Ramblings: Krueger fired; Vesey claimed; Lee injured; surprises – March 18

Michael Clifford


Buffalo fired coach Ralph Krueger early on Wednesday morning, which is what normally happens when a team that had hopes of a playoff spot this year ends up where they are. (For the record, they started the year 4-3-2 and are now 6-18-4. It is hard to come back from a 2-15-2 record for any coach on any team in any season.)

The fantasy impact was covered by Alex MacLean here.

All I will say is that division in particular was expected to be difficult, and it is: the Flyers would be on pace for a 98-point season in an 82-game campaign (heading into Wednesday night) and would miss the playoffs under our current format. It is taking, quite literally, a 100-point pace just to scrape in the playoffs in their division. That they're this bad is why Krueger is gone, but that they didn't find success isn't strange.


The Canucks claimed Jimmy Vesey. He is UFA and this is part of the hope of rebuilding some depth in the short-term. I guess they could flip him for a late pick at the deadline?

Related to that:

I am intrigued here. It is clear that Galchenyuk is talented but something was missing. He has had about a month with the Leafs skills coaches. Maybe this is the start of the second act of his career? Time will tell.


Anders Lee is done for the season after undergoing surgery on his torn ACL. This is a huge blow to an Islanders team that legitimately looked like a Cup contender through the first two months of the season. It will be interesting to see what additions Lou Lamoriello makes at the deadline. Maybe a certain Buffalo Sabre left winger who is now looking for a new home?


A significant Dallas update: