Angus here - working away on my contributions for the 2010-11 DobberHockey Fantasy Guide. Released August 1st - get excited! This thing gets bigger and better each year.

 

Saw this interesting quote from last year's guide: "Now that he is back to having a stable role with a team, Jussi Jokinen will rebound to a 50-to 55-point player again." Not bad. A little low, but a better statement then found anywhere else, no? Yep, you guessed it - I'm on Carolina in the Guide and I'm procrastinating.

 

The Flyers have come to terms with Daniel Carcillo on a one-year contract. The agitator is capable of 45 points and 300 PIM but will never have the leash taken off to do it. He'll be stuck in that 25-35 range and 200-250 as a result. Taking the leash off would no doubt cost games.

 

My Detroit and Edmonton offseason fantasy report is up on THN here.

 

Chicago may have six players to sign, but they are actually permitted to go 10 percent above the cap. That means they have $6 million to sign six players or so. They could do that and then jettison Huet to the minors ($5.6 cap hit). That actually does solve much of the problem. But to get Niemi signed they would indeed need to move Brian Campbell or Patrick Sharp. I'm sure the Hawks would prefer Campbell, but that's a tough contract to move.

 

If Campbell does get moved, that takes a player out of the Tomas Kaberle game - and Brian Burke's waiting game, which would have paid off, will be hurt and possibly crippled.

 

Maxim Lapierre has signed a one-year deal with the Habs, making Carey Price their only RFA left to sign.

 

The Ducks have signed Josh Green to a two-way contract.

 

San Jose has signed offensive rearguard Sean Sullivan to a contract. The 26-year-old has never played an NHL game and is probably a career minor leaguer, but you look at San Jose's blue line and you can't help but think that he's a roster injury away from jumping onto all of our radars.

 

The Oilers have signed Devan Dubnyk to a two-year contract. He won four of his last six games after losing his first eight. The 6-5 netminder looked very good in those six games and he will back up JDD WHEN Khabibulin gets hurt.

 

Chris Conner has re-signed with the Penguins. An excellent depth addition who has proven that if the Pens need him for two or three games, he fills in nicely. Any hope of being used on one of the big lines is long gone though. Brett Sterling is the new experiment/ long shot.

 

Matching the Hjalmarsson offer was the right move for the Hawks, but now they'll not only need to bury Huet in the minors, but they'll also need to move Brian Campbell. The thing is, they can do both of those things and still be a Top 5 team next year. That's how deep their system is. Yes, they've lost Ladd, Byfuglien, Versteeg and Eager... but they can add Stalberg, Skille and another solid prospect forward.

 

Those who sat on Corey Crawford last  year, disappointed that Niemi took the job, hang in there - you may have use for Crawford yet. If Huet is buried in the minors and Niemi walks, suddenly Crawford is No.1.

 

Tarik El-Bashir is reporting that coach Bruce Boudreau is most impressed with Marcus Johansson in practice. "Head and shoulders above the others", according to El-Bashir. We're only one day in, but it bodes well for Johansson, who seems destined to be a third-line center but could eke up to second line if he hones his offense more.

 

Boudreau also had nice things to say about Evgeny Kuznetsov, who will still need a year or two in the AHL before making the jump.

 

As usual in the offseason, news will be throughout the day. Meanwhile, work on DobberHockey is proceeding nicely. On the test site they have widened the look, and they are putting together a new "in-house" shopping cart that will take PayPal out of the mix, for those of you who hate Paypal - and there seems to be many of you.

 


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Rusty Pickles said:

Rusty Pickles
... From everything I have read MPS was far and away the best of the young guns at EDM prospect camp.

Skille also carries a 1.3m cap hit smilies/wink.gif
July 13, 2010
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Princeton said:

Princeton
Gotta disagree. Gotta disagree with THN article.

Apparently Hall is "ready" but MPS needs a year? Says who! It's as if you didn't watch the WC's this year. In addition, his camp has been far more memorable than Hall's.

Is this simply "it's easier to send MPS in the minors" than Hall because of his age (Hall would have to go back to Junior)? Is it gonna be the "it's a different size iced surface" old adage? Doesn't this basically ignore the fact that MPS has excelled on smaller ice surfaces in international competition. Also he has stated that he actually prefers the smaller surface.

I really don't get why Hall, and Eberle for that matter are considered staples on the team while MPS has to battle for a spot.
July 13, 2010
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
... I'd send you a cheque! Your choice rubber or paper! smilies/grin.gif
July 13, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... sounds like a few more thousand dollars to spend...sigh
July 13, 2010
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hammer said:

hammer2003
... People like paypal because they don't like giving out their credit card information to every website they buy something from. That is why using paypal is good 'security'. Walmart.com takes paypal, so does Dell, Officemax, Barnes & Noble, Toys R US, etc.

