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44 Dan Fritsche C
Height/Weight: 6-1/198 | Birthdate: 7/13/1985 | Birthplace: Parma, OH, USA | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 5 | Salary:   | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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10/2/2010

Dan Fritsche, C, CLB

Dan Fritsche

Jackets Release Fritsche from Tryout

News: The Blue Jackets released Fritsche from his professional tryout Saturday, the Columbus Post-Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reports.
Analysis: Fritsche was a long shot from the beginning, and a concussion in camp didn't help his chances. His next stop might be Europe.

9/3/2010

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Dan Fritsche

Tryout Agreement With Blue Jackets

News: Fritsche, who spent all of last season in the AHL, will be in camp with the Blue Jackets on a tryout agreement, the Columbus Dispatch reports.
Analysis: If he doesn't make the NHL roster (and he likely won't) Fritsche seems inclined to continue his career in Europe rather than back in the minors.

10/5/2009

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Dan Fritsche

Fritsche signs with AHL team

News: The Columbus Dispatch reports that former Blue Jackets C Dan Fritsche has signed an AHL contract with the Syracuse Crunch. Fritsche was in camp with the Thrashers, but didn't make the squad.
Analysis: Fritsche has 34 goals and 42 assists in 256 career games with Columbus, the New York Rangers and Minnesota. Fritsche has never been an important Fantasy player, so continue to leave him on waivers.

9/28/2009

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Dan Fritsche

Atlanta has no room for Fritsche

News: The Thrashers have released two players, including goalie Manny Legace. The 36-year-old Legace appeared in one preseason game for Atlanta, stopping 25 of 27 shots against Carolina. He was cut Monday along with forward Dan Fritsche.
Analysis: Fritsche had one assist in five preseason games for the Thrashers. He has 34 goals and 42 assists in 256 career games with Columbus, the New York Rangers and Minnesota. Fritsche has never been an important Fantasy player, so continue to keep him on waivers.

9/10/2009

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Dan Fritsche

Thrashers invite two to camp

News: The Thrashers have invited forward Dan Fritsche and defenseman Mark Popovic to training camp on a tryout basis.
Analysis: Atlanta is pretty set at forward and on defense, but it never hurts to look at a few other options. Even if Fritsche or Popovic make the team, we don't expect them to make great Fantasy impacts. It's safe to ignore them in all formats.

3/25/2009

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Dan Fritsche

Fritsche moves back to center

News: The Sports Xchange reports before taking off with the Wild for New York, center Dan Fritsche joked he would consume 10 Red Bulls in preparation for Minnesota's game Tuesday with the Rangers. Fritsche was jettisoned by New York in January after he was a scratch in all but one game for the Rangers from Nov. 30 to Jan. 29. Since arriving in Minnesota in a swap for defenseman Erik Reitz, Fritsche has played in all 26 games for the Wild. "You want to show them how I'm playing in Minnesota and what I can do," Fritsche said of playing against the Rangers. "You want to prove yourself. You almost want to show them what they traded. I'm sure every player thinks that way when they play old teams." Fritsche had a quiet game, however, with no shots on goal in 15 minutes.
Analysis: Fritsche, 23, has been a nice addition to a Wild team that lacks depth. He entered Tuesday's game with three goals and four assists in 25 games. He's gotten power-play and penalty-kill time, but after being saddled for much of his time in Minnesota on the fourth line, he's suddenly expected to see significant ice time now that center Mikko Koivu is out with a knee injury. He has moved to his natural center position from right wing and is excited. "Not only am I looking forward to playing a lot, I'm looking forward to the responsibility that's on my shoulders," Fritsche said. "It's the final (nine) games. It's the stretch run. You can't ask for a more crucial time to be given this type of responsibility." While Fritsche might be needed at center, he doesn't have nearly the talent of Koivu. He still has minimal Fantasy appeal.

2/22/2009

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Dan Fritsche

Fritsche scores on power play

News: Minnesota C Dan Fritsche scored his third goal of the season on Sunday against the Blackhawks on Sunday. Fritsche tied the 2:45 after Chicago opened the scoring with a power-play goal on a deflection in the air that withstood a video review. Parked in front of the crease, Fritsche redirected Pierre-Marc Bouchard's shot from the top of the slot. The puck struck Fritsche's stick, ruled to be at crossbar height, and caromed downward past goalie Cristobal Huet.
Analysis: Fritsche made his Minnesota debut less than a month ago and has already produced three goals for the team as a reward for their confidence in him. He also has three assists on the NHL season which is less than a month old for him. He is still a low-end option despite a strong start in the bigs.

2/20/2009

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Dan Fritsche

Fritsche scores a second goal

News: Minnesota C Dan Fristsche scored his second goal of the season on Thursday against the Flames. He now has five points on the season with two goals and three assists.
Analysis: Fritsche made his debut less than a month ago with the Wild and has done very little since. In fact, this was his first point of any kind. He remains irrelevant in Fantasy despite scoring the goal.

