Fantasy Prospects Report - buy it here.

 

Top 100 Roto Players for June can be found here

 

Adam Proteau gives a great Top 10 list of potential buyout candidates. I agree with every one of them except for Olesz. I do not believe that teams will buy out a player with three years left on the contract. Extremely rare, especially if the player is young. If he had two years left, then I would be on board.

 

No chance Horton plays tonight, per several sources including TSN. So moot point.

 

Nathan Horton made the trip to Vancouver and there is talk that he will get into the lineup for Game 7. This is what I meant last week (June 7) in the Ramblings when I said this:

"Probably a concussion, but the severity is unknown. I’m guessing some of that playoff magic spray will do the trick and have him up and ready to go by Game 6. You know the spray that I mean – the one that you squirt on yourself in the playoffs and you’re magically healed when normally the injury will keep you sidelined for three months."

A Boston fan tore me a new one for saying that. But I really don't mean anything negative by it, I was just speaking about my thoughts on how quickly he could return. And here he is, possibly going to return. If this was December, we wouldn't see him again for three months. But this is June, so we may see him eight days later. Magic Spray.

 

I enjoyed this piece by Puck Daddy comparing Luongo vs. Thomas, particularly this line: “much like when Roberto wore that Olympic gold medal around his neck in Vancouver last year, the accolades and the respect and the MVP award will go to the American goaltender who outplayed him in the tournament.”

 

Matt Bugg, of course, will be at the Draft next week on behalf of DobberHockey. But I just learned that Justin Goldman will be there as well for NHL.com and the Goalie Guild, so we’ll no doubt be beneficiaries of his insight as well. Lots of coverage this year, and we’ll have the live chat up again and Bugg and Goldman will check in there too. If you’re in the Toronto area, you can meet Justin (and myself) on Friday as we celebrate the launching of Dobber Nation at the Sports Centre Cafe at Yonge and St. Clair – 6pm.

 

Three to four months for Mason Raymond (fractured vertebrae) and not four to six months, as originally speculated. That gets him back around the first game of the season.

 

Don’t forget – before Cal O’Reilly’s season ended with a broken leg, he was leading Nashville in scoring for the better part of two months.

 

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Dallas will hire Glen Gulutzan to be their next head coach. He was the coach of their affiliate the Texas Stars of the AHL and has a reputation as a winner (87-56-17 the last two seasons).

 

Down Goes Brown gives some pointers to Gary Bettman about presenting the Stanley Cup.

 

The Leafs have signed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to a two-year deal.

 

I can now exhale. Daniel Alfredsson’s back surgery was successful.

So the Flyers pay the Coyotes for the right to negotiate with Bryzgalov early...but then they wait NINE days before meeting with him? If I’m giving up a third-round pick, then I’m damn well knocking on his door an hour later.

 

Mike Babcock is convinced that Nicklas Lidstrom will return next year.

 

Portzline is reporting that the Jackets are probably going to let Scottie Upshall becoming an unrestricted free agent.

 

Marchand vs. D. Sedin – Punch-Out!:

 

 


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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Congratulations to the Bruins! So I guess you really can't dive your way to a cup!

Who knew?
June 15, 2011
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Adrian Keogh said:

Goalin Crazy UK
Congrats What a brilliant result for hockey!
June 15, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
luongo Im not his biggest fan -but the disregard/lack of credit he gets for what he has done is insane. He played a great game 7 vs. Chicago, won an Olympic GOLD (after Brodeur stunk up the joint) and has 4 shoutouts this year in the playoffs- not to mention being one of the top 3 goalies in almost all reg.season categories and a Vezina trophy nominee.
Luongo could get 4 shoutouts in the finals, and cure cancer in the intermission and some people would still say it was the team infront of him.
June 15, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Joakim Lindstrom back in the NHL? Report out of Sweden that he signed a one year deal with the Avs ...
June 15, 2011
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Anze said:

Anze
Horton Yes Horton is out for tonight, as he wasn't cleared to play by Dr Recchi
June 15, 2011
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Rob said:

rob2kx
@Jaco Thank you for your relevant post.
June 15, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
mvp As a canucks fan, I agree that right now Thomas is the likely winner.

