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In the least shocking news of the day, Rick DiPietro will be bought out by the Islanders. The guy gets a hefty $1.5 million per year until 2029 and he can do whatever he wants, so feel sorry for him - just not too much. Look at the bright side, Rick. People pay $5 at the convenience store for a scratch ticket that they can only pray will give them $1.5 million per year for 15 years. You get that, and you get to continue to play pro hockey if you choose.

And yes, on a 'backup goalie' contract for one year, I don't see why most teams wouldn't be interested in signing DiPietro. Low risk, low cost.

Last call for what the Dobber Sports community has called 'the Cambodia fund'. A thread that started up in the forum about getting a couple of t-shirts has exploded into over $1000 in donations to help families in Cambodia get their medicine. You can read all about here.

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What a great weekend. Not just for weather and family/friends, but the action in the hockey world was exciting. Seth Jones sliding to fourth? Teams stuck with their game plan and I admire that. Colorado made the right move drafting Nathan MacKinnon, though Jones wouldn't have been considered a 'wrong' move. Florida taking Barkov was the shocker. He was fourth on a lot of lists, but I didn't see him second on any. Obviously he was second on one list!

I think Florida needed Jones. Barkov will be a great player, but I think they'll kick themselves letting Jones by. I can understand Tampa taking Drouin. They were probably caught off guard that Jones was still there…but kudos to them for sticking with their pre-draft game plan and giving TB a replacement for Martin St. Louis in three years.

And then we got to Nashville, a team that was looking at Barkov. But then Jones was served up to them and they had to go with him - even though a skilled defenseman is the last thing they need both now and down the road. But man, does this give them options. How great a forward could a Ryan Ellis trade get them?

 

 

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Seth Jones being NHL-ready and all… hell, he's "star" ready… well, that has to push TJ Brennan's hopes right out the window.

I have to see what Nashville does. I mean, Ryan Ellis and Jonathan Blum have high upside, but we're still waiting on them. TJ Brennan deserves a fair shake. Mattias Ekholm is ready to make the jump. And Victor Bartley has proven he belongs. With Jones that's nine defensemen.

That being said, I have no interest in drafting Jones in the first round now. Any team but the offense-stifling Nashville. If, for some crazy reason, he slips to the second round, then I'd use a pick there. But no interest in using a first rounder now.

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If you didn't catch it from the trade breakdown, I really like Frolik in Winnipeg. One major risk though - will the rust of one horrible season and two 'all-defense' seasons do him in? The guy had back-to-back 21-goal seasons as a rookie and sophomore and looked well on his way to becoming a first-line 30-goal guy. What would you consider a player who had 42 goals in his first two seasons at the age of 20 and 21? Then he had a horrible year and was traded to Chicago. Over the last two seasons he has totaled 20 minutes in power play time. That's total. Not per season - both seasons.

In Winnipeg that has to change. The PP time will be there. The linemates will be there. So will Frolik, 25, take 50 shots in 10 games and score one goal? That's where my worry comes in. The rust. Can a player go three years without flourishing in that kind of role and then find the magic again? He can if he's a star. Is Frolik a star? We'll find out by November. But I think a couple of early bounces will make the difference here. He'll get the opportunity, but he needs the early bounces to build on his confidence. All in all, his odds of doing well this year and beyond are no worse than any blue-chip prospect.

 

 

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Bryan Bickell staying in Chicago is a good thing - except when it comes to hype. Had he signed elsewhere, I'm almost certain I could have parlayed him into something better on the trade market. His remaining in Chicago puts a damper on that - even though his opportunity to get the most points is there. He's comfortable there and he's just now finally secured a top-six job. So, in summary, this news will help your fantasy team's production but not your trade talks.

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The qualifying offers are trickling in and here are some of the notable names who were not qualified and are now unrestricted free agents:

Benoit Pouliot, Tampa Bay; Matt D'Agostini, New Jersey; Louie Caporusso, Ottawa; Jeremy Smith, Nashville;

The Smith thing is a shock to me, as he's ready for backup duty and he is coming off of one 'so-so' year that came on the heels of two really great ones. I'm interested in seeing if another team gives him a shot. Not many backup jobs out there though.

What this does say to me, loud and clear, is that the Preds feel that Magnus Hellberg is very close. At this point, Hellberg is their No.2 guy, but they will probably sign a veteran for one year before handing it over to him.

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Speaking of goaltenders, Tim Thomas' agent tweeted yesterday that the goaltender has asked him to explore his options for next season. If I'm the Florida Panthers, I'm all over this - get Thomas for two years, and have Markstrom apprentice behind one of the best. To me, that's the best fit. Other good fits include, ironically, the New York Islanders. Also the Oilers and Flyers.

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In a minor-league deal meant to shore up the offense of their AHL team, the Flyers traded Danny Syvret for Kris Newbury.

