September 23, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-09-23

The Fantasy Guide can be picked up online (pdf) for $9.99 – it comes with an updated spreadsheet. Updates are all free, download as often as you’d like. Last update was Sept. 22. I’m so on the ball that I actually updated three times yesterday. I’d be shocked if a day went by over the next two weeks where I don’t do an update, so download the Guide when you need it and rest assured it will have all the latest cuts and injuries.

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The Blues have signed Brenden Morrow to a one-year deal. Morrow is unlikely to reach even 40 points, however his arrival will see to it that we rarely, if ever, see the likes of Ty Rattie or Dmitrij Jaskin this season. It may also cut into the ice time of sophomores Schwartz and Tarasenko.

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David Clarkson is looking at a 10-game suspension for leaving the bench in that brawl (shown below). Nice start in his new city!

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Sending these guys down would be nuts. Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar are NHLers and it’s disturbing to see that the Red Wings have so many veteran forwards signed who are inferior players – and yet the ‘name’ and the ‘track record’ would, if push comes to shove, see to it that these vets get preference. These two are better than three-quarters of the forwards on this team. Two goals for Tatar, three assists for Nyquist last night. Not that it proves anything, since it’s preseason, but to me it adds an exclamation mark to the above point. As a mere fantasy owner, I would like to see the likes of Dan Cleary or Todd Bertuzzi in the press box while these young guns get to have at ‘er on the ice.

As it stands now, Bertuzzi is actually a frequent linemate of Nyquist. I’m just saying that if push comes to shove and you have to make room, look to the broken-down vets and not the kids on the cusp.

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Pekka Rinne owners can breathe a sigh of relief as he has recovered from his hip ailment and made his preseason debut Sunday. He played well, shutting the door for two periods against the Isles before Carter Hutton came in.

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A quick plug for Fantrax, a fantasy manager site that has steadily improved over the years – it can now handle my points-only keeper league (count top XX). Worth a look if you are in the market for a new pool manager.

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Speaking of goaltending, I’d consider drafting Jeff Zatkoff in the ‘bench’ or ‘reserve’ rounds of your draft. With Tomas Vokoun out (blood clot) and M-A Fleury sucking, you just never know. A great No.4 goalie to own at this point, and it’s easy enough to drop him in late October if it looks like Fleury has righted the ship.

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Just one game, so small sample size, but Seth Jones led all Predators in Corsi and adjusted Corsi last night (plus-9). He was on the ice for 17 shots for and just nine shots against. Craig Smith also had a strong game and was on the ice for 14 shots for and eight against.

In that same game,