Breaking: Derek Roy underwent shoulder surgery and will be out until November.

 

Marc-Andre Gragnani signed a two-way contract with the Hurricanes. He will not be an NHL regular next year, which is a real shame. But the Canes have tons of dept with their offensive blueliners so they don't need another one.

 

Wojtek Wolski has signed with the Capitals. An analysis on that move will be up shortly.

 

Niklas Hagman and Tim Stapleton have each signed to play next season in the KHL. The NHL is slowly eliminating "mid-level" money. You either make several million, or the NHL minimum. So those players who maybe deserve $1.5 million are only getting offers below $1 million. Meanwhile, the KHL is willing to go to that higher number. So the Hagman types are getting squeezed out of the league. A very broad generalization to make based on these two players, but a theory that makes sense to me and something I'll be paying attention to.


Not one Canadian team is on Rick Nash's "list". My Canadian brethren - how do you feel about that? Any change in attitude regarding his donning of the red and white jersey in Sochi? Or he's so good, you don't care? Generating discussion, not stirring up trouble.


Myself, I'm a little curious as to why he would not want to play on a Canadian team. I think Edmonton would be a blast. I think Vancouver would be a Cup favorite. I think Toronto would make him a cult hero. I think Ottawa would also be a blast with the potential of playing with Spezza. 


Nash played hockey in London and Toronto. I've lived in Stratford, Guelph, London, Markham, Oshawa, Toronto and now Pickering (in that order). And I've got to say - my favorite place to live of those seven cities is London. So how he could experience that great city and have no desire to return to Canada for his profession is beyond me. Any insight?


Good on Chris Neil for jumping on getting an extension ASAP. He knew where he wanted to play and so he made certain he will stay there by signing before the season begins. Three years at just under $2 million per year.

 

Another three-year extension, this one to Teddy Purcell who cashes in a big way. Three years at $13.5 million will ensure that he gets the ice time of an elite player. Wow, $4.5 million per year. I don’t doubt that he’ll earn it – I think he’ll be worth it. But signing to that based on one great year was pretty ballsy. Then again, $4.5 million for a proven 65 points and potential for more, plus reliable health sure beats what Colorado did for David Jones.  


Tale of the tape:


Purcell – 65 and 51 points the last two seasons, 162 games, will be 27 this fall. $4.5 million. Was a restricted free agent.

Jones – 37 and 45 points the last two seasons, 149 games, will be 28 this fall, $4 million. Would have been an unrestricted free agent.

 

The Blues have signed Jamie Langenbrunner to a contract. The last two seasons combined he had 56 points.

 

The Devils have signed Krys Barch. He’ll replace Eric Boulton’s 51 games and 115 PIM. In fact, Barch also played 51 games last year … and posted 114 PIM. Can’t get a better match than that!

 

The Blues traded BJ Crombeen to the Lightning. Crombeen is a proven 150 PIM player, but missed half of last season with a broken scapula. He’ll replace Steve Downie’s role, but with better defensive acumen.

 

A minor thing, a goalie coach, and normally not something a fantasy owner pays a lot of attention to, but Sean Burke re-signing as goalie coach with the Coyotes is huge for Mike Smith owners. He’s coming off a 38-win season that will continue now as long as he’s healthy.

 

Here is an interesting blog post on Frederick Roy, son of Patrick, who is an invitee at the Buffalo training camp. He is a favorite linemate of Mikhail Grigorenko. A long shot, but an interesting one. I’m talking long-term.

 

Both Rich AND Brenden put up massive ramblings over at DobberProspects. If you want to read up on development camps – this is the place to go.

 

Nieuwendyk plans to keep Brenden Morrow with the stars, trade rumors be damned.

 

New teammates Krys Barch vs. Cam Janssen from January of 2011:

 

 

New teammates Barch vs. Janssen in a rematch from December of 2011:


 

 


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Rollie1967 said:

Rollie1967
... I thought Ottawa and Van were 2 of the best fits for Nash. Ottawa has some great young talent coming in the next 2 years- and Vancouver is already there.

