• Jackets Release Fritsche from Tryout

    News: The Blue Jackets released Fritsche from his professional tryout Saturday, the Columbus Post-Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports.
    Analysis: Fritsche was a long shot from the beginning, and a concussion in camp didn't help his chances. His next stop might be Europe.
  • Tryout Agreement With Blue Jackets

    News: Fritsche, who spent all of last season in the AHL, will be in camp with the Blue Jackets on a tryout agreement, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: If he doesn't make the NHL roster (and he likely won't) Fritsche seems inclined to continue his career in Europe rather than back in the minors.
  • Fritsche signs with AHL team

    News: The Columbus Dispatch reports that former Blue Jackets C Dan Fritsche has signed an AHL contract with the Syracuse Crunch. Fritsche was in camp with the Thrashers, but didn't make the squad.
    Analysis: Fritsche has 34 goals and 42 assists in 256 career games with Columbus, the New York Rangers and Minnesota. Fritsche has never been an important Fantasy player, so continue to leave him on waivers.
  • Atlanta has no room for Fritsche

    News: The Thrashers have released two players, including goalie Manny Legace. The 36-year-old Legace appeared in one preseason game for Atlanta, stopping 25 of 27 shots against Carolina. He was cut Monday along with forward Dan Fritsche.
    Analysis: Fritsche had one assist in five preseason games for the Thrashers. He has 34 goals and 42 assists in 256 career games with Columbus, the New York Rangers and Minnesota. Fritsche has never been an important Fantasy player, so continue to keep him on waivers.
  • Thrashers invite two to camp

    News: The Thrashers have invited forward Dan Fritsche and defenseman Mark Popovic to training camp on a tryout basis.
    Analysis: Atlanta is pretty set at forward and on defense, but it never hurts to look at a few other options. Even if Fritsche or Popovic make the team, we don't expect them to make great Fantasy impacts. It's safe to ignore them in all formats.
  • Fritsche moves back to center

    News: The Sports Xchange reports before taking off with the Wild for New York, center Dan Fritsche joked he would consume 10 Red Bulls in preparation for Minnesota's game Tuesday with the Rangers. Fritsche was jettisoned by New York in January after he was a scratch in all but one game for the Rangers from Nov. 30 to Jan. 29. Since arriving in Minnesota in a swap for defenseman Erik Reitz, Fritsche has played in all 26 games for the Wild. "You want to show them how I'm playing in Minnesota and what I can do," Fritsche said of playing against the Rangers. "You want to prove yourself. You almost want to show them what they traded. I'm sure every player thinks that way when they play old teams." Fritsche had a quiet game, however, with no shots on goal in 15 minutes.
    Analysis: Fritsche, 23, has been a nice addition to a Wild team that lacks depth. He entered Tuesday's game with three goals and four assists in 25 games. He's gotten power-play and penalty-kill time, but after being saddled for much of his time in Minnesota on the fourth line, he's suddenly expected to see significant ice time now that center Mikko Koivu is out with a knee injury. He has moved to his natural center position from right wing and is excited. "Not only am I looking forward to playing a lot, I'm looking forward to the responsibility that's on my shoulders," Fritsche said. "It's the final (nine) games. It's the stretch run. You can't ask for a more crucial time to be given this type of responsibility." While Fritsche might be needed at center, he doesn't have nearly the talent of Koivu. He still has minimal Fantasy appeal.
  • Fritsche scores on power play

    News: Minnesota C Dan Fritsche scored his third goal of the season on Sunday against the Blackhawks on Sunday. Fritsche tied the 2:45 after Chicago opened the scoring with a power-play goal on a deflection in the air that withstood a video review. Parked in front of the crease, Fritsche redirected Pierre-Marc Bouchard's shot from the top of the slot. The puck struck Fritsche's stick, ruled to be at crossbar height, and caromed downward past goalie Cristobal Huet.
    Analysis: Fritsche made his Minnesota debut less than a month ago and has already produced three goals for the team as a reward for their confidence in him. He also has three assists on the NHL season which is less than a month old for him. He is still a low-end option despite a strong start in the bigs.
  • Fritsche scores a second goal

    News: Minnesota C Dan Fristsche scored his second goal of the season on Thursday against the Flames. He now has five points on the season with two goals and three assists.
    Analysis: Fritsche made his debut less than a month ago with the Wild and has done very little since. In fact, this was his first point of any kind. He remains irrelevant in Fantasy despite scoring the goal.
  • Fritsche makes Minnesota debut

    News: Forward Dan Fritsche made his debut with the Wild Friday against the Oilers after being acquired from the New York Rangers in a trade Thursday for defenseman Erik Reitz. He didn't have a point in 11:52 of ice time and finished at even.
    Analysis: Fritsche had a goal and three assists in 16 games for the Rangers this season. Fritsche could provide depth up front for Minnesota, but has minimal Fantasy appeal since he isn't a big-time offensive weapon.
  • Fritsche traded to Minnesota

    News: The Minnesota Wild traded defenseman Erik Reitz to the New York Rangers on Thursday for left wing Dan Fritsche.
    Analysis: The 23-year-old Fritsche tallied four points in 16 games with the Rangers this season. A 6-foot-1, 204-pound native of Parma, Ohio, Fritsche has played in 222 career NHL games over five seasons with Columbus and New York. Fritsche could provide depth up front for Minnesota, but has minimal Fantasy appeal.