One more point about the Prospects Report - as a poolie who uses a one-to-three year window to build my team, I absolutely love the 3YP (best three seasons of production) number that has been added to the guides this year.

 

The upside number is good and all, but often times players will take four or five (or six) years to get there, and often times they never do (hence the percentages). Way too long to wait for in a pool, unless you are extremely patient and enjoy losing. Having a tangible upside for the short/medium term makes it easier to rate and compare prospects across the board.

 

Writing/researching for the guide also helps me a lot in my own pools - to those of you in the UFP - watch out for me at the draft this summer!

 

Brad Richards must be licking his chops this summer. I took a look at the free agent crop for forwards... Thin doesn't even begin to describe it. The Rangers seem like the obvious fit, and they love to overpay for centers. Only difference is Richards is considered a top line center. Would have huge ramifications for Gaborik, Stepan, Anisimov, Callahan.... the entire team.

 

Do the Sabres take a run at Richards? They have money to spend, but he (rumors, at least) wants to play in a big market. Would slide Roy to line two and Ennis to the wing full time.

 

Torontonians - looking for your vote/feedback on the possible date of an event. We will be celebrating the acquisition of Goalie Post sometime in mid-June and you're all invited to join myself (Dobber), Justin Goldman and Goalie Post's Jeff Hillen. I'm sure there will be a couple of other writers there as well, but I can't confirm any until I confirm a date.


Thank you everyone for the kind words and well wishes. Baby, toddler and mommy are all doing well!

 

Buffalo has signed Kootenay defenseman Brayden McNabb to an entry level contract. I've mentioned him a few times on here - drafted as a defensive/two-way defenseman, but his production exploded in 2010-11.

 

He'll probably need a year in the AHL, but he isn't all that far off from NHL action.

 

Another recently signed prospect to watch - Christian Thomas of the Rangers. Christian is the son of Steve. He's got an elite shot and is a pure goalscorer. He's got a good set of genes too.

 

Reports are coming out of Russia stating that Nik Zherdev attacked his wife and her car with a metal pipe yesterday in an apparent act of domestic violence. What a bizarre situation.

 

As per his agent, Evgeni Nabokov will report to training camp with the Islanders this fall. They still have his rights for another year. They probably would trade him because of any potential bad blood among his teammates, but they could also use a veteran presence in goal.

 

Gordie Howe hat trick for Bieksa last night. He has been a rock all postseason long. Could be pricing himself out of Vancouver's range if he keeps playing this well, but I doubt the team cares at the moment. Bieksa had a monster fantasy season back in 2006-07, and still has the potential to be a 40-point, 125-150 PIM defenseman with solid peripherals.

 

He doesn't get a ton of PP time on the Canucks, but they have an offensive system at even strength. It remains to be seen if another situation would benefit his production more.

 

Although he finished minus-3, I thought Douglas Murray was San Jose’s best skater for much of the game.

 

The Sharks have lost six straight Western Conference Final games over the past two seasons.

 

The Sedin twins combined for five points. It is safe to say that the open ice and time off have benefitted them in a big way.

 

Ryan Kesler is pointless in consecutive games, but his play hasn’t dropped one bit. He won 16 of 23 faceoffs.

 

The Memorial Cup kicks off in two days with a game between Saint John and Mississauga.

 

Hamilton, facing a 3-0 series deficit, stomped Houston 8-1 last night. Dustin Boyd had four points, and his linemates Nigel Dawes and Aaron Palushaj had two and three apiece. Palushaj has the most NHL upside of the three (Dawes doesn’t have the consistency/size/strength for the NHL game, and Boyd is looking like a classic tweener at this point).

 

Too bad this wasn’t in the NHL (or in the regular season) – Ryan White’s stat line: plus-2, two assists, and 29 PIM.

 

Binghamton, led by Robin Lehner, capped off the sweep in the other AHL series. Lehner made 42 saves and has been incredible this spring for the Baby Sens. He’ll start at least one year in the AHL before graduating to the NHL – he should be valued as one of the best young goalies in the world.

 

Prospect Report – about two weeks away. Putting the final touches on hundreds of player profiles – goalies, defensemen, forwards, sleepers, and more. The fantasy guide helps you win each year, but this guide helps you win each year over the long run.

 

Funny back and forth from after the game last night between Darren Pang and Luongo. “Pang asks "What did Eager say to you?". Luongo replies "we'll just keep that between me and him. But I'm glad he's out there, he takes a lot of penalties".

 

Ben Eager finished with four minor penalties (including one that that should have been a major). He scored a goal at the end of the game, and proceeded to stand over Luongo and taunt him. A few screws loose in Mr. Eager’s head.

