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Ty writes...

Sleepers for Your Fantasy Pool

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Saturday, April 7, 2007 For a sports fan this time of year is like Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving and a birthday all wrapped into one. With the start of the baseball season, March Madness, and the Masters, Tivo’s and VCR’s (for those still living in the Stone Age) aren’t being given very many nights off. But out of all of this quality television is there any...
I am a refugee from ESPN Fantasy Hockey Correspondent purgatory. For the first three years I wrote a column there, I had something like 110K page views. I got email from all around the planet. But since ESPN got rid of hockey, fantasy hockey is the ugly duckling of fantasy sports, and I'm lucky to get one email a month. So I figured I'd give MYHB a shot. I like Ecklund's w...
exlund writes...

What to do with the Tweeners?

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
It seems to me one of the major challenges the Flyers have will be determining what to do with certain players who are, at this point, "tweeners"...guys like Ryan Potulny, RJ Umberger, Dimitri Afanasenkov and Stefan Ruzicka. They aren't really muckers and grinders who should be on checking lines. They have scoring talent; but they may not be ready to take on the role of ...
HomeIceFan writes...

Booing Crosby Makes Us Cool

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I caught Ian Mendes' blog on Sportsnet ([url]http://www2.sportsnet.ca/blogs/ian_mendes/2007/04/13/deep_thoughts[/url]), and still wonder if he can actually address the question of why to boo Sidney Crosby. He can't seem to figure it out either. Or maybe he just can't seem to string multiple thoughts together coherently when it's not about the ultimate greatness that is the...
I have heard it said that players need to give the fans proper respect, while this is true but what comes to mind is a double edge sword, meaning don't the players deserve the same respect. Now don't get me wrong the fans have a right to call how it is if a player makes a mistake call him on it. But what his nationality or I Q or his up bringing have anything to do w...
By the power of Grayskull, a few points: 1) If last night was a game of Ice Hockey on the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Lindy must have gotten a hold of a Game Genie because Mair and Zubrus were able to hit like the big, fat players but also, somehow, had the agility and speed of the skinny guys that usually get run over. They were only credited with 8 hits i...
sstrang writes...

Post-Season Fan Experience

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In 2004, a young man (well, if you count 26 as young) got to live a dream of a lifetime and go to a Stanley Cup Finals Game. That young man was me, and being from Newfoundland where the closest NHL team is Boston (it could be Toronto, but I can't stand the Leafs) I never even got close to a pre-season game in my first 25 years of life. That year, I experienced the grea...
Enough crying about how mean the Isles fans are, you would be pissed if you got screwed out of two games too. However, let's look at those two games. For one, Vanek's goal was not CONCLUSIVELY across the goal line. I know it was, you know it was in. However any camera angle did not show it to be conclusive, it was assumptive. Which it does not say in the rule book. Flash b...
I am not going to apology for splitting hairs over the use of Nation when describing the fans of certain NHL teams or the co-opting of the term for profit. No, I won’t because I’m Canadian and we’ve been splitting nations and attempting to sew them back together, and to the larger fabric, since our inception. For those of you reading this in Canada I realize inv...
[i]O Calgary Flames who skate in the Dome, Hallowed be the ice upon which you play. Your power rankings will climb As your points do over time, at Sportsnet as well on TSN. Give us this day our special teams skill. And forgive us our tresspasses as we check those who try to do us ill. Lead us not to the penalty box and deliver us from unreviewed goals, For thine are...
Though I am a believer in only the one, true, God...thank-you hockey gods (and San Jose Sharks)!!! How fitting that Thugville's third major (non-fighting) penalty and countless game misconduct cost them the game and series! It could not have been more perfect. If you can blame the lack of hockey enthusiasm on any players, it would certainly include the thugs of the game...
Sabres Fans… Join in for round 2 of the hometeamhockey.com playoff fantasy league. Below is a short description from the site's creator. I've participated for the past few "divisions" and really enjoy it. You should give it a try. [quote][i]Fantasy Hockey for the Home Town Fan. Why a fantasy league with just one team? My thinking is this: I like Fantasy sports, bu...
Dear Santa Clause (aka: Mr. Hicks and Mr. Armstong), As this sport very much relates to a holiday – the regular season being New Year’s through Thanksgiving and the playoffs being Christmas – here is my Christmas wish list for the off-season (in essay form!). The Dallas Stars have now compiled three straight first-round exits after solid, promising regular-seas...
While not quite as taxing as being a Chicago Cub fan, the lot in life for a Vancouver Canucks fan is, and has always been, how will “we” screw it up this time? Whether we’re talking performance on the ice, Drafting, Uniforms etc, it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day Canuck fans are almost always left with disappointment and wondering what might have been. I...
For those outside of Buffalo, just an interesting little story.... I called HSBC Arena yesterday. I was hoping to buy season tickets. The response I got: "We're all maxed out for next season. We can take your name down for the waiting list though." What? It's not like I waited til the last minute. Last year I ordered my tix in August and had no problem. You...
Montreal 1993 game 2. Marty Mcsorley gets called for and illegal stick..........Result The hockey nation of Canada gets the cup for the last time in the century. Aniehim 2007 Danny Heatley, Jason Spezza, and daniel alfreedson.......... A once Unstopable force Turns into the highest paid turn over machine in the NHL. Result...........well probably a Stanley cup. ...
[img:left]http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y102/Zacobius/nhl_blog/capt.jpg[/img] Well congrats to the Ducks. What a great playoff run and what a win in Game 5. After all those close games, it was great to see them in a blowout. After watching Cory Perry in London, it was great to see him get that goal (what a shot) and once again, no celebration looks better in sports t...
Every year different NHL teams try to make an off season move that will change the shape of their franchise for the better, but sometimes we see the general managers of these respected teams hitting their heads over a desk asking "Why?". I've made a list of five players who, this season, didn't come as advertised and instead get paid for having a big name and nothing else....
As I sit on the ''throne'' typing away on my PDA, I was thinking of how I am a Hockey fan more than a Bruins or Buffalo fan. I follow the playoffs when my teams aren't in it and the time between the Finals and July 1st I spend most of my free time reading about upcoming moves. But not just Bruins or Sabres moves but ALL of the teams moves. Damn typing on these things are...
What is this city coming to? Have we been reduced to acting like the fans of a certain hockey team in Southern Ontario? Mr. Gainey, Bobby "G", or my personal favourite, "Teflon Bob" has been, and continues to be criticized heavily from both the English and French media since the draft. The man who once sported a head of dirty blonde curls is probably wondering if Theo ...
What is this city coming to? Have we been reduced to acting like the fans of a certain hockey team in Southern Ontario? Mr. Gainey, Bobby "G", or my personal favourite, "Teflon Bob" has been, and continues to be criticized heavily from both the English and French media since the draft. The man who once sported a head of dirty blonde curls is probably wondering if Theo c...
tml1967 writes...

As the Leafs turn....

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
As we sit and await training camp which opens September 13/07, many Leaf fans are wondering some of the same things Will we make the playoffs this season? Are the Leafs going to make a trade? What will the line combinations be this season? Will a rookie step up in camp and make the team? These questions are no different then any other year as a die hard Leafs fan...
It's the end of July and the weather is beautiful outside. The 2006/2007 NHL season ended over a month ago and we are still 5 weeks away from the start of training camp for the 2007/2008 season. This is supposed to be the "Off Season" for Hockey. You wouldnt know that if you came to Hockeybuzz.com. I signed up to be a Season Ticket holder on this site about two weeks...
Yeah, this doesn't have anything to do with hockey, but I did wear a Hockeybuzz hat to the theatre, so that will have to qualify. Not only that but BluesFan44 demands a review. After much personal anticipation-I have been a Simpsons junkie since the days of the Tracey Ullman Show shorts-I finally got to see a feature film dedicated to my favorite yellow folks and their ...
One afternoon, when I was 4 years old (1984), I was at the Ice Palace in West Edmonton Mall with my brother and parents. I don't remember what the event was or why I was there, but, the Edmonton Oilers were playing a charity shinny game with some guys wearing red jerseys to this day, I claim, that they were the flames. Not because I remember Lanny's moustache or even a fla...
For aslong as I can remember, The city of Buffalo has been known primarily as a "Football" town. Growing up I was taught two very important rules 1) Do not curse and 2) Hate the Miami Dolphins. From the time I was young to just a few short years ago many Buffalonians would not even recognize Hockey until Football season was over. Times sure have changed!!! The tw...
clarasax writes...

Ready for Hockey Season

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A couple of weeks ago, I sat down one Sunday afternoon and turned on NBC. I was really, really hoping to find hockey on TV. I knew there was no way I was going to see hockey on TV during August, but a girl can hope, can't she? I blame this state of affairs entirely on [code]my husband[/code]. A few years ago I was blissfully ignorant of hockey. Any knowledge I had of...
BuffaloMat writes...

Fan Blog for all sports.

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
This blog's story takes place last night at the Buffalo Bills pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons. As I arrived at the stadium with my friend Shell, I see a few Vick jerseys walking into the area and I start to think to myself that this can get ugly after people get more beer into them. As we get to our seats, we notice that there are 2 Vick wearing Jersey guys ...
[b]THE CALGARY FLAMES GET IT[/b] I thought I would write another blog on what is really important in life. Most of these players understand what is really important for the NHL. You see the players understand that no how many records they break, or how many goals they score, it doesn’t matter if there are no fans to watch them! I am going to share some stories that sh...
clarasax writes...

My Fantasy Hockey Curse

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
So, hubby is running a Yahoo Fantasy NHL league again this year, and he wants me to join. I'm not sure that's such a good idea. I joined the league last year, and it was a blast. I got to trash talk his co-workers and learn a lot more about the NHL. I even managed to draft many of my beloved Predators for my team. It is for the sake of the Predators, though, that ...
Docwhiskey writes...

Bring in the new fans

Posted Monday | Comments 0
With hockey season just around the corner (finally something other than baseball to watch!) I was hoping to brainstorm ways to get non-fans interested in our beloved sport. One of the problems the NHL faces when it comes to network television is smaller audiences. Due to the lack of marketing, hockey has fallen to a niche sport (please note I know its still boss in Canada...
It's about that time for Fantasy Hockey drafts and I have a few ideas on sleepers and busts for the upcoming season. A bunch of us Hockeybuzzers got together and created a yahoo league and had the draft last night. It was good fun and if you'd like to take a peak inside the draft results, have a look-see at the link below. -[url]http://hockey.fantasysports.yahoo.com/hoc...
I bet you're wondering what I am talking about and saying to yourself "No one uses Time on Ice as a strategy for fantasy Hockey...." In my league we have just announced a statistic that will now become a strategy for our hockey team owners. This has been worked out to detail and such but is still actually being worked on to tweak out the bugs. Who played the most in the...
FLAMESTR writes...

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE NHL

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[b]WHAT IS THE SINGLE MOST THING YOU HATE ABOUT THE NHL? [/b] Today blog question is to name one thing that you hate about the NHL. Notice I said one thing; I am sure everyone could found a lot more than just one. [b]spiegs13[/b] One of the things that bothers me with the new rules - although it wasn't that different before - is when a player is on a mini-breaka...
FLAMESTR writes...

WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE NHL

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[b]WHAT IS THE SINGLE MOST THING YOU HATE ABOUT THE NHL? [/b] Today blog question is to name one thing that you hate about the NHL. Notice I said one thing; I am sure everyone could found a lot more than just one. [b]spiegs13[/b] One of the things that bothers me with the new rules - although it wasn't that different before - is when a player is on a mini-breaka...
In an old school, no goalies and straight points only format, ten people participate in a pool. You're second to pick, just barely missing out on that first overall pick, and drafting Sidney Crosby. You're up, the second pick overall, whose name do you select to your team? San Jose's Joe Thornton, Tampa's Vincent Lecavalier, one of Ottawa's Dany Heatley or Jas...
dagley writes...

Rate my Fantasy Team!

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
I haven't had the chance to write a blog for quite sometime, due to class restrictions and working on my papers. Although I took tonight to draft my fantasy team. I had the second overall pick and just missed out on Sidney Crosby, and I decided to take Mr. Joe Thornton. Below is my team I drafted, and would like if you all would rate my team :) Joe Thornton - C - San Jo...
So, the draft for my fantasy hockey league was this weekend. I went second from last, so my top picks (the usual -- Crosby, Ovechkin, Chris Mason) were long gone. I got most of my other requested players, though. This is going to be a tough league. In addition to my Hockey Husband, who is running the league, we have Hockey Buzz bloggers Paul McCann and Brandon Felder, p...
Stlbluescujo31 writes...

Fantasy hockey feedback!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
I havn't written a blog so I figured I start with my fantasy teams and get opinions from everyone how how it is. I would appreciat all feed back positive and negative. I enjoy reading all blogs on the site and I will continue to blog probily regularly. A little about me I'm obvously a Blues fan. Have been ever since I've been into hockey. Despite that I try as much as posi...
I was looking over what the capitals have been doing this off-season and just placing it in my mind what is actually going on with this team. You would think that the team would have a better standing with the talent that seems to come out of there don't you? Some will argue that there is no talent... well that's just hog-wash. Alexander Ovechkin is an obvious 100 poin...
Sabres Fans... Join the hometeamhockey.com fantasy league. Below is a short description from the site's creator. I've participated for the past few "divisions" and really enjoy it. Give it a try. [quote][i]Fantasy Hockey for the Home Town Fan. Why a fantasy league with just one team? My thinking is this: I like Fantasy sports, but I don't have the time to [img:right...
clarasax writes...

Preds Win, Fans Chat

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Woohoo! Go Preds! What a great start to our season. A shutout from Chris Mason, a bit of "enforcement" from Tootoo, a couple of goals from Arnott, and a packed arena. For a couple of hours tonight I was able to forget all the craziness going on with the possible sale of the Preds and just enjoy the hockey game. I've noticed an interesting phenomenon at Preds games. ...
agreen3 writes...

The Brady Bunch

Posted Friday | Comments 0
How it must feel to be a father of an NHL player. I have two kids in my life and I could not imagine how proud one could feel to see them play in the NHL. Off-course all children’s parents will love there children no matter what they end up doing, that being said if I ever have the privilege of seeing a member of my family play this great game at the highest level I woul...
[b]Anatomy of a Hockey Buzzard:[/b] [img]http://i228.photobucket.com/albums/ee162/JHRIV/hockeyaccident12_edited-2.jpg?t=1191607046[/img] [i]HockeyPuckusBuzzardus[/i]: a fascinating species of modern day hockey fan often found in their native habitat of the HockeyBuzz site, www.hockeybuzz.com. When not chasing, discussing or arguing rumors, they are known to frequent...
Before everyone gets all hyped up and lights their posse torches, please let me say that I have accepted this fact and am completely at ease about it. In many respects, I am very happy about it. There are a lot of positives to having a limited, rabid, knowledgeable, fan base. Less bandwagoneers to fling on/off depending on the team's record. The downside is that we have le...
[img]http://tbn0.google.com/images?q=tbn:nagITiFfeAvPsM:http://images.cnhi.zope.net/images_sizedimage_180211403/lg[/img] [b]You know you're a hockey fan if:[/b] * You know all the words to "O Canada"...in French...and you're American * You hear "Prince of Wales" and you immediately discount the guy with big ears, perk up thinking Bettman might actually get one rig...
Traditionally, sports in Ohio are generally regarded as mediocre. However this year I feel there is an excitement for Ohio sports that has not been around for a long time. Here is what has been happening: -Last night, the Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Yankees 6-4 to move on to the AL Championship Series. The Indians haven't won a World Series in almost 60 year...
Since when did the entire city of St. Louis jump on the Blues bandwagon? I know the Rams are losing and the Cardinals didn’t make the playoffs, but this is ridiculous. Last year, I could walk up the night of the game and get tickets. But now, the first three games are well on their way to becoming sellouts! Only a few very expensive seats remain. I’m not saying t...
CaptShark writes...

An Octoberview !

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Four games into the season and no season preview from me as I had promised. All I can say is sorry, but I have been very busy and could not find time to get it done before the start of the season. Since it is too late to do a preview, we will call this an Octoberview. I am going to get into a few different categories based on what has happened up until now. I am not going ...
Ducks versus Wild tonight at 5pm PST at the Honda Center. I'll be there early for warm ups. Just in case. "Should be a good old fashioned grudge match, so come on down. Bring the kids. There are still plenty of seats available at the War Memorial." During game 5 of the Ducks v. Wild playoffs last season, the pregame action was gnarly. First off, the Wild were ...
and are outplayed by their lesser known mates, what should a coach do? During the last game the Ducks played against the Dallas Stars, there was one Duck who stood out against his other teammates - Drew Miller. The younger brother of Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, scored his 1st NHL goal the game before against the Nashville Preds and the excitement of that event clearly car...
[b]SHUTOUT?,,, 0-0 Ties, shootout, backup goalie, regulation time, overtime, hmmm. [/b] Fantasy Hockey players can get very anxious over these kind of things,,, he gets a shutout!, he gets a shutout not? Recently I was very curious about who potentially would get a shutout in a 0-0 tie. This came up after the Saturday, October 20, 2007 - BOSTON 1, NY RANGERS 0 (Shoo...
I would like to start off by saying thank you to all of you who sent me stories of your favorite moments in Sharks history. Many of us have our own fond memories of a time when the team or a certain player did something that just wowed us. Is wowed really a word? Who cares, right? Many of us also share the same moments as great times at the Tank or Cow Palace, for thos...
Alright so previously I had written about the media coverage in the Bay Area, and how it covers the Sharks. I asked many fans and some other bloggers about their take on the topic, and came up with quite a bit. Well a couple of weeks ago Mark Purdy of the San Jose Mercury News got back to me on the subject, and this is what he had to offer on the subject. He agrees that...
We all know that as fans it seems like there are only 2 emotions in our fan-lives, a giddy rollercoaster of ups and downs, from supreme and utter glory as our team wins to dark, lonely despair as they fail don't. In some ways it's easier to be a fan of a really good team, like the Wings, or a fan of a struggling team, like the Blue Jackets. The Red Wings of the pas...
[b]The Passion[/b] Year after year the Leafs have tried to end the drought and year after year they have failed. It does at times get really frustrating that the team that I grew up watching just can't pull it off...at times it can even hurt. I have endured the endless bashing of our Leafs on hockey sites such as this one, I have also bashed other teams. While some...
You read it right. I figured since none of the usual top Pacific Division teams really want to get their games going and take a lead to win the Division, then why not Phoenix? They have a bunch of "no name" kids on the team that can all play the game. Aside from Shane Doan and Jovo, who else is well known? I would love to be in the locker room and experience the new bl...
Tav writes...

Reasons to be Thankful

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Remembrance Day just passed up here in Canada and with American Thanksgiving on the way, it made me start thinking of reasons why I am thankful at this time of year, some of which I'd like to share with you all below. *I am sooooooo thankful of the people who have answered our country's call, both in the past and now, who and continue to defend the lifestyle we lead and...
TheStig writes...

Fantasy Picks - Week 8

Posted Friday | Comments 0
All right all you fantasy hockey junkies out there this blog is for you. This is the 1st in a once a week blog I am going to start putting out, to help make your picks, and especially for those of you in larger pools, to pick up some sleepers that most people would overlook, and for those of you in HBSL this will help when your trying to make that last pick to fit under th...
Sidney Crosby leads all Eastern Conference vote getters by over a 2:1 margin. Will he end the season with over 240 points and is he twice as good as his closest talent? I say assuredly "No." The leading scorer in the NHL and the best player in the NHL today is Vincent Lecavalier and he has less than one third the votes of Sid. What gives? Daniel Briere, a great player...
The other day I came across the MLS soccer website, and just out of curiosity, decided to try and find out what the average attendance was for an MLS game. I was fairly shocked to discover than for the past 4 seasons, the average attendance at MLS regular season games was over 15 000, and in 2007 was nearly 17 000. I didn't think that soccer was by any means a major spor...
philkash writes...

Fantasy Hockey, Questions

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
How many times have you picked up and dropped players this season? What sleepers can you pick up to win the following week in your H2h game? Which free agent goalies should you pick up due to injury? Who's injury might have an effect on next weeks games? These are some of the questions Hockey Fantasy Owners have each week. We all love Hockey Buzz, why don't you as...
Would it be Brashear or Pronger or Boll or Godard or Parker or Boogaard or Chara or Neil? None of these guys hold that distinction. Instead, there is Tie Domi incarnate leading the league and his name is Daniel Carcillo. Who.......? What team does he play for......? The Phoenix Coyotes. Those of you in the west may have guessed it right because you've seen this 5'11" ...
You know you're a Blues fan... - if You think Weight Watchers is a Doug Weight fan club and some chick named Jenny Craig is president. - if You yell 'Blackhawks Suck!'...at a Cardinals game -if your vision of hell entails the Blues losing in the second round of the playoffs with either Detroit or Colorado winning the Stanley Cup -if you realize just how depress...
Ron Guillet writes...

What Is Being a Fan?

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
When I think of the word ''fan'' I immediately see a drunken fat guy painted in team colors yelling at the rink with pride. But what really constitutes a fan? In many occurrences in my life, I've been faced with people who allegedly cheer for a team, but when things go awry, they turn away and grab the reins of another club. Actually most of the people I converse with in p...
BluemanGuruu writes...

under construction.

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
the first part and notes for a future blog where i lazily save it onto hockeybuzz instead on my own machine. i repeat, this is not a complete piece. any recomendations, questions and comments that are helpful are welcome. thank for your patience and consideration for my laziness. ;-) here's something interesting my fellow fans. a quote from murray out of rutherford'...
Anne Hier writes...

About it and About

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Although it is not unusual for the winning Red Wings to make the front page of the local papers, they were presented by [i]Detroit Free Press[/i] writer, Tom Walsh on 12/11/07 in a less than winning light ([i]Filling Empty Seats in Hockeytown: Red Wings Bring in Exec to Combat Sagging Attendance[/i]). This article can be found online at http://www.freep.com It appears t...
For most teams, the style of play where you get over the center red line and throw the puck deep into your opponent's zone is called "dump and chase" and it can be an effective game strategy against certain teams and at certain times of a game. For the Anaheim Ducks, that strategy is known as "dump and go crush your opponent into the end boards" and it is becoming the 1st...
Marchant, Pahlsson, Rob Neidermayer, Moen, Miller, Bertuzzi, and MacDonald - It is time for you to stand up and be counted. You comprise the 2nd and 3rd lines of the Ducks and your lack of scoring is killing this team. We are 33 games into the season and you have very little to show for it. Do you expect your first liners to win every game for you? Some of you guys pla...
Anne Hier writes...

Yankees 12, Red Wings 1

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Even those who don't follow baseball know who the [b]New York Yankees[/b] are. And these fans and potential fans know what the [b]Yankees[/b] are about - [b][i]winning[/i][/b]. We recall that earlier in the past season the [b]Yankees[/b] were faltering. Some pundits were predicting that, for the first time since time immemorial, the Yanks would not make it to the post seas...
I am making a trip to Ottawa for the annual Bell Cup youth hockey tournament for my son during the holiday and then we are off to the HHOF in Toronto. While we are there, I would love to take my 10 yr old to ACC to watch the Leafs play the Lightening on Jan 1. What a great experience it would be for the both of us. As you in Toronto know, finding a ticket to a Leafs gam...
FLAMESTR writes...

Wings Next on my List

Posted Monday | Comments 0
[b]RED WINGS A FORCE, AS ALWAYS[/b] The Red Wings probably have the best Dman in the League, and two of the best forwards in the league. They are Stanley Cup Contenders. They are the toast of the west. Why? Simple, they are that good; they have a solid defense, and adequate goal-tending which looks better because of their defense. Simply put, this team has no wea...
7:30 AM : Get up from an easy going night of not drinking too much. I get my four layers of clothes on, check to make sure I have everything I need and run out the door to our meeting place for our limo. 8:30 AM : Arrive at my waiting destination, we start to celebrate with a few glasses of Champaign and Orange Juice which is also commonly known as a Mimosa. After ...
First time blogging on this site and I figured I'd kick it off with a focus on fantasy hockey. A few surprises: [b]Patrick Sharp[/b] - Where in the h-e-double hockey sticks did this come from? Sharp is on pace to put up both more goals and more assists than he has in the last two seasons combined. Looks like the kids in Chicago are having an impact on everyone in th...
FLAMESTR writes...

somthing off my chest

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
[b]APOLOGY TO THE CALGARY FLAMES FANS[/b] I noticed as a fan blogger now I have never really laid up on my bashing of the flames. Well that is plain wrong how can I really seriously consider myself a fan of the league if all I do is bash the home team I live in. Well that is ending today I want to make sure that I am a fan of the NHL which includes well the ...
Some players who might help your team. Andrei Kostitsyn (MTL) winger : He has 18pts in the last 19 games Nicklas Kronwall (DET) Defense : He has 20pts in the last 28 games Mike Mottau (NJ) Defense : He has 5 pts in the last 9 games Kris Letang (PIT) Defense : He has 4 pts in the last 6 games. Watch out for this guy. He's a stud in the making. Grab him up w...
Jlebang writes...

Rate my Fantasy Team.

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Pavol Datsyuk Jason Spezza Mike Richards Andre Markov Brian Campbell Nicklas Kronwall Dion Phaneuf Shane O'Brien Kris Letang Marian Hossa Rick Nash Henrik Zetterberg Wojtek Wolski Lee Stempniak Andrei Kostitsyn Ian Laperriere Kevin Bieksa James Wisniewski Ryan Clowe Eric Godard Rick Dipietro Ray Emery
Has anyone seen Chris Kunitz? Where did the banzai-skating, run everything that moves, open up space for your line mates and fastest player on the ice go? Either the NHL told him to slow down and stop running opponents or someone whispered in his ear and told him he was a finesse-style player and could avoid contact and still be effective. Either way, he is lost and we ...
Ron Guillet writes...

A Much Needed Reminder

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Oh, the wonder of Toronto Maple Leafs' fans cheering against our once beloved team. It's a sad but necessary process which strips the energy and magic from cheering on the Buds. Delusional as it is, most of Leaf Nation just pushed aside the terrible management decisions and held on to our lucky charms while praying to god - who is known as Mats Sundin for the Blue and ...
clarasax writes...

Curses!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Tootoo's injury was the last straw. It appears that my fantasy hockey curse is back in full force this year. So I did it. I made the ultimate sacrifice. I dropped all the Preds from my team. [sniffles] I had dropped Gelinas and Hordichuk early in the season. I dropped Bonk a few weeks ago. On Sunday, I dropped Tootoo, Legwand, Suter, and Radulov. The change ...
Although Slapshot is the finest hockey movie ever made, there are a couple of others that I've recently watched that are focused more on the drama and struggle of hockey and less on the comedy. The two movies that I recommend are "The Rocket" and "In the Crease." The Rocket is the story of Maurice Richard. Besides the obvious scoring records that Richard is known for,...
I've been trying to post this for four days, so I apologize for the rather untimeliness. I still don't know what the problem is/was. I just hope it works this time. Before you "bomb throwers" get started, I am going to take a neutral stance on this and just want to compare how various teams would have responded. Let's hear how your team would have responded. The R...
I've been trying to post this for four days, so I apologize for the rather untimeliness. I still don't know what the problem is/was. I just hope it works this time. Before you "bomb throwers" get started, I am going to take a neutral stance on this and just want to compare how various teams would have responded. Let's hear how your team would have responded. The R...
Dear Mats Sundin, I realize that you spend hours in the gym and on the ice every week trying to prepare yourself for the rigours of playing hockey at the NHL level. However, I also know (based on two very reliable sources) that you take the time to read every single comment and post made on this site so I thought I would clear a few things up. First off, I was...
DucksFan07 writes...

The Selanne Factor

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If you are lucky enough to have a close friend or relative that can light a room with their smile or presence, then you have a glimpse of what it has looked like around the Duck's locker room for the last 10 games. The Ducks are 9 - 1 since the return of Teemu Selanne and when he steps in and has a 5 point night like he did against the Blackhawks, that helps too. Sel...
RDG83 writes...

Third Man In

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
As spectators of sporting events we often have the urge to yell, shout, boo, clap or make any other type of noise we deem necessary to let somebody know just how we are feeling. It might be the common double-syllabic, repetitious chant using the opposing goaltenders first or last name in hopes they let in a soft one on the stick side. Perhaps it's the jeering directed to...
The Ducks gave one away in the 3rd period last night in Phoenix. The hard part was trying to determine if they were playing "prevent defense" to hold on to the lead or if they were actually trying to win the game by playing offensively and attacking. Lately, with the total lack of scoring, it is often difficult to know which is which. Either way, they let a 2 -0 lead tu...
rwrusso writes...

Garth & the Buffalo Blog

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Yeah, yeah, I know this is being a homer, but the consistently HUGE number of comments made on practically every post by Garth is impressive. Nice showing by Philly and Pitt fans as wel, not only on their boards, but the Buffalo boards too. I think it says a lot about the passion each city's fans have for their team, and hockey in general. I know there are some other gr...
Have you ever heard one of the soccer (futbol) announcers scream, "Gooooooooooooooo (take a deep breath) aaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll" after a goal? I don't care who you are. When you hear that kind of exuberance and excitement, you can't help but smile and maybe even laugh out loud with some of the same bubbly enthusiasm. Or have you ever heard R...
I would like to conduct an unscientific poll as to what those of us here at HB love about our game and what we believe, collectively, is the single best reason for being a hockey fan today. Another way to look at this would be to ask yourself, "what is my favorite part of the game?". A number response is all that is required, but feel free to comment as well. [b]Results to...
My family and I just happened to fall prey to the nasty sickness that has been floating around and not going away in a normal timeframe. This one was abnormally uncomfortable as even my bones and teeth hurt. Nothing like waking in the middle of the night after 15 hours of sleep in a soaking wet sweat, but I am wandering off topic. The bottom line is I missed the "Ne...
DucksFan07 writes...

How the West was Won

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Just want to send out some love to all of the Western Conference teams that are gunning for the Cup. May the best Ducks team win. The Dallas Way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPmc4dYQpx0&feature=related The Sharks Way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E81PKj9dTZc&feature=related The Ducks Way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vIn2gYoLZ0 The Detroit Way http:...
icedog97 writes...

What are a Fan's Rights?

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Professional athletes make TONS of money. Compared to the average person, they make more money in one year than we will see in a llifetime. Like television, movie, and music stars, they often have personas that are larger than life. We put these people on a pedestal...tell them that they are special...and then tell them that along with being special and making al...
I love to read and write blogs. I love to learn from, and educate, other bloggers. I love the sense of humor and sarcasm of unencumbered bloggers. I love the respectful, yet free flow of expression. But there is something that has been driving me nuts - Blog Titles. Here are a few examples of the abhorant titles that I have read: "Ducks Deficiencies Demand Deadline...
Buts16 writes...

Saturday Morning Coffee

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
As usual enjoy. I would love to hear from Caps fans as it seems I am very popular with them right now. http://flyerflies.com/blogs/Buts/ Have a great weekend. Go Flyers
When I was in the 8th grade, I had to take a public speaking course. "Speech," as it was referred to, was a time for me and my adolescent friends to really get stupid and make blundering fools of ourselves. Now granted, we were not trying to be fools, but being 13 years old and having to give a speech in front of a classroom full of peers with bad acne, big hair, pink sh...
When I was in the 8th grade, I had to take a public speaking course. "Speech," as it was referred to, was a time for me and my adolescent friends to really get stupid and make blundering fools of ourselves. Now granted, we were not trying to be fools, but being 13 years old and having to give a speech in front of a classroom full of peers with bad acne, big hair, pink sh...
The STARS are one step away from advancing to the second round for the first time in way too many years. It certainly is not over...but they have a strangle-hold on this series. Credit the Ducks for finally figuring out the STARS power play...they [u]COMPLETELY[/u] shut it down. On the other hand, Dallas figured out how to beat Anaheim's aggressive 5-on-5 attacks...[b](...
Today the Philadelphia Flyers organization must face the consequences of poking fun at an article that poked fun at their organization. In short the Washington Post is accusing the Philadelphia of Copywrite infringement for passing out a copy of Mike Wise's fan-bashing article. The article was distrubted to fans as the entere the Wachovia center, along with thunder stic...
Rather than give a rousing pre-game pep talk, I'll rely on a classic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpSFExhRdBA&NR=1 C'mon boys. Git-r-done.
As the Dallas Stars finished a 4 - 1 victory at the American Airlines Center in Dallas over the defending Stanley Cup Champions, a loud audible sigh of relief was heard around the NHL. It occurred last night around 8:25pm Pacific Standard Time. I'm sure if you were awake, you heard the loud "[b]ahhhhhhh[/b]" from your own lips and from the collective lips of millions of ...
After reading Julie Robenhymer’s great columns on her “fan” experiences I’ve been formulating my take on the state of respect, or lack of, that I have seen in my 30 plus years of attending sporting events at different venues around the country. Baseball is my first love, followed closely by Hockey. I really prefer to go to hockey games for live action so maybe ...
Last pre-season I was introduced to the fabulous world of hockey by my boyfriend. He's originally from the bay area and has been following the Sharks franchise since they started years ago. He took me to the Rookie Exhinition game between the Sharks and the Ducks at the Anahiem Ice training facility. Being in such an intimate environment really sparked something in me, and...
Yesterday/Early Today, all off us were caught up with the actual game held in real (really long) time. So it is understandable that many of you who participate in fantasy leagues might have missed Monday's good news: The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari for [i]Major League Baseball Advanced Media v. CBC Distribution and Marketing[/i], 07-1099. And even though ...
tangent_man writes...

Our voices matter...

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
I received this email today... [i]In the next week the NHL Fan Face Off team will be sending out a survey on NHL game attendance. In order to guarantee that we have a sufficient number of individuals attending games from each NHL team we need your help in recruiting new panelists for the NHL Fan Face Off Panel. Please have your friends, family, colleagues, etc visit ...
For Toronto fans, the Entry Draft 08’ signaled a new age. With the much vaunted clear out in the upcoming months, the draft had all the makings of a cornerstone with which the franchise could rebuild in the next few years. Despite having 10 picks at their disposal, even after the eyebrow raising trade for Jamal Mayers, the Blue Nation was hoping that Toronto could buck...
Lupini writes...

Make Your Super Team

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So, being that this the first blog I have ever written on here, I wanted to stay somewhat neutral with my topic. That means no Sundin or McCabe talk, no Radulov and CHL talk, no trade rumors or speculations. Just something fun. What I want to know is if you were to make a team, using one player from every team, who would you pick? Now let me add the restrictions. You mu...
I participate in a 12 man fantasy league and we draft very early before every season. Our draft was conducted last weekend. The league is very competitive and is worth quite a bit of money by fantasy league standards or atleast by college student income standards, seeing as we are almost entirely composed of college students. The requirements of the league are also very in...
I realize that many players, media and especially fans read Hockeybuzz on a daily basis, and I believe this may be the most efficient way to get this message across. There is a HUGE difference between the fans and the media, and this was evident this week on the airwaves in Montreal. Jean-Charles Lajoie, a radio commentator on CKAC radio in Montreal managed to OUT-TWIT...
CSullivan10 writes...

Fantasy Top 50

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
I absolutely cannot wait for the NHL season to start, and I just might be more excited to draft some fantasy teams. October 4th cannot come soon enough, school is boring during the week nights and homework is just lame, I need the center ice package to deliver me from boredom. I decided to complete a "big board" type of list for a blog on hockeybuzz that I would like to ma...
CSullivan10 writes...

Fantasy Top 50

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
I absolutely cannot wait for the NHL season to start, and I just might be more excited to draft some fantasy teams. October 4th cannot come soon enough, school is boring during the week nights and homework is just lame, I need the center ice package to deliver me from boredom. I decided to complete a "big board" type of list for a blog on hockeybuzz that I would like to ma...
I've said it in different ways before, but we're really starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel here, folks. That said, this very brief edition of Duck Puck will focus on which Ducks you may want to add to your fantasy rosters, after a quick news roundup. As we've finally reached a month in which NHL teams will hit the ice, the annual season previews are being rele...
stromie writes...

