This week I decided to wait until after the trade deadline to make my recommendations.
It’s a good thing I waited. All but two teams (Boston and Edmonton) made some sort of move at the trade deadline. A total of 46 players changed teams, and a slew of draft picks were swapped—including three first round picks. Some teams anted up for the playoffs. And other teams built for the future.
I raise an eyebrow and question the sanity of some general mangers, and I applaud the courage of others. Shipping Cristobal Huet to Washington for a draft pick is a curious trade, and giving up a handful of youth for Marian Hossa is a risky move.
Regardless of what analysts have to say about the 2008 NHL Trade Deadline, two things are certain:
1) Canada should investigate moving its newest statutory holiday “Family Day” so that it falls on the same day as the NHL Trade Deadline
2) The fantasy value for dozens of hockey players fluctuated today. Some for the better (Brian Campbell) and others for the worse (Johan Holmqvist)
Based on today’s moves, here are some players whose stocks are rising that may be available in your pool.
Marcel Hossa (PHX – LW)
This isn’t the Hossa you were expecting me to mention is it? Marian’s younger brother Marcel has been buried on a talented Rangers line-up.
The ‘Yotes must be high on the kid because they sent a lot of talent the Big Apple to pick him up along with goaltender Al Montoya.
I would expect the former first round draft pick to line up alongside Peter Mueller and Shane Doan once he makes his way out to the desert.
Phoenix is a fast young team and while out of the big city spotlight Marcel should be able to mesh well with their new style of game.
Colby Armstrong (ATL – RW) & Erik Christensen (ATL – C)
Now that the Pittsburgh Penguins have picked up Marian Hossa, they are one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference. But they gave up a lot of young talent to acquire the veteran.
Right wing Colby Armstrong will immediately be plugged into one of the Thrashers top two lines—possibly in the position left vacant by Marian Hossa on the first line, if it’s not given to Mark Recchi.
If Armstrong does not play on the top unit with Ilya Kovalchuk, he will still have a chance to play on the second power-play shift with Slava Kozlov. Either way, he will see more ice-time in Atlanta than he had in Pittsburgh.
Likewise, Erik Christensen will also receive an increase in ice-time now that the centerman is out from behind the shadows of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Jordan Staal down the Penguins middle lane.
Sergei Fedorov (WSH – C)
Fedorov’s best days are behind him, but Washington is making a huge push to get into the Stanley Cup playoffs this year. The hopes and dreams of hockey fans in the capital rest on the two newest Capitals Sergei Fedorov and Cristobal Huet.
With Fedorov out from under the thumb of Ken Hitchcock in Columbus he will be revitalized by the Russian youth in Washington.
Both Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin hail from his motherland Russia. I expect he will feel quite comfortable in a Caps uniform.
Jan Halak (MON – G)
Cristobal Huet was dealt to the Washington Capitals. What does this mean for fantasy managers?
Cristobal Huet’s value drops. Olaf Kolzig’s value plummets. Carey Price’s value skyrockets. And Jan Halak’s value climbs.
Out of the four goalies I just mentioned he’s likely the only goalie available in your league. And I recommend picking him up, or at least keeping a close eye on him.
Jan Halak is now the back-up to 20-year-old Carey Price. While showing flashes of brilliance, Price has struggled this season—most recently against the New York Rangers when he allowed three goals before the 14-minute mark of the first period.
Jussi Jokinen (TB – LW)
Tampa Bay cleaned house today. Brad Richards, Jan Hlavac, Johan Holmqvist, and Vaclav Prospal have all found new homes this week.
In the trade that sent superstar Brad Richards to the Dallas Stars the Lightning received shootout sniper Jussi Jokinen. With Prospal in Philly there is now an opening on Tampa’s top line.Don’t be surprised to see Jussi Jokinen play on the left side of Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis. Jokinen has the speed and creativity to be an assist machine with linemates like this!