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Fantasy goalies: Potential deadline movement

Anaheim, Montreal could make trades; top 30 rankings

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Fantasy Staff Writer

With the 2016 NHL Trade Deadline four days away, there's a good chance some goalies could be playing on a different team after Monday at 3 p.m. ET.

Several teams in the Stanley Cup Playoff picture are in need of a starter or a backup, and there are plenty of pending unrestricted free agent goalies to make things interesting.

Here's a look at which teams could move or add a goalie and what it could mean for fantasy purposes:

Anaheim Ducks

The Ducks have two guys capable of being No. 1 in Frederik Andersen and John Gibson. Andersen ($1.5 million cap hit) is a restricted free agent after this season and Gibson signed a three-year $6.9 million contract prior to the season. The trade value for Andersen has never been higher; he's 10-0-1 in his past 11 decisions with a 1.97 goals-against average and .931 save percentage, including a 26-save shutout against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, his first of the season. Andersen (70 percent owned in Yahoo leagues) could fit in nicely on several teams, including the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens, each on the outside of the playoff picture and looking for a workhorse. Gibson (68 percent owned, 2.10 GAA, .917 SV%, four shutouts) likely would remain with Anaheim, with Anton Khudobin (2 percent owned) being recalled from San Diego of the American Hockey League to serve as the backup. Khudobin is 3-3-0 with a 2.70 GAA and .908 SV% with the Ducks this season.

Arizona Coyotes

Rookie Louis Domingue (33 percent owned) appears to have hit a wall after starting 23 of the past 25 games. He's allowed three goals or more in three of four appearances. Anders Lindback (1 percent owned) who made the other two starts in that stretch, is out for the season after having Achilles tendon surgery. There's also Mike Smith (37 percent owned), who hasn't played since December because of core muscle surgery. Smith was supposed to be back in February but his progress has been slower than expected. Even when he was healthy, Smith had a 3.06 GAA and .901 SV% and was hardly a serviceable fantasy goalie. If the Coyotes feel they have a chance at the postseason, they could acquire a goalie at the deadline. 

Calgary Flames

With Karri Ramo (16 percent owned) out for the season with an ACL injury, Jonas Hiller could be auditioning for a job with another team. Ramo and Hiller are each unrestricted free agents at seasons end, and neither has impressed. Hiller (46 percent owned) has allowed four goals or more in four of five starts and has a 3.29 GAA and .886 SV%. Joni Ortio (2 percent owned) could make his second straight start Thursday after allowing two goals on 37 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. He seems most likely to start the majority of games from here on out for the Flames, unless they trade for Andersen or another goalie.

Video: CGY@ANA: Hiller denies Rakell on the doorstep

Montreal Canadiens

If there was any doubt about how important Carey Price, the reigning Vezina and Hart trophy winner is to the Canadiens, there isn't anymore. Montreal got off to a franchise-record start with him and hasn't been the same since: They were 17-4-2 when Price got injured and are 12-23-3 since. He's owned in 88 percent of leagues and there is a good chance he won't return this season because of a lower-body injury. Mike Condon (29 percent owned) started off well replacing Price but has struggled in the past few months, leading the team to acquire Ben Scrivens. Scrivens (12 percent owned) started four games in a row but has taken a back seat to Condon in three of the past four games. Montreal is clinging to its playoff life and likely will be in the market for a goalie. Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward (47 percent owned), an unrestricted free agent after this season and a Saskatchewan native, would seemingly be a great fit.

St. Louis Blues

The Blues' goalie controversy didn't last long. Brian Elliott (70 percent owned) sustained a lower-body injury on Monday and will be re-evaluated in four weeks. Jake Allen, who had missed 17 games with a knee injury, replaced him. Elliott had been outstanding in replacing Allen, going 12-3-3 with a .938 SV%. But with his season likely done, the Blues may look to add a veteran goalie to back up Allen (85 percent owned) or serve as insurance in case Allen is injured again. Allen was having a Vezina Trophy worthy season before his injury (18-11-3, 2.18 GAA, .923 SV%, five shutouts). Jordan Binnington is in the AHL and has made one NHL appearance in his career earlier this season for the Blues. If St. Louis gets a goalie at the deadline, it would be worth monitoring since the Blues play very well defensively, and anyone they add could possibly help your fantasy team down the stretch.

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WORTH NOTING

Craig Anderson has started the past five games for the Ottawa Senators and has won four straight. He's allowed six goals in that span and was the NHL's third star of the past week, going 3-0-0 with a 1.58 GAA and .951 SV%. He has a SV% of .923 or better in each of his past eight starts and has made everyone forget about the goalie sensation of the 2014-15 stretch run, Andrew Hammond (22 percent owned).

Calvin Pickard (7 percent owned) has started two of the past four games for the Colorado Avalanche and performed well. He's allowed six goals in his past three appearances, winning two. Semyon Varlamov (82 percent owned) has continued his up-and-down season; he allowed four goals on Feb. 21, following three straight starts of allowing two goals (one in which he was pulled).

Video: SJS@COL: Pickard keeps the game tied late in the 2nd

Carter Hutton is 4-0-1 in his past five games for the Nashville Predators and 7-2-2 with a 2.16 GAA and .922 SV% this season. Hutton (7 percent owned) has been making a push for more starts, but they've been hard to come by with Pekka Rinne (98 percent owned) in front of him.

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TOP 30 FANTASY GOALIES

These rankings indicate fantasy expectations for the rest of the season. Value is quantified by projected starts, peripheral category coverage, timeshare situations, team defenses, past performance and upside in standard Yahoo categories, which include wins, goals-against average (GAA), save percentage (SV%) and shutouts. These rankings reflect fantasy value, not necessarily the most talented goalies in order.

1. Braden Holtby, WSH
2. Jonathan Quick, LAK (+3)
3. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR
4. Petr Mrazek, DET (-2)
5. Corey Crawford, CHI (-1)
6. Cory Schneider, NJD (+1)
7. Ben Bishop, TBL (+2)
8. Marc-Andre Fleury, PIT (-2)
9. Roberto Luongo, FLA (+2)
10. Jake Allen, STL (NEW - INJ.)
11. Frederik Andersen, ANA (+6)
12. Martin Jones, SJS (-2)
13. Tuukka Rask, BOS
14. Devan Dubnyk, MIN
15. Pekka Rinne, NSH (+4)
16. Jaroslav Halak, NYI
17. Thomas Greiss, NYI (-5)
18. Craig Anderson, OTT (+4)
19. Semyon Varlamov, COL (DTD)
20. John Gibson, ANA
21. Robin Lehner, BUF (+2)
22. Antti Niemi, DAL (-4)
23. Joonas Korpisalo, CBJ (-2)
24. Cam Ward, CAR (NEW)
25. Mike Condon, MTL (NEW)
26. Kari Lehtonen, DAL (-2)
27. Ondrej Pavelec, WPG (-2)
28. Michal Neuvirth, PHI (NEW)
29. Ryan Miller, VAN (-2)
30. Steve Mason, PHI

Dropped out: Louis Domingue, Ben Scrivens, Eddie Lack

Key injuries: Carey Price, Brian Elliott, Sergei Bobrovsky, Mike Smith, Karri Ramo

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