Ramblings: Theodore’s New Contract, Injuries, Roster Cuts, and Goalie Situations (Sept 26)

Ian Gooding

2018-09-25


Lots of player news happening today with roster cutdowns and injuries, so this edition of the Ramblings will be more about quick hits than deep dives.
 


There’s been more than enough coverage on who should be the favorites for the Calder Trophy on this website. It’s covered in the Fantasy Guide, and Cam recently covered some best and worst-case and most likely projections in recent Ramblings here and here. Overall I don’t have an issue with these odds and would even write Pettersson in pen as my Calder Trophy favorite. Among the forwards, he seems to be the most likely to snag a top-6 role and first-unit power-play time right off the bat, which I think will go a long way in the Calder Trophy race. Two things I can tell you with certainty about the Canucks: 1) They won’t win very often, and 2) Pettersson will be fun to watch.

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After failing to catch on with an NHL team this offseason, Brian Gionta has announced his retirement on Monday after 16 seasons. Gionta captained both the Canadiens and the Sabres in his career, but his best season came all the way back in the 2005-06 season with the Devils, when he scored 48 goals and 89 points. This season turned out to be a complete outlier for Gionta, as his next-highest single-season totals were 29 goals (in 2010-11) and 60 points (in 2008-09). Gio had a dependable side, though, as he was a 20-goal scorer for seven consecutive seasons from 2003-04 to 2010-11.

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Some goaltending news that you