Author Archives: Trade Man
Fantasy Hockey: Around the Western Conference
Written by Joe Cutroni, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer
November 21, 2008
Joe Cutroni provides an inside look at who’s hot and who’s not around the Western Conference to give you the edge you need in your fantasy hockey league.
After the first quarter of the season, there has been a few surprises in regards to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
For a team devoid of any top 6 forwards apparently, the Leafs are among the best offensive teams in the NHL. They are in the top 10 in terms of goals a game and top 5 on the powerplay. Matt Stajan, who was benched earlier this year, leads the team in points and has been a surprise as the team’s top centre.
Alot of trade rumours floating around at the 1/4 mark of the season. I recap on some and add a few of my own.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Alex Steen and Carlo Coliacovo for Lee Stempniak.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun provides quite a bit of speculation in his latest article.
Various reports indicate that a Brian Burke to Toronto deal is close.
We’ve all heard a lot of these rumours sending Michael Nylander to Chicago for either Byfuglien, Sopel, Khabibulin or whoever it is. But I’m not sure this is a good idea. Yes, the Hawks need a 2nd line center. Yes, Nylander fits this bill. But he isn’t what Chicago really needs : a big body.
Fantasy Hockey: Eastern Conference Scene
Written by Frank Mazzola, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer
November 20, 2008
Frank Mazzola takes a look at the NHL’s Eastern Conference and keeps you up to date on the latest developments.
At the quarter mark of the season, the Ottawa Senators’ problems are well documented. They have won only 6 of 19 games, giving them a winning percentage of .316, last in the league. They have only scored 44 goals, second worst in the league. Despite all this, I keep hearing trade rumors involving goaltenders going to the Sens, when goaltending has been the one strenght so far.
As we near the end of the first quarter of the season, there are no suprises to speak of in the Southeast Division.
The Capitals are in first place and 3 teams in that division sit in the bottom 5 of the NHL. This only confirms that the Southeast is the weakest link in the NHL.
Bruce Garrioch of Sun Media is reporting that the Ottawa Senators are stepping up their pursuit to land the Canucks Mattias Ohlund.
The Chicago Sun Times is reporting that the Black Hawks have been trying to land Nylander since the beginning of the season. It is now speculated that the two teams may finally be on the brink of making the trade become a reality.
In sports, there’s something I like to call a “gamer”. If you follow baseball, you saw one of my personal favorites, CC Sabathia, pitching complete games on three days rest. If you follow the NBA, you see a guy like Tim Duncan won has already won a few championshis. The NFL has “gamers” like Tom Brady (that being said, ***** Tom Brady). Well, the NHL has a lot of gamers. Hockey players are a special breed. But once in a while, comes along a player that you can envision winning several titles. The sort of guys who play on dynasty teams. The guts and glory guys we won’t shut the ***** up about 50 years from now.