Ramblings: Ovi scores 700, Leafs lose to Zamboni driver, Brady Tkachuk on pace for 300/300 and Saros main guy in Nashville

Tom Collins

2020-02-23

Hey fellow Dobber readers. I'm filling for Ian this week as he was attending the Canucks-Bruins game on Saturday night. It's also my first-ever ramblings, so please be gentle.

Let's start with the big news of the day. Playing the Devils, Alexander Ovechkin scored his 700th NHL goal. I remember a few years back when he turned 30 years old. There was much debate about his future, as he was coming off a 33-goal, 69-point season, and fantasy general managers were preparing themselves for his decline. However, the greatest goal scorer in NHL history has been able to keep up a torrid pace the last few years. When you think of how close he is to Wayne Gretzky's all-time goal scoring record, remember that he lost a season and a half to two lockouts. He easily could be hovering around 760 goals right about now if there were no work stoppages.

My favourite story about Ovechkin was when he was finally able to shut up the naysayers when he won the Stanley Cup. For years, I've heard from a few players that you could never win a Cup with Ovi as your star player. The same nonsense was spouted about Phil Kessel and a few others. Hopefully, the last few years have been enough to shut up those people.

While it wasn't on the same level as Ovi, teammate Garnet Hathaway notched a season-high nine hits. The Caps winger now has 37 hits in 10 February games, and makes a great option if you need hits in banger leagues. The Caps play Sunday afternoon (note the early noon EST start) against Pittsburgh, so if you need hits to try to win your week, he is owned in two per cent of Yahoo pools and should be available on your waiver wire.

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