Shorter ramblings these last couple of days of May. Not just because the ‘slow’ season has begun in terms of news…but because I’m hammering home the final parts of the Fantasy Prospects Report, which is released on the morrow.

 

A few readers sent me this link to a thread on HFBoards tracking possible free agents/back in the draft prospects.

Notable names who could go back into the draft:

Brandon Maxwell, COL

Josh Birkholz, FLA

Casey Cizikas, NYI

Nicola Riopel, PHI

Phil Varone, SJ

 

Notable college players who need to be signed or they become UFA’s (like Bill Sweatt last year, Benn Ferriero the year before and Blake Wheeler several years ago):

Justin Vaive, ANA

Alex Kangas, ATL

Patrick White, SJ

Maybe 15 other names listed, but none who caught my eye

 

Today is the day that teams need to sign their Canadian junior players drafted in 2009, or they go back into the draft. Wish I could dig up a list of players who still need to sign, but the headlines in every source right now are dominated by the waste of time we call Atlanta- Winnipeg. If you find such a list, please let me know so I can share…

 

And yes, it’s a waste of time. Winnipeg is getting a team. Do we really need minute by minute updates telling us that an announcement will be delayed for another day? Everyone is so eager to be the first to announce this. It will be funny when Bob McKenzie announces it and then within a minute everyone else will via Twitter as if it was their own scoop. It’s also a shame that TSN is running with this when it was Stephen Brunt’s scoop last week – now when it gets announced, it will be TSN’s story. But I digress. Nothing to do with fantasy hockey. Moving on…

 

Okay, one more off topic. Do you guys find it…silly…that some online reporters or newspaper beat writers man the phones for their sources, work their asses off to get a scoop, and then announce it two to three minutes after Bob McKenzie or Darren Dreger do? I could save them all those phone calls right now and tell them to just follow the above two guys on Twitter. They would get the scoop even faster. But then that would be like admitting that part of their job is redundant.

 

Interesting review of Mathieu Perreault’s season.

 

The Canucks have signed forward Steven Anthony, their final pick of the 2009 draft. Anthony is coming off a Memorial Cup win.

 

The Sens have signed forwards Louie Caporusso, a forward who could have become a UFA (the way Blake Wheeler did) were he not signed. He is ranked 133 on my Prospects list and is profiled in the FPR. The Sens also signed Jakob Silfverberg, who is ranked 198 (and rising) and is also profiled.

 

Detroit has signed Andrej Nestrasil, who will play next year in Grand Rapids.

 

The Panthers have signed Jack Skille, who is developing slowly but will be given every opportunity to thrive, because Dale Tallon drafted him, loves him, and possibly wants to marry him.

 

Pittsburgh will let Andy Bathgate and Viktor Ekbom go back into the draft. No interest in signing them before the June 1 deadline…

 

Another history will be made…

 

 


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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
Thanks GM_G Thanks for the update. I knew there were changes coming but figured the voting had been completed since I hadn't heard anything about it in a while.
May 31, 2011
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Mac Vincent said:

dmvincent
Erixon Did the Flames sign him or no?
Does anyone have a link or source saying whether or not he signed with Calgary?
Should be big news on dobberhockey, kind of surprised its not in the ramblings.
May 31, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
NHL back to Winnipeg :) Congrats from Slovakia to all Manitoba based Dobberities. I was 18 at the time the franchise was moved and i felt really sorry for all of the fans over there. I just saw that big hole between Ontario and Alberta without NHL team and it did not make sense to me at all. You have your team back now. You get that 15000 arena packed night in, night out!!
May 31, 2011
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GMGates said:

GMGates
@Curtis Curve The banner featuring Miller, Doughty and Stamkos is only temporary.

In fact we are in the middle of getting some new-er faces on there through forum contests.

Contest Update :
Weber won for the Defensemen category last week.
Right now it's a H2H between Lundqvist and Price for goalie honors - voting ends tonight at 11PM East.
The Forward contest will follow shortly afterward.

Join the vote and discussion here!

@GM_Gates
May 31, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
BANNER Nice to see some new faces up top on the banner, but is there any way to find a more up-to-date photo of Miller minus the slug? That has not been their logo for a whole season now and using it is a mistake of NBC proportions. While you are at it, that Lightning logo on Stammer is now dated as well as they begin using the comic book lightning bolt logo next season.
May 31, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... also, I believe Flames would get a 2nd rounder if he doesn't sign
May 31, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... and yes I just looked it up, Tim Erixon does have to be signed by today or he goes back in the draft. It may be done though, who knows.
May 31, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Tim Murray said they had to sign Silfverberg before tomorrow because of the new Sweden transfer agreement. He would have been back in the draft if they didn't sign him. So I'm assuming this is the case for all Swedes.
May 31, 2011
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Fred Poulin said:

Slasher98
Boyd and Dawes Hamilton Bulldogs' Nigel Dawes and Dustin Boyd signed with Barys Astana in the KHL today. So much for these tweeners! Boyd was acquired with Dan Ellis from Nashville in exchange for SK74! Great trade Pierre Gauthier!
May 31, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Why Sweden?
If that's the case, then add Tim Erixon and Henrik Bjorklund to the list
May 31, 2011
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Ed said:

GoHabsGo
Perreault So what's your thoughts on Perreault? Worth one more chance?
May 31, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Teams also have to sign 2009 Swedish players today as well, or they go back into the draft.
May 31, 2011
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