More NHL Transactions: Derek Roy, Ott, Parenteau, Jokinen, Hudler
(7/3/12) Free agency is in full swing, as the signings keep pouring in and the player carousel keeps turning. For a full list the NHL transactions so far, click here. And let's take a look at a few of the recent moves most likely to impact the fantasy landscape...
The most significant move on Monday was not a signing, but a trade. The Sabres sent Derek Roy to Dallas in exchange for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy. Roy had a disastrous year last season and never seemed to get going, but he can only improve on his 44-points with his new team in '12-13. The change of scenery could be exactly what he needs to jumpstart his production again, and we'll probably bump him up the rankings a little based on this news. Going the other way, Ott adds some much-needed toughness and grit to the Sabres, although his fantasy value stays relatively the same, while Pardy is a stay at home defenseman who provides depth but has no fantasy relevance.
We forgot to mention this one yesterday, but P.A. Parenteau has bolted from Long Island and signed in Colorado. His play-making ability gives the Avalanche a lift offensively, although we're not sure he can replicate last year's breakout 67-point season. Then again, even though he no longer has Tavares to feed on, the Avs have young talent of their own. Time will tell how they shuffle their lineup, but Parenteau probably pencils in on the top line with Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog.
The Parenteau signing also leaves a hole for the Islanders at RW beside Jonathan Tavares. Whoever slots in will get a major bump in fantasy value... and our guess is Kyle Okposo might be the man for the job. We'd recommend watching the situation closely through training camp.
Olli Jokinen signed a 2-year, $9 million deal with the Jets. He'll settle in as the #2 center, meaning he's probably in for another productive year. His presence should also help the Jets' wingers and their second PP unit.
And out with the old, in with the new. The Flames lost Jokinen but added Jiri Hudler, who signed a four-year, $16 million contract with the team. The change of address shouldn't change Hudler's fantasy value all that much. He was a secondary scorer in Detroit, and that's what he'll likely be in Calgary.