The move that we’ve all been waiting for finally happened on Thursday.  Jack Eichel was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights for Alex TuchPeyton Krebs, and draft picks.  The impact of this trade in the short term is minimal.  Eichel will have his surgery next week and will be out at least three months.  Tuch is out for at least a couple more months with his shoulder surgery, and Krebs was sent down to Rochester for now.  Long term, this could be big for all parties involved.  First off, if Eichel comes back and gets to play with Stone, he’ll have the best linemate he’s ever had.  We’ve seen this upside before, and now it’s only a matter of getting healthy.  This will be a big hit for Chandler Stephenson down the line.  Tuch will finally get consistent top six minutes once he returns.  With his shot rate, I could see him becoming a hold at the end of this season or next season.  Krebs will also end up a top six player, although the time line is a bit more iffy.  For fantasy purposes, it’s a bit rough that he’s a poor finisher, but every other part of his game is above average or higher, so I still suspect he’ll be a hold in due time.  All in all, I hoped for a slightly better return for Eichel, but given the injury and how long this dragged out, I can’t complain about getting a couple top six players and what should end up a middling first round pick.  Let’s hit on a few other things around the league to bring people up to date:

Bowen Byram put on a show on Wednesday night scoring two goals and adding an assist with six shots against the Blue Jackets.  The Avs were missing Makar in this game which obviously was a big factor, but Byram has shown enough to be a hold in all formats for the time being.  It’s nice to see Nazem Kadri play well for Colorado too as he dished three assists and remains at a point per game.  Additionally for the Avs, Devon Toews is supposed to return to the lineup on Saturday.  He should be owned in all formats.

Cole Sillinger also had a big game with two goals and an assist plus five shots.  The first round pick has had a great start to his career with 3+2 in nine games with three shots per game and solid PIM.  I have him as an elite streamer now that he’s sticking in Columbus. Welcome to the Razzball Database Cole! Also in Columbus, Jake Bean scored twice playing over 25 minutes.  The consistency isn’t there yet to warrant a spot in 12’ers, but I do like Bean’s long term upside.

Filip Forsberg is week to week with an upper body injury.  Poor guy just can’t stay healthy.

Sidney Crosby tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms.  That could put Crosby out for five games.  Jeff Carter gets a big boost in the short term.

More coming shortly.  Sorry for delay

  1. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    that was actually a very fair trade. surprised as BUF’s history (ROR) the last time they tried to trade a top notch center they got little (obv eichel is a LOT younger than ROR at the time of their trades), looked stupid it was so bad. tuch/krebs both young and good or longer term good in krebs’ likely case. VGK sure is moving out their prospects too (they’ve mostly done that for years though).

    • Toolshed says:
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      Hey that #97 dude looks like a decent player. Lol. His goal to send it to OT was insane. Wow

      So I own girard for $5m in a pts league with salary cap (g & a only). I assumed he’d get pp1 time with makar out. Byram got it and now toews is back. What do I do with girard? I know col hasn’t been healthy and tbey should all get back soon. Is girard a hold, he was still getting pp2 on a team that will score. Is he going to be the stay at home guy now? I thought he’d be in a good spot to score pts on a pace like last year, but Byram seems to be taking those points and now toews is back. I know it’s early but do you see him putting up the same pace as last year which was closer to 50 or is he now a 30 pt guy. Do I go cheaper on def if he is closer to 30 and use that savings to upgrade on a forward somewhere? He’s had 2 assists in 7 games. Thanks

      • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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        i’ll leave this one for viz, as i don’t know the context:
        – league size
        – number of starting D
        – hits/blocks or no, does seem PPP are the thing of course either way
        – how many BN (indicates how many D are owned or should be)
        – not familiar with the budgetary stuff (i do play budget auction leagues baseball so i’d have a floor with more info but it might be a LOT more)

        the only stuff i can say for sure:

        – all 4 of those guys that are good D on COL were once good prospect D guys, some higher than others, but all of them very high up there.

