My Draft Buddy iPhone app…updated Thursday (and iTunes will process (i hope) the update today) – loaded with notes now.


There will be a big announcement on Monday as DobberHockey shakes the fantasy hockey world once again. The beneficiary? YOU. Stay tuned...


I never put this together, but browsing through the hockey world I can’t believe I missed the obvious Dustin Byfuglien -Kyle Wellwood- donut jokes. Those things write themselves.


Spector goes over some rumors and while I’m not on board with the Hockey Buzz one (because they do so many, who knows which ones actually ever come close), I am intrigued by the other one. The one where the Avalanche send Paul Stastny to the Preds. Richardson pooh-poohs the idea, and he’s probably right, but I don’t think it’s THAT far-fetched. I don’t believe the Predators need to keep Pekka Rinne. Not with Anders Lindback there. And in case they haven’t noticed (they have), every goalie they touch is gold. Vokoun, Mason, even ECHLer Dan Ellis – all become top goaltenders in this system. I think the Preds recognize that they have some pretty talented wingers, but their centermen are at best second liners. Paul Stastny would be a great fit. They would need to give back one of their other centermen in the deal (Ryan O’Reilly’s brother Cal?) and there are tons of youngsters on the roster and in the system to add to that and sweeten the pot. Anyway, I don’t get to play the rumor game very often, but if I see something that kind of makes sense, I’ll put in my two cents. Especially on slow news days.


The prospect tournament in Oshawa kicks off today with Pittsburgh and Ottawa in the afternoon, following by Toronto and Chicago in the evening. I’ll be checking out the latter contest and will share my notes with you Sunday.


Speaking of Chicago, they have acquired Jonathan Toews’ brother David. He has been profiled in the Fantasy Prospects Report before, but not this past one as his NHL odds are slim with more of a checking-line upside. I have ranked 441 on my fantasy prospects list.


Chris Pronger was back skating for the first time in over four months. He is probably going to return some time in October, but it may be earlier that month than we think…


Terry Murray hints that Simon Gagne will be paired with Mike Richards. I’m betting that Justin Williams is on the other side. I really like Dustin Brown on Anze Kopitar’s line. That means Dustin Penner and Scott Parse compete for the top line? Lot at stake there, but put me down for having a hunch on the dark horse Parse…just not enough to actually draft accordingly.


Awesome – two rookie games between LA and Phoenix next week will be streamed at Wednesday and Thursday, be sure to check them out.


Adrian Dater reports that Kyle Cumiskey has signed a one-year contract. The deal is a two-way pact – I’m sure that was the delay. I’m finding a lot of young players are getting screwed this way, as teams elect to go with older, sometimes inferior players.


Despite not having signed, Josh Bailey participated in the Islanders’ informal skate Friday. He’s confident a contract will be signed.


An emotional tribute for Lokomotiv:



Josef Vasicek with a beauty in the 2002 playoffs:





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Dobber said:

... People say that Kopitar and Brown have zero chemitry, but I don't feel that's entirely accurate. Three years ago they had some very good games together. They have lost some of that for sure, but give them time - both were very young. Now they are experienced vets and I think their styles can work if they had a defensively responsible guy on the other wing
September 10, 2011
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jacques oeuf said:

... geral you are not off base. it has been tried many times but Kopitar and brown have never really clicked. i have not heard a good explanation why.

rinne for stasny sounds like an eklund rumor.

September 10, 2011
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Czechline said:

Traverse City Prospects Tourny I see a lot of talk on the Oshawa prospects games on the boards (now here), but no love for Traverse City that starts today too. NHL Net & MSG network are running the NYR prospect games on TV. Should be fun to watch.
September 10, 2011
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gerald said:

Brown w/ Kopitar? I'm curious why you like Brown with Kopitar for this season? I may be off base here, but I was under the impression that thus far they haven't really shown any chemistry together. I figured Williams would play with Kopitar and Brown with Richards-Gagne, giving them a 2nd line with some serious grit that can still put up some points.
September 10, 2011
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slufoot said:

... I don't think the Stastny rumours have any legs. While I can see him being traded within the next 2 years, it won't be until they feel O'Reilly or Hishon are ready for consistent top-6 minutes. To move him for a defensive D would be poor asset management. If the price for Regehr was Paul Byron and Chris Butler, the defensive D return on Stastny would be to bring Doug Harvey out of retirement.
September 10, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

... The rumour I heard was Stastny for Suter. Agree with the Rinne logic but it be surprising if COL made this move when they just traded their 1st for Varlamov. I think if COL moves Stastny it has to be for a defensive d-man. I cant really see any of these options happening though.
September 10, 2011
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Pokerface said:

..... Why would Colorado give up a centerman of such value as Stastny for Rinne, when they just signed Varlamov?
September 10, 2011
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