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Today is the day that Glendale votes on the deal to keep the Coyotes there. Notice I've pretty much kept mum on this over the past year, taking a "let me know when it's over" stance. Well, today it's over. There's no more room for delay, the NHL schedule has to get done.

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Dallas drafted the dark horse of the draft - Valeri Nichushkin. And now I'm a little clearer as to why they pushed so hard to acquire and sign Sergei Gonchar. Something to think about. But in fantasy hockey, the risk on this player is significantly smaller now.

Get the lowdown on Nichushkin and all of the prospects worth owning in fantasy hockey - in my Fantasy Prospects Report.

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Jones says all the right things here in this interview, but I swear I see the disappointment in his eyes:

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Subban, Subban and Subban:

 


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Fast Tony DeNiro said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
Yep Working now. Thanks!
July 02, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... All homepage links are working fine for me now. Thanks dobber!
July 02, 2013
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Fast Tony DeNiro said:

Fast Tony DeNiro
Links Just wanted to mention the rambling a and other links on the home page still aren't working on my phone.
July 02, 2013
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... @ratayor22

I have seen way, way, way too much of Rick DiPietro's career. He was never that all that great to begin with despite what Mike Milbury and Charles Wang might have ever thought. He never learned to use his flashy puckhandling ability effectively (a la Brodeur) and always seemed to have a knack for blowing leads by giving up softies during his very brief prime. Since then, he has barely played in over 5 years and in the little that he has played in that time he has compiled an .880 save percentage, a GAA of about 3.50 and a record of about 14-27. It is hard to fathom that there are NHL teams out there who would possibly want him when the team owned by his personal friend, managed by his former backup that has given him every opportunity to resurrect his career has now decided to finally part ways with him.

The 'finally healthy Rick DiPietro' putting up AHL numbers comparable to injured or ill 21-year-old goalie prospects doesn't exactly bode well for a career rebound.
July 02, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... Lol @IsleB its fun seeing you discredit the comparison based on injury, specifically hampered development due to injury. Have you seen any of DiPietro's career? #PosterBoy. Also despite what you say, DiPietro is a former 1st overall pick who had high talent coming in to the league. You would take a chance on him the same reason teams take chances on goalies such as Tim Thomas and Evgeni Nabokov. They can be cheap steals as great number 1 goalies if they ca regain their form. Why not put your young developing goalie in the AHL and let him play a ton while DiPietro holds a seat warm and maybe gives you the form that got him his contract as opposed to letting that young guy just sit on the bench.
July 02, 2013
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... Actually, I think those AHL numbers underscore my point especially when you consider that:

A) The AHL is lower-scoring league than the NHL and,
B) The two goalies to which you compare DP favorably, Nilsson and Poulin are still just prospects who were hampered by injury and illness in 2012-13. Poulin took a major step backward after recovering from a serious season-ending knee injury in early 2012 and Nilsson was suffering from some kind of ailment that took a long time to diagnose.

Why would a team want a 33-year-old mediocre AHL goalie (at best) clogging up their depth chart and taking playing time away from the younger goalies they are actually trying to develop?
July 02, 2013
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Jason_Banks said:

Jason_Banks
DiPietro @ Isle B. I think your out in left field bro...

You never mentioned how he played to end the season in Bridgeport, 9-9 in 18 games, 2.93 GAA and .893 and a shutout... on a poor team...
His play was pretty much the same as Kevin Poulin and Anders Nilsson at that level...

His last 8 games were better than his first 10, as he showed signs of shaking off the rust and gaining comfort with a 2.63 GAA and .902 SV% in the last month... Oh and he beat the Calder Cup Finalist Syracuse Crunch with an excellent performance...

Pretty good for a guy that has barely been normal since 2008! With only 'rec-league-caliber ability' apparently...

I too sit with the idea he could be a low cost backup to recover what ever is left in his game or even be a 3rd option in the AHL to get a full workload (Carolina makes sense on that one)... ECHL is too low... but going to a high level Europe job wouldn't be bad either for him... I don't feel an NHL team should rely on him, but I wouldn't go as far away as to stay away from him, really with him showing his resiliency to try and get back into the game and contribute, I have to figure there will be several teams willing to help him out on a cheap year to year basis at varying levels...
July 02, 2013
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... No NHL team should go anywhere near Rick DiPietro. If he wants to continue playing he should go to the ECHL or a second-tier European league (i.e., not the KHL or the SEL) and work his way back up. As bad as he was in limited action in 2013 (GAA near 4.00 and a SV% around .880), it is actually a small wonder that the results weren't even worse for him as his mechanics are a mess and he was constantly fighting the puck. Basically it looked to me like he gutted out a merely plausibly bad pro goalie performance on what is basically now rec-league-caliber ability.
July 02, 2013
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burnsy00 said:

burnsy00
... Thanksrataylor22 will do.
July 02, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... burnsy00 you'd be better served to start a forum thread for that type of question.
July 02, 2013
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burnsy00 said:

burnsy00
... In a rebuilding team I have the #2, #4, #5, #8, #9, #10 #20 overall picks in a 10 team 6 round prospect draft. Should I even bother taking Jones with any pick from 5-10? I won't be ready for another 2 full plus seasons to compete for $$$ but in 3-4 years will Jones have been worth the wait or should I stick with all forwards and pass on Jones completely?
July 02, 2013
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Sovereign said:

Sovereign
Dido... Experiencing intermittnt site problems.
July 02, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... I have been having the same issue as iamlilc. The menu button still works, so the site can be navigated, but the front page links have been broken.
July 02, 2013
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iamlilc said:

iamlilc
Mobile site broken FYI: I can't click on the Daily Ramblings, Fantasy Ranking or Fantasy Hockey Forum links on my iPhone. It's been broken all weekend.
July 02, 2013
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kbooks said:

kbooks
... Jones will do very well in Nashville. If Nashville has limited scoring up front this powerful back end will pick up the slack. Watch for Nashville to trade one of their surplus but solid D for help up front.

Frolik will blossom in Winnipeg where he will get the opportunity he never got in Chicago and his improved defensive play will not hurt at all. Frolik, Schiefele and Kane will make for a very impressive and highly productive line.

With Weiss gone Barkov will step right in as the no. 1 center in Florida and along with Huberdeau will make for a very productive 1st line. Going forward Florida will be solid at center with Barkov, Bjugstad and Trocheck but it might take a bit of time for those young studs to round into form.
July 02, 2013
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Pauls Coffey said:

Pauls Coffey
Nashville = Wet Blanket on Fantasy Production Agree with Dobber here.
"Offense Stifling Nashville" is right.

I was drooling at the thought of Seth Jones + Steven Stamkos & Co. in Tampa Bay.
Then he slid to Nashville.
UGH!

It is good news for Rinne owners though.
July 02, 2013
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The Hockey Hitman said:

The Hockey Hitman
... My favorite author of the ramblings...the original!! Always a pleasure, Dobbs.

Wanted to chime in on a few things...

In my little corner of the twitterverse I was the only one saying if Tampa Bay had a chance to select Jones, they'd pass. I feel strongly that if Drouin went to Florida, Lightning would have picked Barkov or Nichushkin. When Yzerplan(Yzerman) started saying Halifax Moose heads I screamed WHAAAAAT?!! so loud my wife come in the room and thought something bad happened. I was surprised I was right!!

I agree w/ you Florida should've taken Jones. Barkov definitely didn't look happy to be a Panther IMO.

I too have for the most part kept quiet about the Phoenix ownership debacle over the years. Honestly, as spiteful as it is to say, I've never wanted a city to lose a sports team so badly! Hopefully the NHL keeps it's word and today this embarrassing saga comes to a close one way or another.
July 02, 2013 | url
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
... Centers are hard to come by and defensemen are harder to predict development wise. Erik Johnson has not panned out. Bogosian is only now looking like an impact player five years on. Ryan Murray has been set back at least a year. Adam Larsson hasn't exactly taken the NHL by storm. Thomas Hickey ended up on waivers. When it comes to defensemen picked in the top three or four, only Doughty has lived up to the hype in recent years, and going back to 2005, Jack Johnson has been good but still hasn't reached his potential. Plus Florida already took a defenseman in top three in recent years (Gudbranson) and hasn't worked out particularly well and Tampa would certainly take Duchene over Hedman if they could do it all over again. Obviously Seth Jones isn't any of these players but I totally understand why he fell to fourth.
July 02, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Nichuskin was not ranked 4th in any list. He was 5th and due to the KHL factor Dallas knew that he would easily slide to 15 or even 20. You see it year after year, Russian players never, ever go where they are rated. They always go 5-10 slots later. You know this in your heart, I know you do.
July 02, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
..... Just said this in Angus' prime cuts. Nichuskin was expected to go maybe top 4, top 5 at the latest. No way Dallas acquired Gonchar for Nichuskin. The acquired him because Goligoski hasn't emerged and he showed his most promise with Gonchar there. Clearly Goligoski needs some more mentorship and having him there for Morrow doesn't hurt either.

Disagree on Florida needing Jones. Barkov would have been rated 2 had he played in North America. Jones is great but Barkov is great too. There is nothing harder to find in (real) hockey than a legitimate, unquestioning #1 Center. It's impossible to pass that up. Nashville got a great player, but Florida will never regret this pick.

Frolik. Where do you see him playing? I think he gets 70 points next season if he can handle a transition back to full time Center. If not, there's enough wingers in the 'Peg. He goes back to a third line center and is still a plow.
July 02, 2013
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VicGeneral said:

VicGeneral
100% Very disappointed. They suck the fun out of hockey, but in Nashville that = Wins and winning will make Jones happy. Ellis and Jones pairing, book it and look out.
July 02, 2013
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