DobberBaseball Fantasy Prospects Report - released yesterday – be sure to drop by the site and pick that up if you’re in a baseball keeper league.

 

TSN is reporting that Kyle Turris is about to sign a two-year deal. There is not a doubt in my mind that a trade will happen next. My favorite two teams for a move? Calgary and Ottawa.

 

Matt Beleskey has been placed on waivers. He hasn't been the same player since his concussion last year and they need to get him into the AHL to find his game again.

 

Salary cappers - check out my THN column from yesterday here. Also, my Puck Daddy piece can be found here.

 

So… what’s the protocol here when I know that my readers are sick of the Crosby talk from TV, highlights, Twitter, other sites, etc. But at the same time, he posts four points in his first game? Do I talk about him? Ignore it? What? Bah, I gotta say something, right?

 

Before the game I asked my wife how many he would get. Her guess? Zero. My guess? Four points. Bang on again. Man, I’m on a hot streak this season like I haven’t seen in a good four years. Everything I’m touching seems to be gold – so you’d be wise to pay attention now. I think I’ve inched my “right 52% of the time” thing up to 53% now.

 

Pascal Dupuis rode shotgun with Sid and tallied three assists. He has 17 points on the season and could finally break that 40 barrier that he hasn’t touched since his sophomore year when he had 48. But keep in mind that when line juggling happened, it was Dupuis who went off the line and not Kunitz.

 

Disappointed not to see Staal play with Malkin. We did get to see Malkin play with Crosby a lot.

 

The fact of the matter is – if Scott Gomez has 42 points in his last 92 games, then he doesn’t deserve 18 minutes of ice time. Ever. Until Jacques Martin gets that into his head, the team will fall short of their potential. Better forwards are seeing fewer minutes because of this stubborn obsession with treating Gomez like a 70-point guy. If he’s a role player, then treat him as such and give him 11 minutes on the checking line.

 

This is getting silly. Kris Versteeg is showing no signs of slowing down and you know what? I don’t think it will a whole lot. Not as long as all three of the members of that line stay healthy, the line won’t stop. It may slow so that all three fall inches short of 70 points. But no worse than that – but all three of these guys need to stay healthy. If one guy gets hurt for a few games, all bets are off and chemistry is compromised. That’s 25 points in 20 games for Versteeg, 21 for Weiss and 20 for Fleischmann. If Versteeg gets 30 in 60 going forward, it’s still a 55-point season.

 

The only forward to see more ice time last night than Matt Read was Claude Giroux. Of course, Jagr was out, but still. Question – how does a guy with such a skill set go undrafted? Read, by the way, scored. Earlier in the day he was named NHL’s third star of the week.

 

Sean Couturier saw a season low 6:44.

 

In six games since being blown out by the Jets, Ilya Bryzgalov has not allowed more than two goals in a game. Until last night when he let four by him.

 

Jeff Carter has awakened. Give him three goals in two games. He gets incredibly hot at times, and this is one of those times.

 

Now that Steve Mason isn’t playing, the Jackets are winning. Curtis Sanford is undefeated in regulation – 2-0-1.

 

With three points last night, Vinny Prospal has quietly posted 18 points on the season.

 

I had high hopes for Cal O’Reilly in Phoenix (I guess, not EVERYTHING I touch turns to gold…), but it hasn’t worked out yet. But it looks as though Dave Tippett is working with him as his ice time is still okay – in that 13-15 minute range. He has one point and is minus-3 in seven games.

 

Tyler Seguin has hit a bit of a rut, managing just one point in his last four games.

 

Tim Thomas has won six in a row and has three shutouts in that span. He one-upped Carey Price, who has allowed just one goal in 180 minutes of goaltending… and yet has a loss in those three games.

 

Nick Palmieri was a healthy scratch for the Devils and Tedenby drew back in.

 

I’m not sure what to think of Zach Parise this year. It’s obvious that 80 points is not in the cards, but I can’t believe he won’t get 70. That makes him a “buy low” guy right now, since I like him in that 67 to 73 range.

 

Tyler Myers is out 4-6 weeks with a broken wrist. As I noted yesterday, the door opens for Sekera. And of course, you have to also think that Marc-Andre Gragnani will eat some more PP minutes. The Sabres recalled TJ Brennan.

