Another quick note on the site upgrades - still a couple more weeks of this. You will see things such as the sites being down for a few minutes, the DobberHockey ramblings app crashing (get the app here), etc. Little things really. But it's for the greater good and things will be tip-top shape by November I hope. At this point, the app is working fine again and you can stream ramblings to your phone okay.

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Brad Marchand, Boston's leading scorer last year, is starting to see a - small - amount of PP time and now ranks sixth among team forwards in PP ice time. But basically the Bruins lost one PP guy (Seguin) and gained two (Iginla and Eriksson). Sure they had Jagr, but only for a handful of games. Unless someone on this team is injured in the near future, I'm not really comfortable with Marchand getting more than 45 or 50 points.

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Mikhail Grabovski is down to the third line and his ice time is dropping. Meanwhile, Martin Erat gets promoted and hammers out three points Saturday. Erat saw nearly 18 minutes of action, which is about what he saw in his two prior games combined. Erat, like Grabbo, is legendary for his red-hot streaks and I have a feeling he's just at the start of a nice run. Grabovski looked great there for awhile, but it turns out that he really is what he showed in Toronto - lots of promise but 50 points in the end.

If there was a way that Washington could meld Erat and Grabovski together, you would have a star 80-point forward.

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I noticed a comment yesterday with criticism for Thom not covering all 13 Saturday games in the Sunday ramblings and I just want to explain the goal of the ramblings to newcomers to the site. A few years ago, I was desperately trying to cover all games and all the news, much like your Rotoworld or even TSN, with thoughts. The ramblings were no longer fun to write, I was burning out and frankly the stuff I was saying could be found anywhere else. I felt the pressure to cover everything when other sites already do it - and they do it with a staff of a dozen or more people. I then made the decision to get back to basics. Just write my thoughts, my observations, my research into my own leagues. Back to just bantering with the reader, like we're having a beer in a pub. I no longer tried to cover all the games (sometimes none of the games) nor all the news. What I do (and Mike, Steve and Thom as well) is just provide unique insight on whatever jumps out at us while we watch games, go through the summaries and sift through the news. Sometimes that means all games get coverage. Sometimes it means none. But the goal is to give you fantasy hockey info and opinions that you won't find anywhere else. Since that move was made, the ramblings are easier (and far more fun) to write, and frankly they help you with your fantasy team a lot more.

I'm always open for suggestions if you have a guy you want thoughts on because we missed something. Simply leave it in the comments below, or email me, or even tweet me. I may not respond, but I do read everything and try to add it to the next ramblings I do. I'm sure Steve, Mike and Thom would do the same thing. The Marchand note above was spurred on by an email from one of you guys, and the Erat note was thanks to a comment below the Sunday ramblings. So your opinion is absolutely read and often addressed. By speaking up, you do help the site do what it does best - help fantasy teams.

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That tease Chris Stewart is back at it again. The Blues have a lot of players putting up points and everyone is healthy, so Stewart is back to where he was two years ago. Unproductive and unneeded - likely the former because of the latter. Whereas in 2012-13 he was desperately needed, so he was scoring goals. In the last three games, he saw 42% of the power-play time available:

#1

44.7%

BACKES,DAVID - BERGLUND,PATRIK - OSHIE,T.J.

#2

42.1%

ROY,DEREK - STEEN,ALEXANDER - STEWART,CHRIS - TARASENKO,VLADIMIR

#3

7.9%

ROY,DEREK - STEEN,ALEXANDER - TARASENKO,VLADIMIR

#4

5.3%

BACKES,DAVID - STEEN,ALEXANDER

As you can see from the above PP line combo (from Frozen Pool) breakdown, six Blues forwards saw more ice time with the man advantage.

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Jason Demers has two points in the three games that Dan Boyle has been sidelined. Yes, Boyle has only been sidelined for two games, but when he was hurt it was early in the first period. So call it three games missed. Both of Demers' points came on the power play. A waiver wire must.

