The Anaheim Ducks have named Pat Verbeek as their new general manager. He will need to quickly decide whether the Ducks (currently occupying the #3 seed in the Pacific Division) should continue their playoff push or attempt to sell off UFAs-to-be Rickard Rakell, Hampus Lindholm, Josh Manson, and maybe even longtime Duck Ryan Getzlaf. It's not an easy decision to make, as the Ducks probably didn't expect to be in this spot entering the season. With the 31st– highest payroll in the entire league (only Buffalo is lower), the Ducks could go in either direction.
Writing about the trade deadline got me thinking: Check back to Dobber Hockey on Monday, March 21. That's Trade Deadline Day.
On a side note, the Little Ball of Hate (Verbeek's old nickname) is an example of how hockey nicknames aren't what they used to be.
If you need to know which players are generating buzz, head over to Frozen Tools and check out the Popular Profiles. With regular-season NHL games are on hold because of the All-Star break, let's check out some players that have been making noise.
Let's be honest: Marchment is on this list because of one game: Monday night's 8-4 win for the Panthers over Columbus. And what a game it was for Marchment: 2 G, 4 A, +6, and 6 SOG. Marchment is in exclusive company as the only player to record a six-point game this season. While checking out his profile, you may have noticed two more interesting facts: 1) He finished that game with 12 points over a four-game span (he was held without a point the following night), and 2) He is now a point-per-game player (23 points in 22 games). Scoring is up, so 32 other players that have played at least as many games have a better point-per-game average than Marchment. That point-per-game pace is still remarkable from a player that you likely didn't have on your fantasy radar.
Is there something there with Marchment fantasy-wise? He has benefitted from recent line juggling, as he is now on a unit with Sam Reinhart and Anton Lundell (more on him shortly). I would imagine this arrangement will stick for a while, which will help Marchment. Arguably now the league's strongest offense, Florida is deep enough now in that their top three lines are rosterable in most leagues, as opposed to the top two lines on the majority of teams. Obviously six-point games aren't going to be a part of his future, and regression should be expected on some significantly higher than expected advanced stats (17.4 SH%, 15.1 5-on-5 SH%, 4.8 PTS/60, 1109 PDO).
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