Boll signed a two-year contract with the Ducks on Tuesday that will net him an average salary of $900,000 per year, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. After spending the first nine years of his career with the Blue Jackets, Boll will get a change of scenery, as he"ll head to the Ducks for the 2016-17 campaign. However, the 30-year-old winger notched just three points this past year and hasn't recorded over six points in five straight seasons, meaning his fantasy value will remain severely restricted. Injury concerns only add to his poor fantasy outlook, so he may be a player to avoid unless he sees an increased role with his new team.
The Blue Jackets placed Boll on unconditional waivers Thursday with the intent to buy out his contract, Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch reports. Columbus is clearing up cap space ahead of the July 1 signing period. Placing him on unconditional waivers is the first step in the process and if he clears, Boll will end up saving the team $1.33 million in 2016-17 while limiting the buyout cap hit to $566,666 in each of the next two seasons. Boll plays with an edge and really gets under the skin of opponents. However, he's a career fourth-liner who only averaged 6:39 of ice time in 30 games last season. Injuries are also a concern when it comes to the 30-year-old winger.
Boll has served his four-game suspension and is eligible to return to the lineup against the Hurricanes on Saturday. Boll was given a heftier suspension under the leagues repeat offender rules, so he will need to be on his best behavior to avoid increased penalties over the next 18 months. Unless you are in need of PIM, it would be wise to avoid the winger for your daily lineups as he has tallied a paltry two points on the year and is averaging 6:33 in ice time per game.
Boll received a four-game suspension from the NHL for his hit on Philadelphia's Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Boll was considered a repeat offender for the hit, which played a role in the length of the ban. In total, the winger will forfeit over $82,000 while sitting on the sidelines. In terms of fantasy value, Boll offers next to none. This season the 29-year-old is averaging a meager 6:33 of ice time per game and has tallied only two points.
Boll will not be in Thursday's lineup against Carolina. The same applies to Rene Bourque, though Boll's absence from the Columbus lineup only affects those in fantasy leagues where his PIM (59 in 28 games) and hits (49) factor in.
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