Top 10 value losses from offseason moves

Tom Collins


A lot of times, we fantasy owners only look at the bright side of things.

If there’s a big trade or signing, we often look at how beneficial it is to the players around them. We often overlook the other side, the players — whether promising rookies or overpaid veterans — that get bumped down the lineup.

Below are 10 players that had their fantasy values affected this offseason.


10. Thomas Greiss

Greiss looked poised to become the Islanders’ number one goalie again despite an awful season as Jaroslav Halak went to Boston and Christopher Gibson hasn’t been good at any level of play. Signing Robin Lehner puts Greiss back into the exact same situation he was in last year, having to win the starting job. It’s quite conceivable Lehner gets 55 starts, relegating Greiss back to a backup.


9. Malcolm Subban

Any hope Subban had of being named a number one goalie in Vegas within the next couple of years went up in smoke with the signing on Marc-Andre Fleury last week. Fleury is going to get $7 million a year for three years, but the extension doesn’t kick in until 2019-2020. So, Fleury has the starter’s job for at least three more years, and Subban will be a backup until at least 2021-22.


8. Dustin Brown

Brown is coming off an amazing comeback year, one that saw him play with about 86 per cent of his five-on-five ice time with Anze Kopitar, play about four minutes more per game than his previous five years, and hit a career-high 61 points. L.A. then goes out and signs Ilya Kovalchuk. There’s no guarantee that Kovalchuk will take Brown’s spot at either even strength and on the power play, but it is definitely a possibility and definitely lowers whatever value Brown may have regained this past season.


7. Semyon Varlamov

Varlamov has one year left on his deal, paying him another $5.9 million this season, so he’s lost his Golden Boy status. He’s fended off challenges from other usurpers in the past (most frequently, Calvin Pickard and Reto Berra) but the Avs might be more serious with the signing of Philipp Grubauer to a three-year, $10-million deal. That’s not backup money. Varlamov will be on a short leash this year.


6. Justin Faulk

Faulk’s fantasy stock should have taken a hit way before Dougie Hamilton was traded to Carolina, but sometimes it takes a trade for fantasy GMs to realiz