August 31, 2011

Jeff Angus

2011-08-31

 

The Jackets have locked up Fedor Tyutin for six years. The cap hit for the deal is about $4.5 million. Solid defenseman… but six years? Ties into my point below regarding Columbus and the roster turnover very well…

 

Some not so great news out of Edmonton – Ryan Whitney has re-aggravated the foot injury that bothered him for most of last season.

 

"Ryan Whitney injured his surgically-repaired right foot skating at a summer conditioning camp in Boston earlier this month, but hopes to be ready for his club's main camp in two and half weeks.

"I rolled over on the foot … caught a rut in the ice. Minor sprain, I think," said Whitney, the best Oiler until he popped a tendon in his foot just ­after Christmas in a game against the ­Buffalo Sabres at Rexall Place."

 

If Whitney is bothered by the foot, this means Tom Gilbert is the de facto PP QB. Jeff Petry may get a look but he probably isn't ready (yet).

 

Fantasy Guide was updated about a week ago. Next update will be before training camp kicks off (Dobber is on vacation so I can’t give you a firm date).

 

And then of course there was the launch of a new iPhone app – Dobber's Draft Buddy.

 

Please take a moment to weigh in on our Smart Phone vote – looking to see who uses the BB, iPhone, Android, or none of the above. Comments are welcomed/encouraged.

 

Was looking back at my old projections, and came across the forward line combinations for Columbus back in 2006. How things change in five years (think of all of those long-term deals)…. There is only ONE player remaining with the Blue Jackets from this 20 player roster.

 

Modin-Fedorov-Zherdev
Nash-Brule-Vyborny
Chimera-Malhotra-Fritsche
Shelley-Svitov-Balastik

Foote-Hainsey
Berard-Westcott
Klesla-Johnson

Leclaire
Norrena

I chatted with the fine folks over at Nucks Misconduct yesterday – everything fantasy/Vancouver related – Edler, Ballard, the Sedins, Kesler, Hodgson, Luongo, and more.

 

I made another trade in my keeper H2H yesterday. With news of Sharp being a full-time C in Yahoo, I wanted to acquire a winger to help me win faceoffs. I made a move to get Winnipeg's Bryan Little (RW in Yahoo, C in real life) and Timonen (as well as a nice pick upgrade) for Mikko Koivu.

 

I broke one of my golden rules (the best player usually wins the trade for the team on the receiving end), but I have a hunch with Little. I hate relying on hunches as it implies I am not using numbers or my head. Little wasn't as bad as his numbers last year. I'm hoping for 20-25 goals, 60-65 points, face off wins, and solid offensive numbers.

 

Koivu is a very good center. He doesn't get PIM, SOG, or this, but he does produce offensive stats. I am taking a risk moving him considering Crosby is one of my other centers. Right now my roster centers are Lecavalier, Crosby, Ott, and Sharp.

 

I'll have Leino (LW) and Little (RW) to win me face offs from the wing. I hope to have a strange hold on this category.

 

I also moved a 2012 dispersal draft pick for David Booth – he's great in certain categories, and useless in others. I'm hoping that more skill insulating him in the lineup will lead to a 25-35 goal season with a lot of SOG.

 

Who will be the starting six defensemen on Long Island? Wishart is a long shot, but there are a few injury prone veterans ahead of him on the depth chart.

Nick Lidstrom likes the Ian White pickup.

 

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