DAILY PRIME - JANUARY 16, 2013: CHANGE OF HEART; SUBBAN NOT CLOSE; MORE INJURY NEWS IN VANCOUVER; DRIVE A ZAMBONI!; WAIVE BYE-BYE & UPDATES
The Montreal Canadiens and the New York Rangers will see some big mistakes disappear off their balance sheets this coming weekend as they place C Scott Gomez and D Wade Redden on waivers in hopes of buying out these huge disappointments. Signed to large, long-term contracts by the NY Rangers a few years back, these teams, will rid themselves of two big salary cap headaches from underperforming players. Na-na-NAAAH-na, na-na-NAAAH-na, hey-hey-hey, good-bye!
The New Jersey Devils have locked up C Travis Zajac by signing him to an 8-year, $46 million contract. The Devils will now be set down the middle with super rookie Adam Henrique and Zajac in the fold for years to come. Get a more in-depth look at the Zajac signing and what it means to the New Jersey Devils in Prime Views! Prime Views is only available to our PRIME+PLUS subscribers.
The agent for Lubomir Visnovsky has tweeted that the defenseman will indeed report to the Islanders training camp after "tending to his personal issues". The good news is that even though he wanted to stay in the KHL, he is returning to the Islanders in decent game shape and should be ready to contribute offensively. The bad news is that he might hold some resentment toward the Isles organization, considering he wanted to remain in Russia. Regardless, he needs to be drafted in all fantasy leagues, as he has the potential to rack up plenty of points playing with John Tavares and company.
According to Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette, defenseman P.K. Subban is not yet close to signing a contract with the Montreal Canadiens. Not great news for Subban owners, but we still think it should be resolved shortly. However, he is in danger of missing the start of the season. Look for Andrei Markov to start strongly as he attempts to put his injuries behind him. The offensive rearguard has been free-falling in most drafts, but if he can stay healthy, he is capable of putting up elite offensive numbers. If his healthy stint in the KHL is of any indication, Markov could be primed for a big rebound season.
LW David Booth will miss 4-6 weeks for Vancouver due to a strained groin. With Booth and Kesler out, the winger that looks to benefit the most is LW Alex Burrows. He has shown plenty of chemistry playing with the Sedins on the top line, but never has been used much on the power play. That could change this season. Upgrade him on your draft lists.
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