August 1, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-08-01

The Fantasy Guide – my eighth – is now ready for download. Enjoy!

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It has come to my attention that for the past few days people have had problems purchasing the Keeper League Pack. I have fixed the issue (I would have sooner, but I didn’t know about it). Should be okay now, let me know if not

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I swapped days with Angus this week as he is on vacation. And then Tuesday I had a bit of a crisis. MS Word told me that it was unable to save my Fantasy Guide because there was no room on the hard drive. Since I have 2 TB of hard drive, I found that hard to believe. But I hadn’t emptied the recycle bin in awhile so I thought ‘what the hell’. I emptied it. The Guide still wouldn't save. So I copied the last couple of things that I did onto Notepad and saved it. Then closed the document, since my documents are constantly backing up and I’m always saving, I wasn’t too worried. I rebooted. The entire file was gone – the Fantasy Hockey Guide was about 80% done and it was gone. I guess the PC or Word moved it to the recycle bin. And I had emptied it.

So with panic starting to rise, I searched for backups. They were all gone too. Then doing a step-by-step recovery, I managed to find an ‘auto-recover’ from July 10. So I lost 19 days of work and had a Guide that was 10% done. Two days before release. Then I installed Pandora and using that program I managed to recover the backup file for July 29 – but it was unformatted (which also means no charts). Using the July 10 Guide (which had a basic formatting structure), my spreadsheets and this recovered text file, I spent most of yesterday copying and pasting and fixing. Eleven hours later – I was back to where I left off. Needless to say, Amato jumping in Wednesday to do the Ramblings for me was a big help.

But hey, this goes to show you – nothing can stop me from bringing you the goods. Beaten, bloodied, battered and in chains – I’ll find a way to get you the information you need if I have to chisel it into the stone floor using a rusty nail clamped between my teeth.

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The Flames have signed TJ. Brodie to a two-year deal worth $2.125 million. That’s good value for this season and it should be fantastic value in 2014-15. I have Brodie getting 35 points in 80 games in the Guide that you’ll be reading later today (and thank you for supporting the website).

 

 

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Scott Gomez continues to find NHL jobs and seems to be having an easier time doing it than Wade Redden. As Amato noted yesterday, Gomez signed a one-year deal with Florida.

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Ziggy Palffy retired from hockey yesterday. Ziggy was a five-time 85-point player and hit 90 points once when he was with the Islanders back in 1997. I owned him for a few years in my keeper league that will soon enter its 25th year (hey, I’m not that old, I started playing when I was 15).

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Milan Kraft also retired from hockey yesterday. He had 40 points in 66 games as a 24 year old, but never came back after the lockout so we never saw what he could do.

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Some thoughts on available free agents:

Nik Antropov – At this point a 40-point guy, assuming he even plays 80 games. Which he won’t.

Brad Boyes – There is little doubt that Boyes would be with the Islanders again if he accepted the NHL minimum. But of course, after 35 points, I’m su