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Derek Morris has six points in seven games. Contract year. His last contract year (2009-10) he had 29 points, which was his best number in the prior five years and in the three years since.

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Mike Santorelli is doing what I said he wouldn't do. That is, produce. He was up over 22 minutes of ice time Sunday and has six points this year. Who is he playing with? Well, I'm glad you asked. I'll just consult the handy-dandy Frozen Pool line combos:

#1

27.7%

BOOTH,DAVID - KASSIAN,ZACK - SCHROEDER,JORDAN

#2

27.4%

KESLER,RYAN - SEDIN,DANIEL - SEDIN,HENRIK

#3

23.4%

SANTORELLI,MICHAEL - SEDIN,DANIEL - SEDIN,HENRIK

#4

21.5%

HIGGINS,CHRISTOPHER - KESLER,RYAN - SEDIN,HENRIK

Whoa.

But he's been held off the scoresheet in four of his last five games. Does Tortorella have the patience to keep going with this experiment?

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So Sunday was Backup Goalie Day. I didn't see it indicated on my calendar, but I'm pretty sure it's there somewhere. Fredrik Anderson, Eddie Lack, Curtis McElhinney, Carter Hutton and Jack Campbell all saw action Sunday when only six teams played. Let's review:

Can't really fault Campbell, as his team gave up 47 shots on goal in his first career game. Though allowing six by him wasn't great. And Jonas Hiller got the hook after one period and Andersen got into his first NHL action stopping all 24 shots that he faced. And he got the win.

System or goalie? McElhinney gets his first start for Columbus and stops 37 of 38 shots, looking like a star. This is the same team that turned a cast-away backup goalie into a Vezina winner last year. Discuss.

System or goalie? On a team that made Chris Mason a star to the point where he continued getting contracts three years longer than he should have. And a team that made Dan Ellis actually decent for a season. And a team that now has one of the best goalies to own in fantasy hockey with Pekka Rinne. Now this team throws Carter Hutton out there and he stops 38 of 39 and he's allowed just two goals on 61 shots in his career with them. Just…really good scouting of their goalies, right? Nothing to do with Barry Trotz. Discuss.

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Valeri Nichushkin picked up his first NHL point, an assist. But he saw just 9:22 of action. A little worried about him being handled properly, as I wasn't impressed with how Lindy Ruff handled Grigorenko last year. I have no confidence in him putting up fantasy-worthy numbers this year. Although long term I think he's a stud no matter who coaches him.

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Am I wrong about Teemu Selanne? A little. I did say he would have a strong October and the calendar hasn't flipped yet. But he's looking good and showing great chemistry with his linemates Perreault and Silfverberg.

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Devin Setoguchi returned from his healthy scratch to post an assist Sunday. He played with Evander Kane, who took a whopping 10 shots on net. But the Jets shuffled lines like I've never seen, with no trio playing together for more than 14% of the game.

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Seth Jones played 26:23 of ice time Sunday - his lowest of the last three games. In fact, he played 82:06 in those three games (27:22 per game).

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It sounds like Taylor Hall will be out for a little while. NHL.com reports that he has returned to Edmonton for an MRI. So Yakupov owners - your patience will pay off now.

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Michael Grabner, who is having a great year so far, is looking at a short suspension for this headshot on Gerbe:

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Bruce Boudreau must be happy with how well Cam Fowler is playing. After seeing over 29 minutes Friday, Fowler was out there for a team-high 22:37 Sunday and he picked up his second and third points of the campaign. After two disappointing seasons, he's offering fantasy owners a glimmer of hope.

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Martin Biron has announced his retirement. In 508 games he had 230 wins and 28 shutouts. His best season came in 2001-02 when he went 31-28-10 with four shutouts. He saw 30 wins again for Philly, going 30-20-9 on a better team. But he was never really able to take that next step to secure the "I'm a true starter" reputation.

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Of note in the AHL - Nikita Kucherov has eight points in his last four games and sits sixth in league scoring as a rookie. Tampa Bay has an embarrassment of riches. You can read up on Kucherov with some great fantasy scouting notes - here.

