FANTASY FOCUS: Injuries and Trades Shake Up The Waiver Wire

Matt SitkoffCorrespondent IFebruary 9, 2010

TORONTO - FEBRUARY 2: Jean-Sebastien Giguere #35 of the Toronto Maple Leafs guards the net during game action against the New Jersey Devils on February 2, 2010 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)
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After a quick trip to South Beach to enjoy some fun and sun during Super Bowl week, I’m back for some much needed push before the Olympic break. First of all congratulations to the city of New Orleans and their championship; I am sure Mardi Gras is going to be crazy this upcoming weekend. Now, let’s get to the Pucking Awesome Fantasy Focus and look at the Waiver Wire for some gems.


Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Maple Leafs G:

People were sent scrambling to the Waiver Wire to pick up this former Stanley Cup winning goalie when the news he had been traded to Toronto and gone from backup to starter. Word came out that he will be getting the bulk of the starts and now his ownership is up 12%, so please don’t hesitate anymore and pick up this former Conn Smyth winner. 

The Leafs will have a lot to play for as the season draws to a close, for they do not own their own first-round pick, lost to Boston in the Phil Kessel deal. I also see a much improved defensive team in front of Giguere due to the same day acquisition of Dion Phaneuf. 

The 32-year-old goaltender had hit a rough part of his career starting last season, enduring the loss of his father, then seeing his playing time cut into by the upstart Jonas Hiller. When the 27-year-old Swiss was named the playoff goalie, the ending was written in the sand for Giguere to move on. Now the goalie has a chance to show he can still play and should help fantasy teams in the playoff stretch.


Joe Corvo, Hurricanes D:

The puck moving defenseman has returned after missing 28 games with a right leg injury and the offensive defenseman should now be activated in all accounts for fantasy purposes. Corvo had 12 points in 27 games prior to going down with the injury and was immediately thrown back into the fire, playing over 23 minutes in his three games back.

Corvo will be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, so his name will be coming up in trade rumors and either way he seems healthy enough to contribute to a fantasy team on whichever team he suits up for. Don’t forget that the 32-year-old offensive defenseman is coming off a year that saw him score 14 goals and 38 points.

The 6'0" defenseman will also help your fantasy team with power play points; he already has four power play goals this year and had 22 power play points last year. Corvo is also a plus player with a +41 rating for his career.


David Booth, Panthers W:

I am very surprised to put this talented winger on a Waiver Wire article but the reality is that David Booth, coming off a scary concussion injury, is only owned in about 60 percent of leagues. Most people are shying away from a player that is one check away from being out for the year, but I say risk it.

Booth missed 45 games due to the concussion but has been back playing for about a week now. The injury to his top linemate Nathan Horton hurts his point potential, but that again still does not overrule the fact that this guy can flat out score. 

The 25-year-old had 31 goals and 60 points last year on an offensively challenged Florida Panther team. Booth teams up with Stephen Weiss and Michael Frolik to create a scary top line that can also cause problems on the power play. The concussion will be hanging over this kid's head for the rest of the season, as it cost him a shot at the Canadian Olympic team, but it should not slow him down as he attempts to make this more than a lost season.


Matthew Stajan, Flames C:

Acquired in the big Dion Phaneuf deal, Stajan has ascended to the top line playing in the middle of Jerome Iginla and former Leaf teammate Niklas Hagman. Now, you don’t have to be an expert to know that playing alongside Iginla has made fantasy studs out of normal players (Cammalerri, Conroy, Langkow, Huselius to name a few).

The 26-year-old center was already having a career year with his 17 goals and inching closer to his career high in points (55 last season). The former second-round pick also will contribute on the top power play unit as he had 13 power play points with the Leafs. The player that scored his first NHL goal in his first NHL game has already chipped in his first goal with the Flames, and expect more as the season rolls on.