Ramblings: Rounding up Monday’s happenings (June 27)

Neil Parker

2017-06-27

 

It was a busy Monday in the NHL. Here's what stood out …

 

Mike Condon is an interesting free agent. He's a clear backup and of 37 goalies with at least 3,000 minutes at five-on-five the past two seasons, his .917 save percentage ranks tied for 36th. He posted a .920 mark this past season, though, and he's apparently garnering a lot of interest.

In the right setting, he's capable of posting respectable fantasy numbers over 25 starts. He's unlikely to demand a huge salary, so there is potential for a contender to ink him as its No. 2. The Oilers, Kings, Rangers and Flyers are all potential landing spots where Condon could move the needle.

 

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My understanding is that if Jordan Weal had played more NHL games this season he would have been a restricted free agent instead of an unrestricted one. If that's the case, it's a major slip up. I recently discussed Weal here, and he's also a popular target leading into July 1. The Canucks would be a good fit for him to slide right into a top-six gig and produce. Although, suiting up for a lottery team obviously isn't ideal.

 

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Patrick Sharp rumors about returning to Chicago seem fitting, and especially with Hossa's status. At this stage of his career, Sharp offers little fantasy upside, and he's probably not even a top-six option for most teams, though.

The 35-year-old veteran posted an underwhelming 1.59 points per 60 minutes at five-on-five through the past three seasons with just 44 goals over 192 games. Perhaps, getting the band back together would help Sharp, and he would likely be extended tenure in a top-six gig because of past production. But it's a tough sell for me.

Allowing someone else to buy into the potential of a rebound showing in an age-36 season is advised.

 

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Pierre-Luc Dubois has an interesting summer ahead. The Blue Jackets are in win-now mode, and Dubois isn't eligible to play in the AHL. He'll need to make the roster and stick or return to the QMJHL. After posting 22 points through 19 playoff games this spring, there probably isn't a lot left to prove at that level, and he owns the size to play a bottom-six role and hold his own.

Of course, the Blue Jackets have a deep offensive attack, and Dubois could earn the third-line center gig and face soft even-strength matchups. Brandon Dubinsk