Eastern Edge: Reviewing free agency winners and losers

Brennan Des

2019-07-02

 

In this week’s instalment, we’ll take a look at how the Eastern Conference landscape has changed early on in the offseason. While you’re here, check out our Moving Day Tracker for some really insightful analysis as to how moves around the league affect fantasy hockey value.

 

Boston Bruins

On a day that saw big name players join new teams, the Bruins chose to keep their roster intact for the most part. From a fantasy perspective, the loss of Marcus Johansson is the most notable transaction in Boston, as they lost a player who produced 11 points in 22 games during the team’s run to the Stanley Cup Final. Johansson provides the depth scoring that many teams are looking for, but there is some concern surrounding his injury history as he’s played in just 87 of 164 games over the past two years. Going into next season, I think it’ll be interesting to see who rounds out the top-six in Boston. Obviously, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak, Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci will play on the top two lines, but who’s the sixth guy?

 

Buffalo Sabres

Throughout this article, I’ll be mentioning a lot of ‘underrated’ acquisitions. In my opinion, Colin Miller is definitely near the top of that list.

The Sabres will be an exciting team to watch next season, so we’ll do a detailed overview of the roster next week!

 

Carolina Hurricanes

Recency bias is a real thing. A lot of us forget that Erik Haula put up 55 points in 76 games during the 2017-2018 season because he missed the majority of the most recent season with a knee injury. Haula is capable of being a good secondary scoring option and that’s exactly what he’ll