Ramblings: Malkin injured; Namestnikov traded; Gusev to line one; early impressions – October 8

Michael Clifford

2019-10-08

 

Bad news came for Evgeni Malkin, the Penguins, their fans, and fantasy owners as the star centre is expected to miss significant time with his injury from the weekend. The team hasn’t elaborated yet on what the injury is (beyond a lower-body one) or what the timeframe for a return might be, so we’re all just kind of flying blind for now. All we know is that fantasy owners should expect Malkin – and Nick Bjugstad – to be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future.

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Vitaly Abramov was called up by the Sens and slotted on the second line. The beat writers seemed optimistic about his game in preseason but there isn’t going to be very many players having fantasy success on this roster this year. This is more about fantasy owners being able to evaluate him for future seasons.

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Ottawa traded for Vladislav Namestnikov on Monday night in exchange for prospect Nick Ebert and a fourth-round pick in 2021. Not sure why Ottawa is trading for middle-six UFAs in this particular season, but you do you, Kanata.

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The Jets have called up Sami Niku. The team is saying it’s while Dmitry Kulikov takes a personal leave, but let’s face it, the Jets need all the help they can get on that blue line. It’s all hands on deck.

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Nikta Gusev was moved to the top line with Taylor Hall and