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The Los Angeles Lakers championship rings for sale, who are still awaiting LeBron James' return from a groin injury,dropped to 1-5 without the NBA's leading All-Star vote-getter after getting destroyed Sunday afternoon at Minnesota. The Lakers' descent in the West standings has been swift and also aided by power forward Kyle Kuzma missing the last two games, both losses, with a bruised lower back.

Los Angeles, which has defeated the Mavs twice earlier season in Los Angeles, are hopeful Kuzma will be ready to the face the Mavs, who in contrast to their 3-18 road record, are 15-3 at home and have won 13 of their last 14 at American Airlines Center.

Lakers backup point guard Rajon Rondo has missed six games and will be out for an extended period following surgery to repair his right ring finger. But it's James' absence that is a killer for a team that rode his 27.3 points a game to as high as fourth place in the crowded and competitive West playoff chase championship sports rings.

Suddenly the LeBron-less Lakers make their first trip to Dallas clinging to the eighth playoff spot, and knowing James won't be back in uniform for at least another two games.

"We've got to get him healthy," custom Los Angeles Lakers championship rings coach Luke Walton said of James on Friday. "We all talk all year, we need everyone on our team. You don't want anyone to get hurt. That's how the custom nba championship rings season plays out. We're down in bodies. It's going to be a challenge, but our guys should be excited for that. We've got to find a way to keep playing at a high level and try to finish some of these games out."

Only the Denver Nuggets (16-3) have a better home record in the West than the cheap Dallas Mavericks championship rings, who will be thrilled to be back on their home floor after a 1/3 road swing. The lone victory came at Charlotte, when Dallas buried 10 3-pointers in the first quarter to build an insurmountable early lead on Wednesday.

Monday's game is an important one for Dallas, which has seen its short stay in the top eight of the West quickly slide.

"It's not just about going," Mavs guard Wesley Matthews told the Dallas Morning News following Saturday's 106-100 loss at Philadelphia. "We know what we can do at home. If we want to get where we want to go, we're going to have to win on the road. We're not cowards. We're not quitters. It's got to happen out here (on the road)."

Dallas is home for a quick two-game homestand. The Phoenix Suns are in town Wednesday and then the Mavs play three of their next five on the road at Minnesota, Indiana and Milwaukee.

The Lakers will be playing their ninth of 13 sets of back-to-back games this season. They are 5-3 on the second night of consecutive games, but 0-1 without James.
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Murray helps Penguins beat Rangers 7-2 for 7th straight win
Matt Murray doesn't think he's made any big changes since coming back from an injury last month. He's just focusing on details and helping the Pittsburgh Penguins championship rings pile up wins.

Murray stopped 28 shots to keep up his strong play since his return, and the Penguins beat the New York Rangers 7-2 Wednesday night for their season-high seventh straight victory.

"There's nothing really game-changing you can do. It's just about doing the little things harder and better," said Murray, who improved to 6-0 with a 1.49 goals-against average in six games since Dec. 15.

"Battling through traffic, just competing," he added. "The way the game's played nowadays, there's going to be a lot of tips and screens and weird bounces. You've just got to do your best and put yourself in the best position that you can to make the save."

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel, Kris Letang and Dominik Simon each had a goal and an assist. Zach Aston-Reese and Tanner Pearson also scored to help the Penguins win for the ninth time in 10 games. Patric Hornqvist had two assists.

"I don't think we were at our best," cheap Pittsburgh Penguins championship rings coach Mike Sullivan said. "We were opportunistic on some of the chances we got and Matt was there to make timely saves for us."

Pittsburgh has recovered nicely from a 10-10-5 start. The Penguins are 12-2-1 in their last 15 games cheap championship rings.

"Early in the year we might have made mistakes to beat ourselves," said Crosby, selected an All-Star for the eighth time earlier in the day. "We're making teams earn their chances a little more. ... We're getting a lot of different guys contributing."

Ryan Strome and Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangers, who were 2-0-2 in their previous four games and 2-0-5 in their past seven at home.

Henrik Lundqvist, picked as an All-Star for the fifth time earlier in the day, gave up six goals on 18 shots before he was pulled less than five minutes into the third period. Alexandar Georgiev replaced him and finished with six saves.

"They are incredibly opportunistic," New York Rangers championship rings for sale coach David Quinn said of the Penguins. "I thought they elevated their game. Just one of those nights in the National Hockey League."

Malkin pushed Pittsburgh's lead to 5-1 with his 13th goal at 1:03 of the third. He brought the puck up the middle, lost control of it as he skated through some Rangers defenders and then made a lunging poke to send it through Lundqvist's legs before sliding into the goalie.

Buchnevich pulled the Rangers back within three just 19 seconds later, putting the puck past Murray from the right side for his seventh.

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"Tonight I couldn't find it for some reason," Lundqvist said. "This was probably my worst game."

Crosby made it 7-2 with 6:04 left, matching a career high with his fifth straight multipoint game. He has three goals and nine assists during that stretch,

After a scoreless first period, the Penguins took control with four goals in the second -- including three in a 5:51 stretch midway through.

Aston-Reese, a native New Yorker facing the custom New York Rangers championship rings for the first time, got the Penguins on the scoreboard first. He took a pass from Matt Cullen from behind the end line, settled the puck off his skate and beat Lundqvist for his sixth at 6:29.

"Just an incredible feeling," Aston-Reese said. "A local kid ... that's something you dream about when you're little. To have it actually happen is huge."

Guentzel, who signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension last week, doubled the lead with 8:39 left in the period as his shot from the left circle deflected off Rangers defenseman Marc Staal's stick into the left corner for his 17th.

Letang made it 3-0 when he beat Lundqvist for his ninth with 7:40 left.

Strome got the Rangers on the scoreboard only 26 seconds later with a deflection of Brady Skjei's shot past Murray.

Simon restored Pittsburgh's three-goal lead with his fifth with 4:15 remaining in the middle period.
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No. 7 Michigan, No. 10 Florida meet in Peach Bowl
For two teams that play in different conferences, Michigan and Florida have become awfully familiar with each other in recent years.

Three years ago in Michigan, head coach Jim Harbaugh's first year on the job, the Wolverines routed Florida in the Citrus Bowl, 41-7.

Last season, the teams opened the season against each other in Arlington, Texas, with Michigan once again controlling the Florida Gators championship rings for sale and earning a 33-17 win.

After both ended the regular season ranked in the top 10, No. 7 Michigan and No. 10 Florida once again will meet up, this time in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl at noon on Saturday.

The game will serve as a nice prelude to the college football playoff semifinal games that will take place on Saturday afternoon and evening.

The Wolverines spent a majority of the season fully expecting to be in one of those playoff games after a 10-game winning streak that followed a season-opening loss at Notre Dame, but those dreams were destroyed in a blowout loss to Ohio State on Nov. 24.

Not only did cheap Michigan Wolverines championship rings lose out on a playoff berth -- the Wolverines held the No. 4 spot in the playoff rankings before the game -- but the 62-39 loss to the Buckeyes prevented the Wolverines from even making it to the Big 10 championship game and relegated them to the Peach Bowl.

Despite the disappointment of not winning a conference title or making the playoff, Michigan still is taking solace in making a New Year's Six bowl for the second time in three years (Michigan lost to Florida State two years ago in the Orange Bowl) and is shooting to end the year with an 11th win.

"We're hungry for another win," Harbaugh said. "That's our mindset. We are thrilled as well."

custom Michigan Wolverines championship rings won't be taking the same team to Atlanta that it did to Columbus, however.

Junior defensive end Rashan Gary and junior linebacker Devin Bush have both declared for the NFL Draft and won't participate in the bowl game in order to prepare for April's draft.

Senior running back Karan Higdon also said he won't be playing in the bowl game.

Not being at full strength won't help Michigan against a Florida team that went 9-3 during the regular season in Dan Mullen's first full year as head coach.

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"We want to compete for championships," Mullen said. "When you get into a matchup in a bowl game with two top-10 teams, I don't know if it defines a lot about next season, but when you look at us as a program as a whole, we want to be a team that is continually in the top-10. Because if you are, you are in a position to compete for championships on a regular basis. I think certainly it will be a challenge and a test to see where we are at."

On paper, points look like they will be at a premium going into the game with how powerful each defense is cheap University/College Rings championship rings.

Michigan enters the game No. 1 in the country in yards allowed per game (262.5) and 12th in scoring defense (17.6 ppg), while Florida is 27th in yards allowed (344.8) and 21st in scoring defense (20.4 ppg).

"You look at what they do, they are physical on the offensive side of the ball," Mullen said. "They run the ball. Great ball control. They put a lot of pressure on you on the offensive side of the ball. And then they are extremely aggressive on defense. When you are playing ball control and physical on offense and you are controlling the tempo of the game, and then you can come back and put an aggressive, blitzing defense on the field, it puts a lot of pressure on the other team to execute at a high level."
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An extra special Christmas for the McCourty twins to be together
The last time twins Devin and Jason McCourty spent Christmas together was 2009, but that’s changing this year.

Yes, it will be a very merry Christmas for the McCourtys.

“It was his rookie year in Tennessee, but ever since then, it’s been FaceTime,” Devin said. “So, we’ll do everybody at his house, and we’ll have a blast.”

They can do that this year because the twins are fulfilling a longtime dream of playing on the same NFL team -- Devin in his ninth season in New England and Jason his first. Devin entered the NFL as a first-round pick of the New England Patriots championship rings in 2010. Jason was a sixth-round selection of the Titans (2009 to 2016), and he also had a one-year stop in Cleveland Browns championship rings for sale (2017).

Picture the scene at Jason and Melissa McCourty’s home, where there’s plenty of activity with their daughters, Liana and Kai, and son, Kaiden.

Devin and his wife, Michelle, daughter, Londyn, and son, Brayden, will be there. So, too, will Phyllis Harrell, who goes by the Twitter handle "Mama McCourty."

“That’s going to be special. Every year, no matter our situation, Mom always made Christmas special,” Jason said.

“I remember waking up as early as possible on Christmas and going downstairs, and the living room would be converted. We’d go to sleep the night before, and there would be a few presents under the tree for a few people; but we’d wake up, and it was all set up, whether it was X-Men, PlayStation, action figures.”

What Jason and Devin didn’t realize at the time -- when they would often go through closets looking for gifts leading up to Christmas -- was the effort their mother put in to make it happen cheap nfl championship rings.

“As we became adults, Mom told us she would start saving for Christmas in the summer,” Jason said.

As Devin added, “We came to realize her sacrifice. She told us she was laying away stuff back in September and October to make sure we always had a special Christmas. It’s something we try to take pride in now with having kids and making sure they always see the sacrifice and what it means to be a family and raise kids.”

There also are poignant memories when they look back on Christmases past. “We vaguely remember, it was the last Christmas we had when my father [Calvin] was alive. I just remember a ton of toys under the tree and kind of running around. It was one of the few memories we have of him, so that always sticks out in my head,” Devin said custom AFC&NFC Rings championship rings.

The McCourtys were 3 years old when Calvin died at 34 due to complications from asthma that led to a heart attack.

This year, Devin’s and Jason’s stepfather will be celebrating with them. It truly would have been extra special to have their older brother, Larry White, with them as well, but his work schedule made it a challenge for that to happen.

Having most of the family together after winning the cheap AFC&NFC Rings championship rings, though, adds to the sweetness of the day, especially with Jason forcing a fumble and notching an interception in Sunday's home win against the Buffalo Bills to earn his first division title. Jason, Melissa, Devin and Michelle gathered on the field after the game for a photo that they posted on social media.

