Fantasy Guide is updated - Brodin, Granlund, Hodgson, Cowen, Geoffrion, Schultz, Elliott - and of course CBA - notes added. Draft List updated as well, as of today.

 

Also - on my Fantasy Hockey Box Pool Facebook page, I have added three free box pool player templates for you to use at your leisure - if and when a season starts. This could be handy at the office...

 

Lockout Update: Day 59: There is still a lockout - keep in mind that the number of human beings on this earth stupid enough to shut down a major sport for a second full year number in the mid- to low- teens.

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First, congratulations to Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Joe Sakic for their HHOF entry last night. A strong group this year, one of the stronger ones in recent memory. All are deserving - even by my criteria.

Long-time readers know my personal criteria, which ignore career stats and awards and just go with the "Earth vs. Aliens" mentality. If there was ever a single hockey game that you had to win, and you could only pick five forwards, two goalies and three defensemen to represent Earth in any given year, would this person have made the team? In any given year? This means that those with a two-year NHL career could make my Hall of Fame. Was he the best in the sport? "My criteria" would cut the amount of players in the HHOF in half. It doesn't reward consistency. It rewards greatness and all of these guys get in. Even Oates, who once or twice may have been the fifth best forward in the world. Or close enough to it to warrant debate.

I hate how consistency and longevity are confused with greatness.

The No.1 player not in the Hall is Alexander Mogilny. The guy breaks the NHL/Russia barrier - stats aside, that alone should get him in. But then he has a 76 goal season and there were two or three years where he was easily one of the five best forwards in the game. But no Hall? Ridiculous.

Also congrats to my favorite goal-caller - Rick Jeanerette. In the Hall of Fame. Hell, put him there on the May Day call alone! This must be the fifth time I'm putting May Day clip in the ramblings, but it's chills every time. Here are two calls - May is the second one. Sound quality isn't as good, but it's the only one that isn't ruined by stupid music, or cut short after 18 seconds. This has the entire call:

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Ottawa rearguard Jared Cowan is out for the season as a result of the hip injury suffered a few weeks ago. He'll need surgery and will take 4-6 months to recover.

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Some player movements - Ondrej Pavelec's Czech League contract is up. He was just 4-10-0, 3.50 and 0.896. Tomas Kopecky's contract (Slovakia) is also up.

Roman Cervenka posted 13 points in nine Czech League games, but now he's off to the KHL.

Fedor Tyutin (KHL), Erik Condra (Germany) and Carl Gunnarsson (Sweden) all signed lockout deals. The Lockout Tracker is fully updated (missing a few links to their stats, but we'll get there).

Derek Stepan is reportedly going to Finland.

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My THN column from yesterday looks at some players who are slumping in their non-NHL leagues.

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On Friday DobberBaseball released their Fantasy Prospects Report. This was my first baseball guide in which I was at the helm as editor. Four quality experts weighed in, including former national fantasy baseball money winner Dave Cushard, Chris Goudey, DobberBaseball editor Tyler Hunt and senior writer Mike Schmidt. The work is fantastic, you can pick it up here (as well as take a look at samples).

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I thought Pascal Leclaire already retired, but I guess now. Well, he has now.

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Kyle Palmieri scored twice last night, giving him four goals and seven points in his last six AHL games. The Admirals beat the Devils 5-4 in the only AHL contest. Sami Vatanen tallied two assists (but was an ugly minus-4). Vatanen has 11 points in 11 games on the year and my fantasy instincts keep screaming at me 'Tobias Enstrom'.

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Disappointed in Bobby Butler's performance to date. Just two points in 10 games and minus-3. This from a guy who could sneak onto the New Jersey roster if he impressed. This is the opposite of that.

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In last night's OHL vs. Russia game - the so-called 'Super Series' - OHL won 2-1. Ryan Strome had a goal and an assist. Nail Yakupov scored a goal in his return to Sarnia.

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Kudos to Puck Daddy for finding this gem - what an entertaining goalie fight:


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crookedvulture said:

crookedvulture
... why did you make us draft in the entry level pools again?
November 13, 2012
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habsrule said:

habsrule
... I guess my issue is that the players are spinning like they have been taken to the cleaners, and abused by the owners, and this is a complete load of crap... They have been taken to the cleaners, and misled, by their previous representation.

They were told they would never have to accept a cap, if they just were willing to give up a season. Then, they had to accept a cap anyway. This is not the fault of the league, they were pretty clear on what they wanted out of negotiations. The league gave the players pretty much everything else they asked for in those negotiations, in terms of "contract rights" and the players have made out extremely well, better, in fact that many of the owners, in the past 7 years.

