Sports 20 Fantasy Thoughts: Buy-low targets abound on blue line
20 Fantasy Thoughts: Players who could shine amid injury crises
20 Fantasy Thoughts: Players who could shine amid injury crisesAs is the case most seasons, many NHL teams and fantasy owners alike have had to adapt on the fly due to all the marquee injuries around the league. From Calle Jarnkrok to Alex Kerfoot, we’ve seen a variety of different players step up in the absence of star power.
Not that I’m trying to hijack Roberto Luongo’s shtick or anything, but some NHL contracts just stink.
Andrew Ladd’s demotion to the AHL earlier this week brought back some old talking points. Remember that 2016 unrestricted free agent class?
July 1st, 2016:
Milan Lucic: 7 years, $42M
Kyle Okposo: 7 years, $42M
Andrew Ladd: 7 years, $38.5M
Loui Eriksson: 6 years, $36M
Frans Nielsen: 6 years, $31.5M
David Backes: 5 years, $30M
Darren Helm: 5 years, $19.25M
Troy Brouwer: 4 years, $18M
James Reimer: 5 years, $17M
— Dimitri Filipovic (@DimFilipovic)
Granted that we’re just one-quarter into this season, there are mixed reviews so far for this past summer’s prized possessions.
‘That’s all we talk about’: NHLers bond over fantasy football
Morgan Rielly says the trade offers usually start flying as soon as the Maple Leafs board their bus or plane. The post Cowboys defensive lineman Ross arrested on drug, gun charges appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.The proposals, however, have nothing to do with hockey.
1. Let’s start in Pittsburgh, where I’d say now’s an excellent time to buy some Evgeni Malkin stock. His career numbers without Sidney Crosby in the lineup speak for themselves – 123 games: 67 goals, 97 assists, 163 points.
2. Mum’s the word on Patrice Bergeron. The Bruins centre missed Saturday night’s game versus Washington due to a lower-body ailment. I’m calling indirect ‘load management’ on this front but, we’ll see. Obviously, no Bergeron means good things for David Krejci for obvious reasons.
3. Luckily, there’s plenty of depth up the middle to be had. Martin Necas, Nico Hischier, Adam Henrique, Eric Staal and Jared McCann should all be considered to help fill the void.
4. Your best option may actually be Dylan Strome, whose buy-low window is closing by the second. The former lottery pick has one goal and nine points over the last five games. Playing with Patrick Kane and best friend Alex DeBrincat must be fun. Grab Strome immediately!
Canada among three G20 countries least likely to hit emissions targets
OTTAWA — A report card on global climate action says Canada's plan to meet its greenhouse-gas emissions targets is among the worst in the G20. Climate Transparency today is grading all the countries in the group of 20 with large economies on their climate performance and finds none of them has much to brag about. It says Canada, South Korea and Australia are the farthest off meeting targets to cut emissions that are insufficient anyway. TheClimate Transparency today is grading all the countries in the group of 20 with large economies on their climate performance and finds none of them has much to brag about.
5. In the absence of Torey Krug in Boston, Matt Grzelcyk has emerged as the in-house replacement. Most importantly, the 25-year-old assumed Krug’s coveted point spot on Boston’s first power play unit.
6. Time to go bargain hunting on a couple of struggling defenceman. Seth Jones and Tyson Barrie are bound to get going eventually. Both should be considered as prime trade targets right now.
7. Prefer hitting the waiver wire for help on the back end? Adam Fox, Erik Gustafsson, Philippe Myers and Neal Pionk could help you out.
8. Well wishes out to T.J. Brodie. What a scary situation. With the 29-year-old sidelined indefinitely, Noah Hanifin will likely fill in on Calgary’s second power play unit. Be mindful.
9. Cut bait with Jacob Trouba. As discussed last week, Tony DeAngelo is the d-man to fully stand behind at this time on Broadway.
10. Ho-hum, the Lightning offence has restored power. Tampa has now scored 29 times over the past six games. Time to pick apart some of their depth: Yanni Gourde, Alex Killorn and Patrick Maroon, among others, deserve your undivided attention. Have at it!
Canada among three G20 countries least likely to hit emissions targets: report
OTTAWA — Canada's plan to meet its greenhouse-gas emissions targets is among the worst in the G20, according to a new report card on climate action. Climate Transparency issued its annual report Monday grading all the countries in the group of 20 with large economies on their climate performance and finds none of them has much to brag about. The international group compiles data on countries' emissions and policies in an attempt to push them into investing in clean technology.
11. After a 1-7-1 start, Dallas is now 10-1-1 over its past 12 outings. Slowly but surely, they’re starting to score a bit more frequently, too. In fact, the Stars have potted three goals or more in six straight contests, a far cry from their early season troubles. Justin Dowling, Jason Dickinson and Denis Gurianov have been providing sneaky fantasy value making the most of lineup promotions.
12. Speaking of the Central, what’s up with Nashville? Uncharacteristically, they’re having a tough time keeping the puck out of their net to start the year. In the last week or so alone, the Predators have conceded a five-spot, a seven-spot and a nine-spot. Yikes! Be patient if you own Pekka Rinne or Juuse Saros. No need to jump to conclusions.
13. Colorado’s current goaltending situation is very Vegas from their inaugural season. With Philipp Gruabuer and Peter Francouz out, the Avalanche are now relying on options three and four – Adam Werner and Antoine Bibeau. At this juncture, it would be wise to steer clear of that crease party. No thanks!
14. All of a sudden, Martin Jones and the San Jose Sharks have caught fire. The 29-year-old has made six consecutive starts, all Sharks victories. Jones has his fair share of tough nights, so proceed with caution.
In competitive market, Blue Jays pitch to FAs could be the difference
With a limited pool of desirable free-agent starters, getting someone to sign with a rebuilding Toronto Blue Jays club in the American League East won’t be an easy task. The post In competitive market, Blue Jays pitch to FAs could be the difference appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.As such, the beginning of the General Managers Meetings at the Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa didn’t represent any type of “a crescendo” in the ongoing discussions, according to Ross Atkins, but rather an important in-person touchpoint.
15. Is Jonathan Quick finally finding his groove for Los Angeles? After a dismal October, the veteran netminder is 3-2-0 in November with a 2.44 goals-against and a .914 save-percentage. He’s come a long way.
16. Contrary to popular belief, Zach Hyman shouldn’t be a mainstay on your roster. In the right circumstances, he’s a decent daily play. That’s it, that’s all. Of course, the five-on-five exposure to John Tavares makes Hyman somewhat fantasy relevant.
17. Put Minnesota winger Kevin Fiala on your watch list. After a rocky opening month that featured multiple healthy scratches, the 23-year-old has compiled four goals and two assists in eight November outings. Looks like Fiala could become a legitimate option once again in four-game weeks for the Wild. Stay tuned.
18. Due to lack of sex appeal, Teuvo Teravainen and Tomas Tatar are two very quality finds that can be had for less than market value. Both players have been lights out again and continue to offer exceptional value. Make an offer!
19. Keep tabs on Canadiens rookie Nick Suzuki, especially with Jonathan Drouin out of the lineup. The former Owen Sound Attack standout has the pedigree and skill set to make a massive impact.
20. Let’s take a look at the upcoming schedule. It’s a little unconventional. Five teams lead the way with four-game dockets (ARI, CAR, DET, EDM & FLA). Everyone else plays three times.
Canadiens’ grind-it-out win vs. Blue Jackets a sign of growth
The Montreal Canadiens came into Tuesday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets with the same exact 9-5-3 record through 17 games as they had at the same point last season, but they came out of it showing an important sign of progress. The post Elias Pettersson takes puck off chest, whips goal past Pekka Rinne appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.For most of the game, the Blue Jackets employed a plan that was tailor-made to slow the Canadiens down. They executed it to perfection, and it became that much easier to do with a one-goal lead Eric Robinson gave them in the 17th minute of the first period.
Here’s the layout:
Arizona Coyotes: Mon (LAK), Thurs (TOR), Sat (@LAK), Sun (@EDM)
Waiver Looks: Lawson Crouse (23%), Conor Garland (14%)
SN Fantasy Pool: Darcy Kuemper (3), Phil Kessel (3), Clayton Keller (2)
Carolina Hurricanes: Tues (@CHI), Thurs (PHI), Sat (FLA), Sun (@DET)
Waiver Looks: Ryan Dzingel (18%), Martin Necas (4%)
SN Fantasy Pool: Petr Mrazek (3), Sebastian Aho (3), Dougie Hamilton (2)
Detroit Red Wings: Tues (OTT), Thurs (@CBJ), Sat (@NJD), Sun (CAR)
Waiver Looks: Robby Fabbri (17%), Andreas Athanasiou (15%)
SN Fantasy Pool: Dylan Larkin (3), Anthony Mantha (2), Tyler Bertuzzi (2)
Edmonton Oilers: Tues (@SJS), Thurs (@LAK), Sat (@VGK), Sun (@ARI)
Waiver Looks: *crickets*
SN Fantasy Pool: Connor McDavid (4), Leon Draisaitl (4), Oscar Klefbom (1)
Florida Panthers: Tues (PHI), Thurs (ANA), Sat (@CAR), Sun (BUF)
Waiver Looks: Frank Vatrano (20%), Brett Connolly (4%)
SN Fantasy Pool: Sergei Bobrovsky (4), Jonathan Huberdeau (3), Aleksander Barkov (3)
Other SN Fantasy Pool Targets: EDM Koskinen (3), EDM Smith (3), ARI Schmaltz (2), FLA Hoffman (2)
Blue Jays had interest in Gibson, Odorizzi; need to pivot to bolster staff .
So, as American Thanksgiving arrived Thursday, about a month into free agency, with back-end starter Chase Anderson the only addition to the major-league roster thus far, the Blue Jays must pivot. The post Nov. 28: Leafs keep on rolling! appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.So, as American Thanksgiving arrived Thursday, about a month into free agency, with back-end starter Chase Anderson the only addition to the major-league roster thus far, the Blue Jays must pivot.
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