News From Around the League

Jeff Angus

2009-06-10

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Even with Game 7 looming, there is no shortage of news from around the rest of the NHL. Dany Heatley has asked the Senators for a trade, the Flyers have signed Ray Emery to be their starting goalie, the Canucks are close to signing a top Russian prospect, and the Bruins are trying to figure out how to keep their team together. Let me break it all down from a fantasy perspective.

 

Heatley’s point totals have been on the decline the past four seasons. After posting back-to-back 50 goal seasons in 2005-2006 and 2006-2007, he has averaged 40 in his past two campaigns with the Senators. I would still draft him fourth overall after the “big three” in most fantasy leagues, unless a goalie is needed. Heatley is going to hit the 50-goal mark once again wherever he ends up, but obviously some situations may be better than others.

 

The rumor is that he wants to come out West, and with a no-movement clause in his contract, he has the final say on where he wants to go. When he was being traded from Atlanta, he told Thrashers management he would accept a trade to Ottawa, Calgary, or Vancouver (as they promised to give him a choice after the whole Dan Snyder incident). If Heatley ends up somewhere with a lot of young talent (Los Angeles, Edmonton), or somewhere with some potential line mates (Vancouver, Calgary), he could challenge Ovechkin for the Rocket Richard trophy. He has a unique ability to score goals from anywhere in the offensive zone, and it makes him one of the most dangerous – and valuable – forwards in the entire league.

The Flyers made a great move when they signed Ray Emery to be their starting goalie next season. The move cannot be made official until July 1st, but the deal is essentially complete. Emery is a very talented goalie that helped the Senators earn a birth in the 2007 Cup Final, where they ultimately lost to the Anaheim Ducks. But the main reason why this move is a good one? It allows the Flyers to keep their awesome young forward group together. They may still move out Joffrey Lupul to free up some cap space for a defenseman (Jay Bouwmeester, perhaps).

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If the Flyers decided to go for an established, top goalie like Marty Turco or JS Giguere, chances are they would have traded away some solid assets, like James van Riemsdyk or Simon Gagne. If Emery falters, the Flyers have a lot of trading chips to go after another goalie. But this is a move with low risk, and