Fantasy Hockey 201: Return of the Turkeys

Undoubtedly it was time for the return.

Yes the turkeys are back.

It has been a long road and it is not easy to gauge turkeys shortly after the break. That is why we are going a little back and a little ahead just to give readers that extra added gobbler affection. Even Turkey Rambo gives his seal of approval this week as we go in a different direction of sorts with the turkeys.

You may ask: why would we do something like this? Well it comes in rare cases where we not only have to warn the fantasy hockey world but the hockey world as well of the bad and horrid in your fantasy pools out there.

We humbly offer our “Turkeys Of The Week”. Hopefully the readers will be satisfied and feel free to add your own as needed in the comments section.

There were an abundance of choices in this strange 10 day span that was the National Hockey League.

Turkeys Of The Week (up till 2/3)

Ottawa Senators — This was a cruel choice. However, it was one that needed to be made. If you own any Ottawa players, this is really a death sentence fantasy wise. Daniel Alfredsson and pretty much the entire roster have been mired in a 1-8-2 funk that tops off the slump they have been really since December. Alfredsson really has gone South and is nowhere near his usual point a game pace. Chris Phillips is not much better and the goaltending is so bad that their numbers have been condemned by the Turkey Rambo himself.

The Coach and GM are just twisting in the wind and so is the team. It may be time to cut the fantasy cord and stay far far away from anyone on this team.

As a matter of fact, my recommendation is to run from this like Eugene Melnyk pretty much has. Yes the Sens owner clearly either does not care or wants this thing to abysmally fail. Your fantasy team should not have to suffer like teams did that had Devil players early in the season.

Rick DiPietro – We will steer clear of the “fight” for now. I will maintain that Kevin Poulin is the best chance this team has to win on a nightly basis….PERIOD! No matter what is said of his potential, ever since that All Star Game where he dropped the F Bomb after an injury, he has not been the same. Many at this point think he never will be. The 15-year contract on Long Island is like another albatross known as the Alexei Yashin deal. The GAA stands at 3.36 with an .890 save percentage. The record is actually somewhat respectable at 7-10-4, considering the Isles’ current standing.

It is scary to think how many more months or years this can continue but again fantasy hockey GM’s should cut the cord here and never look back. Talent? Yes. Brains? No. Grit? No. Durability? No.

And in case you need any more proof on DiPietro’s being a turkey? Well, his fight against Brent Johnson should seal the deal. Here’s the clip for those who missed it in last night’s Penguins-Islanders game…

Marian Gaborik – I can see this is another case where it is not fair but Alex Ovechkin is a hair better so he sort of avoided the turkey. The Rangers forward is basically a bottom feeder scoring 11 of his 16 goals against the bottom four teams in the NHL. Since his five-point outburst against Toronto, Gabby has just three points in his last five games and the shot output predictably has gone back to about two shots per game. He is a player who needs to shoot more and ask questions later.

Gaborik is actually a player that you may even want to consider trading for a younger player who produces a bit more. He does average 0.82 points per game, but that number slides down to 0.51 against the other 26 teams in the NHL. No bueno.

Dishonorable Mention Time:

1. Joe Thornton (San Jose) — Just is not the same guy as in Boston.

2. Dany Heatley (San Jose) — Getting better but still not the man he used to be.

3. Jimmy Howard (Detroit) — The injuries have taken a toll, but his numbers have gotten worse after every month.

4. Jonas Hiller (Anaheim) — Wow was that bad last night against San Jose.

5. Marco Sturm (LA) — He cannot catch a break.

Stay tuned there is more coming early next week. Remember to watch for the turkeys and your fantasy team should be fine. If not, then come to us. Leave your questions and comments and we will try to help.


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