A group of people in the forum are doing a Mock Draft, if you would like to participate, details are here.

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As usual, the Kings won at home.

Mike Richards is still out, and it's a suspected unconfirmed alleged possible concussion. Kings' fans - would  you rather have him play, or Tyler Toffoli?

Toffoli added another assist and three shots, seeing 13:26 of ice time. That's the highest of the playoffs for him, and the third highest ice time of his NHL career.

In my one keeper league in which all of my buddies were unanimous in saying that I had the playoff trophy 'in the bag' - I have Malkin, Letang, Neal, Dupuis, Bennett, Brown, Kopitar and Toffoli. Oops. I think Toffoli is the only guy to get me points this round, and my big lead has shrunk to two points. And I could be out of players for the Final.

Do you think Dustin Brown is hurt? He has just four points in 16 playoff games. This is the guy who had 20 in 20 last year. I looked this up myself - the last time Brown went 16 games with just four points was in March of 2010 - and on the 17th game he got four points…and on the game prior to that run he got two points.

Slava Voynov with another two points last night gives him back-to-back two-point efforts and his third in four games.

 

 

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Cha-ching!

That's the sound that Bryan Bickell's agent keeps hearing.

Bickell is a UFA in another month. With seven goals in 15 playoff games, coming off the equivalent of a 40-point season, a team will (over)pay big money for him. And with such a big contract, his coach will be obligated to give him first-line ice time, linemates and PP time. His production will improve for sure next year… but fellow poolies may overshoot his evaluation and actually overrate him. This one will be tough to gauge (player's trade value) and will probably be different from league to league, personality to personality. I'll be looking to both buy and sell - and act according to how I see the market.

Here's Bickell with another chance late - Jonathan Quick robs him and saves the game:

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Syracuse is still waiting for their opponent for the Calder Cup. OKC forced a Game 7 with a 4-3 win over Grand Rapids. The big star? Anton Lander with three points. But, and here is that name again - Mark Arcobello scored a pair of goals. It puts him a point back of Ondrej Palat for the playoff scoring crown.

Detroit's future stars were really burned last night - Nyquist, Tatar and Andersson were a combined minus-7 (Tatar was minus-3). Nyquist and Tatar had five shots apiece though. Grand Rapids carried a 3-1 lead into the third and gave up the tying goal at 17:33 and the winner 82 seconds later. Who do they think they are, the Leafs?

Jonathan Cheechoo, who now toils for OKC Barons, has 11 points in 16 AHL playoff games and he's also a plus-14.

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The NHL competition committee, as you've heard I'm sure, did the obvious and have decided to grandfather in the visors. Any player who is rookie eligible next year will be required to wear a visor. Who didn't see this coming 10 years ago? Funny how so much gets debated for so long. It's inevitable, just do it. Same with the iron shoulder pads. You know they'll be required to be soft - that rule will be passed within five years - so quit wasting time. And power plays going the full two minutes the way it used to be back in the 50s. Get 'er done! I'm certain we'll see that one added within five years too.

Hybrid icing is another one that was recommended. Quit delaying the inevitable - that one we knew was coming five or six years ago.

I'm not a big "red tape" guy, as you've probably deciphered.

Other recommendations that will go to the NHL Board for a vote:

I like the idea of making the nets shallow. Keep them the same size in terms of scoring area, but not as deep. So behind the net there will be another four inches of room. That can only help the flow of the game, in my opinion.

Video Review on all four-minute high-sticking penalties. Not sure the point of that. Waste time and extend a stoppage?

Equipment - All equipment will be reviewed (so maybe that shoulder pad thing I noted above will be taken care of sooner).

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Well lookee here - the Colorado Avalanche have decided that a goalie coach would be wise to have. One of the worst teams in the league when it comes to developing prospect goaltenders, and then helping out young goaltenders when they are in the NHL…this could finally change. Hiring Francois Allaire, Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic has sure put a new face on this franchise.

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TSN reports that Mark Streit has turned down a contract offer from the Islanders and is set to become an unrestricted free agent. This is your captain, ladies and gentlemen. No, I don't think a player should take a bad contract just because he's a captain. But with the salary cap dropping next season, as a free agent he's not going to get better offers. So yeah, in this case, as a leader of this team it would be nice if re-signed with them.

Looks like John Tavares will be the next captain.

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Eric Staal's serious knee injury will keep him off the ice until August, but he says he'll be ready for training camp. Here's hoping that this first big injury doesn’t lead to many others, the way it did for Jordan. The Staal brothers have had horrible luck over the past two years…

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Andrei Loktionov has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Devils. I would imagine that it's a one-way agreement, finally locking him in as an NHLer.

