Every Sunday, we’ll share 21 Fantasy Rambles from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week’s 'Daily Ramblings'.
Writers/Editors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Cam Robinson, and Dobber
1. I had assumed that the Blues had viewed Alex Pietrangelo as a true foundational piece, so I’m surprised that it’s gotten to this point. As reported, contract talks between the Blues and Pietrangelo have broken off to the point that the Blues have told their star defenseman to pursue free agency.
According to Blues' beat writer, Jeremy Rutherford: The Blues' current offer is $7.7 million AAV, but Pietrangelo has been asked to accept the AAV without knowing the structure of the deal.
The Blues were probably confident that they could re-sign Pietrangelo when they traded for and signed Justin Faulk to his seven-year, $6.5 million AAV extension that kicks in next season. However, don’t forget about Brayden Schenn‘s eight-year, $6.5 million AAV extension also possibly getting in the way. The Blues aren’t helping their chances by not being completely transparent about their offer, either.
The chances of Pietrangelo returning to the Blues are still higher than zero, since anything can happen between now and October 9. However, Pietrangelo keeper owners will now ponder what his role and fantasy value will be like as a Maple Leaf… or a Golden Knight… or any other team that has the need for a defenseman (who doesn’t?) along with the necessary cap space. (sep19)
2. So, is this just a playoff surge or does Miro Heiskanen actually have Erik Karlsson-like potential? He’s progressing nicely and – up until this playoff ‘pop’ – his progress was steady. He seemed on track to produce above 60 points by the time he hit his mid-20s (and by then John Klingberg would be gone).
Klingberg has two more years left on his contract and he’s actually hit 67 points before (just two years ago). So, how do you sit proven production like that in favor of a hotshot youngster who looks to have potential to exceed that? I mean, Klingberg’s playoff numbers pro-rate to more than 60 points over an 82-game season! I’m going to ramp up my expectations of Heiskanen (of course), but I̵