|Movers and Shakers Part Three (West 2012)||Tweet|
|Written by Ryan Ma|
|Tuesday, 21 February 2012 13:20|
In the final part of the new series, we’ll take a look at players who could find themselves on a new team come Feb. 27th. TSN has pretty good coverage of the Western Conference teams, but it probably lacks a bit of fantasy analysis, so I’ll borrow some of their thoughts, but add that extra dimension to gives you a clearer picture.
With roughly six weeks left till the end of the regular season, the Preds are nine points clear of a playoff spot. They’ve never really been big buyers or sellers at the deadline, so look for them to make a minor tweak or two come Feb 27th. Expect them to be small buyers.
Now just because they’ve never made a huge splash at the deadline doesn’t mean that they won’t buck the trend. If they really wanted to make a big splash, they could certainly shock the fantasy hockey world if they decided to move highly-coveted blue-liner Ryan Suter. I wrote a couple of lengthy posts on the forum here and here, so if you have a few minutes definitely take a gander.
Now, obviously that deal wouldn’t be fair straight up, but what if Player X’s team added some offensive help like Ales Hemsky and Magnus Paajarvi, and the Preds added a first and maybe Matthias Ekholm or Teemu Laakso? Would that be a fair trade?
Potential destination: Edmonton, Tampa Bay or Washington could make sense.
Suter would definitely be hard to replace, but not impossible. They have plenty of pieces already in place, like Roman Josi and Ryan Ellis, who could substitute for the loss of Suter, so it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
The Yotes don’t really have very many assets to sell at the deadline, but Taylor Pyatt could potentially draw some interest. His 115 HITs is currently ranked 41st amongst all forwards and his 41-games of playoff experience could also come in handy for a team looking for a veteran presence in the locker room. He’s presently being under-used at the moment while averaging just 12:13 per contest for the Yotes, a warning sign that he might be finding a new home on Feb 27th.
Potential destination: Tampa Bay, Florida or Pittsburgh(?) could make sense.
David Rundblad has 10 points in 14 contests with the Pirates in the AHL, which shows that he probably doesn’t have much more to prove at the minor league level. If the Phoenix coaching staff has enough faith in the youngster, it could result in one of their well-known, veteran blue-liners, Michal Rozsival or Adrian Aucoin, being moved at the deadline. Aucoin would draw a bit more interest since he contributes in a variety of categories (points, SOG, HITs and BS), but he would also command more of a return as well. Rozsival would probably be a more affordable option for potential suitors to poach.
Potential destination: Washington, Winnipeg, Islanders or Pittsburgh could make sense.
A third and probably the most interesting candidate might be the Yotes’ captain, Shane Doan. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not 100 percent or even 10 percent certain that he gets moved at the deadline, but the thought has crossed my mind. Doan has spent his entire career with the Jets/Coyotes organization, so I don’t doubt that he could be a career, one-team player, but my main question is whether or not he’ll ever have a chance at winning a cup with Phoenix. The Yotes are in major financial strife, and I don’t know if they would be able to retain Doan’s services when he hits the free agent open market in the off-season. The Red Wings have well over $24 mil in available cap space (if Niklas Lidstrom decides to call it quits after this season). If they offered Doan $6 to 6.5 mil per season for three or four seasons, it may be tempting enough, that he probably wouldn’t be able to refuse. Is Phoenix better off moving him at the deadline and getting at least something in return rather than watching him walk in the off-season for nothing? His 12 points in the last 27 games (0.44 points-per-game), certainly deem him expendable.
Potential destination: Detroit, Colorado, Winnipeg, Chicago or Columbus (for Nash?) could make sense.
If Pyatt goes, it opens up a spot for Patrick O’Sullivan to re-join the big club. M.A. Pouliot or Andy Miele might also get a long look as well. Either way, none of which will probably be of any fantasy relevance.
As mentioned above, if Rozsival or Aucoin are moved, then Rundblad should get a quick recall. He might be worth keeping an eye on if he picks up 18+ minutes a game.
If Doan is moved, then a huge gaping hole will be left in the top-six. Mikkel Boedker and Lauri Korpikoski could see significant increases in ice-time.
The Sharks have one of the toughest second half schedules in the league, which means they’ll probably be looking to acquire more depth at the deadline to help lessen the workload of their players heading into the playoffs. Look for them to be buyers at the deadline.
The Sharks don’t have very many pieces to be dealt at the deadline, so don’t expect any large scale changes on the roster front. One interesting rumour that I have read was one that listed Ryane Clowe on the available list, which doesn’t make sense to me because he’s essentially the only real “physical” player in the Sharks top-six. If you look at Joe Thornton (26 HITs), Patrick Marleau (55 HITs), Joe Pavelski (30 HITs), Logan Couture (26 HITs), Martin Havlat (11* HITs), and Ryane Clowe (76* HITs), the latter is the only one that really plays with any physicality. You take that away, and first round matchup against the Hawks or Preds could result in another quick playoff exit by the Sharks.
