Crashing the Net normally takes you around the league touching on hot and cold players, battles for ice-time and what’s going on in net, but today it’s all about the trade deadline deals that were made across the league.
Kings receive: Dustin Penner
Oilers receive: Colten Teubert, 1st rd. pick in 2011, 3rd rd. in 2012
The biggest deal of the day. Penner, who has one more year on his contract at $4.25 million, will get a shot with a Kings team that has to be feared as the playoffs approach. Penner finally fulfilled his potential last season scoring 32 goals and recording 63 points, and though his pace has slowed a bit this season (21g, 18a), he has still been pretty effective considering all the injuries the Oilers’ have suffered up front. His outlook improves with the move to L.A. as his plus/minus (-12) mark should improve. If he is able to skate on a line with point scoring star Anze Kopitar than his fantasy outlook would improve even further. The package the Oilers receive will do nothing to help out their club, at the NHL level, for years.
Capitals receive: Dennis Wideman
Panthers receive: Jake Hauswirth, 2011 3rd rd. pick
With Mike Green out with a head injury (for at least a week), Wideman will likely see plenty of power-play time with a potent group of forwards in Washington. Wideman, with a poor club in Florida this year is an awful (-26) but he has still managed 33 points including 19 on the power-play. Look for his fantasy stock to climb, perhaps substantially, the rest of the way – especially if Green continues to be sidelined.
Hauswirth has 14 points in 37 ECHL games this year and may never make a splash in the NHL, so this looks like a bit of a salary dump and an attempt to get younger by the Panthers.
Thrashers receive: Radek Dvorak, 5th rd. pick
Panthers receive: Niclas Bergfors, Pat Rissmiller
This is a bit of an odd one to digest. Dvorak is 33 years old and has over 1,110 games of NHL experience, and he’s in the final year of his contact. He’s also scored only 21 points in 53 games this season. On the other side, the Panthers receive a talented forward who is 23 years old in Bergfors, and he managed to record 44 points last year (the last time Dvorak hit that mark was 2003). Bergfors has been a disappointment this season with only 11 goals and 29 points in 52 games, but the former first round draft pick (2005) certainly has the talent, and youth, to make this a winning move for the Panthers.
Sabres receive: Brad Boyes
Blues receive: 2nd rd. pick in 2011
How the mighty have fallen. Boyes recorded 76 goals in 2007-08, but over the past two years he has scored a mere 26 times. The biggest culprit has been the tanking of his shooting percentage. After posting marks of 20.8 and 15.0 percent, Boyes dipped to 7.1 percent last year and has only slightly improved that number this season at 9.1 percent. He figures to get all the top-6 minutes he can handle with the Sabres, but at this point if you’re expecting a return to his 2007-08 scoring ways I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
Blue Jackets receive: Scottie Upshall, Sami Lepisto
Coyotes receive: Rostislav Klesla, Dane Byers
A lifelong Blue Jacket, Klesla is a solid blue liner, when healthy, and that’s been the rub since he’s appeared in 70 games only twice since 2003. He can eat up ice-time and be a stabilizing influence on the backend, but he warrants no attention whatsoever in the fantasy game. Byers was drafted 48th in 2004 and has 34 points in 64 games in the AHL this season.
The only big name in this deal, in terms of fantasy production, is Upshall. Scottie scored 18 goals in 49 games last year before a major knee injury hit, but he has returned this season to score 16 times in 61 games. There is no reason to think that Upshall will be anything other than a top-6 forward with the Blue Jackets, so he should be expected to get at least as much ice-time as he was receiving in the desert. If he finds his way onto a line with Rick Nash, well, then we could be talking about some serious fantasy production. Lepisto? He is a solid blue liner but five goals and 22 assists in 131 games relegates him to every waiver-wire in the world.
Canucks receive: Chris Higgins
Panthers receive: Evan Oberg, 3rd rd. draft pick in 2011
The Canucks were rumored to be in the mix to add some forward depth, so it’s not surprising that they made this move. Higgins is currently day-to-day with a broken thumb so he will have to wait to pull on his new sweater. When he does join the Canucks he will look to return to being the offensive weapon he was from 2005-07 when he scored at least 22 goals each season. Higgins has some offensive skill no doubt, but the thumb injury, poor production of late (19 goals in his last 115 games) and the probability that he won’t be able to get top-6 minutes in Vancouver mean that he isn’t a player of interest, at the moment, in fantasy.
Capitals receive: Jason Arnott
Devils receive: David Steckel
Arnott has long been one of the more steady producers in the game as he scored at least 20-goals each year from 1998-2008 (he scored just 19 times last year though he appeared in only 63 contests). At 36 years of age he isn’t going to all of a sudden turn into an iron man – he’s failed to appear in 70-games in three of the past four years – and his production this season has been poor (13g, 9a, [-9] in 62 games). It’s about health, motivation and role at this point of his career. If all three come up aces he would make a solid pickup in fantasy leagues, but you know how difficult it is to get three of a kind in a game of poker, right?
Flames receive: Fredrik Modin
Thrashers receive: 7th rd. pick in 2011
A veteran who still possesses a modicum of offensive talent, Modin just can’t stay healthy. Since the start of last season he has appeared in only 80 games recording 12 goals and a terrible (-19) rating for three clubs (Columbus, Los Angeles and Atlanta). Even if he starts out hot with the Flames, don’t expect it to continue. There’s nothing to see here.
Blackhawks receive: Chris Campoli, 7th rd. pick in 2011
Senators receive: Ryan Potulny, 2nd rd. pick in 2011
Campoli has some offensive skill, but he isn’t exactly a stout defender. He posted 14 points in 58 games for the Senators, and though his (-3) rating is poor, it’s not awful considering what has gone on in Ottawa. He isn’t likely to get much power-play time in Chicago, so don’t fall all over yourself to add him to your squad.
Potulny was a third round selection in 2003 and he’s never been able to do much of anything in the NHL appearing in only 119 games (22g, 27a). Still, he recorded 38 goals in the AHL in 2008, and last year he has 15 goals in 64 games with the Oilers. If he’s given a lot of ice-time there is chance that he could do something of note, but it’s unclear how the Sens plan on using the center.
Panthers receive: Sergei Samsonov
Hurricanes receive: Bryan Allen
At one point Sergei had so many moves that it was dizzying to watch him with the puck on his stick. He scored 22 or more goals in four of his first five seasons (1997-2001), but since then he has only one 20-goal effort. He had 10 goals and 16 helpers in 58 games with the ‘Canes this season though he has only three points in his last 12 contests. He should be given plenty of time on the ice in Florida, but at this stage of his career it matters little.
Allen is yet another Panther who was moved. He’s a decent option in leagues that count hits (83) or blocked shots (76), but if you are in a more traditional scoring league he has no value at all with 12 points, a (-5) rating and 63 PIMs in 53 games. The deal doesn’t figure to drastically alter his fantasy outlook either.
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