News: TSN.ca reports that the Maple Leafs have traded D Martin Skoula, acquired on Tuesday from the Penguins in the Alexei Ponikarovsky deal, to the Devils. Toronto gets a fifth-round pick in return.
Analysis: Skoula has been a healthy scratch more often than not this season, although he had played at least 78 games in each of his previous nine campaigns, so maybe he'll find some room on the depth chart in New Jersey. Continue to ignore him all formats for now.
News: The Penguins picked up LW Alexei Ponikarovsky from the Maple Leafs on Tuesday in exchange for LW Luca Caputi and D Martin Skoula.
Analysis: Ponikarovsky played almost nine seasons with the Maple Leafs, putting up 257 points in 477 games, with his best season coming in 2008-09 when he managed 61 points. He is likely to end up on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko, so the 29-year-old Ukrainian could see a nice little boost in value, especially if he also ends up on the power play. His current owners should certainly think about playing him in Fantasy Week 21 (March 8-14), but keep an eye on the lines from Pittsburgh's next couple of games. Skoula was a healthy scratch more often than not in Pittsburgh this season, although he had played at least 78 games in each of his previous nine campaigns, so maybe he'll find some room on the depth chart in Toronto. Continue to ignore him all formats for now. Caputi is a 21-year-old prospect who has only played in nine career NHL games. The former fourth-round pick has shown some promise in the AHL however, so might be worth keeping an eye on in long-term keeper leagues.
News: Former Wild player on the Penguins, D Martin Skoula, was scratched on Monday against his former team. He has missed the last two games as a healthy scratch.
Analysis: Skoula saw his most playing action in November and parts of December when the Penguins' blue line was banged up. But he has spent most of his time in the press box when everyone has been healthy. Keep Skoula out of Fantasy lineups until further notice.
News: Penguins D Martin Skoula scored two goals -- one in each of the first two periods -- as Pittsburgh held off the Thrashers in a 3-2 victory. "It had never happened for me before. I got lucky. It went in twice," Skoula said.
Analysis: Skoula has just five points this season and remains just a low-end Fantasy defenseman in super-deep leagues.
News: Penguins D Martin Skoula scored a goal and finished at even during Monday's game against the Ducks. Skoula scored his first of the season early in the third, with rookie defenseman Ben Lovejay getting an assist for his second career point.
Analysis: Skoula's playing time has increased the last few weeks since the Penguins' blue line has been devastated by injury. He has four points in 12 games this season and is starting to look like the 20-30-point threat from the past. Still, Skoula has low-end Fantasy appeal.
News: D Martin Skoula made his season debut for the Penguins on Friday against the Panthers in place of Sergei Gonchar, who is out 4-6 weeks with a broken wrist. Skoula had no points and a plus-1 rating in 17:02 of ice time.
Analysis: Skoula used to be a consistent 20-point threat early in his career, but then he landed in Minnesota and his offense tanked since the Wild were a defensive team. The Gonchar injury will open up regular PT for Skoula, but he still has low-end Fantasy appeal since he likely won't come near Gonchar's production.
News: The Penguins have signed D Martin Skoula to a one-year contract.
Analysis: Skoula spent the last 3 1/2 seasons with the Wild, and totaled four goals and 16 points in 81 games last season. He will be merely be a low-end Fantasy flier with Pittsburgh.
News:The Sports Xchange reports D Martin Skoula joined Blue Jackets training camp on Friday on a tryout agreement. He was released from a similar agreement with the Florida Panthers, playing in four preseason games.
Analysis: Where does Skoula fit on the Blue Jackets blue line? It's hard to say, but the Blue Jackets are desperate for a depth defenseman, and Skoula will get a chance to help on the power play. Skoula has spent the last 3 1/2 seasons with the Wild. He totaled four goals and 16 points in 81 games last season. However, if he makes the squad, he is going to merely be a low-end Fantasy flier.
News: The Sun Sentinel reports the Panthers have invited free agent defensemen Martin Skoula and Christian Backman to training camp. Neither player has signed a contract, but both will be in camp when it opens Sunday.
Analysis: Skoula has spent the last 3 1/2 seasons with the Wild. He totaled four goals and 16 points in 81 games last season. The Panthers need some depth on their blue line and Skoula is a great candidate with 10 seasons of NHL experience. However, if he makes the squad, he is going to merely be a low-end Fantasy flier.
News: Wild D Martin Skoula scored a goal and finished at plus-3 during Sunday's game against the Oilers. Minnesota made it 2-0 at 8;52 of the first period when Skoula's shot from the point skittered between Dwayne Roloson's legs. He has two of his three goals in the last three games.
Analysis: Skoula has nine points in his last 27 games and it has been his most productive offensive stretch of the season. He is a top-logging defenseman for the Wild, but since Minnesota has plenty of offensive-defenseman, Skoula is asked to focus on the defensive end. Consider him best used in Fantasy leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats.
