- Hockey Rambling
- Written by Dobber
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
NHL is releasing a series of summing up the season in 60 seconds. For each team. Here are the Capitals: