By Adam Holtz
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When you pay your annual dues for a fantasy league, what happens to that money? Is your commissioner almost too happy to accept cash from you? Does he make a comment about how he can pay his rent now? Or mumble something about a gift for his latest girlfriend? Or maybe he goes straight to the vending machine, using one of your singles to buy himself a refreshment.
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The truth is that not many fantasy players actually know what happens with their dues money. All too often, commissioners will either deposit it in their bank account or spend it straight out of their wallet (that is, if you pay your dues with cash – which is probably your own fault to begin with). Then, when the season ends, the commish either struggles to pay the winner(s), or flat out doesn’t pay winnings (“I guess I forgot – I’ll take care of it soon”) at all.
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Worse yet, when the commissioner does actually pay prizes, he probably pays out less money than the winner is expecting, using an excuse of, “Well, a couple guys never paid the dues this year, so the prize money is less.”
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Do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you? They shouldn’t, but you know they do. They happen all the time. Commissioners are imperfect people with good intentions (or sometimes bad people with nefarious intentions) who can (and do) make mistakes and poor decisions. People get away without paying in for the year, and commissioners get away with paying out less than they take in, as well as paying in an untimely fashion. And while these people are seldom penalized for such laziness and/or selfishness, the people who do things the “right” way are likewise never rewarded for having done so. Not cool.
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Your dues money – or more exactly, the league’s dues money, once paid – should be collected on time, kept safely in reserve, and paid out promptly. Those three points are not negotiable. No exceptions. Your commissioner owes it to your league, and all people playing in the league owe each other the respect of prompt payment. Put most simply, it is a matter of character: do the owners in your league have enough character to respect each other in this way – and if not, does the commissioner have the character to enforce these hard-and-fast rules?
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While the mode of collection and payment – as well as method of keeping the money – is open to discussion, the three main points are simply absolute. If your commissioner cannot follow those three rules for you and your league-mates, you have the following options: (a) get a different commissioner who will make sure they do follow those rules, (b) make your league a no-money league, or (c) leave the league.
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There are no excuses here, commissioners. Collect the dues money on time. Don’t insult the courtesy of those people who pay dues on time by allowing others to skate by. Enforce the deadline. Announce it weeks – even months – in advance. Threaten penalties – monetary, or maybe points, if necessary. And if someone cannot or will not pay, it’s simple: find someone else to run that team. It sounds brash, but look at it from this perspective: others pay promptly, so allowing someone a free pass for not paying on time (or at all) does those good people a disservice, and makes your life more difficult as well. Fix the problem by eliminating it. Don’t let any faux friendships get in the way, either (“Aw, c’mon, man, we’re buds – you know I’m good for it!”). Everyone agreed to pay the dues; they know the score. Now it’s time to pay the piper. However you collect the money is up to you and the people in your league – cash (not recommended), check, Paypal, bank transfer, etc. – just make sure everyone knows how they can pay, and when they need to pay.
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When it comes to holding other people’s money, it is a responsibility that cannot be taken seriously enough. It makes no difference what the amount is – it’s not your money! What belongs to the league must absolutely be kept separate from one’s personal spending money. (For a real estate broker, such co-mingling of personal and business money would land you in jail.) Whether you open up a separate bank account, put all the money in a jar in your closet, whatever. But don’t you dare use that money to buy anything for yourself – or anyone else! Not even for the cute girl who’s flirting with you from across the room at the bar (besides, you’re tipsy anyway – who knows if she’s flirting with you or with the other guy sitting at the very next table?); trust me, that money is much better off being kept in your pocket than being spent on drinks for her (this advice goes double if you are married). Again, just remember, it’s not your money!
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If you do your job on steps 1 and 2 (collecting and keeping), then step 3 (paying out) will be a breeze. Everyone who has prize money coming will know that you have it and will be able to pay them promptly. It’s not your money anyway, right? You collected from everybody, right? You’ve kept it separate from your money…right? So now you’ll pay them all immediately after the season ends…. RIGHT? So do it! Easy! ‘Nuff said.
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Now, here is where we get into the disclaimer portion of the column. No one is advocating for or against any of the companies named below. I am simply mentioning some of the most widely used companies, and I encourage readers to go and check for themselves which one they think is best for their league(s). There, disclaimer done.
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The commissioner’s job can be made much, MUCH simpler (not to mention more transparent and trustworthy) with the help of an online dues service. There are a couple of sites out there offering these services; the ones I hear mentioned most often are LeagueSafe and Fantasy Sports Vault. With services such as these, your members can securely pay dues online with a credit card or e-check, or even with paper checks to the commish or the service’s home office, who then submit electronic payments on those owners’ behalf (these options vary depending on provider and specific league settings). Then, the money is held securely by the service provider’s bank on your behalf, with a detailed accounting of who paid in what and when. After the season, prizes are paid out according to your league’s specific rules. Pretty straight forward.
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Using a service such as this will make the commissioner’s life easier in a number of ways:  Everyone gets the exact same notifications to pay their dues; everyone can see when the deadline is, and what penalties apply if they fail to pay on time; everyone knows where the money is kept; everyone knows the winner(s) will be paid promptly. And best of all, most of the services provided by these sites is completely FREE. (Some options are provided for a fee, but there is always at least one “free option” for paying dues and receiving prize money.)
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Commissioners: Your job is not always easy, but you know that. You do it anyway. There’s no problem in looking out for yourself, as well as for your league’s integrity. I’m not necessarily advocating for the use of an online dues management service; however, I am advocating for the three firm rules I mentioned above: on-time collection, legitimate safe keeping of dues money, and prompt payouts. If a commissioner can do all three without the online help, then by all means, feel free. But I don’t see a situation where using such a service makes the commish’s job more difficult. If there is one, I’d like to hear about it! Comments or emails are welcomed, as always.
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Adam Holtz is a former college sports information director living in southern Minnesota. His 15 years of playing fantasy sports – as well as 15 years of commissioner work – have given him a wealth of experience on which to draw. In fact, he’s probably a better commissioner than he is a fantasy player: his wife’s team swept him in two head-to-head games last football season. He is very eager to get some revenge – and to sleep on the couch.
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Email the Commish: adam.holtz(at)gmail.com or check out his blog at champguy.blogspot.com.

