Yesterday and today have been editing days for the 2011-12 Fantasy Guide. Will be out on Monday. More information than ever, of course. Pick your copy up here. Updated daily/weekly until puck drop in October.


Jason Botchford weighs in on the Canucks, who aren’t done making moves with some cap space still there.

 

A one-year deal for Zach Parise - $6 million. Cue the trade rumors…

 

Happy long weekend to all of my fellow British Columbians. Hope we get some sunshine for more than a day or two in a row (worst summer ever).

 

The Jets have signed their 4th round pick from 2010 – Russian Ivan Telegin. Check out a solid interview from Jets Nation (a great blog, by the way). Telegrin seems like he has a good head on his shoulders.

 

Has it really come to me defending Nik Zherdev? His career numbers aren’t all that bad. Sure he is lazy and may not work hard in practice, but on a contending team looking for a bit of offense on the second or third line, he has to be an option.

 

It’s probably at the point now in his career where what you see is what you get. No more tantalizing upside of 40 goals and highlight reel goals every night. However, if given 12-14 EV minutes and 1-2 PP minutes per game, I see no reason why he can’t get 15-25 goals.

 

Worried about a lockout next summer? Don’t be.

 

My first piece for The Hockey Writers will be out next week. I decided to profile underrated and unknown Canucks prospect Darren Archibald. Undrafted, the Canucks signed him midway through last season. He’s a tough and physical power forward with good speed and a great shot.

 

How did Jamie McBain do last season? Canes Country lets us know.

 

A few KHL signings – Brent Sopel, and Alex Kovalev. I’m surprised Sopel couldn’t get a cheap one-way deal somewhere else in the league (maybe he did, but Russia offered more money, who knows).

 

All 15 of Zherdev’s goals from last season – absolutely sick move at the 1:00 mark:


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Yanick said:

Yanos
Zherdev I know Pascal Leclair's cousin who was playing in my garage league and told me that Zherdev was the most out of shape player for Columbus before he left for Russia. A full 20lbs overweight. Full of talent but no discipline whatsoever.
July 30, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
Archibald I really like where he is going as a Canucks fan but now I will have to get him in all my leagues before your piece comes out!
July 30, 2011
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David said:

OceanMon
The Guide I can't wait for the guide!!!
July 30, 2011
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Zherdev I think Brayden really hits this one on the head. Why are teams going to pay a player who is asking 2m+ when they can pay a prospect less than half that but who may put in the same, if not more points, and work twice as hard on all the things Zherdev doesn't.

I don't think is just about Zherdev, he is just the easiest example, this is becoming more and more the norm during the off season and free agency. If you are a player that doesn't warrant the star money you need to have some special skill to warrant a job. By special skill I mean face offs, PK, that sort of thing, a reason for the team to pay you more than what they can get from a good prospect. This seems to be a consequence of the salary cap to me. The superstars are getting the big bucks and taking a big chunk of each teams available cap space. More prospects are getting a shot at playing because they are cheap, hungry and work hard. It is the middle of the road guys that are getting squeezed out.
July 30, 2011
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Brayden said:

ether
Zherdev I honestly don't believe 15-25 goals is enough to get a guy like him a job in the NHL anymore. There are so many other things missing from his game, I think teams would rather give a kid a shot who might not have the potential to get 15, but won't give up on plays or hurt you in your own zone. He lacks the intangibles necessary to contribute to contending team. He is one dimensional and by that I mean if he's not creating chances and scoring, he's of no use to you. Versatility is an important component to getting and keeping a job in the NHL when you aren't a clear top six player and the amount of nights that Zherdev takes off takes him out of a top six role.
July 29, 2011
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