NHL trade deadline 2023: Fantasy hockey live reaction

Deal closing date? Rather, the trading deadline is two weeks.

It was an unconventional NHL trade deadline in every sense, swinging all sorts of meanings in the fantasy landscape that could help or hinder your quest for a fantasy hockey championship in the last 1.5 months of the season.

Starting with Bo Horvat joining the New York Islanders a full month early, trading began to gain momentum throughout February, culminating in a surge of activity over the past couple of days.

For those who want to keep abreast of all player movements and the fantasy impacts that result from it, we have a column of 32 teams with a news summary for each squad that will be updated until the last player is moved on Friday (even if the last move is canceled later – looking at you Evgeny Dadonov).

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Anaheim Ducks

No fantasy relevant trade activity report so far.

Arizona Coyotes

For now, the constant absence of Jacob Chichran (Ottawa) and Shane Gostisbeher (Carolina) Juuso Walimaki may be fully settled into his more prominent role, including an appearance in the Coyotes’ main game. The 24-year-old has already seen his ATOI rise from low to average in the first half of the season to a 10:35 pm average since January 26, while Gostisbehere and/or Chichrun have been inactive, either injured or out of action. an abundance of caution. The 2017 first-round draft pick (Calgary) has 10 assists in his last 11 games, including five with an extra fielder, and 18 blocks. With an average of 2.2 fantasy points per competition in standard competitions over this period, Walimaki deserves attention in leagues of all reasonable sizes.

Boston Bruins

If Tyler Bertuzzi tries to take the lead with David Pastrnak and David Krejci, watch out. Judging by coach Jim Montgomery’s enthusiastic response to the acquisition of the Detroit winger, such a plan could very well come to fruition. Montgomery’s only problem – and like everything else happening in Boston right now, is positive – Pavel Zaka has scored in each of his last three games holding the spot. Expected to be a major annoyance in the playoffs, the former Red Wing, who scored 30 goals and 32 assists in 68 games last season, is set to show results with his new lineup before we get there. Especially in a squad with two Davids, but still a lot around center Charlie Coyle, if that’s the case. Available in 56% of leagues, Bertuzzi is worthy of entering deeper fantasy competitions.

After a single warm-up with his new club, Dmitry Orlov scored three goals and provided five assists, including two power-play points in three meetings. That works out to a whopping 5.2 fantastic points per game in’s standard leagues. If possible, and he remains unclaimed in more than three-quarters of the competition, managers of all stripes should add the former Washington guard immediately.

Update, March 3, 9:10 am: After Brad Marchand left Thursday’s game with a lower body injury, David Pastrnak entered the third period on two shifts. But he can’t do it every game, as much as the Bruins would like to. If Marchand has to pass the time, they literally just acquired the perfect replacement for the top lane with Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusque: Bertuzzi. Stay tuned for updates on Marchand’s status, as any missed time for Marchand could mean a lot to Bertuzzi.

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Buffalo Sabers

No fantasy relevant trade activity report so far.

Calgary Flames

No fantasy relevant trade activity report so far.

Carolina Hurricanes

With the Hurricanes not targeting blueliner Shane Gostisbeher because of his defensive skills, it’s safe to assume the former Coyote will be given ample opportunities to contribute on an equal footing and on the power play. Whether he gets a chance to fight Brent Burns of Carolina’s top special forces is the only prematurely overdue question. After a volatile seven-year run in Philadelphia, Gostisbehere scored 14 goals and had 37 assists, including 19 with an extra man, in the 2021-22 season. He has 31 points in 52 games this (slightly) due to injuries in the campaign. Joining one of the league’s most powerful offenses only reinforces the 29-year-old’s fantastic value in the leagues.

Jesse Pulujärvi, who is destined to take a place in the bottom six right after the jump, is on the losing side as he tries to make the most of his much-needed fresh start outside of Edmonton. But the novelty of a game elsewhere cannot carry much weight. Fantasy managers can wait and see how Pulujärvi will handle Jordan Staal or Paul Stastny after failing to score consistently with Connor McDavid.

