Rob Rossi is reporting that Crosby may join the Penguins for their opening road trip. Not sure if that means he'll play, though...


My first piece for the Canucks Army - I'll be writing there every Thursday this season, so you now don't have to be bombarded with my Canuck stuff on here!


Fantasy Guide and Draft List updated as of this morning. iPhone draft app too. After this, Dobber will update Friday, Sunday and next Wednesday. There will then be one final one on Friday of next week. So four updates to go!


The Isles waived Ty Wishart yesterday. I haven’t seen him play this preseason, but it seems like a far fall for the former 1st rounder and the player they received in exchange for Dwayne Roloson at the deadline last year.


Craig Smith had two assists for the Preds last night, helping his cause of making the team.


Depth is not a friend of fantasy hockey – no Nashville forward played less than 12 minutes last night, but no forward played over 16 minutes, either.


Evander Kane had a great game for the Jets – lots of hits, shots, and two goals. Blake Wheeler and Bogosian were also really good. Encouraging to see a very involved game from Bogosian. Perhaps a fresh start is just what he needed…


Zac Dalpe played almost 19 minutes for the ‘Canes – he was pointless in the game, but only one forward (Jokinen) saw more ice than he did.


Pat Kane scored a goal, but more importantly won eight of his 12 faceoffs at center. He’s going to work out just fine at center if they choose to keep him there. Incredibly smart player who thrives with the puck on his stick (a lot like Claude Giroux, another right wing turned center).


Before being kicked out of the game for a dangerous hit (more below), Brendan Smith had two helpers for the Wings.


Fabian Brunnstrom had another impressive showing – he obviously put some work in this summer, as he looks much stronger and harder to knock off the puck than he has at any other time before. He had two goals against Chicago last night.


Viktor Stalberg and Ben Smith both left with injuries. Stalberg’s leg injury looked to be somewhat serious, while Smith was knocked out cold and likely concussed from the Brendan Smith hit.


I’ll admit, I’ve been slow to warm up to Kirill Kabanov. However, this story went a long way in changing my mind. On the ice, Kabanov has continued to improve his play since the Isles took a shot on him in the 3rd round a few years ago.


A solid read on Montreal’s forward situation – I agree that this is the most balanced group the Habs have iced in quite some time. Each of the top two lines will have a size/physicality aspect with Pacioretty (who I think his primed for a big season) and Cole.


Will the Devils offer Petr Sykora a contract? In Lou We Trust weighs the pros and cons.


Mark Sheifele looked fantastic for the Jets last night. I think he’s earned at least a look at the beginning of the regular season.


A great read on why the Sedin twins were so good last year (and why they may regress a bit, at least at the beginning of this season). If you only read one link from the ramblings today, read this one. Zone starts are so crucial to production. Players with low zone start numbers and decent production are the true Selke candidates (Steve Ott would have been my choice last season).


Smith on Smith – intentional or not, a head shot that the NHL is trying to get rid of. Tough play to make as Smith (Ben) is shorter and cuts across, but something has to give with these dangerous plays:




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Wfactor said:

rule#9999 *insert Shanahan Video*
It is now a requirement for all NHL players to wear tights, and figure skates, and do cute little twirls on the ice and never to come in contact with another skater on the ice just in case his head somehow gets injured.
bonus points on who wears a little pink tutu
ps. the goal of this league is not to win, but to have fun and make sure all get involved and play fair
go out have fun and remember play fun kiddies!
and if everyone will thank Crosby cause if he didn't get injured, we would still be playing that old boring fast paced, hard hitting goal scoring game
*end Shanahan video
seriously this hit to the head is getting kinda ridiculous, that was just a big hockey hit, that ended badly for the other player because of circumstance that he was leaning forward into Brenden Smith's shoulder
September 29, 2011
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LeMatt said:

smith vs. smith i hope Brendan Smith doesn't get suspended for long. it wasn't intentional, it was a hockey play and it was just unfortunate timing on a player who is smaller than him. If Ben Smith were 6"2 this wouldn't even be a discussion. You can't say he targeted the head because it all happened very quickly, even though the head was the primary poinnt of contact. This will be a tough one for Shanahan and will set an important precedent of how you punish an unintentional headshot.
September 29, 2011
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ultrawhiteness said:

Wishart in the CGY-NYI game from a few nights ago, Wishart did not look great. big, slow, not a great passer. i'm not surprised Stevie Y traded him for a goalie who had essentially no trade value.
September 29, 2011
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mick said:

zone starts good article.

Sedins looked pretty good for first game of the year last night.
September 29, 2011
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mick said:

nick johnson Good call Dobber,
you mentioned yesterday Johnson was a good target for a waiver pick and Minny grabbed him. per TSN.
September 29, 2011
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Jaxx said:

smith vs smith Brendan misplayed the angle and needed to atleast get a piece of Ben to try and stop him, just so he wouldn't be beaten. Desperate times call for desperate measures and he did lunge a bit at him, not necessarily knowing he'd get his head. Nevertheless, its still a shot to the head and Brendan needs to be suspended. He should get the rest of teh pre-season and 6-8 games for that hit. It wasn't intentional but he still needs to be hel accountable of his body the way a player needs to be accountable for his stick. And for those who think Ben needs to protect himself there??? Are you crazy? He's going one-on-one and trying to make an open-ice offensive play. If we want guys in that situation to think about protecting themselves, then we will eventually have a boring product. No, Ben shouldn't be frowned upon trying to make THAT play and then all of a sudden a flying elbow comes out of nowhere. No, 6-8 regular season games, and Brendan becomes a repeat offender.
September 29, 2011
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Dobber said:

super leafs fan That has to be a joke
September 29, 2011
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Princeton said:

Kabanov!!!! That is one of my favorite stories in a long time. So classy.
September 29, 2011
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Mark Johnson said:

Smith on Smith This hit is something that just has to be ingrained in defensemen's minds over time. Instead of making that high risk dangerous play to knock the player on his ass, the smarter (and safer) play is to just match the speed of the forward and stop him in his tracks. This is where the lead hand comes into play to make this happen. Especially in these situations, players should be able to use this hand to hold their man up to take him off the puck. That holding rule they have is just going to lead to more players getting hit from behind, and elbowed in open ice.
September 29, 2011
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Steve Montpetit said:

... Ouh! A somewhat positive comment about the Montrela situation. Let's see, who wrote this, can't be super Leafs fan Dobber, scroll up... Angus! I knew it!
September 29, 2011
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Methodical said:

Smith on Smith Not sure what to think about the Smith on Smith hit. It wasn't truly dirty and doesn't look like there was an intent to target the head. Feels like Brendan Smith was about to be beat by Ben Smith because he took a bad angle on the puck. He had to do something to create contact and throw Ben off. Nothing dirty or dangerously intentionally.
Ben Smith should have protected himself better imo...
September 29, 2011
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Kris said:

Zone Starts Thanks for sharing that article on zone starts. Great food for thought and something I've rarely heard mentioned!
September 29, 2011
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Fantasy Guru said:

Mr. Guru
bogosian No Enstrom or big Buff translated into almost 8 minutes for Bogosian on the PP.....

Just saying....
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