If you’re a P.K. Subban owner, you have to be a little worried about his chances to return value for where you had to draft him this season. The injury news just keeps getting worse and worse for him. The Predators have been playing it very close to the vest regarding the nature of the injury, although most believe it’s a herniated disc. The Predators have also been vague about how long he will be out of the lineup. At first, he was considered day to day. Now they have placed him on injured reserve and are telling us it will be two or three weeks. We are also hearing rumors that Subban is dealing with a new injury that is separate from the back. As I said, this is a rumor and we don’t know if it will keep him out longer than the original two or three week timetable.
If you do own Subban, there isn’t much you can do. If you try to trade him, you would be lucky to get 50 cents on the dollar. That being said, there is no guarantee that even if he returns in mid-January, he will be the same player he has been in the past. Back injuries can be tricky. He may not be that player again until he can take a few months off, heal, and strengthen his back. It’s a tough choice but with the likely return not being to your liking, you’re probably stuck waiting for him to come back. There is hope that he will once again be a Top 10 Fantasy defenseman, but I’m not betting on it.
Marian Hossa is expected to return from his upper body injury Thursday. He’s on pace to score the most goals in a season since 2008-09. Still, some might consider him a sell high player. He’s already had this injury and at 37 years of age (38 in eight days), it may not be his last this season. His play could also dip as the season rolls along. It might not be a bad idea to trade Hossa once he returns from his injury and has another solid game or two. He screams sell high to me.
What is wrong with Corey Perry? He has scored 110 goals over the past three seasons but only has seven in 39 games this year. His assist total (22) puts him just below pace to have one of the best seasons of his career but if you selected him in the bottom of the first or top of the second round, you expected more than the 15 goals he’s on pace for this season. Some of this might be attributed to bad luck. To say he has a career low shooting percentage (6.3) isn’t doing it justice. He hasn’t been below double-digits since his second season in the NHL, and he’s averaged over 16-percent the past three seasons. Perhaps he just got old (31) in a hurry but he could have a much better second half of the season, as these numbers due tend to even out eventually. He just may not be having any puck luck right now.
The Islanders placed Jaroslav Halak on waivers Friday and not surprisingly, he cleared. He has reported to Bridgeport of the AHL, where he will likely remain for the rest of the season. As matter of fact, he has probably played his last game for the Islanders. Fantasy-wise this is good for his owners. At least now you know you can move on, and let’s face it, if you were relying on Halak you’re in trouble anyway. This does put another goaltender out there, however, as Thomas Greiss will see the majority of the starts in net for the Isles with J.F. Berube backing him up. Greiss isn’t special but he has outplayed Halak this season, and could end up being a Top 20 goaltender by the time it’s all said and done. One caveat, however, is that although the Isles are playing better of late, winning four of their last five games, they are expected to be sellers at the deadline. Of course, this could hurt Greiss, as the play in front of him may get worse, not better.
The Flyers made a couple of moves this week. They have activated Michal Neuvirth from injured reserve and placed Mark Streit on long term IR. The Streit move isn’t a killer, as he was nothing more than a D4 anyway, but Neuvirth coming back could give Steve Mason owners some heartburn. Neuvirth had just taken over the starting role from Mason before suffering the injury. He won’t get it back upon his return, as Mason has just played very well during his absence, but he will lose some starts to Neuvirth and his leash has certainly gotten a little shorter.
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