Every Sunday, we'll share 21 Fantasy Rambles – formerly 20 Fantasy Thoughts – from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week's ‘Daily Ramblings’.
Writers: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Cam Robinson, and Dobber
Ed. note: Be sure to be with us tomorrow, July 1, as things go absolutely bananas here at DobberHockey with free agent signings, possibly trades, and more. Learn about the potential fantasy impacts shortly after they happen.
1. One team we’re not hearing a lot from heading into free agency is Colorado. That’s despite the fact that they have over $35M in cap space right now. They do have a lot of players to sign, but outside of Mikko Rantanen, there are a lot of players that will probably command under $2M in AAV each.
With the influx of young players coming, there should continue to be cap space on this team. Going after a mid-level free agent winger makes some sense, a player like Mats Zuccarello or Gustav Nyquist. Or, maybe they want to keep as much cap flexibility as possible with Sam Girard, Cale Makar, and Gabriel Landeskog all needing contracts in the next two years.
It seems quiet on the Colorado front but they have the ability to change that if they choose. I hope they do. (june25)
2. If you remember back to October, Torey Krug missed nearly the entire first month, returning from injury on October 30. Up until that point, it was Matt Grzelcyk, and not Charlie McAvoy, who ran the Bruins’ top PP unit, both before and after McAvoy was injured mid-October. In fact, Grzelcyk had 32 minutes of 5v4 PPTOI in those four weeks Krug missed, more than every other Bruins defenseman combined.
In fact, Grzelcyk finished with the second-highest rate of possession exits among all NHL defensemen, just behind Sam Girard. This is very much in line with what he saw from him in his rookie season – 95th percentile of possession exit percentage in both years – so, we should feel comfortable saying this is who he is. There is still some work in the passing game but it’s certainly not a weakness of his.
The reason this is important is that we’ve seen the Krug trade rumours for about a year now. Krug has one year left on his deal and then he’ll be an unrestricted free agent. He is going to get a significant raise on his current $5.25M AAV and with the incoming contracts of guys like McAvoy,