Archive for August, 2014

Yahoo Fantasy Hockey: Ranking goalies will save your season (Puck Daddy)

By at 27 August, 2014, 2:15 pm

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


Hornqvist, Granlund top Jensen’s fantasy sleepers list (NHL)

By at 26 August, 2014, 9:00 am

Though those players are integral components of a championship team, under-the-radar options with high potential — better known as sleepers — can pay huge dividends in fantasy leagues. Each expert will provide 10 sleeper picks with corresponding sta…


Your Top Plays for Today (The Associated Press)

By at 20 August, 2014, 12:59 am

Your Top Plays for Today: AP’s Sports Guide


Islanders announce sale of minority stake of club (The Associated Press)

By at 19 August, 2014, 3:48 pm

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders are selling a minority stake of the team, with a former Washington Capitals co-owner and a London-based investor to become full owners in two years.


Charles Wang selling New York Islanders; new owners to take over in 2016 (Puck Daddy)

By at 19 August, 2014, 12:31 pm

After owning the New York Islanders since 2000, Charles Wang is ready for the franchise to change hands. According to Arthur Staple of Newsday , Wang has agreed to sell the team to former Washington Capitals co-owner Jonathan Ledecky and investor Scott Malkin, pending approval of the NHL’s Board of Governors. Financial terms have not been released yet. From the Islanders: “We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL,” Mr. Ledecky said.  “I’m thrilled that Jon and Scott have agreed to join me as we start the Islanders’ final year at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum,” Mr. Wang said. “I look forward to a long and successful partnership.” Ledecky formed Lincoln Holdings with Ted Leonsis in 1999 and eventually sold his stake in 2001. Malkin is the founder and chairman of UK-based Value Retail, which is behind a number of luxury retail outlets. The pair will take on minority shares for two seasons before assuming full control of the franchise. Wang had been listening to offers for the team since February when he engaged in negotiations with hedge-fund manager Andrew Barroway. Wang decided to end discussions and Barroway filed a $10 million lawsuit last week claiming the Islanders owner backed out of a handshake agreement to sell the franchise.  Ledecky and Malkin are getting board as the fortunes of the Islanders are on the rise, on and off the ice. Beginning with the 2015-16 season, the team will call the Barclays Center in Brooklyn home, leaving Nassau Coliseum, where they have played since 1972. With John Tavares already at elite status, some highly-touted prospects on their way and now, new ownership, the future is very bright for a franchise that has seen far too many dark days since their glory years of the early 1980s. – – – – – – – Sean Leahy is the associate editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Sean_Leahy


New York Islanders hockey team being sold to ex-Washington Capitals co-owner, London investor (The Associated Press)

By at 19 August, 2014, 12:01 pm

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — New York Islanders hockey team being sold to ex-Washington Capitals co-owner, London investor.