Ramblings: Contracts for Jenner and Athanasiou; Schmaltz, Galchenyuk, and Kase; Weber Injury – July 6

Michael Clifford

2018-07-06

 

The Montreal Canadiens were dealt a significant blow on Thursday as the team announced Shea Weber would be undergoing knee surgery which would keep him off the ice for 5-6 months. Best guess right now is to not expect him in the lineup until Christmas.

While the Subban-Weber trade has been debated since it occurred, the fact is Weber was still a good defenceman aside from that. However, after missing four months of games last year and three months this year, the Habs are now looking at Weber not playing a full year again until his age-34 season. At which point they’ll have seven more years with an AAV over $7.8-million. Not great.

Good news for Jeff Petry’s dynasty owners, though. He was really good for fantasy purposes once Weber left the lineup in mid-December, posting 31 points in 49 games (17 of those points on the power play), averaging over 24 minutes a night and over 2.5 shots per game. He also had 82 hits and 88 blocked shots in that span. I suppose of the Habs want to be bold they can hand those PP minutes to Victor Mete but given how good Petry was, I don’t see that happening.

Petry’s ADP will be interesting. Assuming Weber can return sometime around Christmas, he will probably be slotted back on the top PP unit, relegating Petry back to the second unit. Fantasy owners might only get a half-year from Petry in that cushy slotting, and even then, it’s not guaranteed he replicates his success down the stretch in 2017-18.

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The Blue Jackets locked up one of their core forwards but not the one maybe fantasy owners (and Jackets fans) were hoping. Aaron Portzline of The Athletic broke Jenner being extended by Columbus for four years with an average annual value of $3.75-million.

There is still the question of the Artemi Panarin contract situation but once Zach Werenski and Oliver Bjorkstrand are extended (the former has one year left on his ELC), the young core of this team will be around for another few years at least.

Jenner has been a fan favourite for fantasy hockey owners for those stout hits totals alone. Four of his five seasons have seen totals of over 200 hits and the fifth season was 102 hits in an injury-shortened 31-game campaign. Add in 15 or so goals with very good shot rates and Jenner has all the tools necessary to be a very valuable multi-category performer.

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