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Dear Adam Tongue

What do I do with Michael Leighton? He's just sitting on my IR right now and it's uncertain whether he'll even get the starting job back when he's all healed up. Do I just drop him the next chance I get, or do I keep him around just in case? The rest of my goalies are Lunqvist, Dipietro, and Lehtonen, and you can start 2 goalies a night.

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Hey George, I'm actually in a similar position in one of my leagues with Leighton. I'd say the most important thing in this situation is how many IR spots you have. I like Leighton over DiPietro any day, and I definitely believe Leighton will get a shot at the #1 spot when he returns. Take a couple of weeks with all four guys, and then drop the weakest link. Goalies often are the most important (and underrated) guys on a fantasy team. Carrying an extra one for a few weeks should pay off in the long run. Like I mentioned though, if you don't have enough IR spots, dropping Leighton and sticking with DP may be the right choice.

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One of my fantasy teams is in a tricky situation at goalie, who should I pick up that could pay dividends in the long run?

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Who do you have/what free agent goalies are up for grabs?

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i have giggy and niitty. not sure who's up for grabs

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Here's a couple of starters who might be available and definitely worth claiming off waivers: Mathieu Garon and Ondrej Pavelec. Some backups likely to see time if their respective #1's struggle: Cory Schneider, Jonathan Bernier, Anders Lindback, and Corey Crawford. I would be wary of claiming Peter Budaj; his shutout last night is not representative of his mediocre play over the last two weeks.

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Mark Trible wrote:

i have giggy and niitty. not sure who's up for grabs

I know which league this is Wink

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He needs a lot more than a goaltending adjustment

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It's hard to say. I think the media pressure was always there through newspapers, but obviously it must have been much easier to ignore the media in 1940 than it is now when you're bombarded through radio, TV, internet, magazines, papers, etc. Everyone has access to opinion within minutes of them being formed and as much as players say they ignore them I doubt most of them don't know what they media is saying about them, I mean they talk to them personally.

It really depends, obviously there are a lot of other factors that we can't put in but it might have been harder, that's for sure.

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I agree, but Jacques doesn't. So forget O'Byrne. IMO he's as good as done with the team and the only reason he hasn't been waived is cause they don't want to lose him for nothing.

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so this is were my opinion comes in on gautier earlier. we no that JM has to work a little harder which he did, some what with the changes tonight, but PG also needs to step up his game as well and do somehthing about this issue.

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Very well written and informative post. I think I'm a little... past my prime, lol to think about this stuff but this is really encouraging for the kids. Good job here.

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Also, I forgot to mention, if you have any interest in blogging for things other than specific teams, there are always spots open for those looking to do fantasy blogs, power rankings, general news and recap blogs, that sort of thing.

Everyone is welcome!

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Thanks to everyone who applied, we've filled many spots in the last week, but we still have a few vacancies open. The following teams are still available, and we will not turn anyone away from at least consideration, even if their team is not on the list:

- Atlanta Thrashers
- Los Angeles Kings
- San Jose Sharks
- Minnesota Wild
- Edmonton Oilers

You can definitely see on the site what's covered and what's not, even beyond these teams, so PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me if you're interested.

Moreover, TCL is looking to expand its reach into the world of junior hockey. If you're a fan of a team in the QMJHL, OHL, WHL or even amateur hockey in the United States (collegiate system, for instance), or just a league or junior hockey in general, contact me for more information on what we're looking for.

My e-mail is of course still prax@thecheckingline.com. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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I'll be watching the hockey game. But typically my Thursdays involve Grey's Anatomy, and then watching the later airing of The Office.

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I'm sincerely hoping Grey's anatomy is because of the fiancée Tongue

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lol it is, but it's quite addicting now.

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I'm not too keen on the title, sounds like a porno... would have preferred "The Dark Knight Returns" but I can understand if Nolan wanted to stay away from the comic as well as the obvious comparison to "Batman Returns".

Also not surprised that Riddler isn't the villain but I think Nolan would have done a great job of him. From what I understand it will be one female and one male villain (female will also likely be a love interest). Hope they stay away from Catwoman and Poison Ivy, but Talia Al Ghul would be pretty cool if they tie it in with Batman Begins. I've heard Tom Hardy will be playing the male villain, and I really have no idea who he would be cast as, but he's a good actor.

I'll be first in line to see this though, that's for sure.

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Look forward to seeing this one. It sucks the Riddle won't be a part of it as I was excited in reading rumours of Joseph Gordon-Levitt getting the role and after his performance in Inception, that would have been awesome. Mr. Freeze was also denied from the movie, so it's at least great to see Nolan pursuing villains that have not necessarily been covered in the previous film installments in the 90s. I guess they are going with another Inception star of Tom Hardy, which could be decent. Suggestions have him playing Det. Harvey Bullock.

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Worst title ever

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Quote:

Ever since the news broke that Tom Hardy had been cast in The Dark Knight Rises people have wondered what role he would play. Fans across the internet have come up with a lot of ideas, from a Gotham cop, to the main villain. The following information is a rumor, and should be treated as such.

I’ve heard that Tom Hardy is in fact going to play the villain. My source strongly believes that Hardy is going to be playing Hugo Strange. This is the first bit of information from this person that I’m publishing, however they have been accurate in the past. For example, this person told me weeks before the recent Christoper Nolan interview that The Riddler would not be appearing in the film. They also mentioned that Rachel Weisz and Anne Hathaway were in the running for the lead female role a couple of weeks before Deadline posted their list. Given their track record so far, I wanted to post this Hardy news that I received via email. Again, this should just be taken as rumor. I’m posting this for the sake of discussion since we’ve hit a dry spell with The Dark Knight Rises news. What do you guys think? Would you like to see Hugo Strange as the villain?

Read more: http://batman-news.com/2010/11/16/rumor-is-tom-hardy-playing-hugo-strange-in-the-dark-knight-rises/#ixzz15ZqMlLj8

I'm down with that.

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That would be pretty cool. He was great in Inception and I can see the connection.

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I think Avatar 2 will actually be huge only for the fact that it's called Avatar 2. Much along the lines of Spiderman 3, which, despite it's horrible acting, was a huge movie just because it's Spiderman and Venom was finally in a film. Avatar will rape the box office simply from people loving the first one. More 3D technology coming with crazy blue people.

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Damien Cox added to the list Smile