Time to go over Thursday’s (and Wednesday’s) trade action and the resulting fantasy impact, in order of hockey pool significance:
1. Jose Theodore in Colorado – Theodore owners have been banging their heads against the wall ever since his Vezina and Hart Trophy wins in 2002. Well, now he gets a fresh start and the Avs have a star goaltender again. David Aebischer‘s fantasy value moves sideways. Cristobal Huet is No. 1 in Montreal.
3. Tyler Arnason in Ottawa – A fresh start in Ottawa, where he will have more room to breathe than he did in the doghouse, er, Chicago. Everyone is scoring in Ottawa and now Arnason will score too! He becomes a 65-point player in a Sens uniform. Mike Fisher becomes the best third-line center in the NHL. It’s possible the big line of Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza and Dany Heatley will be split up, and when Martin Havlat returns from his shoulder injury, think of the possible linemates for Arnason.
4. Sandis Ozolinsh in New York – The Rangers are having an amazing season and they are doing it without a power play quarterback. Ozolinsh has been having a hellish season where he had entered a substance-abuse program. He needed a fresh start. Ozolinsh will now be out there for 90 per cent of the Ranger power play, feeding the puck to the NHL’s leading scorer (Jaromir Jagr). Ozolinsh ownersÂ…feel free to say Â“cha-ching!Â”
5. Dwayne Roloson in Edmonton – The Oilers needed a No. 1 goalie. They got one. Roloson owners will now go from reserving him, to keeping him active every night as he will receive the bulk of the ice time heading down the stretch. Roloson will bring Edmonton that extra win or two they will need to squeak into the playoffs.
6. Mark Parrish in Los Angeles – Parrish will step onto the second line in L.A. and become a 60-point player. That’s only marginally better than he was doing in Long Island, but now it will be for a playoff team. His value goes up. Luc Robitaille, Dustin Brown and Mike Cammalleri will see their power play time reduced.
7. Jamie Lundmark in Calgary – He has oodles of potential and Lundmark showed signs of it in his half season in Phoenix. If anyone can bring the rest of it out, it’s Flames coach Darryl Sutter. Lundmark will be a 40- to 60-point player next year. Plus, the 25-year-old is now a playoff player – one who will go three or four rounds deep.
8. Mark Recchi in Carolina – The Wrecking Ball’s production will be the same in Carolina as it was in Pittsburgh. His value jumps because he is now a playoff player and will now participate in Part 2 of the annual two-part keeper league hockey pool competition.
9. Jeff Friesen in Anaheim – Friesen has the potential to recapture some of the magic he lost and I can see him doing that in his second tour of duty with the Ducks. The 29-year-old could get back to his 50-point form in California.
10. Mika Noronen in Vancouver – Noronen was stagnating in Buffalo, where two superior young goaltenders were ahead of him on the depth chart. He is now the No. 2 guy in Vancouver and has a real future there.
11. Brandon Bochenski in Chicago – Next year, Bochenski will have more ice time in Chicago than he would have had in Ottawa. He will also have worse linemates and have no playoff value. I believe his keeper league value decreases.
12. Oleg Kvasha in Phoenix – Another project for Wayne Gretzky to go along with current players Pavel Brendl and Mike Comrie and former ‘Yotes Lundmark and Krys Kolanos. These are guys with lots of potential who have yet to see even half of it. Kvasha is another one.
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