Player Updates

September 13, 2017 01:00 PM
Vernon Fiddler: Hangs up skates
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

June 3, 2017 01:16 PM
Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Heading to bench in Game 3
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

April 29, 2017 12:24 AM
Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Tossed from Game 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 27, 2017 01:48 AM
Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Plays hero in Game 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 13, 2017 05:00 PM
Predators' Vernon Fiddler: May be healthy scratch Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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

April 8, 2017 06:53 PM
Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Unfit to play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

April 6, 2017 08:16 PM
Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Out injured Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 5, 2017 03:28 PM
Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Little impact since joining Preds
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

February 5, 2017 02:40 AM
Predators' Vernon Fiddler: Traded to Nashville
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

January 22, 2017 12:40 AM
Devils' Vernon Fiddler: Taken off IR, ready to go Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 28, 2016 06:30 PM
Devils' Vernon Fiddler: Sidelined 3-to-4 weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 22, 2016 03:15 PM
Devils' Vernon Fiddler: Will suit up Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

December 21, 2016 09:20 PM
Devils' Vernon Fiddler: Absent from practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

October 19, 2016 01:34 PM
Devils' Vernon Fiddler: Fights Ryan Kesler
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 1, 2016 03:24 PM
Devils' Vernon Fiddler: Joins Devils
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

March 23, 2016 01:43 AM
Stars' Vernon Fiddler: Notches two goals
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fiddler notched two goals -- one shorthanded -- and went plus-2 in Tuesday's 6-2 rout of the Blackhawks.

Fiddler had not found twine in seven straight coming into Tuesday, but the 35-year-old was able to register his second multi-goal outing of the season against a struggling Scott Darling. The center has now lit the lamp 12 times this year, one short of tying his career high.

February 3, 2016 03:40 AM
Stars' Vernon Fiddler: Scores rare goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fiddler snagged his seventh goal of the season in Tuesday's victory over the Jets.

Tuesday's tally was Fiddler's first point in 10 contests and just his 16th of the season. As he's averaging under 12 minutes of ice time per game, the veteran's lack of offensive production is unlikely to end any time soon. A role player for the Stars, Fiddler adds little in terms of fantasy value.

December 18, 2015 07:26 PM
Stars' Vernon Fiddler: Helper on lone Dallas goal
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fiddler assisted on the lone Dallas goal in Thursday's loss to the Flames.

That gives the 35-year-old center eight assists and 11 points on the season. He's consistently seeing around 10-12 minutes per night, thus limiting his fantasy value.

December 5, 2015 09:58 PM
Stars' Vernon Fiddler: Snaps slump
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fiddler assisted on the lone Stars goal in Friday's loss to the Oilers.

That assist halts a nine-game stretch where Fiddler didn't have a point. Not only was he held without a point over that stretch, he was held without a shot in four of those games. Fiddler's contributions for a fantasy roster are minimal.

November 11, 2015 03:11 PM
Stars' Vernon Fiddler: Scores a beauty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Fiddler scored a beautiful backhand goal from a wide angle in Tuesday's loss to Toronto.

If you're rostering him you're happy that he's put up a goal and an assist in the last three games. However, it's tough to expect too much from the 35-year-old. He posted a career-high 13 goals last season, which isn't much to start with, and it's difficult to expect him to match that as he starts on the tail-end of his career.