Ramblings: Zucker, Chytil updates; Eichel out; Bean – February 26

Michael Clifford

2021-02-26

With the new coaching staff in place, Montreal went back to their old lines with Tomas Tatar on the top line and Tyler Toffoli on the third line. That is where those guys were when the team was having all its success earlier in the year so it makes sense to go back to it. We will see how long they stick with it. That did include moving Joel Armia to the fourth line, though, so Armia owners may not be too thrilled.

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Jason Zucker will be out a while

Zucker was off to a slow start this year with just four goals and seven points; this will set him back only more. In the meantime, Zach Aston-Reese found himself on the second line with Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust. He won't get PP time but he could flourish there as Rust did in the past without PP minutes. It would be a big boost for them.

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Conor Sheary was promoted to the top line for Washington, citing his excellent play. He is also shooting over 30 percent on the season. Surely those two aren't related.

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Filip Chlapik had his contract mutually terminated by Ottawa and it appears he'll be heading back to Europe. Despite decent production in the AHL the last couple years, he was never really able to bring that game to the NHL and now here we are. He may be back in a year or two, though.

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It seems as if Filip Chytil isn't quite ready to return for the Rangers, but he's getting close. He had three points in five games before the upper-body injury hit, and with the bodies they're currently missing, they need as many depth players back as possible. Look for him to get back sometime in the next week.

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Jeff Skinner was scratched again by Buffalo. At this point, it's no longer about "getting the player going" or "putting