NHL Deadline – The Fantasy Lowdown – Pt. 1 of 2

Dobber Sports

2008-02-17

Olli Jokinen

 

The trade deadline is February 26 and DobberHockey will have the instant fantasy breakdown of all moves that go down. Who does it impact? What will be the impact?
In part one of two, we’ll take a look at some of the Eastern Conference players who are on the block and why a trade will help or hurt them fantasy-wise.

 

Sometimes, a player needs a change of scenery to get things rolling again. Here are ten situations worth watching in the Eastern Conference. There may be some ‘buying low’ opportunities here:

The Johan Hedberg situation: The veteran is a solid backup and his contract is up this summer. Underneath all the Marian Hossa hype is the fact that Hedberg could be moved as well. If Atlanta fades from the playoff story, look for a move here. This means a big promotion for Ondrej Pavelec and an indication that the youngster will be up full-time next season.

Buffalo – up or down: Talks have resumed with Brian Campbell, but if a deal cannot be reached then expect him to be dealt. Dimitri Kalinin is also a UFA this summer so he could be on the move. However, the Sabres on the cusp and may need to make a move to put them over the top. In all likelihood, the team will use draft picks and prospects as bait, but if a significant deal happens it is possible that one of Dan Paille or Clarke MacArthur go the other way. Those two very promising kids are restricted free agents this summer and I have a feeling that the Sabres are a little tired of those after what happened last summer with Thomas Vanek.

Olli Jokinen on the move? Wherever he goes, he will remain an 85 or 90-point threat. Removing him from the Florida lineup puts Stephen Weiss in as the No.1 center and may get Shawn Matthias back up to the NHL. Pay attention to the ripple effect here.

Habs need two deals, at least: Montreal has made no secret that winger Michael Ryder is being shopped. He is unrestricted this summer and is in the press box as much as not these days. If he is traded, the team will acquire picks or prospects. That said, the Habs are Cup contenders and so not only will they be sellers with Ryder, but they will be buyers as well. Among their prospects, Mikhail Grabovski is set to become a restricted free agent in the summer. If he is used to land an established star, expect him to become a full-time NHLer immediately.

Habs may need yet another deal: I find what Montreal has done with their goaltenders these past two months very curious. I can’t help but think that Carey Price was sent to the AHL to get some games in. Now that he is back up, he is coming off two starts in which he gave up a combined one goal. Has he shown the club that he is capable of being the No.1 guy in the postseason? Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy…and even Steve Penney come to mind when it comes to this team giving young goalies a chance in pressure-packed situations. So, with the team having three NHL-ready goaltenders and Cristobal Huet set to become a UFA this summ