News: Wild D Martin Skoula scored a goal during Tuesday's 6-2 win against the Islanders. Skoula gave Minnesota a 4-1 lead with his second goal 1:01 into the third. His other goal came Feb. 21 against the Red Wings.
Analysis: Skoula has eight points in his last 25 games and it has been his most productive offensive stretch of the season. He is a top-logging defenseman for the Wild, but since Minnesota has plenty of offensive-defenseman, Skoula is asked to focus on the defensive end. Consider him best used in Fantasy leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats.
News:The Sports Xchange reports Wild defenseman Martin Skoula claims he had zero clue Sunday's game at Chicago was the 700th in his NHL career until two days before. "It's not something I would be focusing on," he said. "I just play the game." Maybe there's something to that mantra. All Skoula did after finding out was be in the right place at the right time Saturday against Detroit. He buried a Mikko Koivu pass into the back of the net for the Wild's fourth goal against the defending Stanley Cup champions. It was Skoula's first goal since last March 2 and just his fifth as a member of the Wild. But in all five games he has scored, Minnesota has won.
Analysis: Winning, Skoula said, is the important thing. Not personal milestones. "You don't want to be distracted or be thinking 'if I get a point it's my 100th point or whatever,'" Skoula said. "It's the same with games (played). I don't look at it. I don't think that's the way to prepare for the game." Still, his mark of 700 is impressive. No other NHL defenseman has played in as many games as Skoula since his rookie year of 1999-2000. At age 29 (he doesn't turn 30 until October), he is the youngest of the 46 active defenseman in the NHL to hit the 700 games played mark in their careers. While that is all nice, Skoula has just eight points on the season and 177 in his career. He is not a top offensive defenseman and is more on the ice for his defense. Consider him best used in Fantasy leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats.
News: Minnesota D Martin Skoula returned to action on Saturday after missing a game with a stomach bug against the Blue Jackets but did little in his time on the ice.
Analysis: Skoula has just four points this season and a minus-9 rating. He has no Fantasy value, with or without any illness.
News: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Wild D Martin Skoula missed Thursday's loss to the Flyers with a stomach bug that is going around the locker room.
Analysis: Skoula has just four points this season and a minus-9 rating. He has no Fantasy value, even when his tummy is feeling well.
News:Martin Skoula scored with 1:15 left in overtime and Minnesota gained sole possession of the division lead with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday. Marian Gaborik also scored for Minnesota. Standing at the right of the crease, Skoula took a pass from Gaborik below the goal line and poked the puck between the pads of Erik Ersberg. "I was just kind of waiting for the whistle, but nobody blew the whistle. I kept looking and it was in the net," Skoula said. It was his first goal in 23 games, and third in 145 outings with Minnesota.
Analysis: Skoula reached 10 points Sunday and has now hit that mark in each of his first eight seasons. However, his offensive production has been clipped in the last two seasons and he has become a Fantasy liability. Despite the goal, he has little to no Fantasy value.
News: Wild D Martin Skoula quickly stunned the Red Wings Thursday with a goal, 4-plus minutes into the game. It was his second goal and first point in nine games. His previous goal came Nov. 15 against the Oilers.
Analysis: Skoula hasn't been playing great hockey since December and only got back onto the ice Monday after being a healthy scratch for a few games. He has done well in the last two games and could be back in the regular rotation for Minnesota. He is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy reserve at this time.
News:The Sports Xchange reports if the Wild had to pick a goat Monday against the Sharks it was defenseman Martin Skoula, who was on the ice for all three San Jose goals and whose gaffe handed Jonathan Cheechoo the puck for the eventual game-winner just 10 seconds after the Wild had tied the game.
Analysis: Afterward, Wild coach Jacques Lemaire was asked about Skoula's play of late. He's OK, Lemaire replied. But then he was asked if, on a team with eight healthy defensemen, OK was good enough. No. "He's got to play better," said Lemaire, who would like Skoula to play like he did at the end of last season, when Skoula was one of the team's best defensemen. "At times it seems like he's not focused." Skoula said he hadn't lost his focus. "Maybe I could have played it differently," he said of the final goal. "But I don't think it's a lack of focus." The eight-year veteran hasn't been much of an offensive force since he joined Minnesota in 2005-06. He is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy reserve at this time.
News: D Martin Skoula -- who came to the Wild in a trade with a reputation for offense -- has turned out to be one of coach Jacques Lemaire's more reliable defensive defensemen. How defensive? Until Thursday, Skoula had gone 113 games without a goal.
Analysis: That was until his knuckler beat Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson in the first period, a goal that ended the sixth-longest active goal-less streak in the NHL. Skoula managed just 15 points in 81 games with the Wild in 2006-07, so his Fantasy value is now limited to the deepest of leagues at this point.
