Injuries & More Questions

The time has come folks! This is where the real season begins and hopefully you’ve made the playoffs in your league. I had a conversation today with a buddy about what to do with an injured player that won’t go on the IR, and I thought this would be a good opportunity to summarize what to do with some of them. Everyone can be dropped if you’re losing.

Radek Faksa – Day-to-day with a foot injury and could be ready to return soon. With three points in February and the decreasing shot volume, there’s probably better options out there. Drop him.

Josh Anderson – Sidelined for four weeks with sprained knee and if he returned, it would be around the fantasy finals. Drop him.

Ryan McDonagh – Still day-to-day with an upper-body injury sustained just before the All-Star break. He was with the team for practice wearing a red, no contact jersey. He should be back sooner rather than later though. Keep him.

Max Pacioretty – Likely done for the season as he will be out four-to-six weeks with a knee injury. With Montreal out of the playoffs there’s no reason to come back and play. Drop him.

James Neal – Day-to-day with an upper body injury and there are some reports suggesting he’s not with the team for their three-game road trip this week. There also aren’t reports regarding a potential timetable for his injury which makes the situation for owners that much harder. Hopefully you can stomach the loss of Neal by streaming, but keep looking out for news. Keep him.

Patrice Bergeron – He will be evaluated next Tuesday or so with a fractured right foot. I highly doubt he’s going to be ready by next week and there is no reason to rush him. The best case scenario would be near the end of the season, which means the fantasy finals. Drop him.

Charlie McAvoy – Bergeron’s teammate is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and was seen on team picture day wearing a knee brace. Boston has four games this week so don’t drop him off unless you absolutely have to. Keep him.

Tuukka Rask – Another Boston teammate who is day-to-day with a lingering lower-body injury. He has not skated for three days so if you have him, you’re probably in trouble. If Anton Khudobin is available I would try to try to grab him. He was doing a lot of good work at the beginning of the season when Rask was struggling and injured. Keep him.

Matt Murray – The good news is he was on the ice today, the bad news is he did not take any shots. Just like Bergeron, there is no reason to rush Murray back, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes a return late in the season which would mean the finals for some. Drop him.

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