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

Michael Clifford

2021-03-18

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.

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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.

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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?

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A significant Dallas update: