Apologies regarding Stamkos info - I checked out the CBA this morning and it looks like the deal takes up one year of his UFA eligibility (hence the NMC in the last year). Thanks for the heads up to those who corrected me.

 

The Rangers officially inked Brandon Dubinsky to a four-year deal. Cap hit just north of $4 million per. Fair money and fair term for a solid top six forward who can play wing/center and contribute in a variety of ways. An underrated offensive player.

 

With this signing, he has to become the favorite to play LW with Richards/Gaborik. Has the size and grit to complement them and open up some free space.

 

The 2011-12 Fantasy Guide…. Out August 1st.

 

A very interesting read on the curious decisions made by Flyers management over the past eight months or so.

 

How good was David Rundblad’s 2010-11 SEL season? An insightful read comparing Rundblad’s season to past seasons by the likes of Lidstrom, Forsberg, Naslund, and the Sedin twins.

 

In case you missed it – Elliotte Friedman’s final 30 Thoughts for the summer.

 

Some of my favorite points:

 

20. Scouting report on James Wisniewski, who found gold in Columbus: like many of us, his greatest strength is his greatest weakness. He is supremely confident. Wisniewski will not feel the pressure of being paid like a No. 1 defenceman, because he thinks of himself as one. That's important, but gets him into trouble sometimes. One example: shift length.  He's averaged 55 seconds the last two seasons, putting him in the NHL's Top 10. The sense is he'd be a little more effective if he cut that down a bit.


Kevin Bieksa has a similar confident/cocky vibe – when things are going well, it helps his game as he never second guesses himself. When things aren’t going well, it looks worse than it is because of what may seem to be a nonchalant attitude.

 

26. As for chemistry with Marian Gaborik, Richards, a left-hand shot, explained last season that he liked the idea of another lefty playing the right side. Richards says that setup gives him more options for putting the puck in a scoring area, especially drop passes.

 

Get excited, Rangers fans.

 

How would you put Florida’s lineup card together? My picks:

 

Booth-Weiss-Versteeg

Fleischmann-Matthias/Santorelli-Dadonov/Upshall

Bergenheim-Goc-Kopecky

 

Fleischmann can play either wing. Versteeg is more of a playmaker; he may click well with Booth. I’d say the second line center and winger spots are interchangeable – I like the look of that third line. Fast and very defensively responsible. Kopecky can be a physical player when he wants to be, as well.

 

With the Purcell re-signing, the Lightning appear to have a set roster. Purcell received about $2.3 million per for the next two seasons.

 

Carter Ashton has the best chance of the prospects to crack the roster – probably in a bottom six role to start. Brett Connolly has the higher upside of the two, but he’s still a little raw.

 

Anaheim has struggled with some of their more recent RFA re-signings. Copper & Blue weighs in here.

 

He's injury prone, but when healthy his mitts are filthy:

 

This move doesn't work, but pretty special to even think it up:


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Rusty Pickles said:

Rusty Pickles
... To fully get what the author is going at in that article you should be familiar with the term butterfly effect. Where the author fails is not introducing to the reader what exactly that is at the start of the article. Or perhaps he is relying that you have seen the terrible movie by the same name. At any rate the basic idea behind it is:

In chaos theory, the butterfly effect is the sensitive dependence on initial conditions; where a small change at one place in a nonlinear system can result in large differences to a later state. For example, the presence or absence of a butterfly flapping its wings could lead to creation or absence of a hurricane.

He is simply drawing parallels between that phenomena and pointing out if you applied it to the flyers that is kind of how it unfolded. I think some of you are missing the point. It is late in the summer, not many moves going on for us, the writers are bored and trying to come up with something for people to read. I feel like shelley has played his last game as a flyer, as inexpensive guys like sestito and holmstrom push their way onto the roster.


Re Florida:

One thing I can say is no team should let Kris Versteeg anywhere near their top line. If I had a dime for every time I watched him cut to the middle and turn the puck over last year during his stint with the flyers. Doesn't take care of the puck well enough and is a turn over machine. Flash should take that spot easily, especially at north of 4mil. I'd put Upshall up there over him too, better goal scorer.
July 21, 2011
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paul said:

donpaulo
dubinsky actually the issue of the offseason is which player to put on the Richards Gaborik line. Many feel Dubinsky is the best fit, and he may be. HOWEVER Anisimov between Callahan and Dubinsky was a very solid 2nd line for NY last season. The 3 players came up together, have clicked together and have displayed a propensity to play well together.

