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Fantasy Hockey News; Injury Updates, Trending players and more!

Injury Update: 

John Klingberg was finally activated off the injury reserved (IR) after being out since November 14th. Klingberg entered a tough game where the Stars lost 5-2 to Chicago. Klingberg managed to log 26 shifts, 24:30 minutes time on ice, with 2 shots but a -3 plus/minus.

It was released that Zach Hyman will miss 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury. Hyman has 7 goals and 8 assists on the year, this means that Connor Brown and Andreas Johnsson get a promotion in minutes now.

The Carolina Hurricanes welcomed back Jordan Staal (concussion) and Michael Ferland (concussion) to the line up Thursday night. The Hurricanes ended up losing 3-1 to Detroit. Staal managed 22 shifts, 17:49 time on ice, 2 shots and -2 plus/minus. Where Ferland managed 21 shifts, 15:57 time on ice, 1 shot and -1 plus/minus.

Nick Bjugstad did not play Thursday night but is said to be eyeing a Saturday return. Bjugstad has 4 goals and 6 assists on the year.

Matt Duchene is said to be returning to the Senators line up Friday. Duchene has missed six games recovering from a lower-body injury. Duchene has been the Senators top forward this season with 12 goals and 22 assists in 29 games.

Max Pacioretty cannot seem to find his way healthy this season. Monday night it was said that Pacioretty was banged up causing him to leave the game and the Golden Knights have placed Pacioretty on the IR for an undisclosed injury. The Knights called up Brandon Pirri from the AHL and Pacioretty’s return is unknown right now.

Ilya Kovalchuk will return to the Kings line up Saturday. Kovalchuk has missed almost three weeks he is returning sooner than expected (4 weeks) after under going a procedure to his ankle. Kovalchuk has 5 goals and 9 assists in 25 games this season.

Trending free agents: 

Bryan Rust: The Penguins new Patric Hornqvist esq player seems to filling that role quite well. Rust has 5 goals, 1 assist, 2 game-winning goals and 17 shots on net over the last week of play.

Eric Gustafsson: The Blackhawks power play leading defenseman seems to be finding his role on the Blackhawks blue line. Gustafsson has 3 goals, 2 assists and 2 power play points in his last week of play. He now has 8 goals and 10 assists on the year.

Kevin Hayes: The Rangers most consistent forward this season, Hayes seems to be playing with a chip on his shoulder or looking to impress NYR management to stay in New York. Hayes has 2 goals, 4 assists and 3 power play points in the last week of play. He now has 9 goals and 18 assists on the year.

Alexander Edler: The Canucks veteran defenseman is finding his way onto the scoresheet at a consistent rate now. Edler has tallied 5 assists and one goal in the last six games. Edler has 3 goals and 11 assists on the year.

Josh Bailey: The Islanders top forward is not on the same tear he was on last year but he is a consistent force in this line up. Bailey has tallied an assist in 7 of the Islanders last 10 games. Bailey now has 7 goals and 21 assists on the year.



NHL: New faces in New places; fantasy impact and more!

Just a mid-day, article before I leave work, yeah just so you people know I work full-time and usually do absolutely nothing but write on this site from 9-3 then hop to my other job 6-12 pm so one more article before I’m done for the day. A short one for you folks.

NEW FACES NEW PLACES; holy moly, are these guys new people as well? 