Hockey and TBI

10 May 2010

Author Bio:

Chelsea Travers is an outreach representative forCareMeridian, a subacute care facility located throughout the Western United States for patients suffering from traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury or medical complexities, such as neuromuscular or congenital anomalies.

 

Hockey and TBI
Hockey is arguably one of the most physical professional sports. Hockey players are constantly getting body checked, slammed into boards, falling to the ice, slapped by a stick, hit by a dense, speeding puck or getting punched during a fight. If that isn’t bad enough, hockey players take part in one of the longest regular seasons of any sport, effectively taking on harsher pain for a longer amount of time throughout the year. Risk of injury couldn’t be clearer as you all too commonly see hockey players missing their front two teeth. With all of the injuries that can occur, one of the most dangerous is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A TBI is a silent injury that can cause harm to the mind and body of an individual. An injury to the head or brain can alter someone’s life and can even require long-term rehabilitation and care from a skilled nursing facility. These injuries are often far too common in the sport of hockey and if not properly treated can permanently leave a hockey player’s life challenging than the game they play.

 

TBI is an injury that Philadelphia Flyers player Ian Laperriere knows all too well. In game 5 of an NHL playoff game with the New Jersey Devils, Laperriere took a slap shot to the face that immediately caused him to bleed excessively from the wound above his eye and lose sight. Laperriere was diagnosed with a brain contusion after having a MRI a few days later. While Laperriere may have originally thought that losing sight in one of his eyes was the worst of the two injuries, in reality the bigger concern could wind up being the long-term effects of the brain injury.

