The DobberBaseball Fantasy Guide is fully updated through yesterday - and DobberBaseball broke a traffic record for March, topping 230,000 page views. Great work by Fred Poulin and Eamonn McCauley, who have really turned that site around with a great team - and of course Chris Goudey, who put together an awesome guide and stayed on top of it with updates.

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Jagr to Boston, Roy to Vancouver - firesale in Dallas! I'm back and on top of it - analysis/ breakdowns on the way

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Toronto has been given permission to speak to Miikka Kiprusoff's agent, no doubt trying to gauge the odds of Kipper returning to the NHL next year and/or what kind of extension he would like, if any.

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Mats Zuccarello played in his second game of the season last night and he's getting a lot of love. He's seen 18 minutes per game and has an assist so far. Some surprising early PIM as well (six), that may be an adjustment to the league, or perhaps he just feels more secure that he'll hold his spot in the lineup no matter how aggressive he is. Rangers line combos last night:

Nash - Stepan - Callahan

Zuccarello - Richards - Gaborik

Pyatt - Boyle - Hagelin

I think Torts is starting to recognize that the torch has been passed to Derek Stepan. Richards isn't 'the guy' anymore. So Leafs fans who were sour on Brian Burke not going after Richards - which I said in advance would be dumb - now you can see clearly that a seven-year deal for Brad Richards would get you one star-caliber season if that, and a couple of decent seasons. Not just Leaf fans, but any fans of any team who wished their team pushed hard to sign this guy for that term and that amount - thank your GM.

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The trade deadline is starting early again this year. It will make for an exciting Monday and Tuesday… but you'll be disappointed in Wednesday. That's not to say that deals won't get done, but it's more spread out now. Easier on guys like me.

Robyn Regehr was traded to the Kings for two second-round draft picks. It will open up a bit of ice time for young Buffalo rearguards, but nothing in the way of power-play time. And the only concern you might have for LA rearguards is the less-proven Jake Muzzin. But he saw 19 minutes of ice time Sunday and had five shots on goal. He has just a point in six games, but I think that's just a slump. He'll bounce back.

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The Ducks traded Jay Rosehill to the Flyers for Harry Zolnierczyk. This was for the Flyers to shore up their farm system and do Zolnierczyk a favor by giving him a fresh start.

Speaking of the Ducks, Radek Dvorak has been underwhelming, seeing just 11 minutes in each of his two games and posting zero points. In case you were curious and too lazy to look it up yourself - I got your back.

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The Sharks traded Michal Handzus to the Blackhawks for a fourth-round draft pick. Handzus at this point is just a depth addition, bringing experience and faceoff skills. He'll draw in a few times down the stretch and it will be at the expense of young players such as Marcus Kruger. For now, with Dave Bolland out (seems to be short-term), he'll get in without taking a job.

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Mike Fisher missed last night's game because of a hand injury. He is out indefinitely.

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The Ryane Clowe rumors continue to swirl, now it seems like Philadelphia or Montreal. He was scratched from San Jose's game last night so you know it's coming.

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There won't be a live chat this year for the deadline. I had wanted to give Google Hangout a try, but didn't have enough time to test it in advance. So back to the old way of just breaking it down trade by trade in articles, as well as forum chatter.

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Jay Bouwmeester was dealt to the Blues for your Uncle Frank and your neighbor's cousin Jimmy. Or something like that. Actually it was a "conditional" first-round pick, defenseman Mark Cundari and Swiss goalie Reto Berra. Interesting that they were interested in the Swiss goalie. Do they see something? Anyway, I will have an analysis on this one later Tuesday. Not because J-Bo has fantasy implications… but because his absence from the Calgary lineup has them.

The first-rounder, per TSN, becomes a fourth this summer and a first in 2014 if the Blues miss the dance. Otherwise it's just the first in 2013.

Incidentally, this trade was announced after the St. Louis game started, but before the Calgary game started. So Bouwmeester's 611-games-played streak continues.

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Jaroslav Halak left last night's contest with a LBI. Gotta think it's the ol' groin again. That guy's groin is weaker than my grandma after some sleeping pills. Without a walker. Anyway, I'm predicting that Brian Elliott will blow it, and Jake Allen will thrive again. Allen didn't thrive with Halak hovering over his shoulder, but when the Blues truly needed him… Allen stepped up.

