By Jordan Shifman & Jesse Campigotto, CBC Sports
Did you hear? The NHL trade deadline
was this week (I know, the Canadian sports media should really devote more time to this thing). And if there's anything people like more than speculating on/making up trade rumours in the weeks leading up to the deadline, it's anointing the "winners" after the dust settles.
In this week's Fantasy Hockey Faceoff, we're focusing on the players (not teams) we think will give their fantasy owners a boost following a move on deadline day.
Plus, we give our weekly advice on roster moves to make in your league.
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. That's a good one too.Which players will get a boost from a deadline-day move?Jesse: Cody Hodgson
owners ought to be excited for his move to Buffalo. The rookie centre showed great potential in Vancouver, where he had 16 goals and 33 points in 63 games this season, all while averaging a paltry 12:43 of ice time per game and 1:50 of power-play time as the team's No. 3 centre By comparison, No. 2 man Ryan Kesler needed about 20 minutes (in 58 games) to get his 43 points.
Hodgson figures to get more burn (and, with it, more points) in Buffalo, where he immediately becomes the Sabres' second-best centre behind Derek Roy, who's fallen out of favour amid a sub-par season and will enter the final year of his contract in 2012-13. And faceoff ace Paul Gaustad was traded on deadline day, perhaps opening up even more playing time for Hodgson. The former Brampton Battalion star should get plenty of chances to produce over the final 20 games with a Sabres team whose chief concern is seeing what it has for next season (my hunch was confirmed on Wednesday when Hodgson skated a whopping 4:12 on the power play and 16:04 overall in his Sabres debut.). By the way, Hodgson is available in four out of five Yahoo! leagues.Jordan:
I wonder if you'd be saying all these glowing things if Hodgson wasn't traded to your beloved Sabres. In any case, you're right about this being great news for Hodgson fantasy owners, who clearly were astute in listening to my advice
on him prior to the season and will continue to reap the rewards as a result.
For my part, as much as I think Marc-Andre Gragnani can help the Canucks, I like Florida's acquisition of Wojtek Wolski
. In return for a third-rounder in 2013 and prospect Mike Vernace, the Panthers get a motivated player who finds himself on his fourth team in two years. After putting up solid numbers for Colorado in his first four seasons, Wolski was traded to Phoenix and then New York. He played in just nine games for the Rangers this season as he tried to crack the lineup while working his way back from a sports hernia. This latest trade seemingly gives Wolski a fresh start, and he's responded with two points and a plus-2 rating in three games with the surging Cats. Add this guy!Jordan:
You wouldn't know Steve Sullivan
is 37 years old by the way he's been playing these days. Though he has been streaky this season, the Pittsburgh veteran is currently riding high on a six-game scoring streak over which time he has two goals and seven assists, including five power-play points. Sullivan ranks only 15th among Pens in average ice-time per game, but he's fifth in average power-play time. Not only is he available in over 90 per cent of Yahoo! leagues, but the Pens also have a pretty decent schedule through the first half of March.Drop this guy!Jesse:
In his last start, Dwayne Roloson
gave up eight goals on 34 shots to the Pittsburgh Penguins, which is actually pretty impressive considering he had to contend with that giant fork sticking out of his back. At 42 years old, Roloson (3.76 GAA, .880 SV%) is done. And with Tampa Bay all but out of playoff race, there's really no reason for the Lightning to give him any more starts when pretty much anyone else is better and/or younger. Roloson owners (one third of all Yahoo! leagues somehow still have one) should follow suit.Add this guy!Jesse:
It doesn't make sense that Roloson is owned in 33 per cent of leagues while Tampa teammate Mathieu Garon
is owned in 32 per cent. Garon has more than twice as many wins (21 to Roloson's eight), along with a significantly better GAA (2.85) and save percentage (.902). Oh, and there's the small detail that he's actually the Lightning's clear-cut No. 1 goalie, having made about two-thirds of the team's starts this season and about three-quarters of them in February. Garon is a risky play on the road, where Tampa is 10-19-4, but he's a strong choice at home, where the Bolts are 19-9-2.Jordan:
If you're sticking with Tampa, I'll stick with Pittsburgh. Heading into this season, many people thought that Matt Cooke
wouldn't be able to adapt to playing within the rules and - how should I put this - stop giving players concussions and other serious injuries. By some miracle, Cooke has done just that. He's totaled more than 33 points only once in his career (42 points in 2002-03 with Vancouver), but he's already sitting at 27 points through 63 games and, more importantly, he hasn't been suspended this year. Only nine per cent owned, Cooke has four points in his last four games and 12 games in his last 15.
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