The NHL trade deadline has passed and teams have made the necessary moves they feel can lead them into the playoffs -- or, if they're on the other end of the totem pole, can help them build for the future. Fantasy owners should be doing the exact same thing as they head down the home stretch. Most trade deadlines for fantasy hockey leagues are around March 10th and the playoffs should start in the next 4-6 weeks. Waiver wire transactions are crucial as you are either fighting for a playoff spot, a first-round bye or just looking to solidify your roster.
Now is the time to be searching the wire for the players that can do the little things that lead you to a league championship. Most of the significant scorers in the league worth owning should be long gone, so now is the time to shore up team needs such as penalty minutes, plus/minus and other stats that will win you some games here and there. Some leagues count hits, faceoffs and shorthanded points, so you should know what your settings are.