 

A concussions have been dismissed as minor injuries because the physical nature of most sports causes them to occur regularly, but, frequently occurring or not, they are still head injuries where the brain is forced to move violently within the skull and the way it functions could change permanently. When the brain moves in such a manner, it can bruise, bleed, and even tear, which can cause irreversible damage to the victim. For a sport like hockey, this type of injury is very common and unfortunately at times ignored. Many hockey players don’t take into account the possible effects of the injury and because it might not seem like a serious problem exists at first, they keep on skating as if nothing occurred. Their unawareness of the injury makes the it so much more dangerous because a mild brain injury can turn into a life threatening injury in a very short period of time without seeking immediate medical treatment.

 

Studies by the National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Sports Concussion Symposium in New York have shown that since 1997, 759 NHL players have been diagnosed with a concussion. Broken down, that averages out to 76 players per season and 31 concussions per 1,000 games of hockey. That is far too frequent of an occurrence for such a serious injury. It’s a frightening statistic that should send up a red flag to hockey officials that actions need to be taken to further prevent this type of injury from occurring.

 

The best, and sometimes only, treatment for TBI is prevention. For the National Hockey League new rules are being considered that preserve the game but also help protect the players. Rule changes concerning blindside hits, rink size (which effects players space from each other and their proximity to walls), and stronger helmet requirements all have been considered to help curb TBI and its effects. This demonstrates that the NHL is aware of the seriousness of the injury and is taking proactive steps to help prevent it from happening.

 

Hockey is one of the most popular sports in North America and has millions of people participating in it every year. Unfortunately, the sport comes with the risk of a TBI. With the right awareness of the injury and the necessary precautions in place, the game should be able to continue with players excited to lace up their skates and enjoy it.

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In Need of Goals
Mike Modano, C, Dallas Stars
4 goals last week with 1 assist, a +4 plus/minus rating, 1 power play point, 11 shots on goal, 31 face-offs won
5 percent Yahoo! ownership

Sergei Samsonov, LW, Carolina Hurricanes
3 goals last week with 1 assist, a +4 rating, and 6 shots on goal
4 percent Yahoo! ownership

Jussi Jokinen, LW, Carolina Hurricanes
3 goals last week with a +1 rating, 1 power play point, 11 shots on goal, and 2 face-offs won
35 percent Yahoo! ownership

In Need of Assists
Alexei Ponikarovsky, LW, Toronto Maple Leafs
4 assists last week with 1 goal, a +1 rating, 1 power play point, 6 shots on goal and 1 face-off won
55 percent Yahoo! ownership

Valtteri Filppula, C, Detroit Red Wings
4 assists last week with a +1 rating, 2 power play points, 4 shots on goal, and 22 face-offs won
7 percent Yahoo! ownership

Tom Kostopoulos, RW, Carolina Hurricanes
4 assists last week with a +3 rating, 6 shots on goal, and 1 face-off won
1 percent Yahoo! ownership

T.J. Galiardi, LW, Colorado Avalanche
4 assists last week with 1 goal, a +4 rating, 2 short-handed points, 9 shots on goal, and 2 face-offs won
1 percent Yahoo! ownership

In Need of +/- Rating
Tom Poti, D, Washington Capitals
+6 rating, 3 assists, 6 shots on goal
14 percent Yahoo! ownership

Keith Yandle, D, Phoenix Coyotes
+5 rating, 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 power play point, 6 shots on goal
49 percent Yahoo! ownership

Andrew Alberts, D, Carolina Hurricanes
+5 rating, 1 goal, 3 assists, 4 shot on goal
Less than 1 percent Yahoo! ownership

Steve Downie, RW, Tampa Bay Lighting
+4 rating, 3 assists, 8 shots on goal
35 percent Yahoo! ownership

+4 rating mentioned above: Mike Modano, Sergei Samsonov, T.J. Galiardi

In Need of Power Play Points
Jason Demers, D, San Jose Sharks
3 power play points, 2 goals, 2 assists, -1 rating, 8 shots on goal
5 percent Yahoo! ownership

In Need of Face-offs Won
Vernon Fiddler, LW, Phoenix Coyotes
35 face-offs won, 2 assists, -2 rating, 6 shots on goal
2 percent Yahoo! ownership

Eric Belanger, C, Minnesota Wild
33 face-offs won, 2 assists, even rating, 1 power play point, 13 shots on goal
6 percent Yahoo! ownership

Michael Handzus, C, Los Angeles Kings
33 face-offs won, 1 goal, 1 assist, +2 rating, 1 power play point, 4 shots on goal
5 percent Yahoo! ownership

In Need of Goalie Help
Brian Elliott, Ottawa Senators
2 wins, 1.46 goals against average, .950 save percentage
51 percent Yahoo! ownership

Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild
2 wins, 2.34 goals against average, .925 save percentage, 1 shutout
4 percent Yahoo! ownership

Alex Auld, Dallas Stars
2 wins, 2.95 goals against average, .892 save percentage
9 percent Yahoo! ownership

Antero Niittymaki, Tampa Bay Lighting
2 wins, 0.65 goals against average, .978 save percentage, 1 shutout
29 percent Yahoo! ownership

Jose Theodore, Washington Capitals
2 wins, 1.50 goals against average, .957 save percentage
55 percent Yahoo! ownership

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In Need of Goals
Benoit Pouliot, LW, Montreal Canadiens
4 goals last week, +3 plus/minus rating, 2 power play points, 16 shots on goal
16 percent Yahoo! ownership

Scottie Upshaw, RW, Phoenix Coyotes
4 goals, 1 assist, +2 rating, 1 power play point, 13 shots on goal
15 percent Yahoo! ownership

Sam Gagner, C, Edmonton Oilers
3 goals, +1 rating, 1 power play point, 14 shots on goal, 15 face-offs won
12 percent Yahoo! ownership

In Need of Assists
Jussi Jokinen, LW, Carolina Hurricanes
5 assists, 2 goals, +2 rating, 4 power play points, 6 shots on goal, 2 face-offs won
24 percent Yahoo! ownership

Tomas Fleischmann, LW/RW, Washington Capitals
4 assists, 1 goal, +2 rating, 2 power play points, 7 shots on goal, 17 face-offs won
44 percent Yahoo! ownership

Ruslan Fedotenko, LW, Pittsburgh Penguins
4 assists, +1 rating, 1 power play point, 6 shots on goal
5 percent Yahoo! ownership

In Need of +/- Rating
Paul Kariya, LW, St. Louis Blues
+5 rating, 1 goal, 2 assists, 12 shots on goal
22 percent Yahoo! ownership

Shaone Morrisonn, D, Washington Capitals
+4 rating, 3 assists, 1 shot on goal
1 percent Yahoo! ownership

T.J. Oshie, C, St. Louis Blues
+4 rating, 1 goal, 2 assists, 4 shots on goal, 20 face-offs won
8 percent Yahoo! ownership

In Need of Power Play Points
Jussi Jokinen, LW, Carolina Hurricanes
Already mentioned.

Peter Regin, C, Ottawa Senators
3 power play points, 1 goal, 2 assists, -1 rating, 6 shots on goal, 19 face-offs won
1 percent Yahoo! ownership

Marc-Andre Bergeron, D, Montreal Canadiens
3 power play points, 3 assists, +1 rating, 3 shots on goal

In Need of Face-offs Won
Antoine Vermette, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
35 face-offs won, 2 goals, 1 assist, -1 rating, 7 shots on goal
22 percent Yahoo! ownership

Scott Gomez, C, New York Rangers
34 face-offs won, 1 goal, 2 assists, +1 rating, 9 shots on goal,
47 percent Yahoo! ownership

In Need of Goalie Help
Brian Elliot, Ottawa Senators

3 wins, 1.00 goals against average, .965 save percentage, 1 shutout
33 percent Yahoo! ownership

