The 'Canes have walked away from Jiri Tlusty, not qualifying him. The Devils did qualify Alexander Vasyunov, although he has signed a contract with the KHL.

 

The Canucks have signed Bieksa to a long-term contract.

 

News of unqualified RFAs will continue to trickle in today - ttwo somewhat noteworthy ones - Sami Lepisto (CBJ), Anton Stralman (CBJ). Great news for Grant Clitsome owners, also points to the fact that Columbus will aggressively pursue a puck moving defenseman in free agency.

 

The Setoguchi trade opens up a spot in San Jose's top six. Does Pavelski move to the wing? Last year he skated on a line with two other centers (Torrey Mitchell and Kyle Wellwood). I could see Mitchell sliding to center on the third line.

 

Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski, Clowe-Couture-Heatley? Lots of options in San Jose.

 

Kirk Muller is expected to be named as the Milwaukee head coach today.

 

The Canucks and the Chicago Wolves have announced a two year partnership agreement. The Wolves are run more like an NHL club than a development club, with an emphasis on generating reveune (winning). How will this affect the likes of Jordan Schroeder, Cody Hodgson, Eddie Lack, Kevin Connauton, and so on? Remains to be seen.

 

Mike Gillis is very shrewd, smart, and calculating. I don't think he signs off on this move if he thinks it will in any way negatively impact the development of Vancouver's prospects.

 

Michael Russo believes that the Wild will buy out the final year of Cam Barker's contract if they are unable to trade him by Thursday. Barker has been below average for Minnesota (at best) since coming over from Chicago in exchange for Kim Johnsson and Nick Leddy.

 

Something tells me there are at least a few teams out there that would gladly give Barker, the former 3rd overall draft pick  a shot at cracking their roster.

 

Based on the comments in my latest 15 Points to Consider column, the Flames were left with little choice regarding Tanguay's extension. It was either term, or cap hit. In the end, the cap hit is reasonable, but the term isn't.

 

Jarome Iginla likely did request that Tanguay return, but was that move in the best interest of the organization?  The Flames do have a ton of bad money coming off the books after this season, so it will be interesting to see what they do if they are out of playoff contention before the trade deadline in 2011-12.

 

According to Larry Brooks, Brad Richards is telling people that he is heading to New York. The obvious plan would be to line him up alongside Gaborik. The LW spot would be up for grabs -Dubinsky, Stepan (if he moves from center), Avery, and so on.

 

Check out my interview on The Program from the past weekend.

 

Interesting book to read – The Extra 2%. About three Wall Street executives taking over the Tampa Bay Rays and turning them into a powerhouse baseball club. In addition to being a fantastic read, the book has relevance for fantasy hockey.

 

Matt Gilroy and Niclas Bergfors will both become UFAs on Friday. Gilroy could be worth a pick up if he signs with the right team – could have a Marc-Andre Bergeron type of career – number seven offensive specialist who floats around from team to team. Bergfors has skill but his chances of becoming an NHL scoring line player are running out.

 

"LIKE" Dobber Sports on Facebook, and win yourself a pair of Oakley's! On July 6 I'll draw a name from one of the likes, and send them a pair. We are also giving away two free copies of Tales from the Boston Bruins Locker Room, by Kerry Keene.

 

Fantasy Prospects Report - buy it here. You can read the player profiles of all the players whom you just saw drafted – and Matthew Bugg did a great job this year, nailing the Top 4 as well as Toronto drafting Biggs, Ottawa drafting Puempel, TB nabbing Namestnikov, and Buffalo grabbing Armia. He’s kicking himself for having Edmonton take Musil to start the second round in the original release – but then in the update he changed it! Anyway, kudos to Matt. He’s always been good with this stuff, but I think this was his best year yet.

 


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Vito Ruggia said:

Rustyrug
Bieksa 5 yrs at 4.6m per year.

Quite a bit for a guy they wanted to trade away. No discount?
June 27, 2011
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Zack P. said:

jeamcasmith99
... "People quickly forget that Grabner was slow to start in NYI. He would never have been given the same opportunity in Vancouver.

Sundin deal worked out fine. Cap space is only an asset if you use it.

He has managed to sign core players to cheap contracts. Kesler, Sedins, most importantly.

Luongo's contract term is crazy, but he is the seventh highest paid goalie in terms of cap hit."

Sundin deal worked out fine because Gillis LUCKED out big-time. What if Sundin had taken that deal??? That's two years.... $10m cap hit per year. Had Sundin taken it.... the $10m cap hit per would have prevented the Canucks from having the room to re-sign the Sedin twins the following offseason under the then much lower cap limit. Wouldn't that have been a monumental mistake?

Whether Grabner would have been given the same opportunity with Vancouver is something we will never know. And if he wouldn't have been given the same opportunity, then you have to question the foresight of the coach and GM. Because everyone knew what kind of skillset Grabner had BEFORE he was traded..... one of the fastest skaters in the league and an awesome wrist-shot. Not the best defensively. Reminded me a bit of a future Kessel at the time. Angus, you keep talking about the great need the Canucks have for finding a winger for Kesler to play with...... Grabner would have been it. And it's not like we didn't see glimpses of how he looked with Kesler and Raymond. That line's speed would have terrorized Boston's slow d-corps if it had been available as an option.