Other names I'm watching, with their rank on the scoring list:

11. Danny Kristo (7 points, 6 games)

12. Gustav Nyquist (7 points, 5 games)

16. Mika Zibanejad (7 points, 6 games)

30. Ryan Strome (6 points, 5 games)

44. Tyler Toffoli (5 points, 7 games)

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Here is an excerpt from the NHL goal-scoring list…

1. Crosby, Steen, Marleau, Hertl, Ovechkin (tied with 7)

200. Mike Smith (tied with 120 players, with 1)

322. Claude Giroux (tide with 400+ players, with 0)

Smith scored with 0.1 seconds left Saturday. If you didn't see it:

 

 


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number54 said:

number54
@Rataylor22 RE: Chiasson Yeah, I fully expect Chiasson to slip form his current pace at some point. I'm just kind of surprised to see it start happening just as Ruff started increasing Chiasson's minutes, that's all. Having said that, though, Chiasson's been outstanding for Big D from a production standpoint, both last year and this year. So while it's not the likeliest scenario, I wouldn't be surprirsed to see Chiasson finish above 60 points if he keeps getting the ice time and quality line mates from RUff.
October 23, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... MGW - must not remember Iggy's heyday then. Weave? No. But I don't really see Benn doing that either. Physically dominate? Oh yea. A couple years ago, it was basically impossible to knock Iggy off the puck once he had it down low in the offensive zone. Like I said. Not completely identical. Benn probably has better stick handling skills than Iggy ever did. But the way they play the game and he way they physically dominate opponents? Really similar
October 22, 2013
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MGW said:

MGW
No problem Horton is easily forgettable.
Comparing Benn to Iggy seems off to me. I feel like they are very different players. Maybe I don't remember Iggy's heyday but I've never seen him weave through guys and physically dominate like Ive seen Benn do. Iggy's always had a great shot and and even better nose for the net.
Although I reserve the right not to comment on this whole ramblings stuff, I like the passion generated.
October 21, 2013
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Wink said:

Wink
Ducks D What about Beauch? He's the interesting guy in all this, to me. If they continue to use Fowler, Vatanen and Koivu, then add Souray to the PP mix, wouldn't that mean a big drop in Beauchemin's value? Not taking injuries into account, of course
October 21, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... @Wink - minimal impact I think. Souray was never going to replace Fowler, and I think Vatanen has significantly proved himself to keep his role. Souray might help Vatanen on the second PP. If you're riding Hampus Lindholm, he will be the one who will be most affected by Sourays return, possibly to the extent of being sent down. Honestly though, Lindholm hasn't shown anything to be owned at this point and should be dropped anyway outside of extremely deep leagues and leagues with farm teams.
October 21, 2013
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Just get rid of Drance and Amata and the site will be good again.
October 21, 2013
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Wink said:

Wink
Its Early Just one guys opinion-
It's a bit like a rebuilding year here on the website. Some attrition of vets, some new guys stepping in to larger roles.

Give 'em some time to grow and hone their craft. From what I've been reading so far I'm confident their rookie work will show them developing into keepers.

Now all this aside... how will Sheldon Souray's 'soon-ish' return impact the value of the rest of the Ducks D? Anybody we should be looking to sell high on? Or who may gain value?
October 21, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... SeaDawg - Thank you for understanding, and I'm always up for further discussion via email.

MGW - Awesome. Damn, completely forgot Horton. Now I'm out of answers with regards to Marchand...Thanks for setting me straight!
October 21, 2013
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MGW said:

MGW
Am I missing something Either I am crazy or wasn't Horton on the bruins pp last year too?
October 21, 2013
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27Blue said:

27Blue
... Re: Chiasson

His icetime is climbing for two reasons:

1. He has been terrific and deserves more ice-time
2. He has started killing penalties too

This guy is a total stud. Best rookie forward in the league early in this season. Others may have more goals or points, but Chiasson does it all.

