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1 year agoNashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended for the entirety of the NHL preseason and the first 27 regular season games in 2018-2019 due to unacceptable conduct. Watson, a checking line winger, was handed the ban after the NHL completed its investigation of an event earlier this summer where the 26-year-old engaged in a physical confrontation with his domestic partner. Having posted just 19 points (14 goals, five assists) to go along with his 187 hits and 123 penalty minutes last season, Watson was likely only relevant in deep fantasy leagues prior to the suspension.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoThe Dallas Stars announced that the team has signed Tyler Seguin to an eight-year, $78.8 million contract (average annual value of $9.85 million) on Thursday. Seguin, the team's top center, finished the 2017-2018 season ranked second in scoring on the Stars, posting 78 points (40 goals, 38 assists). Since being traded to Dallas (from Boston) prior to the 2013-2014 season, the Ontario native has ranked second in the NHL in goals (173), seventh in points (384), fourth in power play goals (56) and third in shots (1488). Considering Seguin's excellent chemistry with fellow superstar Jamie Benn, the former 2010, second-overall draft pick should once again find himself toward the top of the League's leaderboard once again in 2018-2019.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoSomething tells us that Ottawa Senators fans will be quite unhappy with the return they received for Erik Karlsson. Heading back to Ottawa are Chris Tierney, Dylan Demelo, Rudolfs Balcers, Josh Norris, a first-round pick in 2019 or 2020, and a second round pick in 2019. Tierney scored a career-high 40 points in 2017-18 but he is only a fantasy option in the deepest of leagues. He should see an increased role with the Senators, although he seems hard-pressed to reach over 50 points. On the other hand, Demelo could be an interesting fantasy flier on the blueline. Demelo tallied 20 points last season (all assists) in 63 games. The Senators now have a Karlsson-sized hole to fill on their blueline and powerplay. Demelo, along with Thomas Chabot, is definitely the best candidate to fill that vacancy. He can be drafted as a depth defenseman with PP upside. As for Norris and Balcers, they are prospects who are still at least a year away from an NHL role. They can be avoided for fantasy purposes in 2018-19.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Dean Brown
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1 year agoThe trade of the NHL offseason went down on Thursday afternoon as two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson has been traded to the San Jose Sharks. Karlsson had been the subject of rampant trade speculation for the past few months, and it was seeming more likely that Karlsson would start the season with the Senators. While the exact return is not yet known, it sounds as though the Sharks have sent two roster players plus extras back to Ottawa. While Karlsson's fantasy value was already sky-high, this raises it even more as he will be surrounded by a plethora of talent with the Sharks. More to come.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Pierre LeBrun
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1 year agoThe Montreal Canadiens acquired top prospect Nick Suzuki (along with Tomas Tatar and a 2019 second-round pick) in exchange for Max Pacioretty on Monday. Suzuki, the 13th overall selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, is fresh off a 100-point (42 goals, 58 assists) season playing for the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL. The undersized forward possesses incredible talent and top-notch offensive instincts and should instantly make a case to break the Canadiens roster right out of training camp. Considering the lack of depth up the middle in Montreal, Suzuki could very well blossom into a top-six option early in the season. As a result, the Ontario native should be considered a late sleeper in upcoming fantasy drafts.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoThe Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Tomas Tatar, prospect center Nick Suzuki and a second-round selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft from the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday in exchange for veteran forward Max Pacioretty. Tatar was operating as a top-six forward with the Western Conference champions after coming over in the middle of the season from the Red Wings. Just as quickly as his fantasy value bumped up, it nosedives in his move from a contender to an Eastern Conference team which missed out on the playoffs last season. Tatar is likely to maintain a top-six job with time on the power play, but his plus/minus takes a hit and subsequently so does his fantasy appeal.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoThe Vegas Golden Knights acquired forward Max Pacioretty on Sunday in exchange for forward Tomas Tatar, prospect center Nick Suzuki and a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, originally belonging to Columbus. Pacioretty seems like he's been around a while, but he is still just 29 years old and in the prime of his career. The Connecticut native has posted 30 or more goals in five of his NHL seasons, totaling 226 goals and 448 points through 626 career games. He'll be a top-six forward in Vegas and should see a jump in plus/minus rating going from a non-playoff team to a Stanley Cup runner-up, thus increasing his overall fantasy appeal.--Daniel E. Dobish - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoVegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt was handed a 20-game suspension for violating the NHL's Performance Enhancing Substances Program. A microscopic amount of a banned substance was found in his system, and he vehemently denies that he intentionally took any performance enhancers. Schmidt will still be able to attend training camp with the team, but he will have to serve the 20 game suspension at the start of the regular season. The 27-year-old put up five goals, 31 assists, a +19 rating, 16 PIMS, and 11 PPP during the 2017-18 season. He projected to be one of the top defenders on Vegas. This massive hole on the blueline adds extra value to youngster Shea Theodore's stock as the Golden Knights will look to him to eat up the extra minutes. Schmidt can be avoided on draft day, whereas Theodore can be drafted as a solid fantasy depth defenseman, although he still needs to sign a contract for the upcoming season.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: CBC Sports
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1 year agoDallas Stars center Tyler Seguin admitted he was "disappointed" that he has not worked out a new deal with the team. Seguin is currently entering the final year of his contract, which will see him earn $5.75 million in 2018-19. He is clearly due for a big payday, but there have been no negotiations between the Stars and Seguin's camp since the entry draft back in June. He totaled 40 goals and 78 points last season and has blossomed into one of the premier offensive talents in the league. He can be drafted as a top-tier C1 for fantasy purposes, but the Stars should get back at the negotiation table to ease the mind of their top center.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Ken Campbell
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1 year agoVegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore still remains unsigned with training camp just weeks away. Theodore is a restricted free agent with no arbitration rights, but he projects to be a big piece of the Golden Knights blueline going forward. He recorded six goals and 23 assists in 61 games last year while seeing some time on the PP1 unit. He is a former first-round pick that should garner fantasy interest as a mid-tier defenseman in any league with 10 or more teams. If he holds out on signing until the start of the regular season, he could probably be found on the waiver wire which would be excellent value for the 23-year-old. With that in mind, do not draft him until a contract has been agreed to.--Raymond Harrison - RotoBallerSource: Las Vegas Review-Journal
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1 year agoDetroit Red Wings captain Henrik Zetterberg (back) has still not been able to train this summer. His back has given him trouble for the past several years, but the last few months have been especially bad. Red Wings head coach Jeff Blashill said, per NHL.com, "All signs indicateread more...
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1 year agoThe Detroit Red Wings inked restricted free agent forward Dylan Larkin to a five-year contract with an AAV of $6.1 million. The 22-year-old scored 16 goals and a team-high 63 points last season. A 20-goal scorer as a rookie, Larkin looks poised to return to the 20-goal club and be a leader on this Detroit team for the next five years. Larkin may line up as the Red Wings top center, as captain Henrik Zetterberg’s back issues may hold him out of competition to start the 2018-19 season. Larkin is an attractive fantasy asset, he’s an important piece of the offense and will get plenty of ice time in all situations.--Kevin Acorn - RotoBallerSource: Sportsnet
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1 year agoVegas Golden Knights forward William Karlsson inked a one-year, $5.25 million contract with his current team on Saturday. After being selected by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, Karlsson exploded into one of the league's most dangerous scorers last season, posting 43 goals (third in the NHL) and 35 assists in 82 games. The flashy forward's break out was quite unexpected considering the fact that he had only potted 18 goals in 183 total career games coming entering the 2017-2018 season. Karlsson, a Swedish native, will look to prove that his individual success is repeatable and will likely go as a top 50 pick in most fantasy drafts next season.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoAnaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson signed an eight-year, $51.2 million contract to stay in Southern California on Saturday. Taken with the 39th overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft, Gibson has recorded 93 wins, a 2.29 goals-against average, a .923 save percentage and 16 shutouts in 178 career games with Anaheim. Despite facing injury issues throughout the early part of his career, the Pittsburgh native set a career mark with 60 games played last season. If Gibson can mostly remain healthy throughout the entire 2018-2019 season, he's a good candidate to post numbers reflective of a top five fantasy goaltender.--Chase Davis - RotoBallerSource: NHL.com
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1 year agoThe Buffalo Sabres have completed a trade that will bring left winger Jeff Skinner to Buffalo in exchange for prospect Cliff Pu and three draft picks. Scheduled to be a free agent next year, Skinner will join a retooled Sabres top six with anread more...

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