        – girard or toews (or both) stand to lose PP time when makar back, with the 1 or at most of 2 them being on PP2 almost certainly. but byram/makar the best ones.

        – girard (really all of them) seem to have hits + blocks per game of around 2ish (byram maybe more, he’s got the smallest sample so far, and got to around 2.33 per last year, a bit higher this year, but those aren’t great for D guys unless they are very good in the other stuff, which these 4 (esp makar/byram) could very well be/continue to be)

        in non hits/blocks of course these guys all go up as they can all be great point producers. girard’s shot floor is worse than the rest of those historically. so if his biggest value to you is specifically PPP, makar’s return (along with toews’) could be very bad.

        – note: i just noticed from “(g and a only)” this isn’t a hits/blocks league. that’s at least possibly good for girard, but that also means his crappy shot rate hurts more, so his (if he does shortly) losing PP time bode quite bad for you. but i have no idea how much 5 is worth either. nor how many D (all that other stuff mentioned above) etc.

        • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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          note: i’m not at all familiar with what a “standard size” league even is either, as they mostly appear to be far shallower than anything i’m in (i’m in mostly 16+, start a ton of guys, or 12+ start probably a large amount of guys + large benches, mostly with start a lot of D (5-6)). for example, the streamer articles, almost all those players are often owned (over half all the time owned), and the ones left it’s obvious what they do. i know where i’m at, girard would literally never be dropped by anybody (this would indicate i have no clue as to what other players you could obtain dropping him)

          • Toolshed says:
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            Thanks for replying and giving me your thoughts. I appreciate it. My question was meant for viz. I guess I hit the reply to your comment instead of posting the question. My bad and thank you for your input.

            I have a cap just like the nhl at 81.5m and need to roster 20 players.

            • Toolshed says:
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              That would be 12 forwards, 6 def and 2 goalies. 10 teams

              • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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                viz should be able to help with this further info. but yeah, starting 6 D, even while still not knowing how many BN guys (meaning do you own 6 or 7 or possibly more D guys in total while starting 6), even with it being a 10’er, gotta think girard is still in the top 60 in non hits/blocks (so somebody should be owning him), even assuming he loses at least some PP time when everybody is healthy (toews back tonight, makar i don’t think far off)

      • Viz

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        Sorry for delay… Girard was on PP1 tonight. I don’t think he’ll ever be a stay at home but I also don’t think he pushes 50 points again. I think he’ll be a bit lower than that, maybe 40-45, so if you can find a way to upgrade forward and save the money, it’s something worth looking at. I wouldn’t say 100% cut him, but I think you might be able to figure out a better option.

    • Viz

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      Yeah, that RoR trade was horrible the moment it happened. This obviously isn’t that, I just don’t get why the Sabres had to add a third and put protection on the pick, as unlikely as it is to matter. If Krebs ends up as good as expected, then it’ll be just fine.

  2. Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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    ahhh, so many this close shutouts (like 40% of the games too). streamer/deep league paradise too guys.

    • Cheese Eating Surrender Monkey says:
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      good night, it was like 99% of the way till in the one and around 72% in the other.

  3. Toolshed says:
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    Sorry for yet another question. We are 10 games in and Dunn is stuck on 3rd pairing. I was hoping he’d finally get a chance to play more. It is 10 games, but he doesn’t seem like he is going to make the jump unless there is an injury. What do you think? He is a 4m cap hit, do you see much of a difference in his projected point total vs let’s say a lower cost guy like fabbro who is playing alongside Josi and getting pp2 time albeit limited?

    Duclair has been thriving in his role despite not getting pp time.. his current lace isn’t sustainable but do you see him at least doing what he did last year 32 pts in 48 games? Thanks

  4. Dubjay says:
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    Hey guys,
    Grubauer was just dropped. I am currently running with Markstrom, Varlamov and Swayman. Would you
    Drop Swayman for him? Garland? Fiala? They are bench guys for me.

    • JKJ says:
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      I’m cutting Swayman there. I like Swayman, but I want steady starts from Grubes instead.

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