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Fantasy Impact: The Calgary Flames have traded defenseman Ian White and reserve forward Brett Sutter to Carolina for defenseman Anton Babchuk and industrious forward Tom Kostopolous.

 

 

The Flames get: some offensive skill on the blue line. That's not a knock against White, who could be a 45-point player some day. But Babchuk has a higher ceiling. He was stuck behind Joni Pitkanen, Joe Corvo and Jamie McBain on the PP depth chart. The team also gets rid of a someone who may be a short-term distraction in Sutter, who is having legal problems at the moment (but at the same time, they keep him close to family - moving from a Sutter coach to a Sutter teammate). In Kostopolous, they add a hardworking forward for the fourth line who will add more spunk and more offense to the fourth line than either of Stefan Meyer or Craig Conroy.


The Hurricanes get: a more complete defenseman in White (although we haven't seen it this year given his minus-10). Sutter will play in the minors, so the team cleared space for recent acquisition Troy Bodie and impressive call-up Jonathan Matsumoto. They added just over a half a million in salary.


Fantasy Players Impacted: White's value takes a hit, but at No. 4 on the PP depth chart is where he is better suited. He had his chance. Babchuk, on the other hand, could potentially be a high-scoring rearguard now. This could also give the Calgary power play a significant boost, which would have a ripple effect throughout the team's forward units.

 

Fantasy players this helps, in order:

1. Babchuk

2. Iginla/Bourque/Stajan/Tanguay

 

Fantasy players this hurts, in order:

1. White

2. Jay Bouwmeester

 


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frozenpools said:

frozenpools
... I would say this helps McBain... slightly. He still has to push his way up the depth chart.
November 17, 2010
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Mabus said:

mabus
... Giordano, Bouwmeester and White all were getting relatively equal PP time. This trade has taken away the only right handed shot and replaced him with a right handed shot. The two lefties (Bouwmeester and Giordano) shouldn't see much of a change in icetime, at least off the start anyway. If someone loses time, I'd expect it to be Bouwmeester, as Giordano's looked like much more of a natural fit on the PP than Bouwmeester has. The only change to Giordano would be if the Power Play suddenly becomes more productive.
November 17, 2010
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Michael said:

MT319
... Where is the take on what impact this will have on Giordano this season?
November 17, 2010
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Dobber said:

Dobber
... I do agree that O'Sullivan will get fewer scratches now, as a result, and I almost put him as as No.3...but in the end felt that I would just be giving false hope
November 17, 2010
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david said:

newper114
... Gotta say after hearing babchuk being moved i was a bit down. but after reading your take maybe its a good thing. will he be top powerplay unit with iginla? if so he has a rocket shot could wake iginla up also like you say.

my real question since i know you are a o'sully fan and lover like the rest of us.. does this clear room for him to stay in the lineup more often?
November 17, 2010
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Mabus said:

mabus
... Good analysis - I think the Calgary analysis is spot on, but I'm wondering about how this affects McBain. It seems like he'll be the beneficiary of additional PP time considering he's 4th right now in PPTOI among Carolina D, so I assume he'll get some of the 3+ minutes per game Babchuk was on the Carolina Powerplay. An extra minute a game could help boost his production and maybe kick him out of this funk.

Mabus
November 17, 2010
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