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24 Zenon Konopka C
Height/Weight: 6-0/213 | Birthdate: 1/2/1981 | Birthplace: Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 8 | Salary: /images/players/unknown-player-170x170.png | Owned/Started%: 4/1

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5/16/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres' Konopka Suspended For DHEA Use

News: Zenon Konopka was suspended 20 games by the NHL on Thursday for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances program, which has been revealed to be DHEA, reports TSN's James Duthie.
Analysis: DHEA is dehydroepiandrosterone, a type of steroid hormone, and banned from athletic use in the United States. It was recommended to Zenon Konopka as a supplement by non-team doctors. Konopka, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, will serve his 20-game suspension when he signs his new contract.

5/15/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres' Konopka Gets 20-Game Ban

News: Zenon Konopka was suspended for 20 games after violating the NHL's performance-enhancing substances program, Chris Botta of the New York Times reports.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka has accepted the suspension, which will go into effect when he signs a new contract. The veteran center's future with the Sabres was unclear at the end of the season because the team is going through a re-build. Konopka's value on the free agent market takes a hit as teams won't be able to play him for the first 20 games. The NHL will not comment any further on the matter and there has been no indication of what kind of performance-enhancing drugs Konopka has taken.

4/14/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres' Konopka Returns For Finale

News: Zenon Konopka (back) returned to the ice for Sunday's season finale against the Islanders. He only saw 8:58 of ice time, while also spending five minutes in the penalty box.
Analysis: It's good to see Zenon Konopka seemingly healthy heading into the offseason after he missed the Sabres' previous 10 games due to injury. He never made that much of an impact with either the Wild or the Sabres this season, totaling just three points in 59 games. It remains to be seen whether Buffalo will bring him back next season as fourth-line depth.

3/26/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres' Konopka Out Thursday

News: Zenon Konopka (back) won't be available Thursday against the Predators.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka was unable to practice Wednesday, prompting his being ruled out for a second straight game. With a couple other forwards also banged up, the Sabres may look to recall a skater or two from their minor league ranks before Thursday's contest.

3/26/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres' Konopka Ruled Out Tuesday

News: Zenon Konopka suffered a back injury Monday and will not play Tuesday against the Canadiens.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka apparently tweaked his back during the Sabres' flight from Vancouver to Montreal and was unable to participate in morning skate. The injury doesn't sound too serious, making a return to the lineup Thursday against the Predators a possibility. Ville Leino will fill in for Konopka on Tuesday.

2/28/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres' Konopka To Return Friday

News: Zenon Konopka (finger) will play Friday against the Sharks.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka underwent finger surgery during the Olympic break and was not quite ready to play in the Sabres' last game Wednesday, but he will take the ice Friday night, in place of John Scott.

2/26/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres' Konopka Out With Injury

News: Zenon Konopka (finger) will be out of the lineup Wednesday vs. the Bruins.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka indicated during morning skate that he was fine to play Wednesday, but the team trainers evidently weren't as confident in the health of his injured pinkie finger. He'll join the injured Tyler Ennis in the press box for the Sabres.

2/26/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres' Konopka Ready To Return

News: Zenon Konopka (finger) will be in the lineup Wednesday against the Bruins, Bill Hoppe of the Times Herald reports.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka underwent surgery to repair his injured pinky over the Olympic break, and it looks like the decision won't end up costing him any games. He suffered the injury while playing with Minnesota, and didn't get a chance to get it looked at until recently. The center has a goal and two assists in 49 games this season, but has also chipped in 73 PIM. Despite being a fourth-line player, there's been some interest in the trade market for his faceoff abilities. Fantasy-wise, he offers a little in peripheral stats, but generally considered waiver wire fodder.

2/26/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres' Konopka Recoveing From Finger Surgery

News: Zenon Konopka underwent finger surgery over the Olympic break and should be viewed as day-to-day, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka will be in the press box for Tuesday's game vs. the Hurricanes as a result, but the forward is expected to be 100 percent healthy before the Mar. 5 trade deadline. The Sabres will likely keep him out of the lineup until then as they search for a suitor in need for toughness on the fourth line.

2/25/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres' Konopka Sits Against Carolina

News: Zenon Konopka will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game, reports The Buffalo News.
Analysis: The childhood Sabres fan won't put on his favourite colors Tuesday, and has been in and out of the lineup all season. There could be a market for a big center like him at the trade deadline, but he's still considered a fourth-line player. His fantasy value is quite minimal at this point.

1/23/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres' Konopka Dresses Thursday

News: Zenon Konopka will return to the Sabres' lineup Thursday night, reports WRG 550 Sports Radio.
Analysis: The big center and childhood Sabres fan returns to the lineup with John Scott and Linus Omark sitting out in Thursday night's game against Carolina. Zenon Konopka has minimal fantasy value outside of penalty minutes, but the Canes aren't exactly a physical team, averaging just 8.3 penalty minutes per game, second-best in the league.

