October 1, 2013

Dobber Sports

2013-10-01

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Phil Kessel signed an eight-year extension with the Leafs Tuesday at a reported $8M per season. The deal also has a limited no-trade clause. For anyone that thinks it’s steep, consider this: Kessel has finished in the top 10 in scoring the past two seasons and only three players (Stamkos, Perry, and Ovechkin) have more goals than the Leaf winger over the past three campaigns. Welcome to market value in the NHL.

 

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Some real hockey games will finally be starting tonight and that's a relief after a preseason that was way too long. I'm thankful it will be another full year until we have to hear the term "split squad" again.

 

The first month of the season is always slightly scrambled where fantasy hockey is concerned because of injuries carrying over from the offseason, and a suspension or two during exhibition games. October can be a make or break month for fantasy owners, and there are plenty of opportunities to take advantage of in the first few weeks of 2013-14.

 

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It didn't take long for Ryan Whitney to find work after being released from his professional tryout contract last week with the St. Louis Blues. The Florida Panthers signed him to a one-year deal worth $900,000 on Sunday. The Panthers were busy over the weekend as they also inked Tom Gilbert and Brady Boyes to deals. The signing of Whitney hurts Gilbert's value, and vice versa as well.

 

Florida likely made t