“The way he played -- and really the way he’s played all year -- I’d say from a position where not many people expected it all year, it’s been awesome,” Devin said of his twin.

There’s a lot of pride between them. “Getting a chance to play alongside Dev, I told myself, ‘Savor every moment of it. You don’t know how long it’s going to last.’ It’s a unique thing for us, to go all the way from Pop Warner football to now, being in the same National Football League locker room,” Jason said championship sports rings.

“Obviously, with everything Dev has been able to accomplish, and this organization in general, I’m just excited, honored and humbled to be part of it. And try to do my part -- big, small, whatever it is -- to try to help.”

As they prepared to be together on Tuesday, perhaps Devin said it best. “Honestly,” he said, “we’ve had a Christmas gift all year.”
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Tre Jones takes star billing for Duke
Everyone went to Madison Square Garden on Thursday night expecting to see the biggest show on University/College Rings championship rings basketball: Zion Williamson -- flanked by fellow top-five picks RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish.

Trae Young was there. Kevin Knox, Emmanuel Mudiay. Dozens of NBA executives. Jimmy Butler. And maybe everyone left talking about Zion Williamson anyway, since he posted a double-double and led the team in scoring and rebounding in Duke's 69-58 win over Texas Tech.

But that wasn't the case in the Duke locker room. And it wasn't the case at the post-game news conference.

The story on Thursday night was the smallest headliner of the four five-star freshmen, the unsung star of this Duke team: Tre Jones.

"Tre was the key to the game," Mike Krzyzewski said after the game. "He just turned it around for us with six steals. ... It was magnificent to see. He did a hell of a job, as good on the ball as we've had starting with Amaker, Hurley, Wojo, Duhon. He's right there and tonight, maybe better."

Thursday was without question Duke's worst offensive game of the year. The Blue Devils shot 3-for-20 from 3-point range; struggled mightily any time Texas Tech Red Raiders championship rings for sale was able to get back and set up its halfcourt defense; and turned the ball over 19 times, including an astonishing nine offensive fouls. Barrett struggled shooting the ball, Williamson fouled out and Reddish couldn't find any rhythm.

In fact, Duke's offensive performance against Texas Tech on a per-possession basis was worse than that of USC, Northern Colorado and Memphis.

On any other night, that should have been the recipe for a Texas Tech win. Slow down the big three and Duke can be beat.

But maybe we should add a fourth member to that elite corps. Jones completely dominated the game with his on-ball defense. Leading up to the game, Tech head coach Chris Beard mentioned to his team he didn't want them trying to bring the ball up against Jones if he picked up fullcourt. Pass it to a teammate who wasn't being guarded by Jones, and have him initiate the offense. Attacking Jones just wasn't a matchup worth trying custom championship rings.

Jones noticed that strategy in the opening few minutes. "Early on when I saw they were having other guys bring it up, I felt like they were doing that for a reason," Jones said. "When I got my chance to pick up full, I wanted to make an impact. From the first time I did that, until the rest of the game."

Jones single-handedly changed the momentum of Thursday's game on multiple occasions. He had two steals in the first four minutes to help Duke get out to an 8-0 lead. He had back-to-back steals midway through the first half once Texas Tech pushed out to a seven-point lead.

And in the second half, after Tech once again extended its lead to seven and had the ball with a chance to further bury the custom Duke Blue Devils championship rings, Jones scored seven straight Duke points and picked up another steal.

"Our team just needed a spark," Jones said. "We were real flat there, didn't have a lot of energy. Felt like they were feeding off of their fans for sure, trying to build on that lead. We needed someone to start making plays, and my team was able to set me up for those things."

Jones isn't going to get the accolades of his classmates, mostly because he's not a projected top-five pick. But he holds it all together. He keeps the three stars happy, he's the best on-ball defender on the team, he takes care of the ball and he's simply a winner.

Krzyzewski went so far as to call him a "godsend" after Thursday's game.

"I'm so excited about coaching him," Krzyzewski said. "It's like coaching on the U.S. team, you have LeBron, Chris Paul, they make real-time [adjustments]. There aren't many who can get their teams to do that. Tre can do that. He's got it. What he did tonight was one of the best performances. It was a big, big-time performance by that kid."

The story moving forward will still be about Duke's star power, the Blue Devils' ability to simply make plays and beat teams because they're more talented and can score whenever they want. But Thursday was different.

It wasn't the star power. It was the supporting cast. Not only Jones, but also Jack White. He came off the bench to bury two corner 3-pointers in the second half after Duke went 0-for-10 from behind the arc in the first half. He also scrapped on the defensive end, and helped slow down Texas Tech star Jarrett Culver after Culver put the Red Raiders on his back offensively.

It was Duke's defense. The cheap Duke Blue Devils championship rings forced 24 turnovers and turned them into 21 points. They also held Texas Tech without a field goal for the final six-plus minutes of the game and turned a two-point deficit into an 11-point win.

And while Williamson and Barrett ended up being the team's top two scorers once again, Thursday showed the Blue Devils are more than that -- starting with Jones.

"To win a game like we had to win tonight, huge," Krzyzewski said. "I'm lucky. This is not a good group, this is a really great group of kids."
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Redskins' Jay Gruden says losing streak isn't weighing on him
Washington Redskins championship rings for sale coach Jay Gruden doesn't know what his future holds with the organization. He does know he's in a precarious situation, five years into his contract. But, he said, it hasn't added any sort of burden with three games remaining in the season.

"It doesn't weigh on me at all," Gruden told ESPN on Friday. "My key works; I come in and work. ... I understand it. You're fine, you're fine, you're fine and then you're not fine. I'll wait to get final word when the season is over."

That's when Gruden will sit down with owner Dan Snyder, as the two always do once the season ends. Last season, word leaked before the finale that Gruden's job was safe.

"It's not my job to judge [my performance]," Gruden said. "It's my job to coach the guys I've got. There's only one judge and he's the one that has all the money. He's the one that writes the checks. It's up to him."

The cheap Washington Redskins championship rings remain alive in the playoff race at 6-7, but they've lost four consecutive games and five of their past six heading into Sunday's game at Jacksonville. Washington has 17 players on injured reserve, including five starters on offense. The Redskins will be starting their fourth quarterback of the season Sunday.

Gruden is the longest-tenured coach under Snyder, who bought the team in 1999, but if the Redskins fail to turn things around, they will have missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season. Gruden has two years left on his contract, thanks to a two-year extension he received after the 2016 season. The extra years were for a combined $10 million in fully guaranteed money custom championship rings.

"He has always been supportive," Gruden said of Snyder. "Never been negative. He gets very upset after losses, as we all do. But he's been very supportive and has tried to do everything he can to help."

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To the outside world, they come across as a team coming apart. "Any time you have a losing streak, things can go awry and issues come to the forefront and negativity can rise to the forefront," Gruden said of recent player blowups. "When you're winning, that stuff gets squashed. When you're losing, it becomes an issue and deservedly so. When you lose, you have to figure out what's wrong.

"There are a few things we've had to address. For the most part, 95 percent of our guys have continued to work and play hard and try to compete. Some guys' interviews may have been [blown] out of proportion. You can't let anything like that affect the rest of the guys. For the most part, we have guys working extremely hard."

Gruden said he did not view the complaints aired by Brown and Swearinger in particular as a sign he'd lost the locker room. Brown was benched Sunday after missing multiple practices because of an undisclosed illness. He said earlier this week he could see the writing on the wall as far as his future in Washington. Swearinger has been critical multiple times this season, about preparation -- by players and coaches super bowl championship rings for sale.