Ty Conklin, St. Louis Blues
2 wins, 1.46 goals against average, .958 save percentage, 1 shutout
24 percent Yahoo! ownership

Antero Niittymaki, Tampa Bay Lightning
2 wins, 1.39 goals against average, .950 save percentage
23 percent Yahoo! ownership

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In Need of Goals
Antti Miettinen, RW, Minnesota Wild

Miettinen had six points last week (4 goals, 2 assists) with a -2 plus/minus rating. He added two power play points, nine shots on goal, and won a face-off. Antti is owned in 5 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Raffi Torres, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets
Torres had 3 goals last week with a -2 rating. He had 13 shots on goal. Raffi is owned in 4 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Brandon Dubinsky, C, New York Rangers
Dubinsky had five points last week (3 goals, 2 assists) with a +4 rating. He added a power play point, a short-handed point, ten shots on goal, and won 23 face-offs. Brandon is owned in 23 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Rostislav Olesz, LW, Florida Panthers
Rostislav had four points (3 goals, assist) last week with a +2 rating. He had a power play point and four shots on goal. Olesz is owned in 3 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Guillaume Latendresse, LW/RW, Minnesota Wild
Latendresse also had four points (3 goals, assist) last week with a +2 rating last week. He had a power play point and 12 shots on goal. Guillaume is owned in 29 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

In Need of Assists
Manny Malhotra, C, San Jose Sharks
Malhotra had five points last week (1 goal, 4 assists) with a +5 rating. He had two power play points, 9 shots on goal, and won 31 face-offs. Manny is owned in 1 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Anton Stralman, D, Columbus Blue Jackets
Stralman had 4 assists last week with a -2 rating. He added three power play points and 11 shots on goal. Anton is owned in 12 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Valterri Filppula, C, Detroit Red Wings
Filppula also had four assist last week, but had a +2 rating. He had two power play points, nine shots on goal, and won 26 face-offs.

In Need of +/- Rating
Chris Phillips, D, Ottawa Senators
Phillips had a +7 rating, two points (goal, assist), and four shots on goal. He’s owned in 2 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Luke Schenn, D, Toronto Maple Leafs
Schenn had a +5 rating, two points (goal, assist), and one shot on goal. He’s owned in 2 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Jay Leach, D, San Jose Sharks
Phillips had a +5 rating, one assist, and six shots on goal. He’s owned in less than 1 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Manny Malhotra, C, San Jose Sharks
Already mentioned. +5 rating last week.

In Need of Power Play Points
Anton Stralman, D, Columbus Blue Jackets
Already mentioned. Three power play points last week.

In Need of Face-Offs Won
Antoine Vermette, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
Vernette won 43 face-offs last week. He added two assists, a -2 rating, and five shots on goal. Antoine is owned in 22 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Kyle Chipchura, C, Anaheim Ducks
Chipchura won 39 face-offs last week. He added an assist, a -1 rating, and three shots on goal. Kyle is owned in less than 1 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

In Need of Goalie Play
Jose Theodore, Washington Capitals
Theodore won four games last week with a 1.68 goals against average, and a .951 save percentage. He’s owned in 47 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Mike Brodeur, Ottawa Senators
Brodeur won two games last week with a 1.00 goals against average, and a .969 save percentage. He’s owned in 10 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders
DiPietro won two games last week with a 0.96 goals against average, and a .962 save percentage. He’s owned in 32 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

Brian Elliott, Ottawa Senators
Elliots won two games last week with a 1.00 goals against average, and a .962 save percentage. He’s owned in 15 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

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In Need of Goals

Patric Hornqvist, RW, Nashville Predators: 4 goals last week, 36 percent Yahoo ownership

Kyle Okposo, RW, New York Islanders: 4 goals last week, 35 percent Yahoo ownership

Rob Schremp, C, New York Islanders: 3 goals last week, 1 percent Yahoo ownership

Eric Belander, C, Minnesota Wild: 3 goals last week, 6 percent Yahoo ownership

Guillaume Latendresse, RW/LW, Minnesota Wild: 3 goals last week, 12 percent Yahoo ownership

