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Press Release: We did it again. As the leader in fantasy hockey innovation, DobberHockey’s Frozen Pool has introduced another kick-ass tool – FREE to everyone. In addition, some popular tools have been moved from the members section and made available to you for free.

 

First, the new tool

 

This is a “newsfeed” covering Fantasy Hockey. It’s a bullet list of player info that gives you the lowdown on a player, hyperlinked to the source. Injuries, scratches, streaks and more all at your fingertips. Each line links to the player’s profile (more on this below), as well as the “Tweet” or the news item that it was found. Find the new tool here, or via the navigation menu up top, or by just going to the Frozen Pool section. Here’s a screen shot:

 

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Secondly, we have moved some tools into the free section. There are several sites out there who have effectively taken Jason Arbuthnot’s idea, format and layout on a couple of things and have re-created it and made it available for free. While their product is not as thorough as Jason’s, it’s good enough for a lot of readers who were quite offended having to suddenly pay 60 to 83 cents per month (depending on the package) for something that was previously free. The result has seen some cannibalization of DobberHockey’s traffic growth.

 

Because these tools are free elsewhere, we have made the move to offer them free here, adding them to the lengthy list of free products/information already made available at DobberHockey. These ‘free’ tools are:

 

  1. 1. Quick Reports – Line Combos – Last Game

This gives you, with a quick click of the team, the precise line combos by percentage of their shifts together, during the team’s last game.

 

  1. 2. Quick Reports – Line Combos – Last 3 Games

Same as above, but for the last three games.

 

  1. 3. Player Fantasy Profiles

If you select a player, this tool will give you his stats over the last several games, as well as line combo information and a chart graphing his ice time.

 

 

And on top of this, we still have enough value and innovation to make a purchase of the rest of the tools still worthwhile. A membership at Frozen Pool ($9.99 annual, $2.99 month, or as little as $7.00 with other packages) gives you the following tools:

 

  1. REAL TIME line combos. That’s right. A game going on right now? Get in there and check out the lines that have been put together so far. Sample pic here.
  2. CUSTOM dated line combos. Any year going back six years, any start date through any end date.
  3. LINE PRODUCTION. How did a player do playing with certain players? Who is he the most/least productive playing with?
  4. GAME PLANNER. Do not make your pro-line picks without consulting this bit of genius. Sample pic here.
  5. FANTASY MANAGER. Track your entire team, track several of your teams – the full stats line on all your guys.
  6. LINE MATCHUPS. Who does the team put out there to defend against Evgeni Malkin? Which player faces the easier opposition – David Krejci or Patrice Bergeron? Questions answered with this amazing tool. Sample pic here.
  7. COMPARE-A-PLAYER/COMPARE-A-GOALIE. Forty-one categories to compare. Side-by-side. Sample pic here.
  8. REPORT GENERATOR, ROTO RANKER, ROTO RATER, TOP FORWARDS (WEEK), TOP FORWARDS (MONTH), TOP DEFENSEMEN (WEEK/MONTH), TEAM SCOUT (NEW!) and so much more. Any stat, any range of dates, broken down by team, position or league-wide. Sample pic of all the stats and options here.

 

 

Those are the “extra” tools that you can get for a small fee, and support the tools and the site while you’re at it.

 

But DobberHockey, being a free website, will continue to offer you unbeatable help in leading you to fantasy hockey glory:

 

-          Ramblings, from Darryl Dobbs, Jeff Angus and Sportsnet.ca’s Chris Nichols, 365 days a year. Free.

-          Rankings every month for keeper players, defensemen, prospects, goaltenders and roto players. Free.

-          Columns – over 15 of them every week to give you all the angles. Free.

-          Forum with over 10,000 active members and a great, respectful community. $10. Just kidding. Free.

-          Features such as Band-Aid Boys, Windex Wonders and tips on how to start a keeper league. Free.

-          Dobber Nation, a monthly Podcast with great guests. Free.

-          Quick Report line combos for the last game and the last three games. Free.

-          Fantasy Player Profiles. Free.

-          Fantasy Newsfeed, giving you the latest sourced injury news and other fantasy tidbits. Free.

-          A starting goalie grid for today’s games. Free. “Tomorrow’s games” will also be moved to become free shortly.

-          Contests with giveaways – always free to join.

 

The bottom line is – I want you to win. I want every reader to win. I also believe in a free internet. If I’m charged for something, I want to be able to see a tangible return on what I paid for. Sometimes it’s difficult to balance that with an effective means of supporting costs. But whatever you decide to spend to support this site and the Dobber Sports Network, whether it’s zero dollars or the $58.99 needed to buy every single tool that the DSN has to offer each year – you will get more than your money’s worth, I promise you.

 

 

Get the full Press Release of the new – free – fantasy hockey tools here.

 

 


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sentium said:

Dakkster
roache "Idiotic? Um, didn't you see that i paid my 12.3 cents not-being-a-fkn-idiot tax? I'm pretty sure you meant moronic, irresponsible, or accusatorial. (I've yet to pay any of those taxes this year.)

But thank you for what you said about my air. I've really been working on it lately. (Nice to see that all those lung reps are finally starting to pay off.)"

So now that I've pointed out that your accusation against LWL is completely ridiculous and unfounded, you just blow more hot air... interesting how that works, right?d
January 26, 2012
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roache said:

roache
re: chimp82x "Do I feel Dobber pulled a bait-and-switch? No.
Did I say it was a premeditated attempt to rip everyone off? No."

