Ramblings: Kochetkov Extension; Returns for Jones, Tarasenko, and Girard; Ekblad Ek-splodes; Happy Thanksgiving – November 24

Michael Clifford

2022-11-24

One thing that had plagued the Carolina Hurricanes for years was a lack of steady goaltending. That has changed in recent seasons with the additions of Antti Raanta and Frederik Andersen. Both of those guys are free agents after the 2022-23 season, though, so the team needs to look to the future. They did that with a Pyotr Kochetkov extension:

This four-year deal will carry him through one year of unrestricted free agency. He has just seven NHL games to his record (heading into Wednesday night) but he's been good in the AHL and the team obviously saw something in him with an early second-round pick in 2019. He may not have a lot of fantasy value this year when the goalies are healthy, but he very well could be the starter as soon as October 2023. He could be one of the top goalies in salary cap formats.

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Seth Jones returned for Chicago on Wednesday night, having missed nearly four weeks of action with a thumb injury. He has 55 points in 86 games with the team since signing a year ago, but this is a franchise scoring the fewest goals per minute in the NHL so far this season. They also might be shipping out Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews at so