Dobber’s fifth annual Midseason Fantasy Guide – out January 6 with a special addendum update for January 13. 17 days!

 

Right after I say that about Brandon Pirri, the Blackhawks called him up! If he sees more than 10 minutes, it will be itneresting...

 

Here's a promising Alexander Radulov update from Chesnokov.

 

It's very likely that Claude Giroux will return tonight. Now that he's let three other players tie him for the scoring lead, it's time for him to pull back ahead! I don't think there's enough ammo in that stick to hold off Geno though...

 

Both Mikael Samuelsson and Marco Sturm left the Florida game with injuries. With David Booth out for the Canucks, that was a quite a trade... for the Vancouver/Sunrise hospitals...

 

I wanted to mention this because I've had an email per day for last few days from different people. It's regarding my hyperlinks and to them (and most people) it would make sense if the links opened up in a new window. I agree with that completely. I write my ramblings on MS Word and each hyperlink in MS Word is set to open up in a new window. However, when I paste it into the site and publish it, that code doesn't work. For me to set the links back to opening in a new window like I meant it, I would need to go through each one and highlight them, edit the link one by one. I know it only adds five or 10 minutes but it just doesn't seem worthwhile. However, you will notice that any ramblings that I add throughout the day open up in a new window - that's because I generally type those directly into the site. Sorry for the inconvenience there - and that explains why most blogs (such as Puck Daddy) do not link to a new window either. One thing I do is right click any hyperlinks and then "open in a new tab" when I'm reading blogs. Some of you may not have been aware of that trick.

 

Martin St. Louis has returned to practice with the team. There is no timetable on his return.

 

Fantastic stuff in the comments section below by Pengwin - he pulled up info that shows that Niskanen's assists are primarily (11 of 12) second assists.

 

In the last 15 AHL games, Brandon Pirri tallied at least two points in eight of them. Currently he is on a three game points streak and has seven in that span. The Chicago prospect has climbed past Jeremy Morin and Kyle Beach on the fantasy depth chart. Morin seems to growing into a hardcore, hard-hitting checker/scorer – more energy than top six. Beach is still a slow developing power forward. Meanwhile, Pirri is reminding me a little of Kris Versteeg. At this point I think I would even prefer to own him over Brandon Saad and Mark McNeill.

 

Benn Ferriero has been recalled by the Sharks because Martin Havlat will be out for “an extended period of time”. My world was spinning out of orbit, but this news just pushes it back in the right direction. To really set it straight I need Marian Gaborik injury news. Then the comfortable predictable world will be back to normal.

 

The NHL is looking into removing the boards because they pose a danger to players who try to hop over them to get on the ice.

 

Oh man, I could dedicate an entire ramblings to just Havlat jokes, but then I realize that hopping the boards safely is barely a 50-50 proposition when I myself do it.

 

Video clip added below - beauty goal, CHI vs. PIT

 

So what do I lead with, Malkin or Turris? Let’s go Turris.

 

Turris played 16:10 in his Ottawa debut, picking up an assist and going plus-2. He was on the second PP unit. Sounds like the Sens are indeed using him properly. No spotlight, just a solid secondary role.

 

With five points in two games, Erik Karlsson is up to 31 in 34 now. Only once has he gone more than one game without a point, consecutively, this season.

 

Derek Roy has just seven points in his last 16 games on the heels of going six games with 10 points.

 

Guess who’s back on top of the NHL scoring race (tied with a few others though)? Evgeni Malkin. His six game points streak (15 points total in that span) has vaulted him. And he’s bringing James Neal along with him. Neal is up to 32 points now and at this rate he’ll match last year’s 45 before the halfway mark!

 

Matt Niskanen. Proving that Paul Martin will never be an offensive option again for poolies. Proving that Simon Despres will be fantasy worthless for this year (bright future though). But what I can’t bring myself to believe is that he will be a decent scoring defensemen when Letang is around. He has eight points in six games now. My gut is saying he can be a 40-point guy with Letang in the lineup, but a 55-point guy when he’s gone.

 

Ray Emery took a loss. The door opens a crack for Corey Crawford to kick through. Can he/will he do it? The play the Habs tonight and I bet he starts.

