Saturday's ramblings will be posted at approximately 9:30am EST. Had a late night celeberating the Vancouver win!

 

My fantasy mailbag is open all day!

 

Pretty big news - Carolina has signed defensive standout Justin Faulk to an entry level contract. Faulk has a lot of offensive upside. He'll need a full AHL year before making the leap, but he projects to be a very good defenseman.

 

With Andrej Sekera out, Chris Butler played close to 27 minutes last night. Buffalo keeps finding these gems on the back end. Butler was a healthy scratch for a large chunk of the season, but he played himself out of the doghouse.

 

His offensive upside isn't huge, but he should be on your radar if your league values 25-30 point defensemen with decent peripherals.

 

Nino Niederreiter is having a strong playoff run in the WHL - he has 17 points in only eight games. I don't think he posseses elite offensive upside, but with his size, strength, and skill, he is a sure bet to become a very solid top six winger (25-30 goals, 60+ points).

 

The April edition of our Top 100 Roto Players is out. Check the PDF out.

 

Last night could have been Dany Heatley's best game since coming to San Jose. He made several great defensive plays. That's right - Dany Heatley spent some time in his own zone, and looked very good doing it.

 

Why did Alex Edler make my top 10 keeper league defensemen list? Read this. Or this.

 

Tim Thomas made 18 saves last night, and Montreal’s players blocked 19 shots.

 

Carey Price was sensational last night for the Habs, stopping all 31 shots he faced. Picking the under on the betting lines for any of these games is easy money right now.

 

Buffalo won a low scoring contest against Philly – both goalies were very good. I was really impressed by Buffalo’s third line of Gerbe-Gaustaud-Kaleta. Gerbe was flying all game long.

 

Marc-Andre Gragnani assisted on Kaleta’s goal and had a solid game. I mentioned him yesterday – lots of offensive upside for a defenseman, and he seems to by flying under the radar (for now).

 

A huge blow for the Sharks – Ian White left the game after being smoked from behind by Jarrett Stoll last night.

 

Drew Doughty and Willie Mitchell had a great game against San Jose’s top line, but Logan Couture made Doughty look silly on a goal.

 

Ryane Clowe had three helpers for the Sharks.

 

Chicago has recalled a bunch of players from their AHL affiliate, including Jeremy Morin. Does Morin draw in? Dave Bolland isn’t close, and it doesn’t sound like Tomas Kopecky will be playing tonight either.

 

Apparently Morin is only one game away from buring a year off of his entry level contract, so things would have to get very desperate for the Hawks to put him in.

 

Kirill Kababov has 11 points in his last six games in the QMJHL playoffs. I’ve never been a fan of his, but if risky Russians are your thing…. How’s Filatov doing, by the way?

 

I haven’t mentioned it because it isn’t really fantasy relevant, but who cares. Sounds like the NHL to Winnipeg starting next season. has serious legs. I wonder how the wives of Coyotes players feel?

 

World Championships – a few years ago, the coming out party for Brent Burns. Lots of young talent this year – Eberle, Kane, Skinner, Tavares, Duchene, Stewart. Veterans are Nash and Spezza. I’d love to see Eberle alongside those two.

 

Really liked what Ryan White showed last night. I only caught parts of the game but he was flying around for the Habs. Seems to be adjusting from a scorer at lower levels into a really good energy player.

 

Tyler Seguin was a healthy scratch – stupid move.

 

Buffalo has gone 16-4-4 ever since they were purchased by local owner Terry Pegula. I don’t think it is a coincidence.

 

Dustin Penner was pointless and minus-2 in 15 minutes of ice time. He seems to be firmly planted in Terry Murray’s dog house. He was 11th among Kings forwards in ice time.

 

I’m hoping to have my fantasy mailbag open today. Stay tuned!

 

Stoll hitting White:


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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Winnipeg, TV Revenue and You I think the reason the league went to Phoenix in the first place was because of the potential for TV revenue. You only need one sixth as many people to watch in Phoenix as you do in Winnipeg to generate the same amount of eyeballs on the television screen.

TV revenue doesn't matter as much to the local owner as it does to all the other owners in the league though--the local owner's slice of the ad revenue doesn't count for much if he can't sell enough tickets to break even. But the rest of the owners in the league don't care about that though...

At least, that's the way it used to be. The NHL couldn't get a deal with the big networks in the U.S., and getting eyeballs on the tube isn't as important as it used to be anyway--especially with the emergence of Center Ice on pay TV and being able to buy Center Ice and watch it online.

I pay for almost all the hockey I watch--'cause the local team isn't my team anyway. I don't know what the breakdown is, but I gotta think the NHL is making more money from me paying to watch hockey than they would get from six people in Phoenix watching the ads on TV.

All that should mean teams being more viable in smaller markets like Winnipeg than they used to be when the Jets took off. Broadcast television just isn't the future revenue stream of hockey anymore.

Especially with Poolie Nation taking off... I want to watch my players regardless of where they're playing, and I'm willing to pay for the privilege. When people from all over North America start paying to watch the players on their fantasy team regardless of where they're on local TV, then being in a small market isn't gonna matter anymore so long as the local owner can sell enough tickets to break even.

Maybe instead of sharing the pay to watch revenue, the NHL should split online and pay TV revenue based on how many people watched which game--and let the two teams playing split the revenue based on how many people paid to watch that game. That way the revenue stream isn't limited by how many people there are to watch on TV in places like Winnipeg--it's split based on how many people want to watch that team play.

If Winnipeg is a contender some day, I know I'll pay to watch them online if their games aren't broadcast in my local market.

I just don't think TV revenue will be as important in the future as everyone thought it would--and that should be good news for teams with loyal followings who'll buy season tickets in small markets.

P.S. Hockey wives will move to wherever the guy that's making the fortune moves. If my wife was making that dough, I'd move with her to Uranium City if I had to.
April 16, 2011
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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
... Haha yeah I'm just a bitter Oilers fan. No playoffs. None for the forseeable future. Climate is something Im tired of hearing about though. Pronger went to the cup finals and still asked for a trade. Nylander's wife vetoed his signing (thank god). The NHL had a great year in terms of revenues despite several sinking ships (Coyotes, Thrashers ect). Go to where the passion is should be the way to go. Our dollar will needs to go down before the US will start importing again so when the dollar goes down, teams like the Winnipeg will need to be very well managed. But at least they have fans.

And FWIW I do think the new rink and transformed downtown will greatly improve the hockey experience in EDM.

And lastly as an Oilers fan, enjoy your cup run!
April 15, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... It. Was. A. Joke.

Spring is here, the flowers are in bloom, and playoff hockey is underway smilies/smiley.gif

I agree re: Seguin. Reminds me 100% of Josh Bailey in Long Island.

1) Sekera 2) Gragnani 3) Butler.

I have a hunch BUF shops for a PP QB though. Liles would be a great fit. Have owner willing to spend $$$ now too.
April 15, 2011
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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
... F**k the players wives. A good majority of hockey players are from Canada and northern US. If they want to marry into millions go where the hockey is. Hockey in Phoenix aint working.

Boston has completely botched Seguins first year. He shoulda stayed in junior.

Anyone care to rank Gragnani, Andrej Sekera and Chris Buttler in 1-2 year fantasy value?
April 15, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
STUFF Maybe the 'Yotes wives should pool some $ and purchase a whole section or two worth of season ducats and give them to charity. Get some people in the building that otherwise wouldn't be able to, make the arena look more full and invest some $ in the team to try and keep it afloat on PHO. If they are that concerned about the team leaving a warm weather city for a more lively and involved market then they shoud be doing all they can to keep it from happening.

Vanek's ice time was down b/c the Sabres were shorthanded for 8 more minutes than the Flyers. He does not play PK.
April 15, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
i know quebec is getting an arena my tax dollars are funding it, which is absolute horses__t.

but that doesn't help the coyotes now - winnipeg has an arena ready to go.
April 15, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Quebec City is beautiful and a ton of fun. I have never been to Winnipeg so I won't judge it, but I wouldn't at all mind living in Quebec.

Shaun - not sure. I didn't catch the entire game. I'll look into it.

Repent - Quebec is getting an arena. I think a team there is inevitable, but it won't happen right away. The wives feel luck, sure. I was being facetious (to a degree).

Darcy - Seguin is a skilled player. Boston scored zero goals. That is what I was getting at. Hey may have done nothing, but I think Boston is a better team with him than without him.

bball - we must have been watching different games. I'll take a look again. I liked Heatley's game (I think the fact he was so involved was a surprise to me).
April 15, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... I think we all know the real reason why Edler made the Top 10 smilies/tongue.gif
April 15, 2011
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shaun b said:

shingy
Vanek Ice Time Vanek only played 13:28 last night. I'm confused. Is he hurt, playing bad, a defensive liability?
April 15, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
i think the wives of the coyotes players feel luck to have a husband with a good job in a down economy. seriously.

also, quebec does not have an arena, so a move there is impossible. when was the last time you were at le colisee? Culture and spirit don't make up for a barn that isn't suitable for an AHL franchise, let alone the NHL. And I'm a native quebecois.
April 15, 2011
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Darcy Sulz said:

swamp_mule
Re: Gragnani and Seguin Gragnani was mostly invisible last night, other than his assist, which was of the "right place, right time" variety. I was surprised to see he had over 19 minutes of ice-time. I won't argue with his "potential", but last night was indicative of it. Butler/Wber showed me more last night.

In regards to Seguin scratched, if Lucic or Marchand couln't make a difference last night, what could have Seguin done?
April 15, 2011
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Chris said:

5hole
Quebec Over Winnipeg Man I would much rather have the team go to Quebec City then Winnipeg! Atleast Quebec has some Culture and Spirit, But Winnipeg Yuuuuuck It ma just be worse than Edmonton!!
April 15, 2011
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Ryan Lenethen said:

DarthVain
Player's Wives Considering the Canadian options, Winnipeg, Quebec, or Hamilton I doubt the player's wives would be happy with any of the choices...

I am sure if Vegas had traction they would be all for that.

Personally I still hold out irrational hope that somehow Halifax will get a team. That would be Awesome. Just sayin'...
April 15, 2011
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bball said:

bballplyr321
Heater Sorry Angus,

I could not disagree with you more on the play of Heatley. I will give you that he had a couple of nice passes (because he was passing to someone 5 ft away from him) and he had a nice stick check in the 1st period that potentially saved a goal but he looked completely lost and out of place way too often again last night. How many breakout passes did he have last night where he tried to get it out of his zone which were picture perfect passes........ to the Kings? How many times did he just leave the man he was covering for no real reason at all? He scored a goal because he was in the right place at the right time. Nothing that he did created that goal. He drove the net (which he does deserve some credit for) and got a nice bounce. That goal was set up by Couture, White and Clowe. So as good as he may have seemed on TV, any time Dany Heatley touched the puck last night in his own zone, especially in OT, I held my breathe just a little bit. And I am not the only one.
April 15, 2011
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