Lockout Update: Day 44: There is still a lockout.

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Fantasy Guide - Fully updated as of October 26. When the season is announced, I will re-jig the projections from Abdelkader through to Zubrus.

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Edmonton prospect Justin Schultz - a defenseman in his rookie-pro season - leads all AHLers in scoring with 12 points in seven games.

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While the players and the media are starting to believe that perhaps Gary Bettman has underestimated Donald Fehr, Bettman continues to just not care what players and media believe. He's at home, sipping his coffee and reading a newspaper. And when January hits, he'll cancel the season. And when January of 2014 hits and the NHLPA still haven't come crawling, he'll shut down the NHL. Do you think he's even given Donald Fehr a second thought? The NHL is a toy to his bosses. While they bring in billions of dollars from Little Caesars, or Biovail, or Rexall Pharmacy, or Ameritel or American Express - you know, their real businesses - they are content to take a couple of years off from their toy. In fact, if shutting down the league in two years and then re-launching a new league in four years is the method to get their way, they're comfortable with that.

Do you think a corporation cares if it has to shut down an office building in Montreal, if it saves millions? So what makes you think the owners care about shutting down a small part of their wealth, i.e. the NHL?

The players are getting treated unfairly here. And yes, they are getting screwed (and the term "screwed" is used very loosely, when you consider that makings millions of dollars per year is hardly getting screwed). But welcome to the reality of life. People get screwed by their bosses all the time. You need to accept the conditions of working in your industry - as outlined by your boss - or you can go to chef school or business school or a trade school and find yourself a new career. It's a brutal way to put it, but it's reality.

I'm anti-both sides. But if I were to pick a side it would be the players - my anger with the players is a 100…but my anger with the owners is a 1000! That being said, I've accepted reality: You can't strong-arm the owners if they don't care. Stop banking on the owners caring, because they don't. And if they don't care, then threats fall on deaf ears and canceling seasons are brushed aside like an annoying fly.

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I don't think this gets done until the players swallow their pride and accept injustice. Yes, you signed a contract and not one person outside of the NHL believes you don't deserve every cent of that money. It's ridiculous that an owner is giving you contracts and then changing them. But that's the way it is, and the faster you accept it the sooner you can start making money again. I still believe it will happen this year.

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At this point I'm wondering if I should go through my projections and adjust them all for 65 games. It's a lot of work - it's not just a matter of taking a percentage of their current projection. There are injuries to consider, the recovery time, the hot starts, the aging vets, etc.

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Could James Sheppard be San Jose's third-line center this year? CSN Insider Kevin Kurz believes so. At the very least, GM Doug Wilson expect Sheppard to make an impact.

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Here is the roster for Team Russia at the Super Series. Of note, Andrei Vailevski, Nail Yakupov, Mikhail Grigorenko (in the QMJHL games).

Here is the roster for Team WHL. Of note, Ryan Murray, Matt Dumba, Griffin Reinhart, Morgan Rielly, Duncan Siemens and Michael St. Croix.

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Henrik Zetterberg and Damien Brunner are meshing well in Switzerland. Wow - this speaks volumes. It gives Brunner a leg up in training camp, as he'll almost certainly be given time on Zetterberg's line to start. And he'll get a couple of games there - plenty of time to make an impression even if it's not enough of one to remain on that line. But enough of one to stick with the big club and occasionally see time there. Europeans generally take a couple of years to get rolling, but he could be on the fast track.

Incidentally, their linemate is Linus Omark. Brunner leads the Swiss League in points, but Omark is second.

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What you see often in sports is when a high level executive moves from one team to the next, players from his former team tend to get acquired with more frequency than from the 28 other teams in the league. So John Davidson is now with Columbus. Hmmmm… what position on Columbus really sucks? And what position is a strength in St. Louis, to the point of embarrassment it's so ridiculously impressive?

Yes, I'm saying you should watch for the Columbus goalies to stumble early on and if Brian Elliott is off to a hot start again, then look for the Jackets to make a play for Jaroslav Halak.

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Toronto's top pick this past summer, defenseman Morgan Rielly, is up to 20 points in 16 games in WHL action. That's good for second among defensemen. So far, that pick at third is looking brilliant.

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Down Goes Brown - what sport should you watch while the NHL is locked out?

