Trade Deadline: Fantasy Winners & Losers

Victor Decolongon

Counting down those who gain and those who lost the most value at the trade deadline

Below is a look at the players whose overall (short & long-term) value has been affected the most by trades (including deals during the week leading up to D-day as well). Sorry that we didn't have this up earlier but timing was never my thing. Here is our corresponding post from the 2012 deadline... in retrospect I'd say we were more wrong than right with those calls, so hopefully some of this might be useful to you.

Seven Biggest Winners:

1. Marian Gaborik - Columbus is actually one of only a few teams that is worse offensively than the Rangers this year but he'll be the star of the show with the CBJs, a role that he excelled in with Minnesota. It looked as though Torts had really worn him out as he had just two goals in his last 22 games for the Rangers but this guy is one of the purest snipers in the league so I think this move could be the spark that lights the dynamite.

2. Ben Bishop - he goes from being a #2 in Ottawa with Lehner breathing down his neck to the clear #1 role in Tampa for the rest of the season. He's an RFA this summer but if he looks good down the stretch then it's certainly likely that he's the main man in Tampa for, at least, the next few seasons.

3. Brandon Dubinsky - injuries have really hampered him this year but he's been a big disappointment with just 1+8=9 in 19 games with the CBJs. But if he's given the assignment of centering his old buddy Gaborik, as he was in Gabby's debut (2A for Dubie), then his value gets a major boost for this season and next.

4. Martin Erat - he goes from playing with Fisher & Kostitsyn on a low scoring team with a middling PP to lining up with guys like Ovechkin, Backstrom & Ribeiro, on a high scoring team with the best PP in the league... sign me up!

5. Robin Lehner - long-term his value doesn't really change as it's already very high but in the short-term he avoids being demoted due to the Bishop trade and is likely in the show for good now.

6. Jussi Jokinen - had little-to-nil value in Carolina this year so at least moving to a new locale offers some potential. Twice before he's gone from terrible to reborn following a trade. Low risk, high reward add given the price (likely free).

7. Cody Eakin - Dallas has traded four of their top six forwards this season and brought just Cole back, so Eakin is in line for a short-term and long-term bump in value, assuming he can take advantage of the opportunity.

HM: Rob Klinkhammer - the unheralded rookie has been a pleasant surprise lately with 4+4=8 in 12 games with Phoenix and will definitely see his 10 mpg increase now that Lombardi, Sullivan & Torres were shipped out.

HM: TJ Brodie - a few Flames dmen will inherit the 25 mpg that Bouwmeester was logging and Brodie has been adding ice-time and responsibilities as the season has gone on. With the Flames in what looks like Operation Tankjob, it would make sense for them to play the kids.

HM: James Reimer & Ben Scrivens - they emerged unscathed, so maybe they didn't really gain value but there was potential for a large loss if a veteran goalie was brought in. Their owners have to be happy.

Others who gained value: Tommy Wingels, Matt Hackett, Steve Mason, Matt Fraser, Derek Roy, Steve Sullivan, Darcy Kuemper, Mark Pysyk, Brayden McNabb & Jason Pominville.

Six Biggest Losers:

1. Roberto Luongo - no news was bad news for Lu as he isn't likely to see much action down the stretch for the Canucks whereas moving to a new team could have meant diving into a playoff race as a #1 goalie again. He'll have to wait until the summer for the situation to be resolved.

2. Cory Conacher - I like the player and I like the Sens... and it's debatable if this affects his long-term value but I don't think he could have been in a better situation with Tampa, playing with some combination of Stamkos, St.Louis & Lecavalier and for the coach (Jon Cooper) that guided him to an AHL MVP last season. So a trade to anywhere was going to be a short-term downgrade for CoCo.

3. Jamie Benn - Jagr's presence didn't send Benn into another dimension as some of us had hoped but the two of them seemed to have some chemistry and with Dallas moving Roy & Morrow as well, it means teams can focus on Benn & Eriksson all the more.

4. Anders Lindback & Cedrick Desjardins - two-for-one losers here as both Tampa goalies that had aspirations of the #1 job take a huge blow with the addition of Bishop and not just for the short-term as Bishop's only 26 and will likely re-sign as a RFA in the summer.

5. Filip Forsberg - I'm still pretty confident that this guy is going to be a solid NHLer but his medium-term upside takes a hit as the Preds don't offer the system or the talent that the Caps do.

6. Marcus Johansson - is currently owning the sweet third-wheel role on the Backstrom-Ovechkin line and has 4+9=13 over his last 11 games but the thinking is that he'll eventually be replaced by Erat.

HM: Jordan Schroeder - he was starting to look comfortable in the #2C role for Vancouver and while we knew that was temporary until Kesler returns, the acquisition of D.Roy purchased him an express ticket back to the AHL.

HM: Miikka Kiprusoff - has been a hot mess this year, refused a trade to Toronto and is talking about retiring at the end of the season... sounds like he has completely checked out so I'd be very hesitant to use him at all from here on out.

HM: Kari Lehtonen - his season starting coming off the rails when he missed a few weeks due to a groin injury back in February, since returning he is 5-9-0, 3.05 & .903 and I doubt things are going to get better after the Stars unloaded three veteran forwards.

HM: Mikkel Boedker - he is the Coyotes leading scorer and did record two assists last night but he's been struggling with just 2+5=7 over his last 16 and is now without two of his semi-regular linemates since Lombardi & Sullivan were moved.

Others who lost value: Charlie Coyle, Matt Cooke, Beau Bennett, Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller & Ryan Miller.

Any others that you think I missed?

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