Please take a look at the evolving Goalie Post site - the starting goalie grid is now set up on the front (free section) page. Get an idea of what it will look like. If you are in a league that requires daily transactions, you would LOVE to sign up for the email alerts. It works like this: you check off the boxes of each team that you want an alert for. Any news involving the goaltending on that team will be sent to you immediately. Comes in handy that you get an alert at 6:50 that your starter pulled a groin in warmups - we just saved you. You can make the switch before puck drop...thanks to that alert. Not bad - and that is just ONE of the things you will get for 83 cents per month. We can work out an interest-free loan arrangement if that's a little too rich for you ;). But these sites are shutting down right, left and center because of how hard they are to run. So trust me - your support is essential, and we will make it more than worth your money.

 

I want to say a few words about Wade Belak. I never knew him personally, but I know that he was a guy who I would have truly enjoyed my time with. A happy, joking, fun-loving guy who not only loved the game of hockey, but seemed to really tackle the media jobs that he did with full enthusiasm. On Leafs TV or in radio studios, he was entertaining and always willing/happy to poke fun at himself if it would make people laugh. He had a couple of jobs lined up for the season ahead - Battle of the Blades, as a contestent, plus a gig as a sidelines reporter or analyst (I'm not clear on which) for the Predators. He will never be forgotten by me, simply for the small role that he played in my life. Not so much an influence, but an interesting sidebar that I was always fond of sharing. When I worked in an office as an inventory planner and DobberHockey/THN/ Fourth Period/ Forecaster were just side jobs, I had my review and it wasn't favorable. Basically, I hadn't been putting in the effort and enthusiasm that I put in the year before (understandable, given that I was putting in a good 25 hours a week into my hockey stuff and was burnt out). My boss had decided to delay any raises for six months and then re-review. I was angry and frustrated, my heart was pounding when I left there because I was certain that when I returned on the Monday it would be to submit my resignation. Hockey was making me - enough, barely - to live on, and my wife was doing very well. So with those thoughts running through my head and trying to decide how to discuss/convince my wife, I get off the elevator and Belak walks past me. It really hits home, this memory, because he was with his little girl who at the time was the same age that my daughter Avery is right now. Just a beautiful, sweet little girl and I can't begin to imagine what she and her sister and their mother are going through and my thoughts and prayers - all of our thoughts and prayers - are with them. Wade stopped and talked to me for a moment, even though he was clearly busy he was also very approachable and took the time for me. He probably figured I was some weirdo, too, given my state of mind at that moment. Anyway, that day was a turning point in my life and in the direction of DobberHockey and Wade Belak's cameo, however small, will never be forgotten. - DD

 

Welcome to September! Not sure about you, but July and August seemed to fly by.

 

Tough news regarding Wade Belak – I know Dobber was a huge fan of Belak, and I was too. Seemed like an incredibly well-liked teammate and all-around good guy.

 

The DobberHockey Buddy App for the IPhone has been updated, but we are still working out a few kinks. If you have purchased the App, don’t update it… yet. I’ll have more information.

 

A great site featuring the history of NHL trades throughout the years. It is interesting to look back on recent and not-so-recent years.

 

A great read on Alex Semin from Japers Rink. The curse of elite talent – well put. Semin is an interesting case study (ramble time).

 

In one year leagues, Semin would near the top of my list regarding wingers. He usually misses 8-12 games, but when healthy he scores and fills the tough categories to fill (goals, power play points, shots on goal) at an elite level.

 

The threat of the KHL exists in the long term, and obviously keeper league value has to be effected because of that. Still, he gets way too much crap from poolies for irrelevant things. His NHL playoff performances have been subpar, but that has zero impact on his regular season play.

 

When ex teammates (Matt Bradley and David Steckel) say negative things about Semin’s effort and work ethic, I pay attention. Still, effort and work ethic aren’t fantasy numbers. The disconnect between fantasy hockey and real hockey exists in many ways, and this is one of them. Another is the player who takes a bunch of dumb misconduct penalties, but as poolies we get rewarded for that (Corey Perry, for one).

