Brendan Ross of Dobber Prospects is currently going through how each team performed at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and you can find his first set of grades in his ramblings here. Check back throughout the week for more.

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 Zzzzz... still up at nearly 2am watching this Glendale/ Phoenix thing. (midnight Phoenix time). The Arizona Coyotes will be an NHL team for the next five years, minimum! Vote was 4-3 in favor.

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Pascal Dupuis will remain a Penguin. He signed a four-year deal late last night - fantastic for Dupuis owners. He won't get the points that he got this season (in terms of pace), but 55 is attainable, depending on who else the Penguins sign.

And the way they're throwing money around… they'll be signing a lot of minimum salaried players.

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Down Goes Brown brought up a good point on Twitter last night. The Flyers have a track record with these big contracts - basically, most of them are off the books before they're completed. Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Danny Briere, Ilya Bryzgalov and Shea Weber. He suggests that Lecavalier should rent for the first couple of years.

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More news filtering in about players getting (or not getting) a qualifying offer. Here are some interesting names:

Kaspars Daugavins, Michael Hutchinson, Boston (but they qualified (Carter Camper and Jordan Caron)

Andreas Nodl, Carolina (but they qualified Zac Dalpe, Riley Nash, Jared Staal and Zach Boychuk)

Allen York, Columbus

Colten Teubert, Theo Peckham, Edmonton (but they qualified Teemu Hartikainen and Niko Hovinen)

Peter Mueller (!), Jack Skille, Florida (but they qualified Colby Robak and Shawn Matthias)

Benn Ferriero, Minnesota - so they acquire him Saturday and don't qualify him Monday.

Brett Sonne, Stefan Della Rovere, St. Louis (but they qualified Evgeny Grachev)

 

 

Yannick Weber, Montreal

Jonathan Blum, Matt Halischuk, Nashville

Richard Bachman, Jordie Benn, Tom Wandell, Dallas

Akim Aliu, Calgary (but they qualified Paul Byron, Greg Nemisz and Mark Cundari)

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Some of these names are surprising, but in the case of Mueller and probably Skille, the Panthers are hoping to sign them for less than what the qualifying offer would have had to be.

Bachman and Benn are both still in talks with Dallas.

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And I'd like to think that Blum and Halischuk will negotiate with the Preds. Good hockey players and if I'm the GM of another team (and we all know I should be) I kick tires about them. Blum is still only 24 years old!

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If the Toronto police are looking for a crack bust, I think they're smoking it at Tyler Bozak's house. Or maybe at his agent's house. One of them must be on something - "proposing" to the Leafs an eight-year contract worth just under $5 million per season.

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If you missed Dobber Nation this month, you can listen to it here. Great prospect talk and yes the draft has already happened, but check out some of the calls that Brendan Ross made. Very interesting listen.

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Phoenix prospect Andy Miele has reportedly turned down an offer to play in Sweden. The news is a week old, I just missed it last week.

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Ruslan Fedotenko has signed a lofty contract to play the next three years in the KHL. So that's that.

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Thomas Kundratek has signed a two-year contract, but it's a one-way deal in the first year. This was to get him to sign for a lower cap hit. But the fact remains that he will get $550,000 this season regardless of NHL or AHL. That increases his odds of sticking with the big club. He got his seven points last year over 25 games, but really they were over 16 games before he got injured. A respectable number and there is some 30-point upside here for the season ahead.

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In my Hockey News article yesterday I gave my thoughts on the Top 10 draft picks this year and where they sit in terms of fantasy outlook/value. Find it here. I'm going to try to do a Part II for that, but post it here on DobberHockey. I don't write columns for my own site anymore, other than trade breakdowns and these ramblings. And I'd like to change that.

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The Devils have re-signed Dainius Zubrus and Peter Harrold. The latter is a depth guy, but Zubrus signed for three years and is occasionally used in the top six.

And speaking of the top six for New Jersey, the Devils are rumored to be closing in on a deal to keep Patrik Elias. Man, once you're a Devil, they really work hard to keep you. Not a lot of players escape/leave that team I find.

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The Blue Jackets have re-signed Blake Comeau for one year. He had five points in nine games and was plus-5 for them after he was traded to them at the deadline. He has upside, but is wildly inconsistent and he would need amazing chemistry with a quality player to become fantasy relevant.

