HEADS UP: It's Trade Deadline Day, not sure if you've heard with the media cover being so understated an all. We'll be doing a live blog all day today, breaking down the trades from a fantasy perspective... so join us for a few, in a few.
The Sens traded a 2nd round pick to acquire goalie Ben Bishop from the Blues. Bishop is having an outstanding year in the AHL where he currently leads the circuit with a .928 sv%. The Sens quickly gave him an extension for next season and it's a one-way deal, so it seems likely that they'll give him a chance to make Alex Auld expendable starting immediately... give him a whirl if you're feeling lucky, it's worth a shot.
Sean Bergenheim with a solid 1+2=3, plus-2 on six shots last night. Despite only having 18 points on the season, he's been pretty productive lately with 7+4=11 & 45 shots over his last 13 games. He'd be a pretty decent under-the-radar add right now.
Big day for Martin St. Louis with 3+1=4, PPG, GWG, plus-2, two PIMs & four shots. Coming in he had just five points in his prior 10 games, so hopefully this will be the springboard for a strong finish as he is on pace for just 77 points, which would be his lowest total in the last six seasons.
Settling in nicely as the 3rd wheel on a line with Stamkos & MSL is Teddy Purcell and after 3A yesterday he now has 4+14=18 over his last 11 games.
Alexei Ponikarovsky can show him the way as he scored yesterday and has 4+6=10 in his last 12 games with New Jersey.
A goal yesterday for Michael Ryder and I hate to admit it cause I don't like this guy but he's been delivering lately with points in nine of his last 10 games (6+4=10). He sits top 20 in the league with 25 goals so far this year, not bad that for a guy that I think a lot of us had written off after back-to-back 18 goal seasons.
In his worst performance of the week, Erik Karlsson could only managed 2A yesterday. He now has 6+11=17 during a loco seven game point streak.
Jonas Hiller made his 20th straight start and he hasn't allowed more than three goals in any of his last 12, for a sparkling 8-1-3 record and 1.69 & .930 averages.
Robin Lehner made his second start of the season and picked up his second win by stopping 28 of 30 to sink the Islanders. He is likely headed back to the AHL as we speak after the addition of Bishop. The kid has a bright future but you'll have to be patient.
Patrick Marleau has dropped a deuce in three straight games (3+3=6) after 2A last night. He is having an off-year but has come on lately with 9+7=16 over his last 14 games.