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Neutral Zone Wrap: Deadline winners and losers

by | Rotowire.com
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What was supposed to be hockey's busiest 24 hours turned into the most boring show on Earth. The buildup to February 27th led many to believe a blockbuster trade or two would be completed. Rick Nash was as good as somewhere else. Carolina seemed ready to trade every defenseman on their roster. And the Leafs were poised to add that veteran netminder everyone claimed was necessary for their survival.

But, alas, nothing significant took place. In fact, 16 separate instances of nothing. Frankly, the best moves were carried out during the previous two weeks. The highlight of D-Day turned out to be the Buffalo Sabres' ability to upgrade and sneak a first-round pick for a middle-of-the-road forward (Paul Gaustad). Let's not forget about the Sharks adding some toughness. And who knew the Predators could be so aggressive?

So which Fantasy players benefited from the most recent round of transactions? And which guys will be worse off? Remember, these examples do not necessarily have to be the ones involved in the trades; they merely can be affected by whatever happened around them. Here are a few notables, taken from deals dating back to February 13th:

The Winners

Jeff Carter/Mike Richards, F, Los Angeles

After a lonely eight months apart, the most dangerous duo since Hekyll and Jekyll have been reunited in Hollywood. And since the Wonder Twins left Philly, each of their brief stays proved to be disappointing. While Carter (25 points in 39 games with Columbus) could claim the excuse of skating with the NHL's worst club, Richards (31 in 56) has squandered his chances in the Kings' lineup. Call it a new system, playing second fiddle at center, or maybe he just missed playing with his best friend. Now that they have each other, they're set to make fireworks…hopefully on the ice.

James Reimer, G, Toronto

Everyone in the organization has faith in you, except perhaps yourself. Maybe that's the result of both you (one win in seven with 26 goals allowed) and your team (a dubious 1-9-1 run) sucking the last few weeks. But management obviously didn't feel the urge to grab a solid goaltender that could usurp your top billing. And don't worry, neither Jonas Gustavsson nor anyone else in the system could possibly pass you as No. 1 in the near future. We think.

Jared Spurgeon, D, Minnesota

The little defender who could will be able to think he can more clearly now, as veteran Marek Zidlicky has jumped to Jersey. The 22-year old wasn't necessarily having a poor second year up to now (22 in 61 with 12 PPPs), but he was always in the shadow of the former senior statesman when it came to power-play duty and general responsibilities (as health permitted). Spurgeon has so much to offer offensively, even with other recent additions Kurtis Foster (now on his third club this season) and Tom Gilbert (missed a month thanks to Daniel Carcillo) joining the mix.

Daniel Winnik, F, San Jose

While he has never become the biggest point producer in the shed, Winnik was being pursued by several suitors on Monday. The regular numbers (18 in 63) will not impress the average fantasy participant, but the 6-foot-2, 210-pound winger will supply the frontline grit San Jose has sorely lacked. So expect a few penalty minutes and some shots on goal. And don't be surprised if Winnik hits a point or two sliding into the spot beside Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski on the second line.

Marek Zidlicky, D, New Jersey

The Czech blueliner may be 35, but he has maintained his scoring skills over the years. And yes, Zidlicky still plays a mean power-play (and gets nearly three minutes a night). With weapons such as Ilya Kovalchuk, Zach Parise, Patrik Elias, and David Clarkson, the opportunities are present. And without any other legitimate D threats in Jersey (save for Adam Larsson and Matt Taormina when they're ready), there's no telling how many points he can rack up.

The Losers

Craig Anderson, G, Ottawa

No one will ever let Anderson near a kitchen again after cutting his finger cooking (don't worry, we'll discover the real reason someday). The Ottawa starter's prospects haven't improved, as little is known as to his return. But don't worry about hurrying back, as the Sens acquired St. Louis giant Ben Bishop for a 2nd-round selection. And Anderson's eventual successor, Robin Lehner (two impressive victories, including a shutout at Boston), is looking like the second coming of Patrick Lalime between the pipes.

Matt Carle, D, Philadelphia

Since Pavel Kubina and Nicklas Grossman arrived in mid-February, Carle's minutes - both in regular (down from 23 to 21) and man-advantage (down from two to one) - have dwindled. Kubina has swiped a chunk of the special-team duty, while Grossman's superior defensive abilities have provided him a greater role (and three in five doesn't hurt). This shouldn't come as a shock to seasoned observers, as Carle has always been stuck behind at least two better D-men for the majority of his career.

Tyler Ennis, F, Buffalo

Just when the points started flowing again for Ennis (three-game streak headed into Thursday), the Sabres go out and bring in a young, highly touted center like Cody Hodgson (33 in 63). It appears the two are projected to skate on the same unit, but the ex-Canuck should pick up more of the spoils in all areas. Even dismissing his bad luck with injuries (out a total of 34 games), Ennis still hasn't earned his place this season - and it shows in his shifts (hovering around 15 minutes per contest). Meanwhile, Hodgson begins his Buffalo stint with a clean slate and significantly more leeway.

Andrei Kostitsyn, F, Nashville

The family reunion is heartwarming and all that, but the reality remains the elder Kostitsyn (24 in 53) has to adjust to a totally different style of play in Music City. Despite a stable of speed demons, Montreal implemented a methodical wait-and-see offensive approach (and look where that got them). Nashville, on the other hand, like to run-and-gun and take more chances on the attack. The learning curve is steep enough to except a slow progression from the new acquisition. So if you own this particular Kostitsyn, plan accordingly.

