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Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Philadelphia Flyers Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014 15:58:40 PDT)


Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Ranking goalies will save your season (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:15:46 PDT)
This week, your friends at Puck Daddy are offering a variety of fantasy hockey previews ahead of the 2014-15 season. By  Darryl Dobbs In many fantasy hockey leagues, goalies make up close 10 percent of your roster, but account for 40% to 50% of your categories. Choosing wisely when it comes to netminders is crucial and if you get stuck with a below average group your chances of success are slim. I’ve been using a tiered system for several years and most of the time goaltending has been an asset to my team. Sure, there was the one year where I had one injured and one struck by a case of Masonitis. But for the most part, it’s a position that I don’t have to worry about mid-season. Tiering your goaltenders prior to drafting is a great way to help with decision making. The main thing to remember when setting up your 'Tiers' is that it's not just about skill and production. Often, it’s about opportunity and team strength. Michal Neuvirth is a talented goalie, but splitting starts with Jhonas Enroth on a team that will struggle for even 30 wins makes him next to fantasy useless. Frederik Andersen and John Gibson are two of the better goaltenders in the league in terms of talent, but the likelihood of splitting starts almost down the middle make both of them less valuable than say Corey Crawford – who is on a top team and is the clear No.1. Never start drafting goaltenders until there is a chance that you will miss out on all of your Tier 1 goalies. Then make sure you get one. After that, go back to forwards and defensemen until there is a chance that the Tier 2 goalies will be scooped up. Whatever happens - make sure you have at least one from Tier 1 and one from your Tier 2 (or a second from Tier 1 if one of them falls too far). Tier 1 The cream of the crop. Posting 35-40 wins should be in the cards for this group as well as some great GAA and SV% totals. Unless something happens like a major injury, or they get traded to Buffalo. Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins After back-to-back pro-rated 36 wins (or more) seasons, Rask is firmly entrenched as one of the top goaltenders to own. Given his GAA and SV% last season (2.04 and 0.930) he's arguably the best. Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks Crawford slipped last year due to a couple of nagging minor injuries and bouts of inconsistency. The latter will probably continue in the season ahead, but it doesn't matter - the Blackhawks will still play the hell out of him and the Blackhawks will still win a ton of games. Sergei Bobrovsky, Columbus Blue Jackets Bob followed up a Vezina Trophy season with a 32-win campaign and some strong supplemental numbers to go with it. For the second straight year he started out slow (4-8-0 to start 2013-14), so if he can fix that issue he'll flirt with 40 wins. But for now you may want to consider benching him the occasional start in October. Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens Pro-rating the lockout year, Price has averaged 36 wins over his last three seasons. His 2.32 and 0.927 numbers last year were career bests and he's only now entering his prime. Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers Lundqvist is about as "money in the bank" as goaltenders get in the NHL, though he sure had our faith shaken a bit last October and November. At the Christmas break he was 10-15-2 with a save percentage of just 0.906. He was back to his old self in the second half, but his streak of consecutive seasons of at least a 0.920 SV% was in jeopardy. Since 2008-09 he never dipped below that number to end a season. Two one-goal games to end the 2013-14 campaign eked him up to 0.920. So yeah, he can continue to hold his head high. Because otherwise a man with his looks and his bank account would have no reason to do that. Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins Last I checked, fantasy leagues only count the regular season. And Fleury is a potential 40-game winner any way you slice it. You already know his reputation in the playoffs. Just for kicks, go look at his save percentage each playoff year throughout his career - even going back to junior hockey. Shocking. Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay Lightning While Bishop just has the one big season to go by (37 wins), I'll give you nearly 12 million reasons why he'll at least come close to repeating the effort. That two-year deal was for huge money and he'll see 65 starts if healthy.

Drouin, Lehtera top Sitkoff's fantasy sleepers list (NHL)
(Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:00:00 PDT)
This week, NHL.com fantasy insiders Matt Cubeta , Pete Jensen and Matt Sitkoff take in-depth looks at underrated players who should be on your fantasy team's radar entering drafts. The third pick of the 2013 NHL Draft is a favorite to win the Calder Trophy in 2014-15 after spending a productive third season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The only player picked in the top six of his draft class who didn't play a minute of NHL hockey last season, the 5-foot-11 left wing is now ready to make the jump to Tampa Bay.

Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Anaheim Ducks Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:53:15 PDT)


Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: The studs and sleepers on defense (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:58:07 PDT)
All week, your friends at Puck Daddy drop some fantasy hockey knowledge on you ahead of the 2014-15 season. Undisputed Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators  – Karlsson is still the best defenseman in fantasy hockey. By far. He is the Sidney Crosby of defensemen. Next Up Shea Weber, Nashville Predators  – Weber has always been a good fantasy own, but his value in real hockey is absolutely elite. Now that the Preds have a more offensive-minded coach, Weber could well top 60 points and see his fantasy value match his 'real' value. P.K. Subban, Montreal Canadiens  – If you're not sold already, by the end of the 2014-15 season you'll see why he was given a $72 million contract. Boom or Bust Mike Green, Washington Capitals  – It's rare when a defenseman tops 70 points. That's why Karlsson is so valuable. So when you consider that Green has done it twice and is only now in his prime, poolies will keep drafting him and hoping for a return to glory even five years from now. Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins - One injury after another and just when you figured it couldn't get any worse - last year happened. If Letang can play even 65 games he's a good bet for 60-plus points. The Stars These next few players are the rest of the true fantasy stars on defense. Victor Hedman  – I wouldn't be surprised if Hedman finished second in defensemen scoring this year. His rise in production year after year has been steady and consistent. Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes  – Not only is the 27-year-old Yandle coming off of the second 50-point season of his career, but he also hasn't missed a game since 2009. Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks  – I won't be drafting the reigning Norris Trophy winner this year because I don't value him at the 61 points he tallied last year. The last time he topped 60 points, he followed it up with three years of 45-ish points. Other managers will draft him very, very, very, very early. So I'll let them. Christian Ehrhoff, Pittsburgh Penguins  – I don't have to tell you what Ehrhoff's signing with the Penguins means in fantasy hockey. Do I? Three words: Ca. Reer. High. Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild  – After averaging 27:16 per game in 2012-13, Suter took it one step further, seeing 29:24 per game last season. If anything, his numbers were hurt by the added workload, but he's still a lock to clear 40 points. Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues  – Still only 25, Shattenkirk is coming off of career highs in goals, assists and points. Five of his 10 goals were game winners, too. Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues  – Pietrangelo hit 51 points for the second time in his career. Even though he's taking on more defensive responsibility and letting teammate Shattenkirk shoulder the offense, he's still putting up big numbers. Niklas Kronwall, Detroit Red Wings  – He may be 33 but he seems to be just getting started. Coming off the second best season of his career, Kronwall should have an easier time of it this year with a healthy Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, as well as the emergence of Gustav Nyquist. Alex Goligoski, Dallas Stars  – Goligoski managed 42 points last season despite starting off the year pointless in nine games. Add in the fact that the Stars have more firepower now than they did last season and Goligoski is primed for a big year.  

Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Detroit Red Wings Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:26:23 PDT)
 

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson gets 3-year extension (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:36:24 PDT)
Goaltender Craig Anderson has signed a $12.6 million, three-year contract extension with the Ottawa Senators. Anderson was acquired from Colorado in 2011 and is now under contract through the 2017-18 season. Anderson had an NHL-best .941 save percentage in the lockout-shortened 2013 season to help Ottawa make the playoffs amid injuries.

Craig Anderson signed by Ottawa; should Robin Lehner call his agent? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:59:34 PDT)
Craig Anderson was entering the final year of his contract with the Ottawa Senators; a 33-year-old incumbent that many assumed would yield the throne to Robin Lehner, the 23-year-old that’s been percolating in the Sens’ system since 2010.  Yet on Monday, Ottawa announced a three-year extension with Anderson with an average annual value of $4.2 million (breaking down to salaries of $4.75 million, $4.75 million and then $3.1 million). It’s a great move for Anderson, considering how crowded the goalie carousel is in the NHL and the fact that the 2015 free-agent class could include Marc-Andre Fleury and Antti Niemi. So he gets some term and gets a decent bump from his previous deal. More importantly, he remains in a situation where management obviously believes he gives them a better chance to win than Lehner does at this juncture. Which sucks for Lehner, who was signed to a three-year deal back in July. But he’s not ready. The Senators saw enough of that during Anderson’s injury stretch last season, where Lehner could look brilliant technically but unhinged emotionally. Still, three years is a bit of a wait. Best case scenario is that they share the crease – Anderson got 53 games to Lehner’s 36 last season. But even if Lehner earns the majority of the starts, he’s going to have a previous starter looming on the bench; and one that, frankly, can become unbeatable for stretches of a season. The combination of the two gives the Senators an outstanding battery for the next three seasons. Provided they can live harmoniously. It’s not like Lehner is known to be a little nutty or anything, right?  

What We Learned: Preparing for Toronto Maple Leafs civil war (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 25 Aug 2014 06:52:03 PDT)


Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Nashville Predators Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:41:56 PDT)


Puck Daddy's Summer of Disappointment: Columbus Blue Jackets Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 23 Aug 2014 07:36:45 PDT)


Puck Daddy's Summer of Disappointment: Chicago Blackhawks Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:48:54 PDT)


2014-15 Preview - Part 6 (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 22 Aug 2014 06:27:00 PDT)
Corey Abbott takes a look back and forward with Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg.

Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Tampa Bay Lightning Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:52:29 PDT)


Giguere hangs up mask after 16 seasons
(Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:45:13 PDT)
Denver (AFP) - Jean-Sebastien Giguere, a Stanley Cup-winning goaltender with Anaheim in his 16 National Hockey League seasons, announced his retirement Thursday after spending last season as a reserve for the Colorado Avalanche.

J.S. Giguere retires; CHL extinction possible; Hockey Wars: Blogosphere vs. MSM (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:45:45 PDT)
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Puck Daddy's Summer of Disappointment: Montreal Canadiens Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:37:35 PDT)


Strangest goalie mask pop culture mash-up of 2014: McDonald's meets MAD (Puck Daddy)
(Wed, 20 Aug 2014 07:58:12 PDT)


Senators re-sign LW MacArthur (The SportsXchange)
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:18:15 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators signed left winger Clarke MacArthur to a five-year, $23.25 million contract extension on Tuesday before he became a free agent next summer. MacArthur will make $3.25 million this season, $4.5 million each of the following two seasons and $4.75 million the next three years. The salary cap hit will be $4.65 million for the Senators. The 29-year-old MacArthur joined the Senators before last season after signing a two-year contract as a free agent.

Senators sign Clarke MacArthur to 5-year extension (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:04:44 PDT)
The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Clarke MacArthur to a $23.25-million, five-year extension. MacArthur, a 29-year-old, scored a career-high 24 goals and had 31 assists in 79 games last season. ''Obviously our happiness with his performance last year was a big reason to give him the term that we did,'' general manager Bryan Murray said Tuesday. In 482 regular-season games with Buffalo, Atlanta, Toronto and Ottawa, MacArthur has 268 points and 307 penalty minutes.

Clarke MacArthur signs five-year, $23.25 million extension with Senators (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:16:29 PDT)
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk had a busy Tuesday. First, Melnyk announced that the franchise has surpassed the $100 million mark in contributions to the Ottawa area since its return to the NHL in 1992. He then took part in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge with Erik Karlsson. To wrap up his afternoon, Melnyk announced on TSN 1200 that Clarke MacArthur had signed a five-year, $23.25 million extension.  From the Senators : MacArthur, 29, appeared in all but three of the Senators’ 82 regular-season games in 2013-14, establishing a new career high with 24 goals in his first season in Ottawa. He concluded the campaign ranking fourth in team scoring with 55 points (24 goals, 31 assists) while earning a career best plus-12 rating and a career high 78 penalty minutes. "I think [MacArthur's] best year's are still to come, and I think Bryan [Murray] feels the same way, and [Assistant GM] Pierre Dorion as well," said Melnyk. "We all believe that he's going to be a huge contributor to the team. He's a great character guy. He's great in the dressing room. We're really pleased that we've got him locked in for the next six years." According to the Senators , the contract breaks down like this over the five years: $4.5M, $4.5M, $4.75M, $4.75M, $4.75M.   MacArthur clicked playing with Kyle Turris last season, with the pair hitting career highs in goals, while Turris recorded a personal best 58 points. The two will be together now through at least the 2017-18 season and will be relied upon to help carry the offensive load with Jason Spezza now playing in Dallas. Next up on Melnyk's plate will be extensions for Bobby Ryan, Marc Methot and Craig Anderson.  - - - - - - - Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy

Puck Daddy's Summer of Disappointment: Buffalo Sabres Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:20:11 PDT)


Kaberle wants NHL return; when the Caps went to Japan; Avery takes ALS Challenge (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:08:17 PDT)
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Puck Daddy's Summer of Disappointment: Carolina Hurricanes Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:14:54 PDT)


What We Learned: What do players really owe their NHL teams? (Puck Daddy)
(Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:58:12 PDT)


Puck Daddy's Most Disappointing Summer Series: Florida Panthers Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:20:13 PDT)


Puck Daddy's Summer of Disappointment Series: Los Angeles Kings Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Sat, 16 Aug 2014 13:24:22 PDT)


Puck Daddy's Summer of Disappointment: New Jersey Devils Edition (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 14:00:36 PDT)
(Ed. Note: There’s entirely too much sunshine in the summer. So your friends at Puck Daddy are offering a month of thrown shade and perpetual gloom. Behold, our Summer of Disappointment series, in which we ask fans of all 30 teams to recall the biggest bummer moments, teams and players in franchise history! Please wade into their misery like a freezing resort pool, and add your own choices in the comments!) By Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy Editor (and Jersey native) Most Disappointing Team: 1995-96 New Jersey Devils I was tempted to put the 1988-89 Devils here, which was a team that followed their first-ever playoff appearance with a fifth-place clunker that saw their point total drop by 16, with mostly the same roster. But at least that playoff team was one that needed to qualify in the last game of the season. It’s not like they, you know, won the Stanley Cup or anything ... The 1995-96 Devils were, on the other hand, defending Stanley Cup champions and hence their failure to make the playoffs the following year – becoming the first NHL team to go from top of the playoffs to out of the money since 1970 – was the franchise’s greatest disappointment. Devoid of the chemistry they showed in 1995, lackluster seasons from key players and a Cup hangover that lasted through December. Just an ugly season, and not just because they traded for Esa Tikkanen. Most Disappointing Devil: Neil Brady I wanted to keep this one to homegrown Devils and not ones acquired in trades, because, seriously, Esa Tikkanen. So the most disappointing Devils is then an indisputable bust named Neil Brady. He was awesome in juniors with Medicine Hat, including 83 points in 72 games one season. The Devils saw him as a dynamic forward that could slot behind Kirk Muller for years to come, and drafted him No. 3 overall in 1986. As one Devil at the time once relayed to me: Brady showed up in camp and was winded during the most basic drills, and the veterans let him know about it. Confidence shattered, Beef O‘Brady would play 29 games with the Devils before being shipped to the expansion Ottawa Senators. He scored their first-ever goal had a career-high 29 points in 57 games. Alas, he would play only 89 games total in the NHL, spending the majority of his veteran playing days in the IHL. So he was a huge bust, but no biggie – it’s not like Vincent Damphousse or Brian Leetch were on the draft board at No. 3. Oh, right, they were. Le sigh … Most Disappointing Moment in Devils History: Niedermayer leaves No, not the Stephane Matteau goal. Three Cups, including one the following season, should have stitched up that pulsating wound. Not to mention Adam Henrique in 2012. No, not Parise leaving for Minnesota, but it comes close. No, not Kovalchuk leaving for Russia, because at the end of the day, cap recapture is a thing and the Devils got out under a contract that was toxic in the new CBA.  No, the most disappointing moment was Scott Niedermayer leaving to play with his brother. To set the scene: It was after the lockout. Scott Stevens was likely headed to retirement, due to post-concussion syndrome. Niedermayer was about to inherit the mantle as the Devils’ franchise defensive player. They offered him five years and $1 million annually more than the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim did. ($7.8 million per season!) But they couldn’t offer Rob Niedermayer. So Scotty left to play with his bro and won a fourth Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. The Devils have yet to win one without Scott Niedermayer on the roster. Most Disappointing Devils Transaction: The Doug Gilmour Trade The word is “disappointing,” not worst. Worst could be Sean O’Donnell for Willie Mitchell, in hindsight. Or, you know, Esa Tikkanen. But for many of us, getting Gilmour was the first time the Devils were ever the belle of the trade deadline ball. It was the first time the Devils acquired a star offensive player near his prime (with due respect to Peter Stastny, Bernie Nicholls and Neal Broten). The full Feb. 1997 trade was Dave Ellett, Doug Gilmour and a 3rd round selection (previously acquired - Andre Lakos) from Toronto to the New Jersey Devils for Jason Smith, Steve Sullivan and the rights to Alyn McCauley. Ellett was a pylon. Gilmour played 83 games for the Devils, scoring 75 points. But he had four points in 10 playoff games in 1996-97, before scoring five in six games in the 1998 loss to the Ottawa Senators, proving you can take the boy out of the Battle of Ontario, but yadda yadda yadda … The other side of the trade featured Smith, who would go on to have a solid NHL career as a stay-at-home defenseman; Sullivan a spark-plug offensive player for the next decade; and McCauley, while never reaching his potential due to concussions, ended up as a serviceable forward for the Leafs and the Sharks. In hindsight, it was a move the Devils still should have made. But Gilmour simply never fulfilled the promise of that jaw-dropping acquisition. Most Disappointing Devils Coach/Executive: John MacLean He went from scoring the most important goal in Devils history to being its most hapless head coach, lasting 33 games and nine wins before getting the axe in 2010-11. Most disappointing, overwhelmed, terrible … really, pick your poison. Most Disappointing Devils Fashion Choice: No Black Jersey

Ducks re-sign F Jakob Silfverberg to 1-year deal (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 12:58:01 PDT)
The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed forward Jakob Silfverberg to a one-year, $850,500 contract. The Ducks announced the deal with the restricted free agent on Friday. Silfverberg had 10 goals and 13 assists in 52 games during his first season with the Ducks, who acquired the two-way forward from Ottawa last summer in a trade for Bobby Ryan. After scoring four goals in his first four games with his new team, Silfverberg missed 24 games early in the season with a broken right hand.

Ukraine withdraws as 2015 WC hosts; hockey hits Asia; Lundqvist's wet look (Puck Headlines) (Puck Daddy)
(Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:30:00 PDT)
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