Fantasy Analysis: Edmonton sends Lubomir Visnovsky to Anaheim for Ryan Whitney and a sixth-round draft pick.
The Ducks get: a top offensive defenseman who is signed for three more seasons at $5.6 million per. He will be the quarterback of the future.
The Oilers get: a young defenseman with 45-point upside who is having a bit of an off year. This move cuts $1.6 million off the books per season.
Fantasy Players Impacted: I think both Visnovsky and Whitney benefit here. The new environments suit. Whitney joins a young rebuilding team (perfect) and Visnovsky joins a team much further along. Most importantly, I think this sends a message that the Oilers will ride Tom Gilbert as their future power-play quarterback. Think about it - Visnovsky is out. Denis Grebeshkov is out. Sheldon Souray will certainly be out in the summer. That leaves Whitney and Gilbert - and Gilbert is built to be a pure QB, despite this season's poor showing.
Players this deal helps, in order:
1. Tom Gilbert
2. Lubomir Visnovsky
3. Ryan Whitney
Players this deal hurts, in order: