Fantasy Guide was updated yesterday. The Goalie Rankings will be updated as soon as Goalie Post subscriptions go on sale – which should be by the end of this week or Monday at the latest.

 

My offseason fantasy look at the Devils, Isles, Rangers, Sens and Flyers over at The Hockey News.

 

Lots of links today, here’s a great interview by Copper and Blue as they fire a few questions at Jeff Angus. I agree wholeheartedly with everything Angus says – even the part where he says we disagree…because my belief in Hopkins making the Oilers has slowly…slowly …dipped from being 80% certain to 51%. I’ll update my wording in the Guide in next week’s update, but I did publicly give my thoughts on the matter here in a THN column from two weeks ago. Until that percentage dips to 49%, I’ll keep the projection in place – and that probably won’t happen until I see training camp.

 

Interesting point here by Brian Hedger – Marian Hossa finally gets a nice, long summer off. How true is that? The guy has been hurt for much of the last several years – and finally he gets nearly five months off. That definitely doesn’t hurt the ol’ production.

 

In conversation with DobberHockey pal Mike Colligan, he let me know that Dan Bylsma plans to go with four forwards and one defenseman on the power play. Then he floated a theory as to why the prospect forwards aren’t making any leeway and why the team continues to draft blue-chip defensemen. It’s all about the market. They can trade a Ryan Whitney and get a Chris Kunitz. They can trade an Alex Goligoski and land a James Neal.  Sounds like a good strategy to me, and it’s a good reason to roll Dustin Jeffrey and Eric Tangradi back a little in your rankings. Check out this quote that Mike scooped right here (look under Defense First). Not often that one conversation changes my line of thought so much.

 

That Hossa point still has me thinking, too. Man, this has to be the best August 24th ramblings I’ve ever done…

 

Something tells me that Bobrovsky’s going to be just…fine. (referring to the picture, but sure the article is interesting, too)

 

The Sens have signed Josh Godfrey to a minor league contract. At one time, he was a pretty highly touted prospect in Washington.

 

I was asked on Twitter about the Sabres back end and I have to say – they better not put Pominville there on the PP. It should be Ehrhoff and Myers and the Sekera and Leopold will man the second unit. But in my books, Gragnani should be with Ehrhoff, while the Myers/Sekera tandem runs the second unit. Leopold would then be out of the PP mix. And although he is decent, I don’t think he moves the puck as well as the other four. But in the NHL, being a proven commodity goes a long way and that is why Gragnani gets the short end of the stick.

 

I was also asked about Nick Lidstrom this year. I think he still has a 50-point season in him. The guy is a machine. Can he get to 60? I don’t think so. Especially with Rafalski gone.

 

Another question – salary cap keeper league – Crawford at $16 or Howard at $13? No-brainer. Howard. Proven for an extra year, cheaper, and on a team that will get more W’s.

 

The best of Marian Hossa:

 

 


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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Well Maybe you can help me interpret a statement.

If somebody were to say "Team X is going to sign a back-up and depending on how young or how experienced he is, it could pose a threat to Player A's starting job by midseason".

Usually "experienced" suggests more of a threat than the word "young".
I may be misinterpreting.

I figure you know where I'm going with this. smilies/wink.gif
August 24, 2011
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Mabus said:

mabus
Angus Article My favourite quote from the Angus article:

"If your league counts turnovers and boneheaded passes, both Cam Barker and Tom Gilbert would be two of the better defensemen to own."
August 24, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
pengwin I recognize and acknowledge the decline. And I own Crawford and am a fan. A much bigger fan. BUT
1. Salak worries me. Emery worries me.
2. He has 5 months under his belt
3. Conklin does not worry me.
4. Howard had 18 months under his belt

So more proven starter, with a backup who has always been a backup. Versus slightly less proven starter with a backup (or two!) who...we don't know. Question mark. I hate question marks.

5. Howard - sophomore slump? We don't know. But sophomore slumps exist, and he did slip in his second year.

6. A cheaper price makes this a no-brainer. Otherwise, it would be a slight edge to Howard, much as I hate to say it being a Crawford fan. Just being a realist.
August 24, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
I'll take Crawford for $16 Year 1: Howard 2009-2010: 63 GP, 37W, 2.26GAA, .924 SV%
Year 2: Howard 2010-2011: 63 GP, 37W, 2.79GAA, .908 SV%
Year 3: Howard 2011-2012:

Detroit's been giving up more-and-more shots on goal every year.
The only significant team change was Ian White (IN) and Brian Rafalski (OUT).

And a signficant reason for Howard's GP numbers in the last two years was that Osgood simply wasn't trusted by Babcock any longer. Osgood is gone. Conklin may not be stellar, but he will be considered an option to try if Howard stinks it up.

With a new back-up in DET, I have my doubts on Jimmy Howard's full-season value.
The Wings have almost $6m in cap space and if Howard struggles again, there are a lot of options they could explore.
August 24, 2011
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habs83 said:

habs83
Sabres D Following your rambling on the Buffalo Sabres D, there was an article in today's french newspaper La Presse about Gragnani. Here the link, but the article is in french:

http://www.cyberpresse.ca/sports/hockey/201108/24/01-4428462-les-sabres-ont-rassure-gragnani.php?utm_categorieinterne=trafficdrivers& utm_contenuinterne=cyberpresse_B13b_hockey_194509_secti
on_POS1

Basically, in the interview, Gragnani said that he was worried at first after the acquisitions of Ehrhoff and Regehr. But the organisation called him to tell him that his role wasn't going to change, and that he will still play on the PP. He was told that Ehrhoff was mainly seen as the shooter and that Gragnani was the passer. He also recognizes that the team has doubts about his defensive play, which could mean less ice time 5 on 5.
August 24, 2011
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Kudelski's Krushers said:

Kudelskis Krushers
Mike Colligan Article An interesting read for sure. This was my favourite excerpt:

"Finally, outside of the top picks in the first round, I’ve always felt it’s dangerous to draft based on current needs when considering the fact that many of these players are still two or more years away from the NHL. The composition of a team can change overnight as a result of trades or free agency and trying to fill today’s hole with tomorrow’s prospect makes little sense."

This is a viewpoint that I have espoused for some time now when it comes to drafting prospects/youngsters for keeper leagues.
August 24, 2011
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