Rick Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home yesterday. The bottom line for him, as a hockey player is this – he wasn’t drafted, and yet he scratched and clawed his way into the NHL by the time he was 21. How many of us can say that? And were it not for injuries and personal issues, who knows what we’d be saying about him today. Another tough loss for hockey this summer. He had recently signed with the Jets.

 

Once again, I had to go to Twitter for some ramblings content…

 

Hockey Pool Geek has awarded a free Deep Analysis to three DobberHockey members, announced yesterday. If you don’t know what a deep analysis is, you’ll crap your pants when you see this.

 

So in writing my Goals-For By Team piece for the Fantasy Guide, I discovered that all four teams in the Conference Finals were in the Top 8 in regular season goal scoring. Come on coaches, let’s open it up!

 

What the Havlat-Heatley trade? I think both teams want to shake things up. Both teams need a completely different culture and they have made big changes to do so. The Sharks wanted someone who could better click with Joe Thornton and now they can take another shot at that with Havlat. Meanwhile, the Wild get a player of equal talent – probably more talent, and with one less year on the contract.

 

Who will be the No.2 center on the Rangers, Anisimov or Stepan? To me, this is a slam dunk. I think Derek Stepan could be a No.1 guy in two or three years. To the point where he knocks Brad Richards into 1B status to his 1A. Meanwhile, Anisimov’s upside is that of a second-liner. So on this team he’ll just be a very valuable and productive third liner until room is made for him – or until he moves to the wing. That puts a lid on his upside for the next couple of years, anyway.

 

Justin Goldman of the Goalie Guild wanted my take on TJ Galiardi. He believes him to be a dark horse. That depends on what you expect from him and what would be of value to you. I don’t have any interest in him. I’m worried about his fragility a little bit – very thin. I’m not impressed with his junior numbers, because as a 19-year-old I think a point-per-game says to me that he tops out as a second liner in the NHL. So he’s an option to play in the top six with some good linemates, but if Mueller is healthy then Galiardi is competing with Landeskog and Jones for the last two top-six spots. So I am reluctant to believe that he can play 75 games, and I’m reluctant to believe that he can log any significant time in the top six. But assuming he plays 74 games and Mueller is hurt (or Galiardi gets into the top six some other way), then I do think he could be a dark horse for 50 or even 55 points. But that’s a ton of ifs. And I would drop him in a points-only keeper league.

 

I was asked which teams are the ones to beat in each conference. I get into that in the Guide, but the answer is Pittsburgh and Vancouver. Naturally, if Sid and Geno fail to combine for 140 games again, then they topple down the standings. Again.

 

Compare the signing of Zherdev last year vs. the signing of Jagr. I guess he’s asking – why should he trust that Jagr will do well when Zherdev imploded. Well, Jagr is a veteran and they generally have less to prove. Zherdev was always under the gun. He could go two games without a point and without creating any great chances. But stretch that to three games and his ice time is cut. So is his PP. And by Game 5, he could be in the press box. Whereas with Jagr, he could probably get one point in the first 12 games and still see PP time. He would have to truly, monumentally suck it up for 20 games before the press box gets considered. And then there is the size factor. Jagr has like 40 pounds on Zherdev. That makes a huge difference. If Jagr is slumping, and eager to get out of it – I’d like to see the opposition try to stop him.

 

The Habs have signed Jeff Woywitka to a two-way contract. Excellent depth signing for the Habs.

 

More Crosby news – the symptoms are not constant and they appear only when he pushes himself hard in workouts. Or see the full video with Ray Shero here.

 

In honor of Rick Rypien:

 

 


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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Agreed. As long as Havlat's out of the band-aid boy woods. Hell, Heatley was hurt a lot last season, so that part is nearly a wash
August 16, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... I think Anisimov may have the edge because of his chemistry with Callahan and Dubinsky, but at this point who knows.

The Sharks won easily. Heatley is a goal scorer who has lost his shot. He never was fast to begin with but his skating stride looks incredibly labored. Havlat will be revitalized in a system where he can play his speed game.
August 16, 2011
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Part Two of Derek Roy's "Hockey Shacks" video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=md0ijdAP2N0
August 16, 2011
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Shoeless said:

Shoeless
Atta boy, Dobber Keep pumping up Stepan. His stock keeps rising, I'll give you a rake when I sell.
August 16, 2011
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