Langkow

 

Fantasy Impact: Calgary has traded veteran center Daymond Langkow back to Phoenix for winger Lee Stempniak.

 

The Coyotes get: a veteran two-way center who has overcome a serious neck injury in the past year. Langkow suited up in only four games with Calgary in 2010-11, recording no goals and one assist. Unless Kyle Turris takes a huge offensive leap forward, Langkow could very well find himself on the top line with Shane Doan on opening night. He previously played in Phoenix from 2001 to 2004. Langkow has been training hard with no setbacks this summer.

 

The Flames get: A streaky offensive winger capable of scoring goals in bunches. Stempniak will battle with David Moss and Rene Bourque for second line ice time.

 

Fantasy Players Impacted: Langkow will likely play with Doan and Whitney on the "top" line in Phoenix. I don't think this affects Turris all that much - the ice time is still there for him if he proves to be ready. This clears a spot on line three for Brett MacLean. My stab at the Phoenix lines:

 

Whitney-Langkow-Doan

Korpikoski-Hanzal-Vrbata

MacLean-Turris-Boedker

Torres-Gordon-Pyatt

 

In Calgary, this clears ice time in the top line for Backlund. Jokinen and Stajan will be the other two offensive centers. My stab at Calgary's lines:

 

Tanguay-Backlund-Iginla

Glencross-Jokinen-Bourque

Moss-Stajan-Stempniak

Kostopolous-Morrison-Jackman

 

Fantasy players this helps, in order:

1. Langkow

2. MacLean

3. Morrison

4. Backlund

5. Boedker

6. Stajan


Fantasy players this hurts, in order:

1. Jackman

2. Moss (more competition)

3. Sven Bartschi (short term, he was a long shot to make the team to begin with)


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UKflames said:

UKflames
Ex leafs line Surely the flames will put the old Leafs first line back together

Hagman - Stajan - Stempniak smilies/cheesy.gif
August 30, 2011
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DuklaNation said:

DuklaNation
... This might benefit Backlund most of all as it eliminates Langkow who is one of those players who gets ice time regardless of how well he plays. If Morrison goes down, he'll have a clear shot at the #1 line. Hopefully he gets a decent chance at it.
August 30, 2011
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
calgarys roster... The problem with Calgarys roster- is they have 4 centers- all who at their peak are #2 centers... personally i see Morrison as their #1, then Jokinen- and then either Stajan and Backlund. maybe one of them moves to the wing on the 2nd line-but either way- not a whole lot of fantasy value their.
August 30, 2011
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Thomas Gregory said:

August 29, 2011 | url
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fzusher said:

fzusher
who's on first in Phoenix Darcy, under the current coaching staff, Langkow is definitely a top center. No, he doesn't have the offense any more, but that doesn't matter. He has the two-way acumen and veteran savvy, and that means that until Turris rounds out his two-way game - not his offense - Langkow will always be more trusted by this coaching staff, and therefore will get more and better minutes.

Hanzal is still their top 5-on-5 shutdown C, so he'll continue to be lined up against opposition's top lines, leaving Langkow by default with the top offensive duty. I wouldn't be surprised if they retain the MacLean-Turris-Boedker line which has had so much success in the A, using it for secondary scoring and energy in third line minutes (and perhaps as a 2 PP unit) at least to start the season.

Fiddler is no longer there. The player bumped off the center depth chart in PHX is Nokelainen, though he could line up on wing ont he fourth line as well.

Coyotes still have a winger or two they could shed, though, with 12 one-ways plus Turris, MacLean and Tikhonov (who is a KHL risk if he doesn't make it back on the team).

Besides, this move could bring Doan's youth back to him. After all, if he lines up with Langkow and Whitney, he's the spring chicken of the line ...
August 29, 2011
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... The way I see it, the Coyotes have three equal lines in terms of ice time.

Turris, not Fiddler. My mistake.
August 29, 2011
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gerald said:

immortal_leafs
... Didn't Fiddler go to Dallas? The dog days of summer must be getting to you Angus! Grab a beer and refresh yourself.
August 29, 2011
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horrorfan said:

horrorfan
Hanzal? How does this trade affect Hanzal from an offensive standpoint?
August 29, 2011
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SK said:

crackho1976
Turris i think he will center the 2nd line? You forgot him in your lineup!?
August 29, 2011
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Darcy S said:

swamp_mule
Projected lines If this doesn't affect Turris, then where is he on the lineup? As far as I'm concerned, Langkow is the #3 center. His offensive days are over and he will switch gears to being a checker.
August 29, 2011
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