 

Leland Irving may have had a rough start to his pro career, complete with a stint in the ECHL, but it’s all falling into place this year. He was AHL’s player of the week last week. He’s 13-5-0, 1.94 and 0.927 for Abbotsford. There’s your goalie of the future in Calgary, finally arrived.

 

Alexander Semin was indeed a healthy scratch last night, as speculated. The Caps won. Was the message received?

 

In his NHL debut, Dmitri Orlov saw just 12 minutes for the Caps and 52 seconds on the power play.

 

It sounds like TJ Oshie will be ready to go for the Blues tonight after all. Sorry Brett Sterling.

 

Chris Pronger missed last night because of a virus. Braydon Coburn – a UBI.

 

Magnus Paajarvi was a healthy scratch by the Oilers. You knew it had to happen soon.

 

I also want to reiterate my invitation to prove to me that you bought somebody else’s guide, a snapshot, or send me the guide itself – and I will send you my Fantasy Guide to you for free, so that you can see what you missed. Only five people took me up on that offer – one complained that the guide he bought had ZIP predicted for Craig Smith and Matt Read…another guide that I got practically had a photocopy of last year’s final standings with some tweaks in it…plus Kesler playing 82 games. With my Guide – I had Kesler at 75 games because I was able to update based on his injury. I had 28 points for Read and 40 points for Smith. Would this not have helped you? I want you to see what you missed – email me your proof of another guide purchase and I’ll send you mine. Dobber at DobberHockey dot com

 

Crosby’s back…

 

 


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lcbtd said:

germant
Friedman's Setup dobberhockey and goalie guild are both mentioned in Elliott Fiedman's excellent running article 30 Thoughts.

http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/opinion/2011/11/crosbys-return-about-comfort-30-thoughts.html

Congrats Dobber and Justin. Seems you hit a fan in Friedman and his widely read article is sure to bring in a few more hits.
November 22, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
crosby thing define TRUE hockey fan?

I am glad Crosby is back and recovered from his brain damage (=concussion), however what I can't take is the media over coverage.
And if he had 4 points against Thomas and Chara last night I would be really impressed. And I mention the Bruins cause they are the team that would most likely not get a suspension if Crosby had of got injured again.


November 22, 2011
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Santo Manna aka Ross10019 said:

ross10019
... Re the Crosby thing, my take is that if you are a TRUE hockey fan, loving the game for the sake of the game and considering that it is the greatest sport in the world, then you have to like what happened on the ice last night EVEN IF your team is a bitter rival of the Pens and so normally you hate everything about the Pens. It is a great hockey story, and the kind of story that should transcend team loyalties. It's similar to what I experienced with the Chara / Pacioretty hit last year and the Bruins subsequently winning the Cup - there was this blind hatred of Chara, culminating in that stupid police investigation, and it took precedence over acknowledging that the Bruins playoff story was a great hockey story, I recognized that even as a diehard Habs fan, and my respect for guys like Chara, Bergeron, Thomas, and what they bring to the game of hockey, made me respect what they did regardless of the fact that they are our "hated" rivals, and I was happy to see them finally raise the Cup for a team that has not had that opportunity for almost 40 years.
November 22, 2011
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lcbtd said:

germant
@Santo Santo Manna - well said. Agree completely.

I remember similar hostility towards Gretzky too. There was a time when Americans loved Gretzky more than Canadians did. It's almost like people were resentful of the success he earned. Gretzky did go on to become the most popular Canadian to play hockey and it wouldn't surprise me if the anti-Crosby sentiment subsides after his retirement.

Until then though, Crosby haters will be around and they'll be vocal though they'll likely be kind enough to keep quiet when he's scoring game winning goals in the Olympics ;-)
November 22, 2011
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Rob Myatt said:

robmyatt
Gomez Yeah the whole Gomez thing is painful, however, I've watched the last 2 games and he's looked like a rejuvenated player. He is battling like he's never battled before. Before it looked like he still had some skill but no hustle. Now he's all hustle and no skill. At 7 mill a year cap hit, I'm assuming they're giving him tons of minutes in the hopes that he takes a bump and ends up on LTIR. That's the only real way to get rid of the cap hit without sending him to the minors. Buying him out would only solve half the cap hit problem
November 22, 2011
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littleranger said:

littleranger
Crosby I believe the Crosby coverage was a lot like the 'Royal Wedding' coverage. For those interested it was just enough, for those not interested it was TOO much.
November 22, 2011
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Bender said:

baconnol
Nash / Mason So Rick Nash hits Steve Mason in the head with a shot and now Mason has is out with a head injury.... well I guess we can't say that Nash isn't doing everything he can to help his team win.
November 22, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
positive the one positive is that they stopped talking about RNH for one night smilies/wink.gif

Kudos to Dobber for recognizing the Media over load. This is more a media thing really, they over due everything to the point where is turns people off.

November 22, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
pengwin Not a swollen head - more like trying to swell my head back up to the proper size because it was a shrunken cusp! Man, I had the shittiest luck last season and even to an extent the season before that one. Injuries killed every word that came out of my mouth - be it directly about the player I hyped, or indirectly (say - about his linemate). Now this year, it balances out because I'm finding that I'm right far too often than normal.

When you're down on your luck in fantasy leagues, it feels so good to get everything rolling. And this is magnified in my case because it also impacts me professionally.
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November 22, 2011
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Santo Manna aka Ross10019 said:

ross10019
... And the whole "he returned against a crappy team" thing is ridiculous, what did you expect him to do, wait until the Pens are playing the Flyers or Caps to return, when he was ready last night? Pathetic.
November 22, 2011
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Santo Manna aka Ross10019 said:

ross10019
Crosby Man, it's incredible how many Crosby haters are out there. The guy comes back from EIGHT MONTHS away from the game and notches 2G 2A and 8SOG, with one of the goals highlight reel, and guys are ragging on him or on the league for emphasizing his return. NEWSFLASH: He is the best freakin' player in the world and could very well challenge the greatest players ever to play in terms of contribution before his career is over, and he returned from a career-threatening concussion in spectacular fashion, let's all be positive about this rather than focusing on the "negative" (e.g., overhyping media; Bettman; etc.). Come on people!
November 22, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Turning to Gold... I hope your wife has a few good clamps when your head starts to swell.
I wouldn't want it to explode... we'd all miss out on these enjoyable ramblings.
When is Angus' next rambling?
November 22, 2011
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mick said:

hawkdog
bang on about being sick of the Crosby side show.
did they pay the islanders to start a Nilsson?
November 22, 2011
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GB said:

Front89
NHL The thing that bugs me as a hockey fan is the NHL, and therefore Versus/NBC, seems to view Crosby as their sole face and when he is in and playing well, thats pretty much what they focus everything on. The reality remains, however, that there are a stunning number of great players today in the NHL especially young rising players that should be promoted as well whether or not Crosby is playing. I know they have to "sell" the league and sport, but the endless knobbing of one guy and one guy alone is tiresome and counter-productive IMO. This is not the NBA with Jordan, Bettman. Hockey is the ultimate team sport and there are many other players who deserve just as much attention and do not get it because of the Crosby fixation.
November 22, 2011
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Jeremy Campbell said:

onthebeach96
PR Show Last night was an NHL PR show for Crosby's return, and it was kind of sickening for non Crosby owners to watch. The league couldn't have scripted a better return. Good touch with the Isles goalie getting his first ever NHL start. I think that even Gomez could have gotten 2 or 3 points last night! Back to reality tomorrow against St.Louis, hopefully it leaves Crosby and the Penguins singing the blues!!!!

Who's to say that Parise isn't playing hurt, he could be a good buy low candidate or he may be out soon with another knee injury.
November 22, 2011 | url
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BabyElias said:

BabyElias
Parise I'm not worried about Parise. He needs time to get his game back - and Zajac's return will help him a LOT. Parise is a major buy-low candidate now.
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Ken Shultz said:

kshultz
Crosby Talking about Sid isn't boring when he's playing like that.

The frustration/boredom sets in when he's been sitting for months, and other news outlets are writing on and on about him NOT playing.


November 22, 2011
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