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February 8, 2016
Blue Line Buzz: Ritz Karlsson
Erik Karlsson is in the midst of a legendary offensive season by the standards of today's NHL, and RotoWire's Jason Chen devotes some time to appreciating his generational talent.
February 2, 2016
Blue Line Buzz: Looking Backward, Looking Forward
Jason Chen reviews how every team in the NHL did in last year's second half as part of his search for value in this year's post-All-Star play.
January 25, 2016
Blue Line Buzz: Don't Cling to Klingberg
Jason Chen has some fightin' words for the Stars' John Klingberg, predicting that the first-half breakout star will be outside the top-10 scoring blueliners in the season's second half.
January 18, 2016
Blue Line Buzz: Hutton Hike
Rookie Ben Hutton hasn't had a great season in Vancouver so far, but Jason Chen likes what he's seeing out of the developing blueliner in the aftermath of his first NHL goal.
January 11, 2016
Blue Line Buzz: Jonesing For More
Seth Jones has seen a sharp increase in ice time over his first couple games since being dealt to the Blue Jackets, but RotoWire's Jason Chen isn't so sure that's a good thing.
January 5, 2016
Blue Line Buzz: Leddy, Set, Go
Jason Chen rings in the new year with a discussion of prospect defensemen in the World Junior Championship and hits on Nick Leddy's success for the Isles in the absence of Johnny Boychuk.
December 28, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Regret Tracker
Jason Chen shares his regrets on blue-line duds like Justin Schultz whose prior production, pedigree and circumstances seemed to point to breakout years.
December 21, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Wu-Letang Clan
With this calendar year coming to a close, Jason Chen offers some promising targets on the blue line for the 2016 portion of the campaign, including injured Penguin Kris Letang.
December 14, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Flick of the Risto
Jason Chen discusses the Penguins' change behind the bench and the continuing meteoric rise of the Sabres' Rasmus Ristolainen, who's now fifth in scoring among NHL blueliners.
December 7, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Subbanator Not Running Optimally
Jason Chen talks blue-line shooting strategy and potentially fantasy-relevant call-ups while marking out the Canadiens' P.K. Subban for his recent ice-cold run.
November 30, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Newly Elite
Jason Chen names his top five defensemen through the season's first quarter, including the Hurricanes' Justin Faulk, whose big-time breakout has him tied for the NHL lead with eight power-play goals.
November 23, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Sharks with Beards
Jason Chen takes his weekly look around the blue line, making note of a red-hot Brent Burns, who's helped power the Sharks' six-game winning streak.
November 16, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Ghost Bear Here
Jason Chen takes his weekly look at the NHL's defenders and is stoked for the arrival of Shayne Gostisbehere, who should be an asset on both ends of the ice for the Flyers.
November 9, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: OEL's Goals MIA
Jason Chen takes his weekly look at the NHL's defensive picture, with slumping stud Oliver Ekman-Larsson among those catching his attention.
November 2, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Flaming Mess
Jason Chen takes his weekly look around the league's blue lines, including Mark Giordano and the struggling Flames' defense looking for consistency in front of unreliable goaltenders.
October 26, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: The Replacements
Jason Chen discusses the beneficiaries of key injuries in the early going this season, including a sharp increase in ice time for the Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook.
October 19, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Getting in the Zone
Jason Chen explores potential indicators of future productivity, like Anaheim's Sami Vatanen startlingly beginning more than half his shifts in the offensive zone.
October 12, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Early Returns
P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov are arguably the best defensive pairing in the league right now, and they're a big reason why the Habs are off to a 3-0 start.
October 5, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Blue Line Booms, Busts and Rankings
RotoWire's Jason Chen takes a look at the fantasy blueliners around the league, led by Ottawa Senators superstar Erik Karlsson.
April 13, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Top Playoff Defensemen
Jason Chen ranks his top defensemen from each team in the playoffs.
April 6, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Final Week Top 50
Jason Chen returns to break down his top-50 defensemen for the final week of the regular season.
