Want to write a column that lands on the DH front page? This is how you do it!

 

Agree or disagree with Ken Campbell (I often disagree, for what it's worth), the comments that he and many popular writers on the 'net are often a disgrace. People go over the top with their personal, negative ripping and forget that writers are real people who just happen to make public their opinions because it is their job. It's okay to disagree, but some of this stuff is just too far. Kudos to him for responding and making light of it. Again I am thankful that 99% of DobberHockey's comments are constructive and rarely get personal. Thank you!

 

Joel Quenneville on Michael Frolik: “Since the first time he hit the ice this year in camp he’s looked like there’s a real committed purpose to have a big year. His numbers haven’t been reflective of how good he’s been for us this year.’’

 

So far Lubomir Visnovsky and Cam Fowler have combined for one point in 10 games (and minus-5). I don’t think the return, Friday, of Kurtis Foster will help matters. But matters should help themselves within a week or two. These two should each be up around the 50-point mark at season’s end, but that won’t start until the big line gets hot. And you know that’s gonna happen.

 

Add Tyler Kennedy to the list of the concussed. Steve McIntyre has taken his spot.

 

Matt Niskanen is from Minnesota and he has four goals and six points in 13 games against the Wild.

 

Peter Mueller will probably return Thursday and was officially listed as a healthy scratch. I don’t have any insider information, but it sounds to me like he had a headache and/or some symptoms – just like everyone gets from time to time – and rather than mess with it, he played it safe and waited it out. Because I didn’t see (nor hear of) any bonks to his noggin’ lately.

 

Michal Neuvirth is out with a bruised foot. A minor injury that will cost him a couple of games I am sure. Last year nagging little injuries cost him games in three different points of the season, which is why I have Holtby getting into a couple of games this year.


Hey gang - Angus here. Came across an interesting writing opportunity earlier today (more on it here). I formally tossed my hat in the ring, and I`d love your support. Read that link, and let those who make the decisions know you`d like to see me there too (or, if you picked Malkin too early this year at my recommendation, keep on reading).

 

Will Derrick Brassard get more ice time with Jeff Carter out for a game or two (or more – hairline fracture in foot)? And if so, will he take advantage of it? Careers can turn on a dime, let’s see if this one does. The plan is for him to slide into Carter’s spot…

 

The Kings practiced with these line combos yesterday: Kopitar with Gagne and Williams (that one seems to be a set line); Richards with Penner and Brown; Stoll with Richardson and Moreau; Lewis with Hunter and Clifford. Parse, Fraser and Westgarth are the extras. But then Penner (knee contusion – day-to-day) left practice after 20 minutes – and once again, an opportunity arises for Scott Parse.

 

Last year, Scott Parse took advantage of every opportunity. This year, it’s like he’s not taking advantage of any.

 

Andy McDonald has been placed on IR for his concussion. Steen, D’Agostini and Grachev all benefit. That’s two concussions in 10 months for Mr. McDonald.

 

The Canucks have sent defenseman Chris Tanev to the minors.

 

Brendan Morrison is “likely” for tonight’s game against the Oilers. He is lining up with Jokinen and Bourque in practice.

 

Craig Smith “didn’t do anything wrong” last game to deserve 7:26 of ice time. But Ilya Kovalchuk played 32 minutes and Trotz wanted veterans on the ice against him.

 

I’m still waiting for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to start showing me why so many had him pegged for junior this year. Because all I’m seeing is one of the best players in the NHL.

 

Patric Hornqvist tried to play last night, but saw minimal action as his nagging injury is clearly still bothering him. Whatever it is.

 

Stephen Weiss, Brian Campbell and Kris Versteeg each had four points in that big seven-goal outburst for the Panthers.

 

Erik Gudbranson continues to pile up the PIM – I told you in the fantasy guide that he would get a lot, perhaps flirting with 100. That call is looking pretty good.

 

Dwayne Roloson has given up 17 goals in his last three starts. Whoops.

 

Mark Scheifele did not play the last 17 minutes of the contest. Not sure why, but I bet I’ll find out as soon as I wake up in the morning! News has a funny way of flowing to my inbox while I sleep. I didn’t watch this game, I watched the Leafs and later the Preds/Oilers.

 

Four years ago. Montoya vs. DiPietro:

 

 

 


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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Malkin and WhineyH8r I don't get the beef here on what anybody said about Malkin.

This seems to come up every year though. In the guide (I just checked again), Malkin is clearly labeled as a "Band-Aid Boy". He's also ranked high. That means if he doesn't get hurt, he'll rank high--but he's a likely candidate to get hurt!

I can't think of a better way to communicate to people that he ranks high--but he's likely to get hurt--than to rank him as if he won't get hurt and then label him as a "Band-aid Boy". No better way.

I had a chance to draft Malkin, and I skipped him 'cause of the injury risk. If you're not ready to take responsibility for making your own decisions, then you're not ready to be in a pool.

I won my pool last year because of the advice I got here, and I think anybody can be a contender in most leagues with the advice they get here. But we're all responsible for the risks we choose to take with injury prone players. Dobber warned you about Malkin's injury risk!

You decided to ignore it and roll the dice. That's not Dobber's fault.

Last year there was a disgruntled dude complaining about Varlamov being injured and no mention of Neuvirth--but then when we looked it up in the guide, Varlamov was labeled as a "Band-aid Boy", and the guide said Neuvirth might get just as many starts as Varly. I'll say the same thing now I said then--it's not enough to buy the guide. You have to read it!

Malkin = "Band-aid Boy". That's what the guide says.
October 18, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
Malkin I am not the biggest fan of Malkin (mainly due to injuries) but it takes about 20 seconds of observation to understand he's in the NHL's elite. There are only a few players who are capable of creating countless scoring chances every shift. Malkin is that good and he's one of only a few that are true game changers.

Stop bitching about his injuries. Everyone knows that he's had trouble staying healthy so don't blame Dobber for that. Malkin is an elite talent and that's why we draft him. It's your responsibility to weight the risk-reward on drafting him knowing that he's injury prone. Not Dobbers.
October 18, 2011
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Malkin Doubter said:

Zangief
... I can already see the ramblings in my head talking about how Malkin has been hampered by injuries the last three years and how owners should be real optimistic as he is a top three talent and he will challenge for the scoring race, and he is blah blah blah blah..... oops ,nope hes injured again.

When he does manage to get back in for some games and puts up a few points, trade him.
October 18, 2011
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Tyler S said:

rtstr
Re: Dobber to Malkin Ha8er
priceless response. i for one am getting a little tired of reading some of the childish banter in comments like that. its called dobberhockey.com, not dobberbible.com. its up to the readers to make the final decisions. to copy Dobber's opinions because you are incapable of formulating your own, and then have a hissy fit when it doesn't turn out perfect, well, that just seems mindless to me.
i respect the things on this website but take everything with a grain of salt because when it comes down to it, what i think is what matters most to me.

thanks for doing what you do guys!
October 18, 2011 | url
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Malkin Ha8er Let me put it this way - if Malkin is fine, plays 70 games and wins the scoring title, I pocket over three grand. All your bitching and whining is probably over, what, ten bucks? So save it. You're not suffering half as much as I am. Time to address the problem and fix it, not cry about it.
I was confident enough in Malkin to bet real money on it, not fake money. You are free to do as I do, or you are free to mull over my opinion and decide against it. But in the end it's your call.
I still believe he'll play at least 60 games and pocket at least 85 points. So all your bellyaching will end up being over 13 points (I predicted 98 in the Guide). So wah wah wah.
October 18, 2011
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Malkin Ha8er said:

crookedvulture
Yah You screwd me over guys. thanks for nothing

im back
Malkin Ha8er
October 18, 2011
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Nate said:

Nate
... And as a side note, anyone who can sit through 30 minutes of after hours with Scott Oak breathing on your face, after just having scored your first NHL hat trick in your.. what 3rd game? Then go out the next night and make a ridiculous assist on a beautiful goal by your future NHL MVP winger.... yeah i'd say that guy would stick in the NHL
October 18, 2011
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Nate said:

Nate
R.N.H Really it doesn't matter who "pegged" what.

