February 12, 2014

Dobber Sports

2014-02-12

Attention: if you are, or have ever been, a regular user of the Forum, there is an important announcement here. But the long and the short of it is, I will be bringing back the old forum for a day, and then upgrading it to version 4 (old version was version 3 and new version – the big, giant fail – has been version 5). Version 4 is a proven, glitch-free winner. The long, annoying road is almost over.

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I love what the AHL is doing in pitting their All-Stars up against Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League. I’d like to see the NHL and KHL do something like that against each other. It would make the All-Star games 10 times more interesting.

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Update – the Olympics pool is now closed. Link is here to check out your team. 

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Erik Johnson has been suspended for two games for this slash on Frans Nielsen. Frankly, I think he got off easy. The slow-motion replays here make it pretty clear that Johnson was going after the hand! He choked up on his stick so he could swing it more like a baseball bat?

Johnson has gone 13 of the last 15 games without a point. He was having a career year, but his pace has now fallen off and is on target for 33 points. I really thought that this was the year he’d finally show us something. I had always considered his slow development to be similar to Chris Pronger, who was 27 before he did anything. But even Pronger at least showed us ‘something’ before then. EJ hasn’t shown us Jack, nor Squat.

Nielsen, by the way, has a broken hand. That’s at least 10 games missed after the Olympics, assuming he doesn’t play on March 18 but does play in the next game March 23 (that makes the most sense). So in 72 games he would finish with about 52 points. Still a career high, but not quite what we figured back in November when he had 21 points in 19 games.

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DobberBaseball‘s fantasy guide is released tomorrow. And for a limited time, I’m selling it for $5.99. At that price, you have to try it out!

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In the ramblings Monday, I solicited questions from you in the comments section. Time to tackle the players listed…

Marian Gaborik (broken collarbone) is probably going to be back immediately after the Olympics and the Columbus Dispatch has reported that he would like to remain with Columbus, rather than be traded. His last two seasons have been train wrecks, but that doesn’t mean that he won’t bounce back. He’s still in his prime. But he’s a Band-Aid Boy and I wouldn’t consider him as more than a 70-point (in 72 games) type of player.  So in March, when he is back, where does he fit in? At this point, you don’t break up the Johansen – Jenner – Horton line. Do you mess with Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson line? I think you do. I think that a line with Gaborik on it instead of Calvert had some success early in the season, and so my money is on Calvert being the odd man out.

I was also asked about Gaborik vs. Matt Moulson, the rest of the way. Gaborik is your risk/reward scenario. He’s your better option, but no guarantees. Meanwhile, Moulson will be a 55