The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 02/25/12 at 02:32 AM ET
Another two days, another two deals with fantasy hockey implications. Saturday’s Pick Six highlights the two recent trades, although Saturday features 22 of the league’s 30 teams in action. Chicago, Florida, Ottawa, Pittsburgh, San Jose, and Tampa Bay all play two games this weekend, while all other teams play one game.
Here are the confirmed starting goalies for Saturday, according to Left Wing Lock: Dwayne Roloson, TB; Jaroslav Halak, STL; Alex Auld, OTT; James Reimer, TOR; Jimmy Howard, DET.
Don’t forget to check back on Monday night, when I will highlight at least six key players who will be moved at Monday’s trade deadline and how the change in addresses will affect fantasy values of those involved.
Jeff Carter, C/RW, LA – start
Carter’s disappointing tenure in Columbus comes to an end with 25 points (15g-10a) and (-11) in 39 games. There is an obvious connection with Mike Richards that I probably don’t need to explain by now, so expect the fantasy value of both soulmates should improve as they likely stay on the same line and become as joined at the hip as Daniel and Henrik Sedin while they swear they will never leave each other. This trade should help Kings with their league-worst offense, so many Kings’ forwards and the struggling Drew Doughty should also benefit from this trade if it plays out as planned. Fantasy owners who were ready to stick a fork in Carter should remember that he was a perennial 30-goal scorer prior to this season. At least he will be happier in Tinseltown than he was in the capital of Ohio.
Jack Johnson, D, CBJ – bench
I can’t help but think that Johnson’s plus/minus will go from bad to worse in Columbus, although that statistic is probably skewed from facing teams’ top shooters. His (-85) is the worst of any player since the 2007-08 season, although he is “only” a (-12) this season. Nonetheless, Johnson should log a ton of icetime with the Blue Jackets and could even help reduce the team’s 29th-ranked 3.17 GAA a little. All in all, this trade will hurt his value as long as the Blue Jackets are an NHL cellar dweller.
Slava Voynov, D, LA – add
Voynov was immediately called up by the Kings following the Johnson trade. The Kings’ second-round pick in 2008 has 11 points (4g-7a), including 4 power-play points, in 33 games this season. He possesses some offensive upside and could even see power-play time with the Kings. A total of 51 points in 76 AHL games last season means that he is ready.
Kurtis Foster, D, MIN – pass
Perhaps Foster will call Minnesota home after being moved from four other teams in the last three seasons following four seasons with the Wild. Foster posted 10 of his 12 points with the Devils while on the power play, which means fantasy owners are getting the most out of his points. The problem is that there just aren’t enough points, combined with healthy scratches and injury woes. Are the Wild known for scoring? All in all, I can’t think of a reason to pick up Foster in spite of this trade.
Marek Zidlicky, D, NJ – add
The writing was on the wall once Zidlicky reportedly mentioned that he wanted to be traded if Wild coach Mike Yeo was going to make him a healthy scratch. So off to Jersey he goes to help a Devils team that yearns for the days of Scott Niedermayer, when scoring was plentiful from the D. Since Zidlicky has just 14 points in 41 games, he is not a significant upgrade from Foster despite the steep price the Devils paid to acquire him. Still, expect him to receive every opportunity to quarterback the Devils’ power play.
Alex Auld, G, OTT – add/start
Because Craig Anderson accidentally cut his hand in a household accident, Auld will start on Saturday against Boston. The Sens had won four games in a row before Anderson’s injury, so even a career backup on a hot team is worth a pickup – even if the opponent is the defending Stanley Cup champion. Keep in mind that if Auldy falters, coach Paul MacLean will quickly turn to prospect Robin Lehner to find out if he is NHL-ready.
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My name is Ian Gooding, and this is The Goods on Fantasy Hockey. Given my ability to understand numbers, write sentences, and follow hockey, it’s not a surprise to those who know me that I became a fantasy hockey writer. I started writing about fantasy hockey in 2006 for fantasyhockey.com and became the site’s content editor in 2007. Looking to expand my audience, I joined Kukla’s Korner in the summer of 2011 to create the site’s first fantasy hockey blog.
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