For some reason, this trade deadline seemed a little less...I don't know...bland compared to years past. Few impact players in fantasy hockey were moved at the deadline so there's not much to work with. However, what we do have is some established values now that lineups have been tinkered with and not too many other moves will be made from here on out to the playoffs. Here some guys I am looking down the stretch.
Jason Arnott - C - Capitals
Arnott is one of those solid players that will help all around and not hurt you. This year proved to be different since he was pretty cold throughout the season, even when his Devils teammates were getting hot. In Arnott's case, a simple shot to one of the best 1-2 offensive lines should give him a great boost in confidence and for your team. He may be available and if so, he'd make an excellent gamble down the stretch as a C3, especially if you're dealing with major injuries with the likes of Crosby, Malkin and Savard crippling your team.
More after the jump...
Johan Hedberg - G - Devils
I was secretly hoping that if the Devils were going to sell Arnott, they were going to sell Hedberg as well. Alas, I was wrong and unfortunately this hampers not only his starts but also Martin Brodeur's. It use to be that Brodeur would get a huge chunk of the starts and the backup playing occasionally but Hedberg's amazing string of wins and Brodeur's injury makes me wonder if the Devils are considering laying off his starts and maybe playing both down the road. Unless one gets hurt, I'd try to sell either Brodeur or Hedberg if I could if you're in redraft leagues.
Magnus Paajarvi - W - Oilers
News came out today that with the ejection of Dustin Penner to the Kings, this opened up a opportunity with a winger with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky and that opportunity has been presented to Paajarvi. It's a nice boost for him since he's quite talented but hasn't been given much of a chance with somewhat limited ice time. He's a perfect example of a sneaky pickup in deeper leagues but definite watch list material to see what he does with his new linemates.
Tomas Vokoun - G - Panthers
Well I thought he was going to get traded but he was not and the Panthers look worse off than before. He'll get the majority of the starts but it's time to bail, bail, bail for him before he hurts your averages any worse than he has already if you've been using him. Some suitable replacements are James Reimer (Leafs will commit to him for the rest of the season) and maybe Chris Mason if in deeper formats (Ondrej Pavolec is out indefinitely with a wrist injury).
Sergei Gonchar - D - Senators
Not so much an trade situation but certainly warrants your attention if he's available in FA pool. He returned to action Tuesday and looks to finally healthy for being out for six games. Be sure to have a list of replacements handy in case of another injury but he makes for a cheap gamble if he's out there.