 

Marian Gaborik with four goals in two games now has 19 on the year to go with 11 assists. But the nuttiest stat of all – zero games missed. Do you want to bet 100 bucks it stays that way? Best case scenario is 77 games, which would tie his nine year high. In 77 games he’ll get 40 goals and 80 points easy. But that would also drag the talented Stepan up with him.

 

I always found it funny how high poolies were on Brandon Dubinsky, but the Rangers were trying to force a square peg into a round hole putting him at center on Gaborik’s line. He’s a second/third line ‘tweener’ with 65 upside, but 50 likely…and if they tried to force the peg into the wrong hole than maybe they could coax those numbers to 70 and 60. But thankfully, they see that Derek Stepan is a potential No.1 center. He’s a round peg that fits properly into the round hole. If Gaborik is healthy as noted above, then Stepan tops 70 points this year. Big if, but still…

 

Martin Brodeur somehow managed to bring his save percentage lower last night. He’s a legend. A Hall-of-Famer. But if the Devils want to win more games they need to minimize his starts now. Float him a couple of easy games to get some rhythm.

 

Petr Sykora has five points in three games.

 

Patrik Elias did not play, due to illness. That bumped Zajac to the second line. Zajac scored – his first point of the season.

 

Marcus Johansson saw his most ice time under Dale Hunter last night 16:58. He picked up two assists for his efforts and earned a longer look on a scoring line.

 

I wish I could say that Sergei Kostitsyn scoring a goal is promising, but I can’t. I need to see points in consecutive games now, because so far this season he’s been acting like the ‘old’ SK again. The one that disappears all the time.

 

Word is that Claude Giroux will possibly play tonight. If not tonight, then by the Winter Classic for sure, at the latest.

 

Mike Smith left the game in the third period with a lower body injury. From the chatter, it sounds like groin and it sounds bad. Maybe just Kari Lehtonen bad, but that’s still three weeks. Let the Labarbera claims begin! I wish I could recommend McElhinney, but no way. Labarbera will be fine, as long as he doesn’t get hurt. If he does – I bet they do what Columbus did a few years ago and recall a player from junior on an emergency basis. They did that with Steve Mason. Phoenix would do it with Mark Visentin if Labarbera gets hurt.

 

Here’s a great complete rundown on the broadcast coverage in Canada of the WJC.

 

Odds of who will be the next Montreal coach:

Patrick Roy 2/1

Clément Jodoin 5/2

Bob Hartley 5/1

Paul Maurice 9/1

Randy Cunneyworth 15/1

Guy Boucher 20/1

Michel Therrien 40/1

Pascal Vincent 45/1

Randy Carlyle 45/1

 

Mikko Koivu did not play for the Wild. Josh Harding got his first start since returning from injury and stopped 28 of 30. Great outing, but didn’t get the win, so over to you Nik!

 

Interesting to see that 24/7 premiere was down 26% over last year. One suggestion? Enough with the lengthy, shitty intro with the boring guy voiceover. Another suggestion? Ease up on the shitty conclusion with the boring guy voiceover. What you had is 45 minutes of gold in the middle, sandwiched by rotten, stale slices of bread that were the intro and conclusion. Don’t overdo it, or overdramatize it. Just make it quick and get to the show.

 

Holy Schnikees!

 

 


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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
the market the market doesn't care about social welfare, which is why we need systems to support people who are underserved by the market.
December 21, 2011
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Exactly, let the market make the necessary adjustments. And this is from someone who absolutely hates Ayn Rand.
December 21, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
it's certainly not laughable to legislate access bc if it wasn't legislated, no one would do it.
December 21, 2011
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PD said:

ZamboniNation
Don't shoot the messenger.. This is not just about blind people that use screen readers... It's about everyone having equal access.. Equal access is a basic human right.

Ask Target, Disney, AOL, JetBlue, Southewest Airlines, Sydney Olympic Committee and the Canadian Federal Government among others just how laughable it is to be sued over web accessibility. It's a much bigger topic than you give it credit or are willing to accept. I'm simply trying to show you some perspective.
December 21, 2011
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Again, the amount of revenue gained by having links open in new windows/tabs (or rather, revenue lost by opening them in the same window because they leave your site), can't possibly be outweighed by the amount of revenue gained by catering to users dependant on screen reader software. Keeping users on the site by opening links in new windows isn't that they "want to deny themselves any potential revenue". It's that they want to maximize revenue because in this instance blind readers are effectively negative revenue. Legislating for that is completely laughable.
December 21, 2011
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PD said:

ZamboniNation
Getting on the soapbox @Sentium  No that's not what I'm saying at all.. It's ok to have links open in a new window.. If the links are going to behave that way, users  need to be informed that action is going to happen and/or have the ability to make it behave the default way (ie the same window). 