News: Wild D Martin Skoula, 27, has been one of the team's best blue-liners six games into the season. "To get the puck off him, he's the guy that's going to step in front, protect the puck and give it to one of our guys," coach Jacques Lemaire said. "And maybe that time (the opponent is) on the forecheck, and he cuts it out: 'That's it. Your forecheck is done. The puck is going out.' It's like he goes, 'There won't be any forecheck. I'm taking charge here.' It's like he controls the game. I just like his game. I like his style. I like his potential."
Analysis: Skoula managed just 15 points in 81 games with the Wild in 2006-07, so his Fantasy value is now limited to the deepest of leagues at this point.
News: The Minnesota have re-signed C Pierre-Marc Bouchard (one year), C Mikko Koivu (four years) and D Martin Skoula (two years). They also have added C Petr Kalus to the organization and he'll fight for a roster spot in camp.
Analysis: Skoula managed just 15 points in 81 games with the Wild in 2006-07, so his Fantasy value is now limited to the deepest of leagues at this point.
News: Martin Skoula was scoreless in Sunday's game at Chicago, but he was able to post an impressive plus-3 rating in the shootout win.
Analysis: Skoula has not scored a goal in 45 games, but he is still useful in some Fantasy leagues. He has managed three assists and a plus-8 rating over the past nine games to help out owners in larger Roto Fantasy leagues.
News: Martin Skoula was scoreless with a plus-1 rating and two shots on goal in 28:51 of ice time in Friday's game at Edmonton.
Analysis: Skoula has failed to light the lamp in 44 games this season and is only worth using in the largest of Fantasy leagues at this point.
News: Martin Skoula picked up a goal and added an assist with two shots on goal in 22:01 of ice time in Sunday's game against the Oilers.
Analysis: Skoula posted just five points (1 G, 4 A) over the past 26 games entering play on Sunday, so don't get too excited and add him in anything but the largest of Fantasy leagues.
News: Willie Mitchell was traded to the Dallas Stars on Thursday along with a second-round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft for veteran defenseman Martin Skoula and minor-leaguer Shawn Belle.
Analysis: Skoula does very little on the offensive end and his plus/minus rating might decrease slightly with the move to Minnesota. He remains useful only in larger leagues as a No. 4 or 5 Fantasy defenseman.
News: Martin Skoula has three goals, 11 assists and a plus-8 rating through 57 games at the Olympic Games break.
Analysis: Skoula is only worth using as a No. 4 or 5 Fantasy defenseman in leagues of 12 or more teams.
News: The Dallas Morning News reports newly-acquired Janne Niinimaa was paired with Martin Skoula in practice on Wednesday and he is expected to see time on the team's second power play unit.
Analysis: The club has moved Stephane Robidas to wing to accomodate Niinimaa's acquisition. Skoula might see a slight increase paired with a more talented rearguard, but don't expect much.
News: Martin Skoula was scoreless again on Sunday at Detroit, as he has posted just one assist in the past 12 games.
Analysis: Skoula has managed just one goal in the past 29 games dating back to Nov. 2 and should only be counted on in larger Fantasy leagues.
News: Martin Skoula had picked up a point in consecutive games heading into Buffalo on Thursday, but he was unable to make it three games in a row.
Analysis: Skoula has posted points in back-to-back games only once this season and he is not scoring consistently enough to warrant a roster spot in most leagues.
News: Martin Skoula signed a two-year contract with the Stars on Wednesday.
Analysis: Skoula is a solid defenseman who should see plenty of time on the power play alongside Sergei Zubov. He is worth a middle- to late-round pick on Draft Day.
News: Martin Skoula made his debut for Anaheim on Saturday at Dallas. He was scoreless and a minus-1 in 20:23 of ice time.
Analysis: The Mighty Ducks would like Skoula to pinch up and become more a part of the offense. He has been a bit inconsistent as a member of the Avalanche. Perhaps the change of scenery will do him some good.
News: Martin Skoula was traded from Colorado to Anaheim for Kurt Sauer and a fourth-round draft pick in 2005 on Saturday.
Analysis: Skoula might break out of a slump with his new team and should be starting in all leagues.
News: Martin Skoula (bruised foot) skated Thursday morning but missed the night game in Minnesota. The Denver Post reports he might play Saturday in Edmonton.
Analysis: Keep Skoula reserved until he officially returns to the lineup.
News: Martin Skoula (bruised left foot) was unable to put on his skate Sunday, according to the Rocky Mountain News. He is unlikely to play in Thursday's game in Minnesota.
Analysis: Play it safe and keep Skoula reserved this week, as the Avalanche have just two games, both on the road.
News: Skoula (bruised shoulder) is doubtful for Thursday's Game 1 against Minnesota. According to the Denver Post, he did not take part in contact drills on Wednesday and is unlikely to play in the playoff opener.