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Another minor trade to report - Dallas has sent Mark Fistric to the Oilers for a third-round pick. The pick is a very good one for Fistric. The Stars did well. Obviously, they have confidence in both Philip Larsen and Brendan Dillon. The Fistric signing replaces the injured Andy Sutton on Edmonton's blue line and probably keeps Corey Potter in the press box or on spot duty.

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Due to the fact that he doesn't have to clear waivers, it's looking like Pittsburgh rearguard Simon Despres will be sent down. One thing I neglected to factor in is the waivers situation under the new agreement and shorter season. Teams hate losing players for nothing, so a player who can go down without clearing waivers may be sent down even though he was clearly the better player. I'm keeping a close eye on this and will update the Fantasy Guide accordingly.

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Still awaiting contracts - Jamie Benn, Ryan O'Reilly, PK Subban and Dmitri Kulikov.  O'Reilly is apparently making $4 million per year, free and clear, in the KHL. And he wants more than that to come back to the NHL. That one is starting to get ugly…

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I had a draft Sunday for my keeper league (Keep 12). I put the details here in the forum and also wrote some pick-by-pick "action" throughout the evening.

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Flyers rearguard Erik Gustafsson will be ready to practice in about two weeks. He's out with a foot injury.

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Jacob Josefson has been out of camp so far with a lower body injury. Every year now, with that guy. Always hurt. The Devils are also considering David Clarkson on the top line, which would erase Bobby Butler's dark horse status.

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It's very early but so far Wolski is winning the Wolski vs. Fehr battle. Here were the line combos in Washington's practice:

Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin

Wolski-Ribeiro-Brouwer

Obviously, this is also "cha-ching" for Johansson if he can hang onto this spot.

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While we're talking about line combos in practice, here are Boston's:

Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin

Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton

Chris Bourque-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley

Of note - Bourque is a great fit on that line. No expectations, skilled linemates.

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And let's keep going, here are Anaheim's:

Kyle Palmieri -Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Bobby Ryan - Nick Bonino - Teemu Selanne

Andrew Cogliano - Saku Koivu - Daniel Winnik

Matt Beleskey - Peter Holland - Emerson Etem/Devante Smith-Pelly

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Brad Richards has been missing time with the flu. Here are New York's line combos, for what it's worth:

Carl Hagelin-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash

Marian Gaborik-Brian Boyle-Ryan Callahan

Chris Kreider-Jeff Halpern-Taylor Pyatt

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Carolina (wow, getting lots of practice info):

Jiri Tlusty, Eric Staal, Alexander Semin

Jeff Skinner, Jordan Staal, Chad LaRose

Patrick Dwyer, Jussi Jokinen, Andreas Nodl

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Pittsburgh line combos in practice Monday (all of these are from practice Monday):

Kunitz-Crosby-Dupuis (black)

Tangradi-Malkin-Neal (white)

Cooke-Sutter-Kennedy (grey)

Glass-Vitale-Adams (blue)

Bennett-Jeffrey-Megna (gold)

Tangradi gets first look there and he's Pittsburgh's first preference. But he is under the gun to succeed. I wonder if Bennett wouldn't be a better fit, but the Pens tend to give the younger guys more time.

The Penguins also have Neal on the point on the PP.

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Nashville line combos from Monday:

Kostitsyn-Fisher-Erat

Smith-Legwand-Hornqvist

Wilson-Gaustad-Halsichuk

Spaling-Mueller-Yip

Kostitsyn has found "superstar" form in the KHL. Can he bring that back over here? His numbers dipped last year because of injuries and then his brother joining the team. I think he has a big year.

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Here's Buffalo's lines of note:

Foligno-Ennis-Stafford

Vanek-Hodgson-Pominville

Ott-Grigorenko-Leino

Ellis-Hecht-Kaleta

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Columbus, courtesy of former DobberHockey writer Tim Lucarelli:

 

Umberger – Brassard – Atkinson
Dubinsky – Anisimov – Dorsett
Prospal – Letestu – Foligno
MacKenzie – Jenner – Boll
Gillies – Johansen – Calvert

 

I'll let it speak for itself.

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Chicago prospect Brandon Saad is the AHL player of the week with six points in three games for Rockford. He is among Chicago's players recalled for camp.

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Defenseman TJ Brennan has pretty much made Buffalo. The Sabres lost Joe Finley to the Islanders, trying to sneak him through waivers. Brennan needs to clear waivers. After seeing that…no way they try to sneak Brennan through. Brennan is Rochester's leading scorer this year. He is a solid late round draft pick in deeper roto leagues as I think he flirts with 20 points.

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As I suggested in the Fantasy Guide, and now we're hearing it from Torts - Chris Kreider's spot in the Rangers lineup is not secure. He had a rough start to the AHL season. Kreider out of the lineup means a decent season for Hagelin - something that wouldn't happen otherwise.

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It's looking like the Dallas Stars will start the season with three goalies - both Richard Bachman and Cristopher Nihlstorp are deserving of the backup job. I never understood why Nihlstorp signed with this team - on other teams he'd be the backup free and clear. Bachman is a solid and underrated goalie.

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Elliott Friedman's 30 Thoughts here. Lots of great rumors and digging this week.

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ICYMI yesterday, I counted down my 10 favorite "steals" of your fantasy draft over at The Hockey News.

