Rodrigues scored a goal on three shots in a 4-3 shootout win over the Capitals on Sunday.
Rodrigues opened the scoring just 19 seconds into the game when a Jake Guentzel pass glanced off Rodrigues' skate at the bottom of the circle and into the net. It was the first goal of the year for the 27-year-old, who was acquired from Buffalo at last season's trade deadline. Rodrigues played the right side on Pittsburgh's top line with Guentzel and Sidney Crosby on Sunday, an assignment that warrants the attention of fantasy managers.
Rodrigues signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Penguins on Friday.
Rodrigues was traded away by Pittsburgh in a six-player swap that included Kasperi Kapanen. However, the Leafs opted not to issue the winger a qualifying offer, which opened the door for Rodrigues to rejoin the Pens. The Toronto native figures to slot into a third-line role alongside Jared McCann and could be an option for the No. 2 power-play unit.
Rodrigues is not expected to receive a qualifying offer from the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, Kristen Shilton of TSN.ca reports.
Rodrigues had 10 points in 45 games between the Sabres and Penguins last season before he was packaged to Toronto as part of the return for Kasperi Kapanen in a six-player trade. The 27-year-old Rodrigues has mostly filled a bottom-six role in the NHL, with career highs of nine goals and 29 points in 2018-19 with the Sabres. He will become an unrestricted free agent.
Rodrigues was sent to Toronto from Pittsburgh on Tuesday, along with Filip Hallander, David Warsofsky and a 2020 first-round draft selection, in a swap for Kasperi Kapanen, Pontus Aberg and Jesper Lindgren.
Rodrigues saw action in just seven games with the Penguins after being acquired in a trade deadline deal, tallying one goal, 11 shots and four hits while averaging 11:08 of ice time. The Toronto native joins his hometown club after going undrafted coming out of Boston University. The winger will need to be re-signed this offseason, as he will be a restricted free agent and figures to demand an increase from his $2 million cap hit.
Rodrigues was traded to Pittsburgh from Buffalo on Monday, along with Conor Sheary, in a swap for Dominik Kahun (lower body), Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Rodrigues previously submitted a trade request to the Sabres, so his departure at the deadline shouldn't come as a shock. The center was a healthy scratch for the club's previous two contests, but he notched three goals and one assist in his prior nine. With the Pens also adding Sheary, it's not immediately clear where Rodrigues will fit, though a bottom-six role seems most likely.
Rodrigues recorded an assist and a plus-2 rating in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs.
Rodrigues has found a bit of a scoring touch in February -- four of his nine points this year have come in the last eight games. The 26-year-old has added 61 shots on goal and a minus-8 rating in 2019-20. He projects as a non-physical, bottom-six player, which won't earn him much fantasy attention.
Rodrigues scored in Thursday's shootout loss to Detroit.
Rodrigues has goals in two of his past three games, and all four of his tallies have been generated in the past seven outings. He still only has seven points through 32 games, but perhaps his recent performance is an indication he'll have an uptick in production down the stretch. At the very least, the hope will be for him to not endure another 25-game goal drought.
Rodrigues will be a healthy scratch during Tuesday's meeting with Ottawa.
Rodrigues has been a frequent visitor to the press box this season, as he's only appeared in 28 contests for the Sabres. He has just five points on the campaign -- a notable drop from the 29 points he posted in 74 games last season.
Rodrigues scored his first two goals of the season and had four shots in a 5-1 win over the Red Wings on Sunday.
It was a long-awaited breakout for the much-maligned Rodrigues, who reportedly requested a trade earlier this winter. He had produced just three assists and 39 shots on goal over his first 25 games before tallying Buffalo's first two goals Sunday. Rodrigues' second goal came with the man advantage, a promising sign for the 26-year-old. Sunday's performance might help a real-life trade come to fruition, but fantasy owners should remember that this is a player with just 23 career goals in 180 NHL games.