I say this even after Elliott's strong game last night, stopping 19 of 20 shots.

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Ville Leino has an undisclosed injury and the Sabres have finally recalled Luke Adam. Adam has had a horrible time of things since hitting a wall after his tremendous NHL start. He's still not doing great, posting just three points in his last nine AHL games and going minus-8 in that span.

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Nathan Beaulieu picked up his first NHL point last night. He was also plus-2 in 15 minutes of action.

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If Jarome Iginla wants to sign an extension with the Penguins, he would probably need to settle for something below $4 million. Would the NHLPA appreciate such a paycut/discount? He can still get over $6 million on the open market. But with the Pens already tied in up with several big contracts and with the cap going down, that is what Iginla is looking at. I'm sure he knows this.

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Matt Cullen left last night's game with an LBI. He has 19 points in his last 20 games, so obviously fantasy relevant. Look for the Wild to trade for Clowe recall Jason Zucker or Mikael Granlund.

Granlund has 14 points in his last 12 games - including the last one in which he was shutout, snapping an 11-game points streak dating back to before the lockout. He has seven points in seven games since being sent down.

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Kostopoulos left the game after getting dropped by Matt Martin in this fight:

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Amazing game by Ryan Callahan - four points and plus-4 with four hits. Including this beautiful goal:


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aleco83 said:

aleco83
... I wonder to what extent a shortened season has had on more teams making moves before the deadline. The remaining games are too precious to wait playing chicken with other GMs. It seems like the price for rentals is a bit higher this year due to that fact or is it just me?
April 02, 2013
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ICESPUTNIKS said:

ICESPUTNIKS
BERRA would not understimate Reto Berra. He is hands down the best goalie in the swiss league for a few years now. He was the main reason why his team HC Biel made it to the playoffs twice in a row now. He could be the new Hiller !
A big Goaltender with good lateral movement, who thanks to his size takes a lot away from the net. Has good athleticism, decent reflexes and never gives up on a shot. Is able to play at his best in crucial situations and can steal games. (by Rafik Soliman – April, 2013) >>>> eliteprospects.com
April 02, 2013
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jer_33 said:

jer_33
Kessel trade Yes the Leafs ultimately lost the Kessel trade, but there were no guarantees at the time of the trade (preseason) that the Leafs would have ended up with Seguin or Hamilton.

There are 2 contexts to this deal that get lost now.

1. Burke pulled the trigger to assure the Leafs had a young, developed building block in hand, something that is not guaranteed in the draft. A long-term rebuild strategy could have easily meant picking someone other than Hall/Seguin - Niedereitter or Connolly for example.

2. The original deal was something like Kaberle/pick for Kessel. Seeing as both players were eventually moved, both trades look to even things out.

To Leafs:
Kessel(5th), Colborne(16th), 2011 1st rounder (Biggs/22nd), 2012 2nd round pick (traded for Liles).

To Bruins:
Kaberle, 2010 1st (Seguin/2nd), 2010 2nd (Knight/32nd), 2011 1st (Hamilton/9th)

Kessel ~ Seguin
Colborne ~ Hamilton
Biggs ~ Knight
Liles ~ Kaberle

Jer
April 02, 2013
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mrmojorisin said:

mrmojorisin
Flames As per Jay Feester during interview last night... "Last year our scouts were split on who the best goalie not in the NHL was, half said Ramo and half said Berra." As far as the Bouwmeester trade goes I would say that they got more than they should have, at this point last year there would have been impossible to move his $6,900,00 contract and most "insiders" assumed that the Flames would still have to eat some of the cap hit to move him this season. Money off the books and a first entry seems like a good deal for a team entering the rebuild stage.
April 02, 2013
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shovelguy said:

shovelguy
Iginla and the NHLPA Why would the NHLPA care? If Iginla takes less money to stay with the Pens, it is going to allow another team to over pay another player.
April 02, 2013
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
Rangers If the Rangers are going to win the playoffs, it will have to be in spite of Richards and Gaborik, and not because of them. Thank goodness for Stepan, Callahan, McDonagh and so on. Even with so many awful signings and trades over the years, the Rangers still manage to be competitive somehow. Of course Lundqvist more than helps, but it is the "home grown" talent that makes them competitive, for the most part.
April 02, 2013
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