"I have a good pulse on [the locker room]," Gruden said. "It's good. You always worry about that. Any time you have a losing streak there's going to be questions and it starts at the top, whether it's the fans or ownership, the players. And the finger-pointing starts. That's what we're trying to avoid. Ultimately when you have a losing streak, it's on me because it's my ship and I have to make sure I figure out ways to fix that, and if there are issues I have to address them head-on."

Gruden has talked to players at various times about what they've said either on social media or to reporters. He said he likes how the players responded after a 40-16 loss to the New York Giants championship rings on Sunday.

"I feel we turned a corner," Gruden said. "We can put out a lot of fires with a win." But they can create more heat with another loss.

"I'll do the best I can and go from there," Gruden said. "Try to put a winning product on the field. At the end of the day, we'll see what happens. All I know is I have to get my coaches ready to coach and my players ready to play."
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After firing team's OC, coach Mike Zimmer to be more involved in offense
Minnesota Vikings championship rings coach Mike Zimmer said he plans to become more involved with Minnesota's offense after firing offensive coordinator John DeFilippo after 13 games on Tuesday.

Zimmer addressed DeFilippo's dismissal the day after the Vikings lost 21-7 on Monday Night Football at the custom Seattle Seahawks championship rings. While this decision appeared to be building for a while based on Zimmer saying he didn't like the direction the offense was headed over the past four or five weeks, the coach was adamant that not one game nor one person was responsible for the current state of affairs.

Quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski will take over offensive coordinator duties on an interim basis during the Vikings' remaining games this season. Stefanski, whom the Vikings blocked from interviewing to be the offensive coordinator for the cheap New York Giants championship rings last offseason, has been with the franchise since 2006.

Stefanski's level of familiarity with the team, having coached quarterbacks, running backs and tight ends in Minnesota, provided the benefit of familiarity as he embarks on calling plays for the first time in his professional career.

"I think the biggest thing with Kevin is he has been here for a long time, so he knows how we do things here, No. 1," Zimmer said. "No. 2, I think he has a good grasp of his players. Kevin is a very brilliant guy. I interviewed him for the coordinator job this past offseason. We've got a lot of smart guys in that room.

The Vikings (6-6-1) are on the cusp of the postseason, slotted as the sixth seed in the custom AFC&NFC Rings championship rings playoff picture with three games remaining. The sense of urgency that comes with these final games as Minnesota aims to solidify its playoff positioning made Zimmer want to "shake things up" among his staff and while the offense pivots in a different direction.

Stefanski will be able to use his experience over the next three games to essentially audition to remove the interim tag from his title after this season. Zimmer would not say whether the team has plans to conduct a search for its next offensive coordinator regardless.

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"I went around and around about it, because I feel like I hired him, it's my job to try to help him continue to get better," Zimmer said. "I obviously didn't do a good enough job there. I've always felt like if you hire a guy you should stick with him and try to help him and help him mature as a coach. This one unfortunately with the timing and the situation with the last three ballgames here, with us still having an opportunity to do something, I felt like I don't want the season to be wasted. Maybe it will, maybe it won't, but these three games, to me, are very, very critical, and we need to play good championship rings.

"Again, it's not just one person, it doesn't fall all on him; it falls on myself and everybody else that has anything to do with this team, because we didn't get it done. It was an extremely difficult day and extremely difficult decision."
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Fantasy hockey forecaster: Dec. 10-16
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Obviously, goaltenders on teams with bad penalty kills or those facing opponents with bad power plays will suffer to varying degrees, depending on the situation. That certainly will be reflected in their fantasy stats for your team. That said, those extraneous situations are fluid and can be changed by coaching, personnel and schemes a lot more so than the base statistics we see from good old 5-of-5 action championship sports rings.

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Teams playing two games: The custom Anaheim Ducks championship rings are alone in their reduced two-game schedule next week. Outside of Ryan Getzlaf and John Gibson, anyone on this squad is fair game for a benching in weekly leagues.

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Highlights from teams playing three games: The Calgary Flames championship rings for sale, cheap Colorado Avalanche championship rings, Dallas Stars, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Flyers and Washington Capitals are among the three-game teams that have a back-to-back set. The fantasy-relevant workhorse starters among these sides are Semyon Varlamov, Ben Bishop and Braden Holtby, so expect a little less from them as they may get a rest. ... The Senators may have lost Matt Duchene for an extended period of time to a lower-body injury. However, he wasn't playing with Mark Stone or Brady Tkachuk either at even-strength or on the power play, so his absence shouldn't hurt that pair.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs are already overflowing with elite fantasy assets
The rich get richer. The Toronto Maple Leafs championship rings are already overflowing with elite fantasy assets and now William Nylander has come to terms with the team.

Mitch Marner, Morgan Rielly and John Tavares are among the top 20 fantasy skaters this season on the ESPN Player Rater (fantasy value evaluator) and Auston Matthews is only missing because he's been out half the season so far. Nylander will find a role with these elite weapons, but there are some questions remaining.

What isn't a question is whether Nylander will get his plum wing spot back next to Matthews and how strong the chemistry is there. We saw it last season when they accounted for 52 goals at even strength together (allowing only 25 against). Nylander scored 20 goals and 61 points last season, and will only build on that body of work in an improved offense thanks to the addition of Tavares stanley cup championship rings.

Am I willing to say with absolute confidence at this stage that it's Patrick Marleau over Kasperi Kapanen for the third spot on the line with Matthews and Nylander? No. While it was supposed to be Marleau at the start of the season, Kapanen's 10 goals and 18 points may give coach Mike Babcock pause here. The natural inclination may be to dump Kapanen back to the free-agent pile in fantasy, but I think he's worth holding for at least a little longer to see how the depth chart settles. The same is true for Marleau. While the veteran only has six goals and 15 points, he hasn't had the linemates he was projected to have for most of the season, especially thanks to Matthews prolonged absence with a shoulder injury. Wait and see. One of these two wingers will be worth having on your squad for the remainder of the season, just not both of them.

The largest looming question here is whether Nylander gets the power play. Last season, Nylander was a bit player on a much different power-play configuration. The cheap Toronto Maple Leafs championship rings rolled two units equally and the more successful one had neither Matthews nor Nylander as a part of it. But the exodus of that unit's core (James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak) and arrival of Tavares has changed the landscape. The Leafs have been stacking top heavy on the man advantage with tremendous success on their chief unit. Before Nylander's arrival, this successful power play has blossomed with Tavares, Matthews, Marner, Rielly and Nazem Kadri. Kadri has been the man doing the battling in front of the opposition crease, and while he's the natural choice to sub out for Nylander, that's not a role for the slick, soft-touch Nylander to take on.

With all their pieces in place, it's conceivable that the Toronto Maple Leafs championship rings for sale divide up the attack on the power play and attempt to ice two lesser units with a higher sum total. While that could be more successful overall for the team, it removes some of the concentration we rely on in fantasy hockey for more points in fewer baskets. We don't have any practice looks yet to see how the Leafs are going to handle the situation with Nylander, so this is speculation, but it's a fact that the Leafs now have more assets than they can put on the ice together for a power-play unit.

A dilution of the power-play units for Toronto would most negatively impact Rielly, who has 12 of his 29 points on the man advantage. Kadri is also at risk for lesser value here, with six of his 16 points coming on the power play. The power play has not been a big part of Nylander's fantasy profile so far in his career, with only 12 points on the man advantage last season. That said, adding it to his repertoire would be the difference in him being a top-60 fantasy play and a top-30 fantasy play. We should know in the coming days what Babcock has envisioned for the custom Toronto Maple Leafs championship rings power play.

For now, Nylander is ranked right about where he was during the offseason at No. 66 overall, when we expected improvement in a modest sense on his 60-point total from last year. If I knew he was going to be involved in a top-heavy power play, I'd be comfortable ranking him in the 40s, but we don't know that yet championship rings.
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