The Lightning have acquired forward Todd Fedoruk and defenseman David Hale from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Radim Vrbata


The Lightning get: Depth on the point and some toughness. They also shed Vrbata's salary, although they could have suspended him if he wanted to stay in Europe. This indicates to me that he does not and would have reported.


The Coyotes get: Their goal-scorer back. Vrbata was huge in Phoenix, especially in the first half of 2007-08. He had 27 goals and 56 points that year, which included a lengthy point-per-game hot streak and an equally lengthy cold streak.


Fantasy Impact: Vrbata gains immediate fantasy credibility. His presense boosts the second line and there is no reason to believe that he would be unable to produce 50 points from there. Petr Prucha is now off the second line and Kevin Porter is back in San Antonio.



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Soyeux said:

... please send turris to the ahl this year!!
July 22, 2009
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Ian said:

Nifty Mittens
... Who pushes Upshall out of the top 6?

Doan - Lombardi - Mueller
Upshall? - Hanzal - Vrbata
July 22, 2009
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Rick Wakeman said:

... If I was a betting man I would say Vrbata will push 60 points - psychological factor weighs big here.
July 22, 2009
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Dobber said:

... Upshall is best suited for the third line and that's where he'll stay, in my books. Boedker was going to be on the third line this year anyway, that remains unchanged. In the future he'll be a top sixer.

I would probably want to take a chance on Lombardi over Vrbata.smilies/cool.gif
July 21, 2009
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loco man said:

loco man
... Who is the better fantasy option this season: Lombardi or Vrbata?
July 21, 2009
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Zorro said:

... Yes.. So what this mean for guys like Boedker and Upshall?? It seems like Phoenix has 20 up and coming young forwards ready to play top 9..
July 21, 2009
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