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Rangers' top prospect Chris Krieder has decided to stay in college for another  year.

 

I’m a little nervous about this deal that I did in my keeper league. One week after landing Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Eric Tangradi for a package of Tyler Ennis, some blue-chip prospects and picks, I traded Koivu. The return? Visnovsky, Oshie and a 2013 first rounder (I gave him a second rounder). Now this is a league where positions do not matter, so Visnovsky is just a 45- to 68-point player. And while Koivu is a coveted asset, defensemen in this pool are shunned. Oshie will also be shunned if he gets injured again. Four years in the league and four injuries? That would too much and most poolies would have no interest – they won’t care that one of those “injuries” was an appendectomy. And owning four defensemen in this pool is kind of rare – I also own Goligoski, Yandle and Karlsson. But what can I say? I don’t shun defensemen as much as the other guys in that league do, and I’ve stated here often over the past year – points from defensemen are on the rise.

 

So I’ve gone from rebuilding around Malkin, Ennis and Yandle by having a bunch of young prospects, to suddenly putting my young team in the top half: Malkin, Parise, Yandle, Oshie, Fleischmann, J. Staal, Karlsson, Frolik, Visnovsky, Gerbe, S. Kostitsyn, Goligoski will probably make my pro team (count the Top 12 – playoffs matter). Very youthful and too many question marks. Farm Team is Omark, Tatar, Jeffrey, Tangradi, Matthias, Perreault and whoever I draft third and 15th overall (Huberdeau should be one). I tore this team apart last year. Pissed off because that latest run only brought me one trophy. When you rebuild, you should set yourself up for three or four trophies.

 

I like the draft this year. Granted, there is no Taylor Hall, Steven Stamkos or John Tavares, but from one through 10 you have a group of players who are of such high quality that most drafts only have in their Top 4 or 5. It’s a good year to be picking third, fourth, or even 10th in your entry draft. And a fantasy draft is much different from the real one, which is why I would take Huberdeau over Landeskog and Strome over Couturier.

 

As Angus noted yesterday in case you missed it - Voracek and a first for Jeff Carter? Portzline says that’s the rumor. Carter+Nash=awesome. Both are big goal scorers so stick a set-up man on the other wing and you’re laughing.

 

The Rangers buying out both Drury and Wolski absolutely ups their shot at Brad Richards. In fact, I think they’ll get him now. That leaves other teams to take a shot at landing Carter, and the Blue Jackets are the favorites there. Just waiting for Bryzgalov to sign.

 

Doing some player profiles for the Forecaster, I had a sudden thought. Josh Harding is a top goalie in terms of talent, and probably off of everybody’s radar. Any team with a weaker starting goalie would be wise to pick him up (he’s a UFA) – and I wouldn’t be startled if he stole the job by Christmas. Then again, with that wonky knee he could also disappear from the NHL, never to be heard from again…

 

Question on the Dobber Sports Facebook page:

If all 3 of Turris, MacLean and Boedker were available to draft, who would you choose, next 3 years of course?

Answer:  1. Turris 2. Boedker 3. MacLean

 

Detroit players who I think will retire: Modano, Draper, Osgood. Other UFA’s they should re-sign: Lidstrom and Miller. UFA’s they should let walk: Ericsson, Eaves.

 

Jan Mursak joins the club next campaign, as will Cory Emmerton (who is on a two-way contract this year, one-way next year, but needs to clear waivers). Can Tatar join them, or are three rookies too many? I don’t believe so, but NHL teams generally do.

 

Congrats to the people of St. John’s, who are getting an AHL team back – Manitoba’s move has been approved.

 

This is the best way to handle mocking – go along with it. Lucic is fine with the Green Men making fun of his nose…

 

 


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sentium said:

Dakkster
... JHM: They're not mascots. They are season ticket holders who pay for their seats.

And yeah, why would this league ever want anyone or anything to stand out...
June 13, 2011
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
Mascots/Green Men Just watched the Green Men video. It surprises me that the NHL allows this. Of course, this situation didn't cause any stress. However, this is clearly 'Unsportsmanlike Conduct'. That the NHL allows Mascots to be 'unsportsmanlike' is questionable. The Green Men have moved from 'fans' to 'mascots'. Mascots inciting improper behaviours by others & potentially instigating flagrant acts of outrage... well, quite frankly, it's not professional. The league wants to look professional at all times, but particularly when on display for the national audience. Mascots being unprofessional in their behaviours gives permission to the viewers to behave in similar fashion at their games. This would be exceptionally poorly received by most teenage teams in Canada and their parents/fans.
June 13, 2011
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Santo Manna (Ross10019) said:

ross10019
... Harding could be on the of the best bargain signings of the summer. Would love the Habs to nab him at about $1m per, maybe less. He could play 20-25 solid outings spelling Price for the playoff run, and i guarantee the Habs would be in most of those games. Tall, rangy goalie with great glove hand, he was great in Minnesota (even challenging Backstrom a few years back) before injuries took their toll.
June 12, 2011
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Oops, that was supposed to be 9 who scored at least 50 in 10/11. Still not enough.
June 12, 2011
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Number of defensemen who scored the following points in the previous three years...

2010/2011

50: 8
40: 28
30: 46

2009/2010

50: 7
40: 24
30: 52

2008/2009

50: 13
40: 28
30: 57

So the 10/11 season doesn't even come close to 08/09 season and dman scoring is going up? Don't buy it.
June 12, 2011
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Apparently the rumor about Carter isn't accurate. It's actually about Richards. Check out the Flyers offseason thread in the forum. Some interesting discussion going on.
June 12, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
... Harding should come relatively cheap, you wonder if he could end up in NEw Jersey, where he could be 1yr away from starting on a pretty good team (assuming they resign Parise and get a coach the players will play for).
I would think Detroit would like to keep Ericsson if the price is right, with Rafalski gone and likely Salei- I'd be shocked if they didnt sign a top 4 UFA on defense,with Kindl and Smith seeing some/spot duty. They could add a Jovo or Kaberle for much less than the $6mil they spent on Rafalski.
Not sure if Carter is the best fit on a line with Nash-but still helps.Maybe a package that uncludes a Matt Carle as well? Columbus needs help on the blueline as much as upfront and the Flyers will have to do more than swap Carters salary for Bryzgalovs.
June 12, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
Harding Harding to the Wings?

E5.
June 12, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... I give up.....sorry, haha!
June 12, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Try that link again...
http://www.nypost.com/p/sports...uIN1v1Fwp
fiO
June 12, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Pretty sure the Rangers are not buying out Wolski, just Drury.
http://www.nypost.com/p/sports...uIN1v1Fwp
fiO
June 12, 2011
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