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Fantasy Hockey Goalie Updates: Tuukka Rask Retires

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Jeremy Swayman, Bruins (8-7-2, .914 Sv%, 2.35 GAA)

The explosive news fell late on Tuesday evening that Tuukka Rask stop his return and now, he announced his retirement via a press release. It’s been a long road back for the veteran keeper, and despite a strong initial performance, Rask struggled against faster teams and a bigger workload. His troublesome hip appears to be an issue again, which means the Bruins will run in tandem with Linus Ullmark and Swayman the rest of the season.

Tuukka Rask has announced his retirement. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Given that neither goalie has really managed to grab the reins of the starting job when they were together, expect some form of split time between the young goalies. Ullmark should have a slightly heavier workload due to his experience, and honestly he’s been pretty solid this season even though the fanbase may think otherwise. Fantasy managers who already have Ullmark on the roster should look for Swayman on the waiver wire as an insurance policy, and those who lack quality goalkeepers on their roster should definitely add him.

Jon Gillies, Devils (2-6-0, .899 Sv%, 3.20 GAA)

Gillies’ 30-save performance ended a four-game losing streak and a seven-game losing streak for the Devils. Even when Dougie Hamilton comebacks, it’s hard to see the Devils winning a lot of games. He’s in the rising section of this column, but keep in mind that Gillies is a No. 3 keeper at best, and Akira Schmid and Nico Daws are still too green to get anything beyond the occasional departure or emergency. There is some fantastic value in Gillies’ workload, but note that his career high is three wins (in 11 games), and I doubt he can even match that.

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Matt Murray, Senators (since Dec. 28, recall: 5-1-2, 0.930 Sv%, 2.33 GAA)

Murray stopped 32 shots in a 4-1 win over the Devils on Monday, the only blemish being a sneaky backhand from Nico Hischier on the power play. The Sens are missing key players, but they are brave and talented, beating the Hurricanes and Oilers in recent weeks. If the Sens can just stay at this pace, Murray could be a valuable fantasy keeper. His numbers will obviously regress, but if his performances can stay between this and where he was before that – 0-6-0, 0.883 Sv%, 3.67 GAA – he can at least stay in the league. The Sens will likely split starts between Murray and Anton Forsberg for now, but Murray is listed in 25% of Yahoo leagues – and still climbing.

Petr Mrazek, Maple Leafs (6-2-0, 0.902 Sv%, 2.93 GAA)

Mrazek had to come as reinforcements to Jack Campbell, and therefore, has three wins in two starts. It’s slightly concerning that aside from a 7-1 win over the Devils, Campbell has suddenly started to struggle. Keep in mind the win was Campbell’s 32nd appearance this season, which is a career high for a goaltender who has struggled with injuries for most of his career. This opened the door for Mrazek to get a little more playing time; his performances may be erratic because he relies so heavily on his athleticism despite a long history of injuries in his 30s, but the Leafs offense should bring him wins. Mrazek is available in more than half of Yahoo’s leagues and is worth at least a speculative addition.

Laurent Brossoit, Golden Knights (9-3-2, .905 Sv%, 2.66 GAA)

Brossoit started against the Oilers on Tuesday because Robin Lehner will play the Flames on Wednesday, so there’s no need to wonder why Pete DeBoer went with Brossoit coming out of the All-Star break. It gets interesting, though, if Lehner loses to Calgary. He’s been playing a lot better lately (ranked 87th in 5v5 GSAA before Jan 1, but 30th since according to, so a poor start won’t really hurt his fantasy value.

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But, if Brossoit goes on the run, he could demand more playing time. Squads are getting popular — at least count Colorado, St. le, the first to be completed in three years) and we could see something similar in Vegas if both Lehner and Brossoit continue to play well.

Honorable mention: Cam Talbot and Kaapo Kahkonen, Wild; Tristan Jarry, Penguins; Thatcher Demko, Canucks; Connor Hellebuyck, Jets

Downward trend

Ilya Samsonov and Pheonix Copley, Capitals (Combined since Jan. 1: 1-5-1, 0.881 Sv%, 3.80 GAA)

The Capitals better get their goalie figured out quickly, because it’s actually alarming how horrible they’ve been. Since Jan. 1, the Caps are 5-8-2 with a 0.400 P%, tied for 25th in the league and allowing 3.27 goals per game. Vitek Vanecek fared better, but he’s on the disabled list, leaving the Caps with little choice; Copley was fired against the Jackets on Tuesday, and the Caps are going to end up relying on Samsonov more than they really should. Samsonov is a talented goalkeeper, but almost everyone is stuck in a big slump, and fantastic managers should probably move him to the bench until things start to improve. Samsonov is still worth signing up for due to his workload and talent, but note that Vanecek is only listed in 60% of Yahoo leagues and could return to the starting job upon his return, regardless. the moment.

Mike Smith, Oilers (2-3-1, .893 Sv%, 3.80 GAA)

Something has to give because the Oilers can’t keep doing this forever. Smith allowed four goals on 28 shots but received little help from a thin defense and no help from his forwards. The Oilers’ front six were on the ice for all of the Knights’ goals and finished with a combined minus-12. Smith might have been a good idea at first because the Oilers were supposed to win a lot of games, but they’re not and their defense has been a disaster, and that makes Smith as risky a proposition as Mikko Koskinen. Oilers guards usually aren’t worth the headache — they’re too game-dependent and the Oilers can’t beat anyone — until Ken Holland fixes that defense, and it would have to be a big move to make a difference. .

Dishonorable Mention: Karel Vejmelka, Coyotes; Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta, hurricanes; Cayden Primeau, Canadian