Fantasy Impact: The Colorado Avalanche have acquired forward Tomas Fleischmann from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Scott Hannan.



The Avalanche get: a top-six forward to ease the pain of losing Chris Stewart for a few weeks. They also gain a bit of cap space and they had an overage of defensemen that they needed to address.

The Caps get: an experienced veteran defenseman to provide stability. They had depth to burn up front, with Mathieu Perreault champing at the bit, so moving out Fleischmann to make room for the likes of Perreault and Marcus Johansson didn't hurt them at all talent-wise up front. Yet on the back-end they addressed a huge need and now they no longer need to rely on the likes of Tyler Sloan or Brian Fahey quite so often.

Fantasy Players Impacted: In Washington, this may hurt John Carlson's ice time just a tad, but not too much. This helps the likes of Johansson and Perreault, as now each of them will see time on the second line at different points throughout the season. In Colorado, Fleischmann's regular season value increases. For whatever reason, it wasn't working out this year in Washington, but in Colorado it should spark him. However, whether or not he can maintain that spark when the likes of Peter Mueller, TJ Galiardi or Stewart return remains to be seen. The departure of Hannan secures Kevin Shattenkirk's roster spot in the NHL, in case you had any doubt of this before. And perhaps Jonas Holos will get some more looks.


Fantasy Players this helps, in order:

1. Johansson

2. Fleischmann (for regular season, not playoffs)

3. Perreault


Fantasy Players this hurts, in order:

1. Ryan Stoa

2. Mark Olver

3. Kevin Porter

4. Carlson (slight, but not much)


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Martin said:

Other negative impacts As Stewart and Galiardi work their way back depending on how Flash fits in this could hurt Yip and Jones as well as they may be bumped out of the top 6... however the Avs 3rd line centered by O'Reilly does have lots of potential.
November 30, 2010
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Rusty Pickles said:

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... I think the impact on Fehr is negligible, it doesn't really open up a slot for him in the top 6. Flash had been primarily the 2nd/3rd line Centre and Fehr isn't moving in there. He still is lacking a hole in the top 6 to fill, but one person that was ahead of him in the pecking order is gone. Thus, wash essentially.

November 30, 2010
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studley49 said:

Hunwick I'm surprised there's no mention of Hunwick. Ultimately, Colorado didn't really "free up" a spot on the blueline over the past 24 hours unless they plan on frequently scratching Hunwick.
November 30, 2010
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Dean Read said:

... Anybody think this could hurt Yip and Galiardi as well?
November 30, 2010
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Dobber said:

... Fleischmann will not be in the lineup.
Sure, it reduces the amount of healthy scratches that Eric Fehr gets, so yes that helps for sure. Overlooked that point.
November 30, 2010
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Shane said:

... This should help Fehr also
November 30, 2010
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lanky522 said:

Fehr Interesting to see no mention of Eric Fehr here...
November 30, 2010
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Hugo Twigg said:

... Doesn't this helps Shattenkirk too. In a sense, that if his spot is secured he won't be send down when Foote and Cumiskey comes back? Being assured that he will be playing full time in the NHL helps him... no?
November 30, 2010
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Jon Dey said:

It's a good chance... Considering it he is flying "backward" in time. He is likely to pack and fly, then arrive at the same time he left.

I would not expect him to be too effective tonight as he has yet to practice, will have jet-lag, and is facing the surging defensive juggernaut that is the Thrashers.
November 30, 2010
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praba said:

... does anyone know if fleischmann will be playing tonight for the avs?
November 30, 2010
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