Tyler Myers, D, Buffalo Sabres: 3 goals last week, 36 percent Yahoo ownership

James van Riemsdyk, LW, Philadelphia Flyers: 3 goals last week, 23 percent Yahoo ownership

Antoine Vermette, C, Columbus Blue Jackets: 3 goals last week, 21 percent Yahoo ownership


In Need of Assists

Josh Bailey, C, New York Islanders: 6 assists last week, 4 percent Yahoo ownership

Jay McClement, C, St. Louis Blues: 5 assists last week, 1 percent Yahoo ownership

Jeff Schultz, D, Washington Capitals: 4 assists last week, 3 percent Yahoo ownership

Guillaume Latendresse, RW/LW, Minnesota Wild: 4 assists last week, 12 percent Yahoo ownership

Arron Asham, RW, Philadelphia Flyers: 4 assists last week, 1 percent Yahoo ownership

Matt Cullen, C, Carolina Hurricanes: 4 assists last week, 5 percent Yahoo ownership

Brandon Bochenski, RW, Tampa Bay Lighting: 4 assists last week, less than 1 percent Yahoo ownership


In Need of Plus Minus Rating

Jeff Schultz, D, Washington Capitals: +8 rating, 3 percent Yahoo ownership

Pascal Dupuis, LW, Pittsburgh Penguins: +5 rating, 2 percent Yahoo ownership

Saku Koivu, C, Anaheim Ducks: +5 rating, 18 percent Yahoo ownership

Tom Poti, D, Washington Capitals: +5 rating, 3 percent Yahoo ownership

Jay McClement, C, St. Louis Blues: +5 rating, 1 percent Yahoo ownership


In Need of Power Play Points

Brandon Bochenski, RW, Tampa Bay Lighting: 4 power play points, less than 1 percent Yahoo ownership

Tyler Myers, D, Buffalo Sabres: 3 power play points, 36 percent Yahoo ownership

Kurtis Foster, D, Tampa Bay Lighting: 3 power play points, 15 percent Yahoo ownership

Patric Hornqvist, RW, Nashville Predators: 3 power play points, 36 percent Yahoo ownership

Josh Bailey, C, New York Islanders: 3 power play points, 4 percent Yahoo ownership

Steve Sullivan, LW, Nashville Predators: 3 power play points, 15 percent Yahoo ownership


In Need of Face-Offs Won

Matt Cullen, C, Carolina Hurricanes: 53 face-offs won, 5 percent Yahoo ownership

Jay McClement, C, St. Louis Blues: 45 face-offs won, 1 percent Yahoo ownership


In Need of Goalie Help

Michael Leighton, Philadelphia Flyers: 4 Wins, 2.50 GAA, .916 save percentage, 23 percent Yahoo Ownership

Dwayne Roloson, New York Islanders: 3 Wins, 1.95 GAA, .922 save percentage, 55 percent Yahoo Ownership

Mathieu Garon, Columbus Blue Jackets: 3 Wins, 2.10 GAA, .916 save percentage, 12 percent Yahoo Ownership

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In Need of Goals
Radek Dvorak, RW, Florida Panthers: 3 goals last week, 2 percent Yahoo! ownership

Andy McDonald, C/LW, St. Louis Blues:  3 goals, 27 percent ownership

Chris Kelly, C, Ottawa Senators:  3 goals, 1 percent ownership

Blake Wheeler, RW, Boston Bruins:  3 goals, 38 percent ownership

Jon Sim, LW, New York Islanders:  3 goals, less than 1 percent ownership

Eric Belanger, C, Minnesoat Wild:  3 goals, 5 percent ownership

Jochen Hecht, C/LW, Buffalo Sabres:  3 goals, 5 percent ownership

Curtis Glencross, LW, Calgary Flames:  3 goals, 9 percent ownership

Saka Koivu, C, Anaheim Ducks:  3 goals, 14 percent ownership

Darren Helm, C, Detroit Red Wings:  3 goals, 1 percent ownership

Michael Handzus, C, Los Angeles Kings:  3 goals, 5 percent ownership

In Need of Assists
Daymond Langkow, C, Calgary Flames:  4 assists, 28 percent ownership

