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Trade Deadline Recap

Thursday, March 06, 2014


In last week’s piece, I provided a preview of the coming trade deadline with my thoughts on what a change of scenery might mean for the fantasy value of the players involved. The dust has now settled on the deadline with 20 trades taking place on Wednesday along with a few other notable moves in the preceding days so let’s take a look at how things played out.

 

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Ryan Miller

 

Last week’s verdict: Hope for a trade

 

It was clear last week that Miller was certainly going to go somewhere and while I pointed out that any team would offer greener pastures for the Buffalo netminder, landing with the Blues is as good a result as Miller and his fantasy owners could have hoped for. St. Louis has a recent history of turning otherwise mediocre goaltenders into stars (Brian Elliott says hello) so the potential for a legitimately solid keeper like Miller is nearly limitless.  If you own the newest member of the Blues in a keeper format, you’re obviously hoping he decides to re-sign with the club over the summer, but his desire to play for a winner means he should be in a good situation to begin next season no matter where he agrees to play.

 

Thomas Vanek

 

Last week’s verdict: Hope for a trade

 

A lot of ink has been spilled trashing the Islanders for their handling of the Vanek acquisition and subsequent trade as well as crowning the Canadiens for the shrewdness they showed by swooping in and stealing the Austrian-born forward, but I only agree with half of that statement, which seemingly puts me in the minority. I can’t argue with the fact the Isles come away looking silly when we compare the price they paid for Vanek against what they ultimately received from the Habs, but I’m not as comfortable with the general consensus that Montreal is a big winner here. Because Vanek has made no effort to hide his desire to hit the open market after the season, this is almost certainly a rental for the Canadiens, which I find peculiar since the team isn’t considered by many to be a real contender for the Stanley Cup.  Unless Marc Bergevin and his team have soured internally on the prospects of Sebastien Collberg, I’ll admit I don’t really get it.  Looking solely at Vanek’s fantasy value, this is definitely an upgrade for him since he’ll play with better linemates than he would have on the John Tavares-less Islanders.

 

Matt Moulson

 

Last week’s verdict: Undetermined

 

I suggested last week that a trade to a contender wouldn’t necessarily be a boon to Moulson’s fantasy value given that his role could be more limited than the expanded one he possessed with the Sabres, but I believe the move to Minnesota will be a positive one for the underrated sniper.  He figures to be given a decent amount of premium ice time and will start out on a line with Mikko Koivu, which is already a step up from what he got accustomed to in Buffalo. Fantasy owners should feel good about starting Moulson going forward.

 

Martin St. Louis

 

Last week’s verdict: Hope he stays put

 

I’m aware that listening to me talk about my own fantasy exploits is about as interesting as sitting through someone else’s old poker war stories (Let me guess, you got beaten on the river card?), but bear with me for a second here. As someone who owns both Steve Stamkos and St. Louis in a league where I’m in a deadly battle for the championship, I couldn’t have been more excited to see Stamkos tweet that he’ll be returning to the Lightning lineup for Thursday’s game against the Sabres. After I had spent the better part of the next picturing the two superstars potting goal after goal against a flailing Jhonas Enroth, I checked my Twitter feed and was crestfallen to that St. Louis was on the verge of being dealt to the Rangers. I stand by my earlier prediction that no other situation in the league will be as productive for the veteran winger as staying put with the Lightning would have been. The fact that Stamkos’s value also takes a hit as a result of this news is salt in my proverbial wound.

 

Ryan Callahan

 

Last week’s verdict: Hope for a trade

 

The flip side of this trade sees the Rangers’ Captain Callahan join Tampa Bay for the remainder of the season, a move that should prove beneficial to him and his fantasy owners. We don’t yet know whether Cally will be paired with Stamkos right away, but the opportunity to skate alongside him with the man advantage is reason enough to be optimistic about his chances.  No matter the outcome of this experiment, keeper leaguers shouldn’t bet that the former Ranger will be in sunny Tampa beyond this year, as he’s been firm in his desire to land a lucrative free agent deal in the offseason.

 

Marian Gaborik

 

I didn’t preview this deal last week since I didn’t anticipate the Blue Jackets, fighting for their playoff lives, would be willing to relinquish a key offensive contributor. From a fantasy standpoint, I think the move to the West Coast will ultimately be of little impact.  The Kings play a notoriously rigid branch of hockey, which could limit the offensive upside of the move, but Jeff Carter has managed to be relatively productive within the confines of the system so I guess there’s hope for anyone.  If nothing else, Gaborik should help with a Los Angeles power play that currently sits in the league’s bottom five.

 

Ales Hemsky

 

I’ll admit I missed this one in last week’s deadline preview, but I should have written about Hemsky because it has been known for some time that his days in Edmonton were numbered.  I actually love this deal for the Senators and for the former Oiler, as a chance to reclaim a role as a key offensive contributor is something the talented forward should relish. If there’s one player I think could go from waiver wire fodder to demonstrable asset in standard leagues after the trade deadline it’s Hemsky. You heard it here first – go pick him up!




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