1/31/2009

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Dan Fritsche

Fritsche makes Minnesota debut

News: Forward Dan Fritsche made his debut with the Wild Friday against the Oilers after being acquired from the New York Rangers in a trade Thursday for defenseman Erik Reitz. He didn't have a point in 11:52 of ice time and finished at even.
Analysis: Fritsche had a goal and three assists in 16 games for the Rangers this season. Fritsche could provide depth up front for Minnesota, but has minimal Fantasy appeal since he isn't a big-time offensive weapon.

1/29/2009

Dan Fritsche, C, CLB

Dan Fritsche

Fritsche traded to Minnesota

News: The Minnesota Wild traded defenseman Erik Reitz to the New York Rangers on Thursday for left wing Dan Fritsche.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Fritsche tallied four points in 16 games with the Rangers this season. A 6-foot-1, 204-pound native of Parma, Ohio, Fritsche has played in 222 career NHL games over five seasons with Columbus and New York. Fritsche could provide depth up front for Minnesota, but has minimal Fantasy appeal.

1/27/2009

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Dan Fritsche

Rangers waive Fritsche

News: The Rangers have waived C Dan Fritsche.
Analysis: Fritsche has been a healthy scratch for most of this season and has just four points in 16 games. He has no Fantasy value at this time.

1/21/2009

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Dan Fritsche

Fritsche finally sees ice

News: The Sports Xchange reports that Rangers LW Dan Fritsche, who had been benched in 20 straight games, finally played in Tuesday's win over the Ducks.
Analysis: Fritsche, in his first season with the Rangers, has been lost in the shuffle since arriving in a trade from Columbus. Until he is a regular, it's safe to ignore Fritsche in Fantasy.

11/13/2008

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Dan Fritsche

Fritsche posts his first points

News: Rangers LW Nigel Dawes and C Dan Fritsche both had two assists and a plus-2 rating during Wednesday's 5-2 win against the Devils.
Analysis: Fritsche, in his first season with the Rangers, finally posted his first points Wednesday after being held scoreless in his first six games. Fritsche has been lost in the shuffle since arriving in a trade from Columbus and is often a healthy scratch. Until he is a regular, it's safe to ignore Fritsche in Fantasy.

11/9/2008

Dan Fritsche, C, CLB

Dan Fritsche

Rissmiller, Fritsche odd men out

News: The Sports Xchange reports despite shuffling his forward roster often during the first month of the season, Rangers coach Tom Renney seems to have settled on a regular lineup, with C Patrick Rissmiller and LW Dan Fritsche the healthy scratches for the last several games. "It's tough. We've got a couple of good guys who aren't playing right now," Renney said. "But I can't worry about that, I've got to win hockey games. But who's to say those guys wouldn't help us do the same thing. One at a time."
Analysis: Rissmiller and Fritsche would probably be in the same situation had they been playing on other teams, but it is even worse in New York since the Rangers are loaded with top forwards. Until Rissmiller and Fritsche are regulars, it's safe to ignore them in Fantasy.

10/30/2008

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Dan Fritsche

Rangers tweak lines Thursday

News: LoHud.com reports that Rangers coach Tom Renney has switched up his lines for Thursday night's game against the Thrashers. Scott Gomez will center Markus Naslund and Chris Drury on the top line, while Brandon Dubinsky will center Aaron Voros and Nikolai Zherdev reuniting as the PlayStation line on the second scoring unit. The third line will consist of Dan Fritsche centering Nigel Dawes and Ryan Callahan, while the fourth line will be Fredrik Sjostrom, Blair Betts and Colton Orr.
Analysis: This move by Renney isn't anything too drastic Fantasy-wise, although Ryan Callahan and Nigel Dawes drop off the scoring lines. They only have minimal Fantasy value anyway. Naslund, Gomez and Zherdev remains solid starts in all formats, while this move might help Drury get back involved, so he has some value as a mid-level starting Fantasy forward. Voros is the only other guy with any Fantasy value, and his lies only in deeper leagues.

7/15/2008

Dan Fritsche, C, CLB

Dan Fritsche

Rangers sign new acquisition Fritsche

News: The New York Rangers agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Dan Fritsche on Tuesday. The 23-year-old Fritsche had 10 goals and 12 assists in 69 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. The 6-foot-1, 206-pounder had 29 goals and 34 assists in 206 career games with Columbus. The Parma, Ohio, native was originally Columbus' second-round choice, 46th overall, in the 2003 draft. He was acquired with Nikolai Zherdev from Columbus in exchange for Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman on July 2.
Analysis: Fritsche hasn't shown much offensive potential in the NHL so far, so continue to ignore him in all Fantasy formats.