Frans Nielsen, C, New York Islanders:  4 assists, 1 percent ownership

In Need of Plus/Minus Rating
Jochen Hecht, C/LW, Buffalo Sabres:  +6 rating, 5 percent ownership

Anton Volchenkov, D, Ottawa Senators:  +6 rating, 1 percent ownership

Bryan Allen, D, Florida Panthers:  +6 rating, less than 1 percent ownership

In Need of Face-Offs Won
Chris Drury, C, New York Rangers:  45 face-offs won, 18 percent ownership

Eric Christensen, C, New York Rangers:  35 face-offs won, 1 percent ownership

In Need of Goalie Help
Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wing:  2 wins, 2.02 goals against average, .935 save percentage, 64 percent ownership

Dwayne Roloson, New York Islanders:  2 wins, 2.85 goals against average, .905 save percentage, 54 percent ownership

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Kim Johnsson, D, Minnesota Wild
Johnsson had three goals last week to go along with a +3 plus/minus rating, two power play points, and eight shots on goal. He has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in 32 games this year, but five in his last seven games. Kim is owned in 1 percent of Yahoo! and 1.8 percent of ESPN leagues.

Brandon Sutter, C, Carolina Hurricanes
Sutter had three goals last week with a +1 rating, two power play points, 16 shots on goal, and 2 face-offs won. He has 16 points (10 goals, 6 assists) in 30 games this year, and is riding a four-game point streak. Brandon is owned in 1 percent of Yahoo! and 0.8 percent of ESPN leagues.

Jussi Jokinen, LW, Carolina Hurricanes
Jokinen also played well for the Hurricanes last week scoring five points (3 goals, 2 assists) with a +5 rating, 11 shots on goal, and 15 face-offs won. He has 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 38 games this year. Jussi is owned in 7 percent of Yahoo! and 4 percent of ESPN leagues.

Mason Raymond, LW, Vancouver Canucks
Mason had four points (3 goals, 1 assist), a +2 rating, two power play points, six shots on goal, and a face-off won last week. On the year he has 29 points (17 goals, 12 assists) in 40 games. Mason is owned in 44 percent of Yahoo! and 31.6 percent of ESPN leagues.

Matt Cullen, C, Carolina Hurricanes
Cullen had four assists, a +5 rating, 13 shots on goal, and 40 face-offs won last week. On the year he has 22 points (8 goals, 14 assists). Matt is owned in 4 percent of Yahoo! and 1.7 percent of ESPN leagues.
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Patric Hornqvist, RW, Nashville Predators
Hornqvist has a five-game point streak going. He has eight points (5 goals, 3 assists) during that stretch. He also has a +6  plus/minus rating, one power play point, and 16 shots on goal. Patric is owned in 7 percent of Yahoo! and 3 percent of ESPN leagues.

Scottie Upshall, RW, Phoenix Coyotes
Scottie had six points (3 goals, 3 assists), a +4 rating, one power play point, and 11 shots on goal last week. On the year he has 20 points (12 goals, 8 assists) in 35 games. Upshall is owned in 9 percent of Yahoo! and 1.7 percent of ESPN leagues.

Dean McAmmond, LW, New Jersey Devils
Dean had six points (2 goals, 4 assists) last week with a +6 rating, one power play point, 9 shots on goal, and 19 face-offs won. He has eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 16 games with a +9 rating. McAmmond is owned in 1 percent of Yahoo! and 0.1 percent of ESPN leagues.

Alexandre Picard, D, Ottawa Senators
Picard had two goals last week with a +4 rating and eight shots on goal. He has 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists) in 31 games. Alexandre is owned in 4 percent of Yahoo! and 1.6 percent of ESPN leagues.