Random Sabres Thoughts......

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
Max Afinogenov is in the ultimate contract year. Not only is he in the last year of his contract, but he was shopped around in the offseason and is auditioning for all 30 other teams in the NHL either via trade during the season, jockeying for line placement on the Sabres or for his free agent contract following the season. Right now, it looks like we are going to go be ge...
CSullivan10 writes...

Fantasy Top 50 Pre-season

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Oh boy, we are just days away from the regular season now. I wanted to post the 2nd installment of FT50 before the regular season gets under way, you may notice a few changes. Any difference from the last, may be because of any announcements or rumours of line combinations that I have heard since the last post. Also the news of Gonchar's injury has dropped him off the list...
Greetings to all buzzers. Thanks for clicking on my maiden web log. If brevity is the soul of wit, I either have no wit or no soul. Thus, my season preview will be posted in two hefty installments. With the trans-Atlantic set of games aside (and it was nice to see those Easterners learn what [b]real[/b] travel is like), I’m looking towards Thursday when the true fant...
DucksFan07 writes...

Do You Smell That?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Just a little nostalgia to get you in the mood to enjoy your reading. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjAPoN8qs0Q Can anyone smell that? I'm talking about the mild aroma that is building in Anaheim. I'm hoping the autumn breezes and winter rains can wash it away and renew a freshness. I'm hoping for spring flowers and a summer Cup. However, this aroma has the potent...
It's pretty hard to believe, but I am currently in first place in the Fantasy Hockey Pool presented by KIA on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada! Ron McLean even said my name on TV! I currently have a 2 point lead over second place, and am trying to keep a blog updated daily to show my progress. http://rblight18.blog.ca/ Or check out the CBC website if you don't believ...
It was recently revealed that Columbus Blue Jacket prospect Stefan Legein has decided to resume his hockey career and attempt to make it back into his old form. It was about 3 or so months ago that the news first surfaced that feisty Blue Jacket prospect and Ice dog star had lost the passion for the game and had decided to hang up his skates. But now it appears the passio...
First, I apologize for the lateness of this short but important blog. Yesterday, I went straight from work to United Centre, and this is the first chance I've had to get in front of a computer. Anyway... If you're a season-ticket holder planning to stay at the Hilton for the convention this summer, you DO NOT have to wait until 9:00 this morning to reserve your room...
As a Vancouver Canucks fan, particularly one not living in the city of Vancouver. I find it difficult to get Canucks' news, without venturing online. So it's heartwarming to see how many fans across this great North American plane have so much to say and offer about my team. The nuggets of knowledge expressed, i often find unbiased and completely insightful, and it tota...
greg9966 writes...

Leaf Fans: Crank it up to 11!

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
I am a very lucky guy. I get to go see several leafs games every year, and I am thankful for the opportunity. The one thing that really pushes my buttons about being there is that a good chunk of the lower bowl is corporate seating. The leafs sell out every game and the waiting list for season tickets is insanely long. We are talking 15 + years. When corporate ...
amerk626 writes...

Elements of Excitement

Posted Friday | Comments 0
It's a question I have been pondering for quite some time. What truly makes a hockey game exciting, and what truly makes a hockey team exciting? The question first dawned after New Jersey's last game before the All-Star break, a 5-2 victory over the Habs. I remember after the game, I had a very happy debate with various Habs fans, along with one or two other Devils fans on...
I thought I'd give this a shot ... maybe SOMEONE in EK's staff could at the VERY LEAST address the players as to what is going on and when they estimate all will be up and running correctly. A simple update note is really not asking too much. [b]ANY WORD FROM EK AND STAFF WOULD BE MUCH APPRECIATED BY ALL INVOLVED![/b] Thanks!
I wish I could tell you what a real fan is and what it means to be a fan to your team. I mean, I know what it is like to pull for a team or root for them. But as a fan, you certainly have the right to boo a team. But how far are you aloud to go? I mean, I have seriously heard people insult the player’s intelligence and his upbringing. I am just as bad as the others. I am...
The Thrashers have had some shotty goaltending in the early half of the regular season with people doubting the teams goalies. Then Atlanta's main man Kari was sidelined with back issues and then came another question. Could the man known as "Moose" get, and keep this team on track? Well, after a month of continous pressure on the veteran, he ended up with a record that mo...
The season has ended for the Thrashers, with most fans going home dissapointed once again. Some things did improve, but a lot more things stayed broken and I'm here to help good ol' DW out. I'm going to go through the three positions (forward, defense, goalie) and review them, with some other little tid bits as well. So hang on for the ride as this is the first ever Thra...
Once 8 years of pass after drafting a player and still not seeing him play in any of the teams affiliates, the player slips off your radar and never usually gets back on. It's different with a kid named Ilya Nikulin. He has had never shown up on the stats side of things like most defenseman so I had never cared to follow him or his Russian teams but today I followed his ...
You may recall that, last spring, Capitals owner [b]Ted Leonsis[/b], who gets full marks for enthusiasm and accessibility, used the platform of his blog on USAToday.com to post his "Take" on the fans of Philadelphia: ===== [i][b]Day 6: Tuesday, April 15 (Flyers 6, Capitals 3)[/b] My family and partners traveled to Philadelphia —the city of brotherly love. After ...
Before we discuss the second round, I wanted to talk to you about a discussion between a dad and a son. My son always reminds me that the players are very human and they make mistakes and really they don’t set out to lose. He had to remind me of this over and over again as the Hawks were eliminating my Flames. I have had conversations with my son reminding me the F...
Well fellow losers, we come to that time of year again where we expect to turn off the hockey games early. After all, the amazing season and President's Cup win means zilch, zip and nada as we suffer another humiliating loss to the Quacks of Anaheim. You have to hand it to the Ducks though. They pulled a mediocre season into a great run so far. Hiller has been amazing and ...
Rewind a year to Ottawa, when interim GM Cliff Fletcher was preparing to make his last great splash. Trading up to secure hard hitting blueliner Luke Schenn, a player unto which the Leafs hoped to bank their revival, set in motion a summer of upheaval paving the way for Brian Burke to step in mid-season. For many the draft of 2008 marked an era of realization, that change ...
Montreal trades Christopher Higgins, Ryan McDonagh, Pavel Valentenko & Doug Janik to New York for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt and Mike Busto. Montreal landed their long sought-after #1 Centre on Tuesday, but it wasn't the Flying Frenchman that everyone expected. GM Bob Gainey felt the price was too high for Vincent Lecavalier and instead settled for an overpaid, underac...
As we start to turn the corner on summer, it's just about time to start gearing our minds towards next season's draft. To kick things off, let's take a look back to see which players had the strongest finish to the 2008-09 season. We'll ignore the obvious players who were strong from start to finish, and focus on players that turned it on in the last quarter. It's not ...
It is a Friday night during the summer and I am watching Sci Fi no surprises there. My ponderance of the evening is player fan relations in the NHL. I think most of you know me. I am one of the diehards that waits for the Flyers players mostly after games but often after practices too. I have a jersey project the jersey is for me and me alone. I intend to frame it a...
On paper, Stefanovich looks to have all the tools that teams look for: a blend of scoring ability and size. Stefanovich’s sharpshooting abilities and offensive instincts are top notch, but his effort is inconsistent at best. Though he is willing to drive to the net, Stefanovich is a player who mainly fights through contact but doesn’t initiate physical play. His skatin...
If you've been playing fantasy hockey for a number of years, you inevitably start to get attached to certain players. You have it stuck in your head that the player is a star and has to be drafted. If you're interested in winning, you sometimes have to forget the past and acknowledge when the dog just can't run like he used to. The trends indicate that these boys are on...
As you evaluate your draft list for the upcoming season, pay special note to a number of players who carry a bit of a high-risk, high-reward aspect. While you don't want to necessarily avoid drafting them, you definitely want to limit the number of these guys that wind up on your roster. It's ok to roll the dice on Marian Gaborik in round 3, as long as your first 2 picks...
In preparing for your upcoming fantasy hockey drafts, one of the keys to watch for are players who are poised for a breakout season. If you draft purely off of last season's stats, you're always going to miss out on some of the best performers. If you managed to snag Jeff Carter, Zach Parise, or Bobby Ryan last season, you were well ahead of the game. Here are 4 names a...
[url]http://s1.zetaboards.com/NHSL/index/[/url] See Below So here's something that really gets to me.. Yea I’m not liking what Heatley’s doing, but what was management thinking when they gave him the “A”, permanently?! I remember watching the first or second game since he'd been promoted; with that fancy letter on his jersey he started it off with an undiscipli...
When it comes to fantasy hockey drafts, the temptation is to pull out last year's stats and pick the guy who had the most points. A lot of bad assumptions go into that philosophy. For one thing, you ultimately end up with a host of one-hit wonders and miss out on the rising players. We've assembled here a list of players that peaked last year or had a fluke of a great s...
As you continue to prepare your draft list, take some time and scour the stats sheets for players on the rise. The trends indicate that these players are getting better every year and should continue to climb in 2009. If you draft purely on last year's stats, you'll probably undervalue many of these players. [u]Offense[/u] [b]Nik Antropov[/b] - Atlanta just may be...
Today I am going to write a general hockey blog avoiding the DP talks, Tavares interests, and disappointing predictions that many have for the Islanders next season. Instead I'm going to write about what I was just doing on my laptop, and it's something I frequently find myself doing when I'm bored. Or when it's the school year, I usually do this when I have to write a pap...
Here are the top 10 goalies you should target for your fantasy hockey draft, and why: [b]1. Luongo [/b] Luongo has ousted Brodeur as the can't miss goalie come draft day. Although injuries limited his value last season, his second half performance demonstrated why he's the definition of money when it comes to goalies. Don't hesitate to draft him in the top 5 picks. ...
Here are the top 10 defensemen you should target for your fantasy hockey draft, and why: [b]1. Mike Green[/b] Worthy of the #1 overall pick, if your league places any significant value on defensemen. He's a lock in for the top blueliner in 2009, as he has been for the past 2 seasons. [b]2. Sergei Gonchar[/b] Say what you must about about Crosby and Malkin, but the ...
When it comes to drafting a fantasy hockey team, there is no greater joy than the moment you call a name and hear 3 other GM's groan, "I forgot about that guy!". These players will be overlooked by your average GM for a plethora of reasons. Mostly, because they're not as smart as you. Some of these guys had below average seasons last year, due to injury, etc. Others are t...
Yahoo finally opened up fantasy hockey season today, so I'm sure many of you will be signing up shortly to get in on the action. After all, draft time is the most exciting time of the year for fantasy hockey fanatics. There are a variety of formats out there from Yahoo and others. But which one is best? I've been managing a fantasy hockey league for 18 years now, and w...
When it comes time in your fantasy hockey draft to select a goalie, one critical thing to be wary of is goalies sharing time in net. You might be drafting a stud with a 2.1 GAA, but if he only gets 50 starts, it's going to hurt you in the long run. So here a handful of teams that have a cloudy picture between the pipes, and what it should mean for you at the draft table....
gkmkiller writes...

Fantasy Hockey Time

Posted Monday | Comments 0
I will admit it; I don’t know about most of you but I am a fantasy addict. I play fantasy baseball, football and especially hockey. In fact, this year I have joined 3 leagues, two of which are keeper leagues. This will be my first foray into a keeper hockey league so I am looking forward to it. In one of the keeper leagues, the league manager paired up all of the teams a...
A-Mar writes...