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I had a draft last night with the "friends and family of Yahoo!", which included reps from RotoWorld and NHL.com. I had another draft later with the "Industry Experts", but it was just too much. I had to pass it off to Russ Miller, who stepped up in my place. I had the second overall pick and grabbed Malkin over Crosby. I surprised myself, but in the end Malkin is safer in terms of health and he really went nutty over in the KHL, continuing his dominance. My next pick was 23rd overall, and in a league where 40% of the categories are for goalies, you know what I do. So I snapped up M-A Fleury, since the Big 3 plus Rask were gone. And then 26th overall I took Kris Letang as the second defensemen taken. I took him over Byfuglien only because I had a Pittsburgh thing already going and the two are ranked close enough in that kind of league. The next time around to me I picked up Logan Couture and Cam Ward, solidifying my goaltending early (I always do when four out of 10 cats are goalie). Couture has C/LW status, which influenced that decision.

Later in the draft I added Nabokov as my No.3. And in the bench rounds I took Damien Brunner over Atkinson - only because I've taken Atkinson three times now. I can only put so many eggs in one basket…

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Zac Dalpe was among yesterday's recalls for Carolina. I don't think he'll make the team, but I think later in the year he'll get back up - possibly for good. Still regaining confidence lost last year when he was rushed to the NHL.

Jimmy Hayes has been recalled by the Blackhawks. I think prospects will be recalled throughout the week. The coaches seem to prefer seeing smaller groups of prospects, and so they are being filtered in and out of practice.

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Brendan Ross previews Wednesday's Orr vs. Cherry Top Prospects game here for The Hockey Writers.

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Good news for Jamie McGinn owners. At least for now. Despite the addition of Parenteau, it looks like McGinn will keep his spot on the Paul Stastny line. It may actually be Hejduk who gets demoted.

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Calgary news - Anton Babchuk is out three to four weeks with a shoulder injury. And Jiri Hudler has flown back to the Czech Republic on a personal matter.

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To launch Goalie Post for the season - Justin Goldman will host a LIVE CHAT. He'll feed your fantasy hockey questions about your goaltending on Tuesday morning right here on DobberHockey from 11am to 3pm ET.

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It's me, myself and I this week folks. Check this out - we obviously didn't know if there would be a season and if so, we didn't know when. Life goes on, right? Well, this is how 'life' has impacted DobberHockey's core guys:

Jeff Angus is off to the USA for a "sports-cation" this week. I'm covering Thursday, Friday, Saturday

Gates Imbeau, Dobber Sports manager, is moving and has no Internet access.

Jay Arbuthnot, Frozen Pool founder, is vacationing in Mexico.

Yeah. All planned in advance. Busy week, and it's allllll me. Which is both fun and exhausting. But a funny coincidence I thought I'd share. But the more Dobber the better, right? Right? Anyone? Bueller?

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KHL skills competition, ridiculous goal by Jori Lehtera:


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Teh Doktor said:

Teh Doktor
James Neal Heard on the radio that James Neal will be used on the point of the Pens power play.

I don't see that lasting very long.
Good thing - I don't like it. I see Neal scoring most of his goals from in close, not from way out or very far outside the dots.
Only way it sticks, is if it works. In which case, I guess it'll be alright. But the league I have him in only counts goals, assists, and pp goals. No pp assists.
January 15, 2013
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Tim Lucarelli said:

duballstar014
Johansen Johansen has been getting stronger as the camp progressed but he is nowhere near being the dominant center people were hoping for at this stage. He's doing well but just progressing slower is all. He has looked timid at times then gives flashes of the type of offense he is capable of...sniping on bang-bang plays and showing great vision. The real gem in camp has been Atkinson though. He has dominated and will man the top RW slot.
January 15, 2013
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rebelanger said:

rebelanger
Fantasy Guide and Draft List update Hi,

I bought the 2012-2013 Fantasy Guide and Draft List in Aug. 2012 and I don't see the new versions in the download section once logged in to the web site. Are those new versions free for those who bought the guides in Aug. 2012 or we must buy them again ? Thanks.
January 15, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Wow Great line-up updates.
One of the best rambling of the past 6 months, IMO.
Good luck this week! Great, great job!
January 15, 2013
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NikW71 said:

NikW71
Johansen Does the coaching staff have no faith in Johansen? Reading that article it appears that he is being considered a "bubble player". After reading about his successful offseason training and progress in the AHL, it seems that I'm missing something here. Any insight Dobber?
January 15, 2013
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notch4077 said:

notch4077
... I should add that Borowiecki is supposed to get his chance to play with Gonchar in todays practices. I will post full line combos in the Ottawa thread when I see them today.
January 15, 2013
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notch4077 said:

notch4077
... Since these ramblings are lineup heavy, I thought I would post the Sens from their camp.

Silfverberg - Spezza - Michalek
Latendresse - Turris - Alfredsson
Hoffman - Regin - Neil
Greening - Smith - Condra
Noesen - O'Brien - Daugavins

Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Gonchar
Phillips - Benoit
Boroweicki - Ceci

Anderson never leaves the crease as they are trying to get him caught up to Bishop and Lehner.

Coach Paul MacLean said that although Anderson is their #1, he may not be ready to play on opening day in Winnipeg. That was always a predictable outcome of not playing during the lockout like Bishop and Lehner.
January 15, 2013
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Teh Doktor said:

Teh Doktor
despres Pittsburgh morning radio host asked why despres seems to be falling out of favpr with coaching staff, and it was said that the issue is conditioning. He's screwing up the defensive rotations because his shifts are so short. Not good. Having said that, they're also looking at pairing him up with Letang.
January 15, 2013
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Dobber said:

January 15, 2013
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Nifty Mittens said:

Nifty Mittens
... Would you rather own Conacher or Wolski this season? I read Conacher is playing with lecavalier & purcell.
January 15, 2013
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