"LIKE" Dobber Sports on Facebook, and win yourself a pair of Oakley's! On July 6 I'll draw a name from one of the likes, and send them a pair. We are also giving away two free copies of Tales from the Boston Bruins Locker Room, by Kerry Keene.

 

Late-breaking news - the Globe and Mail is reporting that Paul Kariya has announced his retirement. Kariya was a Top 10 fantasy own in points-only leagues for many years - in years two through six of his career he had 425 points in 329 games.

 

Dwayne Roloson has signed with the Lightning for one year at $3 million, per Bruce Garrioch.

 

It says here that Jagr has agreed to a one-year deal with the Penguins for $1.4 million.

 

Montreal has traded the rights of James Wisniewski to Columbus, per Aaron Portzline.

 

Todd Marchant has retired. One great year - a contract year - suckered a lot of fantasy owners (myself included)...

 

Don't forget to join us Friday at 11:45am for a LIVE CHAT with myself, Jeff Angus, and many other DobberHockey writers as we discuss the impact of the free agent frenzy!

 

Happy Birthday to Mr. Cage Match - Steve Laidlaw!

 

Chad LaRose has re-signed with the Hurricanes - $1.5 this year and $1.9 next, per Big Bad Bobby Mac. Also, Nate Gerbe has signed with the Sabres, details on that one are not out yet, but it's a multi-year deal.

 

My THN article on the draftees, and how they look on new teams...One comment to a common comment I'm seeing over there - the two Russians I note were indeed in the CHL last season. But that's not my point - Radulov was in the CHL also. Filatov has also been over to North America. And Kuznetsov was in Washington's camp last year. I'm talking about permanency when I say "crosses the pond". Thankfully, most of you got that.

 

It’s looking to me as though the Penguins will retain Tyler Kennedy (eventually), though they did not qualify him. That doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, as usually when a player isn’t qualified but the team still wants to keep him, it is because they want to keep him for less money. But Kennedy is coming off of a career season. I also think the team will sign Jaromir Jagr, who will decide on an offer of a one-year contract today. They signed Pascal Dupuis yesterday, which is just a case of not letting go. Dupuis players are a dime a dozen. So before free agency even starts, the Pens could have the following line combos already set up:

Kunitz-Crosby-Neal

Malkin-Staal-Jagr

Tangradi-Jeffrey-Kennedy

Adams-Letestu-Cooke

Assuming they come to terms with Kennedy, Jeffrey and Jagr with a shade of $6 million in cap space. That’s a great team, but the youngsters Tangradi and Jeffrey are already out of the top-six mix before Game 1 even starts. The Pens could have saved a half-million or more by letting Dupuis go and giving a kid a chance. They can always grab two or three Dupuis-types at the deadline if they need to. Again – not exactly a rare player in this league.

 

The Hurricanes have re-signed Joni Pitkanen, which hurts the likes of Justin Faulk and Bobby Sanguinetti making the team. But I think Jamie McBain will still get onto the top PP unit, as Joe Corvo slips out of the mix.

 

Carolina, by the way, is in awesome shape cap-wise. They have two players signed long-term: Eric Staal and Cam Ward. After that, it’s Pitkanen (signed for three years) and then after that it’s Jeff Skinner (signed for two).  Lots of options that way.

 

Hall of Fame players this year are far better than last year, when Dino Chickaroni was inducted (sorry, I always call him that, I thought it was funny as a kid). Doug Gilmour, Mark Howe, Joe Nieuwendyk and Ed Belfour get in. All very deserving. But I would put my Hall candidates in the following order:

  1. Alexander Mogilny
  2. Gilmour
  3. Belfour
  4. Pavel Bure
  5. Nieuwendyk
  6. Howe

 

There were two or three years there where Mogilny was Top 3 in the league. Same with Bure. But because of what Mogilny went through to break down the Russia/North America barrier into the NHL – that alone gets him in.

 

I’m not sure why the Islanders acquired Ehrhoff. They have Streit coming back, Hamonic is now a key, and Calvin de Haan is close to NHL-ready. They have a plan, they should stick to that plan. In fact, they should have been the ones who acquired Regehr – that would be a better fit. But, if they sign him it’s a definite upgrade for the coming year. In fact, Streit and Ehrhoff as a PP tandem would be enough to help Tavares over the 80-point hump easily.

 

Matt D’Agostini could not have done anything better for the Blues last year. Look for him to pull a Clarke MacArthur this year. If he’s smart, he’ll sign with a team that will use him on the second line. Like MacArthur did.

