Kudos to Rich Peverley, for signing a three-year extension with the Bruins, $3.25 million hit. Not bad for an undrafted player who was waived.


The only question mark I've ever had with Varlamov is health. I've never questioned the talent. And if your league stresses saves then he'll be one of the better owns - provided he gets in 60 stars. Mike Smith is another good one, if your league stresses saves...and has the same 'health' caveat.


Al Montoya has started both Islanders games, which is a relief to me.  I'm confident of a lot of my statements and of sharing where a trend is pointing to, but something could always go wrong and I don't like letting you guys down. Case in point, the Malkin comment below. And I had one hell of a crazy Parise email last year, blaming me for his injury. But Montoya is proving me right - he is the starter for the Isles and if you picked him up as your third goalie you are reaping the rewards. I have him in just one of my four leagues, but would have been comfortable owning him in more.


As for Malkin, from what I have heard, his injury stems from a puck off the skate - not his knee. So exhale. He will miss tonight's contest and I wouldn't count on him for Thursday. From what I can gather, I think Saturday is a safe bet, but I'm no doctor.


Are the concussion boys being eased back in? Take a look at Peter Mueller's ice time. Then look at Nathan Horton's. You don't expect to see 13 minutes, but that's where they're at. An interesting observation to take note. How long will this last? I would only be guessing, but I would say two weeks.


This is good...and bad. Michael Grabner leads all Islanders forwards in ice time with over 17 minutes per game. Yet he has goose eggs to show for it.


Ryan Strome still awaits his first NHL game...


Nice start so far from Jason Arnott, with three points in two games.


Marcus Johansson got back into the lineup and posted two points. That's the 'healthy scratch' effect. Interesting to note that Mathieu Perreault remained in the lineup, but that he saw under nine minutes of ice time. Despite that, he still picked up an assist.


Good morning! Food poisoning hit me like a sledgehammer yesterday, so instead of hopping across the border to do some shopping I felt it would be better if instead I just curled up in the fetal position and moaned for mommy. So I'm still in Niagara Falls, an extra day, but heading back to the DobberHockey office shortly. In other words - more ramblings to come in the afternoon.


Not putting the poor kid down or anything, but Justin Faulk is crying 'uncle'. Three games in and he's minus-6. Until the 'Canes can start winning, it's going to get worse. Perhaps it's a good thing that Ryan Murphy isn't getting into the lineup. As for Jamie McBain, if he doesn't get into next game in favor of Faulk, I'll eat my hat. Not really.


Zac Dalpe - down to 6:42 of ice time. My Calder pick needs to score, and soon, if he's going to avoid getting scratched (and eventually a demotion). I'll say this much - if I were still updating the Guide, Dalpe wouldn't be in the Top 5 now.


The Devils are easing their kid Adam Larsson in slowly. He only saw 24:35 of ice time Monday. And 5:47 of PP time.


Cam Ward - eight goals allowed on 59 shots.


Brodeur lost his game and Hedberg won his game. Curious as to how this will look at the 20-game mark. I say 5-6-2 for MB and 5-2-0 for JH. Just a hunch.


Other games, and some news and notes, this afternoon


Stefan Da Costa is on the trolley tracks here - oops! This happened right after Don Cherry went off on a rant about how there will be no more hitting...



The Nuge's first career NHL goal:



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DuklaNation said:

... Grabner's ice time is inflated somewhat due to a regular PK shift. He's tied with Stamkos & Perry in goals.
October 12, 2011
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mike hess said:

calling injuries Dobber....I am a superstitious Fantasy Hockey guy...don't forecast any injuries for me; I am happy to hear about them the next day when they are real and then I can read about in your column....smilies/grin.gif
October 11, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

... Nice contract for Peverley - great depth scorer.
October 11, 2011
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flaupmes said:

Malkin I agree you cant predict injuries but there is such thing as a "band aid boy" list and I feel Malkin deserves an entry onto said list. The guy is a China Doll.
That is why I dont agree with statements like "its not even close" in a comparison to Stamkos in a Keeper League. It is very close, as Stamkos will play a lot more and is not held together by angel hair pasta.
Maybe it will take one more year of little injuries like this one here for Malkin lovers to ease up on their expectations.
And in terms of pumping up Malkin, its not just on this site, its everywhere. Every game he has played the announcers are talking about " a new, better Malkin" and even Malkin himself came out and said how he used to just play, and that used to be good enough, now he knows what it takes....blah blah blah. Lets see him put together a full healthy season and then I might start to sip on the kool aid that so many on here have been drunk on all summer.
He's good, but he is injury prone and guys like St. Louis, Stamkos, Sedins, etc. are a lot safer bets for one year pools. Give me Stakos in a keeper. I sound like a broken record but like I have said many times before, wait and see and you all will come around. Fire away....
October 11, 2011
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Dave Petersen said:

Faulk - in reply to Dave D I was at the NJ/Canes games yesterday and Faulk was at the top of my watch list in part because I am a Canes fan and in part because I have been in negotiations for him in one of my dynasty leagues.

My reaction leaving the game was that Faulk is not ready for the bigs just yet. You can see that he has the mindset to really move the puck, but I did not think he was strong enough just yet for the NHL. Several times I saw him easily get pushed around in the corners and on the GWG he was pretty weak in front of the net on Kovy.

Some highlights:
- made a really nice defenseive play on a rush (sort of 2 on 1) in the first led by Kovy. Blocked a dangerous centering pass.
- had a nice rush in the second period after coming out of the penalty box.
- had a couple of nice breakout passes

Some lowlights:
- headed up the 2nd PP unit (with Jay Harrison - yikes!) which was basically ineffective for most of the game
- several times tried to force passes around his blue line or in neutral ice that put teammates in bad spots
- pushed around a fair amount in the corners
- I felt like he could have made a better play on Kovy in front of the net on the GWG

The way he skates and moves with the puck, you can see the offensive potential. Overall, I would like to see him get some time in Charlotte. Just thought I would throw out my thoughts.
October 11, 2011
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Dave D said:

Down on Faulk? I don't understand why you're so down on Faulk. I watched the game and the two goals scored while he was on the ice were not a result of his play, so it looks like you're being unfair to the kid and not watching him but just seeing his boxscore. He actually probably saved a goal or two on a couple nice moves, especially one block he made. I think he's played quite well considering, which is why he's getting mins. It's not his fault his team has sucked. I think yer wrong on him, lol.
October 11, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

Filatov Apparently Ottawa is using The Columbus Blue Jackets guide to motivation w/Filatov. 5 periods of play was enough for the coaches there to determine he was the problem and now he sits, b/c he needs to learn the system. If that is the reason, why is Gonchar not being benched? He obviously needs a refresher or two. Lee has outplayed half of Ottawa's veteran D-men, and he sits tonight, too.
October 11, 2011
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KK said:

Kudelskis Krushers
Hurricanes and Chorney I completely agree, UW. Not only is that tool Maurice mis-using Dalpe but I cannot fathom how a guy like McBain, who scored 30 in his rookie year, is continually a healthy scratch. Even Harrison got the nod ahead of him the other night (though that was likely for added toughness). Something has to give here... no sense in having Joslin and McBain languishing in the press box. St. Louis and Montreal could both use some blue-liners (though St. Louis probably needs a guy like Joslin more than McBain).

Speaking of St. Louis, they claimed fading prospect Taylor Chorney off waivers today.
October 11, 2011
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ultrawhiteness said:

Dalpe/Maurice @UKFlames

It is frustrating. You have to use your assets in the way that will generate the most return. Carolina has a few very deserving guys that didn't make the team who would fit that 4th line role a lot better than Dalpe will.

If you don't have a spot on a scoring line for a scoring player, then fine, explain it to him and let him light the lamp in the A until someone gets hurt.

