WEDS Update: Tallinder, Sykora In, Radulov Won't be Back with Preds
(6/6/12) We have a couple of roster notes heading into Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final tonight, as defenseman Henrik Tallinder is active - he's been out since mid-January with a blood clot in his leg - and Petr Sykora draws back into the Devils' lineup as well, after being a healthy scratch for the last six games. The duo will replace Peter Harrold and Josef Jacobson. Regardless, with New Jersey trailing the series 3-0, and with the Kings rolling and catching all the breaks, it seems too little, too late.
We also have a handful of updates from around the league. First up, Mike Knuble will not return to the Rangers next season. He was buried on a deep New York roster and managed just 18 points in 72 games playing the fourth line, so perhaps it's the best thing that could happen for the 40-year old's fantasy value. Could Knuble still have an impact next season? Well, if he lands with a team with holes in the roster where he can see enough ice-time and a larger role, we think he could still produce as a fringe fantasy player in a deep league. But we're not holding our breath. It would need to be the perfect situation, and Knuble would be lucky to find such a scenario.
Another player who won't be back with his team next season is Nashville's Alex Radulov. Including the playoffs, the star forward tallied 13 points in 17 games, but he fell out of favor after missing curfew and wound up suspended for a game, then benched for another, during the Predators' disappointing playoff run. Radulov has the potential to produce as a 65-75 point player in the NHL, so fantasy owners should be following this story through the offseason to see where he lands. The latest rumor is that the Rangers have contacted Nashville in regard to Radulov's availability, although a return to the KHL may be in the cards. (NHL.com).
Lastly, we have some sad news to pass along, as we've learned that a couple of members of the NHL family passed away recently. Red Wings prospect Bryan Rufenach died while traveling in Switzerland - he was a seventh round pick in the '07 draft. No cause of death has been reported. As well, former Vancouver Canuck and Russian superstar Vladimir Krutov passed away Wednesday from unknown causes. He was 52.