Fantasy Guide and Draft List now updated. Of note: Faulk, Couturier, Scheifele, Emery, Brule, Sykora, O'Sullivan, Weise, Perreault, Gardiner - big changes/additions. iPhone draft app to be updated tonight. Next update is one final one on Friday. Also, regarding the occasional person who has problems with a “corrupt file” - it’s not. It’s your browser, the file is fine. Some versions of Firefox struggle opening some versions of Adobe, or so I’ve learned over the past month.


I look at this as good news for Brett MacLean owners - he requested that he be put on waivers and the Coyotes obliged today. If there is a taker, then he stays in the NHL for the year. If not, well, that's not so good news...


Look at this - I just add Riley Nash to the Guide on the weekend and he gets cut in favor of NINE defensemen. The Hurricanes will keep Ryan Murphy and Justin Faulk both. For now.


Dave Bolland is questionable for the opener with an upper body injury. Patrick Sharp is "ready" to go.


I'll be on 1260 the Team today at 2:45 in Edmonton (so 4:45 ET)


Zach Parise has been named captain of the Devils. Statement on how hard they'll try to keep him next year?


Stefan Elliott has been cut by the Avalanche. That's one call where I feel he'll be right back up again. Shortly. See last year's Shattenkirk, Kevin for details.


Afternoon notes - The Kings have cut Slava Voynov, so I would expect that he's had enough and is KHL bound. Truly undeserved...Carolina GM Jim Rutherford says that Justin Faulk is a Top 4 defenseman on his team. I wonder if they would have signed Kaberle had they known what they had in Faulk and Ryan Murphy? Just finished a little hockey pool draft with the fellas at The Hockey News office. I picked sixth and snagged Malkin. Crosby went 15th - almost getting to me in the second round...The Habs have cut Michael Blunden and claimed Blair Betts off of waivers.


The Flyers have sent Brayden Schenn to the AHL. Apparently, him playing just one AHL game chopts $1.7 million in bonuses off the cap, so I'm sure they will recall him after that one game. For now, Sean Couturier is on the squad. The team also cut Erik Gustafsson and they placed Blair Betts on waivers.


My Hockey News column yesterday takes a look at Ryan Nugent Hopkins, as well as other situations around the league.


According to the Tennessean, the Preds have gone with the same sets of lines for two straight days of practice. So here are you line combos for Game 1:

Legwand, with Colin Wilson and Craig Smith

Spaling, with Sergei Kostitsyn and Martin Erat

O’Reilly, with Tootoo and Halischuk

Geoffrion, with Smithson and Hornqvist

Of note – Smith and Smithson were move to the wing, Spaling wins the “winger lottery” and O’Reilly is stuck with checkers.


The Lighting have sent Dana Tyrell to the minors and will keep Brett Connolly with the big club. For at least nine games. Mattias Ohlund has been placed on IR.


Jarome Iginla, who pretty much sat out all of camp, confirmed that he will play on Saturday. Basically because he didn’t want the Flames out of the playoffs before October was even complete. This team is HURTING. Especially with Backlund out.


But now it’s looking like Brendan Morrison actually has a chance to play on Saturday. At worst, he’s two weeks away. He has been cleared for contact. If you recall last year, he got off to a very hot start.


Dustin Penner’s LBI has him doubtful for Friday’s opener. That would probably mean that Scott Parse gets a chance to redeem himself for a lackluster camp.


Here’s an interesting breakdown on Sergei Kostitsyn. Of note, he had just one shot in four preseason games. But I think Hoag isn’t seeing the forest through the trees here. Or at least, he is stressing the goals and his message comes across as “Kostitsyn will take a step back this year because his goal totals will go down to a less-than-impressive 15”. And yes, I agree that the goals will go down this season. But he is a setup man first and foremost. So as long as he is never put on a line with O’Reilly (another pass-first guy), he should be safe for 35 assists. With upside. In fact, put him on a line with two guys who can score – say Geoffrion and Smith – and he could very well be 18-45-63.


