Few things deepen your hockey geekery quite like playing fantasy hockey. For sports haters and the sports-oblivious, it’s probably bad enough to see grown adults wearing hockey sweaters out in public. What about when someone is obsessing (and sometimes muttering profanities) about a team that only exists to about 8-15 people? Still, this is the Internet, where niche obsessions can go really deep. Just fall down a rabbit hole about Star Wars extended universe if you want to get a taste. Us fantasy hockey nerdy dorks got some understandable but still sad news today: it appears to be an end of an era for Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns being considered eligible as both right wings and defensemen.
This is part of Canadiens day at PHT … Here’s an unsolicited opinion: a good backup goalie is often underrated. Yes, getting a quality Plan B is easier said than done – goalies are an unpredictable lot – but it’s simple to see when it pays off. (There are plenty of examples, but Matt Murray winning a Stanley Cup for the Pittsburgh Penguins is the shiniest one.) Even if injuries aren’t a big issue, a No. 2 goalie is a pretty safe bet to play 20 games for a given team. In that regard, Al Montoya could be a significant upgrade over Mike Condon, and that could be important. Waning workhorses In 2015-16, no goalie played 70 regular season games. Jonathan Quick was the workhorse of the NHL with 68,
This is part of Sharks day at PHT… There’s only one Brent Burns, that much is clear. Both on and off the ice, there’s no one like him. So, what do you pay a guy that’s always imitated, never duplicated? That’s the dilemma the San Jose Sharks will be faced with in the coming weeks/months. If you were impressed with Bruns’ 17 goals and 60 points in 2014-15, then his 27 goals and 75 points in 2015-16 was out of this world. Over the last three seasons, not many forwards have produced as much as Burns, let alone defensemen. Since being acquired by San Jose in 2011, Burns has hit double digit goals in all but one year (he scored nine in 30 games in 2012-13). “You know how we feel about Brent. Phenomenal