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Fantasy Nuggets Week 17

Thursday, January 25, 2018


We got a full schedule tonight and then the NHL schedule will take a brief break for the All-Star weekend.  After that, we’re in the final stretch before the NHL trade deadline, so expect the rumor mill, which has already started to heat up, to get into full swing soon.

 

In preparation for that, this seems like a good time to highlight some of the big names that could be dealt before time expires on Monday, Feb. 26th and we might as well start with the most obvious one, which is Evander Kane.

 

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The Sabres have been obvious sellers for a while given their consistent place at or near the bottom of the NHL’s standings and with Kane’s contract set to expire this summer, the expectation for a while has been that he would be dealt.  It certainly seems like Buffalo is committed to that course of action given that it’s been reported that the Sabres haven’t even approached Kane about a contract extension, per NHL.com.  For what it’s worth, Kane has expressed an interest in re-signing if the Sabres decided to change course.

 

At any rate, Kane would be a pretty desirable pickup for almost any team.  He’s never quite developed into the star many hoped he’d be, but he does provide a nice combination of grit and skill.  So far this season he has 16 goals, 36 points, 34 penalty minutes and 96 hits in 48 games while playing for the lowly Sabres.  He might not average 19:29 minutes per game on whatever team acquires him, but he should still get top-six minutes after any potential trade.

 

Another forward that would provide that combination of grit and skill is Patrick Maroon.  The Oilers were hoping to be serious contenders this season, but clearly that hasn’t happened so Edmonton needs to think like a seller.  With that in mind, trading Maroon would make a lot of sense if the Oilers don’t feel that they aren’t likely to be able to fit him under the cap beyond this season as he’s due a substantial raise over his expiring three-year, $6 million contract.

 

Maroon set a career-high last season with 27 goals and while he hasn’t done quite as well in 2017-18, he’s still recorded a solid 13 goals, 26 points, 55 penalty minutes, and 105 hits in 46 contests.  The 29-year-old would slot in nicely on a lot of team’s second line or he could provide a bit of extra offensive oomph on a deeper squad’s third unit.

 

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TSN’s Darren Darren also suggested that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins might end up on the trade block, even though he’s currently sidelined.  Nugent-Hopkins’ seven-year, $42 million contract runs through the 2020-21 campaign so he wouldn’t be a rental like Maroon, but at the same time that would also potentially mean that he would fetch the Oilers a bigger return.  If Edmonton feels like it needs to make a big shakeup after this disappointing campaign, maybe they will consider trading Nugent-Hopkins.  Keep in mind though, Nugent-Hopkins has been one of the few things that has gone right for Edmonton this season with his 16 goals and 31 points in 46 contests.

 

Of course, another consideration is that Edmonton’s cap situation will be rough once Connor McDavid starts consuming $12.5 million worth of space starting next season, so maybe that would also be a major part of Edmonton’s thinking if the squad does ultimately try to deal Nugent-Hopkins.

 

He might not be the only non-rental forward that ends up getting moved.  If nothing else, he’s not the only one that’s been thrown out there in trade rumors.  Ottawa’s Mike Hoffman has come up despite the fact that he’s just in the second season of his four-year, $20.75 million contract.

 

Like Edmonton, Ottawa has been a big disappointment this season so the idea that the Senators will be sellers seems like a given, the only question is if they want to do something as dramatic as trade Hoffman.  He’s had a decent season so far despite the club’s overall woes as he has 12 goals and 30 points in 46 contests and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’d see a boost after being dealt.

 

The fact that he’s signed for a couple seasons after this one at a reasonable price could also led to Ottawa getting a better return than might be available for rentals like Kane or Maroon.  As for where Hoffman might go, the St. Louis Blues are a popular pick in the trade speculation, according to the Ottawa Sun.

 

Ottawa, Edmonton, and Buffalo are some of the most obvious sellers given their positions in the standings, but the big X-Factor are the teams that are still in the mix for a playoff spot, but might not be by the time we get closer to the deadline.  One of the primary examples of that is the New York Rangers.  With a 24-20-5 record, they’re still very much in the running for a playoff spot, but if the season ended today they wouldn’t get in.

 

Meanwhile, the Rangers have been dealt some big blows lately as forward Chris Kreider and defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk are both dealing with long-term injuries.  It’s created a situation where it’s entirely plausible that the Rangers will entertain offers on their veterans at the deadline.  Perhaps the most obvious one would be Rick Nash given that his contract is set to expire this summer.

 

Nash has left something to be desired over the course of his tenure with the Rangers, especially given his $7.5 million annual cap hit, but as a rental, that cap hit is less of an issue and he’s still a veteran forward with a scoring touch.  It’s not hard to see there being some moderate interest in him, especially if he can build off his recent hot streak, which has seen him score six goals over his last five games.

 

We’ve been focusing a lot on forwards, but let’s close out with a couple defensemen.  The first we should touch on is Jack Johnson given that he’s requested to be traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Johnson can become an unrestricted free agent this summer and at the age of 31, that deal has the potential to be his last major contract.  Meanwhile, his role with the Blue Jackets has dipped this season, so he’s hoping he could get a bigger role elsewhere and maybe that will help him when it comes to his negotiations over the summer.

 

The problem is that the Blue Jackets are in the playoff race and unless that changes, they aren’t going to be particularly interested in moving Johnson for a pick or prospect.  That complicates things, but it doesn’t make a trade impossible.  Trades between contenders happen after all and perhaps the Blue Jackets will be able to work something out.

 

The other major defenseman likely to be on the market is Detroit’s Mike Green.  His contract is also expiring, but the Red Wings aren’t likely to make the playoffs, so this is a much less complex situation.  Green has been a pretty good blueliner with Detroit this season, scoring five goals and 26 points in 47 contests while averaging 22:37 minutes per game.  Those looking for a top-four defenseman that can chip in on the power play will likely inquire about him.



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