July 5, 2007

Dobber Sports

2007-07-05

Pierre-Marc Bouchard will avoid arbitration, as he has signed a one-year deal with the Wild. 

 

The Isles have signed Mike Comrie. He'll be their No.1 center whether he's good enough or not. He won't be lining up with any superstars, so 70 points is out of reach for him yet again. I can see 65 though, same as Guerin.

 

The Sabres signed Jocelyn Thibault to be their backup goalie, and they also re-signed Michael Ryan and Andrew Peters. 

 

The Caps signed Kyle Wilson to a contract. The 22-year-old is ranked #134 on my fantasy prospects list and I had him on the Wild, but apparently he was a free agent. He was Hershey's rookie of the year last season with a point per game. He gets a small bump in my prospect rankings.

 

The Caps also signed Jame Pollock, a defenseman who led his German team in scoring last season. The Caps are fairly deep on the point with Poti, Pothier, Eminger, Morrissonn, Jurcina and Green already locks, but keep the 28-year-old on your distant radar.

 

Bill Guerin has signed a two-year deal with the Islanders worth $4.5 million. He could be good for 65 points here, as the the Isles need all the scoring help that they can and they have a great PP quarterback in Bergeron. The PP points will see to it that Guerin does reasonably well. At least for the first year of the contract. 

 

The Habs have reportedly signed Tomas Plekanec to a two-year deal. Meanwhile, the Avs have signed Marek Svatos to a one-year contract worth $1.2 million.

 

Lots of arbitration being avoided today.

 

The Islanders moved up about 25 spots in next summer's draft simply by trading Alan Rourke. The Oilers gave up a 2nd rounder for Rourke and a 3rd. 

 

Anders Eriksson has signed a two-year deal with Calgary.

 

The Pens have come to terms with Erik Christensen and Maxime Talbot. Talbot was for two years. They still need to lock in Colby Armstrong.

 

The Devils have signed Kevin Weekes to be the second Maytag repairman in the NHL, backing up Martin Brodeur. He'll get a few more starts than the usual backups get with Brodeur, likely in response to criticism that Brodeur was overworked last year. The criticism was incorrect…but it was out there. 

 

TSN is reporting that the Red Wings have come to a two-year contract agreement with Jiri Hudler. As well, the Rangers have re-signed Petr Prucha for an undisclosed amount and term. 

 

I have had several questions/comments in the forum and via email on this so I thought I would explain it here where all can see. Every July 1 or August 1 (depending on time) I do my predictions for the coming season. I take these new predictions and use them for my formula in my Rankings chart. Throughout the year, I tweak the predictions that are in the Rankings, but once a year I start from scratch. Think of it as an "audit" of sorts. So what you see in the latest Top 300 Rankings is my audited version. I feel that these rankings, once per year, are at their peak accuracy. This is why there are so many big changes – all the predictions have been well-researched and re-vamped. Hope this helps! 

 

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