With the 2013 season
wrapping up just as the fuse on those Independence Day fireworks were being
lit, there won't be much of an "off-season" this time around.
Nonetheless, it's easy to overlook the transactions that fall on page 9 of the
sports section through the heat of the summer.
In an attempt to keep your mind where it belongs (fantasy hockey), each
week, I will bring a play by play of the offseason headlines, and what effect
they may have for the 2013-14 fantasy hockey campaign.
Friday, June 21
- Alain Vigneault Hired by
a fantasy perspective, things can only get better for the Rangers. Torts did little to encourage offensive
creativity. Look for the likes of Nash,
Stepan and Brassard to boost production next season.
- Lindy Ruff Hired by Dallas
has little to get a excited about for fantasy owners coming into next
season. Most of the scoring from last
season is gone, leaving just Benn and Eriksson to carry the mail. Perhaps new blood behind the bench will spark
some new blood to rise.
Sunday, June 23
- Leafs acquire Bernier from
Kings for Frattin and Scrivens
Monday, June 24
Tuesday, June 25
your league awards points for blocked shots, this is great news for Canuck
owners. There's not much excitement to
be had with this news. Some people never
may have a hard time finding a home on this side of the pond. Expect him to land in the KHL. Meanwhile, the Flyers resume their 20 year
search for a #1 option in net. Sergei
Bobrovsky looks really good right now.
- Kiprusoff (CGY) Plans to
had faded from glory over the past few seasons.
The Flames are left with Joey MacDonald to carry the torch. Expect a very high draft pick in 2014 for
Wednesday, June 26
- Horton (BOS) to Have Shoulder
be back in time to start the season.
- Nabokov (NYI) likely won't
Return to Isle
probably won't land another starting gig, thus losing the fantasy hockey
relevance he enjoyed last season. Unless
the Flyers take a chance…
Thursday, June 27
- Tampa buys out Lecavalier
move by the Bolts to unceremoniously release the soul of the franchise. Vinny will land on his feet somewhere and
remain a decent depth forward for fantasy purposes.
- Alex Tanguay traded from
Calgary to Colorado for David Jones
has been a depth option in fantasy circles for several years and should remain
that on a rebuilding Colorado squad.
has flirted with fantasy relevancy, socring 27 goals in 2010-11. He should be a top-six forward with the
Flames, but barely worth considering for your fantasy lineup.