Ramblings: Vatrano’s new role; St. Louis updates; Radulov; Zaitsev – March 2

Michael Clifford

2021-03-02

The Rangers got K'Andre Miller back from the COVID list over the weekend and while it looks like Kaapo Kakko may take a bit longer, they did get Filip Chytil back in practice on Monday. This team hasn't had much depth all year and Chytil coming back will help out a lot with that.

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Frank Vatrano was moved to the top line for Florida. Likely a temporary situation with Anthony Duclair’s injury but he can shoot and hit and now has an elite centre. He also scored Monday night for the third straight game.

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An update on Teuvo Teravainen:

At least we got a bit of clarity.

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The Oilers claimed Alex Stalock off waivers, which probably doesn't bode well for the future of Mikko Koskinen. Given how Mike Smith has played of late – this is as of Monday afternoon – it doesn't seem as if this move was made with the intent of getting rid of Smith, and no team will claim Koskinen's contract. But Koskinen was the starting goalie on Monday night so… insurance, I guess? Not sure what the plan is here.  

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The Stars got some good news:

This team has had Roope Hintz in and out of the lineup, no Tyler Seguin all year, and are 2-6-4 following a 4-0 start. That they're still .500 means they're still well in the running, and Radulov's return couldn't come any sooner.

Radulov wasn't in line rushes so don't exp