A lot of the big names that were expected to move at the trade deadline happened over the weekend. That means that I’m going to cover all of them in this post, while I’ll cover the rest in a post for Tuesday morning. I’ll mention every trade that happened over the last few days, however big or small, and comment on its fantasy impact. Let’s get to it!
Calgary acquires Calle Jarnkrok from Seattle for three draft picks. I’m a big fan of this move in real life as Jarnkrok has had great defensive numbers over the last few seasons before this one. I’m willing to chalk that up to Seattle being bad as a team. That said, Jarnkrok is still only a middling streamer, even though he’s playing with Toffoli and Mangiapane to start. Good business by Seattle to get three picks, including a second, for a UFA.
Tampa acquires Brandon Hagel and two fourth round picks for two first round picks, Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh. This was a big price to pay for Hagel, mostly because he’s signed for two seasons after this one for a paltry 1.5 million. He’s made huge strides this season, but Hagel has also been buoyed by an outrageous shooting percentage. Tampa found their new Blake Coleman. Hagel’s fantasy value takes a hit as he’ll go to the third line and won’t get as much PP time. He’s a solid streamer. Katchouk and Raddysh are both good fliers for Chicago to take. Nothing for now, but worth monitoring. Dominik Kubalik could get a boost moving to Hagel’s spot, assuming he’s not moved today.
Minnesota acquires Nic Deslauriers for a third round pick. I don’t get why Minnesota wanted Deslauriers for their fourth line. Nothing here for fantasy.
Boston acquires Hampus Lindholm and Kodie Curran for a first, two seconds, John Moore and Urho Vaakanainen. Lindholm signed an eight year extension as well. Huge swing for Boston that I fully support. Lindholm’s fantasy value shouldn’t change much. We’ll have to see if he gets PP2 time or not. Curran is a 32 year old AHL’er. Moore is a salary dump. Vaakanainen looks like a decent third pair guy, but that’s because of defense. I don’t see fantasy value there.
Florida acquires Claude Giroux, German Rubtsov, Connor Bunnaman and a fifth for Owen Tippett, a first and a third. For Florida, this is all about Giroux as the other two are depth in case of emergency. The deepest forward group in the league got deeper. Brunette said they’re going to move Giroux around to start, but I have to imagine he ends up on Barkov’s wing. This is a boost to his fantasy value solidifying him as a hole. Tippett has plenty of talent that sucks you in, but it hasn’t translated so far, even playing with Huberdeau a fair amount. There’s still dynasty value, but I don’t see much for now.
Florida acquires Robert Hagg for a sixth round pick. Unfortunately for Florida, Aaron Ekblad will miss the rest of the regular season. Hagg is an okay streamer in deep leagues for blocks, but that’s it.
Toronto acquires Mark Giordano and Colin Blackwell for two seconds and a third. Giordano’s offense really dried up this season. Is that age or playing on Seattle? We’ll find out. I’m fine holding him in all leagues to find out, but I don’t think it’s automatic. Blackwell is a nice depth piece, but he’s only a bottom end streamer. It would have been much better for him if he went to the Rangers instead.
Ottawa acquires Travis Hamonic for a third round pick. But why? This makes no sense at all for Ottawa. Irrelevant for fantasy.
Los Angeles acquires Troy Stecher for a seventh round pick. Stecher is a great add for a seventh. The Kings are depleted right now with injuries so Stecher could be counted on for some PP time. We’ll wait and see, but worth monitoring.
Vancouver acquires Travis Dermott for a third. I’m a fan of Dermott’s game in real life. I don’t see much in fantasy barring an injury. Dermott has been the odd man out in Toronto so it doesn’t really boost anyone there either.
Tampa acquires Nick Paul for Mathieu Joseph and a fourth. Like Hagel, I’m not sure this helps Paul’s value. Yes, it’s a better team, but almost certainly a smaller role. We’ll have to watch the first few games. Joseph has flashed at times in Tampa so I look forward to seeing him get a real chance with regular minutes. I’m hoping he can turn into a solid streamer.
Dallas acquires Scott Wedgewood for a conditional fourth. This makes it clear that it’s Oettinger’s crease and that Braden Holtby could be out for a while, if not the regular season. Wedgewood should be a solid streamer in most starts given Dallas’ defensive setup.
Nashville acquires Jeremy Lauzon for a second round pick. I don’t know what Nashville saw in Lauzon to give up a second round pick for him. Easy pass in fantasy.
Winnipeg acquires Mason Appleton for a fourth round pick. The Jets get back Appleton, who was solid on their third line for a couple years. I don’t have a ton of expectations for him, but he could be a middling streamer depending on how things shake out for Winnipeg in terms of making more trades.
That’s all for now guys. I’ll hit on the rest of the moves tomorrow. I’m expecting some fireworks in terms of trades we aren’t expecting so keep an eye out for it! As always, feel free to ask any questions, leave any comments, or give any suggestions below. Thanks for reading, take care!