Ramblings: Reimer, Jokinen, Trouba, Vrbata and more (Feb. 21)

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2017-02-21

Ramblings: Reimer, Jokinen, Trouba, Vrbata and more (Feb. 21)

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It was Family Day, a holiday in Ontario on Monday. And what I noticed was the huge uptick in trade talks. Three different leagues and four offers from four different owners. Anyway, I didn’t notice that before (or at least I don’t remember it), but perhaps this is a thing? Bored husbands at home studying their team and putting together offers. Because – what better way to kill time? It is now eight days before the NHL’s trade deadline, which coincides with most fantasy deadlines.

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Nikita Zadorov is out for the season thanks to an ankle injury. A broken ankle, to be precise, suffered in practice. He fell on top of Mikko Rantanen and his leg was trapped awkwardly. Erik Johnson is closing in on a return so the minutes are easily replaced. All this means is that Patrick Wiercioch and Mark Barberio get to stay in the lineup a while longer.

Colorado has given up nine goals in the last four games, but are 1-2-1 in that span. It’s the offense that isn’t working. Calvin Pickard has really come around of late, posting a 0.922 SV% over his last eight starts.

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I wonder if Pittsburgh would re-acquire Jussi Jokinen. Florida doesn’t need him now that they’re back to full health, whereas Pittsburgh’s possible undoing in the playoffs would be injuries – and we’ve seen how shallow they are up front. Scott Wilson, Carter Rowney and Josh Archibald are adequate…but the versatile and experienced Jokinen would be a better depth option. The 33-year-old has eight points in his last eight games, pushing his value back up. He’s signed through 2017-18 at $4 million, but GM Jim Rutherford indicated that he’d be fine with helping his team now and worry about next year’s cap hit after the playoffs. Jokinen has had some terrible puck luck this season, with a 5on5 SH% that’s significantly lower than any of his last seven seasons at 5.36%.

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Jacob Trouba has been suspended two games for his hit on Mark Stone Sunday. Trouba is having a career year that would easily be considered his fourth-year breakout had he not missed the first 15 games because of a contract dispute. Don’t forget – he was pointless in his first eight games because he was having his own ‘training camp’. So his 24 points have come in the last 39 contests, which is a 50-point pace. He had been pointless in his last four though, so we’ll see what impact missing two games will have on that. Here is the hit:

 

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