I just hope he lays an egg tonight, and Kesler or Hank score a trick and take the bling.

blah blah ya ya i know
June 15, 2011
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Draft Dodger said:

steve_oshp
Duel Rob I would disagree that there have been any goaltending duels in the final. You need both goalies to stand on their heads for a duel. IMO Luongo has either shat the sheets in Boston or not had to stand on his head in Vancouver(that's not his fault, and he has played very well in Van but so has the whole team in front of him). There have been several instances - a five minute stretch or the better part of a period - that Thomas has almost single-handedly kept the Bruins in a particular game. To me there has not been even one time you could say the same about Luongo. I think whenever Vancouver has gotten badly outplayed for a stretch of time in a game they have lost.
June 15, 2011
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Jaco said:

fado
Thomas for MVP win or loss Hey Rob, you got to be kidding. I don't think you'll find anyone outside of Vancouver fans that agree with your, "Thomas doesn't deserve the MVP". There is absolutely no player on either team more deserving than Thomas. Ever hear the expression, "better to remain silent and look ignorant, than speak up and remove all doubt".
June 15, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
dream game 7 question ... So, which goalie wins the cup today ... in 7-6 OT - Schneider or Rask? smilies/grin.gif
June 15, 2011
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tGr said:

27Blue
... Conn Smythe means nothing if you don't win the cup - end of story. And, who cares if Luongo didn't win the mvp at the olympics - nobody from the canadian team stood out enough to win it.
June 15, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Olesz (part 2), Dumont The main reason for Florida not to buy out Olesz is that they have to get to the cap floor. They currently sit on 18.89M on 12 players with Olesz, 16.09M on 11 players with him bought out. Meaning that if they buy him out they need to add 12 players with a combined cap hit of just over 30M (assuming a floor in the 46M range), average of 2.5M. None of their six RFAs (Bernier, Bergfors, Matthias, Repik, Bitz, Santorelli) should command that kind of money, so they'll all likely be lower, as are their highest paid prospects (Oberg, Markstrom, Howden). Only their 3rd overall pick would have a higher cap hit. So they may have to be stuck with Olesz for cap reasons - unless Talon can get really creative in dealing with a team that has an overpaid 1-year contract on the books.

This brings the Dumont thought to my mind. I think Poile said earlier in the spring he won't be bought out. NSH and FLA have a trade history before and during Tallon's time (Vokoun, Santorelli). He would help FLA make the floor, and if he doesn't work out on the ice, he's gone in a year, no harm done.

Cam Barker is actually another trade candidate for FLA on the same logic - and after all, Tallon assistant GM with the Hawks when they drafted Barker, and he's already reacquired Skille, his own first ever 1st round pick.
June 15, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
... don't forget the second quickest goal in OT during a SCF.
June 15, 2011
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Rob said:

rob2kx
MVP Thomas Has everyone forgotten that Thomas has let in a goal in the first minute of 4(I think?) games? Not to mention the fact that he has 9(!) losses in the playoffs. Aaaaaaaaaand of all the close games in this series (ie: the non-blowout, 1-0, 1-0, 3-2 games) he has lost. Everyone who says he has out-dueled Luongo is ignorant. 8-1 is not a goalie duel. Neither is 4-0. 5-2 same (especially when he's up 4-0 - he got out-dueled by Schneider in the last 2 periods 2-1).

Every game that the Bruins lost by 1 goal in a low scoring game? THAT is a goalie duel. And he lost every one.

Thomas does NOT deserve the MVP. Neither does Luongo.
June 15, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Olesz Is 25 now, meaning he can be bought out for 1/3 of the remaining contract. Next year, at 26, the buyout would be 2/3. Add to that the fact that his contract was back loaded, meaning that even though his cap hit for the next three years is 3.125M, his actual salary is 3.4M, 4M, and 4.25M.

The result: a buyout now costs Florida 3.883M, with minor cap hits over the next three years, and just under 0.65M the following three years. To give him another year and then buy him out would cost Florida 8.9M (3.4M in 11-12 salary plus 5.5M buyout), with a cap hit of 0.5M in 12-13, 0.25M in 13-14, 1.375M the following two years.

So this is a rare occasion where, due to a kink of the CBA, it actually makes more sense for Florida to buy him out now.
June 15, 2011
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Draft Dodger said:

steve_oshp
Luongo respect? Absolutely horrible article by Zeisberger in the Sun today http://www.torontosun.com/2011...or-respect about how Luongo proved in the olympics he could win the big game. Zeis actually doesn't seem to comprehend why so many people feel Luongo hasn't proven anything yet. Hilarious read IMO.
Funny aside, Duchy on TSN radio this morning talking about Lou's new nickname - LeBron-Go LOL
June 15, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... This DBG article from today is even better....pure genius!
http://www.downgoesbrown.com/2...which.html
June 15, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
... I am curious to know if Savard is on the trip as well. I would hope that w/all he has been through in the last year and a half that he is able to share this experience w/his teammates, regardless of the outcome.
June 15, 2011
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Ryan Van Horne said:

Scribe
Back surgery dicey Alfredsson's surgical procedure might have gone according to the book, but it remains to be seen if it will be effective. Back surgery should not be deemed "successful" unless it is effective -- and it takes time to figure that out.
June 15, 2011
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BTM said:

eyemissgilmour
... Dobber, you know how you hate the Thomas "easy save" jokes? Well, honestly (and I mean no disrespect) your ongoing "succesful surgery" jokes were played out eons ago. Big time played. smilies/grin.gif
June 15, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Losing Goalies I remember Hextall in '87.
I remember Giguere in '03.
I remember Miller in the '10 Olympics.