No shocker here – the Hawks have signed Brandon Saad, who had a great camp and a great prospects tourney, to an ELC. I would keep expectations tempered for this season, and for another two after this one.


For some reason, the Islanders signed Jay Pandolfo to a one-year deal. The aging, slowing-down forward practically took last season off. A one-way deal for near the minimum.


The Isles have signed Ryan Strome to an ELC. That Pandolfo signing pretty much assures that he’ll play this year in junior, though.


I’m seeing a lot of jokes about how “bad” Cody Franson is and how he is the No.7 defenseman on the Leafs. This based on, what, four preseason games? Regardless of foot-speed, he has the most hockey sense on the blue line on that team (at least offensively – he’s second to Schenn defensively) and he’s built like a brick shithouse. I still think he’s their third best defenseman. And his stats have been fantastic, throughout his career. A plus-25 in his short career and pretty much a 30-point player already and he’s only 24. I got your back, Cody! (now don’t make me look bad)


Toronto has acquired David Steckel from New Jersey for a fourth rounder. Now they’ve finally got that sixth center that they were craving. I’m joking, he’s a great addition in terms of playing the right role. Now if they could get rid of Colton Orr and trade Tyler Bozak to a team that could use him properly, they would be all set. As it stands now, Bozak will have to play on the wing just to get into the top 12 – and if he does that, it could knock Matt Frattin right out of the lineup. And seriously, why hasn’t Jay Rosehill been sent down yet?


With Steckel gone, the Devils will sign Petr Sykora. I do not recommend him to anyone, as he has spent nearly two years overseas – because he couldn’t stick with the Wild. And he couldn’t stick with the Wild after managing just 46 points with the Penguins on Crosby’s line. What makes you think he could possibly top 40 points as a Devil? Nostalgia?


A hearty congratulations to Marty “Mapletree” Kwiaton, who had a baby yesterday! The Saturday Picks column, that he co-pens with Anthony Lancione, will commence on, well Saturday.


Grabovski’s beauty shootout goal:



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Jeremy Wark said:

6th pick... Also had a 6th pick in a recent draft (9 team roto) - and took Malkin (Crosby went next pick).

Burrows - Malkin - Gaborik
Dubinsky - E.Staal - Giroux
Benn - McDonald - Downie

Yandle - Burns
Phaneuf - E.Johnson

October 05, 2011
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Evan Cook said:

... Because Burke signed Komisarek I bet you he never gets sent down. I like what Burke's doin for the leafs....but I'm just sayin....
October 05, 2011
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Dobber said:

... slufoot - correct, Couturier outplayed him in camp. No dispute here.

Franson - hopefully you are judging from a wealth of scouting information, and not by his four preseason games. Right? I'm friends with one of the Nashville scouts, let's not forget smilies/wink.gif
October 05, 2011
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Brandon Davenport said:

Elliott to AHL The Avalanche just reassigned Stefan Elliot to Lake Erie of the AHL. I'm sure this has a lot to do with the politics of the IR, and on-way, two-way contracts issue, but...anyone have any insight as to why Matt Hunwick would otherwise take up a roster spot on this team that should go to Elliot? Since being acquired for prospect Colby Cohen, I have no clue what Avalanche management sees in him.
October 05, 2011
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iamlilc said:

Brandon Saad Apparently he's going to line up on the top line with Toews & Sharp on Fri against Dallas. Not sure how long he'll be there, but it's worth noting.
October 05, 2011
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Bender said:

slufoot Slufoot, I think you may have been drinking this morning to compare Toronto's D with Nashville's. Nashville has a couple guys named Weber and Suter and they are in a different league when compared to the entire Toronto defense combined.
October 05, 2011
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slufoot said:

Schenn & Franson By most accounts I've read, Schenn's demotion has less to do with money than it does with the fact Couturier outplayed him in camp. I wouldn't be so sure he's back up after 1 game - now 9 games might be more realistic depending on how Couturier plays.

