Ramblings: Pair of Bruins signings; Sobotka surgery; Top line Thomas; Vrana’s season – November 28

Michael Clifford

2019-11-28

 

The Buffalo Sabres announced that Vladimir Sobotka will undergo knee surgery. Fantasy owners will remember the low-bridge hit from Nikita Kucherov in their Sweden series that knocked Sobotka out of action. It looks like his absence will be even longer than originally thought.

This has to put pressure on Buffalo management. They’re rostering guys like J-S Dea and Rasmus Asplund daily while they have too many quality NHL defencemen to even dress. Given Buffalo’s slide this month and the injuries that are piling up, I cannot imagine the team stands pat as is.

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Speaking of Tampa Bay, the Bolts were without Steven Stamkos again on Wednesday night. He said he’s hopeful to be back in the lineup for this weekend, but nothing is for certain. By the wording of some of the comments to the media – “managing it,” “tweaked it,” – it seems like a soft tissue injury that could linger. Let’s hope a few days off clears this up because it’s no fun to watch one of the most exciting players in the league struggle through an injury.

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Jeff Skinner was on the third line for Buffalo on Wednesday night. I wish I was kidding.  

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Josh Morrissey was in the lineup for Winnipeg on Wednesday night so fantasy owners can breathe a little bit easier.

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The Bruins announced the extensions of Charlie Coyle and Chris Wagner. The former for six years at cap hit of $5.25M annually and the latter at $1.35M. Wagner has had good underlying numbers this year so I wonder if this is a bet by