Author Archives: Trade Man
Written by Joe Cutroni, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer
January 23, 2009
Joe Cutroni provides an inside look at the Western Conference Fantasy All-Stars who have made a big impact at the halfway point of the season.
Western Conference Fantasy All-Stars:
Pavel Datsyuk (C, DET) – At the Break: 19 goals, 37 assists, plus-21, 21 PPPs, 137 SOG, 14 PIMs – Was there any doubt that Datsyuk would post the kind of numbers he has so far this season? One of the most consistent scorers over the last five seasons, Datsyuk is on par to match last year’s career-high 31 goals, 97 points, and plus-41.
Patrick Marleau (C, SJ) – At the Break: 25 goals, 26 assists, plus-21, 11 PPPs, 161 SOG, 10 PIMs – Marleau has quieted the critics this year, rebounding from a miserable 2007-08 campaign with one that should see him record his best season ever. Rival owners probably can’t believe you managed to snag Marleau so late in the draft.
Frank Mazzola, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer January 22, 2009
Frank Mazzola takes a look at the Eastern Conference All-Stars from a fantasy perspective, the players enjoying a breakout season and the ones that have disappointed their owners on a grand scale.
2008-09 Fantasy Hockey Eastern Conference All-Star Roster:
Alexander Ovechkin (LW, WAS) – Current statistics: 31 goals, 28 assists, plus-13, 58 penalty minutes, 24 power play points, 305 shots on goal – It’s a surprise to no one that Ovechkin is having the season that he is. He is arguably the World’s Greatest Player and will continue to produce in this fashion until further notice.
There is more information Saturday on Chris Pronger and the possibility that he might be traded before the deadline.
According to The Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, there are all sorts of whispers this weekend that Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke might be trying to acquire Pronger from Anaheim.
The trade deadline is approaching and although it’s going to be tough, the rangers have a lot of problems they need to address. First off they need to find a way to shed some salary to help the team now and also in the future as key young assets are in their contract years. Secondly, within doing that they need to better their offensive production and solve at the very least either getting a dman that can run the powerplay or a dman can can actually play their position and help shut teams down. In order to have a legit shot at making any of this happening trades may have to include receiving players that will be free after this season or including prospects or draft picks. So here’s a few reasonable possible trades that may work.
Thestar.com is reporting on the players that Brian Burks is most likely to trade. Some of the players include Antropov, Ponikarovsky, Kaberle, Kubina, Blake and Toskala.
On Hockey Central yesterday Nick Kypreos reported that the Ducks may look at trading defenseman Chris Pronger if they begin to fall out of playoff contention.
In the latest NHL news martin Gerber has been placed on Waivers and it appears that the Flyers are talking to unrestricted free agent Peter Forsberg.
As the trade deadline approaches, teams are in desperate need for that extra push to get into the post season. Here’s a couple of trades in my opinion that could happen..
This could be the last hurrah for this flock of Ducks. With only 9 players under contract, the team is likely going to try and take one last run and pretty much start fresh next season.
The following are due to be UFAs: Brendan Morrison, Todd Marchant, Rob Niedermayer, Sammy Pahlsson, Travis Moen, George Parros, Brad Larsen, Scott Niedermayer, Kent Huskins, Francois Beauchemin, Bret Hedican, Steve Montador
Ok… I want to start some debate with this one. This might have already been done before but I haven’t seen anything like it so here goes: ranking the top ten players in the league. This includes not only this season’s performance but the overall prestige behind the player. For example: Martin St. Louis, despite having a worse season than David Krejci would still be ranked ahead based on past performance. I know, not the most concrete formula, but this is all subjective and meant to stir arguments.
The Hartford Courant is reporting that city officials have met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss plans for a new area in an attempt to lure an NHL team back to Hartford.
Yes I realize this is way too early to be doing predictions but I am putting them up anyways.
1. Boston Bruins – Despite losing Sturm for the year and Kessel for an extended period of time, the Bruins have way too much depth to squander a 9 point lead with two games in hand to washington. expect 110-115 points easily.
The Tennessean is reporting that Predators head coach Barry Trotz is not in danger of being fired despite the teams recent poor play.