The whole idea of a player waving his no trade-and then picking the teams disgusts me, if you want to waive that clause for your benefit-then you should have no say as to where you go.
July 14, 2012
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Big Ev said:

Big Ev
... Nash wouldn't be in the spotlight in Ottawa. Spezza would still be the guy who is going to get the most praise and criticism. If he wanted to come to a winning team with a bright future with and elite centreman and Norris winning d-man passing him the puck, then Ottawa was his choice. He blew it.
July 11, 2012
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Awakening said:

Awakening
Winning Don't you think it's mostly about winning? All of those teams will be in the top 10 for cup favorites besides SJ, who has been near the top of the league for most of the decade. Vancouver is the only Canadian team that is remotely close to a championship. I'm surprised that they're not on the list, but how could you think he would want to go from the worst team in the league to another team in the bottom half of the league? Ottawa had a nice year, but they barely snuck in the playoffs and IMO overperformed. They could easily take a step back next year if Zibanejad and Turris don't take off, Spezza doesn't stay healthy, or Karlsson doesn't match his career year.
July 11, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Dunnder - thanks, and I'm sorry it rubbed me the wrong way, it shouldn't have. Wife is off today and kids are in the house.

Anon - Fanshawe, yep. You get the picture smilies/wink.gif. But my family and friends live there, a good deal of them, so I'm there a good 7/8 times per year.

Pengwin - what fantastic points, I never thought of that. Of course he wouldn't be "the guy" in those US cities. Good thought. Although with Boston I disagree, he would be the guy there. But otherwise bang on


July 11, 2012
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jacques oeuf said:

hammer2003
... I don't know him but I heard his issue is personal spotlight, like uncomfortable signing autographs, etc. not media spotlight. In Edmonton or Toronto he'd be a rock star but I'm guessing in Detroit or Philly even though they are hockey crazy he'd still have a pretty normal life. NYR and SJ he'd be anonymous, Pittsburgh he's behind Crosby/Malkin and Boston he's lower on the sports totem pole than a bunch of baseball, football, basketball players. I could be totally wrong, just repeating hearsay.

It can't be taxes - Calgary and Edmonton residents actually have better taxes than every team on that list and SJ, NYR and Boston are among the worst cities in the league.


http://business.financialpost.com/2012/06/29/graphic-hockey-havens-not-necessarily-tax-havens/
July 11, 2012
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notoriousjim said:

notoriousjim
... I am a born and raised american. I have lived in a lot of NHL cities and cities that do not have a team. Washingon, Philly, Buffalo, LA are the NHL cities i have lived in, and aside from their own little club niche.

I have seen mike green at clubs a whole bunch of times, and aside from a few people, they just assume they are just random rich guys (DC is full of 25-35 year old lawyers making big money). The same level of celibrity exsists in all of the other US NHL cities. They even get as much air time as they do in other cities (local news in baltimore covers the caps as much as the DC papers do, and both are very little).

The reality is that even in Detroit there are not that many die hard fans (have you seen the stands the past 5 years). You can excape the celebrity rather easily as a hockey player in the USA. If you are not throwing your money around then no one will notice you, and for a lot of guys that is a good thing.
July 11, 2012
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Dunnder said:

Dunnder
@dobber I didnt mean to offend you. I love the insight and comments from readers that your ramblings provide. I guess i answered your question "how do you feel about that" (referring to no Cdn teams on Nash's list) a little passionately and i apologize if i offended you.

Ive never lived in an NHL city, and I have no favourite NHL team. My favourite team has always been Team Canada, and I love Canadian players no matter what city they happen to play in at any given time during their NHL career. Gretzky and Sakic (and now E Staal Toews and Eberle) were my favourites, and i cheer for those players and hope they win Stanley Cups, no matter what NHL team they happen to play for. The one constant with my fav's is that they all play for Canada when the time comes to do so. I cheered for the Oilers, then Kings, then briefly the Blues before Gretz finished his career in the Big Apple making me a NYR fan for those final years.

"beyond stupid" wasnt referring to you personally dobber - sorry if it came across that way... I was referring to the idea that Canadians should even CONSIDER resenting Nash for not having a Canadian team on his list. Not meant as a slight against you, although i still do think its ridiculous to even think that way.

