My Draft Buddy iPhone app…updated yesterday – iTunes just needs to process the update. Should be later today. But I stocked it with notes and updated everything. The last update was 10 days ago and of course the only comment in the iTunes shop was how outdated it was. Meanwhile, it will never be 10 days behind again – I took a mini-vacation during a dead week!

 

Another quick update I meant to fix earlier - Wellwood signed with the Jets, not the Sharks, as noted below. Probably a better opportunity for him there, but still not draftable.

 

Some notes from Twitter - Jerry D'Amigo will miss this weekend's tourney in Oshawa (back) but will be okay for the main camp. Also, Zach Parise was recently engaged - wedding is set for next July. I'll be in Oshawa for three games this weekend - Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday

 

No surprise here in that the St. Louis Blues have announced David Backes as their captain. He was my pick too. I am surprised that they want to go with four alternate captains. To me that comes off as a little bit of waffling, trying to appease too many. I would pick Andy McDonald and Barrett Jackman and leave it at that. But the Blues went with McDonald, Langenbrunner, Steen and Jackman. That does make a nice statement about Steen, kudos to him. It says to me that he'll never see fewer than 14 minutes of ice time. Despite their depth, his spot is safe.

 

Just a quick note regarding Yahoo! positions. They have a standard that they have decided to follow - the NHL designation of a player is the designation that they use. To do otherwise, could potentially be arbitrary. A LW was on RW for five games so he should be changed? What if it was four? And once they use four as a standard for a few months...why not three? After awhile, users wonder why, after two games at LW, a RW doesn't have the position added yet. Then it becomes one game, then one shift...where is the line? So the line has been set - official league designation.

 

Now - this is easy in Major League Baseball. That league has their own standard. If a RF plays LF for 10 games, the designation is added...and in turn Yahoo! adds it as well. But in the NHL, there is no such standard. A player could play three games at LW or 15 games at LW and not get the designation changed (as far as I know). So Yahoo! is at the mercy of the league on this one, as that is the standard that they decided to follow. Either blame the league, or ask Yahoo! to be a little more flexible and forget about waiting on the league.

 

Richard Park is back with the Penguins. I thought he retired? The 35-year-old signed a two-way contract and I figure he’s about eighth in line to get the call-up. But then again, last year, they went through more than eight at one point. Remember that? Even Brett Sterling was called. (And all he did was score every time he played. That hardly qualifies for an NHL shot. But I digress…)

 

The KHL has delayed their season by a week. From what I gather from mostly Dmitry Chesnokov’s reporting (very quality, that)…each KHL team will donate and pay for a player to play for Lokomotiv. As well, Alexei Yashin would like to play for them as well. The pieces are slowly being put back together, as best as they can.

 

Remember when Semyon Varlamov belonged to the Capitals and they wouldn’t guarantee him the starting job and he was thinking of going to the KHL before being traded to Colorado? Well, Lokomotiv held his rights.

 

The Canucks have signed Victor Oreskovich to a contract. I’m not sure if he wrangled a one-way deal out of them or not. Update: one-year, two-way deal. So no.

 

Small trade – the Coyotes traded Justin Bernhardt, a career minor-leaguer, to Florida for goalie Marc Cheverie. The latter had a rocky pro debut after a stellar college career.

 

Nine years, $61.2 million. “Nope.” Says Drew Doughty.

 

There is a report that Kyle Wellwood has signed a one-year deal with the Sharks. If so, he adds some nice skill to their third line.

 

Pavol Demitra tribute. I will be remembering the victims this way all week:

 

 

This is a nice one too:

 

 

 


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Pierre Pharand said:

mother puckers
Yahoo! position I don't believe that they will do it! If you look at players position right now, they are not a reflection of the NHL nor the Yahoo depth chart (posted on the Yahoo website). There are a lot of examples: Brian Little spent last year as a RW (in Yahoo), is again RW this year (in Yahoo), but is playing Center, is center on NHL website and depth chart...Why do they have Datsyuk as a LW when he's only playing Center and is Center on the NHL website???? Yahoo is all bu....hit...smilies/angry.gif
September 09, 2011
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kevinsrangers said:

kevinsrangers
yahoo our league is in fantrax and we have decided as a group to use fantrax settings and THN settings for player positions.it works however thn seems to give an awful lot of multi positions.
anyways yahoo just needs to make it an option for the commish to adjust positions, that way they dont have to look up anything and can just say"do it yourself"
September 09, 2011
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Marc said:

MGW
positions I will now make my home and live in Yahoo Fantasy Hockey haha...thanks
September 09, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Yahoo/St.Louis Blues example @Marc
Go to "Yahoo Fantasy Hockey".

If you are not yet in a league, I believe you can still use "Player Ranker" and that will show their positions for this year. Also, you can do a "Mock Draft", and the Yahoo positions for this year will be there.

With using Yahoo as a website in general, you have to be very careful on what part of their website you are on!!! (and I have to thank HPG for this explanation). The website is broken down into two parts.

Yahoo's NHL section (& player pages) is DIFFERENT from Yahoo Fantasy Hockey.

For example, if you actually look at the St.Louis Blues Depth Chart - it is pretty accurate. David Backes is shown at center, Alex Steen & AndyMc are on LWs. But then, go and click each player. David Backes - Right Wing! Alex Steen - Center! Andy McDonald - Center!

The Yahoo! St.Louis Blues depth chart shows Backes at C. (Correct)
The Yahoo! St.Louis Blues roster page shows Backes at C/RW. (Sort of correct)
If you actually click on David Backes, his player page says RW. (Incorrect)

If you want the Yahoo fantasy positions - stay in the Yahoo Fantasy Hockey area!
LOL
September 09, 2011
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Marc said:

MGW
positions Thanks Pengwin, I guess what I'm moreso looking for is the listing that Yahoo fantasy actually assigns the players to in their leagues, no matter what their true positions are.
Would you still recommend tsn.ca? I've never used tsn but I may now
September 09, 2011
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dave k. said:

dkilburyhockey
... Dobber/Jeff,

Does the NHL update positions during the season?
September 09, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Correct Positions Marc:
Generally I've found:

Yahoo = NHL.com = inaccurate positions.
The Hockey News = TSN.ca = more accurate positions.

You will find Alex Steen incorrectly listed on Yahoo & NHL.com as a C.
You will find Alex Steen correctly listed on The Hockey News & TSN.ca as a LW.
September 09, 2011
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Marc said:

MGW
Link for positions Does anyone have a link for the positions that players are actually given other than in Yahoo Fantasy Leagues themselves?
For example, Kovy is listed as a LW/RW in my Yahoo Fantasy League, yet both NHL and Yahoo list him as LW on the player page.
http://devils.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8469454
http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/nhl/players/2944

September 09, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Positional Eligibility = Fixable Yahoo Eligibility is one of my favourite topics. Perhaps my most favourite.
Yahoo! should be serious about getting positional eligibility correct for two reasons:

1. "Renew your league". Keeper leagues are highly effected by guys having a position switched from year-to-year. Just ask Shoeless about Loui Eriksson.

2. FOW category. IMO, it is just irresponsible for a fantasy hockey website provider to include this as an option and not get positional eligibility correct. Poor owners of Jeff Skinner (C) have him and his sub-200 faceoffs stuck at center. And who wants to touch Alex Steen (C) and his sub-200 faceoffs? It's dreadful. The advantage to having Giroux or Backes or Briere or Z or Datsyuk in a FOW league is HUGE. Dear Yahoo, these are all centers.

FIXING THE PROBLEM:
There are two very easy ways to correct this, IMO... and I fully intend on making a well-built case and submitting to Yahoo!

1) A typical center takes 10+ faceoffs per game. If a guy did that last year, he should be C only to start this season. If he took 5-10 FO/game, it is debatable and he should probably be C/W. Less than 5 FO/game indicates the player was a winger last season and needs to start this season as such. (exception to 4th liners who play few minutes).

