My April Fool's gags over the years:

2011 - Radulov Announcement

2010 - Rankings are discontinued

2008 - DobberHockey has been SOLD

2007 - I have to shut down DobberHockey

What a bunch of suckers!

 

The Rangers have sent Mats Zuccarello to the AHL.

 

So now it’s the Rangers who can’t buy a win and now that is the team that the Hurricanes and Leafs are trying to catch. New York has scored just five goals in their last five games.

 

Both Moulson and Parenteau hit the 50-point mark for the first time in their careers last night.

 

So Isles rearguard Dylan Reese had three points in his NHL career (41 games) and then three points last night. He is not a fantasy option, call it a one-off.

 

Al Montoya: 9-4-4 now. I really like this guy for next season with DiPietro guaranteed to be hurt, I like Montoya for 30 wins. I’ll say it here. The Isles will finally win a few more and take that next step, and Montoya will get into 60 games. Give DiPietro 20 and Poulin 10 (games). And don’t correct my math, all team goalie games add up to above 82.

 

Craig Anderson is now 9-4-1 for the Sens.

 

Jordan Staal has now gone five games without a point. But the Pens as a team are not scoring. It’s probably killing Crosby to watch that. I believe Sid plays a couple of regular season games.

 

Give Simon Gagne 13 points in his last eight games.

 

The Senators have signed coveted college free agent Stephane Da Costa to a two-year deal. We had Da Costa ranked No.2 on our list of potential college free agents in the Midseason Guide (didn’t buy it? Well, hope you learned your lesson).  Think Tyler Bozak.

 

The Playoffs are less than two weeks away, I’ll have my NEW Interactive Playoff Draft List out this Friday and will re-post it/update it the Sunday after. This thing is awesome – very flexible. It has my picks, it has your picks, the ability for you to choose each round, manually add games, whatever you need.

 

Dennis Wideman is out for at least two weeks with a lower body injury. At this point in the season, getting more info than that is fruitless and probably misleading.

 

The Hobey Baker finalists are: Columbus prospect Cam Atkinson (recently signed a contract with them). Toronto prospect Matt Frattin and undrafted forward Andy Miele. I really like Atkinson, and I think Miele should get on your radar given his 71 points in 39 games to lead the nation. Frattin is ranked 243 on my prospects list, but moves up with this news.

 

In Tomas Kubalik’s first career NHL game for the Blue Jackets, he tallied two assists in 14 minutes of ice time. Kubalik jumped onto my radar after an outstanding training camp, coming from out of nowhere to actually get consideration for a roster spot when there was no roster spot to give. He’ll get a long look in training camp, but with Matt Calvert on the scene and Cam Atkinson (and Nikita Filatov) it will be a battle. Although, as a Filatov owner in one of my leagues, I really want him to just get dealt and get a fresh start somewhere else. But I digress – Kubalik is a good one, keep an eye on him. Second-line upside.

 

Kubalik replaced Rick Nash in the lineup, who is out with an undisclosed injury. Nash probably won’t miss too much time.

 

The Oilers have signed CIS player of the year Hunter Tremblay. At 25 years of age, he is likely destined to bolster their farm system, but he’ll get a look in the fall. You never know with these CIS players, given the different level of competition there. I don’t see top six upside though – but then again, I didn’t see that with Steve Rucchin either, and he was a top sixer for a couple of years.

 

Patrick Sharp is targeting a return for next week.

 

The Coyotes sent OEL down to the AHL.

 

The Flames have sent Ales Kotalik back down to the AHL to clear cap space for the return of (drumroll)... Daymond Langkow. Langkow will return from his broken neck after a full year on the sidelines, this Friday.

 

Frans Nielsen left last night’s game with a suspected concussion.

 

Erik Karlsson looked like he got cut on the leg by a skate and left the game after six minutes of ice time. He’ll be a few days on the sidelines I’m sure.

