THE OTHER TRADES
So, what about Monday’s other trades? Here’s my take on the two most significant ones (click here for NHL.com’s list and here for Rotoworld’s headlines).
Well, Michal Handzus is just about done. I can’t imagine many playoff-level fantasy teams finding a spot for him. While Chicago’s abundance of talent is alluring, it’s hard to imagine him getting on the ice much with those guys ... Robyn Regehr might help to fill some of that missing Willie Mitchell goodness in Los Angeles, although any reasonable observer would prefer Mitchell. Both have limited fantasy value, though.
RANGERS WITHIN RANGE
Continuing Monday’s search for halfway-decent players to help you survive Sidney Crosby’s injury, I couldn’t help but note two New York Rangers who are only owned in about half of Yahoo’s fantasy leagues: Derek Stepan and Ryan Callahan.
Stepan (49 percent owned) is a guy I've pumped up in the Daily Dose before, but is worth mentioning after a two-goal, +4, two PIM and four SOG night on Monday. He remains a point-per-game player stemming from March and seems to be getting plum assignments, making him the "sexier" pick.
I just happened to think to glance at Callahan’s ownership numbers and noticed that he’s only owned in 56 percent of leagues. Maybe that’s because he’s not always the most consistent scorer - he broke a five game drought with Monday’s four points - but he really shines in leagues with deeper categories.
For one thing, he’s been reliable for about three SOG per game in recent seasons, including 101 in 32 games in 2013. His six PIM are actually a disappointment after he had 61 last season and generally hovers around the 40+ area.
The pivotal thing, for me, is if you're in a hits league because he has an appealing 119 so far this season. That ties him for ninth overall in the NHL with David Backes, a guy who's played in two more games.
Both of these Rangers bring enough to the table to merit serious consideration. If you have the luxury of choosing between the two, it comes down to a higher ceiling in the short-term (Stepan) versus more versatility (Callahan).
INJURY NOTES (full list) and QUICK HITS
Just when it seemed like Jaroslav Halak was back to being The Man in St. Louis, he suffered a worrisome lower-body injury. Snatch Jake Allen if someone dumped him, but don’t count Brian Elliott out of this weird situation, either. (Though Allen should be the frontrunner, you’d think.) ... Nick Foligno is day-to-day with an upper-body injury ... Viktor Fasth showed that he still has value last night, yet I still hope you found a sell-high deal for him earlier this season ... So much for the Dallas Stars showing how much heart they have, huh? The Ducks handled them 4-0 last night ... It looks like Maxime Talbot is out indefinitely with his leg problem ... Mason Raymond is day-to-day with a shoulder ailment ... Sports Club Stats increased the Blues’ chances of making the playoffs by about 12 percent to 73.7 thanks to Monday’s win against the Minnesota Wild, not the trade they made or the injury they suffered. Dallas, meanwhile, saw about a 12 percent dive in its odds.