Here’s a couple other notes from after practice today:
* Tomas Fleischmann said he will go to the doctor in five days (Thursday, by my math) to see if he is cleared to return to practice. Fleischmann has been skating on his own, but can’t practice with his teammates because of the blood clot in his leg. If the clot is gone, he will be cleared to practice. If not, he won’t. Bruce Boudreau said he expects Flash to be cleared in the next 10 days.
* Boudreau also said he thinks Eric Fehr can be ready to play in a week or so, if he doesn’t need a conditioning stint in Hershey first. Fehr has been practicing with the team as he continues to recover from surgeries on both of his shoulders.
* Boudreau on Mike Knuble not taking morning skates:
“He’s Mike Knuble. He’s 102 years old and he doesn’t want to waste his body,” Boudreau said. “I’m just kidding. He’s going to play a lot of hockey, and I asked him about this. If he didn’t take them in Philadelphia and played all 82 games, well we would like him to play all 82 games here too.”
FANTASY TIP OF THE DAY
In deep leagues, might want to consider Chicago’s Dustin Byfuglien (currently owned in 15% of Yahoo! leagues). Byfuglien had 19 goals two years ago (and was eligible as a defenseman), but he did not take a step forward last year (15 goals, 31 points).
Part of that was his role on the team. Byfuglien was skating on a line with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews in Chicago’s opener. That’s a nice place to be. He could score 25-30 if he plays with those two guys all year.