Today is practically a day off for fantasy hockey players: the only scheduled game is Colorado at the New York Islanders.
To observe the weekend’s box scores was to take a trip down memory lane: Some of the better performances by fantasy free agents came from the game’s elder statesmen:
Mark Recchi, RW, Tampa Bay Lightning. The 41-year-old got national attention for his five-assist game on Saturday night, part of Tampa’s 8-6 win in Calgary. Props to Ross McKeon of Yahoo! Sports for pointing out that four of those five dimes were primary assists. This was also Recchi’s fourth consecutive game with at least one point. He is only 19.7 percent owned in ESPN leagues and eight percent in Yahoo! leagues. Is he worth picking up? Only if you’re lacking in assists. He’s also worth picking up if you’re wasting a roster spot on guys like…
Miroslav Satan, RW, Pittsburgh Penguins. The 34-year-old Satan has goals in back-to-back games, and he has been scoring consistently since the Penguins replaced former head coach Michel Therrien with Dan Bylsma. Simply put, Bylsma is giving Satan more ice time with the stars, and the results are showing. Two words for fantasy owners: sell high. Incredibly, Satan is owned in 64 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 89.4 percent of ESPN leagues, despite his ridiculously pedestrian numbers (17 goals, 19 assists, +3).
Chris Drury, C, New York Rangers. The 32-year-old Drury has one goal and six assists in his last six games. In the Rangers’ 6-1 home win vs. Colorado on Saturday, Drury tallied one goal and one assist against his former team. Drury’s current totals (16 goals, 25 assists) are consistent with his career standards. Yet Drury, like Satan, is vastly over-owned. He is on rosters in 93.1 percent of ESPN leagues and 54 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Take advantage of Drury’s hot streak to sell him high, or to sell him period. One week from now you’ll have no choice but to release him. He plays for a lousy offensive team, and his stats are subpar for a fantasy center.