Cyberpresse is reporting that Pouliot may be qualified before Monday, the Habs are still evaluating.

 

I had forgotten - every year around draft time it's Matt Bugg's birthday. This year - it's today. Happy B-Day Mr. Bugg!

 

Everyone's jumping in with ramblings today - gotta love the coverage. It's Dobber again, back a day early from my family's little excursion. My daughter Avery was... is "Satan" a mean term? Naw, she's a sweetheart, but we won't be putting up with another night of that, so we're home. Anyway, I'm floored by news out of Montreal - they chose to qualify Sergei Kostitsyn, but not Benoit Pouliot. Pouliot was absolutely fantastic down the stretch... but absolutely horrific in the playoffs. That was his undoing. To retain SK would cost them a mere $650K give or take, while Pouliot would require $950K give or take (didn't break out my calculator, just spitballin here) - certainly a factor. Pouliot will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 unless Montreal comes to him with a $650K offer and he takes it (and I've seen that happen before)...


...and one word to describe the Sharks retaining Marleau - shocked. I didn't think they could do it, but the nice increase in salary cap made it possible. He took a small hometown discount, but not a major one - may as much as a million per season.

 

Wojtek Wookie Wolski has signed a new two-year deal with Phoenix for a reported $7.6 million. I think Wolski was more consistent in PHX than COL, but I'll leave the analysis to the big boys. Most of you know I think he's brutal defensively, but if anyone can solve that issue, it's Tippett.


Have no fear, Angus will have analysis on the Sharks and Bruins re-signees this afternoon. More rumors swirling, now about Thomas having permission to talk with other teams and Jon Quick has been mentioned a few times on Twitter. I can't stand goalie rumors, so that's that.


Regarding Theodore not being re-signed by the Caps. No matter what you read about Washington's faith in a Neuvy/Varly tandem, expect them to sign a veteran backup that can provides some stability. Neuvy is a streaky AHL stud and Varly is an inconsistent young star, so the two of them together would be very talented, but very volatile.


A ton of rumors swirling around today with various reports on Kaberle and whatnot. That's not my thing, but talking with draft prospects certainly is. So I suggest taking a few minutes to listen to my interview with Jack Campbell from way back in January. It's very revealing and will teach you a lot about his mental toughness.


Goldie here, steering the ship for the next few hours. Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski are staying in San Jose, as they have both signed four-year deals. Marleau's deal is reportedly worth $27.6 million and Pavelski's is reportedly worth $16 million.

 

Johnny Boychuk has re-signed with Boston for two years at a reported $1.8 million per year. I'm just a goalie nut, but that sounds like a pretty good price tag to me!


Dobber here. I know some of you long-time readers may roll your eyes with what I'm about to say - but the minor deal was Atlanta sending Mike Vernace and Brett Sterling to San Jose for future considerations. Sterling will be an unrestricted free agent, but if he re-signs with the Sharks this is the perfect situation for him. Still only 26 - which is an age where many players 5-7 in height appear on the fantasy radar - he joins a team who could/should lose Patrick Marleau. He would get one shot - training camp - to prove he can score in a new NHL environment. Not worth a pick up, but worth keeping an eye on. He's not a penalty killer - he's a former AHL rookie of the year.

 

The Top 10 Russian Prospects for the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, profiled by DobberHockey's Alessandro Seren Rosso. Very thorough analysis, definitely worth checking out.

 

Buy the Fantasy Prospects Report - HERE

 

The Byfuglien trade is now official. Atlanta completed a minor trade with San Jose to get under the 50 contract limit.

 

I will be in Seattle for the next two days. I will have full internet access but won’t be sitting around the computer. If there is a big trade or two, I probably won’t be the one to break it. I’ll do my best get to get my thoughts up on the site as quickly as possible, though.

 

Current Bruins assistant coach Craig Ramsay is set to be named as the new head coach in Atlanta. Bruins fans, what is your take on Ramsay? New coaches can have a significant fantasy impact, as I made note of with my Guy Boucher article last week.

 

I thought all of the award choices were spot on last night. Keith for Norris, Miller for Vezina, Tippett for Jack Adams (the worst kept secret in hockey), Datsyuk for Selke, and Sedin for Hart.

 

Per Pierre LeBrun: The Leafs have NO interest in Marc Savard, and Brian Burke has yet to talk to the Bruins regarding Tomas Kaberle.

 

Alex Ovechkin became the first player in league history to be voted as an NHL First-Team All-Star in each of his first five seasons in the NHL. Joining him on the First Team is Henrik Sedin, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Mike Green, and Ryan Miller.

 

The Second Team consists of Daniel Sedin, Sidney Crosby, Marty St. Louis, Drew Doughty, Nicklas Lidstrom, and Ilya Bryzgalov.

 

My thoughts on the Byfuglien trade – HUGE win for Chicago. Atlanta improves overall but Chicago did amazingly well considering their current cap circumstances. My rambling thoughts:

 

Atlanta now has six players who should be on their 2010-11 roster who have been acquired from trading away Ilya Kovalchuk. Ben Eager, Brent Sopel, Johnny Oduya, Niclas Bergfors, Patrice Cormier, and Dustin Byfuglien. Akim Aliu is more of a project and is probably at least another two years away from NHL action.

