Trading Preview Part 2 (East 2012)

Tim Lucarelli




Last week I took a look at potential players on the move from the Eastern Conference and as promised, Part 2 has arrived. While it's virtually impossible that all of them will get moved and entirely possible that none of them get moved, below is a look at some potential movers and a quick glance at what a residual fantasy impact may be.

(for a full review of our Fantasy Hockey Trade Deadline coverage, click here)


Zenon Konopka, C, Ottawa – Konopka has become one of the best PIM assets in the league and has bounced around a few teams in recent years. If the Sens are to push for the playoffs, they may need to focus on staying out of the box though. Additionally, PIM kings like Konopka typically get fewer minutes in the playoffs, so the pending UFA may have more value now than in the offseason.


James van Riemsdyk, LW, Philadelphia – The Flyers youngster has struggled to develop as expected, but showed a ton of promise last postseason. JVR has admitted difficulty "getting going" this season, but looks good after just returning from a concussion that kept him out 15 games. While his name has been consistently mentioned in the rumor mill, it's also been said that the Flyers aren't actually shopping JVR, so if he does get moved, expect it to be a team that is pushing very hard to get him and is willing to use him in a top role. Looking for a comparison? JVR was drafted #2 overall, one spot in front of Kyle Turris, who looks like a completely different (in a good way) player after he was traded to Ottawa.


Matt Carle, D, Philadelphia – With the acquisitions of Grossman and Kubina, is the writing on the wall for Matt Carle? Carle has certainly been a strong player for the Flyers, but he carries an expiring $3.5M contract and has typically been Chris Pronger's partner. With Pronger showing virtually no signs of improvement, the Flyers might be willing to move Carle for a defenseman who is signed beyond this year. If that were to happen, Carle's value will likely diminish, as he has often struggled initially when relocating.


Steve Sullivan, LW, Pittsburgh – Sullivan is one player who hasn't quite lived up to expect