Ramblings: What to do About Landeskog, Gallagher Hurt (Jan 5)

steve laidlaw

2017-01-05

What to do about Landeskog, Gallagher hurt, Elliott warming up and more.

Oh my goodness the Avalanche are terrible. They are “someone is gonna get fired” terrible. As I always say, things have to go unsustainably bad for someone to get fired, which means there is likely going to be a rebound at some point. They won’t play this poorly the rest of the way. Will someone need to hang for that rebound to come? Not necessarily but right now they are playing listlessly so you’d understand if they made a panic trade or fired someone.

When I say rebound, I don’t mean playoffs. Just that they won’t be getting blown out on a nightly basis. Not getting blown out would mean their top players producing a little more.

The Avalanche have five players worth owning: Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Barrie. Anyone else should be nowhere near your team. Rantanen is a questionable choice in one-year leagues and Landeskog is trending that way as well.

Of course, with Landeskog, the captain of this listless team, you could totally see him being the one to hang. Nothing would help his fantasy stock more than a trade. My advice is to hang on and see if you can't capitalize on the hype if he gets dealt. Hell, maybe you can even take advantage of the mere rumours of a trade.

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Patrick Sharp decided to get into a fight last night. Not a great decision for a player dealing with concussion issues. You guys know that I am not a fan of fighting in hockey but this is just stupidity.

Tyler Seguin showed off the correct approach to fighting when antagonized by Bobby Farnham:

Obviously, every situation is different but if I’m Sharp, coming off a brain injury, I’m not inviting situations where others have free reign to wallop me in the skull.

Sharp skated on the top line with Seguin and Jason Spezza but the absence of Jamie Benn (day-to-day) calls this into question. Don’t count on Sharp being on the top line permanently. Moreover, even without Benn, Sharp was still on the second power play unit. Instead, Cody Eakin got that top PP billing.

Sharp notched an assist in the game but I am n