Ramblings: Injured Lightning; Radulov to the IR; van Riemsdyk keeps scoring – February 14

Michael Clifford


All of Nikita Kucherov, Steven Stamkos, and Anthony Cirelli (more on him later) were out of the lineup for Tampa Bay on Thursday night. Coach Jon Cooper said that all Kucherov and Cirelli will be joining Stamkos on the day-to-day list. Let's hope this doesn't last too long because that's a lot of talent to be missing from fantasy rosters.

The team still managed a 3-1 win over the McDavid-less Oilers, and Yanni Gourde scored, giving him two goals in two games. It's his first time having points in consecutive games in two months. Good timing.


Michael Ferland is in the AHL getting up to speed, which would indicate a return to the NHL is not far behind. If he can get to the top line with Horvat, there could be some fantasy value here in banger leagues.


Frederik Andersen returned to the net for Toronto on Thursday night. With Jack Campbell around, hopefully he doesn't have to play nearly every game from here on out.

Alex Radulov was put on the IR by the Stars but their beat writers didn't seem to think this will be a long-term thing. In other words, he could be back in a week or so rather than a month or so.

Andreas Johnsson suffered a knee injury in Toronto's 3-2 loss to Dallas, and coach Sheldon Keefe said it would not be a short-term injury. That spells bad news for the Toronto winger, who had a strong start to the season but had seen his role greatly diminished under Keefe.


Zdeno Chara will not be suspended for his cross-check to the neck of Brendan Gallagher.


Speaking of suspensions, Zack Kassian thought this was a good idea: