Ramblings: Kuznetsov Suspended, Spurgeon Signed, Goalie Groups (Sept 15)

Ian Gooding


The NHL has decided to follow up on Evgeny Kuznetsov’s four-year ban from IIHF tournaments, suspending the Capitals’ forward for three games in what it has termed “inappropriate conduct.” There isn’t necessarily a template for the NHL when issuing these types of suspensions, so Kuznetsov owners should breathe a sigh of relief that the suspension wasn’t much longer. This shouldn’t affect his fantasy value a great deal.

Looking way ahead to the first week of the season, Kuznetsov would miss the entire first week of the season (October 2, 4, and 5) but be back for the second week. Fantasy owners will now have the opportunity to draft an extra center to fill the void, and it’s a position in which options are easy to find. If you’re looking directly at the Capitals’ lineup, Nicklas Backstrom would center the first line, while Lars Eller should get promoted to the second line.


The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a seven-year, $53.025 million extension. This works out to a $7.575 million cap hit all the way up to the 2026-27 season, when he will be 37 years old. Once Spurgeon turns 30 later this year, he will be the fourth 30-and-over player on the Wild roster signed for at least four additional seasons beyond 2019-20. Zach Parise, Ryan Suter, and Mats Zuccarello are the others.

This seems like a very high amount in terms of both cap hit and term for a blueliner who recorded his first 40-point season in 2018-19 (43 points). For those in salary cap leagues, there’s probably better value to be had. At least Spurgeon has been consistent, averaging between 37 and 43 points over the past three seasons. In addition, he logs plenty of minutes, averaging at least 24 minutes per game over each of the last