October 21, 2013
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
... As for the new ramblers, I have nothing against them personally and think they are actually smart, knowledgeable hockey writers (I believe I already said as much below). My only point is that although some people come to this site for fantasy opinions, some (like me) come for other reasons also. In time, I'm sure I will value the fantasy opinions of the other writers too. In fact, I quite clearly recall that when Angus started, I didn’t trust him either, but in time I actually started to value his opinion MORE than Dobber’s. I sincerely hope I can eventually say the same about the other writers.

As for revenue and what to do with the ramblings, Dobber and co. are free to do whatever they want with the ramblings. I'm merely providing constructive criticism in the hopes that this site continues to be successful. I know I speak for many readers when I say that we value a complete summary of every game. If that is not possible, so be it, but unfortunately it will lead to some people being less than satisfied. That is, of course, a business decision that only Dobber can make. I only felt it important to express my opinion so that he can take everything into consideration in making a decision.

Trust me when I say that I want this site to succeed as much as any other member. I`ve been visiting this site and supporting it financially by buying guides for 7+ years and will continue to do so because this site has proven to me to be the best fantasy hockey site on the Internet.
October 21, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
Quality and free nonsense I have tried to stay out of this part of the conversation because I think it is absolutely ridiculous. Anyone threatening to stop coming to this site because the ramblings don't meet their exact specifications of what they would like to see is absolutely ridiculous. The end of the day, the ramblings always provide a lot of quality content not available on other sites. If it requires you to go to TSN to check box scores and DobberHockey to get insight on some or all of those boxscores, that is hardly an inconvenience. You want game by game stats of how every player performed, well there is about 9000 sites and phone apps that can give you that in a heartbeat. The Score app even allows you to set a specific watch list for each player on your fantasy teams and an isolated section where they will show you all of their game stats.

Pikamonk - You are completely wrong. First off, it would be an economics class, not a marketing class. You would take a marketing class to find out why the site has ads, not whether the site having adds and paid products determines if it is a free site. Kind of irrelevant though.

The site is a free site as no member of the Dobber community (THE USER) is required to pay to use the site. The site sells products, but just about every site sells products. Twitter sells products but is still a free site, as does Facebook, and Wikipedia. The site dobberhockey.com is a free site that provides a ton of quality content to thousands of users at NO COST TO THE USER. The adds are present to allow the site to remain free to the user. The guide is to help support and enhance the quality of free content available on the site (more guides sold --> more revenue available for reinvestment --> more writers --> more content). If you had actually ever taken an economics class you would understand why this is a free site.

SeaDawg - stating that a business isn't supposed to be fun is simply silly. If the owner of a business no longer enjoys that business the quality invariably slips, revenue dries up, and the business closes. While it may be YOUR opinion that the quality of the free content has been slipping, I don't think there is any member of the community who has bought the guide and paid for a product of this site who can say the quality of the product has slipped. I think most, if not all would say it is improving from year to year and one of the best fantasy hockey guides on the market today. IF your preference is that the writers make sure they exhaust themselves to the point where they no longer enjoy the site, the quality of both the free and paid content will slip and the site will eventually become unsustainable and shut down. Would that be your preference?

All of the writers should have the freedom with the ramblings to approach them as they please. It is essentially their day to blog on their thoughts about hockey and they all do a great job and work hard. Do I sometimes think the ramblings aren't up to the quality I have come to expect from the site? Yes, but very rarely, and all of the writers do a great job of taking suggestions and improving the following week. And while I agree with you to some extent on the topic of not having seen enough of the work of the newer writers to fully trust their fantasy opinion, I also don't always agree with Dobber or with Angus when he was here either. The fact that they write about all of these topics and give their opinion can make you consider something about players that maybe you didn't before, or see how other people value players to take advantage of your opinions in your league. The provide different and refreshing insight that you can agree with or disagree with but at the very least they do their research and provide compelling cases to think about.
October 21, 2013
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hockey said:

hockey
Pikamonk Take a marketing class? THAT is an assinine comment if I've ever heard one. And even more assinie is that you have the nerve to try to school dobber on how to run his own business as if you have an intricate understanding of how it works, this site has been around for awhile now without your insight.

