Ramblings: Florida’s Defense, Kubalik, Schwartz, Potential Weekend Adds (Oct 22)

Ian Gooding


Eric Staal is officially back for one more season. Following a professional tryout, the Panthers have signed Staal to a one-year contract worth $750,000. He wasn't in the lineup for Friday's game against Tampa Bay, but he should make his season debut on Sunday. Staal last played in the NHL in 2020-21, when he split time between the Sabres and Canadiens. Although he has built up a solid Hall of Fame argument, Staal shouldn't be on anyone's fantasy radar at this stage of his career.

In that Friday game, Brayden Point scored both the game-tying goal and the game-winning goal (in OT). He also took five shots in this game.

Steven Stamkos scored Tampa's other goal, which was also his league-leading seventh goal of the season. Stamkos has scored at least one goal and taken at least four shots in each of his five games played, making him one of fantasy's top players in the early going.

As a result of both Aaron Ekblad's injury and Mackenzie Weegar's departure, both Brandon Montour and Gustav Forsling are seeing a sizable increase in value. Returning from a two-game absence, Montour recorded two assists. Forsling has five points over his last four games and has played at least 22 minutes in each of his five games. They're also Florida's first defense pair at the moment, so they should continue to log major minut