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It wasn’t quite LeBron James and “The Decision”, but one team is far and away the winner of NHL free agency in 2012.
The Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signings will make the Minnesota Wild perhaps the most discussed NHL team throughout the summer and into the season. The presence of these two players alone turns the Wild from an NHL afterthought to a possible Stanley Cup contender. Suddenly snowy Minnesota (and Edmonton, for that matter) turns into a destination hotspot for young talent, while established star power teams such as Pittsburgh and Detroit are suddenly left scrambling for Plan B options.
Hopefully you didn’t spend a high fantasy draft pick on Chris Pronger this season.
Over the last 14 months, Pronger has missed time with injuries to his knee, foot, hand, and eye, in addition to the concussion that will end his season and may end his career.
When will this concussion problem end? So far we have Pronger, Claude Giroux, Sidney Crosby, Kris Letang, Milan Michalek, Jeff Skinner, Joni Pitkanen, Mike Richards, and Marc Staal – among others – sidelined with concussions. Who will it be on Saturday? I don’t mean to joke about the situation, but this is getting laughable.
More extreme measures perhaps need to be taken, such as a European-sized rink or the return of the two-line pass. You’re probably groaning, but I’d take a more boring game over one without many of its brightest stars. Players have gotten bigger and faster over the years, meaning that they are capable of doing more damage – something that the experts who have played the game need to recognize.
Anyway, this is a fantasy column, so my job is to focus on the fantasy implications here. So we’ll start the Pick Six for Saturday with two defensemen who you’ll be seeing a lot of in Pronger’s absence.
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Saturday has been hockey night for all of us as long as we can remember. So it seems fitting that this Saturday represents the first busy day of the season. Busier days mean that roster decisions become that more important – something you’ll attest to if you’ve ever seen a player rack up a huge statline while sitting on your bench. My job will be to try to help you avoid that embarrassment and to exploit the possible matchups that may be out there.
Cue the Hockey Night in Canada theme… here’s the Pick Six for Saturday. There’s lots to choose from, but these six players from my various fantasy hockey rosters seemed to catch my attention.