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Stick tap to 'tomastop' in the forum for this - Florida Panthers injury updates: Sean Bergenheim is expected to be ready for the start of the season, however Ed Jovanovski (hip) and Kris Versteeg (knee) will not be. No timetable given on Versteeg, but we already knew that his recovery time would cut into the early part of the season and I don't think it will extend into November.

Dmitri Kulikov (shoulder) and Drew Shore (wrist) could also miss the start of camp, but should be okay before training camp ends.

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Sheldon Souray is so excited for the new NHL season that he sustained his annual injury early this year. He damaged his wrist in workouts and will be sidelined for four to six months. That takes him to Christmas at minimum, but possibly late February. With Souray gone, Sami Vatanen and Kyle Cumiskey stand to benefit. The Ducks signed Mark Fistric to a deal, but he won't eat all of Souray's ice time. So Vatanen should be upgraded.

The thing with Cumiskey is, he played last year in Sweden and put up strong numbers (32 points in 46 games). So will he come back a better player, or a player who is worse off because he adapted to the wrong style of play? He could come back the way Mark Giordanocame back from the KHL and be a better player for it. If he does, then Vatanen will play most of this coming season in the AHL. Cumiskey is the wildcard here, even though he doesn't have near Vatanen's upside.

 

 

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Goaltender Leland Irving has reportedly agreed to try out for Jokerit of the SM-liiga. Irving was a top prospect in Calgary and a Golden Boy - but even a Golden Boy only gets so much rope. Eventually, a Golden Boy will fall if he doesn't do anything. Irving is 25 and if he had a great year at the age of 24, all of those weak seasons would have been forgotten. Only a Golden Boy has that kind of staying power. But he didn't, so time ran out.

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Speaking of former Golden Boys who blew their chance…

The Hurricanes have re-signed Zach Boychuk to a one-year, two-way contract. The AHL side of the deal is just over $100,000, which is pretty hefty, while the NHL side is at or near the minimum. What that means is that the team doesn't really have a monetary incentive to send him down, but a pretty good monetary incentive to keep him up. Almost like a one-way deal in that sense. But if you blow a chance with Malkin, you've already blown your best chance.

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Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond not only boasts the longest name in hockey, but he has joined the Pittsburgh Penguins organization as their minor league affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton has signed him. The deal sets a new record for most hyphens on one contract. The tough guy has only played five NHL games in the last three years.

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The Toronto Sun is reporting that Jaromir Jagr hinted that this would be his last NHL season. I say he plays two years in the KHL after this one. He's a brilliant businessman who will squeeze every drop of money out of his hockey career that he can. Nobody has made more than he has.

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 'LIKE' Dobber Sports on Facebook as I will be making several announcements this week about some exciting things coming up. So far this week I gave details on a new website I'm launching called Dobbernomics (details on Facebook), and the new FREE app that is coming out. Still on tap - some information on upcoming upgrades, a football announcement and a new Frozen Pool tool. Oh, and a contest to win a free jersey.

The Dobbernomics logo I leaked over a month ago on Facebook, but only my faithful 'likes' would have seen that early hint.

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The Red Wings have finally convinced Gustav Nyquist to put pen to paper and man did they get a deal. I mean, sure, they now have 16 forwards signed to NHL contracts and were probably hoping to get a two-way deal from him so that they could have some flexibility until the situation is resolved…but in the end Ken Holland knew that this guy is an NHLer and a budding star. Two years, at $950,000 per year cap hit is a great deal.

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Those in the US will enjoy these guys. Jay and Dan read some Tweets about their Fox Sports debut:

 


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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... Huh? That's not what this is about at all, what Nyquist gets. He's getting what he should right now. It's the other players who are the problem. This is about how Illitch is so goddamn loaded that he doesn't care if a few million bucks go down the toilet in Grand Rapids just to ice the best possible team in Detroit. He sent down 8 million dollar Curtis Joseph and plenty of other guys. But sure, be bullheaded about this. Just ask yourself who follows the Wings religiously and knows Holland's patterns. That's right. End of story.
August 21, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... You're not gonna sell me on that one man. All GM's care about money to a degree, and Holland is the best. If he didn't care about money, he would have given Nyquist $3 million over those two years instead of what he paid.
August 21, 2013
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... Nope smilies/smiley.gif If you have a player on a one-way deal that the team doesn't really care about losing, then they will send him down before they send down guys on two-way contracts that are actually doing something on the team. It's just that it's so damn seldom the team actually has any worthwhile guys on two-way deals since they let their prospects ripen in the AHL for so long. Again, money is no problem for Illitch.

Nyquist makes the team A LOT better than any of Tootoo, Samuelsson or a combination of Eaves/Emmerton (although they want to keep Emmerton as center insurance if Helm isn't ready to go). That's what matters for Holland. Holland has plenty of guys in the AHL and even more guys in the NHL. He tried to buy out Sammy, but Sammy pulled the "I'm a little hurt so you can't buy me out" BS card. Holland doesn't care about Sammy and has tried to move Tootoo all summer long. If they save 925k on sending down Tootoo, they will do that. My prediction is that they move Sammy in pre-season and eat like half his salary, like Toronto did with Scrivens/Frattin and LA. Tootoo either gets traded or sent down, since he proved to be worthless and unusable at the end of the season and in the playoffs.
August 21, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... So Dakkster, you won't concede that it is 0.000000000000001% more appealing to send a player down in Detroit if he's on a two-way? It's 0%? Makes no difference? Sometimes I wonder about you smilies/wink.gif
August 21, 2013
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Anthony Lancione said:

messierforlife
Jagr Whether or not he makes a return to 'The K' first, he will almost assuredly close out his playing days back w/ his beloved Kladno in the ExtraLiga (Owner to boot).
August 21, 2013
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... Why would a two-way contract for Nyquist give Detroit more flexibility? They often put guys with one-way contracts in the AHL. Money isn't a problem for Illitch. Nyquist is still not waiver-eligible so they can still send him down for a while.
August 21, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Jay & Dan Watched it, loved it. Will watch again.
They just need a cameo by Seth McFarlane, who would fit in perfectly.

Love the tweets, weed out the nobs that won't like the show early.
I can't wait for the hockey season... at least they (Fox1), unlike ESPN, will show some highlights.
August 21, 2013
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kctimpone said:

kctimpone
... "Nobody has made more money than Jagr"

I'd also like to point out that nobody has also gambled more of it away smilies/cheesy.gif
August 21, 2013
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JHM said:

JHM
Cumisky Cumisky fell from grace quickly. He played for Canada at the World Championships in 2010. A late draft sleeper in deep leagues or waiver wire pickup. He's not listed on CapGeek yet.
August 21, 2013
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