 

Analyzing the salary situation in Philadelphia. Of note – Powe’s potential $1 million is gone, Nodl took a $5000 pay cut, Daniel Carcillo wasn’t qualified...oh, and the Flyers seem primed to take a run at Steven Stamkos. My take? The Flyers still can’t afford Stamkos, and Stamkos is going nowhere.

 

The Preds have elected not to re-sign Steve Sullivan, who becomes a UFA. I think he’ll find a home somewhere on the second line, but I don’t see him getting in 70 games. His body is worn down.

 

The Wild have placed Cam Barker on waivers with the likely intent of buying him out.

 

Tomas Kopecky agrees to a four-year deal with the Panthers. Lucky guy – great climate, great money ($3 million per year) and he’s marginally better than Dupuis. Actually, Kopecky has shown more upside when playing with a skilled linemate.

 

Chris Drury was bought out, per the New York Post.

 

There is a rumor that the Leafs are looking to trade for the rights to Max Talbot. They already have a Talbot. His name is Colby. And they don’t need to trade for his rights, I’m sure he would listen to their offer on July 1. Talbot would be a great 50-point checker and a clutch playoff guy, but injuries have stifled his development offensively and I doubt he could even get 35. Band-Aid Boy.

 

Iginla vs. Benn. And feel free to send me old or classic youtube clips – I’ll need some to get me through the next 75 or so ramblings. So far I’ve had, um, zero sent to me!

 


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hockeytowner said:

hockeytowner
Ehrhoff Rights to the Sabres...talk about Christmas in July. Who will Pegula go after next? Fun times for Sabres fans.


http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=370398
June 29, 2011
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Draft Dodger said:

steve_oshp
youtube clip Not sure how to send so I'll just post here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ne1y0QCOQOM
June 29, 2011
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Mike said:

wizworm
I love google translate! "In 1273 games in the NHL Jagr scored 1599 points, having thrown 646 washers".

Jagr is clearly a Philladelpia Dryers fan....

Part of the enjoyment of google translate or babblefish is the hillarious translations that happen, and yet it all still makes sense.
June 29, 2011
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flaupmes said:

Zangief
... Nieuwendyk was great. Conn Smythe winner, one of only 4 players to score 50 as a rookie (with Selanne, Bossy, Ovechkin). Of course I am a bit biased, but to say he was good and not great I feel is inaccurate.
June 29, 2011
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Isle B. said:

Isle B.
Errhoff/ Isles While it's true that Errhoff doesn't the address the Isles' most glaring need on defense (crease-clearing toughness), the Isles have several needs on D. At the moment they have only three legit top-6 caliber NHL defensemen (Streit, AMac & Hamonic). The rest of their defense consists of depth/spare parts (Eaton, Jurcina, Mottau), a prospect not quite ready (de Haan) and something in between (Wishart). Errhoff would boost their talent level on the blue line tremendously, and a power play with Errhoff, Streit, Tavares and Moulson would have the potential to be a real force.
June 29, 2011
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Brian Boake said:

slow triathlete
HHOF Dobber I am simply stating my opinion on your ranking of the HHOF inductees and Mogilny.

Mark Howe is likely at the bottom because his career was long ago and a healthy portion was spent in the WHA. I don't have a problem with it, I am offering my opinion as to why I believe your ranking to be out of whack.

Nieuwendyk was not a great player, he was a good player. Gilmour is in mostly because he was front and centre on HNIC where Cherry professed his greatest to the many rock em sock em lemmings. Is Howe better than these two? Not certain. Different position and era. But I do know that Mark Howe was the best d man to ever lace em up for the flyers. Including Pronger.
June 29, 2011
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
NASHVILLE RFAs Sounds like Nashville pulled a Chicago 2009 in regard to their RFAs not named Weber and did not submit QOs to them in time. NHLPA currently investigating to see if the likes of Spaling, O'Reilly, Halischuk and SK74 should now be deemed UFAs. Stay tuned...
June 29, 2011
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Renaldo? said:

Teh Doktor
Dupuis I object to the notion that Dupuis is a dime-a-dozen player.

He does lots of things well. He's been a top PK guy since he got here. He can be slotted onto any line - he's been Crosby's winger more often than not (misplaced though he may be). He's good positionally, he's fast, and by all accounts a good guy in the locker room. While not a "tough guy" he is tough and doesn't shy away from physicallity. Plus, he probably took less money than he would have gotten elsewhere had he reached July 1st.

