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Ramblings: Looking at the major awards – June 2

By |2020-06-01T21:08:47-04:00June 2nd, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

Sunday night I was able to hop on the Steve Laidlaw Podcast with, you guessed it, Steve Laidlaw. More recent readers may not remember him, but he was an associate editor here at Dobber for many years, and with the recent, let’s say, downtime we’ve been experiencing, he started his own podcast. We talked about [...]

Ramblings: NHL’s Return to Play; injured players; Kaprizov; Bjugstad surgery – May 28

By |2020-05-27T23:37:30-04:00May 28th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

Gary Bettman had a virtual press conference on Tuesday to announce parts of the NHL’s Return to Play plan. Readers can head to to read up on the playoff format, the draft lottery, and a few other details about the RTP. Anyone who has read my Ramblings knows where I stand on this. I [...]

Ramblings: New phase for NHL return; playoff format; future Wild Card games – May 26

By |2020-05-25T12:57:59-04:00May 26th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

We’re starting to get some details about the NHL roll-out for playoffs. We saw the 24-team format (in some manner) get approved last week while the actual protocols for returning to practice are starting to leak out. Readers can just flip through this tweet thread from Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston for more details. Limited contact, a [...]

Ramblings: Searching for a 2C; Ty Smith; reviewing incorrect predictions – May 22

By |2020-05-21T12:40:52-04:00May 22nd, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

We hope everyone is enjoying the new site. Most of it will be familiar as the general layout was released a few months ago, but now we have new tools and features to help fantasy hockey owners on every decision they need to make. Please take the time to look around the site and familiarize [...]

Ramblings: Playoff format and reviewing predictions

By |2020-05-20T11:50:24-04:00May 21st, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

The new Dobber Hockey has launched! Our development team has been working at this for months and the day finally came yesterday as we were able to launch in full. We had a re-design months ago, but now this battle station is fully operation. Again, kudos to our dev team as they’re the ones that [...]

Ramblings: What I would like to see in 2020-21

By |2020-05-16T12:26:40-04:00May 19th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

We’re all greedy fantasy owners. We all want the players on our fantasy rosters to be the ones that get increased ice time, increased power-play exposure, overtime opportunities, and so on. And when they don’t, we often try to justify to ourselves why it might happen in the future. I’m a fan of the Star [...]

Ramblings: Some ‘What If’ scenarios from the last decade

By |2020-05-13T17:29:52-04:00May 14th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

The world continues to turn even as we continue to effectively sit in one spot. There are talks about proposals from both the league and the players but we haven’t seen anything formal yet, and everything until then is just speculation. Speaking of speculation, I feel like doing some “what ifs” from the past however [...]

Ramblings: Looking for more potential Hall of Fame players

By |2020-05-11T12:56:16-04:00May 12th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

Last week, I wrote a Ramblings dedicated to guys that are currently active whom we might see in the Hall of Fame someday. They were guys that were not among the mortal locks to get there currently – guys like Crosby, Ovechkin, Karlsson, and the like. I also wanted to avoid the younger guys who’ll [...]

Ramblings: Who belongs in the Hall of Fame?

By |2020-05-07T12:46:13-04:00May 8th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

It’s the end of the week – I think – so let’s have a little bit more fun with posts. For those who missed, I wrote yesterday about what a 2020 Team North America would look like. I had a bit of positive feedback on it, so let’s continue in that similar vein. Instead of [...]

Ramblings: Drafting Team North America for 2020

By |2020-05-06T13:31:12-04:00May 7th, 2020|Hockey Rambling|

Four years ago, we were treated to the World Cup of Hockey. It was effectively a substitute for the Olympics as a best-on-best tournament, seeing as the NHL’s Board of Governors are way too greedy to ever allow the fans to be happy. It likely exceeded expectations, in large part due to the u-23 team. [...]