Chicago Blackhawks

With the departures of Patrick Kane and Max Domi, the Blackhawks will play to their limits this season, and there will be plenty of opportunities for rookies to shine. Chief among them has to be Lukas Reichel, a 20-year-old who has scored a point per game in the AHL over two seasons. He’s ready to try his hand at the NHL and maybe be the team’s best hitter from now on, but that might not be enough fantasy. Part of that will depend on whether the Hawks leave him anything to work on by the end of the deadline day.

Colorado Avalanche

There is currently no information on fantasy-related trading activity.

Columbus Blue Jackets

For better or for worse—mostly the latter, in light of how the Columbus season went—the Blue Jackets fold belongs to Elvis Merzlikin after the deal that saw Joonas Korpisalo move to Los Angeles. New stunt double Michael Hutchinson, acquired in a trade with Las Vegas from sending Jonathan Quick’s short-lived Jacket asset to the strip, will see some action, but not too much. If healthy, Merzlikins will play in the vast majority of the club’s remaining 21 games. Even if Daniil Tarasov was brought up from minors.

While there is value in fantasy leagues that don’t penalize for allowed goals, even more so in ones that do. Particularly when you consider that the team also lost one of their best Kings defensemen, Vladislav Gavrikov. Merzlikins has had several highlights this campaign, winning only seven out of 23 starts while holding 0.879% SV and 4.10 GAA. However, he has been solid in his last two appearances.

Dallas Stars

So far so good for the newest release in the top six stars. Yevgeny Dadonov moved to Dallas on a trade from Montreal and took the lead in powerplay scoring, tying and providing two assists in three games. Hardly amazing numbers, but an improvement over his inadequate performance with the Canadiens. Listed in a single percent of leagues, the 70-point former skater can serve as a satisfying injury replacement in the deepest leagues or a streaming/Daily Fantasy option when he scores. He already looks ready to film more online, which helps.

Update, March 3, 8:30: Well, at least we can update this at least once on the actual trade close day, even though Max Domi technically traded late the day before. He will play somewhere in the middle six of the Stars and does not count on the best time on the power play. So his 1.7 fantasy points per game this season, which is a substitution level, is unlikely to improve considering he has been in the top spot, playing the strongest game all season with the Blackhawks.

Detroit Red Wings

The Detroit Red Wings have a strong sense of self, knowing they’re not ready to make enough noise in the postseason to justify holding or buying assets — even if they end up in the wild. The loss of Tyler Bertuzzi didn’t affect the offensive’s fantasy prospects much, because he’s been out in one way or another for the past two seasons. Dominik Kubalik has played along with the squad every time Bertuzzi has been out this season, and has managed to piece together a few fantasy games from time to time, but they are always followed by bouts of empty bouts.

The trade of Philip Chronek means that the just-retired Jake Wohlman will be as tired as Moritz Seider after most games, playing important minutes in 5-on-5, killing penalties, and now that Chronek is gone, he gets the secondary minutes of power play. Zayder. Wolman is nearly picking up enough fantasy points to be a regular on the roster (1.7 fantasy points per game), but he can be safely sent into the free agent pile when you need to bring in someone else.

Edmonton Oilers

The Oilers’ moves don’t matter much to fantasy yet. Matthias Ekholm improves the defense, so yes, Stuart Skinner is moderately better in the fold, but statistically this is a minimal increase in fantasy.

Nick Bjugstad has the ability to play on the wing and briefly looked like a power forward with pure presence. .. almost 10 years ago. I mean, write the name down because Connor McDavid could be king of the donkey on skates if he gets time on the ice with him, but it’s not a fantastic game until the opportunity arises. For Byugstad, not for the donkey.

Florida Panthers

No fantasy relevant trade activity report so far.

Los Angeles Kings

Joonas Korpisalo will not be crowned as a starter in any ceremonial fashion, but he is currently ranked 17th in the NHL in goals saved, higher than expected (8.4 per MoneyPack), while playing for a team that ranks 30th in shooting against 60. So he’s going to crush Phoenix Copley…


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