Ramblings: Bertuzzi injured; Kaliyev’s future; Necas this year; Gibson’s win problem – February 4

Michael Clifford

2021-02-04

Though the Red Wings welcomed back players like Robby Fabbri and Adam Erne, they are expected to be without Tyler Bertuzzi for the next couple weeks. He had been off to a nice start this season with five goals and seven points in nine games, to go along with four PPPs and 13 hits. He is the type of guy who can produce across categories, which means he's hard to replace with a simple waiver addition. There just aren't many guys who can do what he does. Fabbri, at the least, is going to the top line so maybe there's a chance to replace some of what Bertuzzi does. (This may surprise people, but Fabbri has very good hit rates for his career.)

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Kaapo Kakko was on the ice for Rangers practice, having been removed from the COVID list. That means he has tested negative and should be fine for games moving forward, though as we've seen across the NHL, that offer is only good for a very short period of time.

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Speaking of COVID: more players to the list. Among them are Tobias Rieder and Brandon Montour from Buffalo, a half-dozen guys from Minnesota including three centres, and some more names in New Jersey. The Wild are postponing games through February 9. Full list here.

Tyson Jost from Colorado is on there, which is notable because they just played Minnesota – a team that just had a third of a roster hit the list – three times in four days.

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It was nice to see Arthur Kaliyev called up by the Kings but I wonder what their plans are with him this year. Clearly, unless he's on the top line, it'll be hard for him to have much fantasy value on that roster. There just isn't enough talent to support him playing 15-16 minutes a night and still have fantasy relevance.

Remember that it's seven games to trigger an ELC year, a threshold crossed by Tim Stuetzle on Tuesday night.

One thing I will mention about ELCs and Kaliyev specifically is that the Kings don't necessarily need to worry about cap implications of having to having to sign him in two years or three. All of their contracts, outside of Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty, run out by the end of the 2022-23 season, or the absolute earliest Kaliyev will need a new deal. The team will not have nearly as much cap crunching to do as teams like Vegas or Tampa. For that reason, I think it's possible we see Kaliyev up with the Kings for the balance of the campaign. It is jus