 

The Thrashers have some big bodies up front now with Byfuglien, Antropov, and the likes of Kane and Cormier developing as well.

 

Marty Reasoner is a fantastic fourth line center. Great move by Stan Bowman to get him, as he replaces John Madden at a lower cost, and he probably brings a bit more to the table as well. Chicago is sitting very pretty down the middle with Toews, Sharp, Bolland, and Reasoner.

 

Jeremy Morin, Atlanta’s 2009 2nd round draft pick, is the real gem in this deal for Chicago. He has elite hands and will be a goal scorer at the NHL level. Morin had 47 goals in only 58 games with Kitchener of the OHL this past season. He is probably a year away from the NHL.

 

Back to Byfuglien – outside of two fantastic rounds against Vancouver and San Jose, he hasn’t proven himself to be much more than an inconsistent depth scorer at the NHL level. Rick Dudley and the Thrashers are taking a major gamble (top end prospect and two great picks) that his strong postseason was much more than just a flash in the pan.

 

This trade opens up more ice time for Kyle Beach in 2010-11 in Chicago as well. I’d give him the edge over Andrew Ladd and Troy Brouwer for ice time as a net presence on the power play.

 

Who has two thumbs and loves the Byfuglien trade? This guy.

 

Chris Bourque, the recent Calder Cup MVP, has signed with HK Atlant of the KHL. This is a tough pill to swallow for all of those who have patiently held on to Bourque for all of these years waiting for him to break out at the NHL level.

 

Look for Mike Ribeiro to get traded this weekend. I had him going to Toronto in my recent article on the Leafs. There are a few teams that could use an offensive center like him. His $5 million cap hit is reasonable for what he brings to the table.

 

According to Darren Dreger, the Bruins may shop Marc Savard at the draft. I saw a few Savard-for-Kaberle rumors yesterday, but I think the Leafs would prefer someone a bit younger. How does Savard for Robyn Regehr sound? Regehr doesn’t replace Dennis Wideman’s puck moving ability, but he is a rock solid defenseman (he has regressed a slight bit over the past few years), and Savard would complement Iginla extremely well on the top line. Only problem is Savard’s NTC. He played in Calgary before, and some bridges may have been burned there.

 

We will be hosting a chat here at DobberHockey all Friday long for the Entry Draft. Myself, Dobber, Goldman, Miller, Rosso, Van Horne, and more! I will be in transit both before and after the draft, so my time will (probably) be limited to the first round only.

 

Apparently the Ducks were close to acquiring Dustin Byfuglien last week, but Chicago backed out because they didn’t want to receive salary back. Not sure if that means ANY salary, or just a low amount.

 

Per Bob McKenzie: Official salary cap numbers for next season. $59.4M cap, $43.4M floor. Some teams will struggle to hit that floor. Carolina has an internal budget of about $44 million because ownership wants to sell a share of the team. The Islanders, Avalanche, and Blues are all well below the $43.4 million mark at the moment as well.

 

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From now until June 24th, Angus will be running a 2010 NHL Entry Draft contest. Send him an email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) of your first round mock. The entry that closest mirrors the first round on June 25th will win an autographed Shane Doan 8x10 photograph. The rules are simple – one through 30, send your picks. If you guess the correct player, earn one point. If you guess the correct player and the correct position, you will be awarded three points. For example, of your top five is Hall-Seguin-Fowler-Tarasenko-Gunbranson, and the NHL’s top five picks are Hall-Seguin-Fowler-Gunbranson-Tarasenko, you will be given 11 points (three for Hall, Seguin, and Fowler in the correct position, and one for each of Tarasenko and Gunbranson for having them in the first round

 

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The 2010 Bill Masterton Award Winner Shane Doan autographed photo up for grabs with the 2010 Entry Draft contest:

 

Doan

 

 

Henrik Sedin won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player. This game is a great example as to why he deserved it:

 

The highlight of the NHL Awards Show was this skit featuring Bobby Ryan and Ryan Getzlaf - hilarious:


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Larry said:

Rollie1967
worth vs whats out there I dont see a discount for Marleau- few teams could afford $8mil per- and most of those teams are rebuilding/far from the playoffs. At this stage of his career-outside of LA- I dont see any team making a bid in that range for Marleau that would truly entice him. With no cap- sure somebody wouldve given him $8mil- but this cap is going to truly screw over alot of players who had good years at the wrong time.
June 24, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Santo - contracts signed in previous years, you need to add 10% or so for each year that has gone by since they were signed. That's the NHL inflation.

So Joe Thornton should be $9 million,
etc
etc


Marleau took a discount. It would have been $8 million via the market.
June 24, 2010
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Santo Manna aka Ross10019 said:

ross10019
... Dobber, you really think that Marleau took a hometown discount? He's getting $6.9M a year, which places him among some quite elite company if you exclude the horrible signings (cough Horcoff cough), including Big Joe who's getting 7.2M. Plus his deal is for 4 years and ends when he'll be 34. Not sure, but to me that's just about the right price tag. Here is the list of like-paid players, based on last year's salaries:

Joe Thornton, San Jose $7.2 million
Brian Campbell, Chicago $7.14 million
Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa $7 million
Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary $7 million
Shawn Horcoff, Edmonton $7 million
Jarome Iginla, Calgary $7 million
Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary $7 million
Rick Nash, Columbus $7 million
Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia $7 million
Lubomir Visnovsky, Edmonton $7 million
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers $6.875 million
Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit $6.7 million
Dan Boyle, San Jose $6.667 million

June 24, 2010
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praba said:

praba
... i went on dobberhockey.mobi on my blackberry, the ramblings are easy to read. also, one more suggestion, at the top where it shows "Written by Jeff Angus", can you just have it show: "Written by Jeff Angus (in blue font), Dobber (in black font) etc." So pretty much just change the colour of the author's name to the text you assign them to. Thanks Dobber!
June 24, 2010
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praba said:

praba
... the blue is much better to read...but it may cause a problem for some people who may be colour-blind on the homepage (before you click on "read more" on the ramblings tab). it is much easier to read now though. I'd say keep blue and black for you and angus (I assume you two will do the majority of posting), and then assign the other colours to the other writers. and hopefully all breaking news (i.e trades) are continued to be posted with a bolded font.
June 24, 2010
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
love the new colors best thing to happen to the ramblings ever.
June 24, 2010
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praba said:

praba
... haha whoa, not sure the whole christmas thing is a good idea. the red font is really standing out when you are on the dobberhockey homepage, it clashes too much with the blue background. i suppose it wouldnt be too bad for the next couple of days since there will be a lot of breaking news. here is an idea:

Dobber: black font
Angus: green font
Goldman: blue font
Bugg: red font


June 24, 2010
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
you have to get to know each of them intimately in order to be able to distinguish the subtle differences in their writing patterns and mental states.
June 24, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Praba I was thinking the same thing...but once you suggested it I gave it a shot. Let me know your thoughts man. Thanks!
June 24, 2010
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praba said:

praba
... any way you guys can put your name before each rambling comment you guys do? it's nice to know who is jumping in, makes it less confusing...or you can do different font, bold something, i dunno.
June 24, 2010
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Rusty Pickles said:

Rusty Pickles
... Sterling/ Per San Jose Mercury News

The Thrashers deal minor leaguers Michael Vernace and Brett Stirling along with a seventh round pick to the Sharks. Their contracts expire at the end of this month and neither are expected to be retained.


Sorry Dobber, your diminutive darling shall continue to toil in irrelevance. He'll be on the unemployment line looking for a new job in 30 days.smilies/grin.gif
June 24, 2010
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Eric Daoust said:

ericdaoust
Sterling Well the Sharks re-signed Marleau and Pavelski (credit to big_dl and thatbirdguy on the forums for the info). They may find a Blake replacement, although it may be more wise to expand Vlasic's role and promote Demers to full-time NHLer. Once they sign a goalie, they may still have a bit of cap to improve their forward depth some more. So in fact this may be worse for Sterling than once thought.
June 24, 2010
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angus said:

June 23, 2010
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
... it's kind of a weird situation.
June 23, 2010
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angus said:

angus
... thanks for the correction, repent.
June 23, 2010
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
canes ownership does not want to 'sell the team' Karmanos' business partner died a few years ago, and when he did, Karmanos managed his share of the team. Now he wants to find a partner to take over that share - he's not selling the team.
June 23, 2010
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
go twins! Congrats to Henrik and Daniel- dont think thats ever been done before- brothers on the all-star team? Maybe the Esposito's ?
June 23, 2010
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Ryan Van Horne said:

Scribe
Why a floor? Chad, there is a floor for one or two reasons, as I understand it.

a) The league wanted to make sure that teams didn't go cheap and sign a bunch of nobodies for the minimum. This way, teams that want to tank have to pay big money for bums that ride the pine.

b) the NHLPA -- remember them? -- demanded this concession as part of agreeing to the cap. Having a floor ensures a minimum amount is spent on salaries. This means the NHLPA and the agents, who get a cut of salaries, are protected from shrinkage.
June 23, 2010
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Chad said:

tryhard87
Salary Cap Floor Why is there a floor for the salary cap? I have never understood this?
June 23, 2010
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bastard_guy said:

bastard_guy
Hawks Trade This deal is good for Chicago - selling someone who may be at his all-time sell high point instead of sitting back and being sentimental, still have depth for the future as well as resolve their cap issues all in one fell swoop.
June 23, 2010
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noglovenolove said:

noglovenolove
Savard As a flames fan, I would take that trade.

Regehr has been part of the leadership group that hasn't been able to get it done and it might be time for him to go. Savard would be a great return for him. But about the bridges being burnt, you may be right, Savard was traded in 2003 and Sutter had come in as coach in 2002, and was the active gm in 2003 that traded him away.
June 23, 2010
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