Fantasy Hockey Trade Deadline Recap

by Mike Corcoran on April 4, 2013 @ 12:03:01 PDT

 


Wednesday marked the trade deadline in the National Hockey League, one of the biggest days of player movement in the hockey calendar year. With all the moves made, and NHL rosters set for their postseason runs in some cases, or the future in other cases, let's take a look at some of the moves that impact your fantasy rosters (in no particular order).

Ben Bishop, goaltender, Tampa Bay Lightning

Bishop was one of the most sought after goaltenders on trade deadline day, with up to six teams trying to acquire his services. Bishop should get plenty of work as the team heads down the stretch, with the Lightning's other goaltender, Anders Lindback, still dealing with a high ankle sprain, and Mathieu Garon struggling. Bishop should see his workload increase as we work our way through the final month of the season.

Cory Conacher, center, Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa forward could be one of the few players to win the Rookie of the Year award while playing for two different teams, all while becoming the leading goal scorer for the team he was traded to. Conacher had seen his ice time decrease in recent weeks, but in his last game, he played over 15 minutes. Conacher goes to a good situation in Ottawa, playing on a team that likes to spread their scoring around. Fantasy hockey owners should not be concerned with Conacher's numbers as a result of this deal.

Ryane Clowe, New York Rangers

Marian Gaborik, left wing, Columbus Blue Jackets

This may be the perfect example of a player needing a change of scenery to get him going, as it has been a struggle for the star winger in New York. One never had the feeling that Gaborik, and Rangers head coach John Tortorella were just never a good fit together. Now Gaborik heads to the upstart Columbus Blue Jackets, a team that still has Stanley Cup playoff dreams. For those disappointed in what Gaborik has provided to this point fantasy hockey-wise, this could be just the move to get him going in the final month of the season.

Jarome Iginla, right wing, Pittsburgh Penguins

The former Calgary Flames winger was the prize of the trade deadline, and Pittsburgh basically stole him at the last possible second from the Boston Bruins. Iginla goes from a Calgary team that struggled most of the year to a line with forwards James Neal and Evgeni Malkin. From a fantasy hockey perspective, that is like hitting the point-producing lottery. Those of you who have been patient with Iginla over the course of the season are about to get rewarded in a very big way as we make our way through the final month of the season.

Ryane Clowe, left wing, New York Rangers

Clowe was the runner-up to Iginla in terms of big-name players rumored to be on the move at the trade deadline. While he had no goals with the San Jose Sharks this year, Clowe collected a pair of goals in his debut with the Rangers. The Rangers left wing is an interesting case, as he has historically shown he can score at a higher clip than he has this year, and it may be another case of a change of scenery working wonders for the player. Keep an eye on Clowe, if he can continue to contribute offensively, he could reward your fantasy hockey team over the final month of the season.

That will do it for the breakdown of the NHL trade deadline. Make sure you check back for the Fantasy Hockey Waiver Wire and Fantasy Hockey Weekly Planner.

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About Mike Corcoran

Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.

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