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We’re all in the run of the mill regular fantasy hockey leagues where guys like Henrik Sedin and Henrik Lundqvist get big points.  But what about the other side of an NHL roster?  Where else can Zenon Konopka go #1 in a league but in a “goon” league?

This season six friends and I started a Goon League on Yahoo, where you get five points per PIM and one point per hit.  (Yes, I know hits don’t necessarily make a guy a goon but we needed another category.)  Unfortunately, there is no way on Yahoo (or ESPN) to give additional points for suspensions (I could have used some extra points from Kris Letang’s this week).  To be honest, I’m in three head to head leagues and the one I care most about is my goon points league.  It’s something different from the same old regular fantasy leagues.

As most people aren’t familiar with this type of league, here’s a couple tips for goon leagues:

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Jarome Iginla, a good fantasy hockey draft pick in 2001 or 2011.

This is the time of year that we put our hockey guide studying (or lack thereof) to good use. Fantasy hockey drafts have kicked off and people are mulling over their rosters (until they fall to last place in November and give up).

Sometimes, people like to have fun with a draft, whether it be a less serious league, or a chance to make a funny team. Last year, I was in a league with a guy whose team was entirely made up of New Jersey Devils. That wasn’t his plan, but he started with Parise, Kovalchuk and Brodeur. Then it spiraled into the full Devils roster. Needless to say, it didn’t work out well, as the Devils struggled for most of the season.

Our friends at Flyers Goal Scored By started talking on twitter about a real-life Flyers lineup with Jaromir Jagr and Chris Pronger in it.  From that, I got a random idea about fantasy drafting a bunch of older guys, a team that would resemble the 2000 All Stars. I put it to use in a Yahoo mock draft, to see how such a team would look like.
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The Battle of Pennsylvania Part II took place in Philly this time.  The Flyers’ Eric Desjardins started the scoring midway through the first, but the Penguins’ Jeff Taffe tied it up with an unassisted goal 17 seconds later.  In the first minute of the second period, Mario Lemieux gave Pittsburgh its’ first lead of the game at 2-1.  Three minutes later, the Flyers’ young star James van Riemsdyk knotted the game at two apiece.  Lemieux scored his second of the game late in the period to put the Penguins up 3-2 heading into the third period.  But that lead wouldn’t last one minute into the third, as Rod Brind’Amour knotted the game at 3.  Brind’Amour scored again five minutes later to give the Flyers a lead.  Eric Lindros scored on a late powerplay (thanks to a Jordan Staal high sticking double minor), putting the Flyers up 5-3 and giving Philly the win.   (more…)

Here are some tidbits from around the NHL

Kris Draper (PHOTO: Getty Images)

– Kris Draper announced his retirement from the NHL. He is a 4 time Stanley Cup winner (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008. All with Detroit), as well as a 2004 Frank J. Selke Trophy winner. He totaled 364 points in his 19 year NHL career that spanned 1157 games. Also has 2 world junior gold, 1 world cup gold, 1 world championship gold and silver to his name with Team Canada. Congrats to him on a great career, and all the best to him in retirement!

– Nikolai Khabibulin is heading to the slammer after deciding to not appeal his 2010 DUI conviction. The lesson, being on injured reserve for a sore back, not the time to get wasted. On the bright side, 15 days is plenty of time  for him to start a prison yoga gang.

– Penguins signed Right Winger Jason Williams. A very good, underrated signing. He seems to always pop up when you need a goal, just don’t count on him all the time. He’s like Alex Kovalev…. without the huge price tag, stickhandling ability, and attitude.   (more…)

Rob’s Jackets finished the first half in Boston, taking on Andy’s Bruins. Tim Thomas and Steve Mason dueled in the first period, but in the second, Martin Lapointe solved Mason. At 11:40 in the second, Rick Nash took a holding penalty and Ray Bourque made the Jackets pay, scoring on the powerplay to put Boston up 2-0. But the Jackets wouldn’t go away easy. In the third, Andrew Cassels cut the Boston lead to one. Boston’s Dennis Wideman was penalized for holding later in the period and Nikolai Zherdev cashed in to tie it up at 2. Unfortunately for Columbus, two minutes later Lapointe scored again to give Boston another lead. Patrice Bergeron added a goal less than a minute later to seal Boston’s 4-2 win.   (more…)

The first game of the night had Rob’s Blue Jackets headed to Philadelphia to take on Dan’s Flyers. Simon Gagne got the party started with an early goal, and the Flyers held the lead through the first period. In the second, Eric Desjardins took a holding penalty, sending Columbus to the powerplay. Rick Nash tied the game towards the end of the man advantage. Kevyn Adams added a goal later in the second to put the Jackets up 2-1. It didn’t last long; early in the third, David Vyborny was called for unsportsmanlike conduct, and Eric Lindros knotted the game back up on the powerplay. Two minutes later, Rod Brind’Amour broke the tie, and it looked like the Flyers were going to win. Until Rick Nash, once again tied it up with 2:12 remaining. The game went into overtime, where Rod Brind’Amour once again broke a tie, and won the game for the Flyers.

Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, Jeremy’s Kings hosted Andy’s Bruins.  The first period was pretty uneventful, but the fun started in the second.  Nathan Horton opened scoring at 3:25 to put Boston up 1-0.  But the Kings struck back thanks to a Nelson Emerson goal, sending the game into the third period tied at 1.  Both teams peppered the opposing goalies with shots (Kings 42, Bruins 34), but both Tim Thomas and Jon Quick refused to budge.  Wayne Gretzky solved Thomas midway through the third to put the Kings up.  Late in the third, the Bruins pulled Thomas for the extra attacker, but Ian Laperriere added an empty netter to give Los Angeles a 3-1 win.   (more…)

In the first game of part three, Joey’s Penguins traveled to Columbus to take on Rob’s Jackets. The game was pretty uneventful for most of the first period, until Ed Olczyk took a kneeing penalty. 26 seconds later, Ulf Samuelsson was given a major penalty and a game misconduct for checking from behind. On the ensuing five on three advantage, Fedor Tyutin scored to head into the first intermission with the Jackets leading 1-0. The Penguins killed off the remainder of the powerplay in the second period and at 7:17, Kevin Miller tied the game. About a minute later, Ray Whitney gave Columbus back its’ one goal lead. Early in the third, Kevin Miller once again tied the game. Two minutes later, Darius Kasparaitis gave Pittsburgh its’ first lead of the game. Ed Olczyk added a goal to give the Penguins some cushion and a 4-2 win. (more…)

Two of the unbeatens squared off at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, where Dan’s Flyers took on Jeremy’s Kings. The crowd was rocking pregame and it continued as Eric Lindros scored 26 seconds into the game. The Kings quieted the Philadelphia faithful with two goals less than two minutes apart, one by Wayne Gretzky and the other by Ian Laperriere. At the 13:41 mark of the second period, Kevin Stevens took a high sticking penalty, and the Flyers capitalized on the ensuing powerplay. Rod Brind’Amour knotted the game up at 2. The score remained the same heading into the third, but not for long. Six seconds into the final period, Eric Desjardins scored to give the Flyers the lead. Justin Williams added an empty net goal to seal the deal.

Andy’s Bruins hosted Joey’s Penguins at TD Garden in Boston.  The Penguins took an early penalty by John Cullen, leading to a Ray Bourque powerplay goal 45 seconds into the game.  Midway through the first, Ed Olczyk scored the Penguins’ first tournament goal to tie it at 1.  Mario Lemieux scored the only goal in the second period, giving Pittsburgh a 2-1 lead heading into the third.  The Bruins wouldn’t quit, and their persistence turned into a Joe Thornton goal with nine minutes remaining in regulation.  The teams battled through overtime, but with twelve seconds left, Mario Lemieux scored his second of the night to give Pittsburgh two points.  Both Tim Thomas and Tom Barrasso were on their games, as each team had over 50 shots. (more…)

The Crimespree Hockey tournament kicked off in the World’s Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden, where Gabbi’s Rangers hosted Andy’s Bruins. Ted Donato scored the first tournament goal, five minutes into the game, assisted by Patrice Bergeron. Five minutes later, Nathan Horton scored on a P.J. Axelsson rebound to put the Bruins up 2-0. The Rangers’ Eric Christensen cut the lead at 12:29, but Ray Bourque put the Bruins back up by two 34 seconds later. Shortly after, Joe Thornton took a high sticking penalty and the Rangers made them pay when Alexei Kovalev scored on the powerplay. Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist stood on their heads throughout the remainder of the game as the final score was 3-2, Bruins.

Rob’s Blue Jackets traveled to Los Angeles to take on Jeremy’s Kings. From the start, the Kings were ready to go, as they scored two goals in the first 90 seconds (Ferraro and Robitaille). Later in the first, Nikolai Zherdev gave Columbus life as he made the score 2-1. Both the Kings and Jackets traded goals in the second period two minutes apart (by Gretzky and Fritsche) to give a 3-2 LA lead heading into the third. But the third period was all Kings, as Eric Belanger and Gretzky each scored on the powerplay and Kevin Stevens added late goal to give the Kings a 6-2 win. (more…)

For fun, six of us (Andy, Dan, Gabbi, Jeremy, Joey and Rob) created a league on What If Sports. We decided to only take players from our teams in the past 20 years, with the website’s $50 million cap. We could only choose a player for a year he played for our team, and could pick no player more than once.

After our rosters are set, each team will play each other twice in an 10 game season, and we’ll highlight the games throughout the summer. The team with the most points at the end of the schedule will be the winner!

So without further ado, here are our rosters:

Blue Jackets (Rob)
Centers: Andrew Cassels (2003), Dan Fritsche (2007), Derick Brassard (2011), Kevyn Adams (2001), Sean Pronger (2003)
Left Wings: Rick Nash (2010), Fredrik Modin (2007), Ray Whitney (2003), Lasse Pirjeta (2003)
Right Wings: Nikolai Zherdev (2008), David Vyborny (2006), Trevor Letowski (2006), Kevin Dineen (2001), Jared Boll (2009)
Defense: Fedor Tyutin (2011), Grant Clitsome (2011), Deron Quint (2001), Ron Hainsey (2007), Marc Methot (2007), Lyle Odelein (2001)
Goalies: Steve Mason (2009), Pascal Leclaire (2008), Fredrik Norrena (2007)

Bruins (Andy)
Centers: Joe Juneau (1994), Joe Thornton (2002), Patrice Bergeron (2007), Travis Green (2006), Marc Savard (2007), Rob DiMaio (2000), P.J. Stock (2003)
Left Wings: P.J. Axelsson (2003), Andy Brickley (1992), Ted Donato (1997), Dave Andreychuk (2000), Mikko Eloranta (2002), Kevin Stevens (1996)
Right Wings: Nathan Horton (2011), Martin Lapointe (2004)
Defense: Zdeno Chara (2007), Raymond Bourque (2000), Aaron Ward (2007), Dennis Wideman (2007), Andrew Ference (2008), Steve Staios (1997)
Goalies: Tim Thomas (2009), Jon Casey (1994)

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