Quick NHL Season Players Preview

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Anaheim -MVP: Ryan Getzlaf -Key New Face: Saku Koivu -Sleeper: Andrew Ebbett -Super Sleeper: Luca Sbisa Atlanta -MVP: Ilya Kovalchuk -Key New Face: Nik Antropov -Sleeper: Anssi Salmela -Super Sleeper: Jason Krog Boston -MVP: Zdeno Chara -Key New Face: Marco Sturm (back from injury) -Sleeper: Matt Hunwick -Super Sleeper: Vladimir Sobotka Buf...
In the fantasy hotspot, we evaluate players who are experiencing a boost in production (or potential production), due solely to the linemates that have landed with. At least for the short term, it's worth picking up one of these guys and riding the wave that comes with being paired up with top talent, or with added power play time. Here are a few players going into the s...
When it comes to draft time for your fantasy hockey season, there are certain players that require you to look beyond the numbers. For one reason or another, you ought to tread carefully with this list. Whether it's off-ice troubles or uncertain roles within a team, be careful to not put too much faith in this crew. [u]Offense[/u] [b]Jonathan Cheechoo[/b] - After s...
Welcome to week 2 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (10/12 through 10/18). [u]Week 1 Review[/u] Week 1 was all about the Washington Capitals, with the top 4 scoring leaders coming from D.C. Of those, only Brooks Laich can be considered surprising. Most likely, he's already been nabbed in your league. What's more surpris...
The rate of injuries to significant fantasy hockey players seems to be pretty high this season compared to most years. Many key names have gone down, some of which will be out for a significant stretch of time. This can wreck a fantasy hockey team, particularly if you own several of these players in your lineup. Here's a look at the key injuries so far, and what it mean...
Welcome to week 3 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (10/19 through 10/25). [u]Week 2 Review[/u] A few surprising starts seem to be continuing in the West as Colorado and Phoenix haven't slowed down a bit in week 2. The entire Pacific division seems to be upside down from top to bottom, with the Coyotes and Kings on top an...
Welcome to week of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (10/26through 11/2). [u]Week 4 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 5 Games:[/b] NY Islanders, Phoenix [b]Teams with 4 Games:[/b] Colorado, Edmonton, Minnesota, Montreal, NY Rangers, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington [b]Teams with 2 Games:[/b] Atlanta, Calgary Despite decent start...
Welcome to week of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (11/3 through 11/8). [u]Week 5 Matchups[/u] Teams with 4 Games: Atlanta Teams with 2 Games: Chicago, Edmonton, LA, Minnesota, Nashville, Ottawa, Philadelphia It's a well balanced lineup on the schedule next week, with every team but one having 2 or 3 games. Altanta is...
Welcome to week 7 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (11/16 through 11/22). [u]Week 7 Matchups[/u] Teams with 4 Games: Florida, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa Bay Teams with 2 Games: Minnesota, NY Rangers, Vancouver This is the week to ride the Coyotes. Phoenix has 4 games, including matchups with Tampa Bay, Minnesota, a...
Welcome to week 8 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (11/23 through 11/29). [u]Week 8 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 Games[/b]: Anaheim, Boston, Carolina, Calgary, Columbus, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Nashville, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis [b]Teams with 2 Games[/b]: LA, Montreal, New Jerse...
MikeMcC writes...

Love Hurts

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With the recent struggles of the Toronto Maple Leafs, many fans are wondering what is happening to this once proud franchise. Leafs’ fans often claim to be the most faithful fans in the sport, and while this may be true, is it really what the team needs? Fans are present at every game; no matter what city the team is playing in there will often be at least on fan in at...
Welcome to week 9 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (11/30 through 12/6). [u]Week 8 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 Games[/b]: Anaheim, Columbus, Colorado, Detroit, Florida, Nashville, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Toronto [b]Teams with 2 Games[/b]: Carolina, Edmonton, NY Islanders, Philadelphia, Phoenix Not a good week to be starti...
Welcome to week 10 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (12/7 through 12/13). [url]Week 10 Matchups[/url] [b]Teams with 4 Games:[/b] Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Calgary, Colorado, Florida, LA, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington [b]Teams with 2 Games[/b]: Boston, NY Rangers The Av...
Welcome to week 12 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (12/21 through 12/27). [u]Week 12 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 Games[/b]: Buffalo, Chicago, NY Isles, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Toronto [b]Teams with 2 Games[/b]: Calgary, Detroit, NJ, Washington [b]Teams with 1 Game[/b]: LA L.A. is enjoying a nice Christmas break ...
bongo_guy writes...

Poor Fan Support at WJC

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
Wow, it's been a loooooooong time since I last had the time to sit down and write one of these. Unfortunately it will be extremely brief... For a lot of hockey fans, Boxing Day through the New Year holiday is considered sacred, especially for Canadians. It's the most magical time of year when the best of the best from around the world come together to fight for World Ju...
Welcome to week 13 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (12/28 through 1/3). [url]Week 13 Matchups[/url] Teams with 4 games: Anaheim, Atlanta, Calgary, Chicago, Columbus, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Jose Teams with 2 games: Florida, Toronto Not a strong week to ...
Welcome to week 14 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (1/4 through 1/10). [u]Week 14 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Anaheim, Boston, Calgary, Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Toronto [b]Teams with 2 games:[/b] Edmonton Although 3 of their 4 games this week are on the road, the Flames have the mo...
Welcome to week 14 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (1/11 through 1/17). [u]Week 15 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Calgary, Detroit, Minnesota, NY Rangers, Pittsburgh, Washington [b]Teams with 2 games:[/b] Buffalo, Colorado, NY Isles The Rangers get the prize for most favorable schedule this week, with thre...
Welcome to week 16 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (1/18 through 1/24). [u]Week 16 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Atlanta, Buffalo, Carolina, Columbus, Dallas, Florida, New Jersey, NY Isles, Ottawa, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Toronto [b]Teams with 2 games:[/b] Calgary It's a pretty full ...
Recent injuries can either wreck your fantasy hockey team's season, or provide an opportunity for you to cash in on another's misfortune. Here is what you need to react to some of the biggest IR news in the NHL: [b]Teemu Selanne (F - ANA)[/b] With Selanne being out of NHL action until after the Olympics, many owners will be tempted to dump him (if they haven't already...
Welcome to week 17 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (1/24 through 1/31). [u]Week 17 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Calgary, Detroit, LA, New Jersey, NY Isles, NY Rangers, Phoenix, St. Louis, Washington [b]Teams with 2 games: [/b] Boston, Philadelphia, San Jose Look for the Capitals to have a big week, not th...
Welcome to week 18 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (2/1 through 2/7). [u]Week 18 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Washington [b]Teams with 2 games:[/b] NY Isles The Islanders have cooled off a bit on the fantasy front over the past week. Don't expect g...
landsharkhockey writes...

Take 'em to the Curb

Posted Wednesday | Comments 1
As we approach the Olympic break, it's time to start making those last minute tweaks to your fantasy hockey roster to prepare for the playoffs. Often times, one of the toughest decisions facing a GM is letting go of a guy that was drafted high but having a subpar season. Sometimes we'll hang on to him simple because of his name and the foolish hope that surely he has to ...
Welcome to week 19 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (2/8 through 2/14). [u]Week 19 Matchups[/u][b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Anaheim, Colorado, Edmonton, Nashville, NY Isles, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver [b]Teams with 2 games:[/b] Toronto It's the final week before the long ...
Yes, for fans who were expecting a grand fireworks finale coming off the Olympic high, Trade Deadline Day was a bit of a let down. To the casual fan, not a single trade made yesterday would register more than an "Oh. Is he any good?" However, to the fantasy hockey nut (which I assume you are, since you're reading this), there was plenty of fallout from what did, and wha...
landsharkhockey writes...

Rookie Fantasy Report

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It's been a relatively slow season in terms of significant rookie impact in the fantasy hockey realm this year. The past few seasons have been extraordinary in terms of rookie showings. Consider: Steve Mason and Bobby Ryan in 09. Patrick Kane and Nicklas Backstrom in 08. Malkin and Stastny in 07. And, of course, Ovechkin and Crosby in 06. All of these players were m...
Welcome to week 22 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (3/15 through 3/21). [u]Week 22 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Calgary, Dallas, Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, Nashville, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay [b]Teams with 2 games: [/b] LA, Montr...
Welcome to week 23 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (3/22through 3/28). Only three weeks left to go in the regular season, so not much time for those final roster tweaks. [u]Week 23 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Calgary, Columbus, Detroit, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Toront...
landsharkhockey writes...

Fantasy Feed - 3/25

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Here's your Fantasy Hockey Feed for today… 4 Stars #1 - Marian Gaborik (F - NYR) - Gaborik came up huge with 2 goals and an assist, leading the Rangers to a much needed 5-0 victory over the Islanders. #2 - Valtteri Filppula (F - DET) - The Redwings are fighting for the final spot out West, and Filppula's performance last night granted the team 2 more points in th...
Welcome to week 24 of the Fantasy Planner, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (3/29 through 4/4). Only 2 weeks left to go in the regular season, so not much time for those final roster tweaks. [u]Week 24 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games[/b]: Anaheim, Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Florida, LA, Minnesota, Nashvill...
Here is your final edition of the Fantasy Planner for this year's regular season, getting you ready for next week's fantasy hockey action. (4/4 through 4/11). If you made it this far, that means you're in the finals and may have room for one last tweak to that roster. [u]Week 25 Matchups[/u] [b]Teams with 4 games:[/b] Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Colorado, Edmo...
hockeyfanland writes...

I am a new member here!

Posted Saturday | Comments 0
My name is Landon Ewaniuk, I'm a disabled young man, I live for watching hockey. I'm not the greatest writer in the world, but a few months back I started my own site: [url]www.hockeyfanland.com [/url] Please stop by! My goal is to connect and talk hockey with the games great fans!!
The first week of July is always a busy time in the hockey universe in terms of player movement. It has evolved into a Mini Me of the Trade Deadline. While the top stories this year will center around the likes of Kovalchuk, Gonchar and Hamhuis, in terms of fantasy hockey, these deals will have little impact on where those players will rank on your draft list. The real ...
Most of the major off season moves this summer were obviously made with an eye towards capturing the Cup. The Penguins and Devils restructured their defense in a big way and role players were shifted all around the league. While these deals will play a big role in the fortunes of these NHL franchises, they barely register on the radar in terms of fantasy hockey impact. ...
Update: And then there were four. Four franchises left so it's not too late to grab one for the upcoming season. See contact information below. Welcome to the Federal Hockey League. The FHL has been setup to provide a simulation for lovers of the greatest sport on earth, ice hockey. The league homepage can be found here: [url]www.greytowergames.com[/url] You as t...
First lets all take a deep breath and say "FINALLY". We have been waiting on Kovalchuck for 19 days and quite frankly getting a little tired of this saga. With Kovy finally putting pen to paper in thr Swamp, this has already affected the fantasy hockey world. Had Kovy signed in Los Angelas as had been rumoured many times it could have been a fanatsy bonanza for may Ki...
FantasyPlayer writes...

Kovy Conspiracy

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Ok, once again we are in a situation where Kovalchuk reigns supreme in the headlines. I thought we had finally rid ourselves of this 3 week dog an pony show. Now 17 years and a 102 million dollars on the surface seems no different then Loungo, Zetterberg, Hossa and DiPietro. But here is where you are wrong. This is different and shady all in the same breath. Yes we ...
Over that past few days I have heard over and over that Burke will begin to entertain offers for Kaberle once the Kovalchuk situation gets ironed out. To a certain degree I agree with this thinking, because I do believe that if the Kings do not get Kovalchuk (which I do not believe they will), then I feel that Kaberle will be a King and I truly believe Wayne Simmons will ...
FantasyPlayer writes...

Will Hall have an Impact?

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After reading in a post today on TSN, it was identified that Taylor will not attend the summer evaluation camp for Hockey Canada. By skipping the camp by rule, he will be ineligible to play in Buffalo this Christmas. Which in turn basically states he will be playing top six minutes in Edmonton come this fall. Is this a good thing for both parties? Is Hall ready for a y...
FLAMESTR writes...

