Week 9: Free Agents and Trade Targets

Roman Josi may very well be the hottest defenceman in the NHL at present. - USA TODAY Sports

Week 9: Free Agents and Trade Targets

Greetings GMs!

As the NHL Trade Deadline approaches (Wednesday, April 3 at 3 p.m. ET), we will scan the Wire this week with one eye on players who could be dealt away to contenders and see a boost in production (feel free to include virtually any Buffalo Sabre in this context).

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Left Wings

Variously owned LWs worth adding (depending on the size of your league) or worth targeting via trade Ray Whitney 83%, Curtis Glencross 71%, Steve Ott 50%, Brandon Saad 22%,Guillaume Latendresse 18%, Brooks Laich 2% (the heart and soul of the Caps is back), Gabriel Bourque 2%, Brenden Morrow 1.2% (just traded to the Penguins--Malkin's line?), Richard Clune 0.1% (for PIMs and Hits).

Jakob Silfverberg

Averaging over 16 minutes per game and seeing time on PP2, Jakob Silferberg is now Top 10 among rookies in scoring -- 3rd in goals (8) and 6th in +/- (+7). With all the injuries in Ottawa, he's been asked to do more, and he's responded well.

Availability: Owned in 15% of leagues.
Forecast: Regular readers will recall that we were high on Silverberg around this time last year. He's really blossoming recently, too, with 5 points in his last 4 games (4 goals, 1 assist) a +1 rating, 1 PPP, and a hearty 16 SOGs.

Centres

Variously owned Cs worth adding (depending on the size of your league) or worth targeting via trade: Derek Roy 77% (prime NHL trade target), Travis Zajac (see Mike's rec from this morning) Tyler Bozak 26%, Brandon Sutter 5% (new liney on the way!), Jarret Stoll 4%, Marcel Goc 2%, Tyler Johnson 1%.

Mike Fisher

A favorite from last season's FA&TT column, the Fisher king is at it again. Over his last 6 games, he has 7 points (5 goals, 2 assists), a +3 rating, 1 PPP, 11 SOGs, 9 Hits, and 9 Blocks. He's great value for those in balanced leagues (ie, those using more peripheral categories).

Availability: Owned in 52% of leagues.
Forecast: Not sure what took him so long to get going (insert Carrie Underwood joke here), but all good now. He's on L1 and PP1. Which, on Nashville, is kind of like having a monopoly on Baltic and Mediterranean Avenues, but hey, it's the Wire, and it's late in the season.

Right Wings

Variously owned RWs worth adding (depending on the size of your league) or worth targeting via trade: Martin Erat 58%, Chris Neil 10%, Beau Bennett 3%, Mika Zibanejad 0.4%.

Devin Setoguchi

Recommended in this space last week, he keeps producing and yet he's still available in 2 out of 5 leagues so featuring him this week. Over his last 6 games, Seto has 6 goals, 2 assists, a +6 rating, 2 PPPs, 19 SOGs and even kicked in 4 PIMs.

Availability: Owned in 59% of leagues.
Forecast: He's on L2 with Cullen and Bouchard (also worth a look) and on PP2, so he's getting opportunities. His name has also come up in trade rumors again fwiw.

Defencemen

Variously owned Ds worth adding (depending on the size of your league) or worth targeting via trade: Brent Burns 72% (run, run, run), Dennis Seidenberg 70%, Zack Bogosian 59%, Mark Giordano 50% (Calgary is going to be selling everything that ain't bolted down), Patrick Wiercioch 39% (featured last couple weeks), Brooks Orpik 15% (blocks and hits), Matt Irwin 7% (Dan Boyle to NYR?), Jonas Brodin 3% (paired w/ Suter at ES and on PP2), Steven Oleksy 0.4% (for peripherals), Radko Gudas (if Oleksy is taken).

Roman Josi

Currently on a 5-game point streak (2 goals, 6 assists), Josi is enjoying the most productive stretch of his young NHL career. He's also accumulated 4 PPPs, 10 SOGs, 2 PIMs, and 9 Blocks over the same timeframe.

Availability: Owned in 66% of leagues.
Forecast: Josi is in a great situation in that he's paired with All-Star, Olympian, bazillion dollar man, Shea Weber both at ES and on PP1. Could be a long-term add for your team.

Goaltenders

Variously owned Gs worth adding (depending on the size of your league) or worth targeting via trade: Jaroslav Halak 89%, Jake Allen 78% (Halak is back though), Robin Lehner 46% (featured last week -- c'mon, people!), Tomas Vokoun 34% (Won 5 in a row and looking better each game), Jacob Markstrom 13%, Anton Khudobin 9%, Cedrick Desjardins 1% (like him over Garon).

Jonathan Bernier

LA's other Jonathan (Quick) is finally playing better, so why recommend Bernier now? Well, that may free up the Kings to (finally) deal Bernier at the deadline.

Availability: Owned in 27% of leagues.
Forecast: Bernier sports a 7-2-0 record along with sparkling ratios: 1.94 and .923, so he's a "quality start" netminder on the defending Cup champions. That's good as is. As a bonus, he may get traded to another team and a higher volume situation.

NOTES:
* Availability data from ESPN leagues. [Availability in Y! leagues is almost always higher].
* Player analyses and recommendations will now reflect the growing popularity of broader based scoring systems, so we'll be evaluating free agents and trade targets on the following categories: Goals, Assists, Shots on Goal, Special Teams Goals, Hits, Blocks, PIMs and DEF points (for skaters -- for goalies it will still be Wins, GAA, and Save%). Also, like last season, "Free Agents and Trade Targets" will post here every Sunday evening.

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