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Our old buddy Jeff Angus has his annual Top 50 NHL players list out. Take a look at it here.

The Red Wings have signed Tomas Tatar to a three-year deal.

The Maple Leafs have signed Daniel Winnik to a one-year deal. Solid depth signing, a great fourth liner add.

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The third annual Fantasy Football Guide is now out. Pick it up and enjoy - or buy it here if you haven't yet. Just $5.99 for another week or so.

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So I'm writing the Fantasy Guide, I just get done Pittsburgh. It requires calculation after calculation trying to figure out projected games played, which is the key to projections - anyone can come up with a points-per-game number and be reasonably close. But games played is what impacts the end result (some readers check my accuracy after the season). But back to Pittsburgh. What a bunch of Band-Aid Boys. And then I move onto the Sharks right after that, and I'm filling in "82 games", "82 games", "82 games" and I'm like - what the hell? The Sharks have a pretty weak system for prospects, but why bother when your top guys stay healthy and if you need an extra depth guy you just grab a Tye McGinn for bucket of pucks? Sure, they lose Couture from time to time, and Hertl was hurt all year. But Thornton, Pavelski and Marleau didn't miss a single game. And haven't in years. How easy is it to be a GM of such a team? What if the Penguins never had Crosby, Malkin or Neal out of the lineup over the course of three years?

Anyway, it dawned on me that we give way too much credit to how well that team is managed and coached. When really - there aren't as many moving parts as with most teams.

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DobberHockey Event in Toronto - more details: Besides myself, former DobberHockey writer Justin Goldman will be there, as will former Dobber Nation host Andrew Walker (now with the FAN 590). And there will be a surprise guest as well - I won't say who, but maybe I will say that he's a TV hockey analyst. And no, not Don Cherry. I already had that guess in the forum. I don't have a full list of current DobberHockey writers who will be there, but I'm sure there will be more than a few.

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The big news of Sunday was Derick Brassard's contract. A five-year deal with the Rangers worth $5 million per season. With that kind of money, I doubt we see his ice time slip below 16 minutes in a game quite as often anymore. That happened 45 times last season. I would guess it would happen 10 times at the most in 2014-15. Those added minutes, plus a full year with Zuccarello, will see to it that his points will increase to career highs. His career high is 47 points.

My projection in the Fantasy Guide: 79-17-32-49, 48 PIM

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The Sabres signed Luke Adam to a one-year, two-way contract. I have him making the team this year - he has to clear waivers to be sent down. Projection: 71-8-12-20, 43 PIM

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Mark Cundari signed with the Flames - one year and a two-way deal. And Dana Tyrell with the Blue Jackets - ditto. Zero fantasy impact.

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The James Reimer deal has 'trade' written all over it, doesn't it? He could have signed for $6 million over two years. Arbitration would have given him that. But he chose instead to sign for $4.6 million. And get this - the first year is $2.6 million and the second year is $2 million. You really see deals structured that way. So Reimer went with a cap-friendly deal that becomes even friendlier next year in hopes that teams will step up with a good offer to Toronto and he can become a starter elsewhere.

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Jimmy Hayes going to arbitration and being "far apart" in negotiations is kind of funny. Because his fancy stats weren't the greatest and I have him as the sixth-line right winger on Florida. Don't believe me? Here are my line combos in the Guide:

Fleischmann - Barkov - Boyes

Huberdeau - Bjugstad - Upshall

Jokinen - Bolland - Trocheck

Bergenheim - MacKenzie - Kopecky

With extras: Pirri, Thornton and Hayes, and with prospects Howden and Shore as first call-ups. Thornton is your fifth right winger, Hayes - sure enough - is No.6.

If I'm the Panthers, that's all I'd bring to arbitration. Just a piece of paper with my depth chart. Then I'd ask if anyone wants to go for lunch.

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Remember Patrick Cote? I'm guessing the enforcer made upwards of three quarters of a million dollars over two full NHL seasons with Nashville in the late 90s. Exhibit A as to why pro athletes need training and education in finances - because Cote is going to jail for 30 months for robbing two banks in Quebec!

PS - someone should tell him that it's not 1874. You don't really get away with robbing banks anymore.

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If you want to see a negative article on the Kyle Dubas hiring by the Leafs, Gare Joyce of Sportsnet does so. It's another perspective, I'll give it that.

