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Miller, Vanek among top fantasy trade candidates

Fantasy Hockey Trade Deadline Decisions - Part 1

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Matt Cubeta - NHL.com Fantasy Insider

The NHL Trade Deadline is at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. The standard fantasy hockey league trade deadline is the very next day.

In order to have you fully prepared, NHL.com fantasy hockey expert Matt Cubeta will provide you with a three-part "Fantasy Hockey Trade Deadline Decisions" series. Each part will feature a different list of players. Part 1: A list of players who could be traded before the NHL Trade Deadline and how it would affect their fantasy value. Part 2: A list of players Cubeta believes you should be trying to acquire before your deadline -- also known as buy-low candidates. Part 3: A list of players you should be trying to trade away before your deadline -- also known as sell-high candidates.

Remember, when you're trying to make a trade, don't be afraid to start your negotiation off a little higher than what you're hoping to eventually land. You can always lower your asking price, but you won't be able to raise it if the other person you're trading with already accepts the deal.

Players who could be traded before the NHL Trade Deadline and how it would affect their fantasy value

Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres -- 39 games: 14-22-3, 2.74 GAA, .923 SV%, 0 SO

Miller currently ranks 313th among all players in Yahoo fantasy leagues. Not exactly what his drafters were hoping for. However, the American goalie has a .923 save percentage, which is good for seventh best in the NHL among goalies that have made at least 30 starts. The Sabres have allowed the third-most shots on goal per game (34.2) and are dead last in goals per game by an enormous margin (1.82 for Buffalo, 2.25 for the Los Angeles Kings). Assuming Miller gets dealt to a playoff-contending team, you can expect his wins and goals-against average to improve significantly, making Miller a potential top-10 fantasy goalie for the rest of the season.


Daily Primer Feb. 26: Rest for Rask; Price sidelined

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 11:43 AM / NHL Insider
After leading their countries to medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Carey Price and Tuukka Rask won't be in the lineup Wednesday when their NHL teams return to action.

Price aggravated a lower-body injury and left the Canadiens' skate early Wednesday. He's day-to-day and will miss the next two games. Peter Budaj will get the start against the Detroit Red Wings. Rask won't be anywhere near First Niagara Center when the Boston Bruins visit the Buffalo Sabres; the Bruins left him home after he led Finland to the bronze medal. 

Question remains whether Devils would move Brodeur

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 10:47 AM / 2014 Trade Deadline

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There's little doubt New Jersey Devils veteran goalie Martin Brodeur will be grabbing much of the attention in the days leading up to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 5 at 3 p.m. ET.

Would the Devils even consider trading their likely Hall of Fame goalie for some offensive pop if the opportunity became available?

The Devils average 2.29 goals a game to rank 27th in the League. They have yielded 2.34 goals-per game, the fifth-lowest total in the NHL. If anything else, Brodeur gives the Devils added insurance in net if something were to happen to Cory Schneider.


Tale of the Tape: Sabres host Bruins

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / Tale of the Tape

John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

The one constant in the history of the Buffalo Sabres has been the Boston Bruins. The teams have been in the same division since the Sabres entered the NHL in 1970. They're at opposite ends of the Atlantic Division standings this season, but there will be plenty of intensity when they face off for the fourth time this season in this week's Wednesday Night Rivalry game (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN2).


Outdoor game evokes memories for Canucks' Higgins

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Chris Higgins didn't just grow up skating on frozen ponds along the north shore of Long Island, N.Y.

He survived it.


As Higgins joined his Vancouver Canucks teammates in reminiscing about their childhood memories of outdoor hockey in anticipation of the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic against the Ottawa Senators on Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS), there was one that jumped out for him. And although Higgins was laughing as he shared the story, his fall through thin ice when he was 8 years old was a little more serious at the time.

Higgins said he could see it in his father's eyes, and Robert Higgins, a New York City firefighter, doesn't scare easy.


Rivalry Night Faceoff: Smith vs. Hodgson

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

To help celebrate NBC Rivalry Night, NHL.com will look at a rivalry within the rivalry of the featured game on Wednesday nights. For this week we are wondering which emerging young forward, Reilly Smith of the Boston Bruins or Cody Hodgson of the Buffalo Sabres, would be the best option around which to build a team.

Reilly Smith was taken by the Dallas Stars with the 69th pick of the 2009 NHL Draft. He appeared in three games for the Stars near the end of the 2011-12 season after scoring 30 goals in 39 games for the Miami University.

Smith split his first full professional season between Dallas and the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. The right wing experienced more success in the AHL with 14 goals and 21 assists in 45 games; he also had three goals and nine points in 37 NHL games.


Penguins' Crosby remains Hart Trophy favorite

Wednesday, 02.26.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

With three-quarters of the 2013-14 season complete, NHL.com looks at some of the biggest storylines and award contenders. 

It hasn't seemed to matter who his linemates are, or what kind of teammates he's been on the ice with. All Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby has done is produce and help his team win games.

And with a daily injury report that has at times read like an all-star game roster, and a Penguins roster that at times has featured as many American Hockey League players as NHL, Crosby has shown this season why he's the best -- and most valuable player -- in the League.


Gaborik eager to return to Blue Jackets' lineup

Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 10:55 PM / News


The Columbus Blue Jackets won't confirm that forward Marian Gaborik will be back in the lineup Thursday night when they resume play against the New Jersey Devils, but he's preparing as if he will take the ice.

Gaborik has missed the past 22 games after breaking his collarbone on Dec. 21. But he was medically cleared for contact last week, has been practicing with the team since Feb. 19 and says he feels better with each passing day.

"Obviously games are totally different than practice, and it's hard to mimic a lot of things in practice," Gaborik told the Blue Jackets website. "But I feel good enough to jump back in and have a good practice tomorrow, then we'll go from there."


Islanders' Tavares won't need surgery, out 8 weeks

Tuesday, 02.25.2014 / 7:05 PM / News


The moment John Tavares was hit by Latvia defenseman Arturs Kulda at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the New York Islanders captain knew something was wrong.

"I just felt like there was some movement. Right away, I just didn't feel good," Tavares, who was representing Canada, told reporters at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday. "But then I got up and skated to the bench and I was like, 'OK, I was able to skate to the bench.' Our therapist then asked me to try just a couple of standing tests and that's when I realized I might be a little unstable and probably need to get checked out."

The initial thought was Tavares would need surgery, but after a visit with the Islanders' medical staff Monday, he learned it would not be required. However, New York's leading scorer (24 goals and 66 points in 59 games) is expected to miss 8-12 weeks with a torn MCL and torn meniscus in his left knee.

With the Islanders 14 points out of a wild-card Stanley Cup Playoff spot with 22 games to go, it's likely Tavares won't play again until October. But because he won't need surgery, he's expecting to be able to train throughout the summer and prepare normally for camp in September.


Past and present Canucks surprise students

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- For a couple of fourth-grade classes, a Tuesday field trip to skate on the outdoor rink at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver was already a nice escape from the classroom. With the sun melting away the last remnants of two days of snow, it was hard to imagine a better way to spend the day.

But when members of the Vancouver Canucks 1994 Stanley Cup Final team arrived unannounced to skate with the kids, it got even better. When injured Canucks center Mike Santorelli joined them and mascot Finn arrived to hand out tickets to the 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic on Sunday, a perfect day was complete for the students from Strawberry Hill Elementary.

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