There will always be people unsatified with whatever product you make and if you try to please everyone you will surely run yourself thin and then whats the point in the end? There is a reason people don't walk into an italian restaurant and complain that they don't have sushi. Surely there are always ways to improve but dobber obviously knows that as he has been improving the site for years.

On the definition of the word "comment", there is also a context which is equally important. We can all agree that we shouldn't start talking about politics on a fantasy hockey website, so not all "verbal or written remarks expressing an opinion" are valid. Even now I'm dangersouly off topic and I apologize to everybody for that but I felt it was worth expressing an opinion since the proverbial can of worms has already been (hopefully temporarily) opened. That said, on topic polite critism should be exceptable to an extent, probably to the "you know it when you see it" extent.

Again, I apologize for not talking about hockey..I'll try never to do it again...heres a little...can erik johnson keep his point streak going tonight? Am I the only one who has noticed that he's been playing strong hockey this season? Lots of minutes good defensive play, good first passes, skating the puck end to end, shooting and now...the points have started comingsmilies/smiley.gif
October 21, 2013
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Lots of discussion and misunderstanding about the way the ramblings are done, and about whether or not this is a free site. I invite pikamonk and seadawg to email me and I can go into more detailed explanation.

To be clear though - ads are a pittance and cover server costs. It is indeed a free site. And Laidlaw/Amato are now what Jeff Angus was three years ago. So give them a chance. I know them and don't hold them in any less regard than Angus.

And to Seadawg - I can't afford to do more with the ramblings. That's a business decision. Weighing what I can do with time and money given. I have two young kids (time) and a budget (money). I can't bring in more help and I can't ask the current help to do more. That's business. But the ramblings are written the best when they are fun. If you don't enjoy your job, the quality suffers, same as all businesses. That's why Google has pool tables in the office, right? Again, I invite emails for further discussion. But trust me - my heart and soul is poured into this and I want to be the best and am doing everything I can to achieve that (without getting a divorce or going bankrupt!! smilies/wink.gif )
October 21, 2013
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pikamonk said:

pikamonk
Hockey comment That being said. I've always been on the "system makes goalies" bandwagon. Reason why I jumped on Rinne back when ellis got injured, mike smith signed by a tippett coached team, sold bryz leaving a tippett coached team(did not sell lindback unfortunately...) and most recently mcelhinney as a desperation add for my h2h league this week. Too bad for hutton that rinne has his huge deal. No way preds can trade him or bench him if he ever falters a bit.

The patterns are there for certain teams/coaches and in some ways the reason why lundqvist has taken a hit. He has the quality to adjust but when a goalie gets used to a certain way of play infront of him, the initial shock is apparent.
October 21, 2013
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pikamonk said:

pikamonk
Seadawg - on point For the comment police. From google dictionaries, the definition of comment: a verbal or written remark expressing an opinion or reaction. So, no, they are not only for what "number54" has outlined. That is an assinine thing to say.

To the "free site" mongrels. Take a marketing class. Nothing is free, especially when there are ads on the site & paid products to purchase. This is a fact.

I just want to emphasize again that the other "ramblings writers" should for their own sake look to dobber's ramblings as a template. If people are satisfied with the ramblings they don't complain, and the reason why the daily ramblings comments used to be about hockey and not the quality is because the quality WAS great so there was nothing to complain about. This year is the first year I've complained and noticed many more complaints... We all know dobber realizes this and I'm confident either the writers try to remedy it themselves, dobber gives them tips or (as an absolute last resort) he finds different writers.
October 21, 2013
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rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
... What happened with Chiasson? Calm down now. He's currently on pace for 62 points, and sorry but that just isn't likely. he's going to fall in the 45-55 point range. So he will keep getting points, but yea he is going to have streaks of scoreless games too.
October 21, 2013
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number54 said:

number54
Much Ado about Rambling ...Time was, comments on them daily ramblings was about hockey, not the dagnabbed quality of them ramblings. Tarnation! If I wanted to read a bunch of yellow-bellied slack-jawed hokum, I'd watch me some good ol' Mike Milbury color commentating