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I missed this minor note earlier, but former top prospect TJ Hensick is likely heading to Sweden.

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Kings are wanting a suspension on Keith for this…

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Did you see this last night? Puck over the Glass song?


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RollyJ said:

RollyJ
... I guess I'd compare Marchand to a less talented Theoren Fleury. There weren't many like him in the '80s and '90s, mainly because they couldn't last in the league that long. (at least as much as I can remember) Fleury averaged 1.70 mins a game in penalties because he'd get ripped into by the opposition. His aggressive style would in turn make HIM a target. Marchand on the other hand has a 0.85 min/game average in his career so far, while playing the same style of hockey.

Granted, Fleury had a successful career, winning 1 cup with a very good team in Calgary. The fact remains he was a pest and took a lot of abuse for it. Pests these days get away with murder.

The main reason I rag on Marchand is that I don't like him, as I didn't like Fleury. Marchand's punches to Daniel Sedin's head in the finals of 2011 just rubbed me bad. If Fleury would have done that, fists would've been flying.
June 05, 2013
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RollyJ said:

RollyJ
... That's the point. Gretzky didn't have to.
June 05, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... Last I checked cages don't cover the throat. Marc Staal's career might be over, we don't really know yet. He only came back one game and couldn't do it. Malholtra's might be over too. While a half visor would have prevented most of these, adding a full visor would have only protected Malholtra.

I still don't really understand what you're trying to say in regards to Crosby/Malkin/Marchand. Obviously everyone would choose Crosby, but your suggestion that teams need to bring back players like Semenko/McSorely or (modern day) Oliwa/Ivanans wouldn't keep players like Marchand out of the NHL or change the way they play. Boston would just have a similar type to protect Marchand and allow him to keep playing the way he does because it is effective. Sedins needed to rise above it and they failed. Cros/Malko need to rise above it now.
June 05, 2013
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repenttokyo said:

repenttokyo
Rolly I think you are wearing your blinders just a little too tight, here.
June 05, 2013
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RollyJ said:

RollyJ
... Damn, facts again. Zednik came back, but wasn't 100% either...
June 05, 2013
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RollyJ said:

RollyJ
... So Richard Zednik wasn't career ending? A skate to the throat is pretty bad in my opinion. A full facemask would have probably taken a bit of the impact. And did Marc Staal's career end? Pronger had several concussions in his career, so the last one just tipped the scale a bit too far. Berard's accident too was a result of a high stick, but he came back, although not even close to 100%.

As for the Marchand/Crosby/Malkin comparison, how many votes do you think you'll get if we ask dobberhockey members who is better and more fun to watch? When a superior talented team gets thrown off its game because inferior talent uses underhanded techniques to win, I don't consider that fun hockey. The perfect example was Vancouver - Boston in 2011. Vancouver was the better team, but Boston won because they were able to push the Sedins around. I for one didn't like that final at all. Just crappy, bully hockey. Ironic, ungh!
June 05, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... I would say you draw the line where a career ending injury is a significant risk. How many hockey careers have been ended by a broken jaw? Lol.

As for your Marchand-Crosby-Malkin point, I'm not really sure what you're trying to say. Sure Crosby and Malkin are playing shitty, thats very different from a talentless buffoon walking on skates trying to punch whatever moves so there is "respect" in the game. If you're implying that Marchand isn't talented, you clearly don't watch hockey or legitimately cannot evaluated talent. Whether or not you like his play style, Marchand is a very talented hockey player and is effective with how he plays.
June 05, 2013
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RollyJ said:

RollyJ
... Well, as we're now talking about getting facts right, it technically was a stick that caught Pronger in the eye, and I'm not sure a visor would've helped in his case. You're right about Marc Staal though, a visor would've helped him.

I don't get your comment about 'who cares about Crosby's broken jaw' though. It's just as legitimate of an injury concern as eye injuries are. A full face mask would have prevented that. So, where do you draw the line? Half visor? Full visor? Then what?

As for 'adding talentless plugs' sure, you might have that right. Hockey would be so much more boring if guys who can barely skate are playing on the ice. Not like right now, where a superstar like Brad Marchand is having such a great series while mediocre players like Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are doing next to nothing!
June 05, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
Wooden Stick I bet Al MacInnis never injured anyone with his shot off of a wooden stick. Definitely not. And goalies probably never got injured by not wearing helmets, so that's another example I guess of how adding equipment negatively impacted the game. Why do goalies even wear pads for that matter?!?! Protective equipment ruins everything, and so do advancements in technology! Lets get rid of all the cellphones and the twitter thing and that facebook stuff and get all our news from the newspaper. And go back to calling concussions "getting your bell rung" and going out to play the next shift. Why do we even have mouthguards for that matter?

