Few things deepen your hockey geekery quite like playing fantasy hockey. For sports haters and the sports-oblivious, it’s probably bad enough to see grown adults wearing hockey sweaters out in public. What about when someone is obsessing (and sometimes muttering profanities) about a team that only exists to about 8-15 people? Still, this is the Internet, where niche obsessions can go really deep. Just fall down a rabbit hole about Star Wars extended universe if you want to get a taste. Us fantasy hockey nerdy dorks got some understandable but still sad news today: it appears to be an end of an era for Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns being considered eligible as both right wings and defensemen.
Anaheim Ducks The Ducks signed winger Max Jones. Arizona Coyotes The Coyotes acquired centre Dave Bolland and winger Lawson Crouse from Florida. Boston Bruins The Bruins made no moves this week. Buffalo Sabres The Sabres made no moves this week. Calgary Flames The Flames made no moves this week. Carolina Hurricanes The Hurricanes made no moves this week. Chicago Blackhawks The Blackhawks made no moves this week. Winger Tim Jackman, who was under contract with Chicago last season, has retired from pro hockey. Colorado Avalanche The Avalanche hired Jared Bednar as head coach. They signed winger Rene Bourque to a PTO. Winger Patrick Bordeleau, who was under contract with Colorado last season, has
Even in an information age where boundless information lies a few clicks away, talented players slip through the cracks. Jamie Benn won the Art Ross in 2014-15 and came in second place last season, yet 128 players were selected before him in 2007. No-brainer Vezina Trophy-winner Braden Holtby was selected in the fourth round. We haven’t even covered quality players who weren’t even drafted. Artemi Panarin stands as an especially mind-blowing example. He went from undrafted free agent to the 2016 Calder Trophy winner after developing – and eventually breaking through – overseas. As we learned from Vladimir Tarasenko‘s recommendations to the Blues, Panarin was readily available in the summer of