Chaput re-signed with the Canucks on a one-year, one-way deal Thursday. Chaput filed for salary arbitration last Thursday, but an arbitration hearing will no longer be necessary now that he's inked a fresh deal with Vancouver. The bottom-six forward only managed to tally eight points (four goals, four assists) in 68 games with the Canucks last campaign, so he doesn't produce enough offensively to be considered a viable option in season-long fantasy formats.
Chaput filed for salary arbitration ahead of Wednesday's deadline, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports. Despite logging a career-high 68 games, Chaput had a season to forget in 2016-17. The Quebec native recorded just nine points and a minus-12 rating, and his shooting percentage (6.3) was quite disappointing. Granted, it was tough for Chaput to do much with only 11:01 of average ice time, but we figure he'll be hard-pressed to persuade an arbiter that he's deserving of much more than the $600,000 he earned with Vancouver this past season.
Chaput will move up and play on the top scoring line with Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin in Saturday's game against the Oilers, Derek Van Diest of NHL.com reports. Chaput gets a golden opportunity to show what he can do with the two most talented playmakers on the ice for Vancouver. The 24-year-old pivot has managed just four goals and seven points through 56 games so he isn't a recommended fantasy play in most seasonal formats unless he suddenly starts producing. However, he is worth a roll of the dice in DFS play since he'll get a crack as a top-six forward and his salary is super low.
Chaput (illness) is no longer on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site. It looks like the 24-year-old pivot will return after missing two games with mumps, but he won't be a viable fantasy option as a skater averaging a mere 9:45 of ice time this season.
Chaput will sit out another game Tuesday with the Red Wings in town, as he's dealing with the mumps, Farhan Lalji of TSN reports. The depth pivot unfortunately contracted the infectious viral disease this past Saturday, and now he'll miss his second straight contest as a result. Look for Brandon Sutter and Brendan Gaunce to fill the Canucks' bottom-six center slots with Chaput still unavailable.
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