Busy week, with the
draft and teams scrambling to get their houses in order leading up to Free
Agent Frenzy this weekend. Two major
trades dominated the headlines this week, while a few others may impact your
Friday, June 28
- Alfredsson Will Return Next
age 40, the Captain shouldn't be considered a huge fantasy factor at this
point; however, he finds ways to keep himself relevant. He will remain an option on offense for
deeper leagues as long as he refuses to retire.
The possible is out there that Ottawa may not be his home...
- Brad Richards Will NOT Be
Sather move that boggles the mind.
Richards will return next season.
Maybe a new coach will revive his career. Consider him a borderline fantasy center next
Saturday, June 29
- Horton Will Leave the Bruins
had a decent run with Boston from a fantasy perspective. His health will always be a factor, but he
should bring goal-scoring to his next destination.
Sunday, June 30
- Vancouver Trades Schneider to
year's trade floor shocker was a dandy.
Lou isn't content to roll with a pair of senior citizens again at the
Rock, so he dealt for the Vancouver goalie that wasn't supposed to be on the
block. Schneider won't be the clear-cut
in New Jersey (a situation he's vaguely familiar with), but has a better shot
at fantasy relevance this year, and especially two years from now. This move certainly boosts Luongo back into
the top 10, while dropping Brodeur way down to backup fantasy duty.
- Hurricanes Trade McBain to
should see a small boost in his fantasy value.
He has potential to be a decent starting defenseman, and Buffalo boasts
a little more offensive gusto than the Canes.
This move cements Justin Faulk as the top dog in Carolina.
- Chicago Trades Bolland and
these guys have garnered headlines in recent weeks, once there are 30 teams
playing hockey in October, you'll likely forget where they landed. Which, incidentally, was Toronto and
- Islanders Trade Nino
Niederreiter to Wild for Cal Clutterbuck
the fantasy factor, It's a rare treat to have a deal that involves two of the
best names in hockey. Nino goes from
irrelevance to potential top-6 talent in Minnesota. Clutterbuck will mostly be drafted in leagues
that value PIMs with an occasional goal or two.
Monday, July 1
- Tim Thomas Ready to Revive
players can bring out such diverse, strong emotions as the Vezina/Conn
Smythe/Obama snubber. Personally, I'm a
fan, so I hope to see him land somewhere special. Don't expect his fantasy value to be very
high regardless of destination. Unless,
that is, he becomes the next Flyers experiment in net.
Tuesday, July 2
Nabokov likely flying back to Russia, Thomas looking for a new home, and now
DiPietro hitting the road, the Islanders go into this weekend on the hunt for a
- Pens Re-sign Letang and
was looking questionable at times, but the Pens now have their full complement
of offensive weapons locked up. This
means another few seasons of fantasy dominance by the Penguins.
cutting ties with Briere, the Flyers added Lecavalier to the set of offensive
weapons at their disposal. As for the
fantasy impact, I wouldn't plan on any significant change to his production in
the new home. He should continue to
exist as a depth option on offense for the next few seasons.
Wednesday, July 3
- Toronto Puts Grabovski on
a couple months after signing him to a 5 year deal, the Leafs have apparently
changed their minds. Depending on where
he lands, Grabovski should remain a border-line offensive option in the fantasy
Thursday, July 4
- Dallas / Boston Swing 7-Man
this deal with have fantasy implication for years to come (with the likes of
Joe Morrow some day being a potential fantasy star, now in Boston), a couple of
significant fantasy players will have new homes and new roles.
Seguin leaves what was becoming an awkward situation for him in Boston, to
become the undisputed #1 center and star for the Stars. While he will see a drop off in surrounding
talent, he should see time with Jamie Benn, which ought to help both of their
Eriksson had faded in recent seasons, but the presence of quality centers in
Boston may help him return to the top tier right winger status.
Peverley should remain a viable depth option with occasion goal scoring spurts.
- Danny Briere Signs with
has become a non-factor in regular season fantasy circles. He seems to save all his scoring for the
post-season. Don't expect anything earth
shaking from this deal. He may see a
short term bump as he tries to proves himself in the homeland early in the
season. Worth a late-round look.
Look for a flurry of
fantasy-relevant deals over the weekend, as Free Agent season opens at noon...