Fantasy Hockey Slap Shots: Will Rick Nash be traded?

by Mike Corcoran on February 15, 2012 @ 22:25:51 PDT


In our mid-week run through the fantasy hockey world, let's take a look at some of the biggest stories that may have an impact on your fantasy hockey rosters as we come down the stretch into the fantasy hockey postseason.

Will Rick Nash, who has 18 goals and 39 points, be traded soon?

Rick Nash: Trade winds blowing for one of NHL's biggest stars?

With the NHL trade deadline less than two weeks away, news came out Tuesday that one of the biggest names in fantasy hockey may be on the trade block.

Rick Nash, of the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to some, could be had for the right price, and that has the potential to be bad news for his fantasy owners moving forward over the next two weeks. Whenever you get a player who becomes available through trade, it becomes a very risky proposition. It is very easy for that player to become distracted as the deadline approaches. Usually, in situations like this, a player is not coming from the greatest situation to begin with, and therefore any added distractions can sometimes cripple the player's production.

Of course, if a trade should happen in Nash's case, it would certainly mean he would be heading to a much better situation on the other side of the February 27th trade deadline, but that does not always necessarily mean better production.

Going to a new situation for hockey players can be tricky, getting used to new teammates and a new system can take time. Let's be honest, we are at a point in the fantasy hockey season where you need your best players to be your best players. Dips in production for players like Nash will do nothing to help you get to where you want to be -- the top of your fantasy hockey league.

The weekly Sidney Crosby update

You can't talk about fantasy hockey without talking Sidney Crosby, the star center for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

While his owners continue to hold out hope Crosby will be able to return sooner rather than later, it still does not appear that he is any closer to playing in a game.

The good news for Crosby owners is that he continues to skate and has not been shut down... again... yet?

As long as he continues to skate, fantasy owners should continue to hold out hope that he can contribute to their teams before the season is over, as we have seen what he is capable of in even short spurts of playing time.

What is going on in Boston?

For much of the fantasy hockey season, if you had the Boston Bruins goaltending tandem of Tim Thomas and Tuukka Rask you were enjoying your stay near the top of your fantasy hockey league as no other tandem was really been close in terms of fantasy production.

All good things eventually come to an end, unfortunately.

Over the past couple of weeks, the Bruins, as a team, have been slumping a bit; as a result, the goaltending duo's production has taken a hit. Rask, especially, has seen his numbers take a major hit. With a goals against of near five and a save percentage of .854 over the past two weeks, it's tough to feel comfortable starting him with any sort of confidence at the moment.

The Gagner Express rolls on

Linsanity has nothing on Sam Gagner, of the Edmonton Oilers.

Gagner, who has been the biggest story of the fantasy hockey world over the past two weeks, continues to produce at staggering rates. He has 15 points over his last eight games! Continue to use him with confidence while riding his hot streak.

If someone were to come knocking with a decent trade offer for a more established, consistent veteran, you shouldn't hesitate pulling the trigger. Gagner may be red hot, but sustaining this level of production much longer is going to be very, very difficult.

That will do it for today, make sure you check back later in the week when we tell you who you need to add to your rosters with the weekly fantasy hockey waiver wire.

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About Mike Corcoran

Mike Corcoran joined KFFL in 2011 as their senior fantasy hockey writer. The Tarrytown, New York, native hosts a hockey radio show on ESPN Radio in Tampa, and covers the Tampa Bay Lightning professionally.

You can follow Mike on Twitter @MikeCorcoranNHL

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