Ramblings: Panarin-Atkinson connection; Boston enjoying their Pasta; Pennsylvania Penalty-fest, Ty Rattie and more (Apr 16)

Dobber

2018-04-16

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It’s April 16 and the Greater Toronto Area is covered in snow. Icy snow, as the temperature is hovering around zero degrees or minus-1 (Celsius, for you Americans). Very depressing because we were sure winter was over!

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The increased scoring from the regular season has carried on into the playoffs…

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Ty Rattie was signed to a one-year contract worth a rumoured $800,000. I can’t dig up if it’s a one-way deal, but since he would have been an unrestricted free agent this summer my guess is that it’s a one-way deal. But that’s not a detriment to the Oilers sending him down in the fall if warranted, because the amount is low enough to bury in the minors anyway. This is an interesting one from a fantasy standpoint. From a ‘real hockey’ standpoint I think the Edmonton Sun has it right – it’s a low-cost, low-risk signing and he deserves a chance, but he should only be an option not the option. So in fantasy hockey, we owners have a decision to make: swing for the fences and risk falling on our face, or let someone else do that. Off the cuff, I’d put this at a 20% chance that this works out for the season ahead. Like a Conor Sheary circa 2016-17. And also like Sheary, he could still fall flat in his second full year. The Oilers need to take a page out of Pittsburgh’s book here and give a one-dimensional AHL player a shot on the superstar’s line – the only place where he can be effective – and save some cash.

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I wish I had an answer for you about the Leafs. I know Boston is amazing and a better team, but the Leafs are far better than this. Even without Nazem Kadri. But this has been the result of just one line. That line – Brad MarchandPatrice Bergeron – and some minor piece who is just tagging along – h