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Blue Line Buzz: Still Waiting

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci

Dan Pennucci has covered hockey for Rotowire since 2002 and is the author of Blue Line Buzz since 2011 as well as being the co-author of Morning Skate. He also is a contributor to Talking Red, a New Jersey Devils blog and podcast. He is an English teacher and formerly wrote for The Coast Star in Manasquan, New Jersey where he and his sports section won several New Jersey Press Association awards. Dan Pennucci is a supporter of the New Jersey Devils, Washington Nationals and Chelsea FC. He's attended sporting events in six countries.


This week's spin around the league will look at players who can have some value in leagues which utilize secondary categories such as hits, blocked shots, penalty minutes and plus-minus as well as examining big-name defenders who have yet to score a goal.

Radko Gudas: Not a Bond Villain

One of the names catching the attention of many hockey fans is that of Radko Gudas, the towering defender for the upstart Tampa Bay Lightning. A bruising 23-year old who has four points, Gudas is proving to be quite a valuable player in leagues which count secondary statistics, with 55 penalty minutes, 42 hits and 27 blocked shots. 22 of those penalty minutes are concentrated from last Sunday's game against Florida, but that still leaves quite a few from the rest of his contests. Gudas has three points in the last four games and has seen an uptick in power play time, from none in the season's first few contests, to 1:41 over the Bolts' recent contests. Gudas will not b

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