Ramblings: News of the Day, Center Groups (Sept 21)

Ian Gooding


Another RFA has been signed, although it’s not one of the big names. Tony DeAngelo has signed a one-year contract with the Rangers. The offensively gifted blueliner scored 30 points (4g-26a) in 61 games, which was his first full NHL season. DeAngelo was one of my keepers during Bubble Keeper Week, so I won’t expand on him much further here. Now that DeAngelo is signed and Kevin Shattenkirk is now in Tampa Bay, fantasy owners can feel more secure in taking a flier on him.

Speaking of the Lightning and the Rangers… Dan Girardi has announced his retirement. Girardi did all right for a player who was never drafted, carving out a 13-season NHL career as a mostly defensive defenseman. His career high was 31 points, which he accrued during the 2010-11 season.

The Lightning placed Louis Domingue on waivers. The signing of super backup Curtis McElhinney may have gotten lost under the pile of July 1 signings, but it has essentially bumped Domingue. We’ll have to see whether another team decides to bring him on as a backup goalie.

After Ryan Poehling’s hat trick during his NHL debut during the Habs’ season finale, you may have decided that he would be one of your deep sleepers. Well, Poehling has been sidelined indefinitely with a concussion, which puts his availability for opening night in doubt. With Poehling out of the lineup at least for more preseason games, Nick Suzuki’s chances of making the big club for at least an audition will improve. If you haven’t seen Suzuki’s shootout goal from Thursday, here it is: