September 21, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-09-21

You can pick up the Fantasy Guide for $9.99. It's an online pdf that you can download along with an excel spreadsheet. It was last updated on September 18th.

 

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Many people have expressed the opinion that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was paid too much money this week with his new contract, but that's only looking at it from one angle. As I've mentioned before with Nazem Kadri's situation this summer, signing a young player to a longer-term deal instead of a bridge contract is a gamble, but one that could save you money in the long run.

 

I always refer to the P.K. Subban and John Tavares contract situations as examples of both sides. Montreal went with a bridge deal on Subban prior to last season, and the blueliner promptly won a Norris Trophy. Now he's a free agent again next summer and Montreal will have to dish out way more for a long-term deal than they would have had to prior to this season. However, as Steve Laidlaw mentioned yesterday, the Canadiens used the money they didn't spend on Subban to sign Daniel Briere.

 

The Islanders signed Tavares to a very cap friendly contract after his entry-level deal expired with a cap-hit of $5.5M over six years. Now granted, Tavares was more established when he signed his deal than Nugent-Hopkins, but if the Oilers believe he is a 70-80 point guy and he can stay healthy, then this deal might look like a bargain down the road.

 

As it stands now, players like Milan Michalek, Ryan O'Reilly, Paul Stastny, Mike Cammalleri, and Mikko Koivu all have cap hits equal to or greater than Nugent-Hopkins new deal. So it's a little too early to say if Edmonton paid too much, but time will tell.

 

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What in the world was Nazem Kadri doing getting anywhere close to blocking a shot in a preseason game? Kadri took one off the hand on Thursday night in Ottawa and it could have easily been a disaster, instead of just a bruise. He also got into a needless scuffle with Jean-Gabriel Pageau that could have led to injury. On a completely unrelated note, there are way too many preseason games.

 

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Matt Dumba really stood out for the Wild in their game against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday. Dumba played over 24 minutes and potted a goal, while finishing as a plus-2. He's still going to have a tough time cracking the squad this year though, since the Wild already have seven defensemen under contract and six of those are one-way deals. The one two-way deal is Jonas Brodin, who is unlikely to get sent down. Dumba's situation is similar to Toronto Maple Leafs blueliner Morgan Rielly, as both are ineligible to play for their squad's AHL affiliates this year. If they don't make the team their only option is to go back to their respective junior clubs. However, whether spending another year in the WHL will be beneficial for Dumba is up for debate, so Minnesota has a tou