If Franson is the Leafs' 3rd best defenseman, then the Leafs 'vaunted' blueline isn't as good is its portrayed by TO media/Leafs fans. Franson was consistently a bottom-pairing D in Nashville who recieved spot-duty on the 2nd PP. Is Nashville's D that much deeper than Toronto's? Not better than Schenn, Phaneuf, or Liles IMO. Nor Aulie for that matter - why he was cut is beyond me - if the Leafs have a financial advantage over other teams why don't they use it by burying bad contracts other than Finger's? (ahem - Komi - ahem).
October 05, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

I love line combinations Big smile every time your include them in your ramblings.
Thanks Dobber!!! smilies/smiley.gif
October 05, 2011
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Jake said:

Gustafsson, not Gudbranson Just a small error in your Flyers' cuts. It was Erik Gustafsson, not Florida's Gudbranson.
October 05, 2011
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david said:

Devils I will be making a full post about this later in my devils section but just to make a correction the devils didn't give a second rounder for steckel. They got steckel AND a 2nd rounder for arnott. Unless fire and ice posted that incorrectly.

As for the trade this brings the roster down to 22 allowing the devils to sign both stralman and sykora. And if a contract can't be worked out than they can call up someOne from the minors. Again stay tuned tonight for a full write up and a posting of the most Likley starting lineup for the devils
October 05, 2011
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scott said:

... what happend to bergfors?
October 05, 2011
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Mike Harrington said:

Nash lines Hey,
would anyone know where Fisher will fit in when he gets back? I would assume its not too far away.. does he replace spaling on the SK/Erat line?
October 05, 2011
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paul said:

... I agree with Neil Holmes, Sykora has played himself onto the roster and anyone who has seen the Devils play this preseason would know that smilies/smiley.gif
As to IF he can maintain that level of play through say, Christmas is another matter entirely.
I actually think he took Zharkov's spot which is too bad because I like Zharkov's game which fits the devils to a T.

Steckel can also throw illegal hits as well as win faceoffs

I think Brick Shithouse comes from the days when the outhouse was ubiquitous and so an actual outhouse made of brick was not only of value but didn't leak when it rained nor did it blow over in a storm. A very useful thing to have.

Nashville sure could use Radulov yeh ?
October 05, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

... Those Nashville lines are gross. Avoid that team if at all possible.
October 05, 2011
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Sanstanya said:

@Giraffe Ha - you know what's funny to me about that? My whole life I thought that was just a universal expression. Now I'm wondering if it's just me, Dob's and my old man that throw it around and curious how many "what the..?" looks I might have missed while doing so.
October 05, 2011
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Neil Holmes said:

Sykora Regardless of his age and recent history, Sykora has looked outstanding in pre-season playing with Parise and Elias.

Keep in mind he scored 63 points as few as recently as 2007/2008, he`s still only 35 years old, and he has proven chemistry with Elias.

You may think Sykora is a long shot to score 40 points this year Dobber, but I`ll personally make a bold prediction and say he hits 50. It has less to do with nostalgia and more what I've seen from him (every game) this pre-season.
October 05, 2011
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Brick Shithouse I agree with your assessment of Franson, and think their PP would improve with him and Liles over Phaneuf. I may be off, but it's a thought.

Brick Shithouse. I love that saying as well. I have always wondered where it came from, but hey, it certainly brought a smile to my face reading it in the ramblings!
October 04, 2011
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Thieving Giraffe said:

Thieving Giraffe
grateful Dobbs - I'm so frequently appreciative of your ramblings, but never more than right now for the addition of "he's built like a brick shithouse" to my vocabulary. Next step: look for opportunities to use the expression in everyday life. Game on!
October 04, 2011
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frozenpools said:

... Early ramblings for us westerners smilies/wink.gif

Steckel cant skate. All he can do is win draws. With Connolly injured, Bozak has a (albeit small) window of opportunity no?
October 04, 2011
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