Ramblings: Rielly, Kadri vs. Getzlaf (Feb 25)

Ian Gooding

2017-02-25

Rielly, Kadri vs. Getzlaf, plus more…

Lots to talk about including trades, Friday games, and questions. And heaven help us, the mumps are back too.

Steve has you covered with the Patrick Eaves trade to Anaheim. Not much I can add to that, except the fact that this should help Stars’ forwards that were missing out on the opportunity to play alongside Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. The trade didn’t seem to hurt the Stars initially, as they cruised to a 5-2 win over the Coyotes. More on them in a bit.

The Detroit Red Wings are sellers. Yup. Let that sink in. I heard today that the last time they missed the playoffs, Glen Hanlon was the starting goalie. That’s how long it’s been. The Red Wings’ first move as a seller came Friday with the trade of Tomas Jurco to Chicago for a third-round pick.

The Blackhawks have the uncanny ability to turn suspect players into solid contributors – one current case in point being Richard Panik. Though only 24, Jurco has zero points in 16 games this season. That’s right, zero. Plus if you go back to last season, Jurco has now gone 25 consecutive games without a point. So if the Hawks want to turn Jurco into a solid contributor, they’ll have their work cut out for them. (Not to mention that writing a full article discussing the fantasy take of this deal might be a stretch.) So I’d have to assume that Jurco will need to start at the bottom and work his way up in Chi Town.

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Just when you’d forgotten about the mumps, they have resurfaced, this time in Vancouver. A friend of mine suggested that because the Canucks would be missing four or five regulars for the time being, their draft lottery odds would improve. Yes, there’s that. But there’s also the fact that buyers may now be hesitant to trade for Ryan Miller, Alex Burrows, and Jannik Hansen. From a PR standpoint, the Canucks cannot afford to have a repeat of last year’s trade deadline, when they missed a golden opportunity to trade Dan Hamhuis and Radim Vrbata.

Since the Canucks are a barren wasteland when it comes to fantasy, there are little to no fantasy implications from this news. What fantasy owners should be more concerned about is the mumps potentially appearing among other teams as well. Remember that Sidney Crosby and Corey Perry were sidelined with the mumps back in 2014, so your fantasy team might not be immune. Hopefully you are though.

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