I was one of them.
Langkow has not slowed down at all without Iginla; in fact he has stepped up his production. All season he has been playing like a top-15 center, and his play lately only reinforces that. He has no real weaknesses in his game (besides faceoffs, and most leagues don’t count that).
On the subject of Calgary, the Kristian Huselius-Steve Montador swap of last season may go down as one of the more underrated fleecings in quite some time. Montador is a decent depth guy, while Huselius is on pace for a 35-goal season and really injects creativity into the north-south style of game that Calgary plays.
The All-Star game selections were (no surprise) an absolute joke. How on earth the NHL could leave of Ilya Kovalchuk., Jaromir Jagr or the painfully underrated Marc Savard, and opt for Justin Williams. The West wasn’t much better, with a very undeserving Rick Nash getting the nod ahead of much more deserving players, like one of the Sedins’, Alex Frolov, or Paul Kariya. The picking selection for this game was an absolute joke, and that is what the game is becoming to many.
The Oilers are desperate for any sort of defensive help right now. Many questioned moving Pronger and not adequately trying to replace him in the line-up, but much of that criticism was shot down by people who figured the Oilers “vaunted” offense would light the lamp on a very consistent basis. Well, that hasn’t happened at all. Look for one of their prominent forwards to be moved for a top-pairing defenseman. That could include Ryan Smyth, if he and the Oilers cannot get a long-term agreement worked out before the trade deadline. Keep an eye on the Oilers activity as we approach the deadline, they are sure to make a big splash if things do not turn around soon.
Players to keep an eye on:
David Moss. The unknown Flames prospect has been playing very well since being called up. He won’t put up huge point totals in the near future, but if you are in a very deep league and need to take a risk, he might be worth looking into.
Veteran players on LA. This includes Brent Sopel, Craig Conroy, and Aaron Miller. The Kings have made no bones about it; they are going to be sellers come deadline time. Most productive players receive an increase in production after being traded, even if it is for the short-term. As always, pay close attention to the rumors and try and be the first in your league to hear – and act – on a trade.