August 7, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-08-07

The Fantasy Guide can be picked up online in pdf form for the small price of $9.99. And unlike newsstand magazines – besides being way better – this one will be updated up to October. And that includes the projections.

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The shop is back online now, let me know if you run into any issues.

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Not ready to hang them up, Chris Mason has signed to play next season in Italy. Why not get paid to visit new countries? That’s what I would do. Mason is 37 and coming off a 1-7-1 season behind a defensive team – so obviously he wasn’t getting phone calls from NHL GM’s.

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Andreas Nodl at one time was a favorite prospect of mine back when he was with the Flyers, but he could never get it going. He was outmuscled at every turn and is a picture perfect example of why promising numbers and skills at other levels do not mean success in the NHL. Nodl has signed to play in Switzerland. A lot of players have carved out a good life in Italy and Switzerland.

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Corey Tropphas re-signed for one year. He would have made the Sabres last year, but he tore his ACL and MCL in October and missed pretty much the entire season. Tropp is a skilled player, but earmarked for the third line. And given the depth chart in Buffalo

 

and talent on the way, he’ll probably stay there.

 

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The Canucks have signed both of their first-round picks from this year – Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk. I have Horvat making the team this year. It’s clear that they have a lot of faith in him, though if he shows any sign of not being ready they’ll pull the plug in a hurry. His situation (and to an extent his skill set) reminds me of Ryan Kesler, who played half a season in the NHL in the months after he was drafted.

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The Red Wings have signed Joakim Andersson to a two-year deal. Now they need to turn their attention to Gustav Nyquist. Andersson is a steady, but modest point producer and his bread and butter is his defense. But he’s one of those potentially elite two-way guys who will be supreme on the third line and capable on the second line (three years from now). So from a fantasy standpoint – pass, unless you’re league is deep.

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The new owners of Phoenix have acknowledged that their payroll will be going up. The problem is, there is nobody left. Obviously they are not going to sign a defenseman or a goaltender. And with Ribeiro, Vermette, Hanzal and Chipchura you have a reasonable group of centers – certainly nothing that Mikhail Grabovski is goi