Angus here - heading out the door for the weekend - just saw the Fehr to Winnipeg trade. Great move for Fehr - as I speculated yesterday, this gives him value and clears the logjam on RW in Washington. The Jets sent a 4th round pick to Washington.
Fehr will likely play on line two with Kane and Burmistrov at center (Ladd-Little-Wheeler on line one). Fehr is a Manitoba boy who is probably very excited at the prospects of returning to his home province to play.
James Mirtle's thoughts from Toronto's prospect camp - he likes Gardiner and Jesse Blacker a lot.
GREAT work by David Poile to get Sergei Kostitsyn signed before arbitration. One year, $2.5 million. To figure out Nashville's lines, through 12 names in a hat, shake, and remove three at a time.
This could (and probably will) be spun into a full column, but I wanted to touch on secondary fantasy value for a bit. Often times players sign with a team that possess little-to-no direct fantasy value - perhaps they are known for defensive play, energy, intangibles, leadership, etc.
Often times, however, these players do end up having a significant fantasy impact on their team. Some examples - Willie Mitchell and Rob Scuderi in LA (better ES play from Doughty and Johnson, better goaltending from Quick and Bernier), Zbynek Michalek in Pittsburgh (improved numbers from MA Fleury), and so on.
I think Roman Hamrlik is going to have a a big impact in Washington - he's a veteran who has been known in the past to really help develop young defensemen - Green (yes, he is still developing), Alzner, and Carlson all fit the bill. Both of Washington's goaltenders are Czech (like Hamrlik), and a level of comfort and familiarity won't hurt.
I'm not saying to draft Hamrlik (although he has value in deeper leagues). But don't discount signings just because the player isn't terribly fantasy relevant himself.
The Sharks have re-signed Benn Ferriero to a one-year, one-way contract (thanks to CapGeek, an invaluable resource these days). Ferriero will likely slot in on the third line, but he could play on line two if the Sharks don't want Pavelski on the right side.
I don't see where else Pavelski can play side from L2 RW, as I don't think the Sharks paid Michal Handzus $2.5 million to center the fourth line. Pavelski's offensive abilities were a bit wasted on the third line during the playoffs, when he skated with Kyle Wellwood and Torrey Mitchell.
How would you rank Florida's wingers in terms of one-year fantasy value (standard categories)? Booth, Fleischmann, Versteeg, Upshall, etc? How about the centers, after Weiss? I assume Santorelli will center line two, and Matthias will be on line three. What do you think?
Tampa Bay signed Ryan Shannon to a one-year deal. Assuming the lines remain the same he could slide in with Adam Hall and Dominic Moore on line three at even strength, and on one of the power play units when he is productive.
The Kings sure have a nice looking roster heading in to 2011-12. Rich Hammond breaks down the depth chart here.
Kent Wilson wrote a great piece on the decline of Dany Heatley. I wouldn’t click on this link if I were a Minnesota Wild fan.
I use the HockeyPoolGeek tools a ton for all of my leagues. Check this thread out – a great Q and A with the lead programmer of the site, and some nice additions appear to be on the way. It sure is nice to have a tangible number of exactly what category/player you need to go after at the draft or through summer trades.
The Flyers have signed Wayne Simmonds to a very cap friendly two year extension worth $1.75 million per season. Simmonds will likely slot in on the third line, but he has top six upside. Big, strong, not afraid to mix it up, and he’s got great hands and a nice shot as well.
Nashville signed three of the four RFAs involved in the contract issue, and David Poile did a great job getting them at cap friendly terms.
Matt Halischuk – two years at $1.4 total (thanks Brendan), Cal O’Reilly one year at $1.1 million, and Nick Spaling at $1.05 million per for two years.
Sergei Kostitsyn still remains unsigned, and could become a UFA if the mediator rules in his favor. What does that mean for his fantasy value? Tough to say. Last year could be a one off, or it could be a sign of things to come. The Preds would have no issue walking away from him if he demands too much money, especially with the signing of Niclas Bergfors.
A solid breakdown of the depth signings each NHL club has made to date.
Greg Sherman explains the Semyon Varlamov trade here.