Movers and Shakers Part One (West 2012)

Ryan Ma




Last week we discussed the art of fantasy trading. This week we'll take a look at the first instalment of players who could find themselves on a new team come Feb. 27. TSN has pretty good coverage of the Western Conference teams, but it probably lacks a bit of fantasy analysis, so I'll borrow some of their thoughts, but add that extra dimension to gives you a clearer picture.



According to Sports Club Stats, the Ducks need to go 17-6-4 in the remaining games to have a greater than 50 percent chance of making the post-season. Realistically speaking that's probably too much of an ask, so expect them to be sellers at the deadline.

Possible Movers

Out of Anaheim's possible UFA list, Saku Koivu would probably garner the most interest. There are a couple of teams out there that could genuinely use a second line center, especially one that has posted 55 points in 60 career post-season contests. Plus his current 60.7 faceoff winning percentage on the PP would be another strong addition that many teams would be seeking. His salary of $2.5 mil really wouldn't hurt the wallet at the deadline either.

Potential destination: Washington or Chicago could make sense.


Another player that could potentially leave Anaheim could be Niklas Hagman. He hasn't had a great statistical season, but he could be a valuable third-line depth player come playoff time.

Potential destination: Toronto could be a possible destination. Hagman had his best years (75 points in 120 contests), when playing in Toronto between 2008-10. During that time, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolai Kulemin and Hagman had plenty of chemistry as line mates, which could potentially be more productive than their current set up of Grabovski, Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur. The cost probably wouldn't be too steep for his services to be acquired.

A third mover could be Sheldon Brookbank. The rough and tough defender won't bring much offensive upside to his new team, but his 80 HITs and 73 BS in 53 games could help teams solidify a bottom defensive pairing.

Potential destination: Washington or Chicago could make sense.


Possible Beneficiaries

If Koivu goes, that will pretty much hand the second line center spot on a silver platter to Andrew Cogliano. When Koivu was out of the lineup dealing with a groin injury in mid-December, it was Cogliano that picked up the extra slack. In the eight contests that Koivu missed, Cogs averaged 16:24 and 1:19 on the PP per contest. Look for a big boost in value if Koivu is moved.

If Hagman is moved, Devante Smith-Pelly could receive a nice top-six role to finish the season. He's currently on a 14-day conditioning stint, which could prepare him for a return at the end of Feb.

If Brookbank goes, Nate Guenin s