But seriously, folks, the comments section is for adding USEFUL information that might have been overlooked in the original article, not for your personal gripes and belly-aching about what you wanted covered. If you have a problem about content on the site, there's a "contact" button at the bottom of the page.

On that note: what happened with Chiasson? He looked so good to start the season and suddenly 2 games he goes O'fer as Ruff starts beefing up his ice time. Anybody know whether he's getting more defensive zone starts lately or something?
October 21, 2013
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BigE42 said:

BigE42
... System or Goalie? Mike Smith was just terrible when he was in TB, i remember i took a chance on him in Tampa because of his big frame, when he signed with Phoenix I remembered thinking it was the greatest boost ever to my goaltending after watching what they had done with Bryzgalov.

In related news: System or Goalie? Philadelphia Flyers lol...
October 21, 2013
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Savvy1982 said:

Savvy1982
... Looks like I'll have to start Yakupov this week then, even if it hurts me deeply to do it.

I keep telling myself "Small Sample Size, It'll Be Fine"... Over and over while I gently rock myself in the fetal position...

At least I still have Galchenyuk and MacKinnon...
October 21, 2013
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slopoke said:

slopoke
Ramblings Count me among the group that does not expect the ramblings to be a run down of every game and box score. As the manager of a keeper fantasy team, I have chosen to keep myself informed using material on several websites, with Dobber (with frozen pool), TSN, and capgeek being the main ones. I don't need the guys writing the ramblings to give me the easy stuff I can get myself if I think I need it (box scores). I much prefer the opinions, or the more obscure stuff, like PP time, injuries, line combos ... I understand the suggestion for analysis of every game, and imagine that's what some people may prefer ... but I'm not one of those, especially if the time to give box scores etc take s time away from the depth and quality of the material that I do like ... the opinions ...
October 21, 2013
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Ed. said:

Ed.
... I like recaps of every game, interspersed with some fantasy insight. Thus, I have found a site that gives me just that, and I visit daily. Takes about two minutes of my time. That said, I will never consider that a substitute for the Ramblings, or vice versa. I appreciate the insight the Ramblings provide, the focus on what a player has been doing, or what opportunity he is about to receive, rather than on whether he scored last night. Both are useful tools, and both are valuable. Complaining that one isn't the other is like complaining that your socket wrench makes a lousy hammer. As for the comment someone made about trusting Dobber and Angus, but not necessarily the newer writers, Dobber chose these guys for the job right? He also chose Angus for the job, right? And that worked out okay? No fantasy writer is infallible, not even the big names (just scroll up to where Dobber admits he was off on Santorelli) but having access to multiple viewpoints is a wonderful thing.

And you know, if you don't agree with something that was written, but your league contains a lot of other Ramblings readers, then you there is a chance a player's perceived value has just shifted in your league, in a way that you don't agree with, and that's something you can exploit too.
October 21, 2013
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Smith For those of us that were away for the weekend (without internet & hockey highlights)... thanks for the Smith highlight on Monday morning!
That shot might have even scored through the tiny "Score-O" hole that the Wings used to set-up during intermission fan shootouts!!!
I dig the ramblings, good work. smilies/smiley.gif
October 21, 2013
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Rodgort said:

Rodgort
... I just want to add about Valeri Nichushkin is that Ruff has praised this kid every game almost, and has said he is trying to give him favorable match ups and stop him from putting so much pressure on himself. That is why he was scratched the one game, so he could watch and learn. I do not think it is the same as Grigorenko because the whole situation just seems different, and Grig is a C which adds more responsibility than learning W.

