Welcome back to another week of The Waiver Wire! This week is going to be a little different. With the trade deadline less than a week away, I’m going to talk about players that aren't currently owned and may be traded. This obvious affects their value, and often times will raise it, because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in fantasy hockey, it’s that it’s not always who you are, but who you play with that makes a good fantasy player. So let’s check out a few possible trade targets. The more unpredictable part of these trades, are what's being traded for these players. If it ends up being roster players, then their value decreases which could hurt your team.
Antoine Vermette – Ari – C, LW – 23% owned
Antoine Vermette will be a UFA after the end of the season and on a terrible team, making him a good candidate to be traded. At 13 goals 23, assists and 25 points, Vermette is second on the team in scoring behind Yandle and just ahead OEL. Being buried on a pretty bad team is part of the reason why he is only 23% owned. It makes sense for Arizona to move him for assets and if that happens he could be seeing ice time with better linemates, on a better team, and putting up better numbers. I originally thought that he was going to go to Pittsburgh, but then they went and got Perron. I’d pick him up now, and take the risk to see where he goes.
Chris Stewart – BUF – RW – 9% owned
Our good ol’ friend Chris Stewart makes this list (and if I had been making these for a while, I’d probably say he makes the list again). Another pending UFA on an even worse team makes him a pretty good candidate to be traded. He’s also that type of player that GMs are totally willing to take a chance and overpay for. He’s physical, and shown before that he can be a goal scorer. He’s also that type of player that a coach will plant right in front of the net on the PP. AND he fights because he’s a leader, right? He’s only got 9 goals and 13 assists for 22 points this year, but we all know how CGDS reacts when his contract is up. I wouldn’t be surprised if he were traded, went on a late surge and got another solid NHL contract. If you need RW depth, this is where I’d go.
Andrej Sekera – CAR – D – 14% owned
In my mind, Andrej Sekera is one of the most underrated defensemen in the entire league. He does it all, on top of being one of the smoothest skaters in the league. Unfortunately, for his entire career, he’s been stuck on bad teams. Last year, he put up 44 points, however this year, he is only at 2 goals and 17 assists for 19 points. It’s definitely a risk for GMs to trade for him, especially considering that the price tag will likely be high. When moved, Sekera may provide your team a little bit of an offensive boost, so if you need some defensive depth, he may be worth the pick-up.
Jiri Tlusty – CAR – LW – 4% owned
A slightly cheaper option than Vermette or Stewart, for both teams in real life and if you are in a cap league is Jiri Tlusty. Tlusty has had an interesting year, to say the least, scoring at a David Clarksonesque rate of 13 goals and 10 assists for 23 points. He could be a very solid complimentary player on a cup team, and although may not be playing with the Staals, the defense behind him will be able to get the puck out of the zone and hopefully into his hands a bit more. Looking at Left Wing Lock, I just saw that the Hurricanes have a defenseman named Michal Jordan. Who the hell is that?
Drew Stafford – WPG – RW – 4% owned
This trade already went down, and in my eyes, both teams got what they wanted, so it was a good trade all around. Drew Stafford is on this list, because he is playing with Byfuglien and Scheifele (I appreciate the bland spelling of Stafford a lot on that line) and is getting top 6 minutes with Winnipeg. He’s already got 3 points in five games. If you’re looking for some other RW depth, Chris Stewart’s former teammate may be an even better option than Stewart.
Well folks, that about wraps it up. Who are you anticipating being traded? Who will you pick up for late season help? Let me know what you want to see next week on The Waiver Wire.