The Fantasy Guide can be picked up online in pdf form for the small price of $9.99 - and it comes with an updated spreadsheet, free. Updates are all free, download as often as you'd like. Updated Today - with my projections for the final team standings.

Also - 'LIKE' Dobber Sports on Facebook as I will be making several announcements this week about some exciting things coming up (starting today).

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I'd like to weigh in on the Gabriel Landeskog signing if I may. Seven years, $39 million extension works out to a shade over $5.5 million per year (funny that I say 'a shade over' to describe a number that's actually higher than a lot of our salaries). I think there's a very good chance that this deal works out really well for the Avs. Better than even, say 60-40. But I still wouldn't have done it. Not this month, anyway. I'd wait and see if he makes it to February without getting hurt. If he doesn't, I'm sure he'd take the same deal in January as he did in August. Right now, the only track record we have are his two NHL seasons. One healthy, one injured. I would just, as a general manager, be as certain as I possibly can with each move that I make. And if waiting until January can give me the same result but increase my comfort level, then that is what I'd do.

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HC Geneva (Swiss), which signed Lennart Petrall last week, is apparently closing in on a deal with Matt Lombardi.

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This is fantasy hockey, so I think I can stretch that definition to news about Paulina Gretzky. No? Too bad, we're hurting for news. So Paulina Gretzky is engaged to be married to golfer Dustin Johnson. Fantasy Impact: Now when you 'fantasize' about her, be sure to include the engagement ring on her finger.

 

 

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I generally don't answer emails that ask for advice because I get so many of them and I find that if I answer one, I almost always get a follow-up question to clarify something I say. Which means I'm answering two emails for each one written to me. So about four years ago I was pretty much forced to stop answering altogether or it would be all I do. But this one caught my eye recently and I answered him. He had a team owner leave his pool. The team was near the bottom and had several very high picks. Apparently, replacing the owner is not an option.

Well, stop right there - why is that not an option? I don't understand that. Auction off the guy's team and give the proceeds to the owner who is leaving. Or sell it for a price set by the guy leaving. Or just give the team away. But don't dissolve it! Anyway, I digress…

Okay, so he can't replace the owner, he has to dissolve the team. For some reason, some of the other owners in the league figure that the guy's players go back into the pool (okay) and his draft picks just disappear (what?). So you have a guy picking third who suddenly moves up to second because a pick disappears, even though he finished third-last. Other owners feel that it would be unfair to do that. There is also an argument over how to disperse the players.

Here is how I would solve:

Dispersal Draft. In the reverse order of finish, so the worst team gets the first pick in both the Dispersal Draft and the Entry Draft. Make the draft picks available in the Dispersal Draft as if they were players. So the second overall pick would be a highly-valued asset, perhaps good enough to be grabbed with the top dispersal pick. Run through the draft until either everyone has passed or the entire team has been taken.

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Take a lesson from this. Put a process down in your constitution about an owner quitting. Have it outlined before it happens so you avoid this kind of mess.

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The Leafs still haven't signed Cody Franson or Nazem Kadri. They have less than $5 million in cap space for players that should probably combine for $7 million or more. I'm guessing they would prefer to sign Kadri if they had to choose, which means Franson would be traded. A Franson trade would really help TJ Brennan, who as of now would be in tough just to stay in the lineup. But I don't see any other way this could go down

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Jose Theodore is rumored to be close to signing with the Boston Bruins. The deal is supposedly for the minimum. This really sucks for fans of Chad Johnson (like me), who paid his dues in the minors and is more than capable of backing up in the NHL. Especially behind a quality team like Boston. To me, Theodore is actually a cut below Johnson in talent these days. But he has the experience and name power to easily win the job and that could be it for Johnson's shot at an NHL job, as he's 27 years old now.

It's tough, but when a guy like Theodore agrees to play for under a million bucks, then there goes the dreams of an AHL or European goaltender. Same thing will happen again if Tim Thomas does this, or Ilya Bryzgalov. If one of them decide to play for $800,000, then Thomas Greiss… or Alex Stalock… or Al Montoya… or Scott Clemmensen… or Ben Scrivens… or Eddie Lack… or Carter Hutton… is off to the minors, possibly for good.

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Every year I have three tiers of rotisserie hockey competition organized where readers have the opportunity to move up from the entry tier to compete against the pros… and then from there move up to compete against the experts. I made the decision in March to end my role in this wonderful tradition. But I decided to sit on it, and chew on it until the last possible minute to be sure. A decision like this should be made after careful thought, since there are two or three dozen people who absolutely love the leagues and the format and are excited to continue the challenge of moving up - and dozens more who failed to get into this competition in prior years, but were hoping that 'this would be the year'. But five leagues for me has been too much and I'm cutting it to three. Since I'm in three keeper leagues, the two one-year leagues have to go - the DobberHockey Expert one and the Yahoo Expert one. It's tough to walk away, since I have a reputation in the industry that I need to protect. But for now, at least until my kids get older and I have more spare time (they are two and four right now), I have to make cuts. So I'm out.