March 30, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Top-50 Defensemen of the Week
Jason Chen is back with his top-50 defensemen for this week, headlined by the Senators' Erik Karlsson.
March 23, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Rest of Season Top-50 Defensemen
Jason Chen breaks down his cheatsheet for the top-50 defensemen from now until the end of the season.
March 16, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: New York, New York
The Islanders have locked up their top defensive pairing until 2022, and unlike previous contracts dealt out by the team, they make sense financially.
March 9, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Replacing Toughness
Dustin Byfulgien may be the league's toughest player, but the Jets will have to figure out how to fill his void for the next 2-to-4 weeks while he sits with an upper-body injury.
March 3, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Who Got Better in the Back?
Jason Chen breaks down the defensive changes throughout the league after the trade deadline, while highlighting P.K. Subban's strong play of late.
February 23, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Around the League
Jason Chen discusses the possibility of the Bruins trading Zdeno Chara.
February 16, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Predators Go All In
Jason Chen breaks down Sunday's big trade that sent Cody Franson to Nashville where he could end up as the Predators' No. 2 scoring option.
February 9, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: The Next Lidstrom
Jason Chen checks in around the league, including one player he's deemed the next Nicklas Lidstrom.
February 2, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: On the Move
Jason Chen covers some names that could have big fantasy value swings if they move before the trade deadline.
January 21, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Positive Vibes for Pietrangelo
Alex Pietrangelo was one of Jason Chen's Performers of the Week in his column this week.
January 15, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Power Play Shakeup in Montreal
P.K. Subban remains on the Habs top power play unit, but they have shaken up the other blueliners involved. Plus, Jason Chen writes about the return of a key defenseman in Columbus.
January 7, 2015
Blue Line Buzz: Slow Starters Paying Dividends
Alexander Edler has turned it around after a slow start, an event projected by advanced metrics.
December 22, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Boxing Day Bargains
Mike Green is thriving under coach Barry Trotz's system. Jason Chen uses advanced metrics to help identify potential future bargains on the blue line.
December 15, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Value Added
Who are some of the players that add sneaky value if you avoid taking the big name defensemen like Drew Doughty? Jason Chen elaborates in this week's column.
December 8, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Guardians of the Galaxy
Mark Giordano is the very early favorite for the Norris Trophy. Jason Chen reviews the top performers a quarter of the way through the season.
December 4, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Tired Ducks
The Ducks' top three defensemen are already logging monster minutes, and we're only in December writes RotoWire's Jason Chen.
November 26, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Younger and Faster In Dallas
The Stars recent trades have demonstrated their commitment to young, fast players like John Klingberg, who had a big week last week.
November 16, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Off To A Great Start
RotoWire's Jason Chen takes over our Blue Line Buzz feature and highlights the start of Florida's Aaron Ekblad.
April 12, 2014
Waiver Wire: Tips for the Play-off Pool
Now that the teams are set, pools will be starting up in rapid fashion. Are you ready?
April 6, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Pleasant Surprises
James Wisniewski makes Dan Pennucci's list of pleasant suprises from the blue line. Which of them have enduring value?
March 31, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Flame On
The Flames and Mark Giordano have been quite productive lately, plus Dan Pennucci breaks down the goon points pool in this week's edition.
March 29, 2014
The Waiver Wire: Knocking Out Your Opponent
Now that the finals are here for most head-to-head pools, this week's Waiver Wire gives you a list of players that should help in specific categories.
March 16, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Barrie Finding His Way
Tyson Barrie took a long time to get settled with the Avalanche, but he's been a strong producer lately for them.
March 2, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Let the Dealing Begin
Christian Ehrhoff, seen here in better days with Vancouver, could be looking at another welcomed change of scenery before the trade deadline.
February 9, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Olympic Blue Lines
Ryan Suter figures to log a ton of ice time for Team USA, much as he does for the Wild during the regular season.
February 2, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: John Carlson Sighting
In Washington, sightings of American Olympian John Carlson have been reported. Dan Pennucci discusses Carlson's mercurial production and highlights other blue liners on the rise this week.
