Ramblings: Krejci Leaving NHL, Tuch Surgery, Hamilton in a New Jersey (July 31)

Ian Gooding

2021-07-31

David Krejci was at the top of many remaining UFA lists as of Friday, and was even believed to be working on something with the Bruins. However, he has decided to retire from the NHL, opting to return to his native Czech Republic to resume his career. With many families separated by COVID restrictions over the last year plus, he certainly can't be blamed for this decision. Krejci finished his NHL career on a high note, scoring 44 points in 51 games on the Bruins' second line.

At the time I was writing the fantasy take on the three new forwards that the Bruins acquired (Erik Haula, Nick Foligno, Tomas Nosek), I honestly didn't think any of them would matter that much in fantasy leagues. However, Krejci's departure should now create an opening for either Haula or Foligno. Jack Studnicka, who spent some time in the top 6 early in the season, might also be given a go in Krejci's second-line role as well. However, Charlie Coyle might be the preferred option for that spot alongside Taylor Hall and Craig Smith, as Coyle is signed for another five years at just over $5 million. In addition, both Coyle and Krejci are right shots, which works better for a left winger like Hall.

Alex Tuch will need six months to recover from shoulder surgery, which will likely push his season debut up to the new year. Even though the Golden Knights' most significant weakness is at the center position, the Evgenii Dadonov acquisition now makes more sense. Assuming Tuch is placed on LTIR, Vegas now has more cap space to acquire Jack Eichel. At the very least, the Golden Knights now have more space to sign RFAs Nolan Patrick and Dylan Coghlan.

Assuming no further offseason moves, the Tuch injury doesn't necessarily help Dadonov. As mentioned in the fantasy take, Dadonov has been far more productive when he has more skilled linemates. Just look at the difference in his production between Florida and Ottawa. Regardless, I like him for some sort of bounceback with Vegas, even if not to the level of his time with Aleksander Barkov and