Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sheet Player News (Nov. 30)

On Tuesday, it was announced that Box 24 forward Andreas Nodl was claimed off of waivers by the Carolina Hurricanes, picking him up from the Philadelphia Flyers, who were looking to send him down to the minors. Nodl has been a healthy scratch on a number of occasions and has also had some troubles with some minor injury knocks, limiting his season to 12 games with the Flyers, but this claim should provide a new lease on life and he was in the line-up for the Hurricanes right away on Tuesday night, so he's already off to a good start.  I don't think he will be a good pool pick-up though, having only 1 assist in 13 games now this season, he should be avoided.

Box 28 defenseman Zbynek Michalek was one of two Penguins defensemen sent home on Tuesday, after he suffered an undisclosed injury on the weekend against the Canadiens. Michalek has already been injured once this season and now a second injury will certainly put a dent in the rest his season, beginning on Tuesday night against the Rangers.  Michalek currently sits near the bottom of his box in scoring this season and if you haven't traded him away, there is a pretty good pick-up in his box, if you so felt the need to improve there.

The defenseman carousel may have stopped for the time being, as Box 14 defenseman Justin Braun has been sent down to the Worcester Sharks of the AHL, after what was reported as a fairly disastrous flub against the Kings on Monday night. Braun has been on a cycle with Jason Demers in the sixth defenseman spot, but with this recent demotion, it appears that Demers will likely get to remain in the spot for a little while or the foreseeable future.

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