Ramblings: Romanov; Brown, Gurianov, Virtanen, and Simon all sign; blue line playmaking – October 23

Michael Clifford

2020-10-23

There was a video conference with Montreal coach Claude Julien. Early on, John Lu from TSN tweeted that Julien had lost weight and started some lifestyle changes following his cardiac event a couple months ago. That is great news and best wishes to Julien.

The second salient point, which is important for fantasy hockey, is that Alexander Romanov is not only in the mix for the lineup, but he's a contender to play the right side (one of their LHD will have to play RHD this year):

 

 

At the least, Julien expects him to start the year on with the big club. Whether he lasts all season, well, we'll see. But that he's so highly thought of already is a good sign.

He also intimated later that the top line of Tatar-Danault-Gallagher will stay together. That isn't a huge surprise but that also probably pushes Jesperi Kotkaniemi to the third line. Montreal got deeper at the wing but third-line minutes isn't good for anyone's fantasy value.

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The Sens signed Connor Brown for three years with an AAV of $3.6M. It will be interesting to see how they use Brown, because if he's on the