The 2017 NHL trade deadline has come and gone. This seemed to be a quieter deadline than normal and it is my belief that the main reason for that is there just weren’t that many teams that were sellers. Colorado, Arizona, Vancouver, Carolina, and Tampa Bay were sellers before the deadline and even Tampa was a surprise. It’s hard to make deals if there just aren’t players available. In this column we will take a look at all of the trades that were Fantasy-worthy.
The Avalanche ended up not moving Matt Duchene and/or Gabriel Landeskog. General manager Joe Sakic had wanted a huge haul for both players and, in the end, may have decided to wait until the NHL draft to move these players so every team could be involved in the bidding and not just contending teams.
Patrick Eaves to Anaheim. It’s not a surprise that the Stars were looking to deal some of their excess forwards, just that Eaves would be the first to go. He was having a career-season and if he stayed with Dallas, he might’ve actually hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career. Anaheim will start him on the second line for now with Corey Perry and Rickard Rakell, but his true value to the team may be on the power play. He had 11 PP goals this season with Dallas.
Ben Bishop to Los Angeles: This one was a head scratcher and devastating for Bishop owners. Jonathan Quick is back from his groin injury and will be the starting goaltender for LA down the stretch. I can understand why the team would feel the need for insurance and a strong backup goaltender, just in case Quick were to suffer another injury, but why give up anything of value for another goaltender? Granted, Peter Budaj had been struggling of late but he is still the main reason the team is anywhere near a playoff spot. It seems to me that the Kings should’ve used any precious trade resources to acquire much needed offensive help. As for Bishop, he is now the backup to Quick, as is Budaj to Andre Vasilevskiy (who now becomes the starter in TB and a possible pickup should you need a goalie).
Alexander Burrows to Ottawa. Burrows was once a prolific scorer for Vancouver, scoring 117 goals during a four-year period from 2008-12. The problem is over the past five seasons he only has 54 goals. Can he rekindle his scoring touch with Ottawa? That seems unlikely but in his first practice with the team, he was on a line with Kyle Turris and Mike Hoffman. You could do worse than take a speculative claim.
Kevin Shattenkirk to Washington: Shattenkirk turned down deals to Edmonton and Tampa Bay this season, as those trades would’ve required him to sign a multi-year deal and he was hesitant to do so. Shattenkirk wants to test the free agent market and some believe the destination he seeks is New York and the Rangers. It was thought that the Blues would send him there rather than Washington but Fantasy owners aren’t complaining. Shattenkirk is in the midst of a career season and should set career highs in goals, power play goals, points, and assists. He will anchor a power play that is one of the best power play units in the league and gives Washington something, maybe the only thing, they were lacking, a rocket shot from the point. If Washington wasn’t the favorite to win the Stanley Cup before this trade, they are now.
Thomas Vanek to Florida: Vanek is yet another once prolific scorer whose best years seem to be behind him. That being said, he will add depth to an impressive young forward group and a team trying to make a playoff push. Where he fits on the Panthers will likely determine his Fantasy value. He could be the third line right wing behind Reilly Smith and Jaromir Jagr, which would make him no more than a depth winger for your team.
Jarome Iginla to Los Angeles: I doubt there is anything to see here as Iginla is an aging star. When I mentioned that the Kings needed help on offense, this is help, but more like third line help when they could really use a Top 6 forward for their playoff push.
Valtteri Filppula to Philadelphia: Just a depth move at center here for Philadelphia.
Mark Streit to Pittsburgh: The Penguins have been hit hard with injuries to the blue line. Streit will give them some depth here but won’t help your Fantasy team.
Pierre Parenteau to Nashville: He can be a sneaky little goal scorer but may end up a third line forward in Nashville and not part of the first two lines. This would also limit his power play time.
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