October 07, 2008

Dobber Sports

2008-10-06

 

Dallas cut Ivan Vishnevsky and they released Konstantin Pushkarev. Furthermore, Sergei Zubov was placed on IR, but he should still be back after about five games missed. 

 

Mere minutes after I acquired him in my keeper league, TSN announces that Patrick O'Sullivan has signed a three-year deal worth close to $9 million. It is rare that i see such gigantic luck in a fantasy move, so I will savor this one. ;) 

 

Carolina has cut Tim Conboy. Also Joe Jensen and Trevor Gillies.

 

Jeff Friesen will remain in the San Jose camp as the 24th player until the situation with Marcel Goc is sorted out. Goc is hurt right now. Since Friesen is not under contract, there is no rush or deadline for him. 

 

Phoenix has cut Garth Murray and Matt Jones, meaning that Boedker, Lisin, Tikhonov, Yandle and Porter have all made the team.

 

The Preds have cut Josh Gratton. They have two more cuts to make, with Hornqvist, Jones, Ward and Pihlstrom on the bubble. If they put Ortmeyer on IR, they can get away with cutting just one.

 

Ville Leino has been cut. Ditto for Jonathan Ericsson and Darren Helm. Leino will be the first recall, but he is too talented to be a fourth-liner so he goes to Grand Rapids.

 

The Isles have made their final cuts. Josh Bailey, Jack Hillen, Thomas Pock and Brett Skinner MADE the team. CUTS are: Jeremy Colliton, Yann Danis (thanks to his two-way contract), Mitch Fritz, Tim Jackman, Kurtis McLean, Trevor Smith and Chris Lee.

 

The Oilers still need to make three more cuts, so Schremp is not out of the woods yet. 

 

Columbus has waived Aaron Rome, Derek MacKenzie and Craig MacDonald. That leaves them with 25 players – two more need to be cut. Nikita Filatov and Derek Dorsett are the leading ones to go. However, if Manny Malhotra (lower body) can't play Friday, Filatov could stay.

 

Colorado also cut Brian Willsie

 

The Avs have cut TJ Hensick and Per Ledin, sending them down to the AHL. I have to admit, I'm shocked at both, but mostly Ledin, who I thought would make it.

 

The Hawks have also released Kevyn Adams and cut Aaron Johnson and Antti Niemi. I know I stated a couple of days ago that Crawford would be the backup later this season – I was mistaken. Niemi will be this year's Jonas Hiller.

 

The Hawks also waived Joakim Lindstrom, who was promptly reclaimed by the Ducks. They now realize they can't send him down, so he will remain a Duck even if it means press box.
 

 

The Bruins have waived Peter Schaefer, meaning Blake Wheeler made the team.

 

The Sharks have waived Kyle McLaren and the Red Wings have waived Aaron Downey. 

 

Chicago has cut Cam Barker. Like Anaheim, they are right at the cap and cannot afford Barker's salary right now. He had a great camp and should be a top four defenseman on this team.

 

I'm probably in the minority (right now) when I believe that the NHL is right to stick with VERSUS over attempting to go back to ESPN. Granted, it has hurt in terms of ESPN's sports center coverage (badly), but there is bound to be some growing pains. It will be a few years before we'll see for sure, but judging by the growth of ratings for VERSUS last year compared to the season prior, I think things are on the right track. As a part of this channel, the NHL is clearly No.1 (with ESPN the NHL would be No.9 just behind the dog shows) and the league gets the respect and hype it so richly deserves.I don't think anyone can dispute that coverage is solid – in terms of camera angles, analysis and play-by-play. The only complaints really stem from lack of coverage in terms of American homes. That is improving and will continue to improve over time and the league was right to get in on the ground floor with this company.

Anyway, I bring