The Fantasy Guide can be picked up online in pdf form for $9.99 - it comes with an updated spreadsheet, free. Updates are all free, download as often as you'd like. Last update was yesterday. Draft List was updated, too. And I figured out why some people didn't get the fixes that I made last week so that's settled now as well.

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As noted in the comments below - Pekka Rinne, who had surgery on his hip in May, is still not skating. I would find it hard to imagine that the Preds would go out and sign a Bryzgalov, for example. But perhaps this is why the Jose Theodore to Boston is not done? He would be the right fit for the Preds. Can't see Carter Hutton starting the first dozen games, if it comes to that.

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Most of the people who buy my fantasy guide also buy the McKeen's guide off newsstands (I can only wish it worked the other way around too). McKeen's made public yesterday their decision to not print their guide this year. It will be available for sale online, instead. So for the most part in Ontario, unless you guys one of the "fly by night" fantasy guides that pop up on newsstands for a couple of years before they give up trying to break into the market - you're stuck with me. There is the Forecaster, which I wrote about 200 player profiles. There is The Hockey News, which I contributed a column (back page). So just face the inevitable and buy my guide!

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Alex Pietrangelo still does not have a contract, but he's optimistic that he will be in training camp on time.

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There is a very real chance that Kimmo Timonencould play another season after this one. He'll be 39 years old for 2014-15 and his body is breaking down, but if he has a strong season it looks like he'll come back for more.

 

 

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The annual Traverse City prospects tournament begins next week. Here is a look at the group that Columbus is sending. Notables include Oscar Dansk, Michael Chaput, Boone Jenner and Ryan Murray. Find profiles - from a fantasy perspective - on all the Blue Jackets prospects right here.

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Olympics coverage/notes have been strangely absent from the Ramblings, despite the fact that it's all over the sports news in Canada. But that's because I don't care. Does it affect my fantasy hockey team? Then I don't care. Unless, of course, one of my guys sprains an ankle. I'll be on board when the Olympics start (yet I'll still be fidgety because my team won't be accruing any points).

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Does anyone remember Marek Posmyk? I ran into his name when reviewing the transactions and it brought back memories. A high Leafs draft pick in 1996, he even ended up in my keeper league on one of the other teams for a year or two before being dropped. The soon-to-be 35-year-old defenseman never did get it going in North America. Anyway - memories of horrible Leafs drafting in the 90's.

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Now to discuss yesterday's ramblings in which I outlined my thought process in a blockbuster deal that I recently put together.

I was asked why the other guy did the deal - he actually pulled off three deals in the same day. He stocked up on his picks (through me) and solidified his depth. Then he traded some of his future picks, good ones, for second overall. I think he did the deal because he likes Drouin better and figured he would still get him if he dropped down a spot in the draft. So he's probably perturbed to hear that I'm not 100% on MacKinnon - only 80%.

I was asked if I respond to emails about players. I don't. But I can ramble about them if you ask me to in the comments. I also tackle about seven or eight questions in the Hockey News mailbag, and I try to get at least half the questions asked to me on Twitter. I also go through the forum at least once a day and answer any posts with just one or zero replies (but that's hard to find, the community is so good here).

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Enjoy Angus' ramblings the next two days - they're his last two. Jeff has been a phenomenal part of DobberHockey almost from the beginning. After Third Degree Burns and Bugg Bytes, his article - Wild West - was the third piece I added. The guy didn't miss a week. Eventually I gave him free run of the site with Angus Unleashed (posting whenever he liked) and he was my first phone call when I could afford to hire a manager. He'll be missed. But hopefully I can twist his arm and get the odd 'guest' ramblings from him.

And Laidlaw was called away on work-related business and I'll probably be covering some or all of his days early on. So expect to see a lot of me...

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I celebrated MacKinnon yesterday, time to show you some Drouin. Watch. This. Shift. Wow:

 


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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
Angus I agree with Dakkster. Angus will be missed for sure and his value to this site cannot be measured.
August 28, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Pengwin - good idea, I've been meaning to clean them up. I'll tackle that today
August 28, 2013
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Dakkster said:

Dakkster
... Someone with a lot more time and energy than I have should do a contest where we vote on Angus' best article or article series smilies/smiley.gif Aside from starting the site itself, bringing on Angus was the best hockey decision you ever made, Dobber smilies/smiley.gif He will surely be missed.
August 28, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Draft List Great rambling. Great draft guide too.
I think the draft list could still be a little cleaner.

I hate the positional sort. C, C/LW, C/RW, C/W, CLW (! Josh Bailey !), D, LW, RW, W. You know I'm a big supporter of your work, but this is just messy. You need to fix this. I really need to be able to click a button and see all eligible LW.

I'd really love to see a goalie column for W=2, SO=3.
Or better yet... set up a couple dedicated cells so that somebody can enter their own values. (W=x, SO=y). Not hard.

Just looking to help.
If I don't like these things... I'd guess there are many others that dislike them as well.

Good work overall, though. smilies/smiley.gif
August 28, 2013
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newfcollins said:

newfcollins
... Yeah, every time I think of Chris Phillips was a #1 overall draft pick, I then realize there was nothing of consequence after him. There are only seven all-stars from that draft: Sturm, Briere, Chara, Poti, Parrish, Kubina and Kaberle.

1999 was much the same. Only six all-stars: Sedin, Sedin, Boynton, Havlat, Miller and Zetterberg. I think 99 has to be one of the worst drafts of all time.
August 28, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Username - Timonen has gone on record saying his body is wearing down and he wasn't sure if his knee could keep going. I think it was his knee. It was a year ago when he said this. Thanks for following up!
August 28, 2013
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Ed. said:

Ed.
... newfcollins makes a good point. Yes, Posmyk was a flop, but there weren't a ton of stars taken after him in the 1996 draft. Chara, who was a hell of a project, and Kaberle who the Leafs scooped in the 8th round. Aside from those two, there are a bunch of serviceable NHLers...Dackell, Bulis, W. Mitchell, Poti, but no real "OMG the Leafs could have had their SAVIOUR!" picks.

There were some truly lame drafts towards the end of the 90s. Hell, Eric Brewer, Nick Boynton, Paul Mara and Brad Ference were all top 10 picks in 1997. Not bad D men for the most part, but certainly not what you are dreaming of when your team picks in the top 10. We all gave it to Fletcher for his "draft shmaft" philosophy, but he was drafting in an era where value seemed to come mostly from the top 4, and from the odd late round flyer (Kaberle, both Markovs, Campbell, Robidas, etc.) so why not trade your first rounder?
August 28, 2013
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CJMac17 said:

CJMac17
No Pekke? I can't believe the Pekke not making the preseason hasn't made the ramblings yet. Reports that Poile is looking for a veteran goalie...no insight?
August 28, 2013
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newfcollins said:

newfcollins
... It wasn't just the Leafs who had bad drafting in the 90s. For some reason, that decade was horrible for draft picks, especially the late 90s.
August 28, 2013
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Username said:

Username
... How is Timonen's body "breaking down?" He has missed nine regular season games in the past four seasons.
August 28, 2013
Votes: +1
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