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Fantastic impact of Fleury trade on Wild; Kahkonen with sharks
Marc-Andre Fleury was acquired by the Minnesota Wild from the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday, again making him a top 10 fantasy goalie.
Fleury, who is already fielded in most fantasy leagues, is expected to be the Wild’s new No. 1 goaltender, who is tied for the eighth-worst team save percentage (.899) in the NHL this season, ahead of his fellow veteran Cam Talbot. Minnesota traded rookie goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen to the San Jose Sharks on Monday in a separate move.
Fleury, 37, is 19-21-5 with a .908 save percentage (.914 at even strength) and four shutouts this season with the Blackhawks and leads active NHL goaltenders in wins in regular season (511 in 928 games) and shutouts (71) as well as Stanley Cup playoff wins (90) and shutouts (16). He won the Vezina Trophy and was voted the NHL’s top goaltender last season with the Vegas Golden Knights, posting a 26-10-0 record with a .928 SV percentage and six shutouts.
The Fleury trade increases the Wild’s Stanley Cup chances, Fleury being a three-time champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, as well as the fantastic appeal of relevant Wild defensemen (Jared Spurgeon, Matt Dumba) and attackers (Kirill Kaprizov, Kevin Fiala, Mats Zuccarello, Matt Boldy, ryan hartmann, Joel Eriksson Ek) for the rest of the season. This move diminishes Talbot’s fantasy value as a 1B or backup option.
Kahkonen, who is 31-17-4 with a .907 SV percentage and two shutouts in 54 NHL games, has a shot at becoming San Jose’s number one goaltender over the years. James Remer and Hill of Adin and deserves consideration as a potential fantasy sleeper in the Deep or Dynasty leagues.
The Sharks, who signed an eight-year contract with the best center Tomas Hertl March 16 don’t plan to rebuild, giving Kahkonen the chance to help them be more competitive over time and next season with a roster that includes elite winger Hertl Timo Meiercenter Logan Couture and mark the defenders Erik Karlsson and Brent burns.
Fantastic Impact of Rakell’s Trade on Penguins
Cheeky Rickard Rakell was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Anaheim Ducks, giving him fantastic rebounding potential for the rest of the season. Move gives Penguins second-line upgrade with elite center Yevgeny Malkinand Rakell could also see time on the front line with elite forwards Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel if Bryan Rust is taken back to Malkin’s wing.
Either way, the Rakell trade increases Pittsburgh’s scoring depth, their chances of making it out of the Metropolitan Division in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and makes them a Stanley Cup contender. Rakell, a two-time 30-goal scorer in his NHL career, was tied for second on the Ducks in goals (16) behind Troy Terry (29) and is tied with Terry for most shots on goal (136) this season despite being limited to 51 of 64 games. He’s also provided strong hit coverage over the years with 61 this season and 1.3 per game in his career.
Fantastic impact of Copp trade on Rangers
Cheeky Andrew Copp was acquired by the New York Rangers from the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, increasing his fantasy value for the rest of the season in the deep leagues. Copp, who is tri-eligible in the Yahoo Fantasy Leagues (C/LW/RW) and listed at 33%, will play in New York’s top nine forwards group and is more than capable of getting on the wing on the one of their two best. lines with either Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider Where Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome.
Copp, who is ranked in the top 200 overall in Standard Fantasy Leagues based on his performance this season, played long minutes (19:47 per game) as a secondary center and winger in Winnipeg and was relevant to the fancy from the first to the third line. covering five of the six standard categories (13 goals, 22 assists, plus-2, nine power-play points, 151 shots on goal). Copp had three assists for the Jets in their win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday in his last game before the trade.
Read: The fantastic impact of the Giroux trade on the Panthers and Flyers
Cheeky Claude Giroux was acquired by the Florida Panthers from the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, giving him a new edge in all fantasy formats. He is likely to start one of the front two lines with an elite teammate in either left wing Jonathan Huberdeau or center Alexander Barkov. Right wing Owen Tippet has fantastic appeal with the Flyers, especially in the dynasty leagues for next season.
Read: Giordano, Lindholm worth adding after trade
Two fantasy-relevant defenders were traded this weekend; Marc Giordano was acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs from the Seattle Kraken on Sunday, and Hampus Lindholm was acquired by the Boston Bruins from the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday before signing an eight-year contract on Sunday.
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