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  • The Press Box August 21, 2012

    Fantasy impact of recent signings
    Despite the CBA and lock out talks that are dominating headlines there have actually been some recent signings that I am sure will come as a pleasant relief from the CBA nonsense to read about, so here ya go.

    Scott Hartnell Re-Signs in Philadelphia
    Hartnell signs a six year $28.5 million contract that pays him an average of $4.75 per season. Before you say "he is nowhere near worth that in my fantasy league", consider this;
    Matt Perry ‏@StatOMatt

    "Just a reminder that Hartnell was fantasy gold last season in several categories, game-winners (six), PIMs (136), ppg (16) and shots (232). "

    Hartnell also produced 188 hits, had a +/- of plus-19, and 23 of his 67 points came on the power play and his 16 power play goals was second overall in the NHL. Now if your league only scores goals and assists, then perhaps $4.75 million is slightly high. However if your league counts peripheral stats then he is well worth the money and will be one of your top performers.

    Mike Fisher Re-Signs in Nashville
    Fisher signed a two year $8.4 million deal that will pay him an average of $4.2 million per year. Fisher and David Legwand are the teams top two centers and are used in a 1a and 1b scenario. While 50-60 points is nothing to sneeze at, Fisher does not produce the same peripheral stats that Hartnell does. Fisher produced 116 hits, 14 power play points, and was a plus -11, seven game winning goals and only 33 penalty minutes.

    From the FHC playbook
    "Mike Fisher season in and season out goes out on the ice, puts his heart on the line and comes up with a strong 50-60 point season. Hes a leader on and off the ice and a great ambassador for the game, especially in a non-traditional hockey market like Nashville. Hes the teams rallying point and someone who should always have a good season as long as hes healthy"

    Nashville Signs Scott Hannan
    Scott Hannan has signed a one year $1 million contract in Nashville. Hannan will help relieve the pressure of losing Ryan Suter from some of the Preds young defense such as Ryan Ellis, Roman Jossi and Jon Blum. Hannan is a good example of a player that has good NHL value at $1 million as a shut down, physical defenseman, but little to no value as a fantasy hockey option. His stats totals were an unimpressive 12 points, +/- minus -10, 38 penalty minutes, 49 shots, 60 hits, and 126 blocked shots.

    Antero Niittymaki Signs in Finland
    As reported by Hockey House Sharks back up goalie is in Finland where he has signed a tryout contract with Finnish club TPS. The reports are unconfirmed and come from a poorly translated article however it would come as no surprise.
    The departure of Niittymaki would open the door for Thomas Greiss who competed for NHL time with Niittymaki and Antti Niemi last season. Niittymaki is a unrestricted free agent and allowing him to leave Greiss to go from pushing Niittymaki, to pushing Niemi.
    From the FHC Playbook:
    "Goaltending is certainly a question mark for the Sharks heading into a new season, as has long been the case in San Jose. Antti Niemi will undoubtedly start the season as the teams number one goalie, but after a disappointing playoffs and an equally dismal regular season, the Sharks may have to keep him on a short leash. To complicate matters, Niemi is backed up by Thomas Greiss, whos not exactly a sound
    backup plan in the event that Niemi falters long term. Niemi has never had particularly
    spectacular numbers in his short NHL career and the Sharks will look for him to play well enough that hes not a liability. Hes not a goalie that youll want to take early on in any draft; there are others out there that will serve you far better."

    Remember Paul Ranger?
    The Toronto Marlies have signed former NHL defenseman Paul Ranger. Ranger was once a promising young defenseman who suddenly, and mysteriously walked away from the game for "personal reasons"
    Prior to his three year absence his career stats were better than fair.

    YR Team GP G A Pts +/- PIM
    2009-2010 Tampa 8 1 1 2 -2 6
    2008-2009 Tampa 42 2 11 13 -5 56
    2007-2008 Tampa 72 10 21 21 -13 56
    2006-2007 Tampa 72 4 24 28 5 42
    2005-2006 Tampa 76 1 17 18 5 58

    What ever his reasons were for leaving the game is a closely guarded secret, and quite frankly, unless Ranger speaks about it, I won't either.
    His return to hockey is a welcome one and he will add to a strong Toronto Marlies defense that already boasts Korbinian Holzer, Stuart Percy, Mark Fraser, Jesse Blacker, and Simon Gysbers.

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    By Peter Harling
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