Monday, November 20, 2006

Week Seven Newsletter

We didn't have much a big scoring week in the pool... the leader in points came nowhere near what happened in Week Six. With a few more trades done in the pool, maybe it will get a little bit more interesting. We'll have to see.

Let's see what happened in Week Seven...

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In what was only believed to be a two-horse race for the Player of the Week honour, Teemu Selanne came out of nowhere to register 5 assists on Sunday night against the Coyotes to pick the honour out of the hands of Alexander Frolov and Rod Brind'Amour.

All three players had eight points, but Selanne did his in three games, which makes the feat a little more impressive than the other two doing it in four games. Selanne's benefactors... all eight of them... are all rubbing their hands together in glee as Selanne took the Box 3 lead in scoring, leading Iginla and Frolov by three points.

This week's Mover & Shaker race was quite close... so close, it was really hard to call in the end. The top four teams in the week, all cleared 70 points and they all moved up better than three spots. In the end, thanks to back-to-back good weeks and a constant climb through the first seven weeks of the season, Marcus is the man who receives the award.

70 points and a +5 in the Standings was really moving and shaking this past week. Led by Miikka Kiprusoff and his six points, Marcus also received good production from Chris Pronger and Erik Cole who each had five points. This is one of the few times that the M&S doesn't have the Player of the Week... but fortunately for Marcus, every one of his active players got him at least one point last week.

Well, you can't say I'm not rigging it. I had a pretty crappy week... so much so, that I, Clayton, the administrator of the pool, was Week Seven's Basement Dweller. This may be one of the few times I'll be able to write one of these paragraphs in the first-person, but here it goes. My team had been decimated by injury... a reason, more than an excuse (to some)... Marian Gaborik, Brad Stuart (just returned), Jeff Carter, Toni Lydman... and then a couple more in the minors... Josh Gorges and Hannu Toivonen... yeah, it's was bound to happen that I would drop six places in the Standings.

Long-term Injuries and Pool Trades
As of Sunday morning, there is still 17 pool teams who haven't made a trade yet this season. There's an argument for "are they paying attention to the pool" or "are they more patient than the rest of the pool?" Lots of questions... not many answers.

More trades going on for Week Eight... Clayton makes a couple moves, while Caterina and Derek & Nicole make one as well.

Pierre Turgeon's status has been downgraded from day-to-day to out until the beginning of December (at the earliest). Turgeon underwent surgery to repair his rotator cuff before the season started and hasn't seen any action yet. Jordan Leopold on the other hand, should be making his season debut for the Avalanche this week, as he will be on the road trip that the Avs set out on early this week.

Hockey Night In Canada in Week Eight will feature another Leafs game... and the Leafs will be facing Boston... again. The Leafs and Bruins have already played each other twice in November... so why not again? There are a few Bruin picks in the pool, so this match-up does make for a good watchin' game. In the second half, the Canucks will visit the Avalanche again on HNIC, which also happened once this month as well. There's enough teams involved in that game as well

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