Ramblings – Impact of Hughes/Keller Injuries, Lehner’s Return, and Yandle’s Scratch (Apr 04)
Nazem Kadri is on pace to end the season with 105 points – except he may not play another regular season game this year. This is very significant in terms of his future value in dynasty/keeper leagues. He is an unrestricted free agent certain to cash in come summer. But how much will he cash in as an 83-point player versus the dollar value of being a 105-point player? At 100 points, or even 90 points, his ticket is punched. $9M or more? $10M? NHL general managers would step over their own mother to have a proven 100-point player in their lineup. But now, in terms of optics, Kadri is an 83-point player with his second-best season at 61 points. Does that mean $7.5M or $8M now? The value of the contract is significant because it will dictate how his coach uses him. Whichever of the above numbers he ends up signing for, it will likely have him as a top three paid player on his next team. And that will mean first dibs on linemates, and the go-to guy on the power play. No matter where he ends up, he's a safe bet to reach a point-per-game next season, with the only risk being if he lands with the Islanders or a defense-first team like that.
Auston Matthews reached 250 career goals on Saturday, in his 397th game. Only seven players have done it faster, with The Great One topping the list at 302 games (Bossy, Lemieux, Hull, Ovechkin, Selanne and Kurri).