Also, tone is an inflection. You take it how you want to which can be entirely different from how I mean it because you can't hear the sound of my voice when I am saying it, I am simply typing it with a generic font. So I just won't comment on that point.
June 05, 2013
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BlackGold said:

BlackGold
Wooden Sticks MLB may have gone back to wooden bats to prevent home runs, but it is a pretty valid argument for preventing injuries in Hockey. Composite sticks are designed to help players shoot harder, the harder you hit something the more likely you are to break it, can't argue with physics.

There are countless injuries and broken bones due to taking a puck unintentionally or from blocking a shot. Even goalies have been concussed from a shot to the mask.

I also miss the days when people did not take that kind of tone (post below) in discussion at Dobberhockey. I wonder if that makes me 80 years old looking for the "good ol days"
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June 05, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
RollyJ What are you, 80? Also, get your arguments right before you make them. Mark Staal got hit above/around the eye, so a visor definitely would have protected him. A puck to the eye essentially ended Chris Pronger's career, so same thing. Is Jeff Carter injured? What's that? No? So that argument didn't really work, and who cares about Crosby's broken jaw? I am a huge Crosby fan, but a broken jaw is nothing like a concussion/eye injury which is what the visors are attempting to prevent. What other equipment are they adding? The other equipment reviews the competition committee is review is specifically removing the hard caps on elbow/shoulder pads making them softer and reducing the size of goalie equipment.

Wooden bats are used instead of composite because the Major Leagues don't want to see a home run every hit. This type of problem doesn't exist in hockey. They didn't make wooden bats mandatory to reduce injuries.

I must admit, your plan of adding in talentless plugs who can barely skate to bring fear back in to the game really would improve the game. Guys like Kristoff Oliwa and Raitis Ivanins really added to the watchability of NHL hockey.

You're completely backwards dude, modernize and move forward or watch vintage 80s games on NHL network. That isn't the game anymore and the NHL is better for it.
June 05, 2013
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RollyJ said:

RollyJ
... Repenttokyo, I don't believe it's a false argument when questionning the effectiveness of the measure taken. Yeah, I believe visors do in fact save some eye injuries. If this measure was taken 10 years ago, it would probably have prevented 2 major injuries; Berard and someone else got clipped 2 or 3 years ago.

By contrast, a more effective way of preventing major injuries would be instoring a mandatory full facemask rule for ALL Nhlers. Then, Berard, Crosby, Marc Staal, Carter, etc. etc. etc. would all have had their problems solved. Isn't this a better solution? Why stop there? Metal protects better then plastic. Full metal armor! We wouldn't have to worry about injuries ever again!

I know I'm pushing it quite a bit, but my argument is that adding more equipment is not necessarily the answer. Rugby players play without ANY equipment at all! Why doesn't the Rugby association not instore mandatory pads like in the NFL? I think part of it is that they have an honor system where they don't throw haymakers at their opponents when they lose the ball, or stomp on guys when they're down.

In essence, that's more my point. When guys like Marchant, Matt Cooke, Chris Neil and co. go around elbowing, cross-checking, spearing and being regular assholes. Noone's there to keep them in check, and no rules prevent them from doing what they do...
June 05, 2013
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repenttokyo said:

repenttokyo
RollyJ - That's a false argument No one expects a visor to protect players from pucks to the jaw. They are to protect players from eye injuries. Are you serious stating that having a visor does not significantly protect players from eye injury?
June 05, 2013
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RollyJ said:

RollyJ
... I really don't get the idea of adding more equipment to players in order to get injuries down. If that's the idea, pretty soon all players will be playing in bubble rap, but I'd bet a million bucks we'll still see injuries happen. A visor didn't help Carter last night on the highstick by Keith! Crosby and Marc Staal got the puck in the jaw, so a visor would've done jack shit with those!

The best way in decreasing injuries, in my opinion, is getting respect back in the game. Or if not respect, fear. Back in the '80s, noone would dare touch Gretzky. Semenko, McSorley or even Messier would go at them like a chainsaw murderer.

The NHL should also decrease the effectiveness of the equipment. Softer elbow and shoulder pads would decrease upperbody injuries on hits. Going back to wooden sticks would also slow puck speed. There is precedence as baseball only uses wooden bats in it's higher divisions.

I just think the NHL is going the wrong way on this, but just my opinion...
June 05, 2013
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
Forum Mock Draft Any chance we could get a plug for the 2013 Dobber Hockey Forums Mock Draft? We need to fill 65 spots!

http://forums.dobbersports.com/showthread.php?t=153157
June 05, 2013
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