Fantasy Prospects Report - buy it here.

 

Goldie Says: Here is my latest piece for NHL.com titled Luongo Establishes Edge on Thomas. It's a stream of consciousness from Game 2. Take a quick peek, as it will help me get credentialed for the NHL Entry Draft! I don't fault Thomas for his decision to lunge out at Burrows in OT ... I fault him for not eliminating Burrows completely.

 

I should also mention my first big trade in several months in one of my keepers. This is the 22-year-old league, points only, playoffs are included. I was doing a full-blown rebuild, as the half-ass rebuild wasn't working out because my guys kept getting hurt (mainly Malkin). I had a few problems - 1) too many Russians. I love them, very talented, but too much risk to have so many. The KHL is very real and three of my (now former) players are in Russia as I type this. I also have several incredibly high draft picks for this summer...but my only drop was Beleskey (he is not a drop in many leagues, but in this one it is best if, barring a monster camp, he gets replaced with someone better).

So, I gave:

Tyler Ennis, Evgeni Kuznetsov, Vlad Tarasenko, Nikita Filatov, Louis Leblanc...plus I gave him the 12th overall pick this summer, plus I gave him his January midseason draft pick back...and I gave him his January (2013) draft pick back.

I got:

Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu, Eric Tangradi, a lesser January pick (2013) and a late pick this summer.

 

What that did - well, it got me a proven, awesome player in Parise. It freed up two slots on my roster to use my third overall pick, 15th and 17th picks. Getting Tangradi for Leblanc helps my playoff situation, because I own Malkin, Staal and Jeffrey already. I gave up blue-chip prospects, but I just have a feeling that while two Russians become stars, one stays in Russia. They can't all come over and be stars, can they? I still own several great prospects: Tatar, Gerbe, Omark, Jeffrey, Tangradi...and that pick will be RNH, Landeskog or Huberdeau.

 

If Kronwall's progress is a good measuring stick - and it is - then 24-year-old Jakub Kindl should be a 20-point player this year and play all the games. Unlike Kronwall, who gets/got hurt all the time, Kindl should progress a little quicker. It still means that he is three years away from 50 points. But I think he'll get there.

 

Evgeni Malkin's knee injury is healing quickly, according to Chesnokov. Don't doubt me on this - if he recovers completely, with no pain, he's getting 120 points. In his sleep.

 

Move over Sean Avery and make room for another Dobber favorite. Max Lapierre, you can do no more wrong in my eyes. That trash talk you did on Patrice Bergeron was classic. Couldn’t have executed it better myself and I’m a pretty good executor.

 

Winnipeg fired Atlanta's GM Rick Dudley. That's right, get all the slush out of there. Bring in some more great businessmen. I like it!

 

The Penguins have signed Nick Johnson to a one-year contract. It is a two-way deal, so we likely won't see him up very often.

 

 

Brad Richards, I was looking at the different teams and looking at the ‘fit’ or the ‘cap space’ and threw down some Dobber odds on where he’ll sign. Feel free to agree or mock…

 

 

 

BUF

13.0%

Connolly gone

WPG

10.0%

Big statement

TOR

9.7%

Cap space/influence

OTT

9.0%

CBJ

6.0%

PHO

6.0%

Budget?

NYR

5.0%

Always in the FA mix

CAR

5.0%

DAL

5.0%

Already leaving there

NSH

4.0%

Not a fit

COL

4.0%

Not a fit

FLA

4.0%

Just seems doubtful

DET

3.5%

MON

2.5%

Not a fit

STL

2.5%

Not a fit

TB

2.0%

Not a fit

ANA

2.0%

Cap

EDM

1.5%

Not a fit

NYI

1.5%

Not a fit

LA

1.0%

Cap

WAS

0.5%

Cap

CGY

0.5%

Cap

MIN

0.5%

Cap

PHI

0.3%

Cap

SJ

0.3%

Cap

VAN

0.3%

Cap

BOS

0.1%

Cap

NJ

0.1%

Cap

PIT

0.1%

Both not a fit/Cap

CHI

0.1%

Cap

 

 

Toronto! It looks like the DobberHockey event will take place Friday, June 17. Deets are here. I’ll hype it up more as the date gets close, but clear your calendar.

 

Brilliant business men in charge of the new Winnipeg team – giving themselves every chance to succeed even if this team goes through 15 years of misery, as I was worried about last week. To sell 13,000 season tickets in minutes…and these are tickets to the movies, we’re talkin’ $3000 or $4000 a pot…is impressive. And to have these season ticket holders commit to five years is even better. Smart arrangement.

 

The Caps signed undrafted free agent forward Mattias Sjogren from out of Sweden. The 23-year-old had 46 points in 105 SEL games over the last two seasons. Potential third-line winger joins two other Swedes on the team. The Caps have five forward spots to fill, plus if they’re smart they’ll buy out DJ King. So Sjogren does have a shot.

