The Fantasy Guide - this glorious piece of literature can be picked up online in pdf form for the small price of $9.99. And unlike newsstand magazines - besides this one being way better - this one will be updated up to October. And that includes projections.

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Wayne Gretzky was traded 25 years ago this week and there is no shortage of coverage. I really found Adam Proteau's quick interview bytes from several of the key players interesting. But also I'll be watching TSN's features, running a different one each day. Yesterday was Gretzky's "children" - the name coined for the sunbelt hockey players who joined either directly or indirectly because Gretzky played in Los Angeles.

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Hey, guess what's finally done? The Phoenix Coyotes have been sold. They're staying. Five more years minimum. Phoenix Coyotes this year, Arizona Coyotes next year.

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Kyle Clifford has signed a two-year deal with the Kings. Clifford has some offensive talent, but to this point he has found his niche as a gritty checker. That being said, his PIM have dropped each of the last two seasons and his production has risen. I have him for 19 points and 107 PIM but he could very well hit 30 points. But his main value is in his hits. He had 155 of them last season, good for ninth in the league. That's just one behind teammate Dustin Brown. The Fantasy Guide has him penciled in for 185 in the coming year.

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Phoenix prospect Viktor Tikhonov has signed to play two more years in the KHL, in case you had some weird hope that he would give the NHL another go.

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If you're interested in getting some more insight about prospect Kevin Connauton, take a look at Mark Stepneski's rundown on the young Dallas defenseman.

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I received a note from former DobberProspects writer Miika Arponen who tells me that a Finnish newspaper is reporting that Teemu Selanne is working out hard and that indications are that he intends to return for another season. Furthermore, the newspaper also speculates that Winnipeg is very much in the mix this time. And wouldn't that be something?

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Minor leaguer Jamie Tardiff, 28, has signed with the Sabres. He was a fourth-round pick in 2003 (Calgary), but only got into the NHL this past season for two games with Boston.

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Shawn Burr - rest in peace. Burr was battling cancer, but died of a fall in his home. I would suspect that an episode stemming from the former led to the latter, but I'd just be speculating. Burr was by all accounts a good person and teammate. For the Kitchener Rangers (OHL) he had 127 points in 59 games in 1985 as a 19 year old. For Detroit he was a five-time 45-point player, with his best season coming in 1991-92 when he got 51 points, 118 PIM and was plus-26.

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Shawn Burr hammers Roenick:

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Burr hammers Jocelyn Lemieux:

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Burr's story, regarding his fight with blood cancer. This story will really make you think. Wow - bombshell:


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Shanty said:

Shanty
Big Fight If a Roenick type player got hit like that today.....three players would try to fight Burr! This is how it should be. RIP
August 06, 2013
Votes: +2

rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
Umm....What? Pen and 5hole, I have no idea what either of you guys are talking about.

Pen - Neither of those hits involved a hit to the head, and lots of players these days take tons of hits like that and get up and keep playing. Especially the Roenick hit, there was absolutely no head contact. The second one maybe, but you can clearly see Burr tuck in his arm and lead with his shoulder to Lemieux's chest.

5hole - Umm what? Neither of those hits were blindsided, and neither of them were to the head. Hitting is as much a part of hockey as all of those other aspects you mentioned. Hell, there is hitting in no-hit mens leagues. It is a part of hockey. If you don't like it, go watch another sport, or turn on games just for the shootouts. If you want to watch hockey, that means you want to watch big, clean, hard hits as much as you do all the other things listed. And yes, even in today's NHL those were both clean hits.
August 06, 2013
Votes: +1

jacques oeuf said:

hammer2003
... very nice tribute belgarat!

RIP Shawn Burr
August 06, 2013
Votes: +1

5hole said:

5hole
Old Time Hockey Gotta love when people who have probably never been blind sided by a 220lb man coming in full steam thus crushing your brain into jelly complain about them lying on the ground after. WTF?
Go watch MMA if you want to see cavemen beat their heads in. I want to watch hockey, pretty dangles, tic tac, toes, one-timer laaazzzzzers and huge saves. The brain defragmenting is as high on my list of turn on's as an overpriced 90yr old leper hooker!
August 06, 2013
Votes: +1

Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Love that Burr hit However... if that was in today's NHL... a player would just lay on the ice crying.
And then we'd all be here the next day talking about how long the Shana-ban would be for and accusing Burr of throwing an elbow to the head and the dissecting the footage frame-by-frame.

Back then... Roenick just got up and kept playing.
Two good ol' hockey players. The way it should be.

RIP Shawn Burr.
August 06, 2013
Votes: +0

belgarat said:

belgarat
... I used to work for Little Caesars in Detroit. Shawn had a house on the lake about a mile or so from where my store was. He used to come into the store for sandwiches all the time all dripping wet from being out on his jet ski. He was just a great guy, you'd never know he was different from anyone else when he came in. I'll never forget one time I guess I had tightened our dough mixer too hard and the 2 girls working that day couldn't get it loose. Shawn came in and loosened it up for them. I could have gotten canned for them letting him behind the counter but dude never said a word to anyone, wouldn't even take his sandwiches for free that day. One of my all time favorite Wings, rest in peace my man.
August 06, 2013
Votes: +10
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