Top Vernon Fiddler News

  • Vernon Fiddler: Hangs up skates

    Fiddler announced his retirement from the NHL on Wednesday.

    Primarily a checking center, Fiddler managed 261 points in 877 games over a 14-year NHL career. Fiddler suited up for Phoenix, Dallas and New Jersey, as well as two stints with Nashville -- the franchise with which he began and finished his career.

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  • Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Heading to bench in Game 3

    Fiddler is expected to sit out Game 3 in favor of Harry Zolnierczyk against the Penguins on Saturday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

    Fiddler hasn't exactly thrived in playoff action over the course of his career, posting just 13 points with a cumulative minus-16 rating over 51 games. The Preds will hope that the move to Zolnierczyk invigorates the fourth line.

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  • Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Tossed from Game 2

    Fiddler was ejected for a knee-on-knee hit on Blues defenseman Colton Parayko in Friday's Game 2 loss.

    The NHL's Department of Player Safety will take a closer look at this play, which resulted in a kneeing major and game misconduct for Fiddler, who happened to be the one to provide the game-winning goal for the Predators in the series opener Wednesday.

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  • Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Plays hero in Game 1

    Fiddler scored the game-winning goal in the third period against St. Louis in Game 1 on Wednesday.

    After sitting in the press box for all four games of Round 1, Fiddler drew into the lineup and came up huge for the Preds. The veteran logged just 8:51 of ice time and didn't play in any special-teams situations, so while his timely heroics made an impact Wednesday, it's probably safe to continue fading Fiddler in all fantasy settings going forward.

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  • Predators' Vernon Fiddler: May be healthy scratch Thursday

    Fiddler could be a healthy scratch for Game 1 against the Blackhawks on Thursday, NHL.com reports.

    Fiddler's playing status is said to be contingent on the availability of Calle Jarnkrok, who is dealing with a lower-body injury, but either way, the journeyman is not going to be an attractive option for folks in playoff pools since he only mustered four points in 59 games split between the Devils and Preds in the regular season.

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  • Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Unfit to play Saturday

    Fiddler (upper body) will not play Saturday against the Jets.

    Fiddler has managed just one goal in 20 games since his trade from the Devils this season. If you are in contention for a fantasy title and have him rostered, we'd be interested in your secrets.

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  • Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Out injured Thursday

    Fiddler won't suit up for Thursday's away game against the Stars due to an upper-body injury.

    Fiddler has no points in the last 10 games he's played for the Preds, so his absence isn't likely to be noticed by the majority of fantasy owners. Austin Watson will center Nashville's fourth line with Fiddler sidelined.

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  • Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Little impact since joining Preds

    Fiddler has a single goal in 13 games since joining the Predators in early February.

    Fiddler has been centering the Preds' fourth line and averaging just 10 minutes of ice time since the Devils traded him to Nashville. Needless to say, he does not make for an attractive fantasy play in the majority of leagues at the present time.

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  • Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Traded to Nashville

    Fiddler has been traded to the Predators from the Devils for a 2017 fourth-round pick, Adam Vingan of the Tennessean reports.

    Fiddler only has three points in 39 games, so this may not make much of a difference for the Predators. Given the relative rosters of these two teams, it seems unlikely Fiddler will have a bigger role with Nashville than he had with New Jersey.

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  • Devils' Vernon Fiddler: Taken off IR, ready to go Saturday

    Fiddler (lower body) was activated from injured reserve Saturday.

    The injury prevented Fiddler from playing at all this month, but that will change Saturday as the Devils have reassigned Blake Coleman to the minors to make room for the veteran pivot on the fourth line. Fiddler managed to clear the 20-point barrier in each of his last three seasons with the Stars, but life in New Jersey hasn't been so kind to the 36-year-old, as he's posted a mere three points against a minus-7 rating in 35 games this campaign.

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  • Devils' Vernon Fiddler: Sidelined 3-to-4 weeks

    Fiddler will be out of the lineup for 3-to-4 weeks with a lower-body ailment, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. He's been placed on IR.

    Fiddler's loss, while impactful for the Devils, is unlikely to have much effect on fantasy owners, given his 11-game pointless streak and overall lack of production this year -- three points in 35 outings. A penalty-kill specialist, the center offers little in terms of fantasy value at this point in his career.

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  • Devils' Vernon Fiddler: Will suit up Thursday

    Fiddler (undisclosed) will return to the lineup against Philadelphia on Thursday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

    Fiddler will not miss any time after being hurt blocking a shot in Tuesday's outing. Despite averaging 12:08 of ice time per game, the center has been unable to write himself onto the scoresheet in his last eight appearances. In addition, the 36-year-old veteran's results in the defensive zone have been mixed, as he has a minus-6 rating in that span, but did block six shots and dish out 10 hits.

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  • Devils' Vernon Fiddler: Absent from practice

    Fiddler did not take part in Wednesday's practice after blocking a Roman Josi shot against Nashville on Tuesday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports.

    The Devils have not provided any additional details on the nature of Fiddler's injury, so his status Thursday against the Flyers should probably be considered questionable at best. Fiddler's a gritty center whose primary contributions this year have been PIM (21) and hits (34) rather than scoring. Unless you're in need of ancillary stats, you can likely leave the 36-year-old out of your fantasy lineups.

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  • Devils' Vernon Fiddler: Fights Ryan Kesler

    Fiddler got in a fight with Anaheim's Ryan Kesler in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Ducks.

    It didn't take long for the two to drop the gloves, with just 30 seconds having elapsed in the first period. Fiddler's five penalty minutes from the fight were his only contribution to the box score, which shouldn't come as a surprise given the 36-year-old veteran's fourth-line center role.

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  • Devils' Vernon Fiddler: Joins Devils

    Fiddler signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Devils on Friday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.

    The 36-year-old will enter his 14th year in the league after most recently spending five seasons in Dallas. He'll provide added depth at center with Travis Zajac, Adam Henrique, and Jacob Josefson all likely ahead of Fiddler in the pecking order.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-11, 205 lbs
Birthplace: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Age: 41
Experience: 13