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FHSE: Advancers and decliners

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Our weekly look at hockey players whose fantasy value has increased or decreased.

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(Tampa Bay)
  • Coach John Tortorella intends to play him alongside and on the first power-play unit. That adds up to 60-70 point season.
  • (Minnesota)
  • ¿ contract ($9.25 million over three years) means that the comparable and un-signed Gaborik will likely hold out if he can¿t get a similar deal from the .
  • (Pittsburgh)
  • He could play on the ¿ second unit powerplay and register 30-35 points if his knee holds up after reconstructive surgery.
  • (Toronto)
  • A torn meniscus in his knee sustained while lifting weights will keep him off skates for up to six weeks, placing the start to his season in jeopardy.
  • (Rangers)
  • Now back in New York, he will play alongside , with whom he has had excellent chemistry, or will form part of ¿Czechmate¿ III, with and . In either case, Rucinsky is poised to reach the 50-point plateau.
  • John Leclair (Philadelphia)
  • Coach Ken Hitchcock seems intent on reducing his and ¿s roles this season in order to give some of the ¿ younger players a chance.
  • (Rangers)
  • He will be reunited with , and will try and re-kindle the magic the two shared in Hlavac¿s 64-point 2000-01 season.
  • (UFA)
  • New GM John Ferguson Jr. has no interest in bringing back the 40-year-old, gimpy-kneed pivot for one last season with the Blue and White. Retirement looms.
  • Tuomo Ruutu (Chicago)
  • Finally signed, he will start the season as the Hawks¿ 3rd line center, but will shortly thereafter assume a more prominent offensive role, en route to a possible ¿Rookie of the Year¿ award.
  • (Anaheim)
  • The injury-prone Rucchin is at it again. This time surgery was required to repair his right knee, and as a result, he will be off skates for three weeks.
  • (St.Louis)
  • Now recovered from ligament damage to his knee, the feisty forward may move beyond his third-line status, as the no longer have or standing in his way.
  • (Ottawa)
  • His contract negotiations with the have turned downright ugly. Expect a serious holdout here while Havlat tries to extract -type money from billionaire owner Eugene Melnyk.
  • (Toronto)
  • Barring a trade, the talented rookie will likely get the first opportunity to replace on the roster, and on the team¿s second powerplay unit.
  • (UFA)
  • The still-unsigned future Hall of Famer definitely misread the market. That said, look for Nieuwendyk to accept a reduced salary, and role, in Dallas for this upcoming season.
  • (Boston)
  • Potvin is now the favorite to be the ¿ starting goaltender after signing a one-year incentive-laden contract. He will still have to fend off challenges from veteran and up-and-comer .
  • (Los Angeles)
  • His recovery from June surgery to remove bone spurs from his left shoulder will take the full 12 weeks, and will keep him from participating in contact drills until virtually the start of the season.
  • (Tampa Bay)
  • management declared him the starter over , avoiding a nasty goaltending controversy.
  • (Nashville)
  • Contract talks between Legwand and the Preds are going nowhere fast. He may join fellow young stars Havlat and as training camp holdouts.
  • (Montreal)
  • Returns to action after missing the entire 2002-03 season due to a serious wrist injury that required four surgeries to repair.
  • (Boston)
  • Easy come, easy go. He will now have to outplay the just signed to land the starters¿ job.
  • Tagged: Bruins, Rangers, Senators, Flyers, Blues, Lightning, Maple Leafs, Wild, Petr Nedved, Mark Recchi, Cory Stillman, Vincent Lecavalier, Bryan McCabe, Marian Gaborik, Andrew Raycroft, Brad Richards, John Grahame

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