Florida traded Bryan McCabe to the Rangers yesterday for Tim Kennedy and a pick. McCabe will step onto the Rangers top PP unit and will likely log a lot of minutes, he's having an off-year but he's typically a very nice fantasy option in a number of categories and should see a nice boost in value here as he escapes a FLA team that doesn't score much and had one of the worst PPs around (29th in the league). I don't think Tim Kennedy has much value in Florida but he could get a look. This trade also means less PP time for Rangers dmen like Staal, Girardi, Gilroy & Del Zotto. I like this trade from the perspective of Dmitry Kulikov, who (once healthy) should pick up a chunk of McCabe's ice-time at ES & the PP, and to a lesser extent it should mean more opportunities for Jason Garrison.
The Caps claimed Marco Sturm off waivers from LA. He could get a shot on the 2nd line in Washington but he's played on good lines with Boston & LA over the past few years and he hasn't managed much... I wouldn't get too excited about this as it's not like the Caps are an offensive powerhouse, far from it (they're 22nd in the league in goals/gm).
The Sens are in a position to give some young guys a look and rookie Erik Condra took advantage last night by potting two goals on five shots while seeing 21 minutes of ice-time. He's a kid who's worth watching down the stretch as he had a productive four-year career at Notre Dame and has been pretty decent in the AHL this year with 46 pts in 54 games.
Nice homecoming for Milan Lucic as he had 1+2=3, plus-3 & the GWG in Vancouver. He now has 7+5=12 & a plus-8 over his last 10 games. I had doubts about this guy after he took a step back in his third season last year but he's put together a remarkable breakout season on pace for 36+24=60, 113 PIMs, 177 shots and a big plus/minus.
Two more A for Roman Hamrlik last night to give him nine of those (four on the PP) over his last nine games. He's having a bit of a resurgence this year with 30 pts in 60 games and is usually a decent source of PIMs (on pace for 90 this year).
Alex Goligoski with two points yesterday in his third game with Dallas and it seems pretty clear by his ice-time so far (23+ minutes each game and led team with 5:27 of PP time yesterday) that the Stars will rely on him heavily.
Joffrey Lupul had his first two goals with the Leafs last night and that gives him 2+3=5 & a minus-5 in eight games for Toronto... I'd call that disappointing so far.
Travis Hamonic continues to impress with a goal last night to give him 2+6=8, plus-4 & 62 PIMs over his last nine games.
Erik Johnson with 2A, plus-2 & six PIMs yesterday and as expected the Avs will ride him at ES and on the top PP unit, which is something that he wasn't always getting in St.Louis.
Not recommending him but just pointing out that Manny Malhotra has 3+4=7 over his last eight games so if you want a little offense with your FOWs, then he might be worth a look.
Lots of roster maneuvering as team's prepare for the trade deadline...
- Ty Conklin was put on waivers by the Blues, not sure if they intend to keep Ben Bishop around but it seems they feel Conklin is expendable.
- To make room for Sturm, the Caps sent Mathieu Perreault to the AHL... he's been pretty invisible for a while.
- The Flyers had to send James van Riemsdyk to the AHL to make some temporary roster space but he'll be back up before you know it.
- The Penguins have a lot of new faces around so they sent Brett Sterling back to the AHL, which is where he belongs, at least according to all the brilliant NHL GMs out there.
- The acquisition of McCabe meant that Michael Del Zotto is headed back to Connecticut.
- The Sens put Pascal Leclaire on waivers and they'll go with Robin Lehner as Anderson's back-up, even if Leclaire manages to get himself healthy enough to return this year.