August 10, 2010

Dobber Sports



Fantasy Guide is updated as of today.


Salak signing with Farjestad is a good thing. He needs to play games. It’s not on an NHL surface, but the competition in Sweden is solid enough to make it a positive learning experience. He will get very good coaching from Erik Granqvist as well (Gustavsson, Karlsson recent students). Overall, ~50 SEL games > 15-20 AHL games. Good move in my opinion, the kind of move that Antti Niemi should really consider. 


Kindl is waiver eligible, so for him to be sent down to the AHL he would need to clear waivers. He would never clear, so the Wings would never send him down. They would sooner send down Meech and pay his one-way salary. That said, I would be surprised if Kindl played 60 games this year if Salei is healthy. Kindl will be one of those talented players who spends 20 games in the press box, and another 10-20 games in the AHL on a “conditioning assignment”. The Red Wings program is a slow, but sure one. And it’s usually pretty easy to see how prospects will be brought in.


A thank you to fzusher in the forum for finding this. Apparently Alexander Salak has agreed to a contract to play in the SEL next season. Translation from Swedish source here.


The Tomas Kaberle trade window is closed in five days. Burke isn’t one to bow under pressure though – he’ll walk away from a deal that he only 99% likes, just to show his fellow GM’s that he wants 100% of what he likes or nothing.


Damien Cox is reporting that Leafs prospect Jerry D’Amigo will leave school and sign an entry level contract. Negotiations are under way, but he had a strong prospects camp and has a small chance at cracking the Leafs. What would be best for him, however, is a year in junior (Kitchener owns his OHL rights) and then see what happens next fall.


The Red Wings have signed Ruslan Salei to a one-year deal. He’ll be good for 65 or 70 games after missing most of last year with a back injury. All the same, that’s enough to knock Jakub Kindl into the AHL for the much of next year. Kindl’s NHL transition will be much like Kronwall’s and Ericsson’s – slow. A few games one year, even more the next, and then finally a full campaign.


Tampa signed Czech rearguard Radko Gudas to an ELC. He has some offesnive upside and because he was drafted late (he was 20 this past draft when he was taken 66th overall) he may not be as far away as you’d think.


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Ilya Kovalchuk rant – the media: I see a lot of complainers about this arbitrator’s decision and I’m not exactly sure why. I admit that I expected it to go the other way, but I was not steadfast in that expectation. Because there needs to be a line somewhere. So should that line be at the Hossa contract? The Zetterberg contract