This series is finishing up in an awful hurry. I think, in our hearts, most of us were thinking sweep before the series began… but most of us, myself included, were afraid to say it. Because the Devils have been surprising us all spring.

 

Jonathan Quick has faced 21.6 shots per game. Brodeur has faced 23.4. We’ve seen it all playoffs from these two teams. But now the Devils are getting schooled in how to play that way.

 

Another reason why I like Zach Parise better than Ilya Kovalchuk – he has 11 shots in the series. Kovy has five. Parise needed much of this season to get his timing back, but he’s rolling now and next year he’ll get the numbers you’d expect. On a new team.

 

Simon Gagne played 6:39 in his return to the lineup. He still managed three shots on goal, but it was a nice way to ease him back into the lineup. And correct me if I’m wrong, but to get your name on the Cup you need to either play 41 games for the winning team in the regular season, or one game in the Cup Final. If so, then accommodations were made here to get him in.

 

Ratings are down in the Cup Final. So I ask you this: would ratings be down if the Kings were scored 280 regular season goals and were scoring over 3.3 per game in the playoffs, while the Devils scored 260 and 3.0?

 

That Vokoun signing (write-up on that is here) caught me off guard. The Penguins shift gears and instead of investing the NHL minimum in their backup, they add $1.5 per year or thereabouts. Their strategy had been sound… until they learned the hard way that they needed an upgrade. So that money will be taken out of their investment in their forwards, which to me would say ‘bye-bye’ to Steve Sullivan and instead shave off a few hundred thousand and perhaps get Eric Tangradi on the team – read or not.

 

It also puts the onus on the goalie trade market. No more Vokoun, which some silly Leaf fans felt was the right answer for their team. It’s not the right answer – if Burked signed Vokoun he’d be fired by January. Because as an everyday goalie Vokoun would get hurt early. Then the Leafs will lose like crazy, thus the firing. It’s trade market or nothing. At least with ‘nothing’ there would be low expectations. (that would be fulfilled)

 

On one hand, I believe Tim Thomas will return in a year and he’ll perform well. On the other hand, I believe that nobody in my league has the same opinion so he sits on my team untradeable. It’s not like I’m not used to a key player sitting on my bench doing nothing. Ahem (Crosby).

 

If you haven’t spun by DobberProspects lately, take a look – recent profiles added or updated include Michael Stone, Casey Wellman, Carl Hagelin and Ludvig Rensfeldt.

 

Michel Therrien as coach of the Habs. At first I thought they were nuts. But then I realized, the Habs aren’t winning the Cup next year. Or the year after. If the stars align and everything is done right, then they are one of 25 teams who could win in three years. By then, Therrien will be fired. He’s a decent coach, but not a Cup winner.

 

I like Therrien’s track record in Montreal. Let’s see… first he had them miss the playoffs, then he had them knocked out in the second round…. and he was fired halfway through 2002-03.

 

The City of Glendale needed to shop around. I would have managed the arena for $10 million.

 

The Rangers are going after Alexander Radulov and if I’m the Preds I’m inclined to do such a deal. I’m sure they would get great return. Let the Rangers worry about convincing Rads not to go back to the KHL.

 

If I’m Nashville, I pay Ryan Suter whatever he wants. Then I trade Shea Weber. I really think Suter is the unsung hero, and if not the better defenseman then pretty damn close.

 

Here is my column for The Hockey News yesterday – offseason report for Tampa Bay and St. Louis.

 

There was a big rumor yesterday that Vladimir Tarasenko signed a two-year contract to play in the KHL. The St. Louis Blues and Tarasenko’s agent each deny this rumor. May be related to Kuznetsov, who officially signed his two-year KHL deal yesterday.

 

The Avs re-signed Cody McLeod to a three year deal worth $3.45 million

 

How awesome is Kopitar? Sweet pass by Brown, too:

 

 

The great one drops the puck:

 



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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
Martin St Louis Dobber, a whole article on Tampa and no mention of MSL? Is it that big of a no-brainer he continues to be a 70+ pt player? At his age, its debatable.

