Ramblings: Sprong and Leivo; Nylander; ‘Hawks and Kings; Recaps – December 4

Michael Clifford



The signing of William Nylander meant that someone currently with the Leafs was either going to be traded or put on waivers. It ended up being the former as Josh Leivo was traded to Vancouver for Michael Carcone. Carcone has 62 points in 149 career AHL games, but does have 17 in 20 this season. You can read his Dobber Prospects profile here.

Believe it or not, this is Leivo’s sixth NHL season (or part of, anyway), and he’s played 84 games along the way, amassing 28 points. Not a huge total but he’s also averaged under 11 minutes per game. Going to Vancouver means he should finally have a shot at regular top-6 minutes. It’s up to him what he does with them. He’s good enough to play anywhere on that roster but the fantasy value will be up to where he slots.


The Rangers recalled Dustin Tokarski and sent Alexendar Georgiev to the AHL. The 22-year old Georgiev had an .899 save percentage in eight appearances with New York this year.


The Flyers hired Chuck Fletcher as their new general manager. There was a good breakdown of what Flyers fans (and fantasy owners) can expect from Fletcher by Charlie O’Connor over at The Athletic. Most notably is how he quotes Michael Russo on saying Fletcher is a “win-now” kind of guy. He won’t horde picks and prospects, but rather he’ll trade them. It’ll be interesting to see what shake-ups this brings.  


Both Alex Pietrangelo and Robby Fabbri have been put on the injured reserve by the Blues. It was a separated shoulder for the latter and a hand injury for the former.

Colton Parayko has taken over second unit duties on the power play and played over 24 minutes in their game on the weekend. Make sure he’s not sitting on a waiver wire somewhere.

Fabbri has had his fair share of injuries over the last few years. This seems to be nothing too serious, at least for now. Let’s hope it stays that way.


The Penguins have traded forward Daniel Sprong to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenceman Marcus Pettersson.

Sprong never really got his footing with the big club but he should get a real chance in Anaheim. This team is starved for scoring and he should get a chance somewhere in the top-9. The question is if he can maintain that spot. This is a good gamble for the Ducks, though. I’ll be in