Capped: Fantasy Injury Replacements like Durzi, Johnsson, and Stolarz

Logan Doyle

2021-12-09

We have officially entered the dog-days of the hockey season. You know, those middle forty games. The ones that beat up players and teams alike; and leave your injury reserve overflowing. Just ask the Montreal Canadiens (yikes!).

With injuries comes the need for replacements. Your ability to claim a good replacement is directly related to the depth and settings of your pool. A 12-team pool will have 40-50 extra players available compared to a 14-team pool. Some salary-cap pools have penalties on all drops, some have no drop penalties, while others allow restrictions on free drops. They're all different and create different challenges). I won't discuss scoring. There are too many variations.

Oh, and then there are pools that give salary cap relief for injured players and others that don't. Losing a Nikita Kucherov has the potential to be crippling if you can't replace that $9.5M.

This week we'll take a dive into the free agency bin, and waiver-wire and take a look at some low-cost replacements. For our purposes, we'll assume there is no penalty, for the most part anyway. I'm sure I will digress and make a note here or there about potential penalties.

Some of these names you can look at as potential second half sleepers as well. That you might want to hold onto and hope they exceed early season expectations.

Sean Durzi (D) – Los Angeles Kings – $809K

6 Games Played, 1 – Goal, 4 Assists, 4 Power Play Points

This depends on the depth of your prospect pool, Durzi may be sitting on someone's minors roster already. He was originally called up as an injury replacement. He has made the most of his opportunity and forced managements hand to waive Kale Clague.

He was the prize in the Jake Muzzin to Toronto trade and we're starting to see why. Expectations need to be tempered. There is no guarantee he will stay with the team all year or continue seeing consistent time on the power play. He's a hot hand for the Kings right now and when you get dinged with an injury on the blue-line, this is what you're looking for. A cheap, quality filler.

Corey Perry (RW) – Tampa Bay Lightning – $1M

Last 8 Games Played, 6 Goals, 3 Assists, 25 shots, 2 Power Play Points

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