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My Top Buyers and Sellers For The NHL Trade Deadline

The NHL Trade Deadline is about seven weeks away, therefore usually around this time, 40+ games, teams making pushes for the playoffs and other teams doing the opposite. A lot of trade talk is about to approach so let’s get you ready for what can be a pretty exciting 2019 NHL trade deadline.

Top Buyers: 

Pittsburgh Penguins: It is no surprise here that the Penguins are again buyers. They continue to be a top-10 team in the NHL that have the tools to be a Stanley Cup team therefore around this time they usually always are involved in trade talks. There most recent trade talk has been with the Carolina Hurricanes for either Michael Ferland or defenseman Justin Faulk or Dougie Hamilton, not all three or two probably just one of the three. Either the Penguins could use another top-six winger but more importantly can certainly use a top-four or even number five defenseman. The Penguins by no surprise can score goals but they struggle to defend consistently, with a defense of Kris Letang (injury issues) Jack Johnson, Brian Dumoulin and Olli Maata they need to add another tool back there.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Much like the Penguins the Leafs are going to be buyers come the deadline, they really do not need any more forward depth due to the fact William Nylander is a third liner almost. The Leafs would have no reason for a forward. The thing the Leafs could use is a top-four defenseman, Ron Hainsey may not cut it much longer for Toronto, Morgan Reilly is proving number one capability and Jake Gardiner is a solid number four but they still another d-man, someone who is a good two-way defenseman. A Dougie Hamilton or Justin Faulk would be perfect but as of now there has not been much from Toronto. The Leafs could also use a potential back-up/fringe starter to help Frederick Anderson before the playoffs come around. Someone who can play at least half the games remaining in the year to get Anderson 100% healthy for the playoffs.

Edmonton Oilers: The Oilers need to make a move for a forward if they want to be a playoff team their current offensive roster is not going to cut it for the playoffs or a playoff run. They need one top-six forward and a borderline top-six/bottom-nine forward soon. The Oilers have tried line scheme after line scheme this season and not much is working consistently. They will probably look to the Rangers for Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, Vladislav Namestikov or the Senators for a few of their bottom-six forwards, the Blues have a slew of forwards, the Hurricanes Michael Ferland. Either way they need to be inquiring about someone.

Colorado Avalanche: With their 11 million in projected cap space the Avalanche should be shopping for a top-six, bottom six forward. They have the two best players in the NHL right now but someone else needs to supplement those two when the playoff run comes around and playoff time comes. The Avalanche have a lot of young potential but they will need some more proven success. Out there is as mentioned above, the Avalanche will be doing some necessary shopping over the next two weeks or so.

Top Sellers:

New York Rangers: Not a shock to many, the Rangers are definitely over performing considering the roster they have but they are still not a great team. Plus it does them no good to win games right now or not consider being big sellers. They have a few players to shed as well but with Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello current UFA’s in 2019-2020 they will more than likely be trading those two. They have 2 million in cap space and with those two gone it will free up about 9.6 million making them a true contender for Artem Panarin this offseason.

Los Angeles Kings: They have no reason to buy and they do have a few names that can be useful elsewhere. I.e. Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter, Dustin Brown, and some bottom six forwards. Not a great year for L.A. but they have around $89,000 in cap space right now with three free agents in 2019 summer and Brown/Carter on unfavorable contracts.

Carolina Hurricanes: I did not expect the Hurricanes to be sellers but it seems their GM is in favor to shed Faulk, Hamilton and Ferland. Therefore making sellers for sure, they have 16 million in cap space and getting rid of two of those three would leave them with a nice dollar amount to sit on in the offseason. Plus they need to free up cap for Sebastian Aho, Teuvo Teravainen, Jordin Martinook, and possibly Justin Williams. The Hurricanes have a ton of UFA/RFA to consider in the offseason and they cannot afford Faulk, Hamilton and Aho therefore we can see these guys selling heavy come the deadline.

St. Louis Blues: I almost want to say why not sell for this team. You have Brayden Schenn, Jaden Schwartz, David Perron, Patrick Maroon, Vladimir Tarasenko, Tyler Bozak, etc. At least two of these guys or even one can go and will provide a decent return. The Blues have rumored to be in talks to shed Vladimir Tarasenko, which I mean sounds ridiculous but realistically this team is not going to win anytime soon, get a good return on the guy sooner than later.

 

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Impact on players fantasy value due to trades… Mike Hoffman, Ryan O’Reilly and more!

Players who’s fantasy value increased…

Ryan O’Reilly: O’Reilly really seemed as if he wanted out of Buffalo towards the end of last year he even came out and said he was not having fun playing hockey and his passion was slowly dying. It was inevitable that Buffalo was going to part ways with O’Reilly but now that he has landed in St. Louis, his typical 55-60 point season. O’Reilly may be well above the 60 range mark this year playing with Alex Steen, Patrick Maroon/Robby Fabbri. O’Reilly has way more weapons around him plus a winning environment it is obvious O’Reilly fantasy value increases a ton due to this trade.

Mike Hoffman: SKY ROCKETS, he gets out of terrible Ottawa and stays within his division where he has buried 20+ goals four years in a row now. To getting put on a line with Vincent Trocheck and Nick Bjugstad this Florida line two is going to be unreal. Hoffman will thrive in Florida and will not see anything different than what he saw in Ottawa. A total increase for Hoffman!

