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Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2012 | 05:25 PM

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After Mike Cammalleri's trade out of Montreal, his former teammate Andrei Kostitsyn could be the next Habs' player moved. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images) After Mike Cammalleri's trade out of Montreal, his former teammate Andrei Kostitsyn could be the next Habs' player moved. (Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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With just over a month until the NHL trade deadline, now is a great time to start thinking about how you can bolster your own roster.

If the last few years have taught us anything, it's that many of the blockbuster trades tend to take place before deadline day.
By Jordan Shifman & Jesse Campigotto, CBC Sports



With just over a month until the NHL trade deadline, now is a great time to start thinking about how you can bolster your own roster.

As always, this February multiple NHL teams are looking to load up for a playoff run, while others will try to unload and restock. Of the players that may be packing their bags, many of them will be headed to improved teams and those are the players you should start going after now before the price tag goes up.

And if the last few years have taught us anything, it's that many of the blockbuster trades tend to take place before deadline day.

With that in mind, we point out which players you should be looking at that may be on the move and examine the one big trade that's already taken place.


As always, we also give our advice on who to add and who to drop this week in your league.



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Of those proven fantasy performers that could be moved on or before the Feb. 27 deadline, who's stock is most likely to rise?

Jordan: There are a handful of players that could benefit from a change of scenery and potentially be acquired in your fantasy league at a reasonable price. Sam Gagner, Ales Hemsky, Vinny Prospal, Antero Niittymaki, Dwayne Roloson and Andrei Kostitsyn are all names that have surfaced for various reasons and may provide your team with a boost. If you're thin at the goalie position, Evgeni Nabokov could be a great fit. Rumoured be going anywhere from Detroit to Tampa Bay, Nabokov has a cap hit of just $570, 000 US though he does have a no-movement clause. More importantly, the former all-star is playing well of late going 6-3 with a 2.22 GAA in his last nine starts and is just 29 per cent owned in Yahoo! fantasy leagues.

Jesse: With seemingly dozens of trade rumours circulating (and that's just the Leafs), let's focus on the big deal that was actually made - the one that sent Mike Cammalleri from Montreal to Calgary for Rene Bourque. The change of scenery would appear to benefit Cammalleri, who was reportedly unhappy in Montreal and had fallen out of favour with management. His power-play ice time numbers seem to back that up, as Cammalleri went from getting the most power-play time among Habs forwards last season to No. 5 in that department this year, falling behind Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais, Erik Cole and Max Pacioretty. Cammalleri had just one power-play goal in 38 games with Montreal this season. He's already matched that total in two games with Calgary, and could net a lot more now that he's on a team that will probably be more eager to give him opportunities.

Add this guy!

Jesse: Kyle Turris has been mostly a bust since Phoenix chose him with the third overall pick in the 2007 draft, managing just 46 points in 137 games with the Coyotes before he was shipped to Ottawa last month. Now, he's the trendiest pickup in fantasy leagues after notching 11 points with an eye-catching plus-11 rating in his first 15 games with the surging Sens. If you want Turris, you should act quickly, but he's currently available in nine out of 10 Yahoo! leagues.

Jordan: Speaking of the Senators, remember when Mike Fisher was a key cog that made the team tick? Seems like years since Fisher was his dominant self, but it was just two seasons ago. Though Fisher had a slow start with the Predators, he's started to turn things around a bit and is just as available as Turris is in Yahoo! leagues. Fisher has eight points in eight games this month and is up to 23 points total.

Add him too!

Jordan: It seems like every player we're looking at this week is available in 90 per cent of Yahoo! leagues - and Tampa Bay's Ryan Malone is no different. Malone is on pace to potentially set new career-best numbers as he already has 27 points in 39 games. More importantly, Malone has 10 points in his last seven games.

Drop this guy!

Jesse: I wouldn't even bother using your IR spot on Mike Green, who some owners are hanging onto in hopes that he can return from abdominal surgery in four to six weeks and supply a big boost down the stretch. Since averaging 25 goals and 75 points over the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, Green hasn't looked like the same player as he's battled assorted injuries (and shown that he's not a quick healer). He played in only 49 games last season and had 24 points, and this season he's dressed for only 10 games and managed six points. With the Capitals having ditched their high-flying style, even a healthy Green is unlikely to put up anything close to the gaudy numbers he did at the height of the Bruce Boudreau era. Considering his slowness in coming back from injuries in the past, it's probably best for fantasy owners to cut him outright.

Jordan: As I said in this week's Fan's Corner chat with Craig Simpson (Wednesdays at 3 PM ET), Green is the new Sami Salo!

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