What matters is that I scooped him off my waiver wire, and anyone reading this should be doing THAT instead. Kid is sick.
October 18, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
... Was there a cheaper goon than Chris Simon? the KHL can have him. I guess this is why DiPietro thought he was a tough guy, loved the play by play call- 4yrs ago and they worried about him getting injured in a fight.
October 18, 2011
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Man not Puck said:

Man_not_Puck
just one question... what exactly would RNH be gaining by being sent down to junior that he isn't already? It's not like he isn't playing prime minutes for the Oil, against the opposing teams first or second D pairing. Only real weakness I see in his game so far is faceoffs, and those are something that many players struggle with when starting their careers (see Crosby, Sid)
October 18, 2011
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... Every year it seems that players look a little too scrawny for the NHL on draft day and the experts make the decision of who should make the jump and who should stay in juniors then and there, never revisiting this snap judgment and never taking into account that these same players have 3+ months to bulk up and grow. There's no way RNH goes back to juniors now, and it wasn't that likely to begin with. It's been at least 10 years since a forward take #1 overall doesn't make the jump, it has almost never happened in the recent history of the league (barring a holdout) and it's not as if the Oilers don't need him right now after finishing dead last two season in a row.
October 18, 2011
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Dean Youngblood said:

Dean Youngblood
THN's Ken Campbell Dobber, I have to agree with you that I rarely (if ever) agree with Ken Campbell's points in his articles. I can certainly understand why the public lashed out at him but some of those comments are quite vulgar so good on KC for making light of the situation.

Campbell takes on most of THN's controversial views but he certainly goes out of his way to dredge up stories he know will ruffle some feathers often creating something out of nothing. I voiced my displeasure with his columns a few years back (when I was a former subscriber) but never was I as harsh as those posters.


THN definitely loses more subscibers because of Ken Campbell than they gain from his presence.

Funny stuff. Thanks for posting.smilies/shocked.gif
October 18, 2011
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The Grime Reaper said:

grimey22
... You may want to be careful using P-Mac to validate your point... smilies/smiley.gif
October 18, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Ah, ok. No worries.

PS I am of the opinion that he should still be sent down. Even after 5 points in 4 games. Pierre McGuire agrees with me as well.
October 18, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... That's not true at all Big Ev. I said, in the face of so many columnists opining that RNH should be sent down, that if he were to get seven points then I don't see how he could be sent down. I said that if he gets seven points, he stays - there is nothing that the Oilers can do to send him down even if they want to. All I offered was a threshold, in the face of many dissenters, where there could be no argument.

"He will stay if he does" is a lot different than "he should be sent down if he doesn't"

I should point out in fairness, that Angus was fairly vocal that he should be sent down, so it is possible that you are confusing the two of us.

October 18, 2011
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The Pot Stirrer said:

Big Ev
... Thanks for the new nick
October 18, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... But you also said they should send him down if he didn't put up a certain number of points, which was kind of odd.
October 18, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Fantasy Guide - 53 points
Fantasy Guide - 65% certainty (that sunk as low as, but no lower than, 51%) that he sticks.

Um, Big Ev, it's okay if once every week or two you don't stir the pot. Nice try though smilies/wink.gif
October 18, 2011
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
...
I’m still waiting for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to start showing me why so many had him pegged for junior this year. Because all I’m seeing is one of the best players in the NHL.


Um, you were one of the ones who had him pegged for junior this year.
October 18, 2011
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