Fantasy Analysis: The Colorado Avalanche have traded Wojtek Wolski to the Phoenix Coyotes for Peter Mueller and Kevin Porter.


I really like this deal for both teams...

The 'Yotes get: an NHL forward who does one thing and one thing only - puts points on the board. Now. With Mueller they would have to wait probably two years and Porter, too, for that matter. In Wolski, on the first line in the Phoenix system, they have a 65-point player here and now.

The Avs get: two very promising players. Mueller is probably best served in the AHL this year to get his confidence back, but he would need to clear waivers to do so. As such, he was forced to stay in the NHL where Dave Tippett's system wasn't the greatest thing for his development. Joe Sacco has already proven - time and again - that he can bring the best out of young players even before they are ready.

Fantasy Players Impacted: The players involved. Wolski's inconsistency will be stabilized under Tippet, but that will be tempered by a more defensive system. The result is a wash - 65 points. Mueller, on the other hand, gets a fresh start under a coach who will nurture the best out of him. I wouldn't expect more than 10 points down the stretch, but next year think 60 is feasible - whereas I wouldn't in my wildest dreams say that about him in Phoenix. As for Porter, he will have every opportunity to be an NHLer - something that he deserves. Again, in Phoenix, I don't know if that would happen.

Players this deal helps, in order:

1. Peter Mueller

2. Kevin Porter

3. Matthew Lombardi

4. Shane Doan

Players this deal hurts, in order:

1. T.J. Galiardi

2. Brandon Yip (for next year)

3. Ryan Stoa (more competition)


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Turfguy said:

Hensick? What impact do you think Porter's aquisition means for TJ Hensick? Both Porter and Hensick played with the NTDP and then for four years together at the University of Michigan. They had great chemistry. Might they be looking to recapture some of the magic?
March 04, 2010
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Yvan Létourneau said:

... Does this mean that Mueller becomes an automatic top-6 forward in Colorado (especially with the injury to Yip)?
March 03, 2010
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Chris said:

Savings Great move for both teams. Col saves $$$ seeing as wolski's already over 3M and a RFA this year.
March 03, 2010
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