April 02, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-04-02

The DobberBaseball Fantasy Guide is fully updated through yesterday – and DobberBaseball broke a traffic record for March, topping 230,000 page views. Great work by Fred Poulin and Eamonn McCauley, who have really turned that site around with a great team – and of course Chris Goudey, who put together an awesome guide and stayed on top of it with updates.

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Jagr to Boston, Roy to Vancouver – firesale in Dallas! I’m back and on top of it – analysis/ breakdowns on the way

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Toronto has been given permission to speak to Miikka Kiprusoff’s agent, no doubt trying to gauge the odds of Kipper returning to the NHL next year and/or what kind of extension he would like, if any.

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Mats Zuccarello played in his second game of the season last night and he’s getting a lot of love. He’s seen 18 minutes per game and has an assist so far. Some surprising early PIM as well (six), that may be an adjustment to the league, or perhaps he just feels more secure that he’ll hold his spot in the lineup no matter how aggressive he is. Rangers line combos last night:

Nash – Stepan – Callahan

Zuccarello – Richards – Gaborik

Pyatt – Boyle – Hagelin

I think Torts is starting to recognize that the torch has been passed to Derek Stepan. Richards isn’t ‘the guy’ anymore. So Leafs fans who were sour on Brian Burke not going after Richards – which I said in advance would be dumb – now you can see clearly that a seven-year deal for Brad Richards would get you one star-caliber season if that, and a couple of decent seasons. Not just Leaf fans, but any fans of any team who wished their team pushed hard to sign this guy for that term and that amount – thank your GM.

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The trade deadline is starting early again this year. It will make for an exciting Monday and Tuesday… but you’ll be disappointed in Wednesday. That’s not to say that deals won’t get done, but it’s more spread out now. Easier on guys like me.

Robyn Regehr was traded to the Kings for two second-round draft picks. It will open up a bit of ice time for young Buffalo rearguards, but nothing in the way of power-play time. And the only concern you might have for LA rearguards is the less-proven Jake Muzzin. But he saw 19 minutes of ice time Sunday and had five shots on goal. He has just a point in six games, but I think that’s just a slump. He’ll bounce back.

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The Ducks traded Jay Rosehill to the Flyers for Harry Zolnierczyk. This was for the Flyers to shore up their farm system and do Zolnierczyk a favor by giving him a fresh start.

Speaking of the Ducks, Radek Dvorak has been underwhelming, seeing just 11 minutes in each of his two games and posting zero points. In case you were curious and too lazy to look it up yourself – I got your back.

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The Sharks traded Michal Handzus to the Blackhawks for a fourth-round draft pick. Handzus at this point is just a depth addition, bringing experience and faceoff skills. He’ll draw in a few times down the stretch and it will be at the expense of young players such as