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We’re approaching the point in the summer in which player news is grinding to a halt. But there are still a couple of player signings to mention.
Ryan Murray has accepted a one-year qualifying offer from the Blue Jackets. Never a defenseman who has made a real fantasy impact, Murray has reached the 70-game mark just once in his career. Remember when the Oilers were criticized for passing on him in favor of Nail Yakupov? Murray would have been the better pick, but it’s not as if he has turned into a franchise defenseman himself. The 2012 draft wasn’t exactly a stout one, but it emphasizes how we really don’t know how players will turn out.
The Stars have signed Devin Shore to a two-year contract worth $4.6 million. Shore has quietly posted back-to-back 30-point seasons, although his minus-30 ranking (tied for sixth-worst in the league) would have kept him out of being owned in a lot of leagues. Shore also quietly received some first-unit power-play time with a decent 11 PPP total. I wouldn’t expect a big breakout unless new Stars’ coach Jim Montgomery decides to both spread out the Stars’ scoring and decides to use Shore on the first-unit power play over options such as Jason Spezza, Valeri Nichushkin, or Mattias Janmark.
On a side note, I always get confused as to which Shore plays for which team. Hopefully it’ll stick now that I’ve written this.
On the Dobber Sports Facebook page, I’ve enjoyed having the opportunity to vote on which player I’d like to read the Dobber Lowdown on for the upcoming Fantasy Guide. If you haven’t seen it, you’ll be able to choose between two players for each team. The current Facebook poll (as I write this) is the LA Kings with your choice of either Tyler Toffoli or Adrian Kempe.
You can even go back one step to the Forum to pick amongst a larger group of players that will be listed as the final two on Facebook. Here’s a sample for the New York Islanders, where the group includes the likes of Josh Bailey, Anders Lee, Ryan Pulock, and even newcomer Jan Kovar.
So far the players that will be covered in the Dobber Lowdown are as follows: