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Posted On Monday, 03.02.2015 / 11:33 AM

By Matt Cubeta -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Yandle gets tremendous value boost

Keith Yandle's fantasy owners likely are jumping for joy after learning the defenseman was traded from the Arizona Coyotes to the New York Rangers on Sunday.

In September, Yandle was selected on average with the 59th pick in Yahoo fantasy drafts and he was the seventh defenseman off the board. Yandle currently ranks 101st among all players, 14th among defensemen. Heading to New York could result in Yandle finishing closer to what his fantasy owners were expecting at the start of the season.

When looking at Yandle's stat line, the first thing that jumps out is his minus-32 rating, which is last in the NHL. But he has 41 points in 63 games, which ranks 10th among defensemen. And he has 26 power-play points, most among defensemen and tied for fourth among all players. Yandle also has 185 shots on goal, sixth among defensemen. Those point and shot totals make you forget about that rating just a little bit, right?

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Posted On Wednesday, 02.04.2015 / 1:38 PM

By Matt Cubeta -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Predators goalie Rinne ready to return

Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne will return from a sprained knee and start Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks. Goalie Marek Mazanec was reassigned to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.

This is tremendous news for fantasy owners that have Rinne on their team. Despite missing Nashville's past eight games because of a knee injury, Rinne still ranks as the second most valuable fantasy goalie this season. He still leads the NHL with 29 wins (in 37 games), his 1.96 goals-against average is behind Brian Elliott's 1.95 for the League lead, and his .931 save percentage is second behind Carey Price's .932.

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Posted On Friday, 10.24.2014 / 3:41 PM

By Matt Cubeta -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Replacing Bruins defenseman Chara

NHL.com fantasy insider Matt Cubeta takes a look at some injury replacement options for Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks because of a knee injury.

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Posted On Monday, 10.06.2014 / 1:36 PM

By Matt Cubeta -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: Johansen back in play for owners

The Columbus Blue Jackets drafted Ryan Johansen fourth overall in the 2010 NHL Draft, but it wasn't until the 2013-14 season that the 22-year-old center finally delivered. It took some time, but Johansen seems to have been worth that pick. It took more time for Johansen to work out his contract, but like his draft selection, the wait will be worth it if you've already drafted him on your fantasy team.

Now the question is, what can owners expect from the talented Johansen?

Johansen finished his first full NHL season in 2013-14 with 33 goals, 30 assists, a plus-3 rating, 43 penalty minutes, 20 power play points and 237 shots on goal in 82 games. He was the 38th-most valuable fantasy player in Yahoo leagues, and proved to be arguably the biggest breakout player of the season.

Coming into the 2014-15 season with his contract status still undetermined, NHL.com fantasy insiders ranked Johansen as high as 41st overall and as low as 67th back on September 1. At the moment, he is currently being drafted on average in the seventh round at pick No. 72.7. Clearly, fantasy owners have been getting a discount on him due to his contract holdup. That number will change now.

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Posted On Tuesday, 08.19.2014 / 12:00 PM

By Matt Cubeta -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy goalie dilemma: Elliott vs. Allen

Last season Jaroslav Halak was the St. Louis Blues' starting goalie on opening night. By the time their run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs ended with a six-game series defeat to the Chicago Blackhawks, it was NHL Trade Deadline acquisition Ryan Miller between the pipes for the Blues. Each of these big-name goaltenders is now out of St. Louis (Halak signed with the New York Islanders and Miller signed with the Vancouver Canucks).

As the saying goes, when one door closes, another opens. And that's exactly the case with the Blues.

One of the most intriguing goalie dilemmas heading into the 2014-15 NHL season lies in the Gateway City, where veteran backup Brian Elliott and up-and-comer Jake Allen will attempt to grab the No. 1 job for the Blues.

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Posted On Wednesday, 03.05.2014 / 1:03 PM

By Matt Cubeta -  NHL.com Fantasy Insider /NHL.com - Fantasy Spin Blog

Fantasy Spin: St. Louis' value remains similar

What a way to kick off the 2014 NHL Trade Deadline. Two captains swap locations with Martin St. Louis going to the New York Rangers and Ryan Callahan headed to the Tampa Bay Lighting. Can the day's opening trade get any more dramatic than this one? Probably not.

What does this mean for St. Louis fantasy owners?

Prior to the trade St. Louis was the 20th ranked player in Yahoo fantasy leagues and I had him ranked 14th among my top 100 forwards. In 62 games, the former Lightning captain had 29 goals, 61 points, a plus-12 rating, six penalty minutes, 18 power play-points and 167 shots on goal.

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Quote of the Day

For us it's a little bit different. I've never been in front of this much media. This is more than we've ever had to deal with in Tampa. I guess we're on a little bit bigger stage now. It's nice, you have to enjoy it. This doesn't happen too often.

— Lightning forward J.T. Brown after his first Media Day experience on Tuesday in preparation of Game 1 on Wednesday