Eric Fehr RW WAS 6 Days
Fehr centered a line with Jason Chimera and Joel Ward during Wednesday's practice, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Fehr had been playing on the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, sporting an assist and five shots i three games. But in the wake of Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss to San Jose, head coach Barry Trotz is trying new lines at practice today. Fehr spent much of last season centering Chimera and Ward on what was, on some nights, Washington's best line, so it shouldn't be a difficult transition for Fehr. However, his fantasy value takes a significant hit not playing with Ovechkin and Backstrom.
Eric Fehr RW WAS 20 Days
Fehr has been skating with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom on the team's top line, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.
With Alex Ovechkin moving back to left wing, Fehr seems the likely candidate to take the job given the need for Troy Brouwer to shoulder the face-off burden on the second line and Joel Ward likely tied to Jason Chimera to form a talented third line. The job appears to be Fehr's to lose at the moment. Given his low ADP, Fehr is worth a late flier or speculative waiver pickup in all formats.
Eric Fehr RW WAS 29 Days
Fehr finished with a goal and an assist, along with two shots in 17:12 of ice time during Monday's 5-4 loss to the Flyers.
Fehr played on a line with Marcus Johansson, one of the contenders for the team's second-line center job, and rookie Jakub Vrana. Given his versatility, Fehr will be a valuable player for the Capitals this season, but it is not yet clear whether he will get top-six forward minutes yet. Fehr spent most of last season centering Jason Chimera and Joel Ward, and although it was a productive unit, the team looks like they are moving him back to wing for the 2014-2015 season. Unless he becomes a fixture alongside the likes of Alex Ovechkin or Nicklas Backstrom, Fehr's fantasy value is likely limited to deeper leagues.
Eric Fehr RW WAS 6 Months
Eric Fehr had a goal and two assists in Washington's 5-2 win on Thursday.
It was Fehr's first three-point game of the season. He has 13 goals and 31 points in 71 games in 2013-14.
Eric Fehr RW WAS 9 Months
Eric Fehr sustained a lower-body injury in the first period when he blocked a shot in the first period of Sunday's game against Detroit.
He managed to finish the game but he ended up playing just 12:00 of ice time. Coach Adam Oates expects Fehr to play Tuesday even though he didn't practice Monday. Keep him active if you normally would and we'll update his status if it changes.
Eric Fehr RW WAS 9 Months
Eric Fehr has been playing alongside Alex Ovechkin of late.
It's been quite a year for Fehr who was in Finland a year ago, trying to get another NHL contract after his hometown Winnipeg Jets let him go as a UFA at the end of the 2011-12 season. "I think playing in Finland really helped me to be a guy that they want the puck on your stick and to get the feeling of that again. When you play third-, fourth-line minutes for [seven] years, you almost lose the feel of the puck and how to create space and how to hang on to it and make plays," Fehr said. "I think that kind of clicked in my mind again that I can do this and showed me the ways I need to do it again. When I came back here I was playing with a different kind of confidence and reminded back of what I could do." Fehr has eight goals and 19 points in 35 games this season and his fantasy value definitely gets a boost if he continues to play with Ovechkin.
Eric Fehr RW WAS 9 Months
Eric Fehr picked up a pair of goals for the Capitals in Thursday's 4-3 win over Tampa Bay.
With eight goals and 19 points in 34 games this season, Fehr may offer some value in deeper fantasy leagues. Mikhail Grabovski and Marcus Johansson also found the back of the net in the win.
Eric Fehr RW WAS 10 Months
Eric Fehr was trying to play the puck in the neutral zone during the second period of Washington's eventual 3-2 shootout loss to the Florida Panthers Friday night when defenseman Erik Gudbranson delivered a hit to his head.
Views of the hit from multiple angles (video at the bottom of the post) shows Gudbranson raise his right shoulder and elbow to make direct contact with Fehr's face. Fehr immediately went to the Capitals' dressing room with 16:16 gone in the second period, but after passing the SCAT2 evaluation test that is required by the NHL's concussion protocol, the winger returned to the game in the third period. "I don't know what his intent was exactly, I haven't seen the replay so I'm not going to comment on that. It didn't feel good," Fehr said. "That was a close call, definitely. It definitely stung me. I think I dodged a bullet there." Whether Gudbranson dodges a bullet is another question. The NHL's disciplinary folks will look at the hit and a two-game suspension wouldn't be surprising.
Eric Fehr RW WAS 11 Months
After being banished to the press box for the last nine games, Eric Fehr will dress Saturday night in Toronto.
He'll play alongside Mikhail Grabovski and Troy Brouwer in his first appearance since Nov. 2. Martin Erat will be a healthy scratch to make room for Fehr. "Chemistry, one thing. It was time for Fehrsie to get a game," coach Adam Oates said. "Marty's been fighting it a little bit, in my mind. Sometimes when you sit up top you get a fresh perspective. It's not permanent, just trying to shake it up a little bit." Fehr has one goal and five assists in 14 games this season.
Eric Fehr RW WAS 12 Months
Eric Fehr is projected to play on Washington's top power-play unit on Friday with Alex Ovechkin out of the lineup.
"I don't think they'll be covering me quite as closely as they cover Ovi," Fehr said. "Ovi does his thing out there and I haven't had the opportunity. He makes it look pretty easy. He's been doing that for many years. I'm not going to be shooting it like him, I'll have my own spin on that position and hopefully it works out." He's slated to play with Nicklas Backstrom and Martin Erat on the top line.