Rick Nash, F, Columbus

All the stories surround your departure and you end up staying put. What a tease. Oh, and guess what? A few key forward pieces (Carter, Antoine Vermette, Sami Pahlsson) have been removed and shipped elsewhere. Good luck with that and your $7.5-million salary! Well, at least you attempted to save the franchise from future stagnation by requesting a trade. And hey, there's always 2012-13 and beyond.

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Roman Josi
Preds' Josi Tallies Two Helpers
Roman Josi, D, NSH
7:05 AM
News: Roman Josi picked up two assists -- his first and second of the season -- in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Oilers. He also skated to a plus-2 rating and shot a season-high five shots on goal.
Analysis: Roman Josi's owners have been itching to see more out of Shea Weber's defense partner (both at even strength and on the man advantage), so it was nice that Josi tripled his point total in this one. He now has a goal, two assists and is a plus-5 with no PIM in nine games this year.

Craig Smith
Preds' Smith Finds Twine Twice Wednesday
Craig Smith, C, NSH
6:54 AM
News: Craig Smith potted his second and third goals of the year in Wedneday's 4-1 win over the Oilers. He also fired five shots on net and skated to a plus-1.
Analysis: Craig Smith is enjoying time on a surprisingly capable second line with Derek Roy and Matt Cullen, who tallied an assist each on Smith's goals. The fourth-year NHLer quietly racked up 24 goals and 28 assists while firing 216 shots on goal last season, and he seems primed to best those numbers with the first line of James Neal, Mike Ribeiro and Filip Forsberg taking some of the heat off him.

Ben Scrivens
Oilers' Scrivens Streak Ends With Loss
Ben Scrivens, G, EDM
6:48 AM
News: Ben Scrivens' four-game win streak came to an end Wednesday in a 4-1 loss to the visiting Predators. He stopped 31 of 35 shots.
Analysis: Tough luck for Ben Scrivens, who ran into a surprisingly potent Nashville offense in this one. He was bound to take a step back at some point after rattling off four straight wins at home, but he definitely flashed his upside and will give prospective fantasy owners something to think about should they need a goaltender. Despite the run of victories that saw him stop 102 of 110 shots for a save percentage of .927, Scrivens' mark on the year still sits below the coveted .900 mark (.896) to go with a 3.01 GAA, so he's still far from an elite option on an inconsistent Oilers team.

Pekka Rinne
Preds' Rinne Ends Oilers' Streak With Win
Pekka Rinne, G, NSH
6:40 AM
News: Pekka Rinne narrowly missed a shutout Wednesday, stopping 26 of 27 shots in a 4-1 road win over the Oilers. The victory ended a four-game win streak for Edmonton.
Analysis: The home team finally got to the big Finnish netminder near the midway mark of the third, denying Pekka Rinne of his second shutout of the season. He's now a marvelous 6-1-1 on a surprisingly successful Predators squad, and with his 1.71 GAA and .936 save percentage, he appears to be regaining his elite status in net.

Shea Weber
Preds' Weber Blasts Fourth Wednesday
Shea Weber, D, NSH
6:36 AM
News: Shea Weber blasted his fourth goal of the season in Wednesday's road win over the Oilers.
Analysis: Perennially one of a very select few rearguards to challenge for 20-plus goals, Shea Weber should get every chance to exceed his career high of 23 on an improved Predators squad this season.

Marian Gaborik
Kings' Gaborik Unlikely For Thursday
Marian Gaborik, RW, LA
6:09 AM
News: Marian Gaborik (undisclosed) took part in the Kings' practice Wednesday but seems unlikely to play Thursday, the LA Kings Insider reports.
Analysis: Marian Gaborik figures to need at least one more practice session before rejoining the Kings as he's been sidelined since October 12.

Paul Stastny
Blues' Stastny Not Being Ruled Out For Thursday
Paul Stastny, C, STL
12:54 AM
News: Coach Ken Hitchcock said Paul Stastny (upper body) is not being ruled out for Thursday's game against the Ducks, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: Paul Stastny was on the ice at Wednesday's optional session for a third straight day, but it doesn't sound like he's resumed taking much contact, making it more likely than not that he sits out Thursday. Still, the feeling from the Blues is that Stastny is making progress and is close to a return. Keep stashing him on your bench until he's given the green light to return.

Calle Jarnkrok
Preds' Jarnkrok Out With Injury Wednesday
Calle Jarnkrok, C, NSH
12:39 AM
News: Calle Jarnkrok has been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Oilers due to an upper-body injury, Eric Stromgren of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Calle Jarnkrok still managed to skate with the Predators at their morning session, so it doesn't sound like a long-term absence is in the picture. The young center may have to worry about a possible demotion to the AHL, however, after failing to provide a point in the Preds' first eight games.

Jake Allen
Blues' Allen To Start On Thursday Against Anaheim
Jake Allen, G, STL
12:35 AM
News: Jake Allen will be in net for the Blues on Thursday against the Ducks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Jake Allen has been a decent backup for Brian Elliott so far this season, appearing in two games and posting a 1-1-0 record and a .915 save percentage. The Blues may just be giving Elliott a day off, so expect Allen to continue to be the backup for at least the near future.

Jacob Trouba
Jets' Trouba Finally Gets Point
Jacob Trouba, D, WPG
12:29 AM
News: Jacob Trouba tallied his first point of the season -- a second-period goal -- in Tuesday's win over the Islanders.
Analysis: Big things were expected from Jacob Trouba heading into the campaign after he compiled 29 points in 65 games for the Jets as a 19-year-old, but he's been a disappointment to date. The lack of production hasn't been a huge drain to his plus/minus rating, but he'll need to begin showing more involvement offensively in order to justify a roster spot in shallower leagues.

 
 
 
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