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Fantasy Hockey 2013-14: Waiver Wire Update 10/31

Waiver Wire Targets and Sleepers for Fantasy Hockey

October 31, 2013

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We’re coming off a relatively quiet evening in the NHL last night, so it’s a good time for our weekly look at the fantasy hockey waiver wire. If you’re in need of some additional bodies in your lineup, there are a few decent options out there right now. Here’s a closer look at the recent numbers so that you can decide if any of these players are right for your roster moving forward.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, G, Colorado Avalanche: There are a couple of interesting--and concerning--storylines happening between the pipes in Colorado. Fantasy-wise, Giguere has been great so far and is the hottest goalie on the wire right now. He’s 3-0 and has recorded a pair of shutouts already. He’ll be getting the nod on Saturday against Montreal.
Meanwhile, fellow net-minder Semyon Varlamov is in some major legal trouble right now. He was arrested last night, charged with second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault stemming from a domestic situation. There’s no telling what will happen there, so stay tuned and grab Giguere if you can.

Fantasy Hockey 2013-14: Waiver Wire Update 10/31

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Radko Gudas, D, Tampa Bay Lightning: Besides having an awesome name, Gudas has a few other things going for him. He’s probably the most coveted defenseman on the wire right now, thanks to his surge over the past handful of games. In his last six outings, he’s posted three assists and a goal, which nearly equals his points total from all of last season (five in 22 games). He’s averaging around 19 minutes or so on the ice each game, so he should have plenty of opportunities to contribute moving forward Gudas has a game in Carolina tomorrow and a home game against the Blues on Saturday.

Brandon Dubinsky, C, Columbus Blue Jackets: Early this week, Dubinsky avoided a potential suspension for a questionable hit over the weekend, so potential owners should be thankful for that. Performance-wise, he’s been doing very well over his past three games. In that span, he has three assists and a pair of goals, which gives him three scores and five helpers on the year. Dubinsky’s career-highs came in 2010-11 with the Rangers, when he put up 24 goals and 30 assists. Whether or not he can flirt with that remains to be seen, but he’s certainly hot right now.

Jaromir Jagr, RW, New Jersey Devils: The old man can still hang with the best of them, and he’s been proving that recently. Over the past five games, Jagr has six assists and a goal, which gives him seven helpers and three scores in total. He may be far away from his triple-digit points days, but Jagr definitely has some use in fantasy. The upcoming week is relatively thin, though: games Saturday and Sunday, then nothing until next Thursday.

Radim Vrbata, RW, Phoenix Coyotes: If you can still get him, Vrbata is probably the RW to target right now. He’s been putting up points in spurts recently, with a total of six in his last four games. In just his last three appearances, he’s got five assists.
When the season is finished, Vrbata should be pretty well-balanced in both goals and assists. In 34 games last year, he posted 12 scores and 16 helpers. He plays at home tonight against Nashville, then again on Saturday in San Jose.

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