Pateryn's debut with the Stars will not take place Tuesday, though he could be ready for Thursday's home game against the Islanders. Traded from the Habs along with a fourth-round pick for Jordie Benn on Monday, Pateryn is a brute at 6-foot-2 and 223 pounds. He'll be asked to post up in front of Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi -- no small feat, as those goalies have .900 and .899 save percentages, respectively. In terms of fantasy value, let's see how much playing time Pateryn garners in Dallas before putting faith in the notion that he'll help your virtual club this season.
Pateryn was sent to the Stars in addition to a fourth-round pick in exchange for the Stars' Jordie Benn on Monday, Arpon Basu of LNH.com reports. Pateryn hasn't received much of a shot with the Habs, but could receive a larger run with a Stars club that's just on the fringes of playoff contention. Despite the move, it seems unlikely the 26-year-old blueliner will gain fantasy relevance this season given his six points over 24 games at the top level. Pateryn had grown unhappy late in his tenure with Montreal, so perhaps a change of scenery will reinvigorate him.
Pateryn was in the active lineup Tuesday after Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin let it be known the defenseman is available, Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette reports. He had one shot on goal, two blocked shots and five hits over 13:04 of ice time on the third defensive pair. Pateryn, who had been a regular healthy scratch since Montreal acquired Nikita Nesterov, got caught up in in a social-media imbroglio involving his wife, who tweeted an uncomplimentary assessment of Montreal's past and present coaches. The incident has motivated the organization to move the 26-year-old blueliner, so his presence in the lineup Wednesday was seen as a showcase. Pateryn was never a favorite of former coach Michel Therrien and his status didn't change when Claude Julien was hired to replace Therrien.
Pateryn (ankle) will slot into the lineup against the Sabres on Tuesday if fellow defenseman Jeff Petry (illness) is unable to give it a go, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports. The Canadiens are already expected to activate David Desharnais (knee) and Andrei Markov (lower body) which would put them at the 23-player maximum. With Pateryn still technically listed on injured reserve, Montreal will need to make a corresponding roster move when taking the blueliner off IR. With just five point on the year -- and a career high of seven -- fantasy owners probably won't be on the edge of their seats to hear whether or not Pateryn will suit up.
Pateryn (ankle) will not be available against the Sabres on Tuesday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports. It seemed as though Pateryn might be ready to return when the team waived Zach Redmond, but it appears Pateryn will have to wait at least one more game before getting back on the ice. Tuesday's contest will extend the Michigan native's missed games stretch to 25 in a row. With just five points on the year, the blueliner may not be worth the risk for fantasy owners considering his injury history.
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