The ramblings are always great. If people are mad they are not every game well... do your own analysis of the games not covered and quit whining.
October 21, 2013
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Mark said:

bluecollar
... This is a fantasy opinion site. Not a box score site. If someone comes here and doesn't want to hear an opinion, they are missing the point of the site.

Thanks Dobber for the free service. I buy both your hockey and football guides and am getting into your baseball site as well. So much of your work goes unnoticed but is appreciated nonetheless.
October 21, 2013
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
@praba I can understand that. I really do, but on the other hand, I don't much care about the fantasy opinion of Laidlaw, Drance, and Amato. I don't really know these guys. Dobber (and Angus before he left) was the guy whose opinion I trust based on the history he has on this site. I'm not saying that the other ramblers aren't knowledgeable or that their opinions aren't interesting to some people, but I don't put a lot of stock in their opinions. In time, I might learn to trust and value their opinions, but right now they are just like anyone else posting a comment in the forum.

All I'm trying to say is that there are two types of people who come to this site and it likely isn't very hard to please both.
October 21, 2013
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
@Mark It is a free service. I'm only saying that if Dobber wants to continue drawing traffic to the site, he should listen to the feedback he is receiving from the readers like me who want, and used to get, a breakdown of every game. No longer doing that is going to reduce traffic to the site, which will impact advertising revenue, and in turn decrease the sales of his guides.
October 21, 2013
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praba said:

praba
... i cant stand ramblings that just talk about the game and who scored blah blah blah. it will take me two seconds to read that using boxscores. the best ramblings are the ones that provide me with interesting stats, opinions, fantasy league impacts etc....unique stuff that i cant reallly find on other sites.

if you come here to read up on last nights stats, you're better off looking at sites like TSN/NHL that actually have dedicated pages towards that.
October 21, 2013
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Mark said:

bluecollar
Ramblings are good as they are I have to respectfully disagree with SeaDawg about the "business" comment he made. These are free ramblings. People come here for advice, not for a daily recap. And if SeaDawg wants to go to another site, he should go. I'm just a longtime reader here and even I feel a little insulted that people are seriously complaining about a free service.

"If you don't give me better value from a free service, I'll just pay nothing to someone else for their free service." Give me a break!

Keep doing what you're doing, Dobber!
October 21, 2013
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TavesSoul said:

TavesSoul
Devils It should bear noting, rataylor22, that the Devils can't make their first pick worse anyhow, since they don't have one. smilies/wink.gif
October 21, 2013
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pahlsson26 said:

pahlsson26
ramblings There's also a possibility that the Sunday ramblings could be written by two people. I mean, I remember the few times a couple years back when ramblings were written by Angus and then later on you or Goldman added some more content here with a different colour. So if 2 guys would cover 6-7 Saturday games each, every game would have something written about it and everyone would stop whining. Just something to consider smilies/smiley.gif.
October 21, 2013
Votes: +3

Giff9 said:

Giff9
Pavelec? What are some overall thoughts on Pavelec's game this year? I largely targeted him in my league because of some of the positives in the fantasy guide but so far he's been quite underwhelming. Is it the goalie, or team?

Would love to hear from any jets fans.
October 21, 2013
Votes: +2

SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
Ramblings I get what you are saying, Dobber, that it was no longer fun to cover all the games, and I don't want this to sound too critical, but running a business isn't necessarily supposed to be fun. I also realize that you have stretched yourself a bit thin by adding other sites (like baseball, football), but like any business, if the customers want something and were actually getting it at one point and then had it taken away, I feel the complaints are warranted.