Does this mean the entire three tiers and six divisions need to shut down? Not necessarily. But Jeff Angus is off to school in September and that's a key organizer to lose if there ever was one. So I'm out and Angus is out. That's a tough blow. But I know that there are a few guys in the DobberHockey community who are excellent organizers and perhaps they keep the pro and expert leagues going. I'm sorry for the trouble - and in some cases, for the letdown.

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Over at DobberProspects, Rich posted a helpful ramblings yesterday with some 'names you need to know', focusing on Carolina prospects.

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Nazem Kadri's 2013 season, some beauty highlights here:


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yougo said:

yougo
... @sovereing
Nonis is right not to give in. Both would bring in good assets in any deal. So he is in the position of strength


Nonis is in a tight spot. What kind of asset do you want to see coming back for Kadri and Franson? Those assets need to fit less than 5M cap space that the Leafs have. I mean, the Leafs made the playoffs last year, Nonis will certainly not trade two of his best players for first round picks in 2014.... Anybody coming back the Leafs way if he trades Kadri & Franson will most probably have a higher cap hit then both of these guys.
August 19, 2013
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horrorfan said:

horrorfan
Pengwin That's really good of you, Pengwin, and I know you'd do a fantastic job. Though I would expect that more people need to be on board - if Pengwin if offering to run the Entry, there are still the Pro and Expert leagues. Not sure how many people helped run them last year.
August 19, 2013
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GMGates said:

GMGates
P7 I'll be in touch my friend.
August 19, 2013
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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
Pengwin7 That is a more than honourable gesture you have tabled. Based on your contributions over the years, I'd be glad to have my third run in the experts pool this year be overseen by a fine community member, such as yourself! I'm sure the other tier members would feel the same as well!

Ps. I also try to consolidate all my leagues into yahoo lol.
August 19, 2013
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Rollie1967 said:

Rollie1967
Burke stole all the calculators Not sure what Nonis was thinking, he signs both Bozak and Gunnarsson to very lucrative contracts leaving him short on funds for both Kadri and Franson- both whom had better years than the players he signed and should be higher on the depth chart (yah i know Bozak plays with Kessel alot-but not because of his offensive talent). Having Liles signed just a year earlier to a contract again on the high side while both Gunnarsson and Franson are younger with still untapped potential and arguably more valuable now, further complicates matters. Moving Liles for anykind of draftpick/cheap asset would alleviate the cap issue and that should be his lone agenda- not trying to screw Kadri and Franson from a few dollars they deserve based on their play and what like players are getting around the league. Lowballing players simply because you can due to their RFA status isnt going to help team chemistry nor in longterm negotiations for young players which is what the Leafs shouldve been doing with both Franson and Kadri.
August 19, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Dobber Leagues Too bad on the Dobber leagues. I completely understand the time-constraint thing.
Don't miss out on those wonderyears of your girls.

I love this site so much, that I'd be willing to set up the four entry level tiers every year.
Since I keep my whole fantasy world on Yahoo!... it would be something I could offer in exchange for all the free years of wonderful website you've provided to my enjoyment.

IMO, the best bragging rights that exist in fantasy hockey is somebody's ranking in the Dobber tier system.
Can't lose that...
August 19, 2013
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Sovereign said:

Sovereign
Nonis.. He is holding off on purpose. He is controlling the negotiations and will dictate what he is willing to spend.
The longer this holds off, it only hurts the players.

Both players' camps will push for high numbers based on a shortened season and it's over inlfated production levels.
He wants to sign both to realistic contracts, so he will delay and make them sweat. Only hurts there own causes for (their agents) being greedy (See P.K. Subban).

If Nonis trades or dumps players, it is signalling his willingness to cave to Kadri and Franson's demands.
If he holds steady, then the message is, play or don't play, the pie is only so big, and if you want a piece you have to take what you get, until you deserve more.
So far, neither player does, as the sample size is too small.

Nonis is right not to give in. Both would bring in good assets in any deal. So he is in the position of strength.
August 19, 2013
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Jaxx said:

Jaxx
franson/kadri - liles I say keep franson and ship liles for a nominal 4th round pick (maybe back to colorado?). That would give nonis about $8.8m to sign both kadri and franson plus some minimum contract to fill out the 23 man roster.
August 19, 2013
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horrorfan said:

horrorfan
Tiered Rotisserie Invitational I posted this in the 'Dobber Pro Leagues' thread, but thought I'd add it here as well:

That's too bad and I completely understand. Heck, I've already removed myself from being commissioner in one league, so I can appreciate the amount of work this whole thing takes.

Have you contacted others who might be interested in taking over the organising of it? It would be a real shame if this were to be shut down altogether. As it's mid-August, if it were to be kept going then it should be sorted quite soon so people can plan for it.
August 19, 2013
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