Fantasy Waiver Wire, Week Nine

Greg CheckiContributor IDecember 3, 2008

The bizarre news from the NHL never seems to cease, does it? Thanks to some unforeseeable events, certain players have gained a lot of value, while others have plummeted...


Add 'em

Dallas LW Loui Eriksson has been on a tear since taking over as the team's top left wing, with eight points in five games. Joe Pavelski is also smoking hot and is already up to 22 points on the season.

Justin Williams is ready to come off the IR and rejoin the Hurricanes on one of their top scoring lines any day now. He's a legit point per game player and should be added this second.

Mats Sundin is also worth a bench spot. He's slated to return before New Year's and will likely end up with the Canucks. Pick him up now or forever hold your peace, because once he makes the signing announcement, he won't be available.


Avoid 'em

Daniel Briere has hurt his groin yet again and will miss another five weeks. If you have enough free space on the bench, hang onto him. However if you're already behind, look at dropping him and adding someone else.

Speaking of ailing centers, Avalanche legend Joe Sakic will be out for another six weeks with a back injury. While Joe has still been scoring reasonably well the past few years, he has simply missed too much time with injuries to be of much value in fantasy. Consider dropping him today.

The indefinite suspension of Sean Avery hurts many fantasy owners, who will now be desperate for PIMs and points alike. Avery is seriously in the doghouse right now and should be dropped at your leisure. Consider David Backes a short-term replacement.


Eye On

Roberto Luongo is ahead of schedule and could return between the pipes in less than two weeks. This is bad news for everyone who just picked up Corey Schneider but good for everyone else.

Sergei Zubov is also injured again, and with the Stars already short on the blue line, who knows what to make of it? The only good news is that Zubov should miss just a week to 10 days. 

Enigmatic winger Jonathan Cheechoo will be out a bit after aggravating his upper body injury last week. Hold onto him if you can because he seems to score in bundles once the season hits the halfway mark.

Make sure Brendan Shanahan is on your watch list, because nobody knows exactly what's going on now. He was supposed to return with the Flyers two weeks ago, and now may not return with anyone at all.