Fantasy Hockey Injury Roundup: Brodeur and More
Devils Goalie Martin Brodeur is out for three to four months with a serious bicep injury. Kevin Weekes immediately becomes a decent No. 2 fantasy option, but not much more. Why not? While he did post solid numbers as a starter in years past, the Devils' defense of late has been rather poor. They're allowing far too many scoring chances and not playing as a team. To top it all off, New Jersey is rumored to be looking for a goaltender to hold them over until Marty returns.
Prognosis: Weekes is a potential high-end No. 2 at best. Pick him up if you're in trouble at goalie, otherwise, hold tight.
Scott Walker was taken off IR today by the Carolina Hurricanes. He's an excellent multi-category player when healthy. He can post PIMs, points, and power play points. The problem is simply that he is almost never healthy.
Prognosis: If you're desperate at right wing, keep an eye on him over the next week or so before making a move.
Craig Rivet and Tim Connolly have recently returned for the Buffalo Sabres and are immediately seeing substantial playing time. Connolly is the top dog on the Sabres' power play, however his health is also a top concern. He has missed significant time over the past two seasons. On top of that, the only categories he will benefit you in are power play points and assists.
Prognosis: He may be a good addition in the short term or until he gets hurt again.
Rivet, however is on the other extreme. He will help fantasy owners out with PIM, power play points, plus/minus, and more. He has only played two games after his surgery so far and still seems to be recovering.
Prognosis: Rivet is a legitimate No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy hockey defenseman when healthy, but knee injuries often cause lingering problems. Wait until he plays another game or two before adding him.
The Columbus Blue Jackets recently welcomed Freddy Modin back to the locker room, as he is returning from yet another injury. He's expected to spend time playing on the first line with Rick Nash, but for how long? He played fewer than 30 games in 2007-2008 and has had injury problems for years.
Prognosis: Monitor him carefully before making any decisions.
The Mats Sundin rumor mill continues to go on and on. He recently met with Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke, but will almost certainly not decide on his future until the end of November. So if you see him on the waiver wire now, do not yet sign him. Patience is a virtue in fantasy, so wait a couple weeks before pouncing.
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