Trade Deadline Day was certainly lacking in drama, but there were plenty of moves made throughout the month of February involving notable players. I'm not going to talk about all of them, but I wanted to provide some initial thoughts on the fantasy impact that some players could provide for their new teams and yours.
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Andrew Ladd was the most sought-after player available on the trade market and the Blackhawks paid a premium to acquire him from the Winnipeg Jets. Chicago sent Marko Dano, a 2016 first-round pick and a conditional third rounder to Winnipeg for Ladd, Jay Harrison and Matt Fraser. Ladd made his comeback with the Blackhawks alongside Jonathan Toews and Andrew Shaw, who will be replaced by Marian Hossa once he recovers from a leg injury. Ladd picked up an assist and one shot in 14:10 of ice time. He has a great opportunity to be roughly a point-per-game player for the rest of the season. The additions of Dale Weise, Christian Ehrhoff and Tomas Fleischmann bring depth, but they shouldn't be on your radar for standard leagues.
New York Rangers
Eric Staal was shipped to the New York Rangers for prospect Aleksi Saarela and two second-round draft picks. He has played mostly on the wing with Carolina this season, but the Rangers moved him back to center for the start of his debut on Monday night. He played between Kevin Hayes and Oscar Lindberg before returning to the wing alongside Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello. Staal is not the offensive threat he once was and that has been clearly evident this season. He had 10 goals and 33 points in 63 contests with Carolina, which has him on pace for his worst statistical season since he was a rookie back in 2003-04. It could be interesting if he gets to play with Rick Nash, who is sidelined with a leg injury, or if he stays on the wing as a top-six forward, but I'm not expecting him to take off offensively especially if he drops back into more of a depth role.
Jiri Hudler hasn't been as dangerous offensively as he was last season, but he did leave Calgary on a positive note with 11 points in 12 games. A spot alongside Nick Bjugstad, who led the Panthers with 24 goals last year, likely awaits him with his new team, which would be beneficial for both players. However, Hudler will need to crack Florida's power-play unit if he's going to see a noticeable uptick in production and he should get that chance. The Panthers sit 27th in the league with the man advantage.
Los Angeles Kings
Kris Versteeg to Los Angeles has some under-the-radar potential if he gets a chance to play with Anze Kopitar and Milan Lucic. Dustin Brown has occupied that role, but he has gone six straight games without a point and he hasn't scored a goal since Feb. 9. Versteeg has displayed flashes before and could make good use of the promotion even if it is a brief stay. It's worth keeping an eye on and he is owned in only 12% of Yahoo leagues.
New York Islanders
Shane Prince is another one that doesn't seem like much at first glance, but he is being granted a great opportunity with the New York Islanders. He is slated to play with John Tavares and Ryan Strome in his first game. Prince was acquired from Ottawa, along with a seventh-round pick, in exchange for a third rounder in 2016. He may not have staying power on the combination, but it's worth monitoring. Tavares has a great track record when it comes to turning players into fantasy assets.
Ottawa Senators/Toronto Maple Leafs
Dion Phaneuf has chipped in one goal and five assists in nine games with the Ottawa Senators since he was acquired from Toronto in a nine-player trade. He has been a great addition and he has helped stabilize the back end with some much-needed depth. On Toronto's end, Milan Michalek is still sidelined with a fractured finger, but he could be available to return soon, and Jared Cowen will be bought out in the summer, so there hasn't been any value there. Colin Greening is the only player the Leafs received in the trade who is active on the roster and he has chipped in three points in nine games.
Shawn Matthias scored in his Colorado debut, but he isn't expected to make much of an impact for the Avalanche. The acquisition of Mikkel Boedker could make some waves, though. He is slated to play with Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon. He is more of a passer than a shooter, but he has the speed to keep up with MacKinnon and should fit in comfortably in Colorado's offensive scheme. Boedker is owned in 25% of Yahoo leagues and he's worth a flyer at the very least. Eric Gelinas could be in store for some power-play time with the Avs after he was acquired from New Jersey for third-round pick in 2017. The team's power play ranks 13th in the league and could use a jolt. Gelinas recorded 17 of his 29 points with the man advantage in 2013-14, but he has averaged just 1:21 of PP time this campaign.
San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks acquired James Reimer, Jeremy Morin, Nick Spaling and Roman Polak in two separate trades with the Maple Leafs. Reimer is the only one who should be on the radar of poolies. He probably won't steal starts from Martin Jones, who has played well this season, but he'll be solid when called upon and he will help the Sharks keep Jones fresh for the playoffs. Playing on a much stronger team will add some value to Reimer as a depth option and he makes for a great handcuff for Jones owners. He is available in 68% of Yahoo leagues.
Kris Russell was moved to Dallas on deadline day, but he probably won't offer much in terms of fantasy value. He sits second in the NHL with 174 blocks and he can chip in offensively when given the chance, but he won't be deployed in power-play situations and will take on a defensive role with the Stars. He is owned in just 12% of Yahoo leagues, but he isn't worth a spot on your roster. Jyrki Jokipakka was the central part of the trade going back to Calgary and he has even less fantasy upside.
Anaheim made a couple of moves to add some depth to their forward group on Monday. The Ducks picked up Brandon Pirri from Florida for a sixth rounder in 2016 and Jamie McGinn was brought in from Buffalo for a conditional third-round selection. Pirri had 22 goals in 49 games last season and he has produced 24 points in 52 matches this year. If Pirri can carve out a spot on a line with Corey Perry and Rickard Rakell or end up with Ryan Getzlaf, who is an outstanding puck distributor, then he could be a sneaky good pickup. He is also owned in just 9% of Yahoo leagues. McGinn will probably be tried out on Anaheim's top three lines after being a pleasant surprise for the Sabres this year. He had 14 goals and 27 points in 63 games while seeing plenty of time with leading scorer Ryan O'Reilly. McGinn doesn't have as much upside as Pirri, but it's worth seeing where he ends up.
Boston landed Lee Stempniak and John-Michael Liles in trades that trickled in after deadline passed. Liles is not likely to have much fantasy value with the Bruins. They probably won't occupy the power-play roles they had with their old teams and Stempniak owners won't be satisfied if he ends up on the third line. There's a chance he could take Brett Connolly's spot with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand and he may replace Jimmy Hayes on the second power-play unit. Those would be the ideal situations for Stempniak and if he gets those roles then he still could be a useful contributor for your squad.
Justin Schultz was once a highly sought-after defenseman, but his offense never really took off and he struggled defensively prior to being traded to Pittsburgh during his fourth year with the Oilers. Schultz posted 101 points and a minus-78 rating in 248 games with Edmonton. His role in the lineup for the Penguins is undetermined, but he won't take minutes from Kris Letang, Trevor Daley, or Olli Maatta. He will probably join as a depth player and it's hard to see him as anything more than an insurance policy right now.