Being only one week away from the trade deadline, it's easy to get antsy about speculating which players might find themselves in a new home and what the residual fantasy value will be. Ryan Ma has put together a nice recap of Western Conference players and below we will take a look at players who may be on the move in the East.
Chris Kelly, C, Boston – Kelly is having what could very well be a career year, but has slowed more recently, scoring only three points in his last 14 games. Kelly is a UFA and could be seeking a raise from his current $2.125M salary. Boston is unlikely to dish out that pay raise, so Kelly may be a player who is being shopped.
David Krejci, C, Boston – Krejci was able to sign an extension, but it came much later than he would have expected. Boston has Bergeron, Seguin, and Peverley all capable of playing center as well, which would suggest Krejci may be expendable. It's unlikely he is moved at the deadline unless there is a significant return, but it still is a possibility. Krejci is a great playmaker, so his ideal home has him playing with a sniper. If Krejci were to skate with a true sniper, he could go from a 60-point player to a 70-plus-point player.
Ryan Miller, G, Buffalo – The rumors out of Buffalo are that Ryan Miller is done with the Sabres after no one stepped to his defense when Milan Lucic ran him over like a speed bump. Miller is one of the best goalies in the league, evidenced by his 5-0-1 run with two shutouts in the end of January and beginning of February. Fantasy owners should be patient, while those looking to acquire him should probably move quickly. Almost any new home should trigger a rejuvenated and refocused effort from Miller.
Brad Boyes, C/RW, Buffalo – Last season when Boyes arrived in Buffalo via trade from St. Louis, he scored 14 points in 21 games, a promising sign for 2011-12. Instead, Boyes has skated in 45 games and has only 13 points. There have been rumors that Boyes consistently performs strong in a new home, but eventually slides into a rut and the production plummets. If you see his name moved in the next couple weeks, he might make a great cheap pickup.
Joni Pitkanen, D, Carolina – The odds of Carolina making the playoffs are slim to none at this point, and things have looked pretty bad all season long. Assuming he's healthy, Pitkanen, who's been out of the lineup since Dec. 7, could be a great fit for a team looking to add an offensive defenseman. In terms of fantasy relevance, Pitkanen won't be all that valuable this season unless he does indeed find a new home.
Chad LaRose, LW/RW, Carolina – LaRose is not a top player, but he is versatile enough to skate in the top six. LaRose is also currently out of the lineup with an upper body injury, sustained a week ago. The versatility that he brings though is something that every team loves to have as they enter the playoffs and his $1.7 M salary for this year and next is small enough to be abs