Ramblings: Pacioretty’s Fate, Bishop and Boeser Go Down, and more (Mar 6)

steve laidlaw

2018-03-06

 

Tank re-enforcements for the Canadiens yesterday with Max Pacioretty being ruled out 4-6 weeks with a knee injury and Victor Mete ruled out six weeks with a broken finger. Their seasons are done!

Good riddance for Pacioretty. I couldn’t bring myself to drop him despite a run one goal and six points in 15 games. Now that I’ve cut ties with this anchor I can hopefully soar through the fantasy playoffs.

Paul Byron and Artturi Lehkonen both got cracks at Pacioretty’s top unit PP time in their last outing. I’d lean towards Byron if you are stuck scraping the bottom of the barrel. Lehkonen is having a nightmare year, while Byron can get as hot as anyone. Montreal has 11 games during the next three weeks, so they represent a desirable team to pluck from. If Alex Galchenyuk isn’t available, you might find better options outside the Canadiens however.

Low ownership LW on Yahoo:

Travis Konecny – 48%

Evgenii Dadonov – 47%

Daniel Sedin – 42%

Patrick Maroon – 38%

Galchenyuk – 33%

Kevin Fiala – 30%

Alex Killorn -17%

Timo Meier – 6%

Vinnie Hinostroza – 2%

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Jay Bouwmeester’s season is done as he heads for hip surgery. Bouwmeester isn’t fantasy relevant but given his declining play, his absence may actually help the Blues’ goaltenders. Of course, more helpful would be the return of Joel Edmundson but he is still a couple of weeks out after surgery on a broken forearm.

This surgery has implications on St. Louis’ off-season plans. With the final year of Bouwmeester’s deal on the books at $5.4 M for next season, might they have considered a buyout to free up space for a big free agent splur