I read ramblings every day, but rarely comment. i think the only reason i commented here is because I was offended at the insinuation that Canadians should even consider disowning Canadian players for their choices on where to play. Maybe by explaining my love for Team Canada (i know we all hove love for TC) over any NHL team helps you understand where i was coming from. It simply doesnt matter what city they play in.. if they are Canadian we should love them. smilies/smiley.gif

again, my apologies if you took my comments personally. Beyond Stupid and Ridiculous were meant to be directed at the IDEA that some might be upset about no Canadian Teams on the list. Yes i could have clarified and worded that differently, so again, sorry. As my opinion below states, i do believe it would be beyond stupid and ridiculous for a Canadian hockey fan to feel that way, and if they did feel that way with Nash, it would be hypocritical unless they felt the same way about every other Canadian playing on a long term deal in the USA.

thanks for all the work you do for us fantasy junkies, and sorry again for offending you and not clarifying.
July 11, 2012
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
@Pengwin7 You know I love you, man, but I disagree with your assessment. Nash will not be the best player in Ottawa or Edmonton, and I agreed that the spotlight would be on him in Toronto or Montreal. In New York or Philly, for example, I think he will be under the spotlight just as much as any Canadian city, not counting Montreal or Toronto. Spotlight may imply one light, but his play can and will be scrutinized intensely if he goes to Boston, Philly, Detroit, etc. Look at the spotlight Bryzgalov is under, even though Giroux is there?
July 11, 2012
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Curtis Curve said:

tcescon
Pengwin7/Anti-Spotlight Pengwin7-you nailed it. Totally agree w/your analysis on Nash and his 6 teams. Conclusion is he does not want to be The Man like he has in Columbus. He wants to be PART of a winning team, not the big fish in a weak pond.
July 11, 2012
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Reddawg said:

Reddawg
Nash Are there actually fanbases out there who want Rick Nash on their team? Huge cap hit for midlevel production with a sketchy attitude = Do Not Want for this particular Sabres fan.
July 11, 2012
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Ron Burgundy said:

Ron Burgundy
Nash I would not agree that Nash would be the best player in EDM, and I would actually not want him. He can go hang out with Joe Thornton in SJ and compare notes on who has done less with more. Winning the Nash "sweepstakes" will be about as impactful as winning 10 bucks in the 6-49.
July 11, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Anti-Spotlight Boston: Nash will not be a bigger star than Bergeron or Lucic or Marchand. Boston fans are highly loyal, have won a championship recently. No pressure on Nash.

Detroit: Nash will not be a bigger star than Datsyuk or Zetterberg. Detroit has won a championship recently. Even if he goes there, there will still be more Yzerman/Lidstrom/Dats/Z/Howe nameplated chestwear in the stands than any Nash gear.

NY Rangers: They have big-name Brad Richards and a goalie named "King" Lundqvist. He wouldn't be the main man there.

Pittsburgh... ugh, Crosby.
Philly... ugh, Giroux.
San Jose... ugh, Thornton & Marleau.

None of these hockey cities would adopt Nash as their #1 player.
Hence, no spotlight.

And c'mon... Nash was NOT a spotlight with Team Canada.
The team was under the spotlight, sure... but not Nash individually.

The spotlight is ONE light.

In OTT, MON, TOR, WPG, EDM... Nash would be their best, most veteran player.
Vancouver is still seeking their cup and that's too much pressure.
Only Calgary is a good Canadian fit for him, IMO, and they are going nowhere.

It's a spotlight thing... has nothing to do with Canada... just looks that way to somebody who hasn't looked deep enough.
July 11, 2012
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Ross The Boss Palmer said:

Ross The Boss Palmer
Location and National Team Regardless of where he wishes to play, if he is good enough to be on the national team, then he is good enough to be on the national team. The two do not correlate as far as I'm concerned.
July 11, 2012
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Anon said:

Kudelskis Krushers
London? To each their own but London has to be one of my least favourite Canadian cities... interesting how different views can be on these things. Out of curiosity, were you in London for school? Western/Fanshaw folks tend to have a good time, I'll give London that.
July 11, 2012
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ZarlyZalapski said:

ZarlyZalapski
USA is Better Nash prefers US markets because USA is a better country! Ha ha

Just trying to balance out Canadian bias of this site. smilies/smiley.gif It's a natural bias so no worries and as an American I love me some Dobber Hockey. Keep up the great work!
July 11, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... Dunnder - unfair comment. Your opinion is valid, but your slight against me is not. I'm trying to generate discussion because first thought in my head was that one. As a Canadian, I am a little curious as to why no Canadian team is on his list. We all have different personalities, but I just don't get why he would not want to play for any Canadian city. If I worked in another country and I had a chance to return to my home country, I would take it. The only way I don't take it is if I'm very happy in my new country - or if my wife wants to stay there. So his reason is probably (if he's married) wife-related.

Taxes - that's a reason to avoid Toronto and Montreal, but Edmonton is one of the lowest taxed NHL cities.

Spotlight - Detroit being on his list makes this an invalid reason.

Nope, to me it's either he prefers the country he lives in, or his wife does.

Your quotes "beyond stupid" and accusing me of trying to rally fans to resent Rick Nash are not necessary and categorically untrue. I take serious offense. You could have worded your opinion differently.
July 11, 2012
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
Re: Nash's list of teams Ok, I looked it up. His list includes: Boston, Detroit, Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and San Jose.

Except San Jose, those are all hockey crazy towns and Nash would definitely be in the spotlight in those towns. If he didn't want to be in the spotlight, he'd stay in Columbus or ask to go to teams like Tampa, Florida, Nashville, St. Louis, New Jersey, Anaheim, Carolina, etc.

July 11, 2012
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Kofax said:

Kofax
Nash Gotta agree with Pengwin7 and jacques oeuf. Can't take the spotlight. It's too bad, because you're right, he has the potential to be a legend if he performed in any one of the Canadian cities.
July 11, 2012
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
Re: Nash in the spotlight I don't know if not being in the spotlight has anything to do with it really. Nash, when he plays for Team Canada, is under the spotlight more than any other time, yet he thrives in that situation.

Also, I don't recall the exact list of teams Nash would be willing to play for, but some of those US teams are hockey crazy cities and he definitely would be in the spotlight in those cities, just as much as in Ottawa, Vancouver, and Edmonton (notice how I did not include Montreal or Toronto because the spotlight in those cities can't be compared to ANY other city).
July 11, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Pengwin7
Nash Agree with below.
Some people don't like the spotlight. They'd prefer to fade into the background and are at their best when they can play and not be a focus. That's probably the thing for Nash... he doesn't want to be the focal point any longer.
July 11, 2012
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jacques oeuf said:

hammer2003
... I read that Nash is painfully uncomfortable in the spotlight. Clearly in any Canadian city he'd be a massive celebrity.
July 11, 2012
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Dunnder said:

Dunnder
Nash Who cares what city a player plays in, or what city he wants/doesnt want to play in? Nash is and always will be Canadian, he always answers the bell when Team Canada calls, and he always plays well in the Red and White too.

The NHL city a guy plays in is temporary, their Canadian blood is forever. Playing IN Canada and playing FOR Canada are 2 completely different things.

Should we ban Jordan Staal from TC too, since he only wanted to play in Carolina??

I didnt see Crosby reject his long term extension so that he could go into free agency next year and have a chance to play in Canada.. Brad Richards shunned TO last year, so all of CANADA should reject them too? Those scenarios are no different - guys choosing where they want to play.

Players choosing where they want to play doesnt make them less Canadian if they choose a US city. It makes them smart, cause the taxes are lower, and the US teams in most cases are more willing to spend in an effort to win.

Toews, E Staal, Doughty, Keith, Stamkos... the list of elite Canadians goes on... All signed long term in the USA, so I guess we should ban them from representing Canada in the future too?

Next you'll be telling us to disown Weber, cause he is going to end up in Phi or NYR.

Great site Dobber, but dont be ridiculous and make comments designed to have your readers resent or disrespect Canadian players because of their choices on where to play in the NHL.

Beyond stupid.
July 11, 2012
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SeaDawg said:

SeaDawg
Re: Nash not wanting to play in Canada I think the main reason he doesn't want to play in Canada has to do with taxes. Heck, if I could save millions a year to work the same job in the US vs Canada, I'd probably want to live in the US too.

Then again, if I was already a multi-millionaire, maybe I'd feel differently. When we are talking about that kind of money, most of us can't say how we'd honestly react unless we were put in the same situation.

That said, I think Nash would have taken his game to a new level playing with Spezza in Ottawa.
July 11, 2012
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JHM said:

JHM
Langenbrunner Good signing by the Blues. This guy has 'other stuff' to share with the kids. He no longer needs to be a top 6 guy. The Blues may miss Arnott more than people think. Part of their success last year was no doubt to due with excellent leadership, surrounded by fine youth.
July 11, 2012
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Guinnies_Moustache said:

Mr Zizzla
Purcell As an owner of his, i am thrilled to see that he got that extension.
I just hope he flourishes with the extra ice time and doesn't get crushed by the weight of his wallet.

I hope this makes him the 3rd wheel in the Stamkos-St.Louis love affair and continues to get top line and PP minutes.
July 11, 2012
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