Crossing my mind the last 24 hours:
Senators LW Milan Michalek. Despite his hat trick last night, I am not targeting him in a trade. He has never been a point-per-game scorer. I know he is only 24 years old; I recognize that as the former sixth overall pick (2003), he has pedigree. Wake me up when he logs his first 70-point season. Last year, he was insanely streaky; the type of guy who would notch a two-assist game, then follow it with three straight duds. To make matters worse, he plays left wing, a fantasy position where there are always hot hands to ride in the free agent pool. All this might be a different story if Michalek were a source of penalty minutes, power play points or +/-. But he isn’t, and that’s why I’ll let some other owner waste a roster spot on him. (He is 74 percent owned in Yahoo!, 88.7 percent in ESPN.)
Rangers D Dan Girardi. His stats after five games are superb for a blueliner: three goals, two assists, +5, eight PIMs, 13 shots. He is only 20 percent owned in Yahoo! and 21.6 percent in ESPN. You may ask yourself: What’s the risk in picking him up? Not much, but there’s reason to be skeptical. Girardi has no PPPs this year — a big drawback in a fantasy defenseman. In addition, Girardi is a notoriously fast starter. In 2008-09, he tallied three goals and 12 assists in his first 24 games. In the remaining 58 games, he scored only one goal and six assists — so he finished the season with a lousy 4-18-22 line. He also ended at -14.
Bruins D Dennis Wideman. If you own him — he is universally owned in ESPN but only 87 percent owned in Yahoo! — you can keep him on your bench for tonight’s Bruins game at Dallas at 8:30 pm EST. Wideman did not travel with the team, according ESPNBoston. That means he also will not be playing in Saturday night’s tilt at Phoenix at 9:00 pm EST.