I do get holding onto a player for teaching purposes. What is happening with Murphy, for instance, or Rundblad in Ottawa, is fine. there is value for a young player with no NHL experience in watching a few games from the pressbox to gain appreciation for the speed and type of decision-making needed. Now it's time to get these kids in a game and evaluate if it's worth it to hang onto them. If not, let them play big minutes somewhere - it's the best way to develop.
October 11, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
OHL Fans and Prospect Followers For all of you OHL followers and prospect junkies, THE OHL RUNDOWN for October 11th is up

October 11, 2011
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Draft Dodger said:

Da Costa LOVED the Phaneuf hit but I loved Da Costa's reaction even more, realizing it was his fault he screwed up. But now suppose Da Costa had leaned forward just a bit, or turned just a bit, whatever, and Phaneuf nails him in the head. Now we're talking what, 10 game suspension? Seems just too risky going for a hit like that when a last second change in body positioning by either guy results in a head shot.
October 11, 2011
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UKflames said:

Young players - Dalpe Why is it that some coaches will let their young players play and be succesful and others will let them languish on the bench?? If Dalpe is not good enough to play decent minutes why the hell is he with the big club in the first place. Why not play a 4th line grinder who expects to play 5 mins a night and give Dalpe decent minutes in the farm.

So frustrating as a fan, i hate to think how he feels.
October 11, 2011
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ultrawhiteness said:

... wtf is Paul Maurice doing.

that is all.
October 11, 2011
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Frank said:

non sense @ malkin ha8er : wow. that is about the best I ever read. How can you expect any site / expert to tell who's gonna be injured ? (Except for DiPietro, of course! haha!)

Tell me one who have predicted the Streit/Parise/Markov/Crosby/etc... long term injuries ... no one!

You can be frustrated, but you can't blame anyone. That's just hockey and those things happen.
October 11, 2011
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Pavel Nikiforovitch said:

Dalpe/McBain switch? McBain was dropped in my keeper league (15 teams, 20-man starting rosters, 30-player overall rosters). Should I drop Dalpe and pick him up instead? Thanks.
October 11, 2011
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Malkin Ha8er said:

... Sedin went 2nd overall.. then my parents needed the computer so the rest was auto pick. What a bad draft smilies/angry.gif
October 11, 2011
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mick said:

Malkin 3rd overall well ya should of picked a Sedin. that was your first mistake.

Malkin went lower in the fifth in most of my drafts.
October 11, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

malkin h8ter is hilarious. i didn't realize they allowed Internet access at the mental institution.
October 11, 2011
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Puckhead said:

Dobber basher... I couldn't agree more with what Marc said...everyone on this site, and on these boards should be here because they love hockey, and specifically fantasy hockey, but to suggest you will 'quit Dobber' if Malkin is out for any length of time is LUDICROUS!!! Grow some balls and take some onus in the matter!!! Dobber can't lead us all by the hand. He offers opinion, based on statistical analysis as a formula to come up with projections, but at the end of the day, he can't tell how badly injured a guy is any better than you or I. Maybe this site would be better off if these fly by nights chose to leave, although by leaving Dobberhockey, you may as well quit fantasy hockey, because every other site is 2nd best.

October 11, 2011
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Brian Foster said:

Dalpe (moving down) Who would be the top 5?
October 11, 2011
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Marc said:

Malkin It's called "thinking independently." Dobber Nation doesn't need members that can't do that.
I drafted Malkin in the 6th position, and then got Crosby on the way back at something like 14th.
Sometimes you have to take risks to win, sometimes they don't pay off. I certainly didn't expect Malkin to play 82 games this season, but as he's an elite talent, if he plays 70, he might outpoint everyrone else.

If you think he's goin to mss the rest of the season, trade hm, do something about it...don't blame Dobber for an injury, that's just irresponsible

Just my take...
October 11, 2011
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