Crashing the Net: Trade deadline set to alter fantasy values of many
With the trade deadline mere days away, which players might end up being moved thereby potentially altering their fantasy value?
Here are some names to keep an eye on as it's probably a better than 50/50 bet that most will end up being moved by Wednesday's trade deadline.
Who on the 'Canes isn't on the market? "I'm getting inquiries on more players than I expected," GM
At 37-years old, perhaps Father Time has finally caught up with this gifted scorer? At the same time he recorded 76 points last season with an astounding 43 coming with the man-advantage. He hasn't been anywhere near that scoring ace of a year ago as he has less points on the season than he racked up last year on the power-play. He has a no-trade clause in his deal but he has informed the team he is wiling to waive it so that he can get back on the ice (he has been out of the lineup as a healthy scratch frequently of late). Kozlov isn't likely to return to a point-per-game pace, but if he is acquired by a team that would give him time on the PP unit and the chance to skate in the top-6 forwards, he could be a wonderful fantasy addition.
Potentially the most impactful blue liner still on the market (sorry, Mr. Souray -- see more below), Kubina is a second level scoring threat from the backend. In five of the last eight seasons he has scored at least 11 goals, and he clearly possesses enough skill to be an asset on the power-play. However, the team from Atlanta has engaged Kubina in contract talks -- he is set to become an unrestricted free agent -- so perhaps he won't be going anywhere after all.
This guy would probably be "the" name on the market if he was healthy, but a broken hand that required surgery has his return to the ice in question (he has been out since Jan. 30 but hopes to return to action by mid-March). Souray has reportedly given the Oilers a list of six teams he would accept a trade to, so we'll have to wait and see how things play out for this talented, yet sometimes fragile, blue line scoring ace who recorded 23 goals and 23 power-play points last season.
A deal hasn't been worked out despite on-going negotiations over the break with the Isles, so it appears likely that the massive blue liner will be on the move (6-6, 250 lbs.). Sutton doesn't figure to be a boon in the fantasy game no matter where he ends up, but he might try to impress his new employer with his physical gifts meaning he might see a short-term uptick in his penalty minute production.
Unfortunately for the Blues, Tkachuck's value is up in the air after he had surgery on his left pinkie last week. He shouldn't be out more than two weeks, but his current lack of health certainly won't increase his potential trade value. Tkachuk would prefer to stay with the Blues, but he always interests teams looking to go deep into the playoffs considering his experience and gritty abilities. He hasn't performed well at all this season with only 12 goals, he recorded at least 25 goals each of the past three years, so perhaps a trade could get his juices flowing again.
Whitney has a no-trade clause in his contract, so only expect him to be moved to a team that has a chance to do some serious damage in the playoffs. "He holds his own cards," GM Jim Rutherford said. "At one time we had a deal made and he decided not to go." That team was reportedly the L.A. Kings, by the way. Whitney has always been too small to succeed, yet he has posted 859 points in 1,051 games so sometimes a tape measure doesn't tell you anything. Whitney might be the top offensive weapon left on the market, and the 37-year old still has plenty to give on the offensive side of the ice. If he goes to a team that has a need, he could also help out a ton on the power-play.
Will the team actually consider moving their best player, the man who leads the NHL in save percentage? Reports on both sides of the fence have been circulated, so it really appears to be a toss up as to whether or not he stays in Florida. The team has stated they want to cut salary and go young, so perhaps they do move Vokoun. If they do, and don't get a keeper in return, they would turn things over to
This is a bit of a surprise. The offensively-gifted Czech blue liner continues to post points with great efficiency (he is four points from a third straight 40-point season), but the Wild will consider moving him if they can't agree to a contract extension before the deadline. "It'd be a priority for us, and a prudent thing for us, to resolve his future status one way or the other by Wednesday," GM
There have already been a couple of blockbuster type deals which might mitigate any huge deals prior to this year's NHL trade deadline on Wednesday. Here are a couple of links to the previous deals that have already been completed in case you have forgotten while the NHL has been away for the Olympic break.
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It wasn't a trade per se, Auld was picked up off waivers from the Stars, but he finds himself the newest member of the N.Y. Rangers. Due $1 million for the year, the Rangers will only be responsible for half his remaining salary with the rest being paid by the Stars (each team will pay about $125,000). The Rangers had need for a solid backup behind
Acquired from the Panthers for a second round draft pick, this is the fifth time that Leopold has been sent packing. He certainly possesses some skill, after all he was the Hobey Baker Award winner in 2002 (given to the best U.S. college skater), but even though he is going to the offensively gifted Penguins squad he doesn't figure to have much upside unless an injury occurs on the team's blue line.
Here is a list of a few of the men who have been placed on waivers. Any team that picks them up would only be required to pay half of their salary.
* Fifteen teams play four games this week: Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Edmonton, Montreal, Nashville, NY Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver.
* One team plays only two games this week: Columbus.