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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.
 
  

Fantasy Poll: Bounce-Back Contenders

With the 2019-20 regular season all but over we can confidently identify fantasy goats, namely the players falling short of their expected level of production. But the big question is whether what we saw from them this season was just a blip in the radar or a downward trend?   And who better to weigh [...]

By |2020-03-24T22:44:18-04:00March 25th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|0 Comments

Forum Buzz: Goalie Rankings, Chabot vs Yandle, Klefbom, R. Strome, & EK

Welcome back to Forum Buzz, where I peruse the DobberHockey Forums and weigh in on very active, heavily debated, or otherwise relevant recent threads, reminding everyone how great of a resource the Forums are, especially now that the season has been suspended. Nearly anything might be covered here, other than trades and signings, which usually will get [...]

By |2020-03-17T23:59:30-04:00March 18th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|0 Comments

Goldipucks and the Three Skaters: Bertuzzi, Olofsson, & Dahlin

Welcome back to Goldipucks and the Three Skaters, a play on words of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. Here though, instead of there being three bowls of porridge, I'm covering three skaters and declaring one too hot (i.e., doing unsustainably better than he should), another too cold (i.e., doing unsustainably worse), and a [...]

By |2020-03-10T18:32:02-04:00March 11th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|0 Comments

Fantasy Mailbag: Samsonov vs Shesterkin, Kravtsov vs Mittelstadt, Deadline Buying, & Waiting on Larkin

The fantasy hockey season might be winding down, but the mailbag is as important as ever, whether to tackle questions about how to approach the last month of the 2019-20 regular season or ones looking ahead to the Stanley Cup playoffs, the summer or even the 2020-21 campaign and beyond. As usual, this column aims [...]

By |2020-03-08T13:50:46-04:00March 4th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|0 Comments

Fantasy Poll: Identifying The Best Multi-Cat Players in the Game

Quick – if I asked you to rattle off the NHL’s best multi-cat players, who would you name? Probably Alex Ovechkin, Shea Weber, Brent Burns, and Dustin Byfuglien, each of whom made the list of the top ten multi-cat performers of the last decade. Guess what else they have in common? They’re all 34 years [...]

By |2020-02-25T12:16:23-05:00February 26th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|0 Comments

Forum Buzz: Hronek’s Upside, Vrana’s Breakout, DeAngelo, Kubalik, & Giroux

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

By |2020-02-19T11:43:12-05:00February 19th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|Comments Off on Forum Buzz: Hronek’s Upside, Vrana’s Breakout, DeAngelo, Kubalik, & Giroux

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