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And a handful of players were placed on waivers, not to be bought out but just to see if someone will take them off the contract off their hands for free. I'll try to round them up for you:
Keith Ballard, Vancouver; Kris Russell, St. Louis; Hal Gill, Nashville; Matt Hunwick, Greg Zanon, Colorado;

And Jeff Schultz, Washington was waived and will be bought out.

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And finally, the Habs and the Rangers swapped prospects. Good prospects, too. Danny Kristo to the Rangers for Christian Thomas. I will be breaking this one down later today. I was pounding out so many articles last night that I didn't want to bury some of my gold with other gold.

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Interview at the draft with David Poile:

 

 


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The Comish said:

The Comish
Schultz Edmonton should go after Jeff Schultz, because a team can never have enough Schultz's on the blueline (Justin and Nick). Oh the havoc that would wreak on the play-by-play announcers all over the league!!smilies/grin.gif
July 03, 2013
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Sovereign said:

Sovereign
Vinny/Down goes Brown Vinny was supposed to have ndgotiated a no movement clause...no rent required. Unless Vinny and Rocky can't hang.
July 03, 2013
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Rollie1967 said:

Rollie1967
... Shocked that Nashville would give up on both Blum and Halischuk, both still young, but maybe with a less restrictive system they will flourish.

Ballards time in Vancity was a disaster from the start- played hurt (he was genuinely excited to play for a contender and wanted to impress his new bosses) and found himself in AV's doghouse- which became his new home whenever AV needed a scapegoat, despite just as inconsistent play from the likes of Alberts,Rome,Barker,Sulzer over the years. His stats were never going to impress when youre playing on the bottom pairing (hard to justify that salary with 15min/game) and rarely getting icetime with top players. Ehrhoff wasnt any better defensively, but he had a better shot- and found chemistry with the Sedins, which AV then exploited. Lifes alot easier when you pass the puck to a Sedin or Kesler vs a Weise or Lapierre. Ballard in a top 4 would be fine, but 4.5mil in your bottom pairing is a luxury few teams can afford.
July 03, 2013
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dantan said:

dantan
... Ils time for Montréal to get Peter Mueller...a lot of upside. Low risk
July 03, 2013
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angus said:

angus
... The Hunwick waiving was bizarre - he was solid last year for the Avs, can move the puck, and he makes peanuts. Perhaps they have big things planned? The worst defensive group in hockey can't really afford to move anybody.

I guess Barrie and/or Elliott should be expected to step up soon.
July 03, 2013
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davidgoodburn said:

davidgoodburn
... Hi dobber,

Just a question about Ballard. His contract is only $4.2 per for the next two years. Has his game regressed that much that no team is even willing to gamble on him off waivers?
July 03, 2013
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bullwinkle said:

bullwinkle
The Devils "Man, once you're a Devil, they really work hard to keep you. Not a lot of players escape/leave that team I find."

Exactly...like quicksand.
July 03, 2013
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mabus said:

mabus
... Thought it was funny that there was a poll about where Vinny would go, and the most likely two teams (Philly and Detroit) weren't listed. Odd. When "other team" is one of the top two choices, you know your poll wasn't well thought out.
July 03, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Thanks!
Great points
July 03, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... Great ramblings as always Dobber. You have a lot of great writers for this site and pump out a ton of quality content (more than worth the price of the guide every year) but IMO you are still the ultimate and I look forward to your ramblings days the most.

Michael Russo said on twitter earlier today that Ferriero going to the Wild was just to make a contract limits work (a cap dump for Minny) and they never planned on qualifying him.

Flames shouldn't have qualified Nemisz. Sometimes a bust is just a bust, accept it and move on. He was on ok player who got pumped stock playing with Henrique and Hall. I don't see him ever making the NHL, even is a 3rd/4th line guy.

I bet Hal Gill gets claimed, and Schultz will get a shot somewhere after the buyout.

Teams should be pushing hard to steal Blum. Reminds me some of Franson. Crowded blue line but could really produce in a better/right situation. Not sure where that is though. San Jose if Burns goes to wing permanently maybe?
July 03, 2013
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4horsemen said:

4horsemen
... Crack might just be the chaser over at Bozak headquarters.....my guess is that they've landed some of the blue Heisenberg and blacked out the windows smilies/cheesy.gif

Interesting point on NJ players staying there longer than with other franchises, you might be onto something there.
July 03, 2013
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