NHL Player News
Tampa Bay is emerging as a serious contender to acquire Karlsson before the trade deadline, reports Sportsnet.ca.
Nashville is also in the hunt, but the Sens are currently insisting on Bobby Ryan and his $7.25 million cap hit included in the deal. That limits the landing spot if Karlsson is to move -- Ryan's contract is an albatross. There's a chance that a four-team deal between Tampa, Ottawa, Montreal and Las Vegas is also in the mix. Much of it is hyperbole, but where there is smoke, there is some kind of fire. This could get very interesting before mid-day Monday.
Byfuglien stretched his point streak to six games and 11 points in Saturday's 5-3 win over Dallas.
Big Buff has one goal and 10 assists in his last six games. And despite missing time earlier this season due to injury, Byfuglien is on pace to hit 50 points for the sixth time in his career.
Yandle picked up two assists and two shots on goal in a 6-5 victory over the Penguins on Saturday.
The 31-year-old doesn't score as many goals as he used to, but he still racks up his fair amount of points with assists. He is now four assists shy of his total last season, which was his first with the Panthers. Yandle is trending in the right direction too with five assists in the last five games. Finally, he has an even rating this season, which doesn't sound like much, but he hasn't been even or positive in that category since 2012-13.
Hanifin notched his eighth goal of the season in Saturday's 3-1 loss to the Red Wings.
It was his first goal in 28 games and just his second point in 12. Hanifin is a smooth-skating talent who will flirt with 35 points this season, but he's run a bit cold of late. Fingers crossed this goal will re-ignite this talented youngster.
Brodie delivered two assists Saturday in a 5-1 win over Colorado.
Brodie has three points in his last three games, which his fantasy owners hope will be the beginning of an offensive flourish as head-to-head playoffs grow near. Overall, he is on pace to deliver similar totals as he did in 2016-17.
Daley supplied the dagger at even strength in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Hurricanes in Detroit.
This wasn't the game-winning goal, but Daley padded the lead with a laser shot from the circle that sailed over Scott Darling's glove and met the top corner of the cage to trigger the lamp. Oddly enough, two of Detroit's goals were scored by defensemen -- Danny DeKeyser also beat Scott Darling -- but we wouldn't expect this to become a trend for Daley or any of the other rearguards donning the Winged Wheel. After all, aside from Mike Green (neck), who has collected 29 points but is expected to get traded, Niklas Kronwall is the next highest offensive producer among Wings defensemen with just 16 points of his own. Look elsewhere for help on the virtual blue line.
DeKeyser found twine and blocked a game-high seven shots in Saturday's 3-1 home win over the Hurricanes.
The Western Michigan University product was a true difference maker in this one, and his efforts helped the Red Wings put an end to a three-game losing streak. While there are countless defensemen with greater fantasy appeal than DeKeyser, it's worth noting that he's lit the lamp five times on a 10.8 shooting percentage -- that's a high conversion rate for a blueliner, but to say he's not seeing the ice well would be an understatement, as Danny D's only set up three goals this year. The industrious blueliner is the perfect example of a player whose "real-life value" transcends his worth in the fantasy realm by a long shot.
Manning scored a goal and added two assists in Saturday's 5-3 victory over the Senators.
What has gotten into Brandon Manning? He now has 18 points on the season, but five of those have come in his last four games. And Saturday, he logged the fifth-lowest ice time among Flyers' defenders. Don't mistake Manning for an offensive defender, but his confidence is soaring, which might spell good things in the next few games if you are desperate for blue line help.
LaDue was recalled from AHL Ontario on Saturday.
The Reign didn't have a game scheduled during LaDue's latest stint in Ontario. Despite his call-up to the big stage, we wouldn't necessarily count on the defenseman playing Saturday night against the Oilers because the Kings already have seven healthy blueliners at their disposal.
"It's gonna be a day-to-day, game-to-game decision," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. "No word on tomorrow. Let's get through tonight and see what we've got. He will get in there eventually. But I don't want to pinpoint." Holden is a quality two-way defenseman who established a career-high 34 points for the Rangers in 80 games last season (12 in 55 this year). As an added bonus, he routinely posts 100-plus hits over a given campaign. Of course, the amount of ice time he ultimately receives will help determine just how excited we should be about him from a fantasy standpoint.