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Sunday Links – 05.23.10

Posted in Blogs, Miscellaneous, NHL with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 23, 2010 by tangentman

Happy Sunday, folks. I’m going to try something here and hope I stick to it – a weekly gathering of articles and links that have been of interest to me, and maybe you’ll get something out of them too. Its a short list today, but my intent is more of a ‘week in review’ thing, so it might just explode next week. Off we go…

— With not one mention of the controversial ad that supposedly got him in hot water with Montreal Canadiens’ management, Big George Laraque blames coach Jacques Martin for his dismissal from the hockey club.

Frank Seravelli of Philadelphia Daily News explains why the Flyers’ Dan Carcillo epitomizes the playoffs.

— There’s a new online sports talk show coming – The D League: “The newest & best sports talk show to hit the internet launches on July 28th with Patrick & Jack. Details to come! In the meantime…let the discussion begin!” Follow them on twitter now…there’s a contest going on you might be interested in.

— Long time Tampa Bay Lightning blogger Jon Jordan recently launched his own site, where it appears he will be sharing his thoughts on various other subjects in the ‘Millerian rant’ style. Be warned, though – like Steve Martin once said, “Comedy is not pretty.” 😉

— For you hockey nuts out there, do check out Shmitzy Says, a Canadiens’ fan who is probably up to his ass in “WTF?” right about now (sorry Scott, I had to 🙂 ).

Enjoy what’s left of your weekend, kids.

Fantasy Sophomores, Mothers’ Day and Playoff Beards…

Posted in Blogs, Fantasy Hockey, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2010 by tangentman

My latest blog at “From The Point” is now up –

‘Sophomore Slump’. Two horrendous words. Having a player on your fantasy team who is going through a brutal second season can make things interesting during your quest for league supremacy.

Steven Stamkos proved this year that The Slump doesn’t hit everyone, more than doubling his rookie season output of 46 points. Of course, only one team in your league had his stats accumulate to their benefit, while the rest of the armchair GM’s were saying to themselves, “Damn, I wish I had that guy.”

It’s a bit early with the playoffs in full gear, but I’m going to look at some of this year’s rookies that ought to have better seasons the second time around (or, at the very least, should avoid taking a step backward). So, without further ado – and in no particular order – let’s get started with a few from the Eastern Conference…

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Someplace else to find me…

Posted in Blogs, Fantasy Hockey, NHL with tags , , , on April 14, 2010 by tangentman

An opportunity to blog for the hockey based website From the Point has come my way recently, and today is my first installment. I’d like to thank Brian Metzer for inviting me aboard, and, even though it’s basically a Penguins site, I’ll do my best not to ruffle any feathers with my Flyers talk.

Hopefully having a weekly gig will also find me writing more here…we shall see.

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Unless you take part in a Playoff Pool, the end of the NHL regular season also marked the end of your annual fantasy hockey campaign. If you’re anything like me, the sudden slamming of the fantasy door in your face has left a certain void. The saving grace for me is that I am involved in two leagues of the ‘keeper’ variety: one which allows 7 players to be held over, while the other is a “Dynasty League”, where (after the grueling 62-round inaugural draft we went through this season) the only changes to your squad year to year are the result of your own transactions and the annual Entry Draft.

Single-year leagues are over and done, but keeper leagues have merely gone on hiatus, at least through the post season. Thoughts of which players to hang on to for next season – and the possible return-in-trade for those who don’t make your personal cut – are probably already on your mind. I keep my hockey motor running all year, and I get my mental lists started as the NHL playoffs begin.

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