Ramblings: Miller/Burakovsky Trades, Leaf RFA Signings, Kessel Angst In Pittsburgh (June 29)

Ian Gooding

2019-06-29


Because there were two trades of note on Friday (Colin Miller and Andre Burakovsky), Mike Clifford wrote not one, but two, fantasy takes for you:

Colin Miller off to Buffalo

Andre Burakovsky sent to Colorado

I’m not surprised that either player was dealt. The Golden Knights were expected to make at least one more trade for cap reasons after dealing Erik Haula earlier in the week, and Miller was considered a target for several teams because of his decent cap hit ($3.875 million) and offensive upside (a 41-point season in Vegas in 2017-18). (Here in Vancouver, I’ve already heard 100 reasons why trading for Miller (Colin, not J.T.) is a better idea than signing Tyler Myers, but I digress.) I think this is a lateral move as far as his fantasy value goes (assuming Rasmus Ristolainen is in fact traded), although he may benefit from receiving more overall icetime in Buffalo than he did in either Vegas or Boston. The Miller acquisition also means the Sabres are one step closer to pulling the trigger on a rumored Ristolainen trade.

Meanwhile, Burakovsky seemed to be the odd man out in Washington in spite of being qualified earlier in the week. Even though the Avalanche appear to be a team on the rise, they are still perceived as a one-line team, which is why this is a worthwhile acquisition. Burakovsky averaged just 11 minutes of icetime last season with only a sniff of power-play time per game (and only one power-play point). If Burakovsky can find his way onto the Avs’ second line along with some second-unit power-play time, an improvement on his 12 goals and 25 points in 2018-19 seems inevitable. If you’ve been thinking about ditching Burakovsky from your keeper team after being patient with him all this time, you may want to wait one more year.

While we’re on the subject of player transactions, it’s going to be a busy long weekend for us here at Dobber Hockey. We’ll continue to post any fantasy takes resulting from any weekend trades, then of course July 1 when things go absolutely bananas here with player signings. Of course, that will be great for you, as you’ll learn about the potential fantasy impacts shortly after they happen. Programming note: Tom’s weekly Top 10 List will be posted a day early (Sunday), as Monday will be flooded with player signing articles.

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The Leafs signed both Andreas Johnsson and Kasper