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It wouldn't be the first time that a Sabres trade acquisition got off to a hot start before flaming out, but this one looks different.  Bowen Byram was a monster again on Tuesday, scoring two goals on four shots finishing +4 in the 7-3 win over the Red Wings.  They'll have to win their next two games against the Islanders and Red Wings again, but the Sabres are creeping back onto the fringe of the playoff race.  Byram's workload in his three games as a Sabre are that of a #1 defenseman, even if that honor goes to Dahlin.  There's no doubting Byram's ability, and he's looking like a guy who can be a huge difference maker down the stretch this season and beyond.  He's clear must own everywhere.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the last two nights:
Hello everyone. Welcome to the twenty-second edition of JOT This Down! Keep the questions, comments, and concerns coming. I’ll be here all week to answer any and everything you may have. With the fantasy season dwindling, the slate is what matters most this time of year. Be sure to drop fringe players if they only play 2 games, and replace them with guys that will play 4 games.
While Friday was mostly quiet, there were a couple big moves along with some nice depth acquisitions.  I'm going to cover those moves and give some first impressions on players with their new teams.  Let's get to it! Winnipeg acquired Tyler Toffoli from the Devils for second and third round picks.  Toffoli didn't play on Saturday so we don't know exactly where he'll slot in, but I love this move for Winnipeg.  With a healthy Toffoli and Vilardi, it's a loaded top six with good depth behind them.  Toffoli is owned almost everywhere, so saying that he's a hold everywhere doesn't really change anything.  The upside is undeniable, whether he plays with Scheifele and presumably Connor, or with Ehlers and Monahan.  Going from the team with the worst goaltending to arguably the best should fix the plus-minus and the shot rate should stay at 3+.  What will swing his value the most is whether he goes on the first power play unit.  They have Connor, Scheifele and Morrissey as locks.  Then you have two spots for Toffoli, Vilardi, Ehlers and Monahan.  We should find out on Monday, although Vilardi being out increases his chances, especially because Bowness hates Ehlers for reasons unknown.  I would bet on a big finish from Toffoli.
The NHL Trade Deadline is Friday afternoon, and boy, did we have it kick into full gear on Wednesday.  While the biggest name on the block wasn't moved (Guentzel), most of the other big names already moved.  We also had a massive one for one hockey trade that makes a ton of sense for both sides.  I'm going to look at all of the recent moves and talk about the impacts for both teams, from both the short term and long term.  Let's get to it!
Two division rivals exploded on Saturday, both winning in dominant 9-2 fashion.  Not too often nowadays that you see two 9-2 scores.  For Toronto, a 9-2 win against the Ducks certainly wasn't expected, but isn't actually shocking either.  On the other hand, Florida blowing Tampa Bay out 9-2 after falling behind in the first 30 seconds of the game qualifies as jaw dropping.  Florida is arguably the best team in the league right now, dominating in multiple ways.  Matthew Tkachuk is fully back, scoring two goals and two assists with ten PIM in the victory, giving him 13 points in the last five games.  Carter Verhaeghe scored two goals and an assist with six shots and two PIM against his former team.  He's back on the point of the top unit and with Barkov, making him a top 50 player.  Sam Bennett had two goals and two assists iwth three shots and ten PIM.  Bennett is firmly on the fringe right now as long as he's with Tkachuk.  For Toronto, Auston Matthews had a hat trick and two assists with four shots as he scores goals at an unprecedented rate.  Bobby McMann had two goals and an assist with four shots, although I'm still not buying in with his workload.  He's bumping up to decent streamer for the time being.  Also, if you need short term defensemen help, Timothy Liljegren is on PP1 and dished three assists with Rielly still suspended.  Let's take a look at what else happened over the weekend: