What are your strategies in your keeper leagues during the lockout? I have a spreadsheet I use for my leagues, and I have been tracking production and news with regards to my players (and players I am interested in trading for or scooping off of the waiver wire when the season starts).


I have also been tracking games played – Dobber alluded to this a few weeks ago, but if the NHL does opt for a compressed schedule (which is looking less likely now), injuries are going to be a huge issue and the manager who deals with them best will probably emerge victorious at the end of the season.




The sudden influx of players over to Europe can be looked at a few ways:


1) Players want to play hockey


2) Leverage in negotiations


3) Players want to get in game shape if the season starts in late November or early December


As I have said before, the current situation isn’t all roses, but it is far from the doom and gloom that many in the media believe it to be.




John Davidson is in Columbus, officially. The Blue Jackets roster reminds me a lot of the Blues roster when he took over – decent depth at forward and defense, not much in goal, and no high end talent. The Jackets need an established and credible starting goaltender (I don’t think Bobrovsky is the answer, and Mason definitely isn’t). It will be interesting to see how the Jackets operate with one of the most respected men in hockey now at the helm.


Davidson coming to Columbus begs the question – how much input does he have into Scott Howson’s decision making process? I thought Howson did a really good job getting value for Rick Nash this past summer in what was essentially a no-win situation for him and the team.


SBNation asks the question – can Davidson make Columbus relevant in the NHL?




Montreal top prospect winger Louis Leblanc is out for at least a month (and up to six weeks) after suffering an ankle injury.




One week – tell us why you love fantasy hockey for a chance to win!


I’ll post my submission next week (I am not eligible to win, of course).




What does everyone have planned for Halloween? Parties? Costumes? I have been growing a dirty moustache for about a month in preparation of my costume – me and a buddy are doing as Dean and Terry from Fubar. If there are any bald guys in Vancouver that want to tag along this weekend, we could use a Tron to complete our crew!




The future Mrs. Double Dion discusses his proposal (don’t get mad, I am working hard to find some relevant videos each day):



Don’t worry – real hockey highlights, including a beauty from Rangers prospect JT Miller:





Cory Schneider is one of the more interesting and insightful athletes that have come through Vancouver in a while. He gave a really good interview to a Boston radio station yesterday – I’ll include the relevant stuff. On the last lockout:


It was pretty frustrating. As a group we feel like they're on some sort of a timeline and a script, and that this has all been rehearsed and planned out ahead of time and looks very similar to what the NBA went through last year. So unfortunately it wasn't much of a surprise, but at the same time we're trying to give them back hundreds of millions of dollars and they're still saying "no it's not good enough." And on top of that they're trying to limit our free-agency rights and our contracting rights as well!

So it's not only us trying to give them back money, but they're trying to limit when we become a free agent and they're still just saying "no not good enough talk to us when you have something to say regarding our deal." For the players we want to negotiate, we want to work something out and they're basically saying "if it isn't off our deal then don't bother talking."


The Hockey Writers takes a look at the top five defensemen in Minnesota Wild history. Is Ryan Suter already number one? Kidding aside, I have zero problems with who they picked as the top defenseman in club history:


Brent Burns was the one star blue-liner to grace Minnesota’s defense. He was selected by the team 20th overall in 2003 and earned a spot with the team for the first time in 2005-06. He is a big blue-liner who can skate, but always had some difficulty learning how to use his body to his advantage on the defensive side of the ice. Burns really caught national attention in 2006-07 when he scored 43 points and emerged as the team’s top defenseman. Injuries and some inconsistency would plague Burns’ next couple of seasons, but he would set career highs in 2010-11 (his last season in Minnesota) scoring 17 goals and 46 points. Burns would eventually be traded to San Jose before the start of the 2011-12 season, but he left the Minnesota Wild as the franchise’s leading scorer amongst defensemen and the sixth leading scorer on the list all-time.


Here is some more information on the Russian squad that will take on the best that the CHL has to offer in a few weeks. I’m going to do my best to attend the game that is in Vancouver – the hockey is going to be tremendous.




The lockout has led me to create alternative realities for a few of my posts over at the CanucksArmy. In my latest one I pull out my crystal ball to see what would have happened if the Canucks had traded for Brad Richards back at the 2008 trade deadline (spoiler alert: a lot).


A teaser:

A helpless Luongo watched as the puck slid into the vacant net. Cory Schneider became the first goaltender in league history to score a Stanley Cup winning overtime goal, and Alex Edler was awarded the Conn Smythe for his consistent and inspired play against his former club. Vancouver lost Richards to free agency that summer, and the club spent millions of dollars replacing all of the stanchions in Rogers Arena.



In the latest Nazem Kadri fitness news, he appears to be back in the good books with the Marlies coaching staff. Calling him out was idiotic, and Dallas Eakins knows it.


Kadri is a special talent, and the Leafs need to be patient with him, but at the same time they can’t wait around forever for him to get bigger, faster, or better defensively. Let him excel at what he is good at – creating plays, running the power play, and so on. Accentuate his strengths with a proper role, the right linemates, and not too much in terms of defensive responsibilities.




Nicklas Jensen is likely to remain in the SEL, even if the lockout ends, according to Canucks management. I said this yesterday – make a play for him if you can.


Jensen is doing more than leading his team in goals. His eight goals are second only to the 11 scored by Linkoping’s Carl Soderberg in the entire Swedish Elite League.



Faceoffs are typically an area that rookies struggle in. Crosby, Stamkos, Tavares, they all have improved leaps and bounds as their NHL careers have progressed. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is experiencing a similar learning curve.


Nugent-Hopkins was a finalist at the NHL Awards for the Calder as Rookie of the Year after his 18-goal, 52-point season in 62 games played last year. But his faceoff percentage was a dreadful 37.5. The Nuge ended up ranked 413th in the league. "I'm surprised I was that high," he said after practice Wednesday.


Leafs stud prospect Morgan Rielly with a beauty the other night (apologies for the quality and the announcer’s excitement):


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Rad64 said:

Keeper League Strategy Normally, I would check on the AHL once in a while. Now I find myself checking the boxscores and wishing they captured more stats....
October 26, 2012
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mabus said:

Keeper League Strategy The strategy employed by me and each of my league members is to focus on our football pool.
October 26, 2012
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ericdaoust said:

Keeper League lockout strategy Honestly I am not putting much time into it. There will be disturbances this year but beyond that I think it's business as usual. Sure there will be cases of players being out of shape and others being worn out but that is just a temporary thing. If anything I will just put more time into scouting since I am not putting any time into checking NHL boxscores.
October 26, 2012
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Pengwin7 said:

Cuthbert Mmmmmmm.... that is all.
October 26, 2012
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InnocentBystander said:

... i think the real question is how much input does howson have into JD's decision making process and will he even be part of the team moving forward....

Quote from nhl.com:
Davidson, 59, will report to majority owner John P. McConnell and will have control of the team's hockey operations, including general manager Scott Howson, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The paper said team president Mike Priest will remain with the team but will focus on the business side of the organization.

and from the SB article linked above:
While general manager Scott Howson -- along with Chris MacFarland and Craig Patrick -- will stick around at least for the time being, Davidson becomes the franchise's front man. He'll have full control of the operation, with the authority to make whatever decisions he sees fit.

October 25, 2012
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