21 Fantasy Hockey Rambles

Dobber Sports

2021-07-18

Every Sunday, we share 21 Fantasy Rambles from our writers at DobberHockey. These thoughts are curated from the past week’s 'Daily Ramblings'.

Writers/Editors: Ian Gooding, Michael Clifford, Alexander MacLean, and Dobber

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1. It appears as though Gabriel Landeskog‘s run with Colorado is coming to an end. The UFA turns 29 in November but this isn’t just any UFA. This is their captain, a guy who was drafted by them second overall 10 years ago. He has 171 points in his last 181 games, plays a tough two-way game, and has been through all the up-and-downs of the franchise over the last decade. This isn’t an easy decision.

This obviously is a cap move. The baseline for Landeskog was Chris Kreider‘s contract, or seven years at $6.5M a season with a full NMC throughout. That is a hefty price for a 29-year-old power forward, and Landeskog will likely be more expensive because of his role on the team and his production of late. Nathan MacKinnon and Bowen Byram need new contracts in two years, Cale Makar needs one now, and they don’t have any goalies signed at the moment. Not to mention needing to fill out their depth. Assigning over $7M in cap space to an asset that will probably start depreciating right away isn’t prudent, no matter how hard the decision is.

The question is where Landeskog ends up. Not a lot of teams can afford him. Man, this feels like a Nashville signing waiting to happen. (jul15)

2. Still with the Avs, in a trade that had implications for Seattle expansion, Ryan Graves was sent to the Devils for Mikhail Maltsev and a 2021 second-round pick (the 60th overall pick originally from the Islanders).

Graves hasn’t been a huge scorer, as his career high is 26 points in 69 games (0.38 PTS/GP) in 2019-20. However, he has accumulated a plus-55 ranking over the past two seasons, including a league-leading plus-40 in 2019-20. That plus/minus will really be put to the test on a rebuilding Devils team where only three players finished with a positive plus-minus last season. Graves also led the Avs with 91 blocked shots and finished second on the team with 77 hits, so he might be able to build on those numbers with increased ice time in New Jersey, likely as a top-4 d-man.

Maltsev played 33 games for the De