Ramblings: News on Byfuglien; Bellows recalled; Andersen injured; Robert Thomas – February 4

Michael Clifford

2020-02-04

 

Dustin Byfuglien looks like he is heading to mutual contract termination with the Jets, per TSN’s Frank Seravalli. If that’s the route this goes, then the Jets would free up cap space this year and next, and Byfuglien would be free to re-sign wherever he wants.

I’ll leave the speculating as to what’s going on in the background to others. This is for the fantasy impact of the decision.

First, it means Neal Pionk’s role is almost assured for the balance of the season. Were Byfuglien to return in March, that could have thrown Pionk’s status into the air. With Byfuglien gone, barring the PP completely tanking, Pionk’s role on the team should stay pretty consistent.

Secondly, there’s a chance an elite fantasy defenceman gets his pick of where to play this year. Keep in mind, we still don’t know when (or even if) Byfuglien is returning. He could be back in a month, or sit out the rest of the year, or just retire. I think it’s worth speculating on the waiver wire, but not at the expense of a useful player. This is more for roto leaguers needing a home run or a first-place team employing a pre-emptive pickup, not a seventh-place team in a race to make H2H playoffs.

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Kieffer Bellows was recalled by the Islanders. I get that a lot of people may be excited that a first-round pick is finally getting to the NHL, but he has 43 points in 118 AHL games and is going to a team that is offence-adverse. I would really, really hesitate to add him in anything shallower than 15-teamers.

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Nico Hischier was not at Devils practice on Monday and Jack Hughes was in his spot on the top line. Whether Hischier plays Tuesday night is TBD.

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Aleksander Barkov was out of the lineup for Florida on Monday night but it’s not expected to be an ex