Ramblings: Parise Signing Official; Six Bubble Keeper Forwards I Needed to Decide On (Sept 11)

Ian Gooding

2021-09-11

Zach Parise has officially agreed to terms with the Islanders. This was one of the league's worst-kept secrets thanks to a GM who is normally unrivaled at keeping secrets. Parise, whose lucrative contract with the Wild was bought out this summer, finished last season with just 18 points (7G-11A) in 45 games. He was even healthy scratched late in the season.  

Parise's role with the Islanders will likely be as a secondary scorer who could slot in on the third line beside Jean-Gabriel Pageau. He also might receive second-unit power-play time. If you're looking for a projection on Parise, it's already in the Fantasy Guide (purchase here if you haven't already). He might still have some name value from back when he was a top scorer, but at this point I'm not overly interested in Parise for fantasy purposes.

The Flames signed a pair of defensemen, re-signing Michael Stone and signing free agent Erik Gudbranson. Stone averaged about 16 minutes per game last season with the Flames, while Gudbranson averaged just under 18 minutes per game with Ottawa and Nashville. There might be some worry that one of these d-men might steal minutes away from a younger d-man with more promise like Juuso Valimaki, but I just don't see it happening. Darryl Sutter probably had some say in the signings, particularly that of Gudbranson.

Hopefully you've found Bubble Keeper Week educational, informative, and even enjoyable. Today and tomorrow, I'm going to run through some bubble keepers from my team last season – players that could be on my team again this season. Today it's forwards, while tomorrow it's defensemen and goalies.

Jared McCann

With both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin possible to miss the start of the season, the Penguins sure could use McCann. Recall that when Malkin was sidelined last season, McCann managed to score eight goals and 18 points in just 22 games. He didn't have the benefit of Crosby either, often lining up with the red-hot Jeff Carter (an older bubble keeper you might want to give a look to, as Alex described here).

In real life, you could say that McCann was a bubble keeper who wasn't kept, first being traded to the Leafs, then