January 26, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: The Young and Restless
Some Young Blueliners to Watch
January 20, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Buy Low (But Buyer Beware)
Alexander Edler has returned after a month-long absence, and you might be able to snag him given how slowly he started this season, writes Dan Pennucci.
January 12, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Mid-Season Awards
Cam Fowler wins the coveted Anti-Tyler Myers award for bouncing back from two bad years this season.
January 5, 2014
Blue Line Buzz: Olympic Snubs
Dustin Byfuglien was one of two high-profile blue-line snubs from the U.S. Olympic team.
December 22, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: No Peeking
Should PK Subban make Team Canada? Dan Pennucci is incredulous that it's even a question.
December 15, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Beyond the Sea
The Blackhawks are getting great seasons from Duncan Keith (pictured) and Brent Seabrook, but there are other defensemen in Chicago that can help you.
December 8, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Duck Season?
Cam Fowler surprisingly remains on the positive side of the plus-minus ledger.
December 2, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: We're Going Streaking
Torey Krug is tied among NHL defensemen in goals scored this season. Dan Pennucci looks at which other blue liners are on a streak right now.
November 24, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Bows To No One
Jay Bouwmeester is flourishing in St. Louis, even out-pointing teammate Kevin Shattenkirk so far.
November 19, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Gem In the Desert?
The Coyotes have gotten plenty of production from Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Keith Yandle (pictured), but there's another player leading them in goals from the blue line.
November 11, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: No Rest for the Wild
Ryan Suter is already logging monster minutes for the Wild.
November 3, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Still Waiting
Dustin Byfuglien is one of the elite defensemen that remain without a goal so far this season.
October 29, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Letang's Return
How does Kris Letang's return affect those filling in for him on the power play? Dan Pennucci discusses that, a promising new Devils defenseman, a Budding Bud and a Snuffed Flame this week.
October 20, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Predator On the Prowl
Highly touted rookie Seth Jones is already making waves in Nashville.
October 14, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Early Season Surprises
Jason Garrison is getting loads of power play time and pouring a ton of shots on net for the Canucks. Who else has caught Dan Pennucci's eye early-on this season?
October 5, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Troubador
Jacob Trouba impressed RotoWire's Dan Pennucci in Trouba's NHL debut. See what else caught Dan's eye in his first article of the season.
May 6, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Early Playoff Reactions
Despite dropping one of the first two games in Boston, the Bruins should still advance against the Leafs, according to RotoWire's Dan Pennucci.
April 30, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Blue Line Disappointments
Michael Del Zotto had a decent enough season, but decent enough isn't what his fantasy owners were looking for this season.
April 23, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Year in Review, Part I
Mike Green enjoyed a bit of a renaissance over the second of the season, helping key the Caps' stretch run.
April 14, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: This Year's Underachievers
Dmitry Kulikov goes under Dan Pennucci's microscope among those underachieving defensemen this year.
April 8, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Is the Window Still Open
Dan Boyle has sparked the Sharks' recent run - can they keep it up and be a force in the playoffs?
April 2, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Save the Penguins
Sidney Crosby isn't the only star that the Penguins are learning to live without, as Kris Letang is also hurt.
March 26, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: APB in Newark
The Devils are seeking a new point man after Marek Zidlicky went down with a shoulder injury.
March 17, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Hits and Blocks Galore
Alex Pietrangelo falls under the radar in one respect - his high number of blocked shots. Dan Pennucci explores the hits and blocks stats in this week's article.
March 10, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: No Dough(ty) Needed
With Drew Doughty struggling this season, Jake Muzzin has stepped up his scoring touch. Does Dan Pennucci think it will last?
March 3, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: It Only Gets Better
The Red Wings have had trouble coping with the absence of Nicklas Lidstrom.
February 25, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: The Ballerina?
Zdeno Chara scored a particularly graceful goal this weekend.
February 17, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Useless Senators
Erik Karlsson is out for the season after suffering a fluke injury.
