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The Devils signed center Adam Henrique to a six-year deal worth $24 million. Well-deserved, after his incredible season that saw him rack up an eye-popping 16 points in 42 games. And no, his fancy stats weren't that great either. The Devils hedged their bets in case he breaks out and gets 70 points. Little do they know that I'll bet he never reaches that mark, and probably not even 65. The dollars were reasonable, so of course I'm talking about the term. I mean…it's not like they'd be stuck trying to find a replacement if they only signed him to two years and then he walked Seriously, didn't they just see that a Grabovski-type could be had for $3 million? That's who will be available every summer. For that price. And we wonder why there are lockouts.

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Steve Eminger has signed to play in the KHL. He was living year to year, just barely getting NHL contracts. And I guess he was sick of the uncertainty (and low ice time).

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My Hockey News article yesterday tackles the Penguins and Sharks, offseason fantasy look...

 

 

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Blockbuster trade yesterday in one of my keeper leagues. Since I'm low on rambling fodder, I'll go over it with you. If you don't like it, feel free to skip down to the youtube clip.

 

 

 

 

It's my original keeper league - 24 years and running strong (13 teams). Points only, rosters of 20 skaters and positions do not matter. Count the Top 12 at the end of the year, playoffs count as a separate contest and there are three rounds of drafts each year.

Here was my dilemma. I had five draft picks and three of them were very good ones. I had nobody I could drop. My team, in order of how I value the players in this format (remember - positions don't matter so d-men are a liability, if anything…and playoffs count so strong playoff teams are worth a little more):

Malkin, Evgeni

PIT

Kopitar, Anze

LA

Neal, James

PIT

Letang, Kris

PIT

Nyquist, Gustav

DET

Silfverberg, Jakob

ANA

Granlund, Mikael

MIN

Bennett, Beau

PIT

Dupuis, Pascal

PIT

Toffoli, Tyler

LA

Elias, Patrik

NJ

Gallagher, Brendan

MTL

Desharnais, David

MTL

Turris, Kyle

OTT

Brown, Dustin

LA

Staal, Jordan

CAR

Berglund, Patrick

STL

Atkinson, Cam

CBJ

Grabovski, Mikhail

WAS

Yandle, Keith

PHO

Picks: 5th overall (would maybe be Nichushkin, but likely Monahan), 9th overall (a Pageau or Domi-type), 14th overall…and then later picks around 25 and 35 (draft goes to 39). A young team about finished with a rebuild.

I need to clear some room and because we do not count the Bottom 8 players, I can definitely package some 2-for-1s or 3-for-2s whereby I could give up two "8.0" players to get an "8.2" if you know what I mean. Just a small upgrade for a couple of roster spots, but overpay. It was looking like I would maybe clear three spots that way and would have to "pass" on the two later picks. And I hate passing. A pick is an asset, no matter how bad. In 24 years in that league and 12 years running my own league, I've passed maybe three picks out of…we're talking 150 picks or thereabouts.

I emailed my league and told them I was shopping Staal, Gallagher, Elias, Grabovski, Berglund and my picks. Staal because his name still carries inflated fantasy value. Gallagher because he just came off a huge year and is on a high - but I don't see the upside. Kind of like a Henrique. So I wanted to move him. Berglund I was just getting sick of waiting. Grabovski - I mentioned in an earlier ramblings that I would try to move him in one of the two leagues I own him in, taking advantage of the hype. Elias, well, it's a game of hot potato with him. Maybe he gets 65 points for another five years. Maybe he doesn't do it again. I'd rather it be someone else's problem.

I received some tire-kicking, but then I got the bombshell offer - a shot at Nathan MacKinnon. He wanted a lot. But he wasn't touching my core. So I said yes rather quickly.

You see, I am cognizant of how hard Stamkos is to acquire in fantasy leagues. And Tavares. It's almost impossible to get them. And not just now, but pretty much the minute they were picked. MacKinnon will be the same way. Probably Drouin, too. So to add a guy like that when I already have Malkin is huge. And I can pay with multiple assets and it won't hurt one bit. Here is the deal:

Staal, Elias, Berglund, Gallagher, 5th overall, 9th overall, 14th overall

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1st overall, Tanner Pearson, Nikita Kucherov, Josh Bailey and Mike Sgarbossa

Now I can use those two late picks which, in this league, will still be good ones - Zuccarello, Voynov, Chiasson or Pirri no doubt. Just like that, my team is ready for the draft. I paid out the ass to upgrade one roster spot (tremendous upgrade though) and use all my assets. My team will look like this:

Malkin, Evgeni

PIT

MacKinnon, Nathan

COL

Kopitar, Anze

LA

Neal, James

PIT

Letang, Kris

PIT

Nyquist, Gustav

DET

Silfverberg, Jakob

ANA

Granlund, Mikael

MIN

Bennett, Beau

PIT

Dupuis, Pascal

PIT

Toffoli, Tyler

LA

Desharnais, David

MTL

Turris, Kyle

OTT

Brown, Dustin

LA

Atkinson, Cam

CBJ

Grabovski, Mikhail

WAS

Yandle, Keith

PHO

26th

31st

"Best of…"

Where "Best of" would be the best of Pearson, Bailey or Kucherov (I don't think Sgarbossa is in the mix). Whoever I decide come draft day in October. Leaning towards Pearson since I already have three LA guys and having a strong LA vs. PIT situation (for the playoffs component) is appealing. Still not ready for a regular season win this year unless three or four of those young guys break out, but more than enough tradable - coveted - assets to go for it if I'm in the mix.

And by the way - I'm not 100% on MacKinnon. I'm about 80%. And have little problem interchanging him with Drouin.

Hope you enjoyed the insight. If you have any questions on my thinking in some areas, fire away and I'll address for tomorrow's ramblings (hell, it will help give me something to write about).

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In celebration of my acquisition - Nathan MacKinnon highlights:

 


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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I can't tell you the last time someone spelled "Darryl" right, even in emails replying to me in which my name with proper spelling is right there in the signature. At this point Dak, I don't even bother correcting. Daryl, Daryle, Derryl, Darrel...seen it all. You'll get to that point soon!
August 27, 2013
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hockeymasters said:

hockeymasters
... Hey Dobber
Thanks for posting that. Just interesting to learn what players you consider. I know you get thundered with emails, but I just wonder if you respond to any with questions about certain players. The reason I ask is because I know at least one of my competitors in my keeper league, who is a good friend, reads your site. I actually found out about you through him.
August 27, 2013
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... It's just that it's the third or fourth time I've seen the Jakub Silfverberg spelling in article/ramblings content and I've pointed it out every time. Yes, it's minor, but it's damn annoying anyway. It gives a bad impression.
August 27, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Good Trade In a 13-team, count 12... marvelous trade for you.
That is all.
August 27, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Jer - yes, later today. I actually fixed for Saturday, but people are still saying it hasn't been fixed.
August 27, 2013
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jer_33 said:

jer_33
Dobber Draft List Coerrections Sorry if this has been discussed before, but was there ever and update/fix to the draft list - as the 3YP and Upside numbers are missing for a bunch of players (wingers mostly, RW?, Ovie, St. Louis, Parenteau, Cammalleri, Burrows...)?

Thx,

Jer
August 27, 2013
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agentzero said:

agentzero
good deal At first glance, it looks like an overpay. This is especially so if you consider that you said you could get good players with the late picks you had. In your league, I am not a huge fan of Pearson or Kucherov and I don't think Sgarbossa will play a single game for you.. BUT:

On the sum, you win. As you mention, talent of Mackinnon's level is near impossible, nay impossible to obtain via trade. You picked up that type of player and overpay or not, you obtained an unobtainable player. You have to overpay for these guys. You may have, but it was worth it. I think your team is much stronger going forward. I'd have done this, easy.

I am a bigger believer in Mackinnon than Drouin, almost exclusively because he plays C and I prefer those in pts only leagues. Drouin will be a star, but Mackinnon may be a star earlier and may not have the ups and downs that Drouin could.

Well done.
August 27, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... To explain the Jakub vs. Jakob - I copy/pasted this from my spreadsheet. I typed the name into my spreadsheet when I drafted him. When I drafted him, I wasn't as familiar with the spelling as I am today. And at 2am when I posted this, I'm just happy that I caught Grabovski as a member of WSH instead of TOR

Now hopefully we can discuss hockey trades instead of spelling smilies/wink.gif
August 27, 2013
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... Jakob Silfverberg, not Jakub. There are virtually no Swedes named Jakub, and if there are, they're second or third generation Polish or Czech guys.
August 27, 2013
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Rinsseux said:

Rinsseux
Trade Mackinnon - complete non sense This is the dumbest move from the DG who gave you Mackinnon. 90 QI?
August 27, 2013
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