Ramblings: Tkachuk Finally Signs, Landeskog Suspended, Bertuzzi Scores Four (Oct 15)

Ian Gooding


The last of the big-name RFAs has officially signed on the dotted line. Brady Tkachuk has agreed to a seven-year contract worth $57.5 million, which means Senators fans and fantasy managers won't be subjected to a lengthy holdout. The signing should also dispel rumors that he only wanted a bridge deal because he doesn't want to stay in Ottawa long-term, and with that of course any immediate possibilities that he would be traded.

Tkachuk wasn't in the lineup on Thursday, but you won't have to wait much longer to put him back into your starting lineup. He'll fill your SOG and Hits buckets in multicategory leagues, while improved scoring will affirm his elite status in those leagues.

After a solid multicategory performance (1 G, 1 A, +3, 4 SOG, 3 HIT) in Colorado's season debut, Gabriel Landeskog was suspended two games for this hit on Kirby Dach. Fortunately, Dach did not leave the game.

Landeskog will miss Saturday's game against St. Louis as well as Tuesday's game in Washington. That will limit him to two games next week, if you need to plan ahead in a weekly league.

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You may have ignored Tyler Bertuzzi in your draft because he is expected to miss a handful of road games in Canada due to not being vaccinated. Or maybe even due to the principle of not getting a vaccine when the world is trying to end this pandemic. Yet the signs were there that Bertuzzi would break out, such as improved production season by season, and success with top-line center Dylan Larkin. Yet no one would have expected a four-goal game against Tampa, which included this highlight-reel goal: