G Martin Gerber – Ottawa Senators
News: According to the Ottawa Sun, the Senators have been looking to ship off goaltender Martin Gerber for quite some time now, but have yet to find a trading partner. Part of this is due to the fact that Gerber is still owed $7.4 million over the next two years. Currently, Gerber is second string in Ottawa backing up Ray Emery.
Fantasy Take: Those participating in fantasy draft’s should keep an eye on Gerber’s whereabouts, as he is only two years removed from posting 38 wins back in the 05-06 season. Going 15-9-0 last year with a 2.78 goals against average is proof that when given the chance to start, Gerber can still get it done.
D Scott Niedermayer – Anaheim Ducks
News: After keeping everyone in limbo about his future, Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer held a news conference this afternoon in which it was expected that he would announce his plans. Unfortunately, all Niedermayer had to say was “I wish I had a decision right now.”
Fantasy Take: With fantasy leagues getting underway, Niedermayer becomes one of the riskiest picks in the entire league. On the one hand, you have a top fantasy defenseman who has eclipsed 60 points in his last two seasons. On the other hand, you could be wasting a crucial draft pick on a defenseman who may not even play this year. It’s decisions like these that win hockey drafts, so for those who already drafted the former Norris Trophy winner, here’s to hoping that he returns for one last season.
F Fernando Pisani – Edmonton Oilers
News: The Edmonton Oilers were dealt a blow this past week, learning that forward Fernando Pisani will be sidelined indefinitely with ulcerative colitis.
Fantasy Take: Although Pisani’s last season numbers don’t jump out at you, it was expected that with the loss of Edmonton’s top two scorers that the fifth year forward would leap into a larger role this year. With no time table set for his return, Pisani will undoubtedly drift off the fantasy radar until more is known.