News: The Penguins have re-assigned Wagner to AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Wagner's quick turnaround back to the AHL after his recall Tuesday probably bodes well for a Matt Niskanen return Sunday against the Rangers.
News: The Penguins recalled Wagner from Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday.
Analysis: Wagner gets the nod only because two of Pittsburgh's regular blueliners, Paul Martin and Matt Niskanen, probably won't play against the Senators.
News: The St. Louis Blues have re-signed defenseman Steve Wagner. Terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not disclosed.
Analysis: Wagner in 22 games for St. Louis last season. He scored two goals, had two assist and 18 penalty minutes. He had six goals, 16 assists and 38 penalty minutes last season for Peoria of the AHL. He has played in 46 career NHL games, all with the Blues. The Grand Rapids, Minn., native signed as an undrafted free agent in 2007. Wagner is merely organizational depth and can be ignored in Fantasy.
News:The Sports Xchange reports after calling up Steve Wagner and Andy Wozniewski Sunday, the Blues dressed seven defensemen Monday against Detroit. Wagner was the team's seventh defensemen, as coach Andy Murray elected to make Cam Janssen a healthy scratch.
Analysis: Wagner and Wozniewski are just organizational depth right now for the Blues and could be back in the minors shortly. Consider them less than attractive Fantasy options.
News: The Blues have assigned D Steve Wagner to Peoria (AHL).
Analysis: Wagner was a top-four defenseman in St. Louis, so we're not exactly sure why this move was made. He has spent a lot of time in Peoria over the last few seasons, though, so he just can't seem to stick in the NHL. Continue to ignore him in most formats.
News: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Blues D Steve Wagner practiced at left wing on Thursday and could play as a forward on Friday against Anaheim.
Analysis: Wagner is usually a top-four defenseman for St. Louis, but he only has two points on the season. Maybe he has some offensive potential we haven't seen yet, however. The Blues play four times in Fantasy Week 8 (Nov. 24-30), so if Wagner produces anything in two games this weekend, you could do worse than using him as in injury-replacement option in deeper leagues for the period.
News:The Sports Xchange reports the Blues got goals from D Jay McKee, D Steve Wagner and D Eric Brewer during Thursday's 6-1 win against the Stars, giving their defensemen a combined four goals in four games this season. A year ago, the Blues' defensemen accounted for only 15 goals. "We want to add to the offense as much as we can," McKee said. "As defensemen, our main focus is getting the puck to the net. That's what they've been stressing, and we'll continue to do what we're told."
Analysis: Wagner got his first goal on a shot from the left point, beating Marty Turco at 17:20 of the second period. It was his third career goal and second point in four games. Wagner is currently a top-four defenseman for St. Louis and could remain there for a long time with all the injuries St. Louis has on their blue line. Wagner has never really been a prime-time offensive player, so despite the goal, he remains a low-end Fantasy option.
News:The Sports Xchange reports the Blues have four defensive jobs solidified with Barret Jackman, Eric Brewer, Jay McKee and Erik Johnson. Jackman says the battle for the fifth, sixth and seventh spots will be interesting. The candidates are Steve Wagner, Jeff Woywitka, Roman Polak and Jonus Junland.
Analysis: Wagner, Woywitka, Polak and Junland could spend all season shuffling between the NHL and AHL. The fact they will likely be nothing more than lower-pair defenseman also doesn't help their case. It's safe to ignore these players in Fantasy until further notice.
News: Blues D Steve Wagner broke his leg Saturday while playing in the AHL and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Analysis: Wagner has been up and down a few times this season, but it appears his NHL season is all but over. Hold on to him only in keeper formats.
News: St. Louis Blues announced Wednesday that it has assigned defenseman Steve Wagner to the Blues American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Wagner has played in 24 games for the Blues this season. He has scored two goals and had six assists, along with eight penalty minutes. Wagner has some low-end upside and is worth a flier in larger Fantasy formats.
News: The Blues recalled rookie D Steve Wagner from Peoria on Monday, and he is expected to be in the Blues' lineup in Toronto.
Analysis: Wagner, a rookie out of Minnesota State-Mankato, has some low-end upside and is worth a flier in larger Fantasy formats, but his promotion may be very short lived.
News:The Sports Xchange reports the Blues took defenseman Barret Jackman off the injured-reserve list Saturday, and in an interesting move, sent defenseman Steve Wagner back to the AHL. Wagner has been one of the Blues' top defensemen this season, but he appears to be the victim of circumstance. He has a two-way contract, and the Blues have eight healthy defensemen with Jackman back in the lineup. "There's not very many teams in the league that are sitting with all their defensemen healthy like we are right now, and it could change in one minute," Blues president John Davidson said.
Analysis: The Blues can keep Wagner on the ice with the Peoria Rivermen, and they can save on his salary with him in the AHL. They can do neither if he were sitting in the press box in St. Louis. But some think he should be on the ice with the Blues. Although he's a 24-year-old rookie, Wagner's been more consistent than some of the team's veteran defensemen. Davidson took exception to that comment. "I don't care what anybody says," he said. "I'm just telling you that's what we're going to do (send Wagner to Peoria). He's in a situation where he's played well for us, we have eight guys healthy and he's the one that's going to Peoria right now." Wagner is only worth holding onto in long-term keeper leagues while he is down in the minors.
News: Blues D Steve Wagner was in the lineup Friday vs. San Jose in place of Barret Jackman, who was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a concussion.
Analysis: Wagner, a rookie out of Minnesota State-Mankato, has some low-end upside and is worth a flier for larger Fantasy formats, but his promotion may be very short lived.
News: Blues D Steve Wagner scored a power-play goal and picked up an assist during Friday's game against the Blackhawks. He finished at minus-1 and spent two minutes in the penalty box. Wagner came into the game having not recorded a point in six games.
Analysis: The rookie out of Minnesota State-Mankato is not having a bad start to his career. He has two goals and four assists, and that is nice production from a defenseman. Consider him a low-end Fantasy option at this time.
News:The Sports Xchange notes: D Steve Wagner was a healthy scratch against Sunday against Columbus because of D Erik Johnson returned to the Blues' lineup.
Analysis: Wagner is only worth owning in larger Fantasy leagues, but the return of Johnson certainly dents his value.