On the assumption that having 2 solid scoring lines is best

Rangers fans have penciled Dubinsky on the 2nd line

This leaves a hole on the top line LW slot

Thus Wolski would appear to have the inside edge, although some have suggested Sean Avery as a better fit for a number of reasons, a few think Fedotenko might work well too.

Some hypothesize that Derek Stepan can play out of position at LW because of his hockeysmarts, although many disagree with that proposal.

However you spell it its a good problem for NY to have.

My personal opinion is that Wolski is given the chance to show he belongs on the top line so it will be his job to lose. Tortarella is a stickler for coming into camp in top shape and Wojtek also took power skating lessons with Barb Underhill this offseason like Brian Boyle did last year and we all know what kind of season Boyle had... Dubinsky is a better fit but you cannot deny his career has been fairly effective with his current linemates.

Stepan will likely lineup with Boyle on the 3rd line.

with prust, rupp, avery and fedotenko they have plenty of jam on the bottom six.

now NY has to get Callahan to sign a contract

things are looking up in NY

can't wait for THN to write a negative piece on them too. Nearly everytime they do NY makes the playoffs. smilies/smiley.gif
July 21, 2011
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Flyer Fan said:

Flyer Fan
Flyers article Definitely an oversimplification of a few things, and a couple of false assumptions about others, ...but coupled with the equally curious decdisions to surrend the rights to four decent prospects, the underestimation of the market for Leino, the misreading of the goaltending market(again) this year, the handling of the goaltenders during the playoffs and late in the season, the over 35 contract misstep w/Pronger, the Phantoms coaching fiasco, and a few other items the story doesn't touch upon,

...it does seem pretty clear that the mgmt team of Luukko/Holmgren/Paddock/Hanrahan/Laviolette needs to do a much better job with regards to asset/cap management, player developement/utilization etc.

As far as Snider goes, he's been around a long time, and has always been anything but "meddling", I think his feeling the need to step in and resolve the goaltending fiasco, to me was a clear indication that he's not only losing patience, but confidence in Holmgrens ability to manage the franchise.

There's a new plan in place now, and hopefully it works, but I have a feeling this is Holmgren and Company's last shot.

There's an old saying: When you keep changing the plan, ...you don't have one.
July 21, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
Comments I tried to read through the comments on that article. WOW. Got about a third of the way through. Much more informative then th eactual blog post. Full on war.
July 21, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... It's an interesting story. Obviously not the full one, but It does highlight the impatience of Paul Holmgren and his team. (I think having an impatient owner has a lot to do with it.)
July 21, 2011
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... I agree with Pengwin7. There was A LOT more to Philly's lineup decisions in recent months. That blog post is way too simplistic and is essentially a way for them to justify their whining about every little decision.

"Think about that chain of events triggered by Lappy going on LTIR the next time you're wondering why we're complaining so much about some trifling detail."

Yeah, right...
July 21, 2011
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Desjardins said:

edesjardins
Is there a way to get a draft version of the guide prior official release My draft just started.
July 21, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Flyers Good selection with the word "curious". Indeed.
The article makes it seem like the Versteeg-move and the Bobrovsky-pull were the key reasons to the trickle-through of moves.

Nah, our own Flyer insiders on DobberHockey did much better in forecasting & reasoning the Flyers move than this article did. Pretty bad speculation by broadstreethockey.
July 21, 2011
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Atomic Wedgy said:

Atomic Wedgy
Flyers link For being written by a website called Broadstreetchokey, they dont seem to understand a lot of what happened. Just fair....
July 21, 2011
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Carcillo said:

Carcillo
Stamkos and UFA year Actually Stamkos' new contract takes away one UFA year. Stamkos would have been UFA in four years so the final and fifth year in his new contract takes away one UFA year.

For future reference players can only get NMC/NTC when hit hit the UFA age. Stamkos has NMC in the final year of his contract. Stamkos wouldn't have been able to get that if the contract didn't take away any UFA years.
July 21, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Flyers Link Thanks for sharing that link Angus. Very good read.
July 20, 2011
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