Alexander Steen, C, St. Louis Blues
Steen had five points (1 goal, 4 assists) last week with a -1 rating, three power play points, 13 shots on goal, and six face-offs won. On the year he has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 21 games. Steen is owned in 1 percent of Yahoo! and 0.2 percent of ESPN leagues.

Andy Greene, D, New Jersey Devils
Greene had four assists, a +3 rating, three power play points, and two shots on goal last week. On the year he has 21 points (5 goals, 16 assists), a +11 rating, and 11 power play points. Andy is owned in 30 percent of Yahoo! and 44.4 percent of ESPN leagues.

Jaroslav Halak, G, Montreal Canadiens
Jaroslav was 2-0 last week with a shutout, a 1.47 goals against average, and a .967 save percentage. He stopped 87 of 90 shots. On the year he’s 8-5-0 with a 2.69 goals against average, and a .916 save percentage. Halak is owned in 20 percent of Yahoo! and 10.6 percent of ESPN leagues.

Jonas Gustavsson, Toronto Maple Leafs
Jonas was 1-0-1 last week with a shutout, a 1.59 goals against average, and a .944 save percentage. He stopped 68 of 72 shots. On the year he’s 7-5-6 with a 2.90 goals against average, and a .906 save percentage. Gustavsson is owned in 24 percent of Yahoo! and 59.7 percent of ESPN leagues.

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Todd Bertuzzi, LW/RW, Detroit Red Wings
Bertuzzi tied for the league lead with four goals over the past week. He had a +1 plus/minus rating, a power play point, 16 shots on goal, and two face-offs won. On the year he has 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists). Bertuzzi is owned in 15 percent of Yahoo! and 7.5 percent of ESPN leagues.

Colby Armstrong, RW, Atlanta Thrashers
Colby also netted four goals last week. He added an assist, a +4 rating, a short-handed point, six shots on goal, and a face-off won. Colby has 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) in 30 games. He’s owned in 4 percent of Yahoo! and 0.7 percent of ESPN leagues.

Brooks Orpik, D, Pittsburgh Penguins
Brooks had three assists last week and tied for the league lead with a +6 rating. He added a short-handed point and a shot on goal. On the year he has 11 points, all assists, in 29 games. Orpik is owned in 3 percent of Yahoo! and 5.1 percent of ESPN leagues.

Tyler Myers, D, Buffalo Sabres
Myers had three assists, a +4 rating, a power play point, and four shots on goal last week. On the year he has 18 points (3 goals, 15 assists) and a +9 rating in 31 games. Tyler is owned in 20 percent of Yahoo! and 22.9 percent of ESPN leagues.

Steve Sullivan, LW, Nashville Predators
Sullivan had five points (3 goals, 2 assists) including a hat trick last week. He had a +4 rating, a power play point, and ten shots on goal. On the year  he has 22 points (9 goals, 13 assists) in 33 games. Sullivan is owned in 13 percent of Yahoo! and 4.1 percent of ESPN leagues.

R.J. Umberger, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
R.J. had four points (2 goals, 2 assists) last week. He had a power play point, 19 shots on goal, and 44 face-offs won. He did, however, have a -4 rating. On the year R.J. has 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 34 games. He is owned in 21 percent of Yahoo! and 16.1 percent of ESPN leagues.

Brian Elliott, G, Ottawa Senators
Brian was 2-1 last week with a 1.68 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. He recorded his first shutout of the year. He’s now 8-7-3 with a 2.78 goals against average and a .901 save percentage. Elliott is owned in 25 percent of Yahoo! and 16.2 percent of ESPN leagues.

Jimmy Howard, G, Detroit Red Wings
Jimmy was 2-1 last week with a 1.67 goals against average and a .941 save percentage. On the year he’s 10-6-1 with a 2.40 goals against average and a .915 save percentage. Howard is owned in 47 percent of Yahoo! and 39.1 percent of ESPN leagues.


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