Capped: Rental Candidates like Copp, Rask, and Chiarot

Jamie Molloy

2022-01-20

With the trade deadline in your leagues steadily approaching, here are some thoughts and opinions on potential rental candidates to help you and your fantasy team win that glorious championship.

Just a reminder, every fantasy league is different when it comes to their format so, please consult your own league's rules and formatting before making any sort of trade or free-agent pickup.

What is a 'rental'? A 'rental' is someone you look to acquire around this time of year to help bolster your lineup's depth. This is someone on an expiring contract who helps address your team's weaknesses and someone who you may not be bringing back to your team next season.

*This list is not done in a certain order, so please don't look at it like that*

#1) Ben Chiarot – D – Montreal Canadiens

When it comes to salary cap leagues, Ben Chiarot is a very valuable asset to have on your roster. He makes $3.5-millon for this current season, and while his offensive numbers won't jump off the page at you. It's Chiarot's peripheral stats that truly make him stand out as a viable fantasy option in most salary leagues. With the ongoing struggles that Jeff Petry has had this season, it has allowed Chiarot to play more. His time-on-ice (TOI) per game this season is at a career high of 23:29 minutes. He ranks 30th in the NHL in that category this season and for a guy who is on pace for only 20 points in a full 82 game season, it shows how important he is to that blue line in MTL. In a full 82 game season he projects to have 141 blocks and 176 hits, which would both end up being the most that he has ever had in a single season. This isn't a player that you are adding to help you win the goals and assists categories in your league, you're adding him to help deepen the stats that are harder to find at elite levels.

#2) Tuukka Rask – G – Boston Bruins

Jeremy Swayman owners are not happy with him being sent down to the minors in favor of bringing back Tuukka Rask to finish the year with Linus Ullmark. But adding a player with the pedigree of Rask for $1-million is something that every fantasy owner should be considering. Tuukka Rask has been one of the most consistent goaltenders in the NHL over the last decade. Since the 2011-2012 his worst goals-against average (GAA) was 2.56 which came in the 2015-2016 season, and a 0.912 save percentage which was recorded in the 2018-2019 season was his worst over that stretch. My philosophy when it comes to goaltending is that you want the ones that have a healthy blend of the following, a good contract, plays a lot of games, plays on a team that can win games. While the Bruins sit at 4th in their division, they are behind 3 teams in FLA, TBL, TOR. You can still expect them to win a lot of hockey games as they have a very good roster from top to bottom. Something to keep note of when you're adding Rask is that the Boston Bruins have only played 35 games this year. That means they have a favorable