Ramblings: Kessel Trade, Risto Staying Put, Potential Zaitsev Deal?

Ian Gooding


I just finished writing the fantasy take on the Phil Kessel trade to Arizona, with Alex Galchenyuk headed to Pittsburgh. You can read it here. One day after I wrote about Kessel in the Ramblings, he is moved. That’s how it goes this time of year. Something I write becomes outdated very quickly.

How will Kessel’s value be affected on my Top 100 Roto Rankings? You’ll have to wait until the next update on July 15 to find out. Or read my Fantasy Take and draw your own conclusions. 


We’ve been under the impression that Rasmus Ristolainen would be traded this summer. However, according to Darren Dreger, the Sabres are unlikely to trade Ristolainen. This news changes the perceived fantasy value of Colin Miller moving to Buffalo, perhaps even hurting his value. As Mike pointed out in his Fantasy Take, Ristolainen, Brandon Montour, Zach Bogosian, and now Miller are all on the right side. It’s possible that the Sabres could trade Bogosian or move one of these defensemen to the left side, but I’ll leave it to someone who follows the Sabres more closely to determine which one that would be and the defensive implications.

On this whole “left side/right side” or “left shot/right shot” issue on defense, maybe it’s time for the NHL to differentiate between LD and RD in its player profiles