 

San Jose is having fits matching Vancouver’s speed. San Jose’s defense is immobile after Boyle, and they are losing a lot of pucks on the wall in the defensive zone.

 

Tired of the same ol' DobberHockey Banner on the home page, featuring Luongo, Crosby, and Getzlaf? Dobber's giving you the chance at slapping on some new players!



The entry period for the Defensemen Polls has begun, make sure to send in your submission by Thursday Midnight EST.

 

Vancouver prospect Anton Rodin is coming over to North America next season. Has 60-70 point upside - he'll need a year or two at the AHL level.

 

Yes, lots of Canucks/Sharks talk tonight. I live in Vancouver, I watched the game, and it was the only NHL game. I can only do so much!

 

Not really sure what Marleau is trying to do here. I understand fighting may spark the team, but he bit off way more than he could chew. His first fight in almost four years, I believe:

 

Interesting segment on Luongo’s brothers – one could be a future NHL goaltending coach (maybe he can teach his brother how to handle the puck…):

 

Kevin Bieksa absolutely takes off at the beginning of this video - nice to see the offensive aggressiveness from a defenseman:


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Kevin Luu said:

May 20, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Zherdev's DOMESTIC violence? What was his wife's car doing IN the house? smilies/wink.gif
May 19, 2011
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Kevin Luu said:

kluu
Home and Away Wins Could you find data on Home and Away victories? It feels like the first series along with part of the second series, all Away teams were winning. Since then, its feelin like all Home team games are winning.
May 19, 2011
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Anthony L said:

messierforlife
Corey Crawford has re-upped with the Hawks for 3 years Details forthcoming
May 19, 2011
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Czechline said:

Czechline
BIG EV: "Who runs around and hits somebody with a lead pipe? lol" Uhh, Colonel Mustard did it in the Library for one.
May 19, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Boppity-Boop Peter: I’ve tried on three separate occasions to get through it, and I get to the scene where all the guys are sitting around on the easy chairs…
Lois: Yes, it’s a great scene, I love that scene.
Peter: It’s not a great scene, I have no idea what they’re talking about, it’s like their speaking a different language. That’s where I lose interest and fade away.
Chris: They’re speaking Italian!
Lois: The language they’re speaking is the language of subtly, something you don’t understand.
Peter: I love The Money Pit. That is my answer to that statement.
Lois: Exactly.
Peter: Well, there you go.
Lois: Whatever.
Chris: I like that movie, too.
May 19, 2011
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Reddawg said:

Reddawg
As did I... Lighten up Francis...
May 19, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... I found the comment funny lol. If you actually picture what Zherdev supposedly did, you (or at least I) thought of Tiger Woods and his wife chaising him with a golf club. It's pretty hilairous (even though the outcome wouldn't be as funny).

Who runs around and hits somebody with a lead pipe? lol
May 19, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
... I think I'd have taken as many penalties as I could too judging on what Eager was treated to while in the box.smilies/shocked.gif

There is no way any of the Conference Final games should be 3 in the afternoon Eastern time tilts. Put them on in prime time so people do not have to choose between staying inside or enjoying the warm weather. What is the league afraid of going up against ratings wise that the games are not on in the evening? If I had my way, none of the playoff games would be afternooners. And I live in the States.
May 19, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

May 19, 2011
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John H. said:

CommittedToTheIndian
... I'm sure there is a joke in there somewhere

No, there isn't. Angus gets a lot of unjustified flak for rambling about the team he knows best, but he deserves criticism for that sentence. There's NOTHING funny about attacking one's wife with a metal pipe. Angus, you showed very poor judgment and taste.
May 19, 2011
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Sanstanya said:

sanstanya
@Maximus I should preface this with saying it not meant to be personal in any way and I agree with you about as often as I don't, but we are worlds apart on this one and I am having as much issue with this sort of anti-Canuck overload as you seem to be having with Canuck overload.

You're anti-Canuck hat is so much bigger than Angus' Canuck version. That's what's painful to read for me. Your "hat" seems evident immediately as you make mention of Bieksa fighting Stalberg as though that was uncalled for. I'm certain if Stalberg was taking shots at your teams players like that in a game like that one you would be pleased as punch if anybody put him in his place, rather than grumbling about poor Stalberg getting beat up. The guy is a punk, and I'm pretty sure it was him mocking Brendan Morrisson as he was being carried off the ice injured earlier in the year. And I think your assessment of the Bieksa-Marleau situation is as far off as Eager's.

It's the conference finals and the team focused on playground chest-thumping isn't the one with their heads together enough to win the game. Why the hell would Bieksa or Kesler willingly sit out for 5 minutes with Eager? That would be seriously idiotic. The Canucks of the past 2 years may have obliged, and been publicly rightfully ripped for poor decision making. Now that they aren't being idiots we have the "coward" crowd showing up. I think you have mistaken intelligence for cowardice. As has Eager, but he's a moron.

