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Thoughts And Musings

I’m baaack! After a brief hiatus to move into my life, I’m back home at BSB. Hope you didn’t miss me too much.Let’s do this.

-First off, the site was awesome while I was gone, proving the well-known theory that my contributions are meaningless ( I kid). But it has been awesome to see this site grow.

-Rangers. Yay, Marc Staal! I never thought that he wouldn’t sign, I just didn’t want a holdout situation like with Dubinsky last year. Now he’s in camp and will be in blue for awhile.

-I can’t hate the Ruslan Fedetenko tryout. In fact, I really like it. Really. I know he had a down year, but he’s someone who can still score, and score secondary goals. He’s the perfect compliment to a guy like Gaborik. Add in Frolov and some improvements from Dubi, AA and others, and this could be a pretty good offensive team. We haven’t said that in awhile. If you have a star, you need to compliment him. That’s what Slats has done here.

-I also like the Garnet Exelby tryout. Dude is a physical force, and he will throw his body around. I would like a guy like McDonagh to make the team, but I think Exelby is the perfect 6th defenseman. He’ll knock dudes over, and be physical. We don’t have that.

-If Exelby does make it, here’s what the pairings could look like

Staal-Girardi

Del Zotto-Rosival

Exelby-Gilroy/McDonagh/Eminger/etc

Not too bad.

-Had the NYR blogger showdown Fantasy draft the other night. Here’s my team:

Zetterberg

Mikko Koivo

D. Sedin

Booth

Briere

R. Bourque

D.Boyle

Erik Johnson

Visnovsky

Karlsson

Luongo

Ward

Zajac

Neal

Ian White

Havlat

Did you know that Ian White scored 13 goals last year? Yeah, neither did I. By the way, Havlat was my last pick. I’m hoping for a healthy rebound year. I think it’s possible. It was between him and Niclas Bergfors. I flipped a coin, honestly.

-Allentown interlude: So, I’m living here in Allentown (internet high five for anyone who gets that reference). It’s different. I’m a New Yorker. Have been my whole life. Pennsylvania is just a slower pace. It’s not bad. It’s just different. There’s not that much to do. There’s a tremendous farmers market, a couple good restaurants and Dorney Park. But that’s it. You have to go into Philly or NYC for real fun. But, I’m pretty happy here and everything has gone much smoother than I expected.

-I’m liking what I’m reading about MZA. Can be a 3rd line winger? Sure. Will he be? The chances are getting better each day.

11 Responses to “Thoughts And Musings”

  1. jurgenno88 says:

    welcome back amigo.

    Not sure i share your sentiments about Fedotenko but a try out cant hurt I suppose. I just dont see how giving him a spot is better than going through growing pains with one of our kids.

    Ian White is an under the radar fantasy player. Put up points in Toronto too, even though they stunk! Nice team overall though, good depth.

  2. Dave says:

    Welcome back. Good to see you’re quoting Billy Joel (I believe that was the reference, to his song Allentown).

    Havlat is a walking injury. Dude gets hurt getting out of bed in the morning.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      Havlat is perhaps the ultimate risk reward pick and as a last round pick its not a bad one.

      On the other hand you have to feel sick if you are a Wild fan that he was the one who replaced Gaborik for very similar money. ouch.

      • Dave says:

        Doesn’t Havlat make $2 million less than Gaborik?

        • jurgenno88 says:

          I thought he signed for 6.5/year? Yes its still $1m less but when you consider the difference in the players…. given his health and inconsistent career, despite his talent, Havlat shouldnt pull down more than 4.5m

  3. The Suit says:

    I think you should trade Luongo for Lundqvist immediately….jk

    Nice grab with Sedin in the 3rd round, I’m surprised he went that late

  4. Bettman's Nightmare says:

    You totally threw me with the “R. Bourque” on your fantasy list.

    • jurgenno88 says:

      he’s making a comeback. He heard he’s the latest to get a try out with the Rangers. Despite the fact he’s probably older than Chelios.

  5. Section 121 says:

    High five back from my downeaster alexa.

    I’m not sure I like Fedotenko at all. He barely gets 30 to 35 pts a yr. with the chances to play with top talent. As far as secondary scoring, we already have the players who put up the same or more; Cally, Dubi, EC prorated, Drury, AA, Avery, White when healthy. This assumes a top line of Frolov-Prospal-Gabby. So, virtually all of 2nd and 3rd line players are at or above Fedotenko’s offensive output level. He doesn’t have an overwhelming +/- for his career and doesn’t shoot the puck that much either.

    Perhaps he was in the right place at the right time to win cups in Tampa and Pitt? As far as solid secondary scoring goes, I’m not sure he’s all that; just average at best.

  6. Corey says:

    are they closing all the factories down?