Players who’s fantasy value stayed the same

Noah Hanafin: Some would say it decreases his value a bit but I think it only increases it, he is said to be playing 3rd line minutes but that is very doubtful to stay like that. Hanafin is coming off his best year in the league with 10 goals and 22 assists. I would expect a similar year out Hanafin playing powerplay two and most likely top four minutes, the young defenseman will find his groove in Calgary as long as they stay successful and don’t hit rough spots. Hanafin’s fantasy value is probably around the same as it was before.

Elias Lindholm: Lindholm has been trying to crack that 20-goal mark for quite sometime now but it won’t happen anytime soon. Right now being slotted on the third line with potential line two minutes the 40 point forward will stay within that range. His value decreases a tad due to his role on Calgary now, in Carolina he was a top six forward for sure and playing more minutes that what he will in Calgary. Lindholm’s value decreases a tad but still a solid 35 point player.

Dougie Hamilton: Hamilton’s value increase a tad, going from Calgary to Carolina is a change but Hamilton will probably be seeing more time in Carolina due to their defensive line up. Hamilton will be have to share some powerplay time with Justin Faulk but still he will be the main power play option for Carolina. Coming off a 44 point season and his fourth 40+ point season Hamilton’s value does not decrease at all. He is a top 20 defenseman no matter where he goes.

Players who’s fantasy value decreased

Phillip Grubauer: Stays about the same perhaps drop a little due to not having as good as a team in front of him. With Grubauer going to Colorado he still needs to compete for a starting job and when he will get in he will be tested much more due to the Avalanche not having as good as a defense as Washington. Still value in Grubauer but I won’t look at him nearly as much for a spot start this year.

Connor Sheary: Some would say his value does not move much but I would say Sheary’s value drops a ton. Not playing with Sidney Crosby or Malkin or Kessel to now playing with Mittlestadt or Berglund Sheary will be no where near his once 50 point season, Sheary will be a 30 point forward at best. Sheary’s value is no where what it was in 2016-17, especially after a 23 point decrease from 16-17 to 17-18, it does not look much better for the 26-year-old forward. 

Max Domi: Domi’s value is subpar to begin with and it does not get any better going to Montreal as much as he seems to be excited to playing for a Canadian team and an original six team, Domi’s faith will die out once he realizes they are even worse than Arizona. Domi went from 52 to 38 to 45 points he has been a bit streaky and I think we see another 35-40 point season out of him. Playing alongside Phillip Danault and Artturi Lehkonen there is not much to support or really make Domi that much of a better player than what he was in Arizona. His value decreases a slight amount to say the least.

 

Kovalchuk watch OVER, Carolina Calgary trade details

Ilya Kovalchuk is heading to Hollywood people! Kovalchuk scribbled a 3 year 18.75 mil dollar deal with the Kings earlier this afternoon. Of the four teams Kovalchuk spoke to on Friday, L.A. came winners of the prized KHL goal scorer and once NHL superstar. Kovalchuk has not played in the NHL since the 2012-13 season. Kovalchuk now joins Selke trophy, William Jennings trophy winner, Norris trophy winner and that tough, physical gritty L.A. style of play for three-years.

Carolina-Calgary deal

Calgary and Carolina sort of did a thing today. Earlier the Flames and Hurricanes worked out a deal no one saw coming.

Carolina received: Dougie Hamilton, Michael Ferland and Adam Fox. 

Calgary recieved: Noah Hanaifin, Elias Lindholm

This will be Hamilton’s now third team in 6 years. Hamilton spent 3 seasons with Boston who drafted him 2011, 3 with Calgary and now will be settling in with Carolina at age 25. Hamilton has 220 points in 423 career games and has been the number two defenseman in Calgary for the past three seasons. Michael Ferland is coming off his best year tallying 41 points last season. Ferland has been with Calgary since they drafted him in the 5th round 8 years ago. Ferland has played three full seasons now, coming off his best year with 21 goals in 77 games. Adam Fox was also sent over to Carolina, drafted in the 3rd round by Calgary has spent the last two years at Harvard tallying 68 points in 64 games. While winning All-Ivy League first team(2016-17), Ivy League rookie of the year(2016-17), NCAA (ECAC) Rookie of the Year(2016-17), NCAA Best Defenseman(2016-17), NCAA All-Star Team(2017-18), Best Defenseman(17-18), All-Ivy League First Team(17-18), Top 3 player at WJC (17-18) and a Gold Medal in 16-17 and Bronze Medal in 17-18.

The Flames received Noah Hanafin who was rumored to be working out a deal with Carolina for a contract extension but now finds himself on the other side of things. Hanafin was drafted in 2015 5th overall wasting now time to emerge in the league, perhaps he did not get off to the best start his first two seasons. Now, Hanafin is coming off his best year yet with 32 points in 79 games(10 G, 22A). Elias Lindholm has been on the Hurricanes since 2013 another 5th overall selection, Lindholm has not put up 5th overall mumbers though. Coming off two 40 plus point seasons, perhaps he is starting to come around. Lindholm is 23 years old tallying 188 points in his 374 career games.