Ramblings: Canucks Tank; Kessel Catching Fire (March 28)

Dobber

2016-03-28

Rambling about the loss of Stralman and Stone; Canucks tanking; Kessel catches fire; and more

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Morning Updates:

Glean from this what you will. But Toronto is reportedly close to signing two KHL superstars. I'm talking about Nikita Zaitsev and Alexander Radulov. Now Radulov we already know all about. Back in January he was reported to have signed an extension with his KHL team. In eight KHL seasons he has a ridiculous 492 points in 391 games. Zaitsev is Radulov's teammate with CSKA Moscow and is a top puck-moving defenseman. He's undrafted and 24 years old. He has 58 points in his last 103 KHL games. Obviously, if the Leafs add these two players, sign a top three UFA (they will – I guarantee it, whether it's Stamkos, Yandle or otherwise), and gradulate William Nylander, Zach Hyman and Nikita Soshnikov, then you're talking about a completely different and vastly improved team for 2016-17. Elliott Friedman believes that Zaitsev is probably going to happen, but has heard nothing about the Radulov portion of this rumor:

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Since we're already talking about rumors, I'm sure you've heard that Nail Yakupov has requested a trade. Just in case you thought he wouldn't be moved this summer, this probably pushes you back in the 'trade' direction. GM Peter Chiarelli is holding out for the right deal. He knows what Tyler Seguin brought in and – justified or not (not), that's what he's looking for and he's focusing on defensemen. Hopefully his demands will drop a little and this can get done without bloodshed.

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Playoff time in H2H leagues! And crunch time for the other leagues. I hope you’re still in it rather than playing out the string. Good luck.

To help you out, I opened up a mailbag yesterday right here. I’ll keep it open throughout Monday until late in the afternoon. My goal with this website is to get as many fantasy hockey league champions from around the world as I possibly can to say “I won, and my go-to site this year was DobberHockey.”

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My Interactive Playoff Draft List will be out on April 8 and finalized (re-released) on April 10. Be sure to pre-order it here. You can run as many scenarios as you like, or you can just go with 'my' picks (also known as – the winning picks!)

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Enjoy Steve Laidlaw this week, because that’s it! As with the last two summers, he’s taking five months off to fight fires. His last day will be Saturday. After that, Neil Parker and Mike Clifford return for summer duty. Ian Gooding and myself, of course, will stil