Please understand that I'm not saying Dupuis is a top six forward or that he's in line for 75 points or whatever. I'm just saying that, while certainly replaceable, he's an important member of the team his value on the Pens far outweighs his value in terms of fantasy hockey.

June 29, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Neal & Jagr When James Neal was placed on the top line in DAL, it was Loui Eriksson that made the shift from LW to RW... not Neal.

I would guess that Neal won't switch over in PIT.
Malkin played the first 10 games of 2010-2011 as a RW w/Comrie.

My lines w/Jagr:
Kunitz-Crosby-Jagr
Neal-Staal-Malkin

I think these work a little better.

Crosby holds puck possession so well and has such great ice vision. He's going to find Jagr's stick when Jagr hits an open lane.

Jagr is simply too slow at this stage of his career to be considered a playmaker at even-strength. His KHL numbers (66G, 79A) are more in-line with "goal scorers". His value is going to be via his shooting. This will land him on Crosby's line, IMO... because Malkin's playmaking skills will be needed on line 2.
June 29, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Ehrhoff part 2 Of course, we mustn't assume Ehrhoff wants to stay there ... thew word from Detroit press that he is their UFA target to replace Rafalski may cause him to decide to test the market and hear them out.
June 29, 2011
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fzusher said:

fzusher
Islanders I like Ehrohoof there for them, as long as they pair him up with a smart defensively responsible D like Mark Eaton and use him as the second pairing. Then you have a top pairing of MacDonald-Streit, a third pairing of Jurcina-Hamonic, and Motteau as the 7th D.

CLOSE to being ready is still not ready. De Haan could use a season of seasoning - why teach someone on the job when you can absorb much of the learning curve in the A?. He should overtake Wishart for the top injury call up pretty quickly and get some NHL experience under his belt. Then next year bring him up full time and pair him up with a resigned Eaton, moving a now more experienced Hamonic to the 2nd pairing with Ehrhoff (Hamonic shoots right, Eaton left).

And if they really want De Haan in the show this year, Jurcina on a one year deal should find a taker, especially from a floor-capped team. But as you say, they have a plan and should stick with it. If it's a good plan, then a season in the A for De Haan is part of it.

But I agree a physical D is a bigger need. I really thought they'd take of that by taking Hamilton in the draft.
June 29, 2011
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Ed said:

GoHabsGo
... Ooops. I even forgot that Gartner wasn't in the HOF.

Gartner has 17 (15 consecutive) years with 30+ goal seasons.

Who does that and not get in the HOF?


http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/LegendsMember.jsp?mem=p200102&type=Player&page=statsawards&list=#photo

June 29, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I think the hall of fame is too inclusive as it is, so Andreychuk, Larmer, Mullen, even Gartner would be out. Howe and Nieuwendyk, under stricter standards, would probably miss as well.
June 29, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
i think it's easy to understand why the isles traded for erhoff to hit the cap floor.
June 29, 2011
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Ed said:

GoHabsGo
Did they forget about Larmer for the HOF? Where would Larmer be in your list Dobber?

I would compare Toews to Larmer and people would think Toews will be in the HOF.
- He has 1012 pts in 1006 games
- He won a Stanley Cup with the Rangers in '94
- He won the Calder in '83

http://www.legendsofhockey.net/LegendsOfHockey/jsp/SearchPlayer.jsp?player=10895
June 29, 2011
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Czechline said:

Czechline
"Rangers State of Mind" from Down Goes Brown http://www.downgoesbrown.com/2...-brad.html
Here's a good vid for you Dobbs; great for right before July 1.

"Chris Drury was bought out, per the New York Post." FYI- he didn't need to go thru waivers because of his NTC.

June 29, 2011
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Rad64 said:

Rad64
... Wouldn't it be interesting if D'Agostini signed in Colorado and put up the same points as Stewart....
June 29, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I state that Mogilny should be in for what he did for hockey in Russia, and you tell me to remember that it is the hockey hall of fame and not the NHL hall of fame? I said that Mark Howe deserves to be in, and just because I ranked him sixth you have a problem with it?
June 29, 2011
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Brian Boake said:

slow triathlete
Nuts if you think Mark Howe is at the bottom!!! Howe was an NHL 1st team all star 3 times
WHA rookie of the year
WHA 1st team all star
Olympic silver medal

Had seasons of 107 in WHA and 82 in NHL and was close to a ppg most of years.

While I think Mogilny is also deserving and near the top, Howe is certainly not the bottom of that group. Bure and Nieuwendyk should be.

Remember this is not the NHL HOF it is the HHOF.
June 29, 2011
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