Dobber.... as for Ballard.... please. Did you watch this guy play in his last year with Florida?? I did. He was pretty bad. Don't tell me that better scouting couldn't have avoided that mistake of a trade. I was hot mad when that trade happened. And don't pretend like the Ballard trade at the time wasn't viewed as bad as it is now. It wasn't hindsight. Do you not remember what people were saying on the hockey boards at the time?? The general consensus was Vancouver got hosed on that deal.

As for Luongo's contract, if you polled fans of other teams and asked them whether they would want him on their team at that price and term..... I think you'd know how that poll result would turn out.

Hodgson, let's see what happens with this guy then. He missed one year of development. He has time though to turn it around. Put me on record as predicting he won't turn out to be a good pick at #10.

Listen, like I said.... I don't think Gillis is awful. I actually think he's a pretty good GM on balance..... Kesler, Burrows, Sedins contract were awesome (but countered by Ballard and Luongo). I just can't stand the fact that nobody ever brings up any of his mistakes. If you're going to get the praise when you do something good, you should also take the criticisms for the bad.
June 27, 2011
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Jeff on Tanguay Alright. I actually think it was a smooth move for Feaster if he can follow-up in the rebuild process. Time will tell.
June 27, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Shoeless - correct, or give him less term and more money. Easier said than done, of course. Just don't see pt of giving 5 year extension to vet on a team that so obviously needs a major rebuild.
June 27, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
Zack on Gillis. Bieksa was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on Friday. He just completed a three-year, $11.25 million contract with Vancouver.

Gillis gets credit because he has made Vancouver a place players like and want to sign. 3.75 mill for Bieksa when he could have went to market and got more, same with Hamhuis, the Sedins, Kesler.
June 27, 2011
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Angus on Tanguay So your stance seems to be that Feaster should have walked on Tanguay. Is that correct?
June 27, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... People quickly forget that Grabner was slow to start in NYI. He would never have been given the same opportunity in Vancouver.

Sundin deal worked out fine. Cap space is only an asset if you use it.

He has managed to sign core players to cheap contracts. Kesler, Sedins, most importantly.

Luongo's contract term is crazy, but he is the seventh highest paid goalie in terms of cap hit.
June 27, 2011
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Bill Graham said:

BBoy
... I am in a 19 team keeper pool. If you had choice re later Devo to pick, who would you take out of Ty Rattie #32 St.Louis, Tomas Jurco #35 Detroit or Brandon Saad #43 Chicago ?? I would think all 3 are approx. 3 to 4 yrs. away from playing a scoring role in the NHL.
June 27, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Richards He'll get $8 or $9 million a year, and whoever signs him (rangers) will regret it by 2013. His wrists are an extreme risk, to say nothing of the concussion. But I'm more worried about the wrists.
June 27, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Zack... Gillis could sign Recchi to 10 years, $100 million and he would still be awesome. This is the guy that got Bobby Holik $8 mill a year for 7 or 8 years back when that was the only contract that high...and then after he was bought out he got him another $3 mill a year. Gillis can do whatever he wants, after that brilliance.

But winning the GM of the year award is a more "official" way of looking at it, I guess. Ballard was a coveted d-man two years ago. NOBODY saw that coming (just check last summer's hockey books for predictions on him, including my own - you can't predict that). Hodgson's injury woes came after the draft, so you can't come down on him for that either. Are you paying attention, or just making stuff up? You accuse people of glossing over his mistakes...when most mistakes were unavoidable and for some reason you're putting a spotlight on them a year or two later after unexpected events influenced the outcome!
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June 27, 2011
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Reddawg said:

Reddawg
Richards Could Richards "heading to New York" comment still mean Buffalo? smilies/smiley.gif

Probably not, but we NEED him.
June 27, 2011
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Zack P. said:

jeamcasmith99
Gillis "very shrewd, smart, and calculating"

Gillis??

This is the same guy who offered Sundin a two-year $10 million offer. Traded away a 30-goal scorer Calder nominee in Grabner plus a first round pick in exchange for an overpaid d-man in Ballard who sits 8th or 9th on the Canucks' depth chart and are probably desperately trying to get rid of. Signed Luongo to an albatross contract that won't end until 2022 or whatever, which has the Canucks married to a guy who has collapsed in the playoffs three years straight. Same guy who drafted Cody Hodgson while passing on Myers, Karlsson, Eberle, Ennis, Carlson, etc.

Nobody's saying Gillis is awful, but it's absurd how people in Vancouver gloss over some of his monumental mistakes and ridiculously overrate him.
June 27, 2011
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Jake said:

smack
Bieksa So funny as I remember so many Canuck fans (I think including yourself, Angus) begging for the Canucks to trade Bieksa for almost anything before the year. How 1 good year (contract year) changes everything.
June 27, 2011
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Ed said:

GoHabsGo
Hey Dobber! Top 75 Goalies June Update? Just a reminder Dobbs. I know everything is all at once. I can't wait until to see the Top 300 players with the new draftees in July. - before I go on vacation.
June 27, 2011
Votes: +1

horrorfan said:

horrorfan
Bergfors I mentioned this in the forum but just throwing it out there without knowing as much about cap/salaries/contracts etc. What about Bergfors to Calgary? The Flames could use another scoring winger and could be had cheaply. Perhaps they would need to get rid of Hagman to make it happen (and thus save more money), but to get a younger/skilled guy might be what the team needs, and could help Bergfors get back on track. I don't know, just brainstorming, but would appreciate any thoughts on my random suggestion. Thanks.
June 27, 2011
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