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BIG trade here late – Vancouver trades Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer to Buffalo for MA Gragnani and Zach Kassian. Analysis to come.
After landing Johnny Oduya, the Blackhawks moved John Scott to the New York Rangers for a fifth-round draft pick.
The Bruins also added Mike Mottau today. Lots of little deals trickling in now at 3:15pm…
Steve Kampfer went to the Wild in the Zanon deal, as the Wild stock up on puck movers.
The Bruins added Brian Rolson and Greg Zanon. No fantasy impact, but solid depth help. Rangers and Canucks are said to have trade calls in for minor deals. Rick Nash NOT traded.
I’ll have the Paul Gaustad to Nashville breakdown up shortly.
Per Adrian Dater – Peter Mueller will be in the lineup tonight, recovered from his torso injury.
Winnipeg trades Johnny Oduya to Chicago for a second and third-round draft pick.
Sami Pahlsson to Vancouver for two fourth-round draft picks. No fantasy impact, but nice pickup by the Canucks.
Brian Lee to TB for Matt Gilroy.
Detroit has traded Mike Commodore to the Lightning, per Nick Kypreos. No fantasy impact
The Jets made a depth move, claiming Grant Clitsome off of waivers. He couldn’t have gone to a worst city – behind Byfuglien, Enstrom, and Bogosian I don’t see him eking any PP time.
What do I expect? I expect the usually 24 deals, give or take, with two or three 'decent' names moved and two or three somewhat coveted prospects moved.
I think Rick Nash will go to the Rangers, although I don't think that they need him. The Rangers have great chemistry and you don't want to mess with that when there are 20 games left. This is an offseason move, not an in-season move. Who will go the other way? Columbus is pushing hard for Derek Stepan, but they will fail in that (my prediction). But Chris Kreider, Brandon Dubinsky, a first-round pick won't be enough.
I believe that Dustin Brown will not be traded, but if he is then to me the Leafs would be the favorites. A great fit, but does not address their top need of a goaltender and their second-top need of a first-line center.
I have five players on my keeper league team, in the one that I run myself, who I have been hanging onto in hopes that they will be traded. Wojtek Wolski, Mikhail Grabovski, Jussi Jokinen, Andrei Kostitsyn and Jarret Stoll. In each case, a new team will boost their numbers. Even Grabovski's, and he's having a decent season already. But I think Grabovski is the least likely to be moved, and Stoll's three points Saturday certainly make the Kings lean towards keeping him.
Speaking of Wolski, I had this to say about him on Twitter. He would have an early impact in Florida and you couldn't ask for a better destination for him to go to. Long-time readers of me will remember that I've never been a backer of Wolski's, believing him too soft and too inconsistent. Had quite a bit of backlash over that stance three or four years ago from fantasy owners who thought he was the next big thing. So for me to go out on a limb and say that he will do well in Florida is saying a lot.
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