The fantasy take on the upcoming trade deadline, featuring the Western Conference
Ilya Kovalchuk has already been dealt, but there are still some smaller deals out there that could have serious repercussions on your fantasy squad. Here are some things to watch out for. All cap figures are according to Cap Geek.
Cap Room – over $3 million (pro-rates to a $12 million acquired salary)
Status: Outside of the playoff picture, but close. However, their only UFA's aside from Evgeni Artyukhin and Scott Niedermayer are vets who signed for one year and thus won't be dealt. Their deal acquiring Jason Blake and Vesa Toskala may be it for them.
Fantasy Outlook: Artyukhin may be dealt, given that the Ducks are just scratching him these days. If moved, he is a rotisserie asset capable of 50 penalty minutes and five points in a 20-game stretch. Niedermayer getting moved is a rumor that won't die, but the teams who have room for his salary make a very short list.
Cap Room – over $1.8 million
Status: In the playoffs – barely. They are buyers and though they have already bought, do not rule out more deals. Darryl Sutter seems intent in not only setting the team up to make a playoff splash, but also for a massive offseason retool. Eight Flames will be unrestricted free agents in the summer, plus two more who will be restricted. If the team falls flat, there will be a big exodus.
Fantasy Outlook: Matthew Stajan owners could be in trouble and ditto for Rene Bourque owners. If the team decides that Stajan is not a fit with Jarome Iginla, they could go after another pivot – perhaps trading Stajan for the second time this season in the process. He has looked pretty good on the line, but the numbers (four points in seven games) leave something to be desired. As for Bourque, he has enjoyed a breakout campaign and the Olympic break is just what he needed to heal his shoulder injury. However, the Flames keep adding forwards to the mix and it's hurting him. Prior to getting hurt (he only played 52 seconds, so we won't count that game) he had seven points in 18 contests. That pace will continue to fall if the squad adds another forward without subtracting one.