  1. Ryan O’Reilly if you keep up with the site, I have raved about O’Reilly numerous times now. But how can you not, a hattrick in a 4-1 win. 19 points tied for 7th in the league, 12 assists tied for 12th, eight power play points tied for 11th. The guy is simply on fire, but with his production being so high right now players like Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn have not been those big fantasy studs like last year.
  2. Max Domi is this the real Domi we know from Arizona? Who is this guy? 16 points in 15 games, 9 goals, seven assists. Domi totaled 9 goals for the last two full seasons, he has 9 in just 15 games, he barely cracked 9 in 82 games last season. Maybe it is Montreal that he needed, he seems to love it, dinners with his pops, the Montreal fan base. Domi seems to be in the right place. Can we expect this production all year? Maybe not, his fantasy value is tremendously high and off the charts for what he was expected to do. Either way he may be a good piece to add in a trade, because I see a 48-50 points year out of Domi which is good but his current pace is 90.2 points, not going to happen people.
  3. Elias Lindholm finally I am right on this kid! I have said for two-years now Lindholm is going to be a guy you will want in your fantasy league. He has been average around 45 points but this season he is off to a hot start. Lindholm has 17 points in 15 games (9G, 8A) he is right under John Tavares, ranked 19th in points and also has 7 power play points. Ride this guy until he cools off, with his hot play though players like Michael Backlund, Sam Bennett and Michael Frolik’s value has taken a slight hit lately.
  4. Jeff Skinner, how are you Buffalo? When he came everyone was like he is not going to be that good, he won’t produce it’s Buffalo. Check again people, 9 goals, 7 assists and 16 points in 15 games. I’d say him Jack Eichel have enjoyed each others company. But with Skinner doing so well and taking over that top line it has left players like Sam Reinhart in the dust. Reinhart went from the first line to third line now and has 1 goals and 8 points on the year.
  5. Ilya Kovalchuk talk about new places an ENTIRELY new place for this guy. From Russia to L.A. talk about a culture change. Kovalchuk has seem to adjust quite fine though, although the Kings are not doing well, Kovalchuk has 14 points in 14 games with 5 goals and nine assists with six power play points also.


John Tavares contract news, Red Wings sign Dan Bylsma as an assistant coach, Kovalchuk WATCH, Craig Anderson out in Ottawa…

Yeah big headline, little text. Sue me. 

John Tavares is going to be staying in New York, per Mike Commodore it is rumored that Tavares and the Islanders are essentially all settled on a deal that could look like 8 years upwards of 10 mil. New York Islander fans your prayers have been answered, your lord and savior is staying!

Red Wings hire Bylsma as assistant coach 

Red Wings have signed Dan Bylsma as their assistant coach. Bylsma spent 6 seasons in Pittsburgh winning the Stanley Cup in his first year with the Penguins and going onto to lead the Penguins to a 2nd place finish or better every year with the club. After Pittsburgh and Blysma split in 2014, Bylsma went to Buffalo for a short two years where he combined for a 68-73-23 record. Bylsma won the Jack Adams in 2010-11. The Red Wings for sure added a great veteran and different mindset to their coaching staff now.


Ilya Kovalchuk will be meeting with the four finalists to sign him Friday, of those four teams they are the Bruins, Kings, Sharks and Golden Knights.

Anderson out in Ottawa? 

The Senators have come out and said they will be looking for trade partners to get rid of Craig Anderson, the 37-year-old goaltender had one of the worst years in his 16-year career. The only issue with Anderson is his 2 years and 4.75 AAV left on his contract. Not many teams will want to eat that or even half of that for a 37-year-old goaltender.

Max Pacioretty, Kevin Hayes trade rumors, Ilya Kovalchuk watch

The trade rumors continue to fly surrounding Max Pacioretty the 29-year-old heading into the final year of his contract until he becomes an unrestricted free agent has been gaining a lot of interest from some teams. The 5-time 30 plus goal scorer has been the scoring piece in Montreal for the last 7 years now, while he has had his fair share of ups and downs in Montreal. Pacioretty still holds a ton of value. Going from 35 goals and 67 points in 82 games in 2016-17, Pacioretty had a rather disappointing season tallying 17 goals and 37 points in 64 games this season. Around the trade deadline Pacioretty was rumored to be on the move, but like we’ve seen before Montreal set the price a tad too high and were unable to move the left winger. Pacioretty has been said to get some interest from the St. Louis Blues and Buffalo Sabres, very small talk but it is something. The Blues have about 12 mil in cap space at the moment while the Sabres have around 19 mil in cap space. Whatever team does end up receiving Pacioretty will have to look into signing him to a good chunk of money. Coming off a 4.5 AAV contract, scoring 30 plus goals 5 times and 60 plus points 5 times Pacioretty is deserving of around 6 mil the least or 7.5 mil the maximum per year. While some teams have shown interest and the Canadiens are very open and willing to trade Pacioretty they have made it obvious if the deal is not right they are not going to do anything. General Manager Marc Bergevin did say he expects Pacioretty to be with the club for the 2018-19 season.

Per Stu Cowan a Montreal insider, Pacioretty has stated his desire to stay in Montreal and Bergevin has come out and said

“GM Marc Bergevin still has policy of not talking about contract negotiations but says at this point he expects captain Max Pacioretty to be back with the team next season”

Kevin Hayes on the move? 

