Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas has officially announced via his facebook page he will step away from playing hockey for a year to focus on his friends, family, and faith. At 38 years old and one year remaining on his current contract that pays him $5 million it is very curious decision. Thomas is a guy that marches to the beat of his own drum as he has shown in the past. There are more important things in life than money, and after all, Thomas has buckets of it anyway. If his marriage, and family demanded a year of his full attention then I believe he has made the right decision. Even if it means the Bruins move on and his career winds down in a less than glorious fashion. One year of hockey is no comparison to a lifetime of a happy family.
That being said, I acquired Thomas in my keeper league at the trade deadline. Thomas is 38 now, can he come back after a year away at 39 and still be relevant? In the mean time, Tuukka Rask will assume the mantle of starter for the Bruins. Rask owners must be ecstatic about the news! Given Thomas refused to accompany his team to the White House, and now abandoning the team, it is safe to say he will not be welcome back with open arms. What if Bruins trade Thomas to the Columbus Blue Jackets or some other bottom dweller?
With Lidstrom retiring the speculation is the the Wings will target Ryan Suter as his replacement. If Suter resigns in Nashville perhaps that opens the door for prospect Brendan Smith. Smith is a highly ranked prospect, ranked 16th overall by the Hockey News Future Watch magazine and given a grade of A by DobberProspects Smith has played two seasons in the AHL and is ready to step into the NHL on a full time basis. If you have been a Smith owner paying your dues with this prospect on your bench, the pay off may be just around the corner.
Will Yakupov go number one overall in this months draft? Maybe, maybe not. If he does, will it be to Edmonton? Maybe, maybe not.
The Fourth period posted an article Oilers uncertain of top pick and quoted Oilers GM Tambellini, "We're not sure who the (top pick) is now," Tambellini said yesterday during the Combine. "When we get to the Draft, we'll have our final meetings and we'll decide a day or so before the Draft, and that will be our pick."
Yakupov is currently in Edmonton where he and the team will spend more time together. Yakupov has the greatest potential to have an immediate impact in the NHL and fantasy hockey among all the draft class of 2012. The Oilers are loaded up front and could look to trade down to draft a defenseman. Another option is to select Yakupov and trade another forward asset such as Sam Gagner for a defenseman. Perhaps Chicago would be a good match, offering Niklas Hjalmarsson in return
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Perhaps you are thinking of setting up a more private league with your friends. If so you need to read Glen Hoos article on Dobber Hockey Determining the Number of Keepers in Your League. Glen touches on key factors to what parameters you set for your league, such as realism, draft format, limitations and more.
It seems like a life time ago that Rick Nash was front and center in the hockey world as the NHL trade deadline approached. The deadline came and went and Nash is still a Blue Jacket. Expect those trade rumors to heat up again as the Cup finals are ending, and the draft is fast approaching. While the Jackets say they may not move Nash, it is believed Nash still wants to be traded, and may expand the list of teams he would go to. The Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, and Boston Bruins are at the top of the list as potential destinations for Nash. The Columbus Dispatch has a thorough post on trading Rick Nash.
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