2) As far as I know, there is a statistical monitoring for TOI. Players are recorded in a "slot" starting from each faceoff or shift change. A center is going to start a defensive zone faceoff on the dot EVERY time. i) He's taking the draw. ii) He needs to match up against an opposing forward off the draw. The left winger is typically on the left, as he has to get out to that defenseman. The right winger... on the right. This is not rocket science. Collect these stats (defensive zone alignment) and if a player is on the left wing (of defensive draws) 75%+ of the time, he's a LW for that game. 75% of games at LW for the season, and he's a LW next season. 20 games in any current season, and give him that position.

It's really not a grey issue.
It's very black & white.

Yahoo! simply needs a fantasy hockey expert to set an appropriate statistical line.
Being provided with positions based on these numbers should not be an extra expenditure.

It's a terrible issue.
I have a love-hate affair with Yahoo! (love the GUI, hate the effort)
September 09, 2011
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Killer67 said:

Killer67
Yahoo Positions It doesn't bother me if a guy plays 4 shifts and doesn't get eligibility. What does bother me is a RW who takes 800 Face Off's and stays RW only. It would be an easier pill to swallow if they actually answered your question with logic. They send you some ridiculous auto-reply message with gibberish in it and never answer any of the questions you ask.

I get it, it's a free service. But c'mon man, put some effort into it.
September 09, 2011
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Seth said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
Doughty I don't really see anything wrong with what he's doing.....sure that's a lot of money to pass up but maybe he just doesn't want to sign for 9 years. He'd be giving up like 4 full years of free agency. I don't think it's so much he wants more money, he just wants less years maybe at a slightly higher number for giving up a year or two of free agency. I'd expect a deal somewhere in the 6-7 year, 40-45 million range.
September 09, 2011
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Massimo Cinelli said:

rticinelli
position designation There are two different position designations according to the league - what is noted in Central Registry on the player's contract, and what the player's team lists them as in the league's CMS. The CMS-designated position is what you see on NHL.com and each team's official website, and is controlled by each respective team. The position on a player's contract, as you might guess, doesn't get changed too often. How often the position changes in the CMS varies by team.

My understanding of Yahoo's designations, though, is that they utilize STATS LLC for all positional eligibility designations (same company they use for their statistical reporting). STATS uses their own system of actually monitoring the positions that players are playing.
September 09, 2011
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Marc said:

MGW
Doughty I have a hard time seeing why people are criticizing Doughty for wanting the most money possible. I can maybe understand the critics if he holds out this year, but he's a very young defenseman who's already shown that he's worthy to be considered elite, and he may even be the top overall Dman in the league.
He already has had one concussion that we know of (which alone increases his chance for another one), and the fact he plays big he'll probably sustain another one in not too long. And who knows the repercussions of another concussion (see Crosby's situation).
Regardless of whether what he "deserves" to get paid, there's nothing wrong with him trying to get the best contract possible. Especially in light of him likely getting even better over the next few years.
September 09, 2011
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Jon Dey said:

Sovereign
Doughty Is Doughty a Long-lost Lindros family member?

Contract hold-out smells like attempts to manipulate a trade to a more favourable team.
Maybe a second cousin of Heatley's?
September 09, 2011
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pens fan said:

penguins87
sterling as a pens fan i always rooted for sterling to get a chance. I was disappointed he wasn't able to stick with the team last year.
September 09, 2011
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gfunkb7 said:

gfunkb7
Wellwood *Jets - not Sharks

Gready little Doughty. Guy's overated imo.
September 09, 2011
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Jerry said:

CallMeJerry
Kings are a joke Nice job negotiating in public Lombardi. Probably one of the worst GM's in hockey. Amazingly over-rated.
September 09, 2011
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Varlamov Anyone lucky enough to be close to that situation and avoid it must have a powerful drive to succeed now. I hope to watch him stand on his head night after night, in honour.
September 09, 2011
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