NHL trade rumors

About 16 hours ago, rumors about Kevin Hayes being traded came out. The New York Rangers forward who recorded one of his best goal totals(25) in his four years has been said to be receiving significant interest over the last few hours. A few teams interested are the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. Hayes has been with the Rangers since 2014, being drafted in 2010 by the Blackhawks and coming over to the Rangers four years later. Hayes has quickly worked his way into the Rangers top six and has become one of the better forwards on this Rangers young roster now. Hayes has received his fair share of criticism during the Rangers playoff runs, two seasons ago Hayes was scratched for a few playoff games due to his poor performance and lack of production. Despite Hayes’s 10 points in 34 playoff games, he has consistently tallied around 40-45 points each season, his highest point total coming in 2016-17 where he notched 32 assists and 49 points. Last year Hayes picked it up tremendously towards the end of the year when the Rangers threw in the white flag and crumbled, Hayes scored 15 points in his last 20 games and was showing waves of confidence in his game. Now, with the Rangers still looking to move some pieces and rebuild a bit here the 26-year-old, four-year player has been said to have some teams interested in him.

What would the Rangers look for in Hayes? Probably an NHL ready prospect or player, being that Hayes is likely their number two center and certainly in their top six and also will be seeing powerplay minutes as well. An NHL-ready prospect and a second or third round pick is fair. Hayes was drafted in the first round 24th overall. Hayes is an RFA this season so whatever team does end up getting him if they do will have to sign him to at least a 2-3 year deal anywhere near 3 mil per year since he is coming off a 2.6 AAV contract. Despite the rumors, I would be a tad shocked to see Hayes walk after the season he just had and how much he loves playing in New York and how comfortable he is now due to the fact he will be a centerpiece for this Rangers team moving forward.

Ilya Kovalchuk Watch

Ilya Kovalchuk 2018Ilya Kovalchuk watch continues, the 35-year-old winger who has spent the last 5 years in the KHL is and wants to make his return to the NHL. Since showing interest in playing at the NHL level again, some teams have shown interest in him. When it first came out during the deadline, there was a lot of talk about how the Devils did not want to waive his rights. Eventually, they did and now teams have free range to the once Maurice Rocket Richard trophy winner. Kovalchuk has tallied 417 goals, and 816 points in 816 NHL games. At 35 he may not be able to do the things he used to do in his twenties but without a doubt, he will bring a solid contribution to any NHL team.

During his last five years in the KHL Kovalchuk scored 285 points in 262 games with 120 goals, now clearly the KHL is no NHL style hockey but Kovalchuk can definitely be of service to many NHL teams. And those teams looking at the hefty right winger, are the Blues, Bruins, Kings, Sharks, and Rangers. Kovalchuk visited with the Kings and Sharks one weekend, then was rumored to be talking with Boston to replace Rick Nash on the second line, the Blues just got into the mix and the Rangers have been there but have slowly fallen off with Kovalchuk. Right now there is no definite one team, there are many teams looking at Kovalchuk but one thing that is definite is that Kovalchuk wants around 5.5 to 6 mil per year and some teams definitely cannot afford that. For now, we continue to wait and watch!

Trade Talk: Jeff Skinner, Justin Faulk to Chicago? Max Pacioretty on the trade block, again.

Jeff Skinner and Faulk talk

The Hurricanes go from terrible to decent and now want to go back to terrible it seems as they have set the price for 28-year-old veteran left winger Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk. Skinner is rumored to be a first-round and prospect, while Faulk is rumored to be around the same price. The Jeff Skinner aspect is more of a draw right now due to the fact he is a 20+ goal scorer for three years in a row and Skinner is nearing the end of his contract at 5.75 AAV right now. Ending at the end of 2019 season. Faulk is up in two years at a 4.83 AAV. The two places these two have been rumored to though is the Chicago Blackhawks. Aside from these two, Noah Hanafin and Scott Darling have also been put on the trading block, essentially everyone on the Hurricanes on the block beside Sebestain Aho, it seems Rob Brind’Amour is really trying to change the culture. Not much has been said since a week ago when this rumor came out but the Blackhawks and Hurricanes are in trade talks, so keep your eyes peeled!

