The NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone and fantasy hockey owners don’t necessarily care as much about who went where, as much as they care about how their fantasy team will be impacted by the trades that went down, or in some cases didn’t go down.
A change of scenery can often increase a player’s fantasy value, but in some cases said change can have a negative impact not only on himself, but those around him.
With that being said, let’s take a look at the deadline’s fantasy winners and losers.
Winner: Martin St. Louis, New York Rangers
St. Louis wanted out of Tampa Bay and only wanted to go to the Rangers. He got his wish.
The Rangers rank 19th in the NHL in scoring at 2.55 goals per game. They needed a proven goal scorer and got one as St. Louis. The Rangers are quietly closing the gap on Boston and Pittsburgh, and St. Louis brings with him a ton of experience and skill.
St. Louis has scored 29 goals on the season and has 61 points in 63 games. He will be playing alongside Brad Richards, which should work out nicely and he is in a place he wants to be. I expect a big finish to the season for both the Rangers and St. Louis.
Winner: Thomas Vanek, Montreal Canadiens
Vanek was just what the Habs needed and they got him for a steal.
Montreal ranks 22nd in the NHL in even strength scoring, and Vanek has scored 15 of his 21 goals this season at even strength.
More importantly, Vanek is out of New York. Could you imagine the lacksidasical effort he would have given the rest of the season had he still been forced to sport an Islanders sweater?
Vanek is a nine-time 20-goal scorer with 53 points in 60 games this season, He could make the Habs a true contender in the Eastern Conference.