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I know it's a minor thing, but Ryan Nugent-Hopkins getting knocked out of the game Friday after getting clipped in the mouth - it's not giving me that warm feeling inside about him. The concern is, will he always run into little injuries? He's not a thick, strong guy and apparently he's not avoiding the hits and the stickwork. Far too early to say for sure, but I'd rather stuff like this didn't happen and the impression on his fantasy hockey future was more cut and dried.

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Semyon Varlamov has four shutouts in 11 KHL games this season so far.

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Nail Yakupov has eight goals and 10 points in 11 KHL contests so far.

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Sami Vatanen, who would be a rookie on the Ducks this year, has seven points in five AHL contests so far. What a great start for a player I've often compared to Tobias Enstrom in terms of potential NHL impact.

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This is funny - a prank pulled on Paul Bissonnette.

"Who do you play for?"

"Phoenix"

"I have the last game they played, and you're not on the roster."

 


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habsrule said:

habsrule
... Dobber, the problem is that what the players are actually asking for in terms of a guarantee is more than they had previously. They are asking for an iron clad guarantee of their contracts, with no escrow. They never had that, and as an owner, I can't imagine why I would accept it now. They get all their money, less escrow, if they don't produce, if they get hurt, or if they do produce. Now, they are asking for a guarantee that even if league revenues don't go up to pay their increased salaries, they will get all of it. The owners are basing their calculations on 50% of revenue going forward, the PA is basing theirs on a FIXED % of last years revenues, you know, the all time record revenues, and demanding that they get 57% of that amount, even if it goes down...
October 29, 2012
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shingy said:

shingy
Adjusting Projections
I say no to all that. $10 has provided more than enough already.

Halak would be the trade bait cause he would be worth much more on the market. Elliot will continue to thrive in the Blues system so keep him, and his salary is cheaper.

Hopefully RNH and Hall stay healthy this season and give the Oiler's a shot at a playoff spot. Imagine, they both go down with injuries and the Oiler's end up with another number one.

Varlamov is sounding better all the time. Hopefully he can improve his road record. The D looks a little suspect, but I'm not very familiar with them.

I'm with the players. It seems like there has been an endless number of labor strikes across Canada for the last few years. It's been rough. Most are just fighting for a few more scraps to keep up with the price of milk, bread, heating fuel, gas etc. Although these millionaire players live in a different world than us, they still represent the fight between Corporations and labor, on the national stage no less. As mentioned, the players will likely need to accept the reality of the situation or sit out for extended break. Corporations don't have feelings, that why they are ruining and control the world we live in.

October 29, 2012
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Front89 said:

Front89
Elliott/Halak If anything I would argue if Elliott plays well and the G in Columbus struggle, that the Blues move Elliott rather than Halak to Columbus for assets
October 29, 2012
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InnocentBystander said:

27Blue
... fair enough dobs,

but i think that even if elliot puts together another season like last year,
the blues still hold onto halak...

they learned from last year's playoffs...

so, even if A
you aren't going to see B
October 29, 2012
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johnnyimpala said:

johnnyimpala
Owners Is there still a realignment issue that is not getting talked about? Enough games are cancelled now can't they just scrap this season and get their new divisions the way they want them?
October 29, 2012
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Rad64 said:

Rad64
... Regarding this comment:

"I don't think this gets done until the players swallow their pride and accept injustice. Yes, you signed a contract and not one person outside of the NHL believes you don't deserve every cent of that money. It's ridiculous that an owner is giving you contracts and then changing them. But that's the way it is, and the faster you accept it the sooner you can start making money again. I still believe it will happen this year."

I don't know about you, but every year I see players in multiple leagues holding out for more money. This is one of the big problems I have with whiney players. Owners can't roll back a deal when the player doesn't perform up to par, but it's fine for the player to hold an owner for ransom if he exceeds his contract value.
October 29, 2012
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Dobber said:

Dobber
Innocent Bystander Way to go out on a limb, sir. lol

I just put a scenario out there - "if A, then B". So if A doesn't happen, B doesn't happen. And that's essentially already stating what you stated.
October 29, 2012
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InnocentBystander said:

27Blue
... elliot a number one goalie - no...
blues trading halak - no.
October 29, 2012
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... My #1 reason for hoping that there would be a full 82 game season was that I wouldnt have to go through the arduous task of pro-rating stats next season. LOL.
October 29, 2012
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