Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: The Case for Tarasenko and Guentzel, Quack Talk and more (July 28)

by Neil Parker Jul 28, 2017, 3:57 am

  The largest NHL news from Thursday was that Andrei Markov will be playing in the KHL in 2017-18. It's worth noting that the veteran defenseman hasn't ruled out a return to the NHL in the …


Capped: Reviewing Recently Signed High-Dollar Contracts

by Alexander MacLean Jul 27, 2017, 10:45 am

The Restricted Free Agent (RFA) signings are starting to trickle in, and while we are still waiting on the big guns (Leon Draisaitl, David Pastrnak, etc.) there are many fantasy-relevant ones to comb over. The …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Mika Zibanejad; Robin Lehner; the Pittsburgh Penguins - July 27

by Michael Clifford Jul 26, 2017, 11:00 pm

A couple days ago, the New York Rangers locked up their current (and future) first-line centre, Mika Zibanejad, for five years with an AAV of $5.35 million. With Derek Stepan now in Arizona, Zibanejad will …

Fantasy Hockey Cage Match

Cage Match Tournament: Forwards Who Have Yet To Peak

by Rick Roos Jul 26, 2017, 9:45 am

We continue our summer Cage Match Tournament with forwards that may have yet to peak. As promised, I’m back for a second Summer Cage Match Tournament! Just last week, your votes named Tyler Johnson as the …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Zibanejad Signing, Players Who May Have Jumped the Shark (July 26)

by Ian Gooding Jul 26, 2017, 1:02 am

Zibanejad signing, players who may have jumped the shark On Tuesday the New York Rangers signed Mika Zibanejad to a five-year contract worth $5.35 million per season. RFA Zibanejad and the Rangers avoided arbitration with the …

Fantasy Take - Latest NHL Moves

Fantasy Take - Habs Ink Mark Streit

by Neil Parker Jul 25, 2017, 3:29 pm

  Montreal signed Mark Streit to a one-year, $700,000 contract Tuesday.   The Canadiens added to their blue line, but the 39-year-old Streit probably isn't the ideal answer to their lack of puck-moving defensemen. The veteran is definitely …

Eastern Edge

Eastern Edge - The Pen is Mightier

by Russ Jul 25, 2017, 12:22 pm

  If we judge success by the number of Stanley Cups won, and we probably should, the Penguins are now tied with the Oilers for the most Stanley Cups amongst non-Original Six teams. They have two of …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Kings check in, Ryan Spooner, Jets goalies and Johnny Oduya (July 25)

by Neil Parker Jul 25, 2017, 3:58 am

    While the remaining class of unrestricted free agents isn't the be-all, end-all indication of the NHL trend of teams moving to younger and younger rosters, it certainly is telling. Of the 38 UFAs that played at …

The Dobotomy

Dobber's Offseason Fantasy Grades - Chicago Blackhawks

by Cam Robinson Jul 24, 2017, 4:30 pm

  For the last 14 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them. This year, due to Dobber’s battle with cancer, he recruited Cam Robinson (of Frozen …

Fantasy Hockey Top 10

Top-10 Value Losses from Offseason Moves

by Tom Collins Jul 24, 2017, 1:45 pm

Fantasy hockey general managers can sometimes be a fickle sort. No matter how great a player may have been, we oftentimes look at the downside of player movements. Not necessarily who a trade or a free …

The Wild West

Wild West: Best Goalies in the West

by Kevin Wickersham Jul 24, 2017, 10:45 am

In traditional Internet journalistic fashion here’s a top-11 countdown of next year’s fantasy goalies in the Western Conference. Your opinions will vary. There are others wholly worth mentioning, but we’ll save those for a future …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Contracts for Arvidsson and Parayko; Drafting Teammates on the Blue Line - July 24

by Michael Clifford Jul 23, 2017, 11:00 pm

Viktor Arvidsson, a restricted free agent, signed a seven-year deal with the Nashville Predators totalling just under $30 million. This contract will carry him through his Age 30 season. The 24-year-old had a breakout season …

