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Fantasy Pool Look: Waiting for Weight

There have been more than a few emails come my way from Doug Weight owners who were excited to see him move to Carolina.

The trade from a month ago immediately took a player who was averaging just less than a point per game on a non-playoff team with little to no supporting cast, and placed him with a team that is at the top of the NHL standings - one that could ice more than two solid offensive lines before his arrival.

The 35-year-old Weight was a point-per-game player during his days in Edmonton, but had slowed somewhat upon his arrival in St. Louis (he had 225 points in 253 games in a Blues uniform).

Weight's production in St. Louis was the same this year as any other year, so it can't be that age is catching up to him. Can it?

While his days of playing 80 games in one season seem to be behind him, I am not ready to write him off by any means. However, Weight's one assist in six games with Carolina has some poolies, particularly those in keeper leagues who have their own trade deadline approaching, squirming to say the least.

Weight had yet to go three consecutive games this season without a point, and then he arrives in Carolina and goes five. So the million-dollar question is - should you be hitting the panic button?

He is no longer the No. 1 guy he was in Edmonton, nor is he the No. 2 guy he was in St. Louis. With Eric Staal, Erik Cole, Cory Stillman and Justin Williams being relied upon for the offense, Weight will have to settle for being the co-No. 5 guy (along with Ray Whitney), a situation he hasn't seen in over a decade.

Still, he'll get his points.

To answer the question though: if I owned Weight I would have traded him within 24 hours of him becoming a Hurricane, unless I have a solid playoff team, in which case I would have kept him. Missed the boat? Don't get too worried. There are still 23 games left in his season and Weight will get 20 more points. He should also be good for another 10 in the playoffs, depending on how far they go. Handle him accordinglyÂ…

The Montreal Canadiens had fallen out of the Eastern Conference playoff race and the reason seemed to center around goaltender Jose Theodore. Granted, there was more than one factor that influenced the tailspin, but two facts cannot be disputed. One, the Habs had a horrible December and January. Two, Theodore's performance all season left something to be desired.

Backup goaltender Cristobal Huet, on the other hand, has been quite good. Every possible measuring stick would indicate he has been the better goalie. Theodore's $5.3 million salary would effectively make this what hockey pundits call a “goaltending controversy”. Said controversies generally lead to a mediocre hockey team that will struggle to make the playoffs. Now that Theodore is hurt, there is no controversy and the team will perform better. For whatever reason, this will influence the offense as well as the defense (maybe it's psychological, I don't know - ask your psychiatrist!). Regardless, Alexei Kovalev, Saku Koivu, Andrei Markov, Michael Ryder, and even Mike Ribeiro would all make very good rotisserie pickups. The points will come…

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: Back on the subject of Carolina, there is even more offense on the way. Josef Vasicek, out since the beginning of the season after having surgery on his left knee, is about three to four weeks away from making a returnÂ…Those owners who had been hanging onto Owen Nolan in hopes of return this season can let go now. He will not play this year and at 34 with a 55-point upside, he is really not worth a spot on a keeper league rosterÂ…

Farm Report: Buffalo prospect Clarke MacArthur has 16 points in his last 14 games for Rochester of the American League. The Sabres are deep in young talent and MacArthur is proving to be another good one. The 21-year-old began the season with 19 points in 31 games. A 2003 third round pick (74th overall), MacArthur is a two-way center who is probably still three years away from regular NHL duty.

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