Many of us use this site as a "one-stop shop". I have been coming here every morning since 2007 and I have watched the site grow into what it is today. I absolutely loved it when every game was covered, even if the rambler only mentioned the outcome of the game and a few key players. If I wanted more info, then I went to TSN, etc. to get it. But this is where I come to find out the gist of what happened in every game. The problem is that you used to do that and it was a great service that has now been taken away. I know the ramblings are "free" so we shouldn't complain, but the quality and thoroughness of the ramblings is what drives traffic to your site and encourages members to buy your various guides. Thomas and the others are top-notch hockey writers and they do an excellent job with the ramblings. The Sunday morning ramblings are likely the toughest. I just don't think that touching on every game at least briefly is asking too much. I know we can get the info from perusing the boxscores and going to TSN, but in all honesty I prefer to just get all the info on this site. This is the first and often the only hockey site I go to each day, and including an exhaustive summary of the games will keep me, and other readers, from choosing to go to other sites instead.
October 21, 2013
Votes: +4

UKflames said:

UKflames
Victim of succes The problem now Dobber is that everyone thinks so highly of the site that they expect the earth, and usually get it. So when they come to read the ramblings they expect a full fantasy breakdown of every game including the colour of every players stick tape (I am not sure that is a stat yet but you never know), you have done too good a job.

Nice way to bring everyone down to earth though, well put sir smilies/wink.gif
October 21, 2013
Votes: +3

The Hockey Hitman said:

The Hockey Hitman
love it quote:
" I noticed a comment yesterday with criticism for Thom not covering all 13 Saturday games in the Sunday ramblings and I just want to explain the goal of the ramblings to newcomers to the site. A few years ago, I was desperately trying to cover all games and all the news, much like your Rotoworld or even TSN, with thoughts. The ramblings were no longer fun to write, I was burning out and frankly the stuff I was saying could be found anywhere else. I felt the pressure to cover everything when other sites already do it - and they do it with a staff of a dozen or more people. I then made the decision to get back to basics. Just write my thoughts, my observations, my research into my own leagues. Back to just bantering with the reader, like we're having a beer in a pub. I no longer tried to cover all the games (sometimes none of the games) nor all the news. What I do (and Mike, Steve and Thom as well) is just provide unique insight on whatever jumps out at us while we watch games, go through the summaries and sift through the news. Sometimes that means all games get coverage. Sometimes it means none. But the goal is to give you fantasy hockey info and opinions that you won't find anywhere else. Since that move was made, the ramblings are easier (and far more fun) to write, and frankly they help you with your fantasy team a lot more. "


Nicely put, Dobbs...way to stick up for your team. The way it should be!
October 21, 2013 | url
Votes: +1

kbro said:

kbro
I hope your site upgrades include IE10 support! The site is all over the place when viewed with Internet Explorer 10.
October 21, 2013
Votes: +0

rataylor22 said:

rataylor22
Extra Thoughts As always great ramblings tonight Dobbs. A couple things going through my head as I was watching hockey/football today.

Corey Perry - Great night tonight. 2G, 1A, +2, 4 PIM, 1 PPP, 8 SOG, 4 Hits. Contributed basically everywhere.

Jamie Benn kinda reminds me of a young Jarome Iginla. Kind of a do everything captain. Both have a wicked shot (Slapshot for Jarome, Wrister for Benn). Benn hits, is tough, super skilled, and physically dominant enough to take over a game and put a team on his back, just like Iginla was in his prime, and Benn isn't scared to step up and fight when he thinks his team needs it (as he did tonight). Not completely the same, but I think they do a lot of things similar. That said, I HATE when star players fight like that. I don't want one of my studs getting injured in a fight with 3 minutes left in a game.

I think Hiller needs someone to push him to be good. Started the year pretty dominantly, Fasth gets hurt, and Hiller gets lit up and pulled tonight. Not all the goals were hurt, but it's just a troubling trend.

And kinda something from Saturday that I didn't see mentioned. The Devils are not a really good team, but they also aren't a terrible team. I actually think they could squeak in to the playoffs this year if they would only realize Brodeur is barely passable as a backup at this point in his career. My prediction for the Devils however is they are going to take just long enough to commit to Schneider that it ruins their chances at a playoff spot, but they will do it soon enough that it wrecks their draft position. Just my feeling.
October 20, 2013
Votes: +1
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