This week's Capped discusses the forward trade targets for your upcoming trade deadlines.
The mid-way point of the season passed us by not too long ago, and we are already on the way into the stretch run. That big red circle on all of our calendars is also fast approaching. No, not Valentine’s Day! Trade deadline day of course. March 1st may seem like a ways away at this point, but I would like to cover all three of forwards, defence and goalies to target for the stretch run, and really that will take us right up to the end of February. If you’re like me, then the best shopping is done in advance of the deadline, so hopefully this gives you a good chance to look into the players that you might want to target.
Brian Boyle (C/LW) – Tampa Bay Lightning
Contract – $2,000,000
With Boyle being an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, having a $2 Million salary, and being 32 years of age, he should be a very affordable option in salary cap leagues. Sometimes it isn’t the large moves that make the biggest impact. Often it can be the role player who was acquired for a draft pick in the middle rounds or a prospect that makes the biggest difference. In addition, Boyle is going to have a good chance to make an impact, with Tampa playing four games in all four of the last weeks of the fantasy season.
As a secondary point, who knew thatBoyle is the most recent member of the Tampa Bay Lightning first unit power play? I really don’t expect many hands to be going up here. Now this may be just a phase while Ondrej Palat is injured, or it could show that Boyle is finally back to full health after his lower body injury at the beginning of January. Either way, it is a good sign for Boyle. For those needing help in goals, faceoff wins and hits, Boyle could be a good add at the deadline. If he can regain the scoring touch that he had found at the end of December, then he may be a player that can be the difference between winning or losing a round.
Calle Jarnkrok (C/LW) – Nashville Predators
Contract – $2,000,000
Jarnkrok may be more of an investment than a rental in some cases, but he should also be able to provide very good value for the stretch run. For one thing, the Nashville Predators on the whole have a nicely set up playoff schedule for head-to-head leagues. The play five games during fantasy week 23, and for a lot of leagues that would be the final. Having an extra game or two out of a few players can be a major advantage at that point.
More than just the extra couple of games though, Jarnkrok is positioned to have a very nice end to the season. Over the last six games, he has centered the second line for the Predators, and is finally seeing regular power play time (albeit on the second unit). He has been making the most of this opportunity, a