My latest piece on Keith Ballard - let me know what you think.

 

I chatted with Thomas from the Canucks Army on Wednesday evening. Our conversation can be found here (warning: lots of Canuck talk – Lack, Hodgson, Kesler, Ballard, potential trade targets, and more).

 

Some bounce back players for next year (10 to be exact). My thoughts:

 

Backstrom – definitely. Dip was surprising, but young players often see wild fluctuations with regards to production.

 

Streit – yes. He’s one of the true elite offensive defensemen.

 

Brodeur – disagree. Devils had a weak defensive group last season, and unless Adam Larsson plays like a stud from day one, they didn’t upgrade at all.

 

Gaborik – Richards is a slight upgrade from Erik Christensen…

 

Gonchar – can’t get any worse. (Can he?)

 

Keith – depends on the role he plays. Leddy is a good puck mover but Keith still will likely see heavy PK duties.

 

Antropov – never fast to begin with, was skating in mud last year coming back from a hip injury. He’ll be better.

 

Gragnani owners – time to (not) rejoice. He re-signed, but on a two-way deal. Unless he has a stellar camp, he’s the #7 and will bounce back and forth from the AHL to the NHL.

 

Montreal Gazette writer Pat Hickey is a fan of DobberHockey’s Frozen Tools Line Combos.

 

 

Shout out to Cap Geek – I use this site so much with every single piece of writing I do. Not sure where I would be without it.

 

Montreal fans – Weber or Yemelin next season? Or both? Or neither? I think a lot depends on what happens with Jaroslav Spacek. Both are physical, undersized defensemen. Yemelin has dominated at times in the KHL, Weber isn’t as good but has proven he can play in North America.

 

Great piece by Fred Poulin on some Swedish prospects to watch.

 

The Devils have four young Swedes who should play prominent roles this season – Larsson, Tedenby (second line wing), Josefson (second line center), and Urbom (big strong defenseman, not much fantasy value though).

 

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Derek Roy’s summer pad – not too shabby. Interesting sleeping arrangements:


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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Thanks for your take, Greg.
August 12, 2011
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Greg Taves said:

TavesSoul
Montreal D Yemelin. I like Weber's offensive upside more, but Yemelin is a more complete defenseman, and we need that and his big hits over a PP guy in Weber with Subban there (and I've watched a lot of Weber and think he's really under-rated). I want both on the team, but realistically, only one will be there.
August 12, 2011
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Michal Sk said:

StevenY
... Shannahan should think twice about his new rule about substitutions. Wasn't his priority to protect players health and isn't the risk of injury much higher with tired player?
August 12, 2011
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valeribure said:

valeribure
Roy's pad Nice to see the dude ain't afraid to throw some (or most) of that hard-earned scratch around...

Better hope he never gets bed bugs.
August 12, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
More Houses Please I love the house tour.
The boathouse alone is kick-a$$.

More links please!
August 12, 2011
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Derrek said:

TangerineDreamTeam
Oh Pat Hickey The only thing good about Pat Hickey is his use of Dobber's website!
He thought the lineup was set in stone as of August 10th?
On that note, do you think the Habs should trade A Kost?
August 12, 2011
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Kyle said:

lesouder
... LOL do you think Roy parties enough? Seeing the reality of hockey players lives really drives home just how insane it is to me that they get paid millions of dollars a year to play a sport. Granted I know they give up a lot personally in term of family but wow, must be nice eh?
August 12, 2011
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Chris Hartley said:

CHR17
... I think he needs more beds..................
August 12, 2011
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