Rodrigues has asked for a trade from the Sabres, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Rodrigues was productive last year with 29 points over 74 games, but that was when he was averaging 15:49 of ice time per contest. Now, the 26-year-old toils in the bottom six and averages a career-low 10:42, and he's managed just three points through 24 outings. Blueliner Zach Bogosian asked for a trade Dec. 12 and remains on the team. Since the Sabres are short on forward depth, it seems unlikely they'll be quick to move the winger. Rodrigues is making $2 million this year, and he'll be a restricted free agent following the season.
Rodrigues (lower body) will play in Saturday's game against the Kings, Joe Yerdon of The Athletic reports.
Rodrigues was bothered by a lower-body injury during Friday's practice, but it's not serious enough to keep him out. The 26-year-old blueliner will toil on the team's fourth line, but he should still be afforded power-play time.
Rodrigues is dealing with a lower-body issue and is considered day-to-day heading into Saturday's clash with Los Angeles.
Rodrigues did practice with the team Friday, per Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News, but he remains in doubt for Saturday. If the Toronto native is unable to play, Buffalo will need to either promote a player from the minors or consider dressing seven defensemen, especially if Jack Eichel (upper body) is also unavailable.
Rodrigues (lower body) has been cleared to play ahead of Thursday's matchup with Calgary, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Rodrigues is expected to return to a bottom-six role Thursday, skating with Zemgus Girgensons and Rasmus Asplund on the Sabres' fourth line. The 26-year-old has only picked up two helpers in 14 games this campaign, so he can be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Rodrigues (lower body) is listed as week-to-week.
Rodrigues last dressed Nov. 24, playing only one shift before suffering the injury. He's likely out at least through the remainder of November and will probably miss time beyond that point as well. Rodrigues has registered only two points in 14 games this season.
Rodrigues (lower body) is ruled out for Monday's game against the Lightning but isn't expected to have a long-term injury, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
While Rodrigues may miss a few games, he won't join the assortment of forwards facing long-term absences. The 26-year-old pivot has two points through 14 games, as he's regressed heavily from last year's 29-point campaign. However, a good chunk of his fall-off is attributed to averaging 11:43 of ice time compared to 15:49 last season. In Rodrigues' place, the Sabres recalled Jean-Sebastian Dea from AHL Rochester.
Rodrigues (undisclosed) will not suit up for Monday's game in Tampa, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
Rodrigues left Sunday's game against the Panthers after just one shift in the first period. It's unclear how severe the injury is but the fact that he's already been ruled out for Monday may not be a good sign. Rookie Rasmus Asplund could slide up to Rodrigues' second-line center role for the time being.
Rodrigues left Sunday's road game against the Panthers with an undisclosed injury, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Rodrigues was injured in the first period and ended up with just one shift before leaving the contest. An update on his status should be available after the game.
Rodrigues will be a healthy scratch for Saturday's tilt with the Islanders, Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald reports.
Despite posting a career-high 29 points in 2018-19, Rodrigues found himself as the odd man out to start the campaign. He found his way into seven contests this season, and registered an assist in Friday's loss to the Capitals. That marks his first point of the year, and he'll need to find a way to stay in the lineup longer if he intends on surpassing last year's point total. He'll be coming out of the lineup as Jimmy Vesey returns from an upper-body injury.
Rodrigues is expected to enter the Sabres lineup for Wednesday's game against the Canadiens, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
Despite re-signing with Buffalo on a one-year, $2 million deal in the offseason after putting up a career-high 29 points in 2018-19, Rodrigues found himself as a healthy scratch through the Sabres' first three games on the heels of a disappointing preseason. Rodrigues will get a chance to make an impression on coach Ralph Krueger on Wednesday, when he'll likely swap into the bottom-six ranks in place of the banged-up Conor Sheary (upper body). Rodrigues skated alongside Jimmy Vesey and Casey Mittelstadt on the third line during Tuesday's practice.
Rodrigues earned a one-year, $2 million contract from Buffalo on Thursday.
Rodrigues just missed hitting the 30-point mark by one point last season, yet still set career highs in goals (nine), assists (20) and shots (168). The 25-year-old center should be in line for a third-line role with the Sabres this season, but could push for a top-six spot during the year.
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