 

You knew I’d be digging up this clip, or you don’t know me at all:

 


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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
contraction will never happen too many jobs lost, the NHLPA would never go for it, and there's probably a legal mechanism within the television and sponsorship contracts that would also punish the league.

i can't think of the last successful sports league in north america that went through contraction.
June 09, 2011
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PMain said:

PMac
Repent! It's basic economics. If teams can't survive in certain markets
then they have to address the situation (s) as they arise.
There is more than one team south of the border that's suffering
big losses. If they won't move those teams to other destinations
(K.C., Seattle, Hamilton, Quebec City, etc) then the other option
is retraction and a waiver draft.
June 09, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
yes i am very obviously the idiot / "dummie" in this conversation.

i would also love to see how you would sell contraction to the NHLPA. i am sure you have a masterful plan to avoid a labor crisis.
June 08, 2011
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PMain said:

PMac
Partial retraction dummie The league would fold if 2-4 teams were retracted?

You're an idiot.

It was a 21-team league not too long ago.
June 08, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
i'm canadian if the nhl retracted from the US, it would fold. out country doesn't have the population to support the league on its own.

but it's not atypical to encounter attitudes like yours amongst some of the more inward-looking segments of our population.
June 06, 2011
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PMain said:

PMac
US media Truth be told, most CDNs don't care about the US media
nor do we care about hockey's popularity in America.

Some of us would even like retraction, since the league over-expanded
in the 1990's and that led to a more watered-down league where many teams
played the trap due to a lack of talent on their rosters.
June 06, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
i'll criticize whatever media i want to and the US media honestly doesn't care all that much about the stanley cup final.
June 06, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
Bias Of course each side is biased... One of the CBC interviewers basically said that he was cheering for the Nucks on camera.
June 05, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... CBC might be biased towards Vancouver, but US media is biased towards Boston. On ESPN radio today, Bruins lost 3-2, not Vancouver won 3-2. Dont criticize CBC so much when most media is biased.
June 05, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
regarding milbury's bias towards the bruins i'm no milbury fan, but CBC's entire coverage is ridiculously biased towards Vancouver, so at least there's someone there to balance things out a bit.
June 05, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Rob They sold the 6000 in two minutes. Took 15 minutes to process it. Then they sold 8000 waiting list memberships in a couple hours. I think saying they sold 13,000 in 15 minutes can be considered accurate enough...
June 05, 2011
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Steffen said:

Steffen
... Rob, fair enough. I've been so close to this thing for the past several months that my sensitivity has developed a "hair" trigger.

I'm impressed by how True North has handled all this, from their ongoing perspicacity to their respect for their Moose fans.
June 05, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Milbury.. is a tool. Infractions in the playoffs are treated differently than in the regular season,thats why Horton was available for game 7 vs Tampa and not suspended for dousing and throwing a water bottle at a fan- something he wouldve been suspended for in the regular season.Horton scored the winner- did Tampa wine about Horton playing? To hear him talk about 'punks' and denegrating the game...so where does beating a fan with a shoe rank? Milbury was no angel when he played, but his comments during this series shows his bias towards the Bruins. Lapierre cracked me up, looks like Bergeron even smiled a bit.


Chara looked brutal, if he was any slower he couldve been mistaken for the zamboni.
June 05, 2011
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Rob Forrest said:

crazedcanuck
Splitting nothing
There is a significant difference between 13000 sold in minutes, and the reality.

I'm not splitting hairs, just pointing out that he's impressed about something that never happened.

Also if you weren't aware from reading my comments that I was intentionally ball-parking the numbers opposed to bothering to snag precise ones, but thanks for that. My within a few hundred figures were fine and still closer to the truth than he above.

Not trying to diminish the achievement, however the "wow" factor due to the appearance of a quick sale is a false and well orchestrated piece of business savvy. These tickets were almost all sold by proxy to the supporters of the Moose well in advance.
June 05, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Richards / Sjogren Agree that Buffalo makes the most sense, and that CBJ is top 5-6.

Sjogren is listed as C/RW, but was introduced as a center in Washington's media release announcing the signing ... for what that's worth ... they also gave him top money, but according to his agent insisted that he'd have to earn a spot in camp. And it's actually 59 points in 148 games, plus 24 in 33 post-season games (playoff this year, relegation playoff the previous two). He's got good size. Was almost even on goals to assists ration with his previous team, but has double assists than goals last year, so he may have been converted from RW to C at Farjestad.
June 05, 2011
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Steffen said:

Steffen
Quebec City? Now that I think about it, I lived in Calgary when the Flames arrived. Anybody out there got a job for me in Quebec City?
June 05, 2011
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Steffen said:

Steffen
13,000 Rob, you're splitting hairs. And your facts are imprecise too.

Regardless, in NHL history, only the Calgary Flames sold season tickets faster, when they took over the Atlanta Flames.

But nobody in Winnipeg cares - we're all celebrating...
June 05, 2011
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Rob Forrest said:

crazedcanuck
True North....
Didn't sell 13,000 tickets in minutes. They sold 7500 or so from noon Wed until noon Sat in a presale, and sold the remaining 5500ish in 17 minutes Sat aft.
June 05, 2011
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Steffen said:

Steffen
Selanne? Brad Richards as a Jet would be terrific, but nothing would send a bigger thank you to us fans more than a one-year deal for Teemu Selanne.
June 05, 2011
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Chris Lavell said:

ChrisLav
... Think the Rangers are way too low on that odds scale. Former coach in Tortorella in NYR, they need a C for Gaborik. And the Rangers aren't the biggest team in town.
June 05, 2011
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