February 10, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Falling Stars
Duncan Keith was once among the elite, but we should tamp down our expectations for him now.
February 5, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Gilbert Thriving in Minnesota
Tom Gilbert has played well to start the season with the Wild.
January 28, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Desert Dogs
Dan Pennucci talks about the early returns from this season, including what Keith Yandle and company are doing for the Yotes.
January 21, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Opening Week Observations
Kris Letang and the Pens are off to a great start.
January 13, 2013
Blue Line Buzz: Blue Liner Tiers
Should Erik Karlsson be a first-round pick? Dan Pennucci discusses that and reviews the defensemen tiers behind Karlsson.
April 11, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Storylines, Predictions, Breakout Candidates
Will Michael Del Zotto continue to shine in the playoffs?
April 4, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Green With Envy
Mike Green continues to frustrate his fantasy owners this season.
March 28, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Trophy Talk
Does Erik Karlsson merit the Norris Trophy merely on the basis of his offensive prowess?
March 18, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Timonen Returns
Kimmo Timonen is closing in on 40 points again this season. He returned from a lower-body injury last week.
March 11, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Capital Concerns
What's wrong with the Caps?
March 5, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Extra Orca
Alex Edler has gotten some reinforcements behind him on the blue line.
February 26, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Friday Night Lite
Could this be Martin Brodeur's last season with the Devils?
February 19, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Shark Week
Dan Pennucci watched a lot of Dan Boyle and the Sharks on their East Coast swing last week.
February 12, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: On the Streit and Narrow
Mark Streit may be one of the league's best offensive defensemen no one talks about, as he suffers from the same disease as John Tavares: being a member of the New York Islanders.
February 5, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Good Grief
Ryan Whitney is back and productive again, but will it last?
January 29, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: All-Star Edition
Alexander Edler should be a perennial All-Star.
January 23, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Back In Action
The Penguins finally had some good news on the injury front, getting Kris Letang back last weekend.
January 15, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: Swiss Misters
Mark Streit came over from Switzerland to make a big impact with the Canadiens and then the Islanders. The Habs now have two-other Swiss-born blue liners making an impact.
January 8, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: New Years Resolutions, Part II
The Flyers really miss Chris Pronger on their blue line.
January 1, 2012
Blue Line Buzz: New Years Resolutions, Part I
Dan Pennucci's blue-line resolutions for the first half of the league.
December 26, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Ducks Fly Together
Lubomir Visnovsky has been on fire since returning from injury.
December 20, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Ringing Bells
Kris Letang's injury has hurt the Penguins, but others are stepping up in his place.
December 5, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Coaching Carousel Spinning
Four NHL coaches have already lost their jobs. Dan Pennucci discusses the changes' fantasy impacts and speculates who might be next.
November 27, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Observations At the Quarter Pole
What stands out so far, and of those outliers, what's likely to continue?
November 20, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Predators On the Prowl
Ryan Suter and Shea Weber are off to excellent starts.
November 14, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: The Death of the 100-Point Defenseman
Mike Green has come the closest in recent times to getting 100 points from the blue line, but even he isn't likely to achieve that milestone in today's NHL.
November 7, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Heirs Apparent and Ancient Wonders
Niklas Kronwall just got a contract extension from the Red Wings.
October 31, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: The Weekly Whip-Around
Alexander Edler is healthy again and is off to a great start.
October 24, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Hurt By the Suspension Policy
Kris Letang's suspension at the beginning of last week was hotly debated and cost his fantasy owners in weekly leagues.
October 16, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Don't Panic
Dan Pennucci has a word of advice for those off to bad starts.
October 9, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Turning Leaf
Dion Phaneuf had his ups and downs in Calgary, but he's off to a good start with the Leafs this season.
October 2, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Good Defenders on Bad Power Plays
Shea Weber is an obvious target from the blue line from a team that didn't perform well on the power play last year. Who are some less obvious targets?
September 25, 2011
Blue Line Buzz: Sharper Sabres
What does the arrival of Christian Ehrhoff (pictured) in Buffalo do for Tyler Myers?
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