Goldie Says: To better evaluate Semyon Varlamov's fantasy value for this season, please read Paving Varlamov's Path. I go in-depth on the steps he and the Avs must take to eliminate his injury issues. Also, my info on Jordan Pearce in School of Block today is kinda a wash as Joey MacDonald agreed to a new two-year deal this morning. He was signed to be the #3 goalie this season, so expect Osgood or Conklin to still be signed by Detroit.  


The Blackhawks have signed Viktor Stalberg to a two-year contract. At this point, I don’t even see how he fits into the top three lines. He probably won’t be given a fair chance to succeed and I predict they buy him out next year if they don’t trade him. His cap hit of $875k is friendly for either option.


Think about it – assuming Toews, Bolland, Kruger and Mayers are the centermen (or Sharp), here are the wingers – Sharp (or Mayers), Kane, Hossa, Frolik, Carcillo, Brunette, Bickell, Stalberg, Olesz and Scott. Where does Stalberg rank? At best seventh, at worst ninth ahead of Scott. Seventh puts him on the fourth line.


Here is an update on the Steven Stamkos situation, including a description of Steve Yzerman laughing at the ridiculousness of him being traded.


Washington has added some underrated depth by signing free agent minor leaguer and former Leaf Christian Hanson.


Former Flyers goaltending prospect Nicola Riopel has been invited to the Islanders training camp.


The Top 300 player rankings did not have this year’s draftees and for that I apologize. A new baby in May and a toddler smack-dab in the middle of Terrible Twos has made things a little tough, and adjustments are still being made. Things should be back to reliability in the fall (I hope). I’m just thrilled to get the Prospects List up on time! The August edition of the Top 300 will have the ’11 draftees.


The Avs have added depth by signing Patrick Rissmiller.


Dallas has signed Jamie Benn’s brother, defenseman Jordie, to a contract. He has been in the Dallas minor-league system, but was never drafted.


The Pens have come to terms with their No.3 goalie Brad Thiessen (one year contract).


Miss hockey? Here’s a good fix. This MIN/CHI game from 18 months ago – significant because of the unlikely and surprise ending (they’re down 5-1 heading into the third, which starts at the 3:12 mark)…




Keep firing me YouTube clips!


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Atomic Wedgy said:

Atomic Wedgy
Link to Yzerman article. BAHAHAHAA!!! They quote the Cape Breton Post in there! I grew up in CB.... I'm not too sure I would be quoting that publication on its sports writing.
July 11, 2011
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Seth said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
Stalberg @Tim - Stalberg did play with Toews and Kane quite a bit in the middle of the season, but he did absolutely nothing while lined up with them. Dowell-Skille-Stalberg was the Hawks 4th line to begin the season, and Johnson-Kopecky-Stalberg was the 4th line to end the season. Factor in the extra time spent with guys like Pisani and Scott, and you'll see Stalberg spent most of the year on the 4th line.

The Hawks kind of turned their 4th line into a hybrid unit last season....some good speed and some offensive pressure and Stalberg actually fit pretty well. This year with the Mayers and Carcillo signings, they're obviously looking for a bit more traditional 4th line, and Stalberg just doesn't fit in.

As a Hawks fan I'm glad they re-signed him, because I do think he has some very nice potential if he can figure it out....he's 6'3" 210lbs and the fastest player on the team. Just not sure where he's going to play. He might get some more time in the top 6 since the Hawks still have a hole at LW.
July 11, 2011
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greg said:

Stamkos Deal A friend of mine who is very close with Steven Stamkos told me that he has had a deal done with Tampa for nearly 2 weeks now. The terms are 7.5 for 5 years. If in fact thats accurate and the deal hasn't been officially announced because Tampa now needs to move another contract. Perhaps Vinny is on the move to Montreal finally??
July 11, 2011
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Tim Lucarelli said:

Stalberg Is Stalberg really that far down the depth chart? According to this, his top linemates all year were Kane and Toews?,VIKTOR&situation=ALL&period=ALL&games=2010-2011:R:99&Submit=Show+Line+Combinations&sent=go
July 11, 2011
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