The clock is ticking towards 3 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday – certainly a final call for NHL teams looking to mix things up.
Well, that was a pretty fun weekend of deals as we saw the likes of Ben Bishop, Peter Budaj, Martin Hanzal and Patrick Eaves land in new spots.
This time of year is incredible. The rumours, the speculation – it’s unbelievable! Watch out for those fake twitter accounts! They’ll get you if you’re not careful.
ON THE MOVE
Ben Bishop – G – Los Angeles Kings
No one saw this coming. Bishop is now a part of a two-pronged goaltender monster in Hollywood. It’s funny that he’s back in a situation where he isn’t the definition number one goalie. We’ll see how it plays out but undoubtedly, fantasy owners are a little disappointed. With Jonathan Quick there, it’ll be interesting how the playing time is all divvied up. Regardless, the Kings are a pretty sound defensive squad which should bode well for Bishop owners. If all they could figure out this offensive situation. Can Bishop play forward?
Peter Budaj – G – Tampa Bay Lightning
With Jonathan Quick’s surprise return on Saturday, Budaj’s fantasy stock plummeted quicker than ENRON. It’s amazing how quickly things can change. Now, he’s with Tampa and he’s a really good fit there too. The veteran can help the youngster Andrei Vasilevskiy in terms of his career progression. While he’s not the sure fire number one anymore, Vasilevskiy’s instability and inconsistency could lead to more Budaj starts down the stretch. We’ve got to wait and see if Tampa considers themselves as a true ‘seller’ yet.
Martin Hanzal – C – Minnesota Wild
The Wild sure look good up the middle now with the acquisition of Hanzal. Sure they gave up a lot but this was there “hey, we’re all-in” move. And we’ll see if it pays off. In terms of fantasy value, Hanzal isn’t a stud but he will provide some depth and stability depending on your league rules. He’s been on fire lately. We’ll see if that continues in Minnesota.
Patrick Eaves – RW – Anaheim Ducks
How normal is it for an NHL player to experience his breakout season at 32? It’s pretty bizarre but I think the Stars got a great deal for Eaves. The bearded vet was a minus-one with 5 shots on goal in his Ducks debut on Saturday in a 4-1 loss to LA. His 21 goals should prove to be a huge boost to a team that has been goal starved for the majority of this season.
Kevin Shattenkirk – D – St. Louis Blues
Without question, the Blues are in a weird predicament. They’re probably post-season bound but they also run the high risk of getting nothing for Shattenkirk if he goes elsewhere on July 1. Most pundits suggest he’ll be dealt but where is the biggest question. When he’s at his best, Shattenkirk is a legitimate top-5 fantasy defenseman. With 11 goals, 31 assists and 20 power play points, the 28-year-old will undoubtedly be a huge get for anyone who acquires him. He can put your fantasy squad over the top.
Matt Duchene – C, RW – Colorado Avalanche
In terms of potential players on the move, Duchene is the most intriguing. While he’s been stinking up the joint fantasy wise this season, a trade could ignite him for sure. It’s something his fantasy owners mull over on a daily basis. At this point, a deal is seemingly inevitable. It’s more so ‘when’ and not ‘if’ it happens. Sadly, it seems more likely as this point in the off-season as opposed to before the deadline but again, anything is possible. If you’re in a keeper league, you’re waiting with baited breath for something to go down here.
Radim Vrbata – RW – Arizona Coyotes
With Hanzal gone, Vrbata may be the next go in Arizona. It’s been a fantastic bounce back season for him to boot. Furthermore, not many would realize he’s been one of the hotter players in the league lately. He’s currently on an eight game point streak compiling nine points in this little run. He should be a solid pickup for whoever nabs him but that being said – he’s had his best years with the Coyotes. I’m always a little weary of his production when he’s not in the desert.
Patrick Sharp – LW, RW – Dallas Stars
The trading of Patrick Eaves on Friday was the signification of Dallas being in ‘seller mode.” Jim Nill may be really busy this week and next up to go could be veteran forward Patrick Sharp. With seven goals and eight helpers in 36 games, many wonder how much Sharp has left in the tank. He’s a UFA-to-be on July 1 and it doesn’t seem like he factors in to Dallas’ long term plans. A deal to a contender could be just what the doctor ordered for him. The 35 year old could prove to be one of the most important deadline pickups this season. We’ll see.
Anders Nilsson – G – Buffalo Sabres
Nick Schmaltz – C, LW – Chicago Blackhawks
Jake Gardiner – D – Toronto Maple Leafs
Martin Hanzal – C – Minnesota Wild
Jonathan Bernier – G – Anaheim Ducks
Plenty of trade chatter/rumour talk in Episode 17 of the Fantasy Fix Podcast. Dave Pagnotta of the Fourth Period stopped by to help break it all down.
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