Ramblings: Ward, Bernier, Marchand, Simmonds, Parise, and More – June 29

Michael Clifford



We are just a couple of days away from one of the busiest days in the NHL schedule, Free Agent Frenzy. It’s a great day for many hockey fans to relax, fire up the barbecue, and find out about how their team’s fortunes may change for the upcoming season and beyond. If you’re an Edmonton or Montreal fan, it’s a good excuse to start in on grandpa’s cough medicine before noon.

The Dobber team will be here all through free agency to provide updates and impacts of signings from a fantasy hockey angle. Be sure to check back on Dobber Hockey all day Canada Day to see which players, or line mates, could be hurt or helped with all the movement.  


Several fantasy-relevant goaltenders will be finding a new home this summer and Pierre LeBrun gives an update on likely destinations for a few of them:

The writing was on the wall for Jonathan Bernier when the Avalanche added Philipp Grubauer and St. Louis doesn’t have (or doesn’t want to spend) the space to bring back Carter Hutton. Cam Ward going to Chicago in a backup role is interesting considering Ward hasn’t had a good season in six years.

Bernier is the one who interests me the most here. He was around league average over the last couple years as far as all-strengths save percentage is concerned – though his goals saved above average isn’t very good – and Jimmy Howard has just one year left on his deal at the age of 34. In other words, I don’t think the team will be too committed in making Howard their go-to, sure-fire number-1 goalie. This may be a hot-hand situation which could lead to good value at the draft table grabbing Bernier as a fourth goalie in 12-team leagues. Let’s see how the signings actually work out.


LeBrun also states that the Kings an