Kesler didn't fight Joe because it wasn't sensible. Why give SJ that on the opening face-off in your building and have to sit for 5? Kes is the guy that sets the pace at the start of every game, which he can't do from the penaltyb box. Joe damn well knows that and knows it's a good trade - he's a smart guy and he hopes Kesler is dumb enough to take the bait. But the Canucks team in general, for once, appears to be able to put what's best for the team ahead of their own desire to snap and punch some chuckle-head out. Unlike say the past couple years vs. Chicago. This is the exact reason why guys like Shane O'Brien don't play there anymore - I actually like the guy but wouldn't really wnat him on my team unless I see some serious maturation as he just can't be trusted with that sort of judgement in the heat of the moment.

I won't judge Marleau for dropping the gloves because I understand what he probably was hoping to achieve, but to ask how many crosschecks is he supposed to take...seriously? As many as it takes, like everyone else. He didn't take any more than he doled on that play and it was his stick wedged between Bieksa's legs, and his gloves to come off 1st. He even threw the 1st punch (all of which pretty much qualifies for your request to fight somebody that WANTS to fight), without which I'm not sure Bieksa would have even hit him; he looked pretty casual about the whole thing and probably just thought it would be a grapple fest. Patty knows what he's doing, but if it had any hope of providing a spark it was undone by the lack of composure of Eager and a couple other sharks. Bieksa isn't some goon (like Eager) he's a top pairing D-man that can hold his own if you get in his grill. Which makes him the kind of "douche" anybody would want on their team (I sure as hell would). The trade of having Bieksa and Marleau off was a win for SJ as Bieksa has been the better player. Intelligent Canucks fans were likely a bit choked at that.

Bieksa is no hero and no (intelligent) fan is claiming that. But seriously, in your words, what is he supposed to do there? Not hit the guy that's punching him? Come on man. It appears to me the Canucks will fight anyone that it makes sense to fight. "Makes sense" being in the pursuit of the Stanley Cup and not a damn thing else. Certainly not for proving some sort of worthless bravado and hurting your teams chances of winning the game. They are focussed on what matters; guys like Eager, and apparently many fans (or at least anti-fans), are not.

I think it's also worth noting that Marleau and McLellan seem fine with the fight situation (Marleau owning/admitting that he started the fight) but (rightfully) disturbed about being beaten in every meaningful way on the ice, while meatheads like Eager and Clowe (and too many fans) are more interested in the less meaningful game after the whistles. The team with the most heads that understand which is more important should win this series. I had no idea who that would be before it started, but I now can't imagine that it could be SJ.

Angus - you're nailing it and writing what is. If the "Canucks overload" on here is killing anyone then their real problem must be the Canucks still being in the playoffs because as long as they are they should get written about.
May 19, 2011
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fantasy junkie said:

fantasy junkie
Calder Cup Highlights Where can I find Calder Cup highlights? As a Sens fan and Lehner owner I'm pumped about their current streak but can't find highlights anywhere.
May 19, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I have a feeling that if the Canucks are one of four teams left playing, then they are going to get at least a quarter of the coverage here - and after game nights they are going to get half of the coverage here. And if they win the game, they'll probably get even more than that. Canucks fan or not, it just makes sense.
If the Canucks start getting pounded, Angus will be the first guy to tear into them. I don't have any doubt of that.
May 19, 2011
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david lynch said:

david_lynch74
canuck douches kesler, burrows, torres, lapierre, bieksa

go nucks go
May 19, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Marleau started the fight and dropped the gloves first.

If you don't like the ramblings, don't read them. I'm not writing them for myself.

The prospect guide is still about two weeks away - lots of time for previews.
May 19, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
... Good job Angus, keep up the good work.

What Bieksa did was genius, why on earth would anyone on the canucks fight Eager???? They don't have anyone in his class.
But by fighting Marleau, Bieksa pretty much won the game as Eager went mental and took all the dumb penalties, GENIUS.

Go Canucks Go!


Unfortunate that the top 2 seeded teams are in the conference final.

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May 19, 2011
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Thieving Giraffe said:

Thieving Giraffe
RE: noon start time I believe that the noon start may be because of the East Coast time difference and the NHL's contract with NBC. It's actually a prime Sunday slot (3PM ET, 2PM Central) for all but a few franchises, and no doubt was agreed upon well before the playoffs began. That said, obviously it's unfortunate that two of those franchises ended up being the teams that are playing.
May 19, 2011
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Maximus said:

Mr Zizzla
BiekSa and the Canucks "Not really sure what Marleau is trying to do here. I understand fighting may spark the team, but he bit off way more than he could chew."

