Although all fantasy leagues were quiet with the Olympics in full swing, things return to normal today, as the NHL season resumes after a two-week hiatus. That also means that the trade talk and rumors will be running rampant until we hit the 3 pm ET deadline on Wednesday.
GMs were still allowed to talk during the break, and that could mean that a lot of wheeling and dealing happens in the next 24-48 hours. The Penguins already got things going by acquiring Jordan Leopold earlier this morning from the Florida Panthers. That also means that you should be on top of your league transactions, and get ready to grab a guy who might get traded to a better situation (Leopold is a perfect example), and even drop a guy that might be headed to an inferior team.
Here are some of the players that might be moved by March 3rd. This doesn’t necessarily mean that these players will all be donning new uniforms after Wednesday, but don’t be surprised if more than a few of these guys are in the news for having to move elsewhere:
Toronto Maple Leafs – Alex Ponikarovsky, Lee Stempniak, Wayne Primeau
Columbus Blue Jackets – Raffi Torres, Fredrik Modin, Milan Jurcina, Mathieu Garon
Edmonton Oilers – Lubomir Visnovsky, Sheldon Souray, Dustin Penner, Ethan Moreau, Steve Staios, Mike Comrie, Fernando Pisani, Patrick O’Sullivan, Denis Grebeshkov
NY Islanders – Doug Weight, Andy Sutton, Jon Sim, Richard Park, Martin Biron
Boston Bruins – Michael Ryder, Dennis Wideman
Nashville Predators – Dan Hamhius, Dan Ellis
Atlanta Thrashers – Slava Kozlov, Colby Armstrong, Pavel Kubina
Minnesota Wild – Owen Nolan, Marek Zidlicky
St.Louis Blues – Keith Tkachuk, Paul Kariya
Florida Panthers – Kamil Kreps, Steven Reinprecht, Cory Stillman, Dennis Seidenberg, Tomas Vokoun
Carolina Hurricanes - Ray Whitney, Stephane Yelle, Andrew Alberts, Aaron Ward, Joe Corvo, Manny Legace
There might be a few other players that are moved that aren’t mentioned above but have been mentioned in rumors in the last few weeks (e.g. Marty Turco, Cristobal Huet, Vincent Lecavalier, Kris Versteeg, etc.). However, the chances of any of these players realistically being dealt are not that high (but stranger things have happened…cough….Phaneuf).
Others, like Zidlicky, might be signed to a new contract before the deadline arrives, and therefore will be taken off of the market. Some, like Visnovsky, have large contracts, and aren’t going to be an easy fit for somebody juggling with salary cap issues. Some, like Kariya and Whitney, could just veto a deal altogether if they don’t like the situation they would be heading to.
Either way, even with players like Kovalchuk, Phaneuf, Barker and Giguere already moved, don’t be surprised to see about 18-20 deals take place between now and Wednesday. Make sure you are just as active to adjust your rosters accordingly as well.
This article also appears on Fantasy Hockey Wire.