 

The aforementioned Dylan Reese, he of the three assists last night, also got into a fight. Here it is versus Ruslan Fedotenko:

 

 


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Patrick Hall said:

pattywins
... I mean the point of fantasy hockey is gambling. Which odds are greater? Malkin getting 150 points or both sedins outscoring him?
April 02, 2011
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Patrick Hall said:

pattywins
... No Dobber you do not understand. No one is getting 150 points. Crosby was having the best season since Super Mario in 96 and he was on pace for 132. Then he got hurt. Only one person is getting over 100 points this year. And yet you can forsee an increase of 50%!!!

I live in the real (fantasy hockey)world where it is a struggle to get 100 points and and it is far far more likely that those five players are going to more points than Malkin than anyone reaching 150.
April 02, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Patrick - no, you misunderstand the meaning of the Big 3. Yes, they can be picked up there, but no, they can't get 150 points. Only three people can. And I call them Big.

duducks - thank you!
April 01, 2011
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duducks said:

duducks
HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOBBER Happy Bday Dobber, we keep getting older, but NHL Rookies stay the same age smilies/smiley.gif
April 01, 2011
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Bruce Dixon said:

Weekender
Crosby My centres are Carter, E. Staal and Grabovski. All have 3 gms next week. Obviously Grabovski would be the likely candidate... thoughts?
April 01, 2011
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Patrick Hall said:

pattywins
... Dobber: As requested here is your email/comment regarding Daniel getting 100 points. Hopefully, Henrik's will come in the next few days as I really need the points. So in retrospect, or my case at the time, it was absolutely the right call to pick either sedin ahead of Malkin. I would wager it will remain correct for the next two years at a minimum. There is clearly a big five and 1/2. Sedin, Sedin, Crosby, Ov, Stamkos and Malkin with one leg.
April 01, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... What's the alternative, Bruce? I wouldn't put him in over say Weiss. But I would put him in over Jochen Hecht.
April 01, 2011
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Bruce Dixon said:

Weekender
Crosby So in a weekly start (M-Sun) H2H league - gunning for the championship - do you put Crosby in? Pit hosts NJ on Tuesday, Fri @ NYI and Sun @ Atl.
April 01, 2011
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Hugo Twigg said:

yougo
Radulov & April Fool Damn you Dobber. I got all excited when I saw the Radulov post last night when I got back from the bar. I sent a couple of txt at 2AM to friends saying that this was the biggest news since the Berlin Wall got destroyed!
Thanks for making look stupid this morning smilies/smiley.gif
April 01, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
nucks vs kings Great game last nite. Lots of chances,great goaltending and some emotion- these teams dont like each other.

Drew Doughty stood out- but not in a good way, he looked like a vintage of Bryan McCabe out there (but with better wheels), good offense but suspect D, and playing reckless and classless. PLaying with an edge is one thing, but putting your team down, taking needless penalties is another, all the skill in the world but the lack of maturity showed thru last nite.
April 01, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... True, Dobber. I really like him though for "real hockey" haha.Great guy to have on your team. Has size and is speedy to boot.
April 01, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I was looking at Greening last night, but figured I had mentioned him far too often lately for a guy on a 40-point pace
April 01, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... No love for the Big Newf Colin Greening? 2 goals last night. He's also shooting at a 200-shot pace or something like that. Good depth add for fantasy leagues.
April 01, 2011
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horrorfan said:

horrorfan
... Yeah, regulation losses is probably right. Seemed to remember a few in there.
April 01, 2011
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Kevin Luu said:

kluu
... sorry, heard the dallas talkers say it, he probably meant regulation losses or something
April 01, 2011
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horrorfan said:

horrorfan
Sharks Actually Kevin they have lost eight of their last 32, but it's still a very impressive run down the stretch.
April 01, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
April Fools! Awesome jokes! All I caught were the Toronto players in the top 300 and Radulov.... DId I miss anything?
April 01, 2011
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Chris said:

Dr.Smurf
Sharks Big Names Despite a sub-par season from the Big Paychecks on the Sharks, Marleau has his 3rd straight 35+ goal season. At least he's doing something smilies/smiley.gif
April 01, 2011
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Kevin Luu said:

kluu
Sharks last 32 games Sharks has lost 4 of their last 32 games, dunno if u wanna add this to ramblings =)
March 31, 2011
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