Trade Deadline Preview II

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The fantasy take on the upcoming trade deadline – this week featuring the Eastern 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.




Atlanta Thrashers

Cap Room – over $9.6 million (pro-rates to $42+ million acquired salary)

Status: Just on the outside looking in, but right in the mix for the final spot. However, already having dealt Ilya Kovalchuk and Kari Lehtonen and with Slava Kozlov reportedly requesting a trade, the writing is on the wall here (and rightfully so). They are sellers. Besides Kozlov, Colby Armstrong, Maxim Afinogenov, Jim Slater and Pavel Kubina are the notable pending UFA's.

Fantasy Outlook: As this team cleans house, youth will be served. Brian Little, Evander Kane and Niklas Bergfors stand to benefit greatly. Rich Peverley's decline should also stabilize and rebound, as he will become one of the few go-to guys on the team and will be needed more than ever to provide offense. Afinogenov has seven points in 19 games and his value is plummeting. The strategy here would be to await a trade. Once he's moved, interest in your league for him will rise and at that point you should deal him – because on another team he won't do any better than the seven points in 19 games.  Kozlov is a player who will benefit from a move. However, at 37, he is no better than a 60-point guy now.


Any young player who is moved to Atlanta stands to benefit from added ice time and more forwards move out then come in, then Spencer Machacek, Riley Holzapfel and Brett Sterling will get the call up. Sterling would have clear re-entry waivers, but would certainly clear. The small, skilled goal-scorer has had a ton of chances already, but as with all small players (see St. Louis, Martin; Sullivan, Steve; Gionta, Brian), nothing happens until they reach 26 or 27 (Sterling is 25). And as with all small players not drafted in the first two rounds, Sterling is beyond "long-shot" status and is only worth a pick-up in times of desperate need and only after he is recalled.


Boston Bruins

Cap Room – $0.00

Status: Surprisingly in the playoffs – and with games in hand – despite a very bumpy first 60 games. The Bruins are struggling to score and will be buyers at the deadline in hopes of addressing that. They would need to move out more salary than they bring in, which means it would be nice to shed the salaries of Michael Ryder or even Marco Sturm. To get a team to take those salaries, while at the same time acquiring an upgrade, they Bruins would most certainly have to part with some of their hundreds of picks in the first two rounds of 2010 and 2011. Young prospects could also go. The pot has to be sweetened somehow, and veterans who aren't scoring but making several million d