Weber - if your right he would cost a lot. Could the Oilers get in on the action without dumping Hall, RNH, Eberle or Yakapov? I dunno...
June 05, 2012
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The Hockey Hitman said:

The Hockey Hitman
... Wanted to add some comments on these ramblings. Had Thomas in my dynasty keeper abd refuse to sit on him. Dropped him and he was picked up today by rival GM. I dont believe someone that age can take a year off at the most competitve and demanding position in hockey, then return and be worth a damn. Screw it...and I have been a HUGE supporter of Thomas over the years, believing one day he would not only be a starter, but be an elite starter and I even thouht he could win the Vezina...all before most people believed he was fit to be a backup. Now though, I am done. His reign is through in my eyes. From a fantasy perspective it really puts a damper on my goalie situation next year...I have Lundqvist, Niemi, Reimer, Montoya and a bunch of prospects not ready for NHL duties
June 05, 2012
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The Hockey Hitman said:

The Hockey Hitman
... Don't care about football or baseball, hopefully we don't see stuff from other sports on the DobberHockey page ever again!!
June 05, 2012
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tcescon said:

tcescon
PARISE/KOVY I get the point you are making about Parise getting his game back, but to compare him to Kovy at this point when it is obvious that Kovy is not 100% healthy and hasn't been for weeks seems like low hanging fruit, Dobber.

I'm astonished when the main stream media slams a player for not producing in the playoffs (see Gaborik, Marian) when they do not know all of the hidden injuries that surface EVERY year at this time after a team gets eliminated. It's like they think if the repeatedly call a player out for not producing, the player or team will have had enough of the criticism and voluntarily give up what is ailing them. Will never happen. And the fact that this treatment is most often applied to Euro players is even more frustrating.

Let's all hold off on dogging any players for their perceived lack of effort until any possible reasons for said "dogging" emerges. I highly doubt that Kovy and Gaborik stopped caring about winning all of a sudden.
June 05, 2012
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Haddock said:

Haddock
... Therrien is not a Cup winner? No duh. The same thing can be said about anyone that never won the thing. As far as what the future holds, it's pretty presumptuous to pretend to know which coach will achieve this level of success.Therrien got to the last dance once, there's no point in saying he could never do it.
June 05, 2012
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Guinnies_Moustache said:

Mr Zizzla
Crosby now Thomas...Vokoun. @Dobber
i'm in the same boat as you with Crosby and now Thomas sitting out but at least with Crosby, he was on the IR and allowed for a 'replacement'.

Thomas not only screwed the Bruins but all his fantasy owners too smilies/wink.gif
What makes it worse is that traded for him at the trade deadline and i just re-signed him to a 3 year deal.
Luckily i have Rask!

As a Pens fan, i like the signing of Vokoun but that is a significant cap hit for 20-30 games max. I hope that he pushes Fleury to earn his spot and not have it handed to him. I do think there were probably some cheaper options out there but Vokoun was certainly tops in terms of quality.

As a MAF owner, my goalies take another hit but i'm hoping that a few less Ws will equal a few more shutouts and better stats overall.

CONGRATS on Dobber Football and the entire Dobber Sports Network!
June 05, 2012
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donpaulo said:

donpaulo
... I think that Rads is a great fit in NY.
June 05, 2012
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... I havent watched any part of any games since round 2. Boring hockey and doesnt interest me at all. Im afraid we're back in the low scoring era already. Whats new is old again. I have zero confidence that the powers that be area capable of fixing this.
June 05, 2012
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steve_oshp said:

steve_oshp
I stand corrected Apparently there is not the name of a dog on the cup. Urban legend I guess. Anyway dobber you are correct about the qualifications for a player to get their name on the cup, but teams can appeal to the commish to get names added i.e. Vlad Konstantinov. There is a maximum of 55 names per year that can go on it, and can include coaches, management and staff.
So there you go :-)
June 05, 2012
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steve_oshp said:

steve_oshp
Football BTW - LOVE that you're adding football to this site!
June 05, 2012
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steve_oshp said:

steve_oshp
name on the cup I don't think there is any rule about how many games you have to play. How can there be when an owner can put their friggin' DOG's name on the cup??? Whoever started allowing anything other than the players and the coaches names being on the cup has cheapened it IMO.
June 05, 2012
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Steffen said:

Steffen
Terrific. I'm sure I was one of many whose interest diminished with each passing playoff game. Not that I begrudge the Kings their victory - Quick is definitely the MVP. And the NHL should be happy with LA's run. But so many teams I'd invested in are gone. Ain't that true for you too?

Parise vs. Kovalchuk: I hate to say it, but what is it about Russians? Cash? I'm sorry - I'll continue to bid up your promise at auction (Malkin's the real deal).

Gagne: class act by the Kings, getting him in when they could afford to. (Sorry Brad - take one for the team.)

Vokoun? WTF? Brilliant signing by the Penguins.

I love this web site.
June 05, 2012
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Ryan Ma said:

Maaaasquito
Phoenix So should I comment on the Phoenix situation or is it a dead horse?
June 05, 2012
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itzjules said:

itzjules
... anyone who thinks Rask isnt gonna step right into the starting position for years to come, making it almost impossible for Thomas to slide back into starter in 1 year, is drunk or high. Trade him in the off-season next year, his value will be highest, but do NOT start that season with him.
June 05, 2012
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