• Svitov suspended by the Jackets

    News: Center Alexander Svitov, playing for a team in his native Russia, was suspended by the Blue Jackets on Thursday for failing to report to training camp. Svitov signed a two-year with the Blue Jackets in early July, but has since remained in Russia to play for Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League. "It's procedurally necessary to get him off the (salary) cap and to preserve our rights as we move forward," general manager Scott Howson said Thursday.
    Analysis: The 24-year-old Svitov, the third overall pick by Tampa Bay in the 2001 draft, had seven goals and 11 assists and was a solid player all last season for the Blue Jackets. Howson was asked why Svitov would sign the contract and then stay in Russia. "There was some family pressure on him to stay over there. He's connected to the team through relatives as well," Howson said. "He told me he just wanted to try it for a year. That's how it was left." It doesn't sound like Svitov will be back in North America any time soon and he might not necessarily be welcomed by the Blue Jackets if he does return.
  • Svitov signs with Avangard Omsk

    News: TSN.ca is reporting Alexander Svitov, who managed seven goals and 18 points in 76 games with Columbus last season, has signed a deal to play with Avangard Omsk of the Russian Super League. "We were informed by Alexander's agent today that he has signed a contract to play with Avangard Omsk this season," Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said. "We will explore the situation in greater detail with respect to Alexander's contract status and will make a decision after reviewing our options. While this news comes as a disappointment, it creates an opportunity for other players when we open training camp next month."
    Analysis: Svitov never really panned out and adjusted to the North American game after being selected No. 3 overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2001. If he is done for good in the NHL, he leaves with only 13 goals and 37 points in 179 games with the Lightning and Blue Jackets. Only Fantasy owners in deeper leagues should be concerned.
  • Svitov laces up skates Friday

    News: Blue Jackets C Alexander Svitov (concussion) returned to the team's lineup Friday against the Stars. He played for 14:09 and finished with an even rating.
    Analysis: When healthy, Svitov is only worth a look in the largest of Fantasy formats.
  • Svitov OUT for Wednesday

    News: The Columbus Dispatch reports Alexander Svitov (concussion) has been ruled OUT for Wednesday's game against the Kings, but he is expected to return to practice on Thursday.
    Analysis: Svitov might be able to return as soon as this weekend if he is able to practice. When healthy, he is only worth a look in the largest of Fantasy formats.
  • Svitov's injury cleared up

    News: Alexander Svitov told the Columbus Dispatch that the "upper body injury" he has been dealing with is actually a mild concussion.
    Analysis: Keep Svitov reserved in all leagues for Fantasy Week 23 (March 5-11) if you have healthier alternatives. Geoff Platt was recalled from Syracuse and picked up two assists skating with Rick Nash and David Vyborny on the top scoring line in his absence.
  • Svitov misses Saturday's game

    News: Blue Jackets C Alexander Svitov (upper body) did not play Saturday against the Coyotes.
    Analysis: Svitov is listed as day to day. When healthy, he is a low-end Fantasy forward.
  • Svitov scratched on Friday

    News: Alexander Svitov was scratched for Columbus Friday because of an upper-body injury.
    Analysis: Svitov is listed as day to day. When healthy, he is a low-end Fantasy forward.
  • C Svitov scores goal Sunday

    News: Alexander Svitov picked up a goal on his only shot of the game in 13:02 of ice time in Sunday's game against the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: Svitov ended a four-game scoreless string and seven-game goal drought with the goal. He remains useful only in the largest of Fantasy leagues at this time.
  • Svitov loses talented linemates

    News: The Columbus Dispatch reports coach Ken Hitchcock mixed up his lines with the return of Nikolai Zherdev from a severe chest cold. Nikolai Zherdev joined Sergei Fedorov and Fredrik Modin on the top scoring line. Dan Fritsche is centering the second line with Rick Nash and David Vyborny.
    Analysis: The third line consists of Anson Carter-Jason Chimera-Alexander Svitov and the checking line is made up of Gilbert Brule-Manny Malhotra-Jody Shelley. Svitov has limited Fantasy appeal unless he can get back on to one of the top two scoring lines.
  • Svitov to skate w/Fedorov

    News: The Columbus Dispatch reports Sergei Fedorov will have new linemates for Tuesday's game against the Coyotes. He will be skating with Alexander Svitov and David Vyborny instead of being paired with Rick Nash. Coach Ken Hitchcock told the Columbus Dispatch, "Feds can’t play center, so we needed to organize things and have others take faceoffs. My feeling is we need to start with the puck a little more. These three guys (Fedorov-Svitov-Vyborny) will play a lot against the other teams’ best players. That’s a major focus. We have a six-game homestand, and it’s like a playoff series."
    Analysis: Fedorov's presence makes Svitov a lot more attractive from a Fantasy perspective. He is worth a look as a No. 3 or 4 Fantasy center if you need help at the position in leagues of 12 or more teams.