The Cycle: Jim Rutherford’s Second Take

Updated: February 25, 2011 at 7:18 pm by Alexander Monaghan

See above, pictured Erik Cole, one of the many players that Jim Rutherford acquired more than once. It should come as no surprise coming from a guy who used to cover the Carolina Hurricanes that Rutherford’s acquisitions will always be a point of interest. With yesterdays trade for Cory Stillman, Cory Lavalette of Canes Country takes a look at the many many players that were Canes and then Canes again.

Around the NHL

Our buddy Chris Wassel of The Program is very good at assessing injuries and judging how long a player will miss playing time. One injury that we always have troubling judging can be the dastardly foot injury, as we witnessed with the recent retirement of Peter Forsberg. Ian Walker of The Vancouver Sun takes a look at foot injuries, from contusions to skate problems.

Kent Wilson of Houses of the Hockey discusses chemistry on a team. In fantasy hockey we use chemistry as an excuse or a reason to pick up or drop players all the time. However, his unique look at the concept truly will help both fantasy GMs and bettors alike. Similarly, Peter Stastny found that the recent trade of Chris Stewart and Kevin Shattenkirk from the Colorado Avalanche destroyed their chemistry.

Rangers fans: enjoy this absolutely rediculous Brad Richards rumor thanks to Larry Brooks of The NY Post. The rumor was later refuted but WOW!

Jason Gregor of the Nation websites goes into detail from the 1996 NHL Entry Draft to 2005. To summarize, 8.8 percent of first round picks turn into dominant players, which says a good amount about modern drafting.

Recommendations: Please check out two of my favorite sites when you have time and

Tweet of the Week

Joffrey Lupul tweeted this morning that he lost his iPhone. Miraculously, with the help of the Leafs’ rabid fanbase, Lupul got his phone back. James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail tracks down the entire situation.

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