Lockout Update: Day 80: Woo hoo! We hit the big 8-0! (Morons)

Oh, and there is still a lockout.

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Yesterday I released the Fantasy Goalie Guide - everything you want to know about goaltending with regards to fantasy hockey, is all here. I put up some screen shots so you can see exactly what you'll be getting - and I'll tell you this much, anyone in your league reads this guide they get a huge edge in the goaltending categories. Buy it here (screenshots here as well) for just $6.99, which is really chump change for a magazine that you'll enjoy far more than that Sports Illustrated you were thinking of buying.

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Update: per several sources, 18 players will attend today's meeting. Here they are (per Bruce Garrioch):
Craig Adams (PIT), David Backes (STL), Mike Cammalleri (CGY), Sidney Crosby (PIT), BJ Crombeen (STL), Mathieu Darche (UFA), Shane Doan (PHO), Ron Hainsey (WPG), Shawn Horcoff (EDM), Jamal Mayers (CHI), Manny Malhotra (VAN), Andy McDonald (STL), Ryan Miller (BUF), George Parros (ANA), Brad Richards (NYR), Martin St. Louis (TB), Jonathan Toews (CHI), Kevin Westgarth (LA)


Happy to see the outspoken Miller there, as well as the unhappy St. Louis. Crosby and Toews are also great additions.

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I made one mistake in yesterday's note about today's big NHL owners vs. players meeting today - Bill Daly and Steve Fehr will be in attendance. So in other words, it's the same F'n thing. Honestly, I thought some constructive discussion would happen with none of the head non-hockey nerds in the room. And instead, we have two key ones. Sitting right there. You know the discussion will be dominated by Daly, Fehr and Jeremy Jacobs. While the other men in the room subtly slide their chairs to the far end of the table and try not to be noticed. Ridiculous.

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Oh, and that guy who broke the news about Phil Kessel's cancer some years back broke the following news:

"WBZ's Steve Burton reports that NHL talks have made great progress behind closed doors and it looks like the season will be salvaged."

"WBZ's Steve Burton reports that a deal to save the NHL season could be announced tomorrow of Wednesday."

Burton is a player in the Boston news circles, but he seems to be the only one in the world with this information. Bigger hockey sources were quick to bunk this.

That being said, if Burton is tight with Jeremy Jacobs, we all know that Jacobs just needs to snap his fingers and the lockout is over. So maybe he's onto something…

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Curtis McElhinney picked up his fifth shutout of the season Sunday, tying a club record for Springfield. Between he and Barry Brust, the career minor leaguers are making a splash in the goaltending world. Both Brust and McElhinney are behind one true goaltender at the moment, too. Because after Miikka Kiprusoff is…well, Henrik Karlsson and a slumping Leland Irving. So Brust has little in the way of competition there. And after Sergei Bobrovsky is…well, Steve Mason. So it's almost on a platter for McElhinney. Hmmm…

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Danny Paille has signed to play in Finland. That makes it 12 Bruins overseas, plus two probably Boston players in the AHL.

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Alex Ovechkin will "certainly" return to the NHL as soon as possible. He was just joking around with that KHL stuff earlier.

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I think Ottawa made a huge mistake not letting Mika Zibanejad play in the upcoming WJC. Sweden is the defending gold medal champion and he is their best player. The tournament is going to be the best of the best in that age group (unless the lockout ends). I wonder, and this is a conspiracy theory for sure, if the Sens are purposely making a Canadian gold medal win that much easier? I don't want to win that way.

WJC not a good learning experience? Not competitive enough? This year? Yeah right.

Sweden will be without Zibanejad, but also Jonas Brodin and Oscar Klefbom, who are out with injuries. Here are the players who will be there, including Sebastian Collberg, Filip Forsberg, Victor Rask, Rickard Rackell and Oscar Dansk.

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Here is Team Canada's invited roster.

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Tim Kennedy was last week's AHL player of the week. Jordan Eberle was the AHL player of the month. Pittsburgh goaltender Jeff Zatkoff (yes - profiled in the Fantasy Goalie Report) was the AHL goalie of the month. And of course - Justin Schultz was the AHL rookie of the month.

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Interesting stuff texted to Buffalo beat writer John Vogl by Sabres' goalie Ryan Miller:

“I am confused by the hard line on contracting,” Miller wrote. “My only guess is Gary wants to limit General Managers so he won't have anymore loophole type surprises in this CBA. I understand that position to the extent you don't want contracts to cripple a team, but they are really taking away team building as a skill. Skilled GMs will have to identify how to balance a budget instead of building a well balanced winner.

 

“What I haven't heard anyone talking about is the fact that under the NHL proposal the NHL becomes a 2 tier salary league. The middle class is gone and that means shorter careers and in my opinion mediocre hockey.”

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Gabriel Landeskog has left his team in Sweden to return to North America. He just wants to wait out the rest of the lockout here.

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Whooaaa - Trevor Gillies vs. "Nasty" Mirasty:


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ridinryan44 said:

ridinryan44
I really don't get it.. I just don't understand the "he needs to stay in the pro leagues and develop" argument. I would agree 100% if playing the in the WJC championships meant missing an entire year of pro hockey, but what does he miss? 2-3 weeks? I understand there is a debate between what is more important, developing against tougher competition or playing in big pressure games, and I think both sides have legs, but I don't see how missing up to 3 weeks of hockey to play in one hell of a tournament (which is still great competition) will hurt his development.

Even if it did "hurt" his development, what, really, is the scale of such a hit. These are STILL the top players from each country and players don't get big game experience unless they play in it.

Man, if you ask me, the perfect year of development is exactly what these guys have the chance to do! A full year of development against the toughest competition (minus 3 weeks) AND gaining the most important experience of all in dealing with the pressures of a big game. It's really quite bizarre to me. They have the chance at the best of both worlds here. I just don't buy the argument that missing 3 weeks of pro hockey is going to kill there development to the point that it isn't worth it to gain experience in another setting. Yes, even if they've done it before.
December 04, 2012
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OceanMon said:

OceanMon
Thanks! Thanks for the great ramblings, Dobber!
December 04, 2012
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
... ...In freakin overtime no less.
December 04, 2012
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
... Late Round Gem:
"Zibanejad
Zibanejad scored the OT gold medal goal, what more does he have to accomplish at the junior level? Having him continue to refine his pro game is the right decision for the Sens. If Nugent-Hopkins had done the same I would bet dollars to doughnuts that the Oilers would keep him in the AHL this year as well.

Nuge - fair amount of North American pro experience, short on these types of pressure packed games
Zibanejad - the opposite

It's crazy to think that a professional hockey team would purposely hold a player out so their home country has a better chance of winning. This tourney happens every year, the stink of a poorly developed lottery pick lasts far longer than one year of disappointment."

How long is the tournament? I highly doubt that playing in it will impede his development or disrupt the refinement of his pro-game. I disagree with your stance. If he's not playing in the NHL, let him represent his country and have some fun with peers before the game becomes more and more a business. This is like telling a kid that he can't go to his grade 12 prom because he is smart enough to be in university (even though he isn't yet), and because he went to the prom in grade 11, where he ended up losing his virginity to the prom queen, Kate Upton (the female equivalent to winning the World Juniors).

Let the young man play.
December 04, 2012
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TeamFoster4 said:

TeamFoster4
Craig "F'n" Adams Just read that Penguins fan favorite, Craig "F'n" Adams is now involved in the NHL lock-out negotiations on the side of the players. Expect a deal to be done before you sit down for dinner. smilies/wink.gif Probably not really, but that guy represents the heart and soul of the everyday Pens fan.
December 04, 2012
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holdUP said:

holdUP
Today's meeting I'm happy to see outspoken Miller there, but ALSO happy that Parros is so involved.
"While at Princeton, Parros majored in economics and wrote his senior thesis on the West Coast longshoremen's labor dispute." Sounds like he's got some relevant education... lol
December 04, 2012
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Late Round Gem said:

Late Round Gem
Zibanejad Zibanejad scored the OT gold medal goal, what more does he have to accomplish at the junior level? Having him continue to refine his pro game is the right decision for the Sens. If Nugent-Hopkins had done the same I would bet dollars to doughnuts that the Oilers would keep him in the AHL this year as well.

Nuge - fair amount of North American pro experience, short on these types of pressure packed games
Zibanejad - the opposite

It's crazy to think that a professional hockey team would purposely hold a player out so their home country has a better chance of winning. This tourney happens every year, the stink of a poorly developed lottery pick lasts far longer than one year of disappointment.
December 04, 2012
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... If Zibanejad were Canadian, Ottawa would have let him go play, 100%
December 04, 2012
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The Hockey Hitman said:

The Hockey Hitman
Steve Burton Thank you Dobbs for bringing this to our attention...I have hope right now...and I don't know why!!

Heres a clip of Steve Burton talking about possible end to #NHL lockout w/ words from #Bruins Milan Lucic http://alturl.com/jhfsh
December 03, 2012 | url
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The Comish said:

The Comish
... Couldn't agree more with your Zibanejad comments! Why in the world would you not want a player to play at this unique high end tournament? Every year after watching this tournament, I have a hard time watching "boring" NHL hockey because the WJHC was so fast and exciting. That's right Sens management, what could a 19 year old possibly learn from leading his team in a short elite tournament against the world's best?
December 03, 2012
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