THE UNSUNG HERO

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I really hate the off-season, because it's really hard to write a blog at this time of year. In fact, it makes it almost impossible to write one right now. Please bear with me as I try to figure out what to write. You think I am joking? I have already deleted this column 3 times! I thought I would write about someone who does not get written about, and talk about th...
Forbes has recently put out a list of the best fans for the four major sports leagues in North America (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL). The list includes the top four teams from each of the leagues. The NHL is represented by the following teams: 3. Detroit Red Wings 6. Pittsburgh Penguins 11. Montreal Canadiens 16. Chicago Blackhawks This excerpt from the Forbes article e...
Years ago, drafting goalies was easy. Every season, you could argue over order, but you couldn't go wrong with Roy, Brodeur or Hasek. These days, it's much harder to predict who will be the elite fantasy goalies from year to year. Consider this: the top 5 fantasy scorers from 2008 included the likes of: Tim Thomas, Niklas Backstrom, Steve Mason, and Cam Ward. If you s...
Update: And then there were four. Twenty-six filled and four franchises left so it's not too late to grab one for the upcoming season. See details below: Welcome to the Federal Hockey League. The FHL has been setup to provide a simulation for lovers of the greatest sport on earth, ice hockey. The league homepage can be found here: www.greytowergames.com You as the ge...
When it comes to formulating your draft strategy, take some time to carefully consider your approach to defense. More than any other position, defensive scoring can vary dramatically from league to league. Some leagues value scoring by a defenseman higher than forwards, while others lump them together. This can dramatically change your approach in terms of when to draft...
For a solid fantasy hockey draft strategy, there is much to consider for goalies and defensemen. When it comes to forwards, it's a much simpler proposition. First off, get to know your point system. This can make a huge difference in ranking your players. For example, if your league counts goals and assists equally (join a new league), then guys like Joe Thornton and ...
FantasyPlayer writes...

Kaberle...Fantasy Stud?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
I have taken some time over the past week to sit back and wait to see how the Kaberle and potentially the Kovalchuk situation would play out before writing my next blog. Well one of the shoes dropped on the weekend with Kaberle remaining a Leaf. I know this has set off a firestorm in Leaf Nation as to whether this move was correct. At this point it is irrelevant because...
In preparing for your upcoming fantasy hockey drafts, one of the keys to watch for are players who are poised for a breakout season. These are guys who have yet to reach the upper levels of fantasy hockey players, but could get into that territory by season's end. If you draft purely off of last season's stats, you're always going to miss out on some of the best perfo...
Every year some average Nhl player or young stud who hasent lived up to expectations has a huge breakout season. Jussi Jokinen went from a waiver pickup to a 30 goal 65 point player. Genrally younger players tend to breakout in their 3rd or fourth campaign. In this blog i shall post up 10 players who i think will breakout this year . Here are my top 10 breakout players for...
An important key to winning any fantasy hockey league is nabbing one or two steals in the draft. It's a wonderful feeling to call out a name late in the draft and then hear a guy or two mumbling about how they forgot about him on their list. These players may be overlooked or undervalued by other managers for a variety of reasons. Some of these guys had below average se...
In part one of my 2010-2011 fantasy report I looked at 10 forwards who'm I expect to breakt out. In this report I will look at 5 Defencemen and 5 Goaltenders Who are expected to produce and break out. I will give an ion depth analysis on every player. Without further ado. Defencemen: 1. [b]Eric Johnson [/b](St-Louis Blues) Johnson did not play a sinlge game in 08-0...
Finishing in the season near the top of your league can be gratifying, but if you're reading this, you're probably in it to win. And in order to win, you sometimes have to roll the dice on a gamble or two and hope you cash in. You certainly don't want to load up too much on these guys, as the chances of them all panning out is small. Here are a handful of guys that coul...
When preparing for your fantasy hockey draft, the lazy man's plan is to pull out last year's stats and pick the guy who had the most points. Many bad assumptions go into that philosophy. You ultimately end up with a roster of one-hit wonders and miss out on rising players. The players identified below likely peaked last year or had a fluke of a great season. While most o...
Every fantasy hockey league is different. Even if you're Biff Tannen and you know exactly how many points each player will score next season, it's no guarantee for fantasy victory if you don't fashion your draft strategy to the league you're in. In this post, I'll give you some tips and guidance on how to draft (and win) in a standard CBS fantasy hockey league. Point...
All good things eventually come to an end. When it comes to drafting a winning fantasy hockey roster, it's important to know when the end has come, or at least, know when it's approaching. As much as we hate to acknowledge it, hockey players can only stay on top for so long before they start to slide. If you draft with your heart and pay too much attention to history an...
Information is key if you want to dominate your fantasy hockey draft. Here are some players with major risk factors, that you should be wary of drafting, and in some cases, you should strike him from your list completely. Offense Maxim Afinogenov ATL Afinogenov signed on to play in the KHL. So you may want to avoid drafting him, eh? Paul Kariya UFA O...
As a follow up to my previous article on CBS Fantasy Hockey Draft Strategy, I wanted to come back with a breakdown of how you should approach drafting in a standard head-to-head Yahoo league. Many of the principals are the same as CBS (and any league for that matter), so if you missed it, check it out here: http://www.landsharkhockey.com/post/2010/08/31/CBS-Fantasy-Hoc...
One important factor to consider as you're putting the finishing touches on your draft list, is how well the players performed down the stretch last season. Consider two guys who finished last season with 48 points: Lee Stempniak stormed the castle down the stretch, racking up 14 goals in his last 19 games. Meanwhile, David Backes limped across the plate with just 10 po...
Drafting goalies is a risky proposition. More than any position, this choice can make or break the fate of your fantasy hockey team. One of the biggest factors you need to consider is how often a goalie is going to play. Some netminders can be counted on to get 70+ starts a season, while others will sharing the net with another man. In short, you want to avoid the spli...
It's late in the draft and you're starting to lose focus. You've got one spot left to fill and all the good ones have been taken. At this point, you take the next guy on the list with the most points and call it a day. I'm here to tell you that there's a better way. It's called the "Specialist". In general, when ranking your players, you want to focus on guys who ...
Like playing the stock market, when it comes to winning at fantasy hockey, it is critical to identify players who are on the rise. These players are all but guaranteed to improve their numbers over last season. Which means that your average opponent may tend to undervalue these options. Offense Niclas Bergfors ATL Bergfors was the prize coming back to Atlan...
Now that a good many fantasy hockey drafts have taken place, it's a good opportunity to step back and take a look at some trends. When you're dealing with the masses out there, you have a large number of uninformed players making bad decisions, which you can benefit from. After participating in many drafts myself, I'm seeing a host of players being taken way before thei...
For the most part, I encourage fantasy hockey players to largely ignore what goes on in the pre-season. Ryan Craig got a hat trick for the Pens, so should I draft him as a sleeper? (no, you shouldn't). However, the one thing that you should not ignore at this time of year is the injury news. Preseason or not, those things don't just go away when October 10th rolls arou...
If you study my fantasy hockey cheatsheets, you may notice a distinct lack of rookie presence, particularly on offense. There's a good reason for that. As a rule, there's too much risk to spend an early pick on a guy who may not even make an NHL roster. Trying to predict where a rookie will finish is a total crapshoot, particularly when you've never seen them play. Th...
We're just days away from the start of the season, so it's time for our first weekly installment of the Fantasy Planner. Depending on your league, week 1 may be very short, or very long, since the first games are on a Thursday. We'll combine the games from this week, along with the full next week for this edition (10/7 to 10/17). Week 1 Matchups Teams with 3 Games...
Week 1 is just about under our belts and there are many story lines to the fantasy hockey season. No time to panic (yet). We'll save that for next week. Here is what you need to know for week 2 (10/18 to 10/24): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Detroit, Edmonton, Florida, Montreal, Philadelphia, Phoenix Teams with 4 Games: Calgary, Chicago, Nashville, NY Rangers, San J...
landsharkhockey writes...

Time to Panic Yet?

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During the first few days of the season, when players don't perform exactly how they were supposed to according to your draft list, the constant message is "Don't panic yet. Give it time.". It's never wise to overreact and make poor decisions based on just a few days worth of results. So, when exactly is it time to panic? How long is enough time to look at a player and...
Two weeks into the season. You should have some idea if your team is on the right track or not at this point. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 3 (10/25 to 10/31): Matchups Teams with 1 Game: Vancouver Teams with 2 Games: Boston, Detroit, Nashville, San Jose, St. Louis, Tampa Bay Teams with 4 Games: Los Angeles, Montreal, ...
Every season, a handful of players jump out of the gate and exceed expectations in the first few weeks of the season, leading to a mad run on the waiver wire. But how many of these players will still be valuable fantasy contributors two months from now? Years ago, Brian Savage was infamous for having huge numbers in October, only to crash and burn and disappear by Christ...
Soon the calendar will be turning to November and you should have a decent idea of how solid your roster is for the season. Last week, we urged you to load up on Canadiens, based on their favorable schedule. Hopefully you listened... Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 4 (11/1 to 11/7): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Calgary,...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 5 (11/8 to 11/14): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Columbus, Dallas, LA, Nashville, New Jersey, Philadelphia Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Atlanta, Edmonton, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Washington Not that you needed another reason to avoid playing your Devils this week (if you have any that are act...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 6 (11/15 to 11/21): Matchups Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Boston, Buffalo, Colorado, LA, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, San Jose, St. Louis, Vancouver Every team is looking at a full schedule this week, with either 3 or 4 games each. The Bruins look to have it particularly good, with 3 of 4 at...
landsharkhockey writes...

I'm SO done with you.

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
First off, apologies for a title that sounds like it was written by a 12 year old girl. But maybe that's how I feel. There comes a point in certain relationships when you just can't take it any more. You've been burned so many times that you've had enough, and it's time to break up and move on with your life. And so it is with me and certain NHL players in the fantas...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 7 (11/22 to 11/28): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Anaheim, NY Islanders, Phoenix, Vancouver Teams with 4 Games: Boston, Calgary, Columbus, Dallas, Florida, Montreal, Nashville, New Jersey, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Washington If you of the mind that the Sout...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 8 (11/29 to 12/5): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Buffalo, New Jersey Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Minnesota, NY Rangers, Phoenix, St. Louis After just 2 games last week, Anaheim comes back with 4 matches this week that should favor their fantasy players. The Ducks hav...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 9 (12/6 to 12/12): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Carolina, Chicago, LA, NY Isles, Phoenix, St. Louis Teams with 4 Games: Anaheim, Dallas, Detroit, San Jose, Toronto, Washington This promises to be a high-scoring fantasy week, as many of the top scoring teams have 4 games on the radar (Dal...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 10 (12/13 to 12/19): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Edmonton, Florida, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Vancouver Teams with 4 Games: Atlanta, Chicago, Columbus, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, LA, Nashville, Ottawa, San Jose Lots of teams with 4 games on the schedule heading into the Christma...
Short schedule this week with two days off for Christmas. All over the board, from 1 game to 4 by team: Matchups Teams with 1 Game: NY Rangers, Philadelphia Teams with 4 Games: Atlanta, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Vancouver More than any other week this season, it's important to pay attention to the schedule next week. If you've got Rangers or Flyers in yo...
Well, it's boxing day in Canada, which means it's time to take all of those unwanted presents back to the store and cash them in for something useful. Now wouldn’t be spectacular if you had that option with your fantasy hockey team? After all, I'm sure there a few picks that you were feeling warm and tingly over when you opened them in October, only to find out that th...
It's not right to end the year without a pointless top 10 list. And since fantasy hockey is what we do here, here is my contribution, as I present the events that had the biggest impact on fantasy hockey in the year 2010: 10. Stempniak to Phoenix A deal that largely went unnoticed at the time quickly became the most significant fantasy trade of the season. On Marc...
As you sit back on Saturday and (hopefully) enjoy the Winter Classic, don't forget to give your fantasy roster a little attention. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 14 (1/3 to 1/9): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Montreal, Ottawa, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington Teams with 4 Games: Carolina, Chicago, Florida, Minnesota, ...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 15 (1/10 to 1/16): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Atlanta, Dallas, New Jersey Teams with 4 Games: Boston, Edmonton, Nashville, NY Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Phoenix, St. Louis, Toronto, Vancouver, Washington Ride those Canucks this week as Vancouver cannot do wrong right now. They've g...
Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 16 (1/17 to 1/23): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Chicago Teams with 4 Games: Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Calgary, Florida, LA, Montreal, NJ, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa Bay It's worth noting that Chicago is the only team with a mere 2 games on the schedule, and they come against ...
Short week coming up with the All-Star Break. Make sure you pay attention to the schedule as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 17 (1/24 to 1/30): Matchups Teams with 1 Games: Anaheim, Atlanta, Buffalo, Chicago, Columbus, Detroit, Minnesota, Montreal, New Jersey, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Tampa Bay The other half of the league has two g...
Coming off the All-Star break, most leagues feature a slightly shorter game schedule, so once again, it's important to pay attention to the schedule. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 18 (): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Anaheim, Buffalo, Chicago Teams with 4 Games: Montreal, New Jersey, Pittsburgh Only three teams featu...
jeremyn writes...

New on the block

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Hey everyone. I've been following Hockeybuzz for a little while now (used to be mostly on trade deadline days, or weeks leading up to it), but I now find myself visiting at least 3-5 times daily. Let me introduce myself. My name is Jeremy, and I'm a 29 year old male living in Edmonton, and as most people, I'm a homer. I love the Oilers. Always have, always will. I f...
Just a couple weeks left before the trade deadline shakes things up a bit. Here is what you need to know as you set your fantasy hockey roster for week 20 (2/14 to 2/20): Matchups Teams with 2 Games: Atlanta, Columbus, Pittsburgh Teams with 4 Games: Buffalo, Minnesota, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Washington Only three teams are facing the short schedule this week. ...
When trying to identify value in daily hockey, or when considering waivers and trades, it's critical to know what players have been doing lately. Blindly following the leading scorers to date will give you a host of bad information. The leading scorers over the past 2 months are dramatically different than those who led the league through the first 2 months of the seas...
The trade deadline is still two weeks away, but GMs seemed to have moved the calendar forward a bit this season. The deals that went down last night may ultimately overshadow anything that transpires at the end of the month. So what does all this mean from a fantasy hockey perspective? I'll break down a few here: Anderson (COL) for Elliott (OTT) I speculated at the ...
Hey folks, my name is Kenny Brewster. [b]I am writing this today with a humble request for your help.[/b] I am a finalist in a contest to win a 55" Toshiba HDTV, but I can't win without your votes. I have produced a short audio clip that is less than 2 minutes long, it is a spoof of the old "I AM CANADIAN" commercials. In the audio, I talk about how the Internet an...
landsharkhockey writes...

Who Will Be Lee?

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Following perhaps the most uneventful trade deadline day in a decade, fantasy owners are left to wonder what impact (if any) will the 16 trades have on the remainder of the fantasy season. As last season proved, some of those low-profile deals can have a huge impact on the stretch, if you can snatch up the one or two players who most benefit from a change of address. Las...
We're down to the final month or so in the fantasy hockey season, which means playoffs are just around the corner. If you're still paying attention at this point, that means you're probably still in the running to win. You've done your homework all season long, and there's no point going to sleep now. There are still some valuable waiver options and last minute tweaks t...
icedog97 writes...

JVR: The New Giroux?

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
During the 2009-10 playoffs we saw the emergence of Philadelphia Flyers forward [b]Claude Giroux[/b]. Giroux scored 21 points in 23 playoff games after scoring just 47 points in 82 games during the regular season. [b]Seeing a player jump from .57 points per game to .913 during the playoffs, when scoring is usually at a premium, is like a red light going on behind the...
Newman writes...

Why I Don't Like the Canucks

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
I can't stand them. The other thing that pisses me off is that a lot of people in Calgary including a lot of the bars are supporting them. It makes me so angry but seeing them lose tonight was so great. Come read why here: http://www.thesportsroundup.com/2011/06/why-i-dont-like-canucks.html Newman twitter.com/TSRNewman
It's been a couple of months now since the fantasy hockey season ended. Plenty of time to gloat in your championships or lick your wounds (I've done a little of both, being in so many leagues). Now that the dust has settled, it's a good opportunity to look back on this past season and draw out some lessons from the past season. If you've been playing fantasy hockey for ...
landsharkhockey writes...

The Forgotten Men

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
"Oh man. I forgot about him." Inevitably, you will hear this curse several times at any fantasy hockey draft. It typically comes from the guy whose draft preparation consisted of printing off last year's stats. That guy always overlooks the players who missed a good chunk of time, or even the whole season, due to injury. It seems like 2010-11 had an unusually high num...
The goalie position has become the hardest by far to predict with certainty. The leading fantasy scorers fluctuate dramatically from season to season. While the top 10 here seem to be your safest bets for starting goalies, you could easily make a case for about 5 other guys to finish as this year's top scorer. That complicates your draft strategy. Typically, goalies w...
What to do about defense? The importance of this position, much more so than any other, varies dramatically from league to league. In some formats, defense can win you a championship. In others, it's completely an afterthought. So before worrying about who to rank where, find out how much you should care. The good news when it comes to this position, is that it's mu...
sss333 writes...

Comebacks and Break Outs

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
I have compiled a list of comeback players and break out candidates for the 2011-2012 season. These guys should help any fantasy pool, especially down the stretch. Don't call it a comeback this is a throwback and a showdown! 1. Alex Ovechkin - 85 pts is a bad season when your the GR 8. Expect him to win the Art Ross this year 115pts. 2. Nicklas Backstrom - 65pts i...
sss333 writes...

Comebacks and Break Outs

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I have compiled a list of comeback players and break out candidates for the 2011-2012 season. These guys should help any fantasy pool, especially down the stretch. Don't call it a comeback this is a throwback and a showdown! 1. Alex Ovechkin - 85 pts is a bad season when your the GR 8. Expect him to win the Art Ross this year 115pts. 2. Nicklas Backstrom - 65pts i...
The center position is where you make your money, so you want to be sure and snag a superstar here. The position is also very deep, so you won't see a horrible drop off beyond the top ten. The other good news here, is that compared to other positions, the top centers are fairly predictable from year to year. With few exceptions, you can draft these guys with confidence ...
The cupboard is stocked with fantasy talent at the wings. As you prepare for your fantasy draft, be sure to know you league's system. Some leagues group wingers together, others discern between left and right wing, and others still group all offense together. If your league drafts by position, be sure to focus on the left wing position. Aside from the elite (Ovechkin/S...
If there is anyone out there having trouble putting together a decent team through a draft let me know and I would be happy to help out. Good luck to all you fantasy nuts out there!! Peace and most importanly GO LEAFS GO!!!
Upon my dismal performance in my usual fantasy hockey league last year I have tried to prepare myself better for this coming year. Although I did succumb to some awful luck. I drafted 9th overall, and took Praise. Luckily do to the dismal start of the Devil I packaged him and Zajac and jumped all over my first offer of Lecavliver and Nash. All in all, I finished dead last...
Upon my dismal performance in my usual fantasy hockey league last year I have tried to prepare myself better for this coming year. Although I did succumb to some awful luck. I drafted 9th overall, and took Praise. Luckily do to the dismal start of the Devil I packaged him and Zajac and jumped all over my first offer of Lecavliver and Nash. All in all, I finished dead last...
jeffgreig writes...

New Website

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Check out my new website dedicated to giving you all the best and most up to date fantasy information for the upcoming NHL Season.http://fantasyhockeytalkandtips.weebly.com/
dude84 writes...

Top 30 fantasy players

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11 Forwards Alex Ovechkin : A constant threat to score 50 goals and 100 points there has been no one with more consistent point production and health in recent memory. need I say more? Steven Stamkos: Will he score 50 goals? It’s either that or high 40s there is not much mystery to what his goal and point totals will be and that’s always a good thing. Henrik Sedin...
dude84 writes...

Top 30 fantasy players

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11 Forwards Alex Ovechkin : A constant threat to score 50 goals and 100 points there has been no one with more consistent point production and health in recent memory. need I say more? Steven Stamkos: Will he score 50 goals? It’s either that or high 40s there is not much mystery to what his goal and point totals will be and that’s always a good thing. Henrik Sedin...
If you've played fantasy hockey (or any fantasy sport) for long, you know that you don't typically win a season based on those first few rounds of picking superstars. For the most part, those picks all even out. It's the sleepers that can take an ordinary team and propel it to greatness. Finding that hidden gem, late in the draft, that finishes in the top 10 can make al...
dude84 writes...

Top 30 Fantasy NHL Players

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11 Forwards 1. Alex Ovechkin : A constant threat to score 50 goals and 100 points there has been no one with more consistent point production and health in recent memory. need I say more? 2. Steven Stamkos: Will he score 50 goals? It’s either that or high 40s there is not much mystery to what his goal and point totals will be and that’s always a good thing. 3. He...
jeffgreig writes...

Hey there fantasy freaks

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So anyone out there in need of a website that not only gives you the in and outs of the hockey world? I mean not just the major teams in the leagues I mean even the low traffic teams like the hurricanes Panthers and Columbus Blue Jackets. All the teams have fantasy relevant players and sleepers that everyone should be able to find out about. So have a peek at the newest we...
You won't get very far in fantasy hockey by drafting purely on last season's stats. For one thing, you'll be sure to miss out on a key segment of the fantasy world: the rising star. These are the guys on the upward trend, who are due to see a significant uptick in their fantasy value over previous seasons. We've targeted a number of players with a strong chance of hitti...
Today's fantasy hockey stats and formulas can provide more information than one person can possibly interpret at one time. It's becoming easier every year to get lost in the numbers. I used to go thru some pretty intense number crunching when trying to predict how well players would perform in the upcoming season. Getting data from previous seasons and computing differe...
There was quite a controversy here in the Capital Region (Albany, NY) in the past week. On last Thursday, 9/22, a writer for the largest local paper, the Albany Times Union, decided to step out of her normal job as the writer of a parenting guide, and into the shoes of a sports writer (and debatable into her Patriots footie pajamas). As I read it last week, I thought...
Ok...keeper league...everybody has 1 forward keeper...rank these players (projected top 20 picks)...GO! Pavel Datsyuk Anze Kopitar John Tavares Jeff Carter Henrik Zetterberg Brad Richards Marian Gaborik Bobby Ryan Mike Richards Jonathan Toews Derek Roy Joe Thornton Ilya Kovalchuk Patrick Marleau Loui Eriksson Jarome Iginla Rick Nash Matt Duchene Dany H...
Here we are on October 19th, 6 games into the Canucks regular season, and local sports talk shows are flooded with calls by the usual boneheaded people about the teams 2-3-1 start, and of course, Roberto Luongo. It's not a debate or argument if Luongo isnt involved, not in this city. What really gets me is the fact that the team infront of Luongo last night owned 50 mins o...
The only thing missing from the Avalanche Game was the home team advantage. Sorry but I am going to say it one of the best teams in the league (for the moment) have a horrible fan base. Never in my life have I been to a home game and heard the away team chant... And the worst part was that the home team chants where swiftly overcome by "Lets go Blackhawks." Absolutely terr...
Sabres42 writes...

Win is a Win

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Last night in Pegulaville City Hall the FN Center the night started with an emotional induction of Dale Hawerchuk and RJ into the Sabres Hall of Fame. The Sabres however didn't come out motivated and resulted in the worst possible start for Miller with a qucik 2-0 Jets lead. I give Lindy credit for sticking with Ryan and not oulling out the quick hook. Buffalo pulled ou...
After last night’s brutal loss to the San Jose Sharks, it’s time for the Tampa Bay Lightning Holiday Multiple Choice survey! No answer is a wrong answer; this is just to get a perspective from each and every single one of you. Without further ado, here we go. [b]1. What should Steve Yzerman’s next move be?[/b] [b]A: Fire Guy Boucher[/b] When teams struggle, ...
scherico writes...

Current state of the Sabres

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I'll be honest. The Sabres more than concern me. They scare me. I remember back on July 1st, the post I saw most often was "drop the puck already". I have not seen that much excitement in Buffalo since Gilbert Perreault or Pat LaFontaine. No one would have predicted that they would be 18-19-5 at this point in the season. Can they turn it around? I have no idea. S...
It is the time for the rumour mill to pump out all kinds of possible trades. Some plausible, others, insane! As a Hab fan, I really believe that they need to make more changes. I also think that winning against Detroit could be detrimental to them in the long run. Geoff Molson, as much as he says he is hands off and he lets the hockey people run the operation, needs to...
FLYERSROCK! writes...

My All-Prospect team

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Alright, 2nd blog today, but this a fun one. I will be doing my all-prospect team today. These prospects can only have a MAX of 1 year under their belt. They must also play their respective position. I will be doing 12 FW, 6 D and 2 G. Yakupov-RNH-Landeskog Schenn-Galchenyuk-Kreider Johansen-Couts-Forsberg Granlund-Hodgson-Connolly Larsson-Gardiner Gudbranson-Ha...
Sorry guys. But my first blog in awhile is going to be somewhat negative. I also have to disclose that I'm a Leafs fan. Now with that out of the way, to the point at hand. With Hasek wanting to return to the NHL (NHL or bust according to him) at 47 and the Leafs needing a veteran goaltender to backup Reimer (or Scrivens?) maybe there's a fit? Why not give him a try at t...
I honestly can't believe we are almost at the start of another season. One that I promise you will begin with no lockout... just don't see it happening this time. What I will be looking at is those players who I believe will surprise and contribute to your fantasy team (If not a "surprise" they will definitely improve from last year). This will be solely on [b]POINTS[/b...
This is Part 2 of my fantasy outlook blog, for those of you who missed Part 1 on [b]players[/b], please check it out here: [url]http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=96143&post_id=13915[/url] Wonderful. So, just as a refresher, the basis of this blog is to assess those fantasy assets who I see taking a step up in the 2012/2013 season. Although that doesn'...
Hawkey writes...

Might be the only hockey we get

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So the new NHL game came out and i saw another writer asking if people would like to see the Sabers simulated day by day and he would write about it. I personally thought it was a great idea and I'de like to offer the same thing. Let me know if you'd like to see the Blackhawks season simulated day by day and maybe see the same scores we will once the season actually stars....
I have been blasting on Twitter all night!! Nobody has sympathy for millionaires – or billionaires – on strike. Now they can all fly to Cabo and sulk, while waiting for their 5 digit weekly checks to roll in again. What about the people who just lost their jobs – and possibly their homes? – because of all of this… Wealthy people do not often fraternize with no...
They're out there, and real fans hate them. The Bandwagon Jumpers. How do we define a bandwagon jumper? It's really up to your own opinion I suppose, but I'm going to fill you in on my guidelines for a bandwagon jumper. [i] A Bandwagon Jumper is defined as a fan who displays a lack of loyalty and supports only winning teams, changing from team to team as success ris...
BrentD10 writes...

The Mythological Gary Bettman

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If there is one thing anyone who follows the NHL knows, even the mere mention of the name, "Gary Bettman" evokes a response. The NHL Commish is a polarizing figure, no more so than when a new CBA is being formed, and especially when there is a strike or lockout. Everyone, from the casual hockey fan, to the players in the League, has an opinion of "Bettman", and surely aren...
Everyone seems to be in scramble mode this week to pull together drafts, leaving very little time to prepare. If youre like me and play on various sites, its easy to forget the rules and nuances of each league. Blindly drafting without regard to the rules can be fatal. Even if youre Biff Tannen and you know exactly how many points each player will score next season, ...
As a follow up to my previous article on CBS Fantasy Hockey Draft Strategy, I wanted to come back with a breakdown of how you should approach drafting in a standard head-to-head Yahoo league. Many of the principals are the same as CBS (and any league for that matter). For now, Ill focus on the specific things you need to know for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey leagues in order t...
rebel_deucer writes...

If I was GM...

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I will not try to calculate cap or anything, this is for fun, and what I believe could potentially be an ultimate team. I will pick 4 lines, 3 sets of d, and two goalies. The point is to create a team not of superstars but together will play as a team.rnrn1st UnitrnJames Van Riemsdyke - Sidney Crosby - Steven StamkosrnrnThis unit will have JVR is front of the net, and Cros...
Emotion is a huge part of the game of hockey, more so than any other sport. That is the aspect of the game that draws in the fans; the intensity, devotion, and sacrifice. The ups and downs, the ebbs and flows. The excitement and the despair. To an extent, the fans reflect the emotion of the game. We scream, yell, and shout. We sit on the edge of our seats, hoping and pr...
What is wrong with the Devils? That is the question that all Devil's fan's are asking right now. After such a strong start, the Devil's have faltered in the last couple of weeks and have slid from 1st in the east all the way to 7th. There are several possible causes for the slide but I have highlighted below the few that I believe are the most pressing. Scoring-With Pari...
djwal95 writes...

HABS Draft

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The HABS have some interesting choices to make in this upcoming draft? They have 3 second round and 2 third round picks. I believe they will put together a package to try and move up to the top 15. By trading their first and one of their seconds might give them this opportunity. Anyone care to share their opinion?
I am not talking about color of skin or race but there are some key building blocks. You have to have a guy from Sweden on there. It is a must. Chicago has more than one. We moved our only guy, Omark to the minors. Good goalies don't come from Regina, if they are born there, fine but they need to play minor league hockey in Quebec. We all know that. Chicago agai...
Five days. FIVE DAYS. That is all the separates us die-hards from the start of the NHL regular season. It’s hard to believe that this time last year we were wondering if there would even be a hockey season for the 2012-13 campaign. However, it is quite a different story this year. Thank God. With the regular season starting soon many Fantasy Hockey League drafts will be ...
Hall Fan writes...

What does your team need?

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As it stands right now, this summer looks to have a large selection of UFA's for every position. Teams will have tight budgets, some are in serious trouble already and others are losing tons of players, which will mean a scramble to create a roster. I understand that it is early and that a lot of these players will resign. However lets go with the assumption that they a...
I’ve been reading blogs on HB for years now and recently created a profile. I always wanted to throw out a comment or two when reading great analysis (see Yost, French around draft time, etc.) as well as when seeing comically bad team coverage (Richard Cloutier for one). However, I’m a bit emotional and get easily drawn into petty skirmishes with trolls – as well a...
I have been "Fantasy Hockey Blogging" for a few years now, and thought I would drop a small one on here! I have been a (self-appointed) Fantasy Hockey Guru for a few years now. I play in some insanely competitive leagues that mimic all life like NHL systematics for Drafting, ELC's, Contract renewals etc... so after years of this I have always had a knack of planning, sc...
This is a precursor blog and will include my team I have assembled in the last 4 years. I will break down some of the rules each roster allows and will give you a deeper look into how in depth these leagues can get at a certain level. First off, I will start at the roster and cap management. On the Major roster you are allowed 25 players that can accumulate points (head...
Seeing I have already rather the “Top 5 Goalies” for your fantasy leagues this year, I will move onto a position that seems to be lacking in comparison to others in the league. Here you will get your Top 5 Left Wingers for fantasy purposes in 2013-14. To keep it in context, these are the scoring categories I base my rankings on: [b]Skaters[/b] Goal: 2 Assist:...
Before I get into detail about my top 30 fantasy players, let me first show you the scoring setting my league uses. Goals - 1 Assists - 1 SHP - 1 GWG - 1 Wins : 2 Losses : -1 Goal Allowed : -1 Shot against : 0.1 Shutout - 2 __________________________________________________ 1: Tuukka Rask 2: Ben Bishop 3: Carey Price 4: Sergei Bobrovsky 5: Sidney Cro...
For the average fantasy hockey player, draft preparation consists of purchasing a magazine, turning to the last page and cracking open a beer 10 minutes before draft time. They may pull up an injury report while they're waiting for that last guy to drop off his kids and show up 10 minutes late for the draft. For those who put their fate entirely in the hands of the exper...
Part 2 of our look at where you can go wrong by drafting purely off a magazine draft list continues with our underrated players. (Part 1 called out those over-rated players). [u]OFFENSE[/u] [b]Nathan MacKinnon[/b] (Yahoo:25 / landsharkhockey:9) If you trust Yahoo, you're missing the boat. MacKinnon will dominate for the next decade. [b]Anze Kopitar[/b] (THN:29 ...
With just over a week before the first puck drops, we're entering prime time for fantasy hockey drafts. If you're like me and play on various sites, it's easy to forget the rules and nuances of each league. Blindly drafting without regard to the rules can be fatal. Even if you're Biff Tannen and you know exactly how many points each player will score next season, it's ...
As a follow up to my previous article on CBS Fantasy Hockey Draft Strategy, I wanted to come back with a breakdown of how you should approach drafting in a standard head-to-head Yahoo league. Unfortunately, Yahoo has discontinued the Pro Leagues (probably due to their refusal to move off the rotisserie format). Many of the principals are the same as CBS (and any league f...
I have managed many fantasy teams and though it makes little sense to share my secrets with those who play in my leagues, in a forum such as this, I am finally free to reveal some of the tips, tricks, and secrets that have netted me success in the world of fantasy hockey. As the season goes on, I will offer advice periodically on whom you should consider picking up, dropp...
speechman writes...

Waiver Wire Tapping Tips

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In my last post, I discussed strategies for drafting your fantasy hockey team. Drafting well is critical to your team's success. If you play fantasy football, you know that sometimes if a team has an awesome draft, they will hardly need to touch the waiver wire all season, especially if their team crushes the competition week after week because even if they wanted to g...
To say its difficult is an understatement. With the extremely early mornings or late nights (huge time difference) and the lack of coverage down here it is hard. I am writing this piece for my blog to give people in America and Canada and anywhere else (if you are South African... Wow) an insights into a fan's perspective who lives in a country that barely recognises Ice...
1. Valeri Nichushkin: Forward / RW Nichushkin is going to be a force for the Dallas Stars this upcoming season. He is a power forward with the offensive skills of an elite play maker. He is not going to be on many people's radar seeing as he only played 8 games this past season. In his rookie campaign in 2013-14, he put up 34 points in 79 games. He also managed to m...
To see more like this go to my website [url]http://lazarbeams.com/?cat=2[/url]! This is the first of many players I'll be recommending as potentially very good picks that will often be available in later rounds of fantasy hockey drafts this season. I usually play in leagues that count shots, hits, PIM, PPP and the usual G, A, sometimes +/- and blocks too. Here's why Ni...
Visit my website [url]http://lazarbeams.com/?p=62[/url] to vote! Current goal scoring pace, 2015-2016 = 0 goals / 0 games = 0 goals per game = 0 goal pace With his arbitration case finally over, most of the summer there has been talk of how well Mike Hoffman will perform this coming season. With forwards like Stone and Zibanejad getting longer, more lucrative d...
To see more like this go to my website [url]http://lazarbeams.com/?cat=2/[/url]! This is one of the first of many players I'll be recommending as potentially very good picks that will often be available in later rounds of fantasy hockey drafts this season. I usually play in leagues that count shots, hits, PIM, PPP and the usual G, A, sometimes +/- and blocks too. Here'...
[img]http://1.cdn.nhle.com/nhl/images/upload/2015/02/EVANDER_KANE_672_BUF_PC.jpg[/img] Check out more like this in the Fantasy talk section of my website! [url]http://lazarbeams.com/?cat=2[/url] This is one of the first of many players I'll be recommending as potentially very good picks that will often be available in later rounds of fantasy hockey drafts this season. ...
Welcome to the first edition of the Hockeybuzz Fanstove. This series, inspired by the successful Hockeybuzz Hotstove, will share the views of regular posters. For our first question, we will tackle the Hotstove’s most recent question: who will win the Eastern Conference? [b]mdw7413[/b] I think it will be a toss-up between the Rangers, Bolts and Penguins if th...
The LA Kings roster needs little tampering--their management, little explanation. The Kings’ roster, and the threat they convey to every other team in the league, has been consistent since Darryl Sutter took the reins in December of 2011. Amidst the Voynov and Richards contracts, Dean Lombardi has authored a master class for the craft of GM'ing. Anze Kopitar is one ...
09/02/2016 Hockey, Hockey, Hockey. I waste a lot of my life reading hockey articles, following hockey writers and researching hockey players. I’m at the point where I’ve decided to put my thoughts down on paper, even if they are just for me. I have always enjoyed writing, but could very well find out in a hurry that I am quite lousy at this blogging thing. Turnin...
DeepFantasies writes...

Collecting Keepers

Posted Sunday | Comments 0
09/04/2016 Once in a while we will be fortunate enough to witness a goalkeeper such as Matt Murray arrive in the NHL at a very young age and make an incredible impact, circumstances can instantly create hockey heroes. All players start to hit their stride at different points in their career; a good poolie watches closely to recognize indicators. I have been intere...

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