Leopold

 

Fantasy Analysis: The Florida Panthers have traded Jordan Leopold to the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 2010 second round draft pick.

 

The Panthers get: a great draft pick for a player who has underacheived thanks in large part to injuries throughout his career.

 

The Penguins get: a defenseman who at one time may have had 50-point offensive upside, but injuries have probably knocked that down to below 40. Then again, this is Pittsburgh and even a defenseman on the third power-play unit is capable of padding his upside by five or 10 points.

 

Fantasy Players Impacted: Leopold is an unrestricted free agent after this season, so this has no impact on any of their d-men as far as the future is concerned. However, this eats up much of what little cap space the team has and will force them to shed salary if they want to bring in a winger. Sergei Gonchar and Alex Goligoski will still man the top power play and now Leopold will join Kris Letang on the second unit. That's an upgrade to Brooks Orpik. This only negatively impacts Goligoski in that if he were to slump then Leopold may take his spot, where as that was not a threat before this deal.

 

Players this helps, in order:

1. Jordan Leopold

2.Dmitri Kulikov

 

Players this hurts, in order:

1. Brooks Orpik

2. Alex Goligoski

 

 


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Darren said:

Panger
... For a second!!!!
Unbelievable! I'd take that deal and run if I were Fla.
March 01, 2010
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netwolf said:

netwolf
... I'd be surprised if Eaton got moved. Skoula's is firmly entrenched in the doghouse, and I expect him to be "Satan'd" to the minors if the Pens need a smidge more cap space. Also, if you look at the ice time Jay McKee gets, it appears he's not exactly a favorite of the staff. I think he could use a rest. Adding Leopold essentially bumps Eaton down, solidifying the third pairing with Goligoski, and make McKee the 7th defenseman. Shero went through last year's playoffs with several defensemen on NHL-only contracts, so I don't see why he'd be loathe to do it again.

If he got a really good offer on someone, I'm sure he'd consider it, but he's not going to move one of them and weaken the depth he just built up.
March 01, 2010
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Jason Banks said:

Jason_Banks
... Also... at the end of the day Florida traded Bouwmeester for a 2nd and a 3rd rd pick... I to me thats terrible Value your your best D man and a 1st rd, 3rd overall D man that has risen to be a top 15 2 way D man in the NHL at the ripe age of 26...

This is not how to GM a team
March 01, 2010
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Kraftster said:

Kraftster
... Orpik is immovably entrenched in the Pens top 4 D, especially after his strong showing at the Olympics. Gonchar, Orpik, Letang, and Leopold will be the top ice-time defensemen for the Pens the rest of the way.
March 01, 2010
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Jason Banks said:

Jason_Banks
... you for got to mention it helping Keaton Ellerby/Clay Wilson/Jason Garrison or Jordon Henry as they are the potential call ups...

Wilson is a leading scorer in Rochester and this could be his big break to try and come in and provide some punch on the backend in Florida with hopes at craching an NHL roster...

Long term Keaton Ellerby is a SOLID NHL prospect that could once day fill the #1 or 2 hole on a team... a poor man's Bouwmeester, can play at both ends of the ice... but is having a tough season this year...

Jason Garrison has gotten most of the Florida call ups deservibly... so he'll likely get the call...

of course thats if Florida doesnt go out and get anouther D smilies/wink.gif
March 01, 2010
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fzusher said:

fzusher
next Pens trade ... I'm calling it now ... just for the heck of it ... Mark Eaton heads west to a playoff or bubble team in need of defensive depth or improvement for an underperforming excess winger of some talent and more or less similar salary. Likely after Seidenberg and Hamhuis are moved.

Possibilities: to Vancouver for Bernier, to Chicago for Ladd, to Dallas for Brunnstrom or for Lehtinen. Vancouver's D corps is injury ravaged. Chicago currently has Brent Sopel as the 6th D and Jordan Hendry and Jassen Cullimore next in line. They also have no one on the D with a Stanley Cup ring (Madden and Ladd are the only ones on the team). Dallas have Jeff Woywitka as the no. 6 D.

There may be a minor picks exchange involved to balance things out ...
March 01, 2010
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Ryan said:

letnry
... Any chance there is a D man headed out of PIT in the next couple days?
March 01, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... given their W/L record with Gonchar in/out of the lineup...that would be monumentally stupid if they traded him. Man, I sure hope not!
March 01, 2010
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Stu Neft said:

Disco Stu
... Could this have any impact on whether or not the Pens deal Gonchar before the deadline to free up his cap space?
March 01, 2010
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