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My thoughts on the Stamkos situation:

 

Even if a team blows Tampa Bay out of the water with an offer sheet (I am taking 10-12 million per year for 10-12 years), they will match. They have a rich owner and there is no way in hell they can let Stamkos walk.

 

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I have seen a few people saying that a Brad Richards replacement plus the offer sheet fee (four 1st round picks) would be ideal – I’d rather have Stamkos. Draft picks, even 1st round picks, are such a crap shoot. Unless the team offering Stamkos the deal is a bottom dweller (and I couldn’t see him signing with one), the picks would likely be in the 15-25 range.

 

David Jones re-signed with the Avs. One of the more unheralded wingers in the league – should approach 30 goals this season. He’s the best offensive winger in Colorado right now. I know that doesn’t say a lot, but he will get a ton of opportunities to produce.

 

Jagr watch goes on another day. It sounds like the Penguins are very close to an agreement with the former star…. Will be interesting to see how this one plays out.

 

Chicago has given Buffalo a 7th round pick next year in order to negotiate with Steve Montador. Um, what?

 

Sticking with the draft pick-for-negotiating rights thing, the Jackets have sent Montreal a pick in order to talk with James Wisniewski. Wisniewski is arguably the second best defenseman available after Christian Ehrhoff.

 

It sounds like Erik Cole is going to test the open market. He’d be a perfect fit for a team looking to add a depth winger to the top six – Los Angeles and Vancouver immediately spring to mind.

 

The Lightning have re-signed Roloson to a one year deal worth $3 million. It probably takes them out of the Cory Schneider/Jonathan Bernier discussions for now. They still need to sign a back up, unless they plan to call up either Dustin Tokarski or Cedric Desjardins. Mike Smith is a UFA.

 

One team I could see (or I think should be) going after Cory Schneider is New Jersey. Zero in the pipeline after Brodeur, and they probably have the prospects/assets to get a deal done. Jacob Josefsen, perhaps?

 

The Joni Pitkanen signing hurts Jamie McBain’s value, but Carolina was probably going to sign a veteran defenseman even if Pitkanen walks. Corvo and Pitkanen both saw more PP time than McBain last year, but the youngster’s talent will eventually emerge to the forefront. He’s too good to be playing only on the second power play unit.

 

A solid read on Vancouver draft pick David Honzik – I always like it when prospects trend upwards at the right time of the season.

 

10 players in NHL history have five or more 50 goal seasons. Pavel Bure is one of them. The other nine are in the hall of fame. I am a huge proponent of weighting peak performance over longevity – get the Russian Rocket in there already.

 

Buffalo will need to pony up for Ehrhoff – it is believed that he turned down a six-year deal from Long Island just south of $6 million per season. The Sabres have a strong team and an owner more than willing to open up his wallet… I still think Ehrhoff has his eyes on the Winged Wheel…

 

Montreal signed defenseman Yannick Weber to a two-year deal. Lots of talent – he needs to stick at defense to have any sort of fantasy value. I could see a 30-35 point season with a regular shift on the PP.

 

Assuming Montreal doesn’t dip into the free agent market, their top six is likely to be Markov, Gorges (needs to be re-signed), Subban, Gill, Spacek, and Weber/Emelin.

 

The NHLPA is filing a grievance against the NHL/Nashville, saying that the team didn’t get qualifying offers out in time to several RFAs, including Kostitsyn, Spaling, O’Reilly, and Halischuk. Imagine if Weber was included in this group?

 

Three teams to watch on July 1 – Buffalo, Carolina, and Los Angeles. I think all three will make a bold move or two.


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dan coscino said:

Isle B.
Stamkos/ Isles vs. Wings The Lightning are 19 million under the cap and their only other notable RFA is Teddy Purcell. Why wouldn't they match any offer?

Dobber, I hope you're right, but I'll believe the Isles will ever be better than Detroit when I see it. The Isles have some good prospects and a very good (not quite great) core of young players but they need a place to play and the owner has made some questionable decisions over the years, not the least of which was to gut their scouting department. The Red Wings are the model organization of the NHL for the past 20 years, and have drafted and developed the likes of Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Franzen and others despite not once having a draft pick any higher than 20th overall since the early 1990s.
June 30, 2011
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flaupmes said:

Zangief
... Hey Jeff, can you help me out? I am looking for the article you did awhile back on the "Golden Rules of Trading" (3 year window, proven over potential etc.) I have not had any luck, and I forget how long ago it was. Any help would be much appreciated.
June 30, 2011
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David Goodburn said:

davidgoodburn
Bure for the Hall I agree with you Angus. Bure deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Over his 5 year peak he was one of the top 5 players in the league.

If the voters are going to dilute the Hall with longevity players such as Gartner and Niewendyk who amassed great stats but were only very good for a period of 15+ years then they certinly need to consider short career dynamic players as well.
June 30, 2011
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
Bure It does seem to me that we all accepted Bobby Orr on a short term arrangement. Bure isn't Orr, however, he was one of the fanciest players in the game during his time. Five 50's, only one of which did not challenge 60. That's pretty special stuff. He's a Hall-of-Famer.
June 30, 2011
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BK said:

BK_DobberNation
... "He’d be a perfect fit for a team looking to add a depth winger to the top six "
I think there may be some Oilers fans who disagree with you on that one..
June 30, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Wedgewood and Clermont are great goaltending prospects, but neither are ready within two years. That may be what Angus is getting at
June 30, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I also think he has his eyes on the winged wheel, but I'm betting he takes $1 or $2 million less to play there. And I'm guessing that, over the next seven years, the Islanders will be just as good a team. This may be the last year of the next seven that NYI is weaker than the mighty DET
June 30, 2011
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Czechline said:

Czechline
@ Jocular... He was, but then didn't sign, so NYI traded rights to BUF.
June 30, 2011
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Ryan Van Horne said:

Scribe
Devils goaltending depth Stephane, I agree with you about Clermont and I think Scott Wedgewood should be included in the mix, but he and Clermont are a long way from helping the Devils, whose more immediate concern is finding somebody to step in when Brodeur retires. His contract expires after the 2011-12 season. Hedberg is not No. 1 material and I don't think Frazee is either, so the Devils don't have someone ready/able to take over which is Angus's point. So, at the risk of sounding diplomatic, you're both right.
June 30, 2011
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
... Where Ehrhoff's rights traded to the Islanders?

All right! Montador! I have his rookie card. I bet it increased from 5 cents to 10 cents!
June 30, 2011
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Stephane Rodier said:

Stephane Richer
... No intention to offend my Dobberite guru but zero in the pipeline after Brodeur? I would certainly consider Gatineau Olympiques' Maxime Clermont as one of them. He almost pulled a major upset on the Sea Dogs last spring.
June 30, 2011
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