Trade Deadline: Fantasy Impact

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The NHL trade deadline is in the books and there have been plenty of moves that should garner interest from fantasy mangers.

There has also been a great deal of waiver wire activity already for some of these players, as the final month of the regular season draws near and the fantasy playoffs quickly approach.

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Claude Giroux - Philadelphia -> Florida

The Panthers made a big splash ahead of the trade deadline with the acquisition of Giroux. He was the top player available and his arrival improves what was already a deep forward group with a talented top-six. Giroux is slated to play on the wing with Aleksander Barkov and occupy a spot on the top power-play unit. He has recorded decent numbers this season with 18 goals, 42 points, 154 shots and 48 hits in 57 games. Giroux is in a great position to be a driving force for fantasy managers down the stretch.

Rickard Rakell - Anaheim -> Pittsburgh

Rakell has had some ups and downs with the Ducks this season, but his fantasy value will get a significant boost as a member of the Penguins. He has been a popular addition on the waiver wire since the trade went down on Monday. Rakell is believed to be a strong candidate to play alongside Evgeni Malkin because it would allow the Penguins to put Bryan Rust back with Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel. Rakell brings plenty of speed and finishing ability, which makes him an intriguing option for fantasy purposes for the remainder of the year.

Marc-Andre Fleury - Chicago -> Minnesota

Fleury did not perform particularly well during his time with the Blackhawks, but he finds himself in an improved situation with the Wild. Minnesota is a much more goalie-friendly environment and Fleury will benefit from facing fewer scoring chances against. Still, it appears as though he may have to share the crease with Cam Talbot, who has been on a roll recently. Fleury’s upside and experience will serve him well, though, and he will be a good option for fantasy managers down the stretch, especially if he pulls away from Talbot and sees the bulk of the starts.

Frank Vatrano - Florida -> New York Rangers

Vatrano has been utilized as a top-six forward alongside Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome since he was obtained from the Panthers. He has one goal, seven shots, three blocks and three hits through three games. Vatrano is an option in deeper leagues along with Andrew Copp, who New York acquired in a trade with Winnipeg on Monday.

Mark Giordano - Seattle -> Toronto

Giordano will get a chance to play for his hometown team after he was traded over the weekend. He has posted decent numbers this campaign with six goals, 23 points, 123 shots, 98 blocks and 46 hits in 55 contests. Giordano’s plus-minus rating should improve with Toronto and his offensive numbers stand a very good chance of benefiting from the change as well. After all, the Maple Leafs have one of the best offenses in the league. The 38-year-old veteran is slated to see time on the second power-play unit. Colin Blackwell, who was also acquired in the trade, is capable of playing up and down the lineup and could be worth monitoring as well.

Kaapo Kahkonen - Minnesota -> San Jose

Kahkonen has dealt with some consistency issues, but he has been superb for stretches and there is plenty of potential for him to be a long-term starter. The Sharks will be hoping that Kahkonen can finally solve their goaltending woes and provide some stability between the pipes. The 25-year-old netminder has 31 wins with a 2.89 goals-against average, .907 save percentage and two shutouts in 54 career NHL appearances. The Sharks like to ride the hot hand when making decisions on who will start and Kahkonen could string together plenty of starts down the stretch.

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Calle Jarnkrok - Seattle -> Calgary

Jarnkrok has supplied one assist, four shots, one block and five hits in two outings with the Flames since he was dealt from Seattle. He has been skating alongside Andrew Mangiapane and Blake Coleman, while seeing some power-play time. He makes for an underrated pickup for fantasy managers at this time.

Taylor Raddysh - Tampa Bay -> Chicago

Raddysh has registered one goal, one assist, four shots and seven hits in two games with the Blackhawks since he was traded by the Lightning. He has been skating alongside Jonathan Toews and Dominik Kubalik, while seeing time on the top power-play combination. Raddysh makes for a solid under-the-radar fantasy addition at this time and there is plenty of upside there for him in the future.

Brandon Hagel - Chicago -> Tampa Bay

Hagel and Nick Paul were obtained in trades by the Lightning ahead of the deadline in an attempt to recreate a two-way third line for the playoffs that is tougher to play against. Tampa Bay won’t have the services of Coleman and Barclay Goodrow, who were excellent during the team’s previous Stanley Cup championships. Unfortunately, Hagel’s fantasy value takes a bit of a hit following the move. He benefited a great deal from getting to play with Patrick Kane and from seeing time on the top power-play unit for the Blackhawks.

Artturi Lehkonen - Montreal -> Colorado

Lehkonen is having one of his better years offensively, especially when it comes to assists and points per game. He has chipped in 13 goals, 29 points, 110 shots and 60 hits in 58 contests. Lehkonen’s role with the Avalanche is likely to change much from the one he had with the Canadiens. He will probably skate on the third or fourth line, while seeing time on the penalty kill. Still, Lehkonen could be worth keeping an eye on if he gets a chance to play higher up in the lineup.

Hampus Lindholm - Anaheim -> Boston

Lindholm has posted five goals, 22 points, 119 shots, 77 blocks and 55 hits in 61 games this season. He has reached the 30-point plateau three times before and his move to the Bruins should help him surpass that mark again in 2021-22. Lindholm is slated to play as a top-four defender, but a spot on the power play may not be in the cards. Even if he doesn’t see time on the second unit, Lindholm offers upside in several categories for fantasy managers.

Max Domi - Columbus -> Carolina

Domi will depart from the Blue Jackets with 18 goals and 56 points in 107 games. He was a bit better this season, but left a lot to be desired. Domi will get another fresh start with the Hurricanes and there is plenty of boom or bust potential associated with the move. He will become an intriguing option for fantasy managers if he sees time as a top-six forward.