The Dobotomy

Dobber's Offseason Fantasy Grades - Calgary Flames

by Cam Robinson Jul 23, 2017, 8:02 pm

Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – Calgary Flames For the last 14 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them. This year, due to Dobber’s battle with …

Keeping Karlsson

Keeping Karlsson - No. 151 - Designing the Ultimate Fantasy Hockey League

by Elan Dubrofsky Jul 23, 2017, 3:27 pm

With the free agent frenzy in the rearview mirror, it's time to take a step back and go over some fundamentals in the Keeping Karlsson 2017 summer series. This week Brian and Elan argu... er... discuss the …

20 Fantasy Hockey Thoughts

20 Fantasy Hockey Thoughts

by Mario Prata Jul 23, 2017, 10:27 am

Every Sunday this off-season, we'll share 20 Fantasy Thoughts from our writers at Dobber Hockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week's "Daily Ramblings". Contributors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, and Neil Parker   1. It was the …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Arvidsson Signs Long Term, St. Louis Defense Debate (July 23)

by Ian Gooding Jul 23, 2017, 12:59 am

Arvidsson signs long term, other signings, the St. Louis defense debate, plus more… The Nashville Predators have avoided an arbitration decision with one of their main pieces, locking up Viktor Arvidsson to a seven-year contract worth …

The Journey

The Journey: Fastest Rising Prospect Defencemen - July

by Kevin LeBlanc Jul 22, 2017, 11:18 am

The Journey examines Dobber’s Top 50 Prospect Defensemen List, and assesses the fast risers in the July rankings. This month’s edition will focus on the newcomers to the Top Prospect Defensemen list who were drafted …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Tatar's New Contract; Philadelphia Flyers Fantasy Performers - July 22

by Michael Clifford Jul 21, 2017, 11:00 pm

The Detroit Red Wings avoided an arbitrator’s ruling with winger Tomas Tatar by signing him to a four-year deal carrying an average annual value of $5.3 million. That is the same AAV as the recently-signed …

Frozen Pool Forensics

Frozen Pool Forensics: Dougie Hamilton

by Chris Liggio Jul 21, 2017, 10:23 am

  In an effort to continue the trend of alternating week to week coverage between forwards and defenders, this week we take a look at yet another stud dealt away by the Boston Bruins by the …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Clayton Keller, more Coyotes, Devils and more (July 21)

by Neil Parker Jul 21, 2017, 3:32 am

  Clayton Keller is likely to be a polarizing player this draft season. While he's not a sure thing to be drafted in all settings, the rookie projects to be a popular late-round target. The undersized …


Capped: Finding Homes for Remaining Free Agents

by Alexander MacLean Jul 20, 2017, 11:00 am

The madness has died down, and teams are starting to get a little more frugal with how they spend their money. The UFA pile is also down to much smaller pieces, but that doesn’t mean …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Ryan Miller, Aaron Dell, Philipp Grubauer; the Ottawa Senators - July 20

by Michael Clifford Jul 19, 2017, 11:00 pm

Backup goalies are usually an afterthought in fantasy drafts, relatively speaking. They aren’t guys who singlehandedly win you a league like, say, Sergei Bobrovsky could have last year (unless the starter gets hurt and the …

The Dobotomy

Dobber's Offseason Fantasy Grades - Columbus Blue Jackets

by Cam Robinson Jul 19, 2017, 11:00 am

  For the last 14 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them. This year, due to Dobber’s battle with cancer, he recruited Cam Robinson (of Frozen …

Fantasy Hockey Cage Match

Cage Match Tournament: Skaters Who Peaked Early

by Rick Roos Jul 19, 2017, 8:33 am

We begin our summer Cage Match Tournament with skaters that peaked early. What’s the most eagerly anticipated event for poolies this offseason? The Expansion Draft, and its dozens of moving parts? The Entry Draft, and its …

Hockey Rambling

Ramblings: Goalies on the Move (July 19)

by Ian Gooding Jul 19, 2017, 12:55 am

Goalies on the move and why I might not like them as much as you do… If you followed the free agent frenzy of July 1 on Twitter, you would have seen the announcement of a …