Potential destination: No where, he ain’t moving!
*pro-rated current pace
Now the RFA class could be the interesting candidates. Jamie McGinn, Benn Ferriero, Andrew Desjardins, Tommy Wingels and Justin Braun are all decent players, but if they can be utilized to land a veteran third/fourth liner in return, you’d have to concede that GM Doug Wilson would be more than happy to pull the trigger.
Potential targets: Columbus (Sammy Pahlsson), Buffalo (Paul Gaustad), Washington ( Mike Knuble) or Montreal (Travis Moen).
The Sharks are looking to acquire new players, so there probably isn’t anyone in their system that would gain significant value from the trade deadline.
A couple of names jump off their roster. First is blue-liner Carlo Colaiacovo. With Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk garnering the bulk of the offense from the backend, it really has left Colaiacovo playing the role of the third wheel. The Blues’ entire defensive unit (Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk, Colaiacovo, Roman Polak, Barrett Jackman and Kris Russell), have a combined 24 games of playoff experience. That’s certainly an area for improvement if they’re looking for upgrades at the deadline.
Potential destination: Philadelphia (for a return of Matt Carle, who has 73 games of playoff experience, plus it saves them about $1.3 mil in cap space).
Chris Stewart is having one heck of a terrible season. He posted 23 points in 26 contests when he joined the Blues from the Avs at the trade deadline last campaign, but has only 22 points in 56 contests, all while averaging just 15:58 (14:30 over the last month), per contest this year. He is at his best when he garners plenty of ice-time and has the puck on his stick, but I don’t know if St. Louis is the place to give him that opportunity. A change of scenery would certainly help resurrect his career.
Potential destination: Winnipeg (a potential top-line of Stewart, Mark Scheifele and Evander Kane would be monstrous against any opposition), Islanders (lining up alongside John Tavares would be nice), or Tampa Bay (finally giving Steven Stamkos or Vinny Lecavalier a sniping winger), could all make sense.
If Colaiacovo goes, then Kris Russell could see a large boost in fantasy value, as long as they don’t get an offensive D replacement.
If Stewart is moved, then the extra power-play time should filter back towards the rest of the forwards. Andy MacDonald, David Perron, Alex Steen and T.J. Oshie should pick up some of the slack.
Most of their potential UFAs probably won’t garner that much attention, but Aaron Rome and Alex Sulzer might draw a bit of interest. Vancouver is pretty set with six defenseman (Alex Edler, Kevin Bieksa, Sami Salo, Dan Hamhuis, Keith Ballard and Andrew Alberts), that both Rome and Sulzer could be used as trade chips to help free up some cap space.
Potential destination: Any team needing a fifth/sixth defenseman.
Keith Ballard could also be an interesting candidate. He’s being grossly under-used in Vancouver (15:33 per contest and 12 seconds on the PP), compared to when he was suiting up for Florida (22:24 and 1:58 on the PP), back in 2009-10. But will a rival GM see beyond the numbers and take a leap of faith on the $4.2 mil blue-liner?
Potential destination: Tampa Bay, Florida or New Jersey
With the early season acquisition of David Booth, it pretty much sealed Mason Raymond’s fate with the Canucks. Take a look at the table below.
At a cap-hit of $2.55 mil, Raymond is still a relatively cheap insurance option for the playoffs in case an injury occurs to the top-six, but you would have to think that if GM Mike Gillis receives a quality offer that significantly improves the team, than he would be more than happy to move Raymond.
Potential destination: Winnipeg, Ottawa, Tampa Bay or Islanders.
The biggest fish of them all might be goaltender Cory Schneider. He has a career 31-14-3 record along with a very respectable 2.42 GAA and .922 SP in the NHL. They still own a viable backup option in Eddie Lack (14-12-3, 2.38 GAA and .923 SP with the Wolves in the AHL), for next season, so moving Schneider won’t really hurt any long-term plans.
Potential destination: There are a couple of decent markets that would make sense. Columbus is definitely one, but 1) I don’t think they have strong enough pieces for a return (unless it’s Rick Nash or Jeff Carter) and 2) I don’t know if the Nucks would want to deal within the same conference which makes Tampa Bay possibly the most viable option.
Trade proposal: Raymond, Schneider and Ballard plus a second round draft pick for Dwayne Roloson, Brett Clark and Steve Downie plus a first round draft pick.
Results from capgeek’s trade machine, both teams would be under the cap.
Seems like a win-win situation to me!
If Rome/Sulzer/Ballard is moved, their replacement(s) would probably be the first in line to gain extra fantasy value, but Chris Tanev could also see a bit more ice-time.
If Raymond is moved, his replacement would probably receive the extra time, but Chris Higgins or Jannik Hansen could also gain some extra value.
If Schneider is moved, Eddie Lack gains long-term value in keeper leagues.
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