Happy Thursday everyone!
With Le’Veon Bell sitting out the full season for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the NFL, it is starting to look a little more realistic that William Nylander does the same with the Maple Leafs. That being said, now is not the time to trade him in any kind of keeper or dynasty league. His value is as low as it will ever be, and the uncertainty over exactly how much he will be earning, will scare off a few other potential suitors. As for Kyle Dubas, he has the impossible job of walking a tightrope between holding firm on contract numbers, exploring trade avenues, and keeping his eyes open in the staring contest between himself and Nylander’s agent.
The first one to blink isn’t necessarily going to lose, but the one to hold firm the longest is certainly going to emerge a winner. Once Auston Matthews returns for the Leafs, the pressure comes off to get Nylander back in the fold as a reinforcement. He’s a luxury they can afford to wait on right now.
I’m also hoping that by writing about this on the Tuesday, Murphy’s Law rears its ugly head and the whole situation is resolved right at publishing time on Thursday.
Jakob Chychrun signed a six-year extension with the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, locking him in along with Oliver Ekman-Larsson past 2025. As both are left-handed shots, it is likely that Chychrun ends up playing second fiddle for most of his career. On a team where he could grow into the lead role by his fifth season, he would be a key defenceman to own in dynasty leagues, but at this point, his upside is severely limited by the OEL road block.
That being said, a $4.6 million price tag is a solid price for Arizona to pay. The two closest comparables are Brett Pesce and Shayne Gostisbehere. Chychrun can be just as good of a player as the other two in real life, while in the fantasy world of points leagues he falls right in the middle of the two; in multi-category set ups, his value grows closer to that of Gostisbehere, but still a full tier and a half below. The deal also looks better than the contract their desert mates in Vegas just gave Shea Theodore. Chychrun and Theodore will be comparable players through their prime years, Theodore taking a bit more of an offensive role, while Chychrun gets the tougher defensive assignments, leading to higher peripheral value.
Let’s take a jump forward to the 2019 Free Agent class.
In a winger heavy free agency year, some new standards are going to be set for proven scoring wingers. Mark Stone, Artemi Panarin, and