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Posted On Thursday, 07.11.2013 / 9:45 AM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Who has edge -- Brodeur or Schneider?

In terms of productivity and longevity, there has never been a fantasy goaltender quite like Martin Brodeur.

But over the last three regular seasons, no goalie League-wide has been more efficient than Cory Schneider.

With both netminders on the New Jersey Devils' roster entering 2013-14, this inevitable time share should be one of the more compelling storylines of the fantasy season. The Devils, who acquired Schneider in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks during the 2013 NHL Draft at Prudential Center, will not hesitate to integrate the 27-year-old into the lineup early and often next season.

Posted On Saturday, 07.06.2013 / 2:20 PM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Move can revitalize Ryan on power play

Bobby Ryan no longer has to deal with swirling trade rumors. The dynamic forward has a new home where he can focus on what matters most to fantasy owners: returning to form as an elite offensive player.

The four-time 30-goal scorer landed with the Ottawa Senators in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. The move allows the 26-year-old to turn the page on his time with the Ducks, which was mired by positional changes and line shuffling.

The deal injects a playmaker entering his prime into the Ottawa lineup following the departure of veteran forward Daniel Alfredsson, who signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings earlier Friday. Ryan, who had 30 points, 101 shots on goal and 80 hits in 46 games in 2012-13 for the Ducks, will be a go-to guy in all situations on the wing for the Senators, a team with a wealth of offensive firepower.

Posted On Friday, 07.05.2013 / 8:53 AM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Seguin, Eriksson in position to improve

The centerpieces of Thursday's blockbuster trade will get a fresh start -- and fantasy owners should take notice.

When the Boston Bruins dealt Tyler Seguin to the Dallas Stars for Loui Eriksson in a seven-player deal, each team addressed an important positional need. Both players took steps back fantasy-wise in 2012-13, but changes of scenery suddenly present reasons to give them early-round consideration in your drafts this fall.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 7:04 PM

By Matt Sitkoff - Contributor / - NHL Live blog

The EJAYS Awards

Cisco NHL Live's EJ Hradek gives out his end of the season awards.

Posted On Wednesday, 07.03.2013 / 11:30 AM

By Pete Jensen - Fantasy Insider / - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Lecavalier fits secondary scoring role

Less than two weeks after buying out the contract of 35-year-old Danny Briere, the Philadelphia Flyers are putting their stock in another veteran forward.

The club agreed to a multiyear contract Tuesday with 33-year-old center Vincent Lecavalier, who was bought out by the Tampa Bay Lightning on June 27. While the move to acquire Lecavalier is a surprising one considering Philadelphia's lack of a sure-fire starting goaltender and weakness on defense, it's safe to say the former Lightning captain can, when healthy, bring a lot to the table from a fantasy standpoint.

While the offseason is young and more moves could be on the horizon in Philadelphia, fantasy owners can expect Lecavalier to assume a role as the team's second-line center, where he likely will be flanked by young forwards Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds.

Posted On Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 11:18 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Dream comes true as Devils draft Anthony Brodeur

NEWARK, N.J. -- Anthony Brodeur said he didn't have high expectations entering the 2013 NHL Draft.

He was just holding out hope to hear his name called at some point during the seven-round selection process on Sunday at Prudential Center, within the state where his father, New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, has become a legend.

As it turned out, dad would be the one serving up a dream come true when he announced his son as the Devils' seventh-round pick (No. 208). Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello informed Martin of the team's decision to draft Anthony at some point during the sixth round and requested that he make the pick.

The Devils acquired the pick from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 2015 seventh-round choice.

"I don't know how hard it is to get a seventh-round pick, but it's something we talked a little bit about during the season," Martin Brodeur said. "We were able to do it and it was nice of the team to allow me to make the pick."

Posted On Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 10:13 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

O'Ree excited to see Jones, Nurse go early in draft

NEWARK, N.J. -- Willie O'Ree knows the journey has only begun for prospects Seth Jones and Darnell Nurse at the 2013 NHL Draft in Prudential Center.

Now comes the hard part -- making an NHL roster.

Jones, a defenseman for the Portland Winterhawks, became the second African-American/Canadian player chosen No. 4 at the draft when he was selected by the Nashville Predators on Sunday. Jones now has something in common with Evander Kane, who had originally held that lofty distinction when he was picked fourth by the Atlanta Thrashers on June 26, 2009.

Nurse, also a defenseman with the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, would soon follow in Jones' footsteps when he was tabbed at No. 7 by the Edmonton Oilers.

Posted On Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 9:45 PM

By Sean Monahan -  Special to / - Sean Monahan Draft blog

Monahan ready to start NHL future in Calgary

NEWARK, N.J. -- I woke at about 6:30 a.m. this morning. I really couldn't sleep last night. I was trying to, but I kept waking myself up.

We had a little breakfast for some of the prospects this morning, so I went there with my mom and dad to have a good breakfast before the big day. I had some eggs and a little bacon and some fruit.

We went back to the hotel and I was able to spend some time with my family who are here. We headed over to the arena, and we got here at about 12:30. We got here early, because I obviously didn't want to be late for this.

I had some more time to spend with my family and my friends beforehand.

I didn't have to wait very long, which was pretty awesome. Being drafted by Calgary was something I really wanted, and I couldn't be happier about it.

Posted On Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 9:28 PM

By Tal Pinchevsky - Staff Writer / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Jordan Subban happy to land in Vancouver

NEWARK, N.J. -- Jordan Subban acknowledged that his parents had to wait longer for his name to be called than when his older brothers were drafted.

Eldest brother P.K. was taken in the second round of the 2007 NHL Draft, while middle brother Malcolm was selected in the second round last year.

But despite having to wait until the 115th pick Sunday to hear his name called by the Vancouver Canucks, the youngest Subban, a defenseman, feels he's fallen into a great situation.

"Obviously I was hoping to go a little bit earlier, but it doesn't matter how long you wait. I've waited 18 years for this day," Subban said. "I'm just ecstatic that I've been given this opportunity to be part of an NHL organization. Being a Canadian team is the cherry on top."

Posted On Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 8:55 PM

By Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor / - 2013 NHL Draft blog

Flyers happy to add size on defense in draft

NEWARK, N.J. -- Rimouski Oceanic defenseman Samuel Morin was happy to see Chris Pronger, the NHL player he grew up idolizing, at the table after the Philadelphia Flyers selected the 6-foot-6 defenseman with the 11th pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.

"I just said hi," Morin said. "I didn't know what to say. I just said hi."

The fact Morin and Pronger can look at each other eye to eye is about the only thing the pair has in common right now. The future, though, looks promising.

"Samuel has come a long way in a short period of time," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. "He's ultra-competitive. For a guy that big he skates very well. Great range, pretty good understanding of the game, and his puck skills have gotten so much better in a not very long period of time. I think he's a very good prospect with a chance to really blossom over the next year or two."

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