February 03, 2014

Dobber Sports

2014-02-03

The forum has been closed. A temporary hiatus that I hope will last just six hours, but could last beyond a day. I will keep you posted here. But I’d rather this, than keep it open and put everything through such a headache to login. This is best, and it’s Priority #1 for me right now. Thanks for understanding.

*

Gustav Nyquist has been added to Team Sweden. He will replace Johan Franzen.

*

Erik Erlendsson reports that Steven Stamkos is targeting Saturday for a return.

*

Paul Stastny (ankle) and Alex Tanguay will not play tonight, though both were on the four-game road trip. Per Adrian Dater.

*

Karri Ramo is out until after the Olympics with a torn MCL, per TSN. This puts Reto Berra in the spotlight and perhaps Joey MacDonald. I wouldn’t expect too much for either, but I’m curious as to how Berra handles it. He has upside.

*

The Habs have traded Raphael Diaz to the Canucks for Dale Weise. I will have analysis on that posted later today.

*

Isn’t it a little too neat and tidy of Daniel Sedin to go pointless while his brother Henrik is sidelined? I mean, we already know they’re joined at the hip. But now they’re getting carried away. Daniel is pointless in five games, Henrik has been sidelined for six.

*

So Mike Santorelli is done for the season. Such a shame, because his NHL career is in jeopardy. He had such a hard time staying in an NHL lineup and finally found his way in Vancouver, enjoying his best season. Now he’s out until training camp. And will there be a job for him? What if Vancouver makes a deadline deal and brings in a slightly better Santorelli-type, who is signed for next season? Then Santorelli will start off in an unfamiliar depth role in October, possibly falter, and things spiral from there. You see it happen a lot. Careers are launched from the opportunities that these injuries create – but careers are also lost.

*

I get asked this a lot. What do we have in Steve Mason? And man, I wish I knew. I was shopping him like crazy a week ago. He signed the big contract and then proceeded to shit the bed. I’ll admit it – I panicked. We know his track record and three months of good goaltending can’t erase that. But with that contract? I have to think he’ll get every opportunity he can to thrive. And then some.  In the last four games, he’s given up four goals twice and yanked once. But he’s also picked up two shutouts! Short answer – he’s not a Top 10 elite goalie, but we can’t write him off as a backup or minor leaguer. Potentially he’s an 11th to 15th type, but right now I’d put him 16th to 20th and trade/acquire him accordingly.

*

Dobber buddy Gustav Nyquist with four points Sunday. Wish I saw that game, but I was at the Oshawa Generals game. It was 12 games ago when he first started seeing first-line ice time, pretty much in that 18- to 20-minute range. He didn’t do much with it in the first two games, but in his last 10 he has 12 points (eight goals). He’s getting all the ice time because Franzen and Datsyuk are out (and occasionally Zetterberg). But he’s taking full advantage of it and has established himself as a fixture on one of the scoring lines for years to come. His like finish of 42 points (current pace) will be misleading in the summer when you review the final stats, because he’s arrived. And I get the feeling that he and Zetterberg will be joined at the hip until Zetterberg retires. Line combos yesterday: