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Offseason +/- : Atlantic Division

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2nd of 6 articles looking at the fantasy hockey impact of the key offseason additions and subtractions for all the teams.  Last time we looked at the Northeast Division... this time we look at the old Patrick Division:

Pittsburgh

Add:  Miro Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko, Matt Cooke and Janne Pesonen

Subtract:  Marian Hossa, Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts and Jarko Ruutu

Impact for Team:  Well it has to be considered a downgrade offensively when you lose Hossa and in some kinda bizarre 3-way "trade" you move Malone and Roberts to TB and get Satan and Fedotenko from the worst scoring team in the league.

Biggest Fantasy Hockey Impact: 

  1. All the new wingers get boosts since they're stepping onto a team with Crosby, Malkin and Staal as their top 3 Cmen.  Satan, Fedotenko and Pesonen (who led the Finnish league in points last year) should all get auditions on the top 2 lines.
  2. Sidney Crosby will have to do the heavy lifting again cause after getting a sniff of what it would be like with a decent sidekick (Hossa), he's back to being the meat in a bad winger sandwich.
  3. With no movement on the D and the news that Ryan Whitney will be out for a few months, this should be good news for Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski, who will have a chance to see more minutes and PP time.   

New Jersey

Add:  Brian Rolston, Bobby Holik and Anssi Salmela

Subtract:  Sergei Brylin and Karel Rachunek

Impact for Team:  Rolston is a great addition as they needed some help for their pathetic offense and a boost for the PP and maybe Holik can light a fire under guys like Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta.

Biggest Fantasy Hockey Impact: 

  1. Rolston is one our favourites and can sometimes be underrated in fantasy hockey drafts... he's so consistent, always healthy, lots of shots, PP points... he should play a key role with New Jersey, seems like a Brent Sutter type of player.
  2. With the addition of Rolston someone's going to get bumped from the top 6, could be Travis Zajac or maybe Dainius Zubrus?  Zubie already wasn't playing a lot last year as it was.
  3. Dave Clarkson is the team's de-facto tough guy since they don't have a real heavyweight and he actually gets a regular shift.  He had a solid rookie year last year with 22 points to go along with his 183 PIMs.  He could be worth a FA pickup in fantasy hockey leagues that count PIMs. 

NYR

Add:  Markus Naslund, Nikolai Zherdev, Aaron Voros, Dan Fritsche, Wade Redden and Dmitri Kalinin

Subtract:  Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan, Marty Straka, Sean Avery, Fedor Tyutin and Christian Backman

Impact for Team:  Lose 3 of their top 5 scorers from a roster that had trouble scoring last year and their defense could be more error prone.  They might still bring Shanahan back but this is the Shanny of 2008, not 1993.

Biggest Fantasy Hockey Impact: 

  1. Wade Redden totally shit the bed in the 2nd half last year and lost most of his responsibilities in Ottawa, so a clean slate and being the man on the PP might be a welcome change.
  2. Nikolai Zherdev goes from a terrible offensive team with no centers to a mediocre offensive team with good centers... so he should see a boost.
  3. The guy who should benefit the most from all the departures up front is Nigel Dawes, he should get a bigger role and we think this guy is ready for a breakout year.  The guy who is hurt the most by all the departures is Brandon Dubinsky, who loses Jagr and Straka from his wings.

Philadelphia

Add:  Glen Metropolit and Steve Eminger

Subtract:  Vaclav Prospal, RJ Umberger, Sami Kapanen and Jason Smith

Impact for Team:  More goes out then comes in but these moves were necessitated by the cap and there may be more coming.  The team should still improve though due to the young core being one year older.

Biggest Fantasy Hockey Impact: 

  1. There was a lot of talk last year and in the offseason about Jeff Carter being moved but it never happened and that's a good thing cause he's in a good spot in Philly with a good coach.  He's been steadily improving him ppg each year and he should break the 30 goal and 60 point level this season.
  2. Joffrey Lupul was another one that's been the topic of rumours but he's still there and should see more top 6 minutes with the departures up front.
  3. With Stefan Ruzicka fleeing for Russia and James van Riemsdyk going back to school, that leaves it wide open for young guys like Claude Giroux and Steve Downie to solidify their spots.  Giroux especially has a chance to have a great rookie season... he'll be profiled in our Breakout Bible if anyone's interested. 

NYI

Add:  Doug Weight, Josh Bailey?, Mark Streit and Jack Hillen

Subtract:  Miro Satan, Ruslan Fedotenko, Josef Vasicek and Bryan Berard

Impact for Team:  Lost 3 of their top 6 scorers and their highest scoring dman but with new coach Scott Gordon they're trying a "rebuilding" plan that apparently involves three 37 year old forwards and four 30 something dmen? 

Biggest Fantasy Hockey Impact: 

  1. Kyle Okposo should be the centerpiece of the rebuilding plan, so expect him to get a lot of minutes, which is great for him but is there anybody to really play with?
  2. Jeff Tambellini must have been Ted Nolan's least favourite player cause he never really got a fair shake.  He should get one under Scott Gordon, so we'll see if the AHL sniper can finally prove himself in the NHL.
  3. Mark Streit is the classic case of the guy who was a decent player on a good team trying to become da Man on a bad team... it rarely works out... I mean Mike Comrie and Bill Guerin essentially tried the same thing last year and their numbers suffered.  Oh and guys that have big jumps in contract years, rarely maintain that level after they sign the big deal.

Check back soon for our next Offseason +/- article where we'll take a look at the Southeast Division.