In that case i apologize for misrepresenting your opinions. I came to those conclusions based on your statement that you felt ripped off, which i thought, and to be honest think, is an unreasonable reaction. That said the rest of your comments re: Dobber and the customer service of this site do seem to me (for whatever that's worth) to be reasonable and accurate, so again i apologize if i misinterpreted your intention. I just felt that Dobber acted with the best of motives to protect himself, the site, and (most significantly) his subscribers, and i read your original posts as stating otherwise.

Apologies aside, i curse you for the craving i'm currently feeling for Cool Ranch. If i don't lay off of those things i'm going to start to look like Kyle Wellwood. (Some Sweet Chili Heat might be good too. Hell, if that $1.50 sale's still going i might even get some classic Nacho flavour just for nostalgia's sake. (Nacholgia's sake.))
January 25, 2012
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roache said:

roache
Quiet You! "Unless you have actual proof I'd call it downright idiotic to accuse LeftWingLock of intellectual property theft."

Idiotic? Um, didn't you see that i paid my 12.3 cents not-being-a-fkn-idiot tax? I'm pretty sure you meant moronic, irresponsible, or accusatorial. (I've yet to pay any of those taxes this year.)

But thank you for what you said about my air. I've really been working on it lately. (Nice to see that all those lung reps are finally starting to pay off.)
January 25, 2012
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chimp82x said:

chimp82x
roache Do I feel Dobber pulled a bait-and-switch? No.
Did I say it was a premeditated attempt to rip everyone off? No.

My comments had nothing to do with money. I did not ask for a $10 refund or a cancellation of my Frozen Pool subscription. It's precedent. You don't sell a product to two different customers at different prices. Imagine going to the supermarket and the guy in front of you gets a bag of Doritos for $1.50 while you are asked to pay $3. How would you feel? It doesn't matter if another supermarket around the corner is selling chips for $1, $10 or for free. One store, one customer base, one price.

Dobber is a stand-up guy. He has customized orders for me multiple times in the past and given me a refund when I accidentally bought the same fantasy pack twice. I had no doubt that he would offer to refund the FP membership fee after reading my comments. Had he included the refund offer in the original article I never would have posted those comments. I am 100% satisfied now that all DobberHockey customers can pay the same price for the Frozen Pool tools, whether they already had a subscription or are just about to buy one.
January 25, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
roache That's a pretty bold claim. Where's your evidence that it's intellectual theft? Unless you have actual proof I'd call it downright idiotic to accuse LeftWingLock of intellectual property theft. It's even more absurd considering that LWL themselves have once been victims of ACTUAL PROVEN intellectual theft when Daily Faceoff stole their information and LWL proved it. I highly doubt they'd do that to someone else after they'd been the victims of it once.

Does Jason Arbuthnot have a patent that he is the only one who gets to code a service like this? The fact is that the two services don't give the same exact results, so they must have different algorithms, proving that it's not intellectual theft. It also presents an interesting question about which one is the most accurate.

Yeah, I'd say your claim is nothing but hot air.
January 25, 2012
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roache said:

roache
re: chimp82x's comments Oh ffs, do you feel Dobber pulled a bait-and-switch? Think about the situation a little bit. This was not a premeditated attempt to "rip-off" his users. This is a reactive response to a market ensuring that his site remains the most useful on the Net.

I appreciate it, and can't believe that anyone would see this as an attempt to scam them.

p.s. Regarding the refund offer Dobber, i've looked at the portion of my annual $10 that this represents and have decided you can keep my 12.3 cents. I'll just consider it my massive patronage contribution to innovative fantasy coverage, or my not-being-a-fkn-idiot tax.
January 25, 2012
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roache said:

roache
Re: sentium's comments You have a funny definition of healthy competition. Having somebody steal your innovative and original work isn't healthy competition; it's intellectual theft. The fact that this has forced Dobber's hand may be beneficial to those users not willing to part with the massive $10 a year it costs to receive (and support) these great tools makes me more sad than celebratory.
January 25, 2012
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Nigel said:

chimp82x
Re: refund Appreciate it Dobber. I emailed you.
January 24, 2012
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chimp82x said:

chimp82x
Actually.... Before posting my previous comment I didn't notice that Fantasy Profiles are now free. This tool (comparable to Chart-A-Player) is the #1 reason I purchased a FP subscription. Now I'm feeling completely ripped off. smilies/angry.gif
January 23, 2012
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chimp82x said:

chimp82x
Uh, what? I realize that these now "free" tools are only a small part of what you get with a Frozen Pool subscription, but how do you think this makes the people who paid for the subscription feel? This is like charging people for the fantasy guide and then releasing the draft list section of the guide for free.

As a long-time buyer of the guides and a current subscriber of Frozen Pool, I can't say I'm very happy with this business decision. It's not going to affect my FP subscription (the other tools are amazing) but I don't like knowing that after I've spent my hard-earned money some other chump is getting a handout.
January 23, 2012
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Was already available for free over at leftwinglock. That competition seems to have forced Dobber to re-open this part of Frozen Pool as a free service. Gotta love some healthy competition smilies/smiley.gif
January 23, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Happy, Happy Pengwin... so happy, I'm melting the Ice. FREE! Oh, thank you, thank you, thank you!
This has been a silent-dream of mine to have line combo back available.
You guys are THE best!

Seriously, A+, 10/10, Thumbs Up... and every compliment in the dictionary.
Very very thankful!

Yeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
January 23, 2012
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