The Rangers have signed Callahan for three more years. Cap hit is just under $13 million.

 

For the eighth straight season I am doing the offseason fantasy lowdown for every NHL team over at The Hockey News. Here is the first installment.

 

The Penguins have added to their depth, signing Jason Williams to a two-way deal. I put his situation akin to Brett Sterling’s from last year, although he doesn’t have the offensive skill that Sterling has, in my books. It took four or five injuries up front before Sterling got his cup of coffee.

 

Nikolai Khabibulin has withdrawn his appeal on his drunk-driving conviction in Arizona and he will accept his 30-day jail sentence. It will be served before training camp begins, according to the Canadian Press. The Oilers will lose more games in front of him than they will in front of Dubnyk, so if I’m an Oiler fan I would have been hoping for an eight-month sentence - anything to keep him off the ice longer!

 

I thought Khabibulin's game had gone south in his Chicago years, and that he was far too injury prone. So I was shocked when the Oilers signed him. Anyway, an .890 save percentage puts you in the AHL - his Stanley Cup keeps him in this league. Dubnyk's SP was .916. Dubnyk, of whom I'm a fan, won 12 games out of 35. Khabibulin won 10 out of 47.

 

As speculated would happen, the Preds have signed the leading scorer for Team USA at the Worlds, prospect Craig Smith. I don’t see him making the team this season, but he is one to keep an eye on and is profiled in the Fantasy Prospects Report.

 

The Jets have signed Ivan Telegin to an entry-level contract. The fourth rounder from 2010 is ranked 221 on my Prospects List.

 

Kris Draper, as you know, has retired. I thought he deserves at least a mention here, as he actually held fantasy relevance in 2002-03 and 03-04. In those two seasons he averaged 38 points, 68 PIM, plus-14 over 75 games.

 

Call it a soft spot for my old buddy Ryan Shannon (long-time readers know about my thoughts on him – basically I loved his potential four years ago, but untimely injuries reduced his role to that of a third liner), but I have a feeling we’ll see career highs this season. His idol is Martin St. Louis (even wore the No. 26 in Ottawa). Now, will that career high be 28 points, or something nicer? He’s 28 now, which is later than when St. Louis made his mark.

 

Here’s your hockey fix – the Canucks with pristine PP control for the full two minutes, from 2007:

 

 

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Reddawg said:

Reddawg
Callahan 13 Million seems like an excessive cap hit for Callahan. smilies/wink.gif
July 27, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
Long year for the Oil Khabby never shouldve gotten more than a 1yr deal from Edmonton- clearly he is done, put me in the 'Dubnyk is an average backup' camp. He is a younger Alex Auld-nothing more. The Oilers play lousy defense (Sutton helps-but nowhere near enough) and with the lousy goaltending and the very green forwards- its going to be another long season for them. On the plus side- the Coyotes took a HUGE step backwards, and probably have a worse goaltending corps,albeit a better D. Florida and the NYI's are also in the running for worst backend roster.
July 27, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Khabibulin was awful last year. Not bad. Not below average. Awful.

Edmonton's major weakness last season (they had many), was defensive play. I don't think they addressed it at all, unless you think Andy Sutton is a marked improvement.

Obviously the potential to score more goals is there, and having Whitney healthy will help as well.

Back to Khabibulin - he'd be at the top of my do-not-draft list.
July 27, 2011
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Ron Burgundy said:

Ron Burgundy
Khabi Agree with all of these thoughts. He did teach me a valuable lesson last year though. In game 1 he was stopping everything and the Oil were looking great. Several beers in I proposed a trade to another owner - Peter Mueller and my 2011 first rounder for Khabi. Needless to say he took it. Khabi played great that first scoring period (2.53 GAA and a .925 S%), but because the season started mid-week that period ran for 11 or 12 days and the former owner kept those stats. For week 2 now on my roster he put up a nice 4.58 GAA and .845 S%. Bad timing I thought, and kept him in. He was average to below-average for the next few weeks, then in week 5 - an 8.50 GAA (you are not misreading that) and a .753 S% over 3 games. It took me the rest of the year to rebuild my goalie categories, and even then I only ended up middle of the pack (thank you Pekka Rinne).

The lesson - always try to trade with a drunk guy!
July 27, 2011
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Mr Sausage said:

Mr_Sausage
Khabibulin I pray Tom Renney does the smart thing and give Dubnyk the starting job. The Bulin wall was terrible last year. One of the worst performances ever I have seen from a starting goalie throughout the season. Even in Dubnyks losses the Oil were still in the game. Renney played Khabibulin far too much last year. If he gets off to another horrific start the Oilers should cut their losses and send him down a la Souray.
July 27, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I fixed the wording so that no more of you will be offended.

I thought Khabibulin's game had gone south in his Chicago years, and that he was far too injury prone. So I was shocked when the Oilers signed him. Anyway, an .890 save percentage puts you in the AHL - his Stanley Cup keeps him in this league. Dubnyk's SP was .916. Dubnyk, of whom I'm a fan, won 12 games out of 35. Khabibulin won 10 out of 47.
July 27, 2011
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B.Hendy said:

WildHendy
wow not much respect for a stanley cup winning goalie in Khabibulin...i think he may suprise you now that his bottom feeder team approches competitiveness
July 27, 2011
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Wotan said:

Wotan
Trashers? Poor Telegin has to be the only guy playing for the Trashers next season... smilies/wink.gif
July 27, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
... There wasn't supposed to be a title... Oops!
July 27, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
Austin I don't know that I would wish 7 more months on anyone that I was a fan of... I do see what you mean from a purely hockey standpoint though...

I do like the strategy that Pittsburg (and others like Vancouver) is employing.... Get a ton of competition for roster spots and reward those that deserve it. I could project a lineup but there are way to many variables and the only thing that is almost certain is that at least one surprise will make that team and make an impact.

I have pretty much given up on shannon being anything fantasy relevant... Anyone can surprise but I have a list of sleeper candidates taller then he is that I would take ahead of him.

(Thanks for taking my clip though! Insane shift.... Good luck doing that NHL 12 rookie mode, team Canada against the Chicago Steel!)
July 27, 2011
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