January 24, 2011

Dobber Sports



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Michael Grabner has points in six straight games. His ice time crept up to 14 minutes last game.


Tobias Enstrom blocked a shot with his hand Saturday and missed Sunday’s game. It ended his iron man streak at 296 – he has never missed an NHL game since joining the league. Today we’ll find out more – fingers crossed that it’s not broken.


Are you watching the Nate Gerbe and Tyler Ennis show? Two points each for them yesterday. They were subjects of my Saturday THN column.


Jacob Markstrom made his NHL debut for the Panthers Sunday, after Clemmensen got the hook after one period. But Markstrom, despite playing better, was saddled with the loss, giving up two goals on 14 shots.


Tomas Vokoun is out with a hand and groin injury. Hmmmm. Naw, a joke here is too obvious.


I had Nick Lidstrom in my keeper league and I got him as a throw-in last year just before he found that other gear. So since I’m well in the Top 8 for our pool (so I quality for the playoff competition) but probably not ready to take a charge at first (just finished a rebuild), I had been shopping Lidstrom and his points for several weeks. Points carry over, so either first/second/third would be interested in his 42 points, or eigth/ninth/10th would be, as they jockey to get into the playoffs. I wound up trading him a couple of days ago for Tarasenko and Gagne. I turned down the original offer of Ryan Ellis, Gagne and two upper/middle draft picks. I turned that down because I already have Enstrom, Goligoski and Letang – and we only need to worry about having two defensemen on our pro, so I’m covered (we’ll be moving to four d-men in three or four years). Anyway, the deal pushed Andrei Kostitsyn up to my pro team and I only dropped 15 points – yet added a solid prospect and an underperforming Gagne (buy low).


One of the offers I had turned down was Jiri Hudler and Teddy Purcell. But both of them are now coming off of three-point games. I still prefer the guys I got, but their recent performance certainly makes it closer. Purcell’s three points snaps a massive slump – and he’s still fourth on the team in scoring.


Speaking of Gagne, two more Sunday give him five in his last seven games. Perhaps he’s slowly but surely coming around? The recent poll suggests that DobberHockey readers do not believe he will – too injury prone.


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Ondrej Pavelec was pulled after giving up three quick goals to start the second period. Peter Mannino did no better. Obviously, they’ll come back with Pa