Teams Getting Busy Before Trade Deadline

The last few days have seen a bunch of trades as teams try to get an early jump on deadline deals.  Lets break them down and check out their fantasy impact.

TRADE: Ottawa Senators trade Brian Elliott to the Colorado Avalanche for Craig Anderson.

Two struggling teams move their struggling goalies, so hopefully a change of scenery is all that these two need. Anderson was a rock star last season, but has failed to match those numbers. Anderson should provide the Senators with some steady goaltending to finish the season, but they are clearly ready to give the starter role to Robin Lehner next season.

Elliott has been so inconsistent this season but gets a fresh start on a young Colorado team. If Elliott can’t find his game, the Avalanche will have a huge hole in the net heading into next season. Anderson is an UFA and Elliott is a RFA, so both could be on new teams this off-season if they can’t be re-signed.

TRADE: Carolina Hurricanes trade Ian White to the San Jose Sharks for a second-round draft pick in 2012.

White is with his third team this season but has gone to a better team each time. The Sharks needed a No. 2 defenseman and White fits the bill. He can do it all, as he is gritty, has a big shot and will log a lot of minutes.

White scored 13 and 10 goals over the last two seasons and scored 38 points last season. His offense is not up to par this season, but changing teams can improve a player’s numbers. Expect a big finish for White and he should be a consideration for your playoff pool.

TRADE: Tampa Bay Lightning trade Brock Beukeboom and third-round draft pick in 2011 to the St. Louis Blues for Eric Brewer.

No fantasy value here, as both are shut down defensemen who take care of their own end. The Lightning get a proven vet to provide leadership going into the playoffs.

TRADE: Carolina Hurricanes trade future considerations to the San Jose Sharks for Derek Joslin.

Joslin is a project defenseman who has a little offensive potential.  Joslin is almost 24-years-old and will likely develop into a third pairing defenseman who scores 15-20 points a season. Joslin will get a shot right away with the ‘Canes, with White being traded today.

TRADE: Ottawa Senators trade Jarkko Ruutu to the Anaheim Ducks for a sixth-round draft pick in 2011.

The Ducks added a gritty agitator in Ruutu, whose real value will be shown in the playoffs. Ruutu can play the shut down role and score the odd goal.  Anaheim is playing great hockey right now and is gearing up for the playoffs.

If your fantasy pool uses the NHL playoffs as your pool playoffs, then Ruutu will have some value. The Ducks should advance to the second round and its second/third line players tend to score more in the playoffs.

TRADE: Anaheim Ducks trade Paul Mara to the Montreal Canadiens for a fifth-round draft pick in 2012.

The Canadiens needed to add depth at defenseman, after all the injuries, and Mara fits the bill. He’s a 6-foot-4 monster who should help Carey Price on the defensive side. Mara has ZERO fantasy value, but could help your other Canadiens get deeper in the playoffs.

TRADE: Anaheim Ducks trade Aaron Voros to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2011.

Voros is everything Brian Burke looks for in a third/fourth liner. He is a physical winger who can play on either wing, but brings no offense. Voros has 43 PIMs in the 12 games this season. He is a typical enforcer who won’t play a full season, but will rack up 120-150 PIMs a season.

TRADE: Toronto Maple Leafs trade Kris Versteeg to the Philadelphia Flyers for a first-round draft pick 2011 and a third-round draft pick 2011.

Versteeg did not fit in Toronto and gets a great opportunity in Philadelphia. He’s only 24 and brings the experience of a Stanley Cup winner to the Flyers, who are looking to return to the Cup Finals again this season.

Versteeg is on pace for his average 50 points, but his real value could be seen in the playoffs; he has 10 goals and 26 points in 39 playoff games with the Chicago Blackhawks over the last two playoffs. However, the Flyers are very deep at the forward position so he will be competing for ice time.

TRADE: Chicago Blackhawks trade Jack Skille, David Pacan and Hugh Jessiman to the Florida Panthers for Michael Frolik and Alexander Salak.

Blackhawks got an absolute steal here if Frolik can find his game again. Frolik is only 23 and has already put together back-to-back 21 goal seasons. While he is loaded with offensive potential, his play has been inconsistent. If you can acquire him, do it now while his value is low. Frolik should play on the second line next year.  Salak is a decent goaltender, but will likely never be a strong fantasy player.

Skille will get a great opportunity to show his skills in Florida, as the Panthers depth is nowhere near what he had to deal with in Chicago. Skille is a gritty, scoring winger who has produced in his limited roles with the Blackhawks. He has potential to be a 20-goal and 70-point player, but he needs to play with more consistency. Pacan and Jessiman have no fantasy value and will be depth players.

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