It's not laughable.. It's anything but.  It's about access for all regardless of a persons physical or mental well being. Why  do wheelchair ramps exist where there are stairs in public places? Why do crosswalks at intersections emit an audible sound? Why are there curbs cuts on sidewalks? So everyone has equal access. This is what I'm talking about.  It's not just blind people, it's everyone.

By not providing proper techniques, you're essentially discriminating against a significant portion of the general population.  

For the question of income outweighing accessibility needs, why would website owners want to deny themselves any potential revenue? I would think not.   In fairness, often these same website owners aren't aware of the barriers that are in place until it is pointed out to them.

 Ontario is the first in Canada to pass such legislation. And that in turn uses  the web content accessibility guidelines as it's standard.

For the original topic of my initial post, those of you interested in reading further about links & new windows, visit the following: http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG-TECHS/H83.html
December 21, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
new tab / new window new window is a synonym for new tab. HTML code specifies only that the link be opened in a browser window other than the one you are currently viewing. It isn't aware of the difference between tabs and new instances of a browser.

In Firefox, you can set your preferences so that all links that launch in a new window launch in a new tab instead. There's no need to squander anything, I've had my browser setup like that for years.
December 21, 2011
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Sanstanya said:

sanstanya
links for what it's worth I can't stand links opening in a new windor, nor navigating away from my existing window. The former clutters up my task bar with multiple windows while the latter forces me to navigate back to my base locale if I wasn't finshed there. "right-click - open in new tab" is the only thing I'll tolerate. I was bitching for tabbed browsing for years before it happened and I'm not squandering it now. The alternatives degrade my browsing experience.
December 21, 2011
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... Hold on just a minute here. PD, are you suggesting that, in the future, links will have to open in the same window based on Ontario legislation? That just strikes me as completely laughable.

Also, if someone has an online business and is dependant on the dollars and cents brought in by the clicks, I'm pretty sure that income outweighs accessability to blind people who use screen reader software.
December 21, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
sounds good to me sounds good to me smilies/smiley.gif
December 21, 2011
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PD said:

ZamboniNation
mudslinging not my intent I apologize for the subject line in my previois. you are correct to call me on that.

And yes I'm speaking of accessibility and yes I'm very knowledgeable on the topic. I'm not trying to be smug. absolutely not.

The business of dollars and cents and keeping people within a site is fundamentally wrong. You are also correct that It flies in the face of access to all. Being an Ontario based site this will be subject to AODA legislation eventually.

The short of it is its not incorrect to open a new window, but a user needs to aware that that will be the behavior of said links. Doing so without is wrong end of story.

Anyhow, I highly doubt the rest of the readers want to read this tit for tat discussion. I'm confident that I am right nd it sounds like you are as.well.

No disrespect indended. Shall we agree to disagree?
December 21, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
no, i'm not blind but i have used screen reader software when testing interfaces and web designs for the federal government, so I am familiar with the technology and issues you are discussing.

we are talking about different things. you are talking about accessibility, I am talking about dollars and cents in the internet content world. these are frequently at cross-purposes to each other.

i find it interesting that you label me ignorant without knowing anything about my background, and are able to confidently declare that i am "absolutely wrong." kudos to your enormous confidence, I am sure it serves you well across a wide range of endeavors.
December 21, 2011
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PD said:

ZamboniNation
ignorance is bliss With all due respect Repent Tokyo - are you blind? have you used screen reader software and experienced this behavior first hand?

I suspect not.

For a so called "regular" user it may not be - but how can dobber be certain that every person that visits this site falls into that category? He can't - its virtually impossible to tell.

You need to do the best you can for the widest possible audience. That does not include keeping users within a sites own ecosystem as you put it. You are absolutely wrong in this case.
December 21, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
it's really not that jarring and it's a common practice across the industry in order to keep readers within your content ecosystem.
December 21, 2011
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PD said:

ZamboniNation
Links in new window.. In regards to links opening in new windows - this is a bad experience for users from a usability & accessibility point of view. The reason it's not done on places such as Yahoo is because it's considered a web best practice. You don't want to control the user experience.. Take the example of a blind user visiting this site - a link opening in a new window without any indication that was going to happen is a jarring experience as they would not expect to be taken away from the site they are viewing. It would present an issue should they want to get back to the original page they were using.

If someone wants to open a new window bad enough - press shift on the keyboard when clicking a link. Pressing control on the keyboard & clicking the link would open it in a new tab.
December 21, 2011
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Kraftster said:

Kraftster
Nisky Completely agree with Pengwin on Niskanen. Niskanen's 35 point season was a result of unbelievable opportunity, not a result of a particularly strong offensive skill set. I avoided Niskanen in the draft after that season despite some decent buzz surrounding him because I didn't trust his overall game as being able to help he secure the same opportunity when any reasonable competition existed.

Again, we are now seeing Niskanen get points almost as a matter of default. His play has been much improved this season, and I don't mean to take that away from him. But, at the same time, there's nothing more here than someone-on-the-back-end-has-to-be-the-benificiary of all these injuries.

Niskanen is a lot like Martin in that his successful (fantasy relevant) seasons are not stemming from a sustainable offensive defenseman game. I guess you can at least say of Niskanen that he's seized this particular opportunity while Martin obviously couldn't, but they are very much the same player in this regard -- principle difference being that Martin has a vastly superior defensive game.
December 21, 2011
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Repent Tokyo said:

repenttokyo
regarding opening links in a new window I'm a professional writer with many blogging clients. I, too, write in Word, but after I paste into Wordpress or whatever platform I am using, I always take the time to make the links open in a new window. In fact, it's a requirement from every client. That way, you keep readers on your own page instead of sending them somewhere else without leaving your own content open within the browser.

It's good practice for your business Dobber - and it's well worth the extra few minutes that are required, in my opinion.
December 21, 2011
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Uzair said:

Sportfreunde
Saad and Pirri Overestimation of Pirri here. He's a centre from what I understand and no way does he leapfrog Toews, Bolland, or Kruger (or Kane if Kane's playing centre). Kruger's been solid on the 2nd line...he's injured atm which is the reason for the callup otherwise it would've been done earlier since Kane was moved to the wing.

Saad and Morin are both wingers....Saad has shown his stuff in the OHL so far this year and he's physically ready for the team if you remember from pre-season. Saad or even Morin are a much better hope for a 2nd line role than Pirri. I don't know about McNeill but he has 2nd or 3rd line centre potential whereas Pirri's style has caused him to be labelled as a career AHLer (but a good one). I'd watch him play if I was thinking of acquiring him...he'd probably go down after Kruger gets back anyways.
December 21, 2011
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Travis Ma said:

dstarsboy
Hartley + HBO I loved Bob Hartley and how he used his star players, gave them insane amounts of ice time. I hope he's the next Montreal coach.

I am guessing that HBO's overall subscription numbers could be down compared to last year? Still tough times for many.
December 21, 2011
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Michael Bird said:

thatbirdguy
... I hope the narrator doesn't read all these comments. If he can whip Wolverine's ass, he sure as hell could take all of you. smilies/grin.gif
December 21, 2011
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Sentium - I think the narrator is fine, no argument here. But the intro and outro are bad...and the narrator makes them even worse. He's perfect for the other 45 minutes, but his calm and mellow voice interspersed with 50 F-words was bordering on parody.
December 21, 2011
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AL said:

grindin griers
Niskanen Just a thought on 2nd assists ...

I see 2nd assists for a D man not as a bad thing at all but for a forward I think they can be judged the way you are doing it. You would have to look at the video like you were for his goals and determine if those 2nd assists are where he is breaking out the play from the defensive/neutral zone, or off a shot that makes it through from the point and generates the scoring chance down low. Those two scenarios are usually how D men rack up their assists. If most of them turn out to be just a by product of luck then yeah I would see some regression. If you are looking at a winger though then I think its a totally different scenario since they are put in positions to contribute to the goals in other ways than a D man.
December 21, 2011
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jL67s said:

jL67s
24/7 Viewership being down a bit might also have to do with the fact two of the biggest stars in the NHL, Crosby nor Ovechkin, are featured on these teams this time around.

I do agree the slow intros and outros should be done away with.
December 21, 2011
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notoriousjim said:

notoriousjim
... pengwin7 that is a great point. i did not realize how many 2nd assists he is getting. i had and traded him a month or two ago as part of a bigger trade, but it keeps me from kicking myself.

I think it was also part of a AO for malkin plus trade... and malkin is on fire
December 21, 2011
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Niskanen Interesting to look at Niskanen's scoring for the year. 2G,12A=14pts
In (most-recent) chronological order:

Dec 20: Kunitz (Malkin, Niskanen)
Dec 20: Neal (Malkin, Niskanen)
Dec 17: Neal (Malkin, Niskanen)
Dec 17: Malkin (Neal, Niskanen)
Dec 16: Niskanen PP (Neal, Kunitz)
Dec 10: Sullivan (Vitale, Niskanen)
Dec 10: Cooke (Kennedy, Niskanen)
Dec 08: Neal (Malkin, Niskanen)
Dec 03: Dupuis (Niskanen, Malkin)
Nov 19: Staal (Dupuis, Niskanen)
Oct 22: Staal (Asham, Niskanen)
Oct 20: Asham (Engelland, Niskanen)
Oct 08: Niskanen PP (Staal)
Oct 08: Adams (Letestu, Niskanen)

Numbers:
11 - 2nd assists
1 - 1st assist

2 - Powerplay Goals
0 - Even-strength Goals

My thoughts:
I understand that Niskanen is thriving with PIT D injured (Letang, Zby, P-Mart)... but when healthy Niskanen/Lovejoy alternate in the #6 spot. Next year, the following players are already under contract with PIT:
D1: Letang (2013-2014)
D2: Martin (2014-2015)
D3: Z.Michalek (2014-2015)
D4: Orpik (2013-2014)
D5: Engelland (2013-2014)
D6: Lovejoy (2012-2013)
D7: Depres (2013-2014)
Niskanen/Picard/Bortuzzo are all RFAs... and of course PIT has Joe Morrow in the A.

Some notes:
1. Niskanen is a #6 defenseman for PIT. He probably won't be re-signed.
2. If Letang is OUT, he's a 40pt defenseman IF (huge IF) he keeps getting 2nd assists like he has been getting.
3. If the PIT D are healthy, he's playing bottom pair, and at BEST a 30-35pt defenseman.
4. Watch Niskanen's goals on NHL.com. He takes his shots from the point... and like ALL defenseman, some will get through (seeing-eye-goals). He has no special skills.

Lucky seeing-eye goals... boatloads of second assists... inflated minutes due to PIT D-injuries... these things will all self-correct. Sell him while he's hot.

I like the line "But what I can’t bring myself to believe is that he will be a decent scoring defensemen when Letang is around". But I (personally) would probably tone those numbers down to 40pts with Letang out and 25-30pts with Letang IN.
December 21, 2011
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... I think the narrator of 24/7 is better than any announcer or commentator in hockey broadcasting today. You have to consider that it's not just for a hockey audience, but to rope in a non-hockey audience and then the narrator can't be like Rick Jeanerette. I think he strikes a good balance.
December 21, 2011
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ynotzz said:

ynotzz
24/7 The first five minutes felt like an endless stream of either players/coaches shouting "fuck!" or pictures of various fights and that was enough to make my gf leave the room. Pretty sure that isnt the best way to attract people who normally doesnt watch hockey...
December 21, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
... Scratch that... Trade freeze..
December 21, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
Pheonix What about a trade for Nitty who is toiling in the AHL right now... SJ probably wouldn't want too much for him...
December 21, 2011
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Pokerface said:

Pokerface
..... If Smith is truly injured, LaBarbera takes over...if Jason is injured you really think they would recall Visentin from the WJC? They'll probably just promote from the AHL.
December 21, 2011
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Austin said:

austeane
... You missed Alain Vigneault at 30/1. If the Canucks fall early in the playoffs... Or anywhere in the playoffs for that matter!

And how many consecutive games has Karlsson played without a minus? I guess Ottawa can afford to let him run about... Not like they have much to lose by letting him develop offensively.

Turris on a 55 point pace for the rest of the season on Ottawa? Maybe bumping Spezza up a point or two?

I called Malkin for the Hart before the season and I think he still has a decent chance if he doesn't miss too many more games (and if Giroux does). Otherwise it might go again to the most discounted, underrated superstars the league has ever had! Henrik or Daniel this time?

December 21, 2011
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