Lockout Update: Day 10 - There is still a lockout.

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Fantasy Guide - The guide was last updated September 14. I'll be doing another update this week.

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Minnesota prospect Matt Dumba was suspended two games for a hit to the head during WHL play. With the influx of rookies on the Wild this year, Dumba will be at least one, possibly as many as three years before making the jump.

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Speaking of offensive defensemen prospects, Jeff Angus tweeted last night (@anguscertified) that Kevin Connauton was one of the fittest Canucks at training camp speed/fitness testing this year. Connauton is a year away, but worth watching very closely for any surprises in camp. But Vancouver can be patient with his development.

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Here is my column for The Hockey News - ending the offseason analysis of all 30 teams. In this one, I look at Boston and Anaheim. At the end of the piece, I rank the NHL teams in terms of their fantasy value - how many fantasy worthy players and prospects…and at what upside? Pittsburgh was tops, followed by the Flyers and then the - Oilers. Yes sir, the Oilers. I don't care if they go 0-82-0, this team is scoring a lot of goals and there are a ton of fun players to own, with mega upside. At the bottom of the list? Columbus, followed by New Jersey. Not saying the Devils are the second worst team in the league. Far from it. But I am saying that their fantasy players leave something to be desired. Almost nobody in their farm system I am interested in owning in a very deep league (only exceptions would be Jon Merrill, Mattias Tedenby and Scott Wedgewood). And on the pro roster I can almost count on one hand the guys I'd own. Anyway, take a look.

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I'm not the biggest Larry Brooks fan, in fact of all the columnists I find I disagree with him quite often, but he is pretty bang on with his assessment here. The moderate owners need to get off their hands and push for this deal to get done. The scariest thing is - his statement that Gary Bettman is resolute about the players getting no more than 48% of revenue. That number will never happen - the NHL will fold first.

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St. Louis prospect Jori Lehtera is leading the KHL in scoring after nine games. Washington prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov is also doing well - here are the top scorers in that league right now…I'm sure you'll recognize some of these names:

Lehtera Jori

SIB

9

5

10

15

Thoresen Patrick

SKA

7

4

7

11

Tereshchenko A.

AKB

9

3

8

11

Kuznetsov Evgeny

TRK

7

5

5

10

Radulov Alexander

CSK

9

4

6

10

Petruzalek Jakub

AMR

10

3

6

9

Korolyuk Alexander

VIT

9

6

2

8

Klepis Jakub

LEV

9

5

3

8

Radulov Igor

CSK

8

4

4

8

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Interesting concept - Justin Goldman describes an experiment in which two catching gloves were used by a goaltender. Ditch the stick!

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It turns out that Vladimir Tarasenko will not return to his former KHL team SKA St. Petersburg after all. The agent added some new conditions…which basically kyboshed the whole deal.

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A nice little summary about Anaheim prospect Sami Vatanen by Anaheim Calling (and nice of them to link to DobberProspects too)

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The Hockey Writers takes a look at the 15 greatest Islanders of all time. Just an interesting non-CBA read, and since those are rare these days I thought I'd pass it along.

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Two awesome goals here, as Tomas Plekanec (I know, I had a clip of him yesterday too) and Jaromir Jagr work magic:


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InnocentBystander said:

27Blue
... Vladimir Tarasenko's signing with SKA St. Petersburg was completed partially because he wanted the chance to play with New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk. "I can say that it was one of the factors that influenced my decision to come here," said Tarasenko Monday. "It is the dream of every young player to play in the same team as such person." He said jet lag might be a factor after returning from North America, but he is good shape and ready to play. Tarasenko had just joined the Blues after four years in the KHL, but the NHL lockout caused him to return to Russia until it is settled.
September 25, 2012
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JHM said:

JHM
Howe/Durnan Someplace in the old stories, I read the one about Gordie Howe getting a breakaway on Durnan. Howe flipped his stick over to gain the advantage. Needless to say, Durnan flipped his stick over.

When reviewing on this theme, I learned that the 1946 Detroit Red Wings did not have a player age 30. Harry Lumley, the starting goalie, was 19 years old. Howe was the youngest player at age 18. Today, isn't half the Wings roster in its 30s?

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September 25, 2012
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The lying Frenchman said:

The lying Frenchman
... The craziest thing is that supposedly, Jagr wanted to sign with the Habs for the upcoming season (thanks to Plekanec), but Bergevin apparently said: "Not interested." As if the Habs were THAT far from being a playoff team...
September 25, 2012
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InnocentBystander said:

27Blue
... tarasenko signed with SKA yesterday after a bit of confusion...
link in the Blues forum.
September 25, 2012
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