Pacioretty trade talk 

Max Pacioretty we saw hit the trade block at the deadline this year in the 2017-18 season but nothing happened from that trade talk. Pacioretty is at 4.5 AAV and his contract ends at the end of this season, which is the main reason the Canadiens want to move him due to the fact Pax is a 5-time 30 plus goal scorer and will be earning around 6.5 plus mil per year, and the Canadiens clearly do not want to move forward with a long-term deal. Nothing has come up about where Pax is rumored to be going but we can expect Pax to find a new home this offseason.

Islanders and Hurricanes interest in Grubauer

More trade news, the Islanders, and Hurricanes have been rumored to reach out to the Capitals about Phillip Grubauer. The Islanders clearly need help in the goaltending department after how poorly Jaroslav Halak and Tomas Greiss completely fell through and did not live up to expectations. The Islanders hold the 11 and 12 picks in this year’s draft but if they do give up a first rounder for Grubauer, they are truly desperate. The Hurricanes are only interested in Grubauer because they have also been rumored to be trading Scott Darling. Not much has moved on this talk since it came up but let’s see where this goes.

Ilya Kovalchuk watch 

Ilya Kovalchuk watch has begun, as he was seen in L.A. visiting the Kings and then heading to the San Jose Sharks to visit them. Kovalchuk wants to win and make anywhere from 5.5 to 6 million a year, therefore, a lot of teams are off the radar for Kovalchuk. The Kings have some Russians and have harbored some Russians before in the past so that could work out. The Sharks is a bit out of left field but with the news of buying out Paul Martin, they will have the money and to see what they did this offseason Kovalchuck is clearly inclined to go to a winning team like San Jose.



New York Rangers news: AV fired, Ilya Kovalchuk to sign

As of Saturday at 11:00 p.m. (EST), Jeff Gorton released Alain Vigneault of his coaching duties. After being with the team for five years and posting a 223-147-37 record, winning a president trophy, and taking the team on four playoff runs, posting a 6-4 record in playoff matchups, and a 24-29 playoff record and taking the team to a Stanley Cup final as well.

AV is gone!

AV is a very old school coach, he excels when a veteran ship is embodied in the team and they have a solid foundation and core players. Which is why he excelled so much in years past but when the Rangers made some changes and their leadership was bleak and they were transitioning to a younger model, AV is not the best fit for this team now. Gorton made it clear he was going to evaluate AV at the end of the year, and throughout the wholoe year, there were mummers of AV being fired mid-way through the seaosn. Unfortunately, a new face would have to come in and deal with this young team, therefore they let AV ride out the year and see how he handled it. Well, after the embarassing 5-0 loss to the Flyers in the final game of the season, AV praised and congrulated his coaching staff and his efforts as a coach this season. Yet there was nothing to congrulate as the Rangers missed the playoffs, they posted a below .500 record and struggled to be compeititve the remiander of the season. It did not take Gorton long to evaluate AV after that, following the postgame interview Saturday afternoon, Gorton fired AV fours later.

Now the Rangers pursue a new coach, a young one, someone who can develop, mold and guide these young players, something AV lacked greatly and the main reason he was fired. AV did not do a great job developing players and or being a player-coach. He often criticized players for trying to be creative and or be offensive, AV had a defensive mindset as a coach and he wanted to see players commit to defense or they would not fly with him. He often slated some top performers on the team on the fourth or even third line. Well, the hunt is on now, as the Rangers will have three first-round picks, a list of players to come up this season and a roster that is relatively young. Well see what Gorton and Sather choose to do for a coach moving forward, I would not be surprised if it was a head coach of an NCAA Hockey team.

Quick news…

So Ilya Kovalchuk is expected to sign a 2-3 year deal with the Rangers soon. This came at 3:33 a.m. (est) and this is probably nothing new for some fans. Kovalchuk said he was going to come back to the NHL next season, but not many knew where, he did show interest in going to the Rangers or a Metropolitan team, but nothing was set. Well now something is “set” and Kovalchuk could be a Ranger for the next 2-3 years.

Kovalchuk last played in the NHL in 2012-2013, he is now 35-years-old but during his time in the NHL, he tallied 816 points in 816 games, 417 goals, and 399 assists. His best year came in 2005-2006 where he scored 52 goals and 46 assists in 78 games. He later tallied 83 points in 2011-2012, in 77 games, six years later he still had it. Well now six years later, let’s see what he can do…