 

The playoffs sometimes lead us to make poor decisions. Semin will score 30-40 goals, he’ll go through slumps and hot streaks, and he’ll miss a few games. I’m not advocating to ignore the playoffs, as often times they show what may come the next year (Claude Giroux, for one, has had a few breakout performances in the spring). Just use your brain and not your heart when evaluating players.

 

“Point being, Semin is frustrating to fans. He's frustrating to coaches. He's frustrating to teammates. But that frustration comes from being teased with greatness unrealized. Until that changes, expect the talking to continue, and the court of public perception to find Semin guilty.”

 

Bang on.

 

How is Sheldon Souray going to do this year? I’m cautiously optimistic, as I think Dallas is a great situation for him. Defending Big D takes a look, as well.

 

“Souray is a big body, and he likes to make sure you know it. He is not afraid to play physical, gritty hockey nor to thrown down if the action is warranted. He also has a wicked shot from the blueline. In his last full season in the NHL in 2008-2009, Souray was second amongst defensemen in the NHL in shots on goal (268 shots in 81 games) balancing out his gritty play with scoring threats. Souray in his prime is the mold of player the Stars were looking for during free agency this year.”

 

Not fantasy relevant, but funny. Ryan Kesler and Nick Mangold (one of the best centers in the NFL) had a little twitter battle. That picture of Kesler in Luongo’s helmet gets me every time.

 

Two gentle giants gone way too soon…

 

Wade Belak interview after trade from Toronto:


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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
Favourite All Time Interview Belak is being interviewed by 'Cabby' in 'Cabby on the Street'. They were talking about the upcoming season. There was some uncertainty regarding who was going to be Sundin's winger for the coming season. Whoever had been there the year before (maybe Tucker) was gone. Belak straight faced announces to the effect, "I'm going to play with Sundin. It's my turn to get 30 goals and 70 points. I deserve the chance. I'll replace him, no problem. I'm really looking forward to the PP time." Cabby of course, is wetting himself. If my mother was watching, she would never have known that anything had happened. Of course for all the hockey fans out there, it was time to split a gut. (Belak finished with 33 points in 549 regular season games. He added a single goal in 22 playoff outings!) He was impossible not to like.
September 01, 2011
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Integrity Pengwin7
Part of the reason I love hockey so much is the integrity of the players.


I'm sure that thought goes through Crosby's head everydaysmilies/cry.gif
September 01, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Belak Part of the reason I love hockey so much is the integrity of the players.
Most are small-town boys who were raised with a great sense of community.
Thanks for that Belak story. Prayers to his family.
September 01, 2011
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Marc said:

MGW
Belak Also, thanks Dobber for the heart-warming story, and my thoughts are with Belak's family.
September 01, 2011
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Marc said:

MGW
Semin I own Semin in a keeper. He's great some weeks/months and then disappears for others (whether that's due to injury or lack of motivation, or a combination of the two). That's what makes him such a frustrating player to own.
I could care less about his performance in the playoffs, but unfortunately he doesn't just disappear in the playoffs, he's apt to do that at points during the regular season as well. It's not unusual for players to go through streaks, including elite talents, but he's especially maddening when it becomes obvious that he only shows up for certain games.
Take the end of October last year - his shots over a course of 6 games: 10, 1, 7, 1, 1, 1.
I'd much rather have a more consistent player who at least puts in effort on a regular basis even if he doesn't put up as many over the course of the year, than Semin who can single-handedly win, or more often than not, lose weeks for my fantasy team. I don't believe that work ethic and fantasy performance are as distinct as they are made out to be.

Just my two cents on the topic
September 01, 2011
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Paul said:

puckmonkey888
... There should be an official/unofficial checkup by the NHLPA on enforcers to find out where their heads are at.
September 01, 2011
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
... a very touching story, Dobber. Thanks for sharing that with us.
September 01, 2011
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praba said:

praba
... awesome eulogy dobber
September 01, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Agreed Very nice rambling.
Good start to the morning!
Thanks Angus.
September 01, 2011
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Darcy S said:

swamp_mule
! Good read this morning, sir.
September 01, 2011
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gfunkb7 said:

gfunkb7
1930's vs 2011 Great site - I really wonder how much money would be offered from the opposing team to acquire an Ovechkin or Crosby. Likely more than his own salary. Would that even be legal?
September 01, 2011
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