November 30, 2010

Dobber Sports



Answer: eight points. Contest closed! Last week, Brent Lemon did a column on Martin Brodeur, using some of the work found in the book "HockeyNomics" by Darcy Norman. The column created quite a buzz and there was a lot of interest in this book. The good people at OverTime Books are giving away one of these books per day from today until Friday. The first person who can create a thread in the forum in The Lounge called "Tuesday's Answer" and can tell me, using the Frozen Pool "Game Planner" tool (click “Today”), how many points Erik Johnson has versus the Blackhawks over the last three years, will get a copy free. If you have won something from me this year, you are ineligible – sorry!


Pierre-Marc Bouchard will finally return for the Wild… tomorrow.


Will my 50,000+ member message boards become to close to being HF Boards if I start banning things, specifically racy Avatars? Read this and vote – and voice your opinion!


Tim Sassone reports that Marian Hossa, who left practice yesterday, will be on the shelf for 2-3 weeks.


Something has given – multiple sources report that Washington has traded Tomas Fleischmann to Colorado in exchange for Scott Hannan. I will have analysis on that one up later this afternoon, but now the Avs acquiring Hunwick makes a little more sense. Kudos to Dmitri Chesnokov for reporting yesterday that the Caps were going to trade a center for a defenseman – and speculating that it would be Flash. I thought Nashville, but that organization is far too conservative and they love to sit on their hands. Colorado is a little more aggressive, which is why they have a better chance of winning the Cup in the next decade.


So M.A. Fleury is 8-0-1 in his last nine starts and he has started nine of the last 10. Like I said after the first win – the Pens will ride the hell out of their Golden Boy now going forward. You chance at acquiring him cheap has long passed. I see 38 wins (so another 29).


Other than Marian Gaborik, no Ranger forward saw more PP time than the rookie Derek Stepan. They hold him in very high regard, which is a great sign for his owners.


Alex Frolov has just one point in his last nine games and for the second time in that span had his ice time cut to less than 10 minutes. KHL next year.


Ryan Callahan has just two points in his last seven contests, which pushes his pace down to about 60 points. If healthy, I think he’ll get in that 55-60 range.


Martin Gerber now has two wins in two starts for the Oilers. He is playing well enough to effectively take any momentum Devan Dubnyk had away – the team will ride the hot goalie, and Gerber is hotter right now. I like him as a short-term pickup, but as soon as he stumbles, they’ll turn to DD.


Gilbert Brule has half of his six points in the last three games. It’s a good sign.


Speaking of turnarounds, Tom Gilbert – and again, I have to take full credit for this one, since I bashed him so badly and recommended you drop him – he’s been on fire since that particular rant. He has fiv