But they are crying about how much they gave up last time, and how much they are "giving up" this time, in terms of future revenue, maybe, depending on HRR growth. They are being guaranteed almost 2 BILLION dollars in salaries, every year, split among 700 players, and they are whining...

The owners do not play the game, but they do provide the venue for the players to take advantage of their magnificent skills, and make a fantastic living doing it. The owners also take all of the risks, financially.

Bender, I think there are an awful lot of people in NA who have had their employers do exactly what you suggest, or worse. Those that had the option to move on to another employer with better terms did so, those that did not, well, they just STFU and took it... I am quite prepared for the players to make use of either of those options, although the reality is that option 1 doesn't really exist for any of them.

If my employer, who was paying me wildly more than any other employer in my field, came to me and told me that, although revenues had increased, so had costs, and my employer, as a result, required me to take a pay cut, from, oh, say 10 times what anyone else in my field was being paid, to, well, uh, 9 times what anyone else was being paid, and until I agreed, I wouldn't be working at all, I think I know what I would say.

I trust that answers your question...?
November 13, 2012
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Bender said:

baconnol
Lockout I keep hearing how unreasonable Fehr is, but what would you say if your employer asked you to take a 12.3% pay cut and then asked you to give up all of your negotiating rights? This after seeing record growth in your industry? Granted, it is being reported that costs have risen dramatically however it seems like the players are willing to get to 50% eventually so to me, this seems like the owners are asking for too much. I kind of hope that the players stick to their guns, otherwise the owners will lock them out again next time and the next time and the next time to see how much they can claw back. The problem is that the high paid players will start to complain because they are losing out on big money that will be unrecoverable.
November 13, 2012
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habsrule said:

habsrule
... Hey golfguy, the players are barely negotiating now, and they are not playing... If they were getting paid, they would still be asking for 57% plus increases... Read up on Fehr's baseball history, he offered the same thing to the MLB owners once, they took him at his word, started the season and then found the players wouldn't really move at all. Then the players declared a strike, when they had the most leverage. The biggest insult is that he would have the balls to try it again, and that fans and media wouldn't call him on it...
November 13, 2012
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Carcillo said:

Carcillo
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Actually the players wanted to continue playing but I was the owners that locked them out. If it were up to the players they would be playing and negotiating.


Of course they would. Then Donald Fehr could go and lock them out come playoff time when they've already gotten their salaries. Just like he did in MLB.

You don't go into the season without a CBA and the reason for that is Don Fehr.

Besides, Bettman was willing to start the negotiations last year. The NHLPA declined it - more than once. Why didn't the players play and negotiate a year in advance? Seriously, that's what I want to ask from every player who uses this "we could be playing and negotiating"-card. That's just BS.
November 13, 2012
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nblobstr said:

nblobstr
Agree but Disagree In general, I would agree with your HHoF criteria, bt would like to see someone meet the Earth vs Aliens benchmark 2-3 times to qualify. For example, one could argue Quick was the best goalie in the world last year, does that mean he is now considered an automatic HHoF goalie after he retires, even if he never playes to that level again? On the flip side, was Doug Gilmour ever one of the top three forwards in the league - he played in the Gretzky/Lemieux/Yzerman/Jagr/Messier/Hull/Sundin era, and I am not sure he was the number one player on his team on a regular basis, let alone top 3 in the league. He only gets in on body of work (although I maintain that if he had never played in Toronto, he would be a footnote everywhere but Calgary)
November 13, 2012
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RollyJ said:

RollyJ
Golfguy1672, Toronto player? Hey golfguy, might you be a member of the Toronto Mapleleafs? I figure with the pro-player argument and the golf reference in your name... : )
November 13, 2012
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angus said:

angus
... I agree 100% with your HHoF criteria. Peak performance trumps all for me.
November 13, 2012
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Jason_Banks said:

Jason_Banks
Goalie's in the Fight Kiefer Smiley #31 of the Mississippi Surge
Ross MacKinnon #1 of the Pensacola Ice Flyers
November 13, 2012
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golfguy1672 said:

golfguy1672
... Actually the players wanted to continue playing but I was the owners that locked them out. If it were up to the players they would be playing and negotiating.
November 13, 2012
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UKflames said:

UKflames
Lockout numbers Actually the number of human beings on this earth stupid enough to shut down a major sport for a second full year number in the hundreds.

700 players + 30 owners + 1 commish + 1 union boss = Stupidity
November 13, 2012
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