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Despite never having laced up a pair of skates (except for those of his two young sons) and growing up in Red Sox crazed Massachusetts, Rick Roos has been a huge hockey fan nearly all of his life.  Inspired by often wearing a Canadiens jersey to the old Boston Garden (it’s a long story…) and living to tell about it, Rick started to join fantasy hockey leagues back in the 90s, where he found himself waiting eagerly by a fax machine for weekly stats updates.  He has since been in – and won – leagues featuring elite fantasy hockey writers. In real life, Rick is an attorney, which made him the perfect choice to write his previous “Holding Court” column on DobberHockey, where he debated both sides of a fantasy hockey issue and rendered a verdict for readers to debate. Later, for several years, he did similar for the popular “Cage Match” series. Today, Roos is freewheeling through a variety of monthly pieces: Forum Buzz takes a look at some hot topics our readers are discussing in the forum; Mailbag allows readers to write in to Roos with fantasy hockey questions; Goldipucks and the Three Skaters takes a look at three players (in the spirit of the old Cage Match, except Roos determines who is too hot, too cold…and ju-u-ust right); The Tournament is where Roos polls the readers and the forum community on a certain topic, just the way Tourneys ran in the old Cage Match, until a winning player in that topic is declared.

Goldipucks and the Three Skaters: Pietrangelo, Letang & Pionk

As more and more of the season unfolds there can be a tendency to look at a skater’s total points and think that tells the full story about him, when in truth it can be a poor reflection of what he stands to do going forward. To address that, I dig deep to figure out [...]

By |2020-02-11T12:13:15-05:00February 12th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|Comments Off on Goldipucks and the Three Skaters: Pietrangelo, Letang & Pionk

Fantasy Mailbag: Hughes vs Dahlin, Price, Patty Kane, Kubalik, & Any Life Left in Jones?

  As crazy as it sounds, by the time you read this there are now less than two months left in the 2019-20 regular season. With that being the case, even if these questions didn’t come from you they're likely to be relevant to your players or those of your chief rivals. In other words, [...]

By |2020-02-05T10:17:46-05:00February 5th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|0 Comments

Fantasy Poll: The Next Wave of 50-Goal Scorers

  Pop quiz – other than Alex Ovechkin, how many players have scored 50+ goals in a regular-season since 2010-11? Would you believe just four, three of whom (Corey Perry, Steven Stamkos and Evgeni Malkin) did so in the first two seasons of the decade, with the fourth (Leon Draisaitl) having accomplished the feat in [...]

By |2020-01-28T18:44:31-05:00January 29th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|0 Comments

Goldipucks and the Three Skaters: Zibanejad, Teravainen, & Vatanen

    With the halfway point of the regular season having now passed, it’s important to look beneath the surface to identify sustainable - and, arguably even more so, unsustainable - patterns emerging for skaters. That’s where this column comes in. For first time readers or those needing a refresher, the column is a play [...]

By |2020-01-15T08:54:50-05:00January 15th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|0 Comments

Fantasy Tournament: Steady Eddies

  In fantasy, there’s nothing quite like obtaining a skater cheaply - via draft or trade - and then watching him break out. By the same token, paying a high price for a skater who then proceeds to play poorly can mean the difference between winning or losing your league. But lurking out there is [...]

By |2019-12-16T17:19:16-05:00December 18th, 2019|Roos Lets Loose|0 Comments

Forum Buzz: Malkin’s Trade Value, Goalie Starts, When to Rebuild, & Top Young Defenders

​   Welcome back to Forum Buzz, a column where I review the DobberHockey Forums and weigh in on active, heavily debated, or otherwise relevant threads from the past month, reminding everyone just how great of a resource the Forums are. Pretty much anything might be covered, other than trades and signings, which usually will [...]

By |2019-12-09T16:50:00-05:00December 11th, 2019|Roos Lets Loose|0 Comments

Goldipucks and the Three Skaters: J.T. Miller, Anze Kopitar, & Brady Tkachuk

  As more hockey is played, the temptation becomes to assume skaters will continue to produce at their current scoring rates. But in some cases, appearances can be deceiving, which is what this column seeks to identify. For first time readers or those needing a refresher, the column is a play on the Goldilocks and [...]

By |2019-12-02T15:36:25-05:00December 4th, 2019|Roos Lets Loose|0 Comments

Fantasy Mailbag: Volume Shooters, Wheeler’s Struggles & Rebuilding on the Fly

  It’s that time of the month again – to open the virtual mailbag and answer your all-important fantasy hockey questions while at the same time dispensing advice that’s useful to all. Want your question answered here? Check out the end of the column, where I explain the ways to get it to me. The [...]

By |2019-11-25T20:08:35-05:00November 27th, 2019|Roos Lets Loose|0 Comments