7/2/2008

Dan Fritsche, C, CLB

Dan Fritsche

Zherdev big name in four-player deal

News: The Blue Jackets traded enigmatic RW Nikolai Zherdev and C Dan Fritsche to the New York Rangers for D Christian Backman and D Fedor Tyutin on Wednesday.
Analysis: Zherdev put up a career-high 61 points last season. He was only owned in 32 percent of leagues at the beginning of the year, but finished the campaign owned in a solid 87 percent. He is a solid low-end starting forward in most formats and could have an even better season in 2008-09. Tyutin is a decent young blue-liner, but shouldn't be drafted except in the deepest of formats. Fritsche put up only 22 points last season and should continue to be ignored in all leagues. Finally, Backman has never been much of an offensive producer in his four full NHL seasons, so ignore him too. All in all, Zherdev is the only one worth worrying about in this deal.

3/20/2008

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Dan Fritsche

Fritsche out for rest of season

News: Blue Jackets center Dan Fritsche will miss the rest of the regular season after breaking his hand in a game at Detroit. Fritsche, who has 10 goals and 12 assists in 69 games this season, was injured in the second period of Columbus' 3-1 loss to the Red Wings on Wednesday night. The Blue Jackets recalled forward Alexandre Picard on Thursday from Syracuse of the AHL. He had seven goals and 11 assists in 47 games with Syracuse this season, after missing the first 18 games due to a knee injury.
Analysis: Fritsche's 2006-07 season ended with a wrist injury. The 22-year-old hasn't had much luck so far in his young NHL career. Release him in all formats at this time.

3/20/2008

Dan Fritsche, C, CLB Fritsche having surgery, out for season

Dan Fritsche

Fritsche having surgery, out for season

News: According to the Columbus Dispatch, Blue Jackets C Dan Fritsche is having surgery Thursday to set a broken bone in his left hand and is out for the season.
Analysis: Fritsche's 2006-07 season ended with a wrist injury, so the 22-year-old hasn't had much luck so far in his young NHL career. Release him in all formats at this time.

3/19/2008

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Dan Fritsche

Fritsche exits game with hand injury

News: Blue Jackets C Dan Fritsche injured his hand in the second period and did not return in Wednesday's 3-1 loss at Detroit. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time and he is questionable for Saturday's rematch with the Red Wings.
Analysis: Fritsche posted points (2 goals, 3 assists) in three of the last five games. For the season he is up to 10 goals and 12 assists, but remains nothing more than a low-end Fantasy reserve at this time.

3/19/2008

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Dan Fritsche

Fritsche collects two assists

News: Dan Fritsche assisted on goals by Rick Nash and Manny Malhotra and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Calgary Flames 3-0 for their second straight win on Tuesday night. Columbus won three of four and is now seven points out of the eighth playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Analysis: Fritsche has points (2 goals, 3 assists) in three of the last four games. For the season he is up to 10 goals and 12 assists, but remains nothing more than a low-end Fantasy reserve at this time.

3/7/2008

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Dan Fritsche

Fritsche turnover ends up costly

News: Dan Fritsche scored his ninth of the season to tie it at 1 for the Columbus Blue Jackets, but made a costly mistake in the extra period. Fritsche turned the puck over in his own zone, which resulted in Andrew Cogliano's snapshot overtime goal, his 12th of the season.
Analysis: Fritsche scored his first goal in 14 games to match both goals and assists with nine for the season. He is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy reserve at this time.

1/29/2008

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Dan Fritsche

Fritsche picks up assist in return

News: Dan Fritsche made his way back into the Blue Jackets lineup and quickly picked up an assist on Fredrik Modin's goal just 21 seconds into Tuesday's game against Phoenix. Fritsche also had three shots on goal and played 13:50 minutes.
Analysis: Fritsche remains buried on the forwards depth chart in Columbus and is playing about 13 minutes per game. He is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy reserve at this time. He is good for a few points per month.

1/28/2008

Dan Fritsche, C, CLB

Dan Fritsche

Fritsche practices on Monday

News: Blue Jackets C Dan Fritsche practiced on Monday and was "flying around the rink" according to the Columbus Dispatch.
Analysis: Fritsche remains buried on the forwards depth chart in Columbus and is playing about 13 minutes per game. He is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy reserve at this time. He is good for a few points per month.

1/24/2008

Dan Fritsche, C, CLB

Dan Fritsche

Fritsche misses first game with bad back

News: Blue Jackets D Dan Fritsche sat out his first game with a lower back sprain.
Analysis: Fritsche remains buried on the forwards depth chart in Columbus and is playing about 13 minutes per game. He is nothing more than a low-end Fantasy reserve at this time. He is good for a few points per month.