NHL schedule gets underway in North America on Thursday after starting the season on the weekend in Europe. This is a big week as a lot of hockey drafts will take place during the week. Good luck to everyone on draft day. Now let's look at "The Week Ahead."


3 Games - San Jose

2 Games - Anaheim, Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Phoenix, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington

1 Game - Buffalo, Edmonton, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay

Reserve all your Buffalo, Edmonton, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay
players with the following exceptions: Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis.


Only the San Jose Sharks play three games in four nights this week. Evgeni Nabokov should play in all the games.


There are two match ups this week where teams face each other twice. Calgary and Vancouver face each other in a home-and-home series as does San Jose and the Los Angeles Kings.

The Canucks will have Alex Burrows, Darcy Hordichuk and Kevin Bieksa, while the Flames will counter with Dion Phaneuf, Todd Bertuzzi and Jim Vandermeer. The Sharks will use Jody Shelley and Doug Murray if the going gets tough, while the Kings have Raitis Ivanans and Sean O'Donnell if the tough get going.


These are the weak teams in the league, and the teams that will be facing them this week.

Toronto - The Maple Leafs play twice this week, on the road against Detroit and at home versus Montreal. The Red Wings are led by Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa and Nicklas Lidstrom while the Canadiens will get their scoring from Tomas Plekanec, Alexei Kovalev, Alex Tanguay and Andrei Markov.

New York Islanders - The Islanders open the season in New Jersey and then come home to face St. Louis this week. The Devils will be led by Zach Parise, Patrik Elias, Brian Rolston and Brian Gionta. They Blues will rely on Brad Boyes, Paul Kariya, Keith Tkachuk and Andy McDonald to lead them in scoring.


Anton Babchuk - Hurricanes (Knee) Day-to-day
Marc-Andre Bergeron - Wild (Broken Nose) Day-to-day
Radek Bonk - Predators (Hip flexor) Day-to-day
Francis Bouillon - Canadiens (Lower Body) Day-to-day
Rene Bourque - Flames (Leg) Day-to-day
Derick Brassard - Blue Jackets (Head) Indefinitely
Chris Campoli - Islanders (Lower Body) Indefinitely
Chris Chelios - Red Wings (Leg) Mid-November
Erik Christensen - Thrashers (Shoulder) Day-to-day
Marc-Andre Cliche - Kings (Shoulder) Indefinitely
Pavel Datsyuk - Red Wings (Groin) Day-to-day
Rick DiPietro - Islanders (Knee) Day-to-day
Shean Donovan - Senators (Hip Flexor) Day-to-day
Steve Downie - Flyers (Knee) Mid-October
Jeff Finger - Maple Leafs (Foot) Mid-October
Mike Fisher - Senators (Groin) Day-to-day
Adam Foote - Avalanche (Groin) Day-to-day
Kurtis Foster - Wild (Leg) Early November
Alexander Frolov - Kings (Groin) Day-to-day
Paul Gaustad - Sabres (Thumb) Late October
Sergei Gonchar - Penguins (Shoulder) February at the earliest
Niklas Grossman - Stars (Hip) Day-to-day
Bill Guerin - Islanders (Shoulder) Day-to-day
Jeff Halpern - Lightning (Knee) January
Dan Hamhuis - Predators (Knee) Day-to-day
Martin Hanzal - Coyotes (Back) Day-to-day
Josh Harding - Wild (Eye) Day-to-day
Milan Hejduk - Avalanche (Back) Day-to-day
Erik Johnson - Blues (Knee Surgery) Gone for the season
Jonas Junland - Blues (Shoulder) Early October
Chuck Kobasew - Bruins (Leg) Day-to-day
Ville Koistinen - Predators (Shoulder) Day-to-day
Alexei Kovalev - Canadiens (Groin) Day-to-day
Viktor Kozlov - Capitals (Groin) Day-to-day
David Krejci - Bruins (Groin) Day-to-day
Pavel Kubina - Maple Leafs (Knee) Day-to-day
Nikolai Kulemin - Maple Leafs (Knee) Day-to-day
Robert Lang - Canadiens (Groin) Day-to-day
Daymond Langkow - Flames (Flu) Day-to-day
Georges Laraque - Canadiens (Groin) Day-to-day
Brad Larsen - Ducks (Abdominal) Day-to-day
Guillaume Latendresse - Canadiens (Groin) Day-to-day
Brad Lukowich - Sharks (Soreness) Day-to-day
Brad May - Ducks (Face) Day-to-day
Brenden Morrow - Stars (Hip flexor) Day-to-day
Petteri Nokelainen - Bruins (Groin/Hip) Day-to-day
Jed Ortmeyer - Predators (Knee surgery) Indefinitely
Alexandre Picard - Senators (Groin) Day-to-day
Paul Ranger - Lightning (Shoulder) Day-to-day
Jeremy Roenick - Sharks (Knee) Day-to-day
Marc Staal - Rangers (Shoulder) Day-to-day
Mark Stuart - Bruins (Charley Horse) Day-to-day
Steve Sullivan - Predators (Back) Indefinitely
Barry Tallackson - Devils (Heart) Day-to-day
Nick Tarnsky - Predators (Fractured Thumb) Day-to-day
Raffi Torres - Blue Jackets (Shoulder) Mid-November
Darcy Tucker - Avalanche (Ankle) Day-to-day
Stephen Weiss - Panthers (Groin) Day-to-day
Ryan Whitney - Penguins (Foot) December-January
Justin Williams - Hurricanes (Achilles tendon) Indefinitely
James Wisniewski - Blackhawks (Knee surgery) December
Jeff Woywitka - Blues (Foot) End of October
Marek Zidlicky - Wild (Leg) Mid-October
Sergei Zubov - Stars (Hip) Mid-October/Mid-November

Question of the Week

Hi Michael,

Just wondering what you think. Would you trade Mike Ribeiro for Martin Biron. My team is as follows:

C - Malkin, Ribeiro, Gomez, Cogliano, Mcdonald
LW -Ovechkin, Carcillo, Avery, Prospal, Huselius, J. Staal
RW - Hossa, Kotalik, Selanne, Bernier
D - Kaberle, Niedermayer, Mccabe, Souray

G - Price, Theodore, Thomas

Our scoring Categories are : G, A, P, +/-, PIM, PPG, PPA, PPP, SHG, SHA, SHP, GWG, SOG, FW for forwards and D, W, L , GAA, SV%, SHO for goalies. It is also a keeper league in which we can keep three players, two regular and one rookie/sophomore.




No. You have two good goaltenders in Carey Price and Jose Theodore and even if you think that Biron is better than Theodore, the difference is only slight and certainly doesn't warrant the trading of Ribeiro who had 83 points last season.

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