We had just two games in the NHL on Wednesday night so it's a good time to go through some trade targets for the upcoming trade deadline. Rather than just list guys that may be on the move, though, it's worth looking at what gets left behind if those players get moved. It is nice to daydream about what a line of Forsberg-MacKinnon-Rantanen would look like for Colorado, but what does that do to Nashville's top-6? We could see Brock Boeser get traded by Vancouver, and if he does, what about their ever-important power play? Those are the kinds of things we're going to be looking at today.
For now, we're going to stick with some of the higher-end guys that are at least possibilities to move. There isn't much sense in going through the domino effects of a fourth-line forward being moved because that really doesn't matter much in the vast majority of fantasy leagues. Some data from Natural Stat Trick.
We will find out if – when? – Giroux gets traded but I fear for the sanity of Flyers fans. With Sean Couturier injured and Kevin Hayes having a very off year, there just isn't much left for centers if Giroux is on the move. The Flyers could be looking at a top-6 center duo of Derick Brassard and Scott Laughton, especially seeing as those two have been in the top-6 and taking face-offs in recent games. Could there be much fantasy value for either of them?
It should be noted that Laughton isn't having a bad year, really. His 82-game paces for this year exceed 15 goals and 40 points, not bad for a guy on a poor team getting little power-play exposure. What would make him valuable is his physical play as he's averaging over two hits per game on the season. He is up to roughly 17:30 a night of late and Giroux moving on could lead to even more. Not that he'll suddenly be a 65-point, second-line centre, but even a 50-point centre with two hits per game is very valuable in banger leagues.
For my money, it would be Laughton and then Brassard that we should look towards. Maybe they give the veteran top-line billing, but it seems more likely that Brassard himself is on the move as a very cheap depth centre. For those in banger leagues that may have left Laughton on the waiver wire, heading out to grab him sometime next week seems the move here.
Not a lot to talk about here, really. All indications are that the pending UFA will not get a contract from the Sharks in the next 10 days and will be traded. That is what happens when nearly one-third of the team's cap is tied up in three defensemen with only one of those defencemen maybe being top-pair calibre (at least he's the most