1/20/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres' Konopka To Be Scratched Tuesday

News: In an effort to change things up, Zenon Konopka will sit out Tuesday's game, reports Bill Hoppe of the Olean Times Herald.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka was claimed off waivers Jan. 3 and has appeared in six games for his favorite childhood team, collecting eight penalty minutes. The Sabres, losers of three straight, will bring Linus Omark back into the lineup in Konopka's place. When he does play, Konopka isn't good for much in the way of fantasy stats beyond penalty minutes.

1/4/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Konopka Makes Sabres Debut Saturday

News: Claimed off waivers from Minnesota, Zenon Konopka will make his Sabres debut Saturday night against New Jersey.
Analysis: The bruising center will take Ville Leino's spot and skate alongside Matt Ellis and John Scott, forming one of the league's most physically imposing lines. Interim head coach Ted Nolan likes playing a hard-nosed style, but Zenon Konopka's contributions to the team's overall record will be minimal. Even for collecting penalty minutes, the Devils aren't an ideal partner. They are one of the least penalized teams in the league, and will lack sparring partners for Scott and Konopka, should either be looking for a fight.

1/3/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Sabres Claim Konopka

News: The Sabres have claimed Zenon Konopka on waivers from the Wild, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka isn't much of a factor on offense, but he can help out fantasy owners in the PIM category. He has 55 in 36 games this season and a career mark of 1,049 penalty minutes in 323 contests overall.

1/2/2014

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Wild Waive Konopka

News: Zenon Konopka was placed on waivers Thursday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
Analysis: The Wild have been struggling to find the net this season, and Zenon Konopka wasn't likely to turn things around in that regard anytime soon, having managed just two points in 36 games. Still, the center managed to supply 55 penalty minutes despite limited ice time on the checking line for the Wild and could be an intriguing pickup for another team.

12/3/2013

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Wild's Konopka Returns From Eye Injury

News: Zenon Konopka (eye) had one shot on goal in just over five minutes of ice time in Monday's win over the Flyers.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka left Friday's game after taking a puck to the left eye and missed a game, but he looks back to full speed. Konopka doesn't provide much offense as the Wild's enforcer and is getting less than eight minutes of ice time per game.

12/1/2013

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Wild's Konopka Misses Game

News: Zenon Konopka's eye injury isn't though to be serious, but he didn't play in Saturday's loss to Colorado, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka left Friday's loss to the Wild in the first period after taking a puck to the left eye. He'll likely need to sit out another game or two, but the Wild's enforcer doesn't get consistent ice time when healthy.

11/29/2013

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Wild's Konopka Injures Eye In Loss

News: Zenon Konopka left Friday's loss to the Wild in the first period after taking a puck to the left eye, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Mike Yeo didn't have much of an update on the injury after the game other than stating that Zenon Konopka would not suit up in Saturday's rematch with the Avalanche. With just one point in 26 games this season, his absence will likely go mostly unnoticed by fantasy players.

11/6/2013

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Wild's Konopka Ends 81-Game Goalless Streak

News: Zenon Konopka scored his first goal of the season, ending a streak of 81 games without a goal, in Tuesday's win over Calgary.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka doesn't provide much offense as the Wild's enforcer and he's getting less than ten minutes of ice time per game.

10/18/2013

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Wild's Konopka Scoreless Through Eight Games

News: Zenon Konopka has yet to record a point in eight games this season.
Analysis: Offense isn't really Zenon Konopka's game, but he continues to rack up penalty time with the best of them, ranking 12th in NHL with 21 PIMs. He should crack the century mark in that category once again, but having him in your lineup comes with the caveat of accepting almost zero production everywhere else.

9/26/2013

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Wild Trying To Trade Konopka

News: The Wild are trying to trade Zenon Konopka, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: It sounds like the Wild don't feel they need Zenon Konopka's fighting ability this season and his roster spot may not be secure.

4/23/2013

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Wild Get Konopka Back

News: Zenon Konopka (lower body) will play Tuesday against the Kings, the team's official site reports.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka, who will return to the lineup after missing five games, is slated to center Jake Dowell and Torrey Mitchell on Tuesday.

4/14/2013

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Wild's Konopka Dealing With Foot Injury

News: Zenon Konopka, who has been spotted with a cast and thought to be dealing with a foot injury, may not miss much time, the Minneapolis Star_tribune reports.
Analysis: While Zenon Konopka did not travel to Calgary, where the Wild play Monday, coach Mike Yeo said there was a chance that the center could join the team on its three-game road trip that runs through Thursday.

4/13/2013

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Wild's Konopka Seen In Walking Cast

News: Zenon Konopka was seen in a walking cast Saturday and may have a broken foot, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
Analysis: Zenon Konopka has yet to score a point in 34 games this season, so he probably won't be missed in the fantasy game if he is out for any period of time. The nature of his injury is currently uncertain.

2/23/2013

Zenon Konopka, C, BUF

Zenon Konopka

Wild's Konopka To Return Saturday

News: Zenon Konopka, a healthy scratch the last two games, will return to the lineup Saturday against the Flames, Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Analysis: Coach Bob Hartley wants the Wild to be more physical. Zenon Konopka has 52 PIMs in 14 games.