Yeah, that was all Marleau's decision, sure.

Angus take off the Canucks hat for a minute, i know you are pumped that they are rolling right now and things are looking pretty good for them but dude, really?!

Bieksa has fought Stalberg and Marleau so far these playoffs, which in my mind doesn't make him a HERO at all. "[Marleau] bit off way more than he could chew" c'mon now Angus, when the Canucks get challenged by anyone that can actually fight or that WANTS To fight for that matter, they cower and skate away with all that blazing speed you talk about. how many cross checks is Marleau supposed to take? Of course he was going to lose that fight, he knew it going into it but the gutlessness of Bieksa and Bieksa's inability to fight someone who ACTUALLY fights spurred him on.

If Bieska or Kelser step up to Eager in the next game, then i will shut up and stop complaining about the Canucks so called "toughness" but until that happens, Bieska remains a douche in my eyes.

Furthermore, Thornton wanted to fight the OH SO RUGGED & TOUGH Kesler and he declined, shows how tough god's gift to the playoffs is.

I know there isn't much going on in the hockey world and there are only 2 series to talk about but PLEASE find something else to talk about besides the Canucks, the alien twins, the 'mighty' Kesler or the Probert-esque Bieksa.

Isn't this the time of year when you throw out a couple previews from the prospect guide? The only update on prospects outside of the AHL playofs was....A CANUCK!

painful to read.

Don't get me wrong Angus, you're stuff awesome and you're one of my favourites to read on this site BUT the CANUCKS OVERLOAD is killing me!

that being said...GO SHARKS GO! hehe.
May 19, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
bettman totally agree the noon start is BS. losing more viewers than gaining in my opinion.


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May 19, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Binghamton has been unreal. They go to the Fnials after missing the playoffs the last 7 years. Wow.
May 19, 2011
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shaun b said:

shingy
Bieska His plus/minus is so good, it sorta makes up for the lack of ppp's.
It's obviously a reflection of their even strength play, like you said.
35 pts, 125 pims, +25, 10 ppp's, 120 shots, 150 hits. Sign me up.
May 19, 2011
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Steffen said:

Steffen
another lurker post Angus, you must be happy. I am. The "Canada's team" media B.S. is evidence of poor journalists flailing about without focus. Don't let it get in the way of reporting on a final-four team. I've never doubted your objectivity.

Higgins earned re-up consideration tonight. We'll see if he gets more ice time.

Eager's an ass. Always was. He made Marleau think he had to step up, and that's just wrong.

Loving this series, and looking forward to the finals. Sharks are toast.
May 19, 2011
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Chris said:

Dr.Smurf
Too much Canucks! Kidding! I like to hear thoughts on the games the night before. I don't need the full breakdown (lots of media for that) but it's always good to get a few brief observations that may have struck you as you watched the game. Not everything has to be 100% fantasy news smilies/smiley.gif
May 19, 2011
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Sanstanya said:

sanstanya
@Larry I actually was doing some cap math today and I figure no way Lapierre and Higgins stay in Van unless somebody paid more than Higgins goes. Samuelsson would be my pick but he's signed for another year and not the easiest trade right now. Lapierre could stay though I think. Helps that he's RFA too whereas Higgins is UFA, but both will want a raise I'm betting.

Also, I've always been a Clowe fan on the ice, but am I the only one that thinks listening to him talk in the post-game is excruciating? Turns out the guy is almost as smart as his stick. I just cringe at the idiocy that pours out everytime he opens his mouth. Add to that the griping by some other Sharks and it's no wonder they are getting run over. Heads are not where they need to be at all. The coach is saying all the right things about being beaten everywhere it matters, and players, seemingly rather than heed the coaches insight, are talking about diving and "cowardice" as though manning up for a fight is the most important thing going on right now. Maybe start worrying as much about how you're playing as what everyone else is doing.

/rant
May 19, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Nuck game Marleau got JUICED! Eager cost his team any chance of a comeback, surprised the coach kept putting him out there- he SHOULD get a suspsension (shouldve been tossed) but I doubt the NHL will do anything other than a warning. Might be better for the Canucks if Eager plays. That was textbook hit from behind though. Eager puts the ass in class!

The goal by Bieksa was a beaut! and a great setup from Higgins, whose looked real good since coming to Vancouver- not sure what was up with him in FLA and NY, if the Canucks find room, im sure they would love to keep both him and Lapiere- both have contributed.

Before this series started, being on the wetcoast- I was hoping to face SJ for the later start times..but those idiots at the NHL office have the sunday game at freaking NOON! Hockey isnt baseball, god i hate Bettman.
May 19, 2011
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ryan said:

ridinryan44
... Kesler had an assist in the first game, did he not?
May 19, 2011
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