As long as Thomas keeps it close (3 goals or less), I'll remember.

June 15, 2011
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Uzair Siddiq said:

Sportfreunde
... NHL GM's and organizations are....not exactly lazy but they leave things late so are you really surprised that they took nine days to begin negotiations with Bryzgalov lol. I don't know what it is, mayve not every GM (especially some of the established ones) care enough and some of us probably spend more time on our fantasy teams than they do on their actual job. Especially the ones who have teams that just need to make the playoffs rather than win (although Philadelphia isn't one of these).
June 15, 2011
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Thieving Giraffe said:

Thieving Giraffe
Horton just along for moral support I think the talk (Sportsnet?) about Horton may have been discredited. Per CSNNE's Joe Haggerty:

There were rumblings from Rogers SportsNet that Horton was trying to convince the Bruins to let him play on Wednesday night but there’s no shot of that, given the right wing was still suffering concussion symptoms just prior to Game 6 in Boston. His attitude is more about continuing to be a part of the Bruins as they attempt to finish off the job that Horton helped them start. It's also about potentially participating in the celebration if the Bruins are able to win at Rogers Arena.

The Bruins will set up Horton’s equipment and sweater in his dressing room stall as he if was going to play. “That's something the guys wanted to do,” said coach Claude Julien. “They wanted him to be part of our group here. Until the third game of the Final, he was a big contributor to our hockey club. If the doctors would let him, he would play [Wednesday] and we all know that that's the way he feels right now. He would be willing to play through what he's gone through.”

Though Horton can't play, his teammates will certainly include their fallen No. 1 right wing in everything leading up to the game. “It is special,” said Julien. “He certainly wanted to be here. We wanted him on this trip. As you know, when you get this far, you're a pretty close-knit group. Our guys wanted everybody here and they've got it."

Confirmed by Fluto Shinzowa and Amalie Benjamin of the Globe and Doug Flynn of NESN. ...Man, would it ever be a fake-out if he did!
June 15, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Horton If he plays (more likely hes going to participate in the festivities should they win)expect rioting in the building. Rome got 4 games to keep him out of the series (if it was game #1- he wouldve got 6games-stupid!) and yet 3 games later you get another interference style hit AWAY from the puck that breaks a guys back and not even 2 minutes! Murphy didnt even ask about Raymonds medical condition-yet he admitted the it was less than a second late-but due to the severity of the injury-they had to suspend Rome. Complete bullsh*t! So far the Bruins have broken a guys neck and a guys back- and had no suspensions come of it. Ive repeated numerous times on this website and others that this possibility while remote is why you cant base a suspension on the injury.
June 15, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
horton is not playing tonight. So mute point there.
June 15, 2011
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Hockey Hoser said:

Hockey Hoser
... I don't know, I'd be willing to bet Thomas would eagerly trade his impressive stats if that were to guarantee him the cup.
As for the magic spray, I'm sorry for those who just don't get the concept. I just hope they don't really believe there's a spray bottle that says "Magic Spray" on it. There's no need to explain yourself and keep apologizing. If Horton plays, he did more than spray, he took some swigs from the bottle! Think this means Rome can play now? I mean part of the disciplanary committee's reason for handing out such a stiff penalty was because of the injury right? And what about the McQuaid hit?
Whoever spouted off about Justice being fair never watched NHL hockey!
June 15, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Not saying I agree, I just like the thought provoking statement Greg made there. But I for one will always remember that Canada won the Gold despite Luongo. Miller won the MVP, not Thomas though.
June 15, 2011
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Trevor Mark said:

Kidney Crosby
... I have to disagree with you on the "respect and accolades" aspect. How many people remember Tim Thomas' losing performance in that game vs. Luongo actually winning the gold medal. People will always remember that. Bottom line, Tim Thomas didn't get it done when it counted. Results are what matter, not accolades and MVP's for a losing cause...

If Lou wins the cup and Thomas gets MVP, it will soon be forgotten. Lou's cup win won't...
June 15, 2011
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