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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.
 
  

Forum Buzz: Stone vs Fiala, Guentzel vs Point, Ullmark, & Backstrom

By |2020-10-12T20:15:14-04:00October 14th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|

Welcome back to Forum Buzz, where I peruse the DobberHockey Forums and weigh in on active, heavily debated, or otherwise relevant recent threads, reminding folks just how great a resource the Forums are. Nearly anything might be covered here, other than trades and signings, which usually get their own separate write-ups on the main site and are also normally [...]

Fantasy Hockey Mailbag: Salary Implications, Keeper Decisions, and Trading First Overall

By |2020-09-28T13:17:04-04:00September 30th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|

Normally, we’d be on the cusp of opening day for the 2020-21 campaign. But instead, things are vastly different, and we’ve just begun the offseason! Of course, there is no offseason for the mailbag, where I answer your fantasy hockey questions while also giving advice that should be useful to all poolies even if they [...]

Fantasy Hockey Poll: Who can carry playoff momentum into 2020-21?

By |2020-09-23T09:38:47-04:00September 23rd, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|

Despite unprecedented circumstances amid chaos and uncertainty since March, many players shined (or still are) during this season’s playoffs. Of course that raises the magical question as to whether those players can carry their momentum into 2020-21, or instead will end up following in the footsteps of Justin Williams, Daniel Brière, and Derick Brassard as [...]

Forum Buzz: Ranking Blueliners, Tkachuk vs Connor, Peterson, Varlamov, & More

By |2020-09-16T00:33:02-04:00September 16th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|

Welcome back to Forum Buzz, where I peruse the DobberHockey Forums and weigh in on active, heavily debated, or otherwise relevant recent threads, reminding folks just how great a resource the Forums are. Nearly anything might be covered here, other than trades and signings, which usually get their own separate write-ups on the main site and are also usually [...]

Forum Buzz: Moving McDavid, Young Defenders, & Stashing Netminders

By |2020-08-09T19:42:18-04:00August 12th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|

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 is paused. Nearly anything might be covered here, other than trades and signings, which usually get separate write-ups [...]

Goldipucks and the Three Skaters: Sebatian Aho, Mike Hoffman, & Zach Werenksi

By |2020-08-05T01:49:55-04:00August 5th, 2020|Roos Lets Loose|

Welcome back to your monthly installment of Goldipucks and the Three Skaters, which, for new readers, is a play on words of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story. Here though, instead of there being three bowls of porridge I cover three skaters and declare one too hot (i.e., doing unsustainably better than he should), [...]