Multiple options are good, you should keep paypal IMO.
July 13, 2010
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angus said:

angus
... Marcus, yes it does. Teams are permitted to exceed the salary cap by 10% during the off-season. However, the Huet situation is complicated a bit because of "tagging isses." I don't really understand it but I know our resident cap expert does (fzusher, wherever he is).
July 13, 2010
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Marcus said:

Crazynuck
Cap rules Dobbs I'm not that familiar with the cap rules. Why is Chicago permitted to go 10% above the cap? Does this apply to all teams?
July 13, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... If you don't want to pay through paypal, then you'll have to wait about a month for the new system to be up.
July 13, 2010
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
Pay Pal I want to pay by credit card. When I went to buy, it showed me the Pay Pal stuff... what's shaking?
July 13, 2010
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
Can you sell a contract? Could the Blackhawks sell a players contract to a team in Europe? Could they sell the contract to someone in the ECHL?

What I'm getting at is:
Huet + $5.4M cash for a bucket of pucks to someone in another league.

I don't think this can be done, or one would think that someone would have already done it.
July 13, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Paypal is not the most secure online payment route. That's what I've been saying. Ebay uses Paypal because Ebay owns Paypal.

I'll be using Authorize.net, which is what half of the business out there use (the wal-marts, the Bay, all the bigwigs, etc). If you buy something online directly from a site, it is more secure, faster, safer, and authorize.net is running it all in the background. Paypal is 100% gone, I'm sorry. It's very safe, but not the safest. And I need the best now.
July 13, 2010
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Claudio said:

sakic19
Paypal Please tell me you will be keeping paypal as an option though.

Its the most secure paying site, and is why ebay uses it.

I really hope you keep it, Dobber.
July 13, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... The new way is easier and more secure, with more protection for you - and faster - if you don't like how things are done. It is a complicated process that involves underwriters, banks, and the American legal system dotting the i and crossing the t's.
I don't hate Paypal. I am quite happy with it. But I get a lot A LOT of hate mail about it. Try changing your email address or credit card with them and you'll see what people don't like.

You'll purchase from my site because my guides are gold smilies/wink.gif. I have no fear of that - I want you to win like nobody else on Earth (besides you). That level of commitment won't be found anywhere else.
July 13, 2010
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Ron said:

rjis4nu
what the hate for PayPal? Funny about removing PayPal. There are many out there, like me, who will ONLY use it. I think you should keep it as another payment option. Without PayPal, I no longer will purchase anything from your site.
July 13, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Great stuff david - I tend to agree. Dubnyk looked very good those last few games, once the jitters wore off
July 13, 2010
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david said:

newper114
Oilers goalies Hey dobber so I am never hear to question what you say bc you and your site taught me fantasy hockey. thanxs for the that!! but i posted this in the forums as i found this article written by one of the oilers forums, so might not be a reliable site but it seems to hint that the team doesnt think JDD is ready to take the #1 but that dubynk will be the go to guy if khabby isnt ready:

http://communities.canada.com/edmont...-recovery.aspx

read the 3rd to last paragraph:

"This past season, of course, the Oilers relied on Khabibulin and two young goalies, Devan Dubnyk and Jeff Deslauriers. This proved to be a disaster, as Deslauriers was incapable of handling the starting goalie duties. Dubnyk looked somewhat more solid, and would likely be the Oil's starting goalie in the fall if Khabibulin isn't ready.

I can't imagine Oilers coach Tom Renney is relishing that prospect. He may well have liked Dubnyk's game -- I certainly did -- but the big goalie is hardly proven at the NHL level. "

OK not quoted by the staff or anything but this guy doesnt just write to write (well sometimes lol). must be getting it from someplace.
July 13, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I don't have a problem with Paypal, but it has cost me 20% of my business.

Lockedge - the security will be impenetrable. It will be on an "https" portion for DobberHockey with full protection (generally if you see https you are safe)
July 13, 2010
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Diffusion said:

Diffusion
Paypal sucks Paypal is both great and terrible.
When everything goes fine on both sides, no problem (although the fees are excessive.) When things go wrong, it goes very wrong.
You can read all about peoples fun experiences with paypal here:
http://www.aboutpaypal.org/
July 13, 2010
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Lockedge said:

lockedge
... I have never understood the hate for paypal. Maybe it's because I don't use it often, but it's certainly better than directly using your credit card online IMHO. I mean, so long as you've got 128-bit encryption on the site, security would be fine in that regard, but last thing some random web crawler needs is a keylogger or something relaying your CC info to some jerkoff. Paypal gets around that. Not that I'd need it, but with the recklessness many people have with using their computer, it's a pretty nice thing.

If you go CC only in the future, that's cool by me I guess. I'd rather drop off the cash in your mailbox physically, but I'll do what's necessary.
July 13, 2010
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July 13, 2010
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