If you were stunned that the Los Angeles Kings were the destination for Ben Bishop yesterday you were not the only one. It is not shocking whatsoever that Bishop was traded to Tampa Bay because Bishop is an unrestricted free agent. They also have Andrei Vasilevskiy under contract through 2019-20 and Latvian Olympic team sensation Kristers Gudlevskis waiting for a crack into the NHL.
Where there is a major surprise in yesterday’s deal was the destination. Nobody expected the Kings to be the destination for Bishop—especially when Jonathan Quick looked so strong on Saturday in an impressive 4-1 Kings win over the Anaheim Ducks. The Kings now have a goaltender on their roster making close to $6 million this season and about to play less than a third of their games down the stretch. Wow! For those including I, who traded Bishop in your fantasy hockey pool, you deserve high praise. I was fortunate to pick up Vladimir Tarasenko from the St. Louis Blues!
Bishop now has minimal fantasy value this season and is only valuable if you are in deep keeper leagues.
Another goaltender worth trading in the next couple of days is Ryan Miller of the Vancouver Canucks. However one major reason why Miller might not be traded is because he wants to stay on the west coast, which significantly handcuffs Canucks’ general manager Jim Benning. He won’t be a starter in Anaheim and San Jose. If he wants to go slightly east, the Colorado Avalanche and Arizona Coyotes won’t be making the playoffs this season. So the only way Miller, who like Bishop is an unrestricted free agent, leaves Vancouver and still has fantasy value in 2016-17 is if he goes to the central or eastern time zone.
The Minnesota Wild meanwhile made a curious acquisition on Sunday in picking up Martin Hanzal and Ryan White from the Arizona Coyotes. Hanzal has missed an incredible amount of time over the last three seasons prior to this year including back surgery during the 2014-15 season that limited him to only 37 games. There are better fantasy options available—especially in those pools where there is a maximum number of transactions.
This past week, all fantasy pool players who were patient with Filip Forsberg of the Nashville Predators deserve high praise. Forsberg had a remarkable eight goals and two assists for ten points this past week. He also had two hat tricks in Predators’ games against the Calgary Flames and Colorado Avalanche.
I usually end my weekly fantasy pool report with the best projected players over the next week. However this week I have decided not to do that because of the high number of transactions that could take place prior to the trade deadline day on Wednesday.