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PK Subban drinks beer from the Cup! He didn't win it, so he's cursed. Or is he? He drank through a straw and did not touch the Cup. Start the footage at 4:30:

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NHL is releasing a series of summing up the season in 60 seconds. For each team. Here are the Capitals:

 

 

Comments  

#9 Reddawg 2014-09-26 22:58
Luke Adam waived down to Rochester...rig ht on schedule.
-1 #8 Dobber 2014-07-28 17:22
Quoting Reddawg:
I'm not going to argue too much with you, but I know this team extremely well and Luke Adam isn't part of the Sabres plan anymore. It's not a skill issue, it's an attitude issue and a fit issue.

I won't say for certain that he won't see NHL action as a callup this year, but he will not make the team out of camp and he is primarily an AHL signing plain and simple. If they were concerned about losing his services, why would they only give him a 1yr term? If he's so valuable around the league as a 2nd round choice and former Rookie of the Year, why did he and his agent accept a deal that only pays him $65k at the AHL level?

Luke Adam is the new Mark Mancari...that's the only correct way to view him and his value to the Sabres at this point.


We'll agree to disagree. I've had these discussions over the years with 100s of expert readers who know their team better than anyone, and who have inside information, etc etc. More often than not, I come out correct.

Granted, I could be wrong. I'll allow for the possiblity. But I doubt it. They just signed him - so yes, he's in their plans. If they wanted to waive him they could have just not signed him.

That being said, I think we're in agreement on a lot of things here - I believe he is another Mark Mancari. I sure do, I didn't say different.

I also believe that he would get through waivers (maybe) and see some AHL time. But as things stand now - until they add another winger - he's on the team. Granted, they WILL add another winger. But right now, he's on the team. And I put my Guide together based on current information and change it as the situation changes.
#7 Reddawg 2014-07-28 15:03
I'm not going to argue too much with you, but I know this team extremely well and Luke Adam isn't part of the Sabres plan anymore. It's not a skill issue, it's an attitude issue and a fit issue.

I won't say for certain that he won't see NHL action as a callup this year, but he will not make the team out of camp and he is primarily an AHL signing plain and simple. If they were concerned about losing his services, why would they only give him a 1yr term? If he's so valuable around the league as a 2nd round choice and former Rookie of the Year, why did he and his agent accept a deal that only pays him $65k at the AHL level?

Luke Adam is the new Mark Mancari...that' s the only correct way to view him and his value to the Sabres at this point.
#6 Dobber 2014-07-28 12:18
Quoting Reddawg:
Zero chance Luke Adam makes the Sabres this year, or any year. He's barely in their plans as an AHL player at this point, and no one will pick him up if he's waived.


Zero chance? 0%? Give me a realistic number, come on. Politics often play a bigger role than talent in the NHL. Cleary made the Red Wings last year over Nyquist, for example (and I'm sure you would have said 0 chance that Cleary makes the team over Nyquist). Adam was drafted 44th overall, he has to clear waivers, and he found his game again last season. I'm not on board with your statement that was likely based on his play of 2011-2013.

If you're drafted 44th overall, then six years later your team will have spent a good $3 or $4 million on developming you (or more). He'll make the team even if he has to sit in the press box for half the season. You don't put that time and effort into a player and let him go
#5 Reddawg 2014-07-28 11:42
Zero chance Luke Adam makes the Sabres this year, or any year. He's barely in their plans as an AHL player at this point, and no one will pick him up if he's waived.
#4 Dobber 2014-07-28 11:20
Quoting keytolife:
Dobber as a panthers fan let me tell you that Panthers projection is a bit off. Currently Flash ( alongside Kopecky) is valued as the odd guy out. Jokinen was brought in to play with Barkov and is expected on line one. Trochek will most certainly start in the AHL and the guy that will move to wing is actually Pirri. It would also suprise me very much if Bergenheim would end up on line 4.


Flash will be traded, but to start the year he won't be in the press box.

You are probably right about Trocheck - but his fancy stats were wonderful and they played the hell out of him down the stretch last year - he will be like Nyquist from last year - a very early call-up
#3 woodrow 2014-07-28 10:09
m a t t h e w b... now who could that be? :-*
#2 keytolife 2014-07-28 06:50
Dobber as a panthers fan let me tell you that Panthers projection is a bit off. Currently Flash ( alongside Kopecky) is valued as the odd guy out. Jokinen was brought in to play with Barkov and is expected on line one. Trochek will most certainly start in the AHL and the guy that will move to wing is actually Pirri. It would also suprise me very much if Bergenheim would end up on line 4.
#1 repenttokyo 2014-07-28 04:26
Thanks for the ramblings Dobber :)

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