The Goods on Fantasy Hockey
by Ian Gooding on 04/03/13 at 12:10 AM ET
Following some of the names that have been moved these past few days, trade deadline day could shape up to be a day with a lot of little deals. However, names like Miikka Kiprusoff, Roberto Luongo, Mark Streit, and Jason Pominville could make the day interesting. Here is an update on the most notable names that have changed teams so far with the likely fantasy implications. Of course, these evaluations are fluid given that the teams involved may not quite be done in stockpiling their rosters for a Stanley Cup run. At any rate, check back for further fantasy analysis as more deals will be made.
Jarome Iginla, RW, PIT
By now, we all know how Iginla was supposed to go to the Boston Bruins instead. We also know how the magic between Iginla and Team Canada teammate Sidney Crosby was short-lived, with Crosby possibly sidelined for several weeks with a broken jaw. To boot, the Penguins’ win streak is now over. The fast track to the Stanley Cup didn’t have this many potholes, did it? If any team can absorb the loss of the league’s premier player, however, it’s this team. Playing with Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Chris Kunitz, et al should bode well for Iginla, who scored his first goal as a Penguin in his second game on Tuesday against Buffalo. Besides, Iggy is in much better shape fantasy-wise than fellow acquisition Brenden Morrow, who has been seeing third-line minutes for the Pens thus far. By the way, it’s not inconceivable to drop Crosby in your fantasy league, particularly if your team is operating in week-to-week survival mode.
Jay Bouwmeester, D, STL
Incredibly, Bouwmeester will have an opportunity to play in his first-ever NHL playoff game this season with his third NHL team. Although the Blues are far from clinching a playoff spot, the acquisitions of J-Bo and Jordan Leopold should help improve a defense that has gone from the Jennings Trophy last season to the bottom half of the league in goals-against average this season. J-Bo logged 25 minutes of icetime per game for the Flames, but that icetime may be reduced a little with the presence of Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk on the blueline. Bouwmeester has been a combined (-32) the past two seasons in Calgary, a number that should probably improve a little and provide him with at least marginal fantasy value.
Derek Roy, C, VAN
The Dallas Stars fire sale continues with Roy and Jagr (see below) sent packing within minutes of each other. Roy was sent to the Canucks, a team desperate for a center that can win faceoffs and contribute on the power play, both sore spots for the Canucks this season. Expect Roy to play the role of second-line center in Vancouver, with two of Mason Raymond, Jannik Hansen, and Chris Higgins as his wingers. Another variable is the possible return of Ryan Kesler within the next week or two. Kesler could be used as a winger on the second line, or Alain Vigneault could allow Kesler to focus on shadowing opponents’ top center by centering the third line. Roy may be nothing more than a rental for the Canucks, who may not be able to afford his free agency price tag because of their tight cap situation.
Jaromir Jagr, RW, BOS
Lose out on the Jarome Iginla sweepstakes? No problem, Peter Chiarelli. Jagr, who won his first Stanley Cup before Tyler Seguin was born, makes a nice consolation prize. Like their bitter interconference rivals in Vancouver, the Bruins’ power play has sputtered all season, so Jagr is an especially important pickup (6 PPG already this season) for another team that is sparing no expense at winning the Stanley Cup. Jagr’s pickup could result in either Milan Lucic or Nathan Horton being pushed down to the third line, since both have struggled at times this season. However, Lucic and Horton would probably stay right where they are if leading scorer Patrice Bergeron misses any time.
Ryane Clowe, LW, NYR
Much has been documented about the high demand for a player that has 0 goals – that’s right, ZERO goals – this season. This glaring lack of production has left Clowe virtually worthless in one deep league I participate in – a league that counts goals but not penalty minutes, Clowe’s strongest category this season. If you believe that Clowe is due after running his course in San Jose, then you’ll pick him up believing that he’ll produce in spades for the Rangers, who have to try everything to fight for a playoff spot at this point. Clowe is a bang-and-crash type with some scoring (aside from this season) that could fit in on a line with Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik. It will be interesting to see if John Tortorella matches these three underperforming forwards, not only to secure a playoff spot but also to keep his own job.
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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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