The Fantasy Guide - my eighth - is now ready for download. Enjoy!

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It has come to my attention that for the past few days people have had problems purchasing the Keeper League Pack. I have fixed the issue (I would have sooner, but I didn't know about it). Should be okay now, let me know if not

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I swapped days with Angus this week as he is on vacation. And then Tuesday I had a bit of a crisis. MS Word told me that it was unable to save my Fantasy Guide because there was no room on the hard drive. Since I have 2 TB of hard drive, I found that hard to believe. But I hadn't emptied the recycle bin in awhile so I thought 'what the hell'. I emptied it. The Guide still wouldn’t save. So I copied the last couple of things that I did onto Notepad and saved it. Then closed the document, since my documents are constantly backing up and I'm always saving, I wasn't too worried. I rebooted. The entire file was gone - the Fantasy Hockey Guide was about 80% done and it was gone. I guess the PC or Word moved it to the recycle bin. And I had emptied it.

So with panic starting to rise, I searched for backups. They were all gone too. Then doing a step-by-step recovery, I managed to find an 'auto-recover' from July 10. So I lost 19 days of work and had a Guide that was 10% done. Two days before release. Then I installed Pandora and using that program I managed to recover the backup file for July 29 - but it was unformatted (which also means no charts). Using the July 10 Guide (which had a basic formatting structure), my spreadsheets and this recovered text file, I spent most of yesterday copying and pasting and fixing. Eleven hours later - I was back to where I left off. Needless to say, Amato jumping in Wednesday to do the Ramblings for me was a big help.

But hey, this goes to show you - nothing can stop me from bringing you the goods. Beaten, bloodied, battered and in chains - I'll find a way to get you the information you need if I have to chisel it into the stone floor using a rusty nail clamped between my teeth.

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The Flames have signed TJ. Brodie to a two-year deal worth $2.125 million. That's good value for this season and it should be fantastic value in 2014-15. I have Brodie getting 35 points in 80 games in the Guide that you'll be reading later today (and thank you for supporting the website).

 

 

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Scott Gomez continues to find NHL jobs and seems to be having an easier time doing it than Wade Redden. As Amato noted yesterday, Gomez signed a one-year deal with Florida.

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Ziggy Palffy retired from hockey yesterday. Ziggy was a five-time 85-point player and hit 90 points once when he was with the Islanders back in 1997. I owned him for a few years in my keeper league that will soon enter its 25th year (hey, I'm not that old, I started playing when I was 15).

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Milan Kraft also retired from hockey yesterday. He had 40 points in 66 games as a 24 year old, but never came back after the lockout so we never saw what he could do.

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Some thoughts on available free agents:

Nik Antropov - At this point a 40-point guy, assuming he even plays 80 games. Which he won't.

Brad Boyes - There is little doubt that Boyes would be with the Islanders again if he accepted the NHL minimum. But of course, after 35 points, I'm sure his agent feels he can get in excess of $2 million. Apparently not. NHL GM's are well aware that 34 of those 35 points are thanks to John Tavares. The other point went in by accident off Boyes' ass.

Damien Brunner – New Jersey took a close look at him, but then signed Jaromir Jagr instead. I suspect that his agent figures that if he holds out, then a Ville Leino-like offer will come. But the agent doesn't realize that Leino's contract serves as a warning - not a precedent.

Ilya Bryzgalov - He's training over in Sweden, but is awaiting an offer of a starting job. Not many of them left. Maybe Florida? Bryzgalov owners may be stuck holding the bag here.

Mikhail Grabovski – All we know is what TSN told us. Three teams are very interested and Winnipeg is not one of them.

Guillaume Latendresse - Injuries have taken their toll and Latendresse had trouble just getting into the Ottawa lineup. However, he is still only 26 so it's hard to imagine that he won't get a job somewhere next season. He can still salvage a fine career, he just needs to stay healthy.

Brenden Morrow - Still a valuable leader and checking-line player, with 50-point upside. He's looking for the best deal, as he's 34 now and probably wants just one more contract. But I can't see teams lining up with five-year offers so he may have to settle for two or three.

Peter Mueller - He's still negotiating with the Panthers, but probably needs to tone down his salary expectations to get it done.

Vinny Prospal - He had a pro-rated 51 points last season and he had 55 the season before that. Yes, he's 38, but there should be a team out there interested in bringing him on board.

Tim Thomas - No jobs available and he'd be competing with Bryzgalov for any that crop up. Take a year off? Not a good idea. If I took a year off in 2014, would you buy my Fantasy Guide again in 2015?

Mason Raymond - He apparently has several suitors, but a decision probably won't be made until late August.

Ryan Whitney - The 30-year-old former 59-point defenseman has lost a step thanks to nagging foot injuries and GM's across the league know it. A contract could be awhile.

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Much is being made, with good reason, of how bad the New Jersey offense will be without Ilya Kovalchuk. But if you let go of the name for a moment and just look at the stats - the guy got 31 points last year. So strictly speaking about offensive stats, it's easy to replace a 65-point guy. Between Jagr, Ryder and Clowe, the Devils have probably - not in terms of "potential" but in terms of "reality" - succeeded in replacing the offense of Kovalchuk and Clarkson. For this year.

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Gorgeous give and go - Straka to Palffy:

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Turn your volume down for this (or up, if you like Metallica), but here is a Palffy highlight package:

 


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Spec7ral said:

Spec7ral
... Mackinnon chart numbers look a tad high... Maybe I'm wrong. smilies/shocked.gif
August 01, 2013
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woodrow said:

woodrow
... On your draft list spreadsheet, Ovechkin is missing from the #2 slot on the Points&PlusMinus sheet that you find him at on the Points&Potential sheet. With all the recovery problems you have had, there must be some other issues too... still a great job as always though.
August 01, 2013
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Spec7ral said:

Spec7ral
... Ristolainen's upside is misidentified as a "C".

Whoever got the Higgy's Hellrazor's add is my new hero.
August 01, 2013
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Ari said:

Ari
... Dobbs just a heads up: Nathan Gerbe isn't included on Carolina's long-term potential chart. Otherwise, great guide this year!
August 01, 2013
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MGW said:

MGW
DROPBOX! Dobber, in 2013 you shouldn't to be dealing with this madness.
Get Dropbox, it's unreal.
I make a folder, save my file to it, it saves on my computer AND online instantly, and I can access from anywhere including my iphone immediately. And it's 2gb free!
Can't wait to read the guide.
August 01, 2013
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Savvy1982 said:

Savvy1982
Fantasyhockeygeek Any idea when the latest projections from the new guide will be uploaded to Fqntasyhockeygeek?

I realize that the Guide has been out a whole 45 minutes, but I thought I'd ask.

Got the whole night set aside to read through it tonight!
August 01, 2013
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Dunnder said:

Dunnder
Document Backup and Morrow/Oilers I find the quickest and easiest way to backup something i dont want to lose is to email it to my hotmail or gmail account. Pretty straight forward, and i can then access and work on my documents from any computer.

Brendan Morrow - can someone tell me why the heck the Oilers havent signed this guy? Isnt he EXACTLY what they need? 3rd line physical winger with leadership experience and some scoring ability. I thought that MacT would have pursued Morrow on DAY ONE of the free agent frenzy. A 3yr $9M or 4yr $10M deal seems like a no brainer to me - for both Morrow and the team!
August 01, 2013
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
Palffy My all-time list of favorite players I watched play (and are now retired) include (in order) Messier, Bure, and Palffy. I was so sad when he retired from the NHL early. Absolutely killed my fantasy team.
August 01, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Guide I'm going to pay for mine right NOW.
Great work on recovery... good lord, every once in a while my computer goes bezerk and I lose sh!t.
Worst part is trying to figure out where the eff you left off after the last copy.

Anyways - glad you got it all back!!! Looking forward to 2pm!
August 01, 2013
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Rodgort said:

Rodgort
... So:
Lindros 865 points (372G 493A) in 760 GP (1.14ppg) constant hall of fame talk.
Palffy 713 points (329G 385A) on 684 GP (1.04ppg) everyone forgets him. I always was amazed watching this guy play

My point being I do not think Lindros is a Hall of Fame player with the names still ahead of him.
August 01, 2013
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gfunkb7 said:

gfunkb7
... Procrastination can be a bitch lol

Happy you got your files back, happened to me several times in University. Thank god for these energy drinks.

Looking firward to the guide! Big ups!
August 01, 2013
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BlackGold said:

BlackGold
... You could also email it to yourself as an emergency backup if you run out of space..... But I do highly recommend setting up Drop box or Google drive on your computer for the auto backup.
August 01, 2013
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JHM said:

JHM
Palffy Palffy was an excellent player. His retirement shocked Fantasy owners, as he was still highly productive when he left the NHL. In fact his final NHL season, he was on pace for 60 assists! Although over point-a-game on his career, No Hall-of-Fame as he didn't manage any awards, 50 goals or 100 point seasons, his tenure was a little short and there are no Stan's to place on his mantel. Very significant in Fantasy though.
August 01, 2013
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Diffusion said:

Diffusion
Computer problems For something as important as that I highly recommend an offsite backup, there are plenty of free options out there that could be used.
At the very least use a USB key for an extra copy. I work for a University and I can't tell you how many times I have seen students freaking out cause they lost there only copy of their thesis because they only stored it on their computer which up and died (or got lost stolen)
August 01, 2013
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jer_33 said:

jer_33
MS Word? MS Word? Hard Drive? Recycle Bin?

You really need to consider this a warning. At the very least, consider saving the file to Google Drive or Dropbox, and saving the file as it's updated (much like you do as it it updated over the summer). Or maybe save independant team updates.

I would recommend setting up Dropbox, with individual folders for each chapter in the Guide. Share these folders between all of your writing partners. Effectively, every time a change is made in a folder, it is automatically updated in everyone's folder. It is also backed up online - safe and secure.

Cheers.
August 01, 2013
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agentzero said:

agentzero
Guide preparation lol. Dobber, I want to congratulate you on your 8th release. Your guides are a staple of my twin brother's yearly birthday present (and by default a present to me) and I want to commend you on the work of you and your dedicated staff. I say "lol" because after so much hard work, scrambling and panic, you always manage to deliver and on the other end of a deadline, you just have to laugh at it sometimes. Any idea what caused the breakdown? Why you couldn't copy it into another Word file? Why Word wouldn't save at all? Weird...

Anyway, again congratulations. There is no better fantasy hockey resources (web or paper) and I think at this point you should be very proud of that.
August 01, 2013
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coldsquad2002 said:

coldsquad2002
... You seem too have computer problems every year with it Dobber. How about using a floppy disk smilies/smiley.gif
August 01, 2013
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OceanMon said:

OceanMon
WOW!!! Great story on the recovery of your data, Dobber!!! Thanks so much for the hard work!!!! I almost crapped my pants when I thought the guide might be delayed!! hahahhaa
August 01, 2013
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