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Fantasy goalies: Reimer must-add for Jones owners

Sharks tandem could split starts down stretch

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / Fantasy Staff Writer

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The 2016 NHL Trade Deadline has come and gone, and while many of the moves involved forwards, defenseman and draft picks, there were a handful of goalies who also switched teams.

The San Jose Sharks acquired James Reimer from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The move not only causes concern for Martin Jones owners, but those who had Reimer may now look for another Toronto goalie to replace him with.

The Calgary Flames acquired Niklas Backstrom from the Minnesota Wild, but will he play, and if so, how much?

The St. Louis Blues got their experienced backup, Anders Nilsson from the Edmonton Oilers, which could affect the number of starts starter Jake Allen gets the remainder of the season.

This week, we'll look at four of the aforementioned teams (Sharks, Maple Leafs, Flames, Blues) and explain how the trades will impact fantasy owners.

San Jose Sharks

Jones (89 percent owned) is having a great season in his first go-around as a starter. He's 31-17-4 with a 2.32 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and five shutouts. This is exactly what the Sharks were hoping when they traded for him. He's played 53 of 62 games, and now could play less with the addition of Reimer (30 percent owned). Reimer (11-12-7, 2.49 GAA, .918 SV%) had played very well for a Maple Leafs team which was not very good in front of him offensively or defensively. Expect Reimer to give Jones a breather, and he's also proven he can be a No. 1 goalie if anything were to happen to Jones. He is a must-add for Jones owners as a handcuff.

Video: PHI@TOR: Reimer stops Laughton's scoring chance

Toronto Maple Leafs

With Reimer being traded, the Maple Leafs have Jonathan Bernier and Garret Sparks on the roster. Alex Stalock (3 percent owned) who was Jones' backup in San Jose and was acquired in the trade, was sent to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. He was 3-5-2 with a subpar 2.94 GAA and .884 SV%.

That leaves Bernier and Sparks. Bernier has had stretches of solid play after an awful start to the season, but his 3.12 GAA and .898 SV% aren't enticing to fantasy players. The likelihood here is Sparks (4 percent owned) will get a lot of playing time with the Maple Leafs out of the picture for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He's 3-2-0 with a 2.48 GAA and .917 SV% and could be the Maple Leafs goalie of the future. He's not worth adding this year but might be next season. The Maple Leafs also have Antoine Bibeau in the AHL and are trying to develop him as well.

Calgary Flames

With Karri Ramo out for the season with a torn ACL, the Flames could have relied on Jonas Hiller (43 percent owned), but he has allowed four or more goals in five of six appearances and is not worth owning or picking up. Joni Ortio (3 percent owned) allowed two goals on 25 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Tuesday and likely will be in goal again Thursday when the Flames visit the Buffalo Sabres. Calgary has lost nine of 10 games, so it would make sense they'd rest Hiller (an unrestricted free agent after the season) in favor of the youngster Ortio, to see what he is capable of.

The Flames also traded for Backstrom (1 percent owned), who hasn't played in an NHL game since January 2015. Backstrom, 38, had spent his entire 10-year career in Minnesota, but his role remains unclear. Perhaps he starts down the stretch in order to audition for the starting job next season; Ramo can be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Right now, if there is no one else out there, Ortio could be worth a shot.

St. Louis Blues

With Brian Elliott out long term, the Blues acquired Nilsson. Allen has proved he can carry the Blues, like he did prior to his injury and has since his return. Nilsson (5 percent owned) won't see much action, and even if he does isn't worth a pickup. He hasn't started since Feb. 7 when he was pulled after allowing three goals on 10 shots in 11:24 in an 8-1 loss to the New York Islanders. True, the Oilers aren't nearly as good offensively or defensively as the Blues, but Nilsson (10-12-2, 3.14 GAA, .901 SV%) hasn't been good prior to this season. He has a lifetime 3.10 GAA and .900 SV% in 49 games.

Video: EDM@TOR: Nilsson stops Froese on breakaway


Washington Capitals backup goalie Philipp Grubauer hasn't played much behind Vezina Trophy candidate Braden Holtby, but when he has played, he's been great. Grubauer (14 percent owned) is 6-5-1 but has a 2.11 GAA in 15 games, better than Holtby's 2.22, and has a .926 save percentage. He is a really good option to stash on your bench, especially with four back-to-back sets remaining and Washington likely to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference well in advance of the start of the playoffs. With nothing to play for, expect Grubauer to get some more playing time soon.

Ben Bishop has a 2.06 GAA and .925 save percentage and has played excellent all season. His backup, Andrei Vasilevskiy (8 percent owned) has allowed one goal in each of his past two starts (60 saves on 62 shots) and has won three straight. When he fills in for Bishop, the results are usually good; Vasilevskiy is 11-5-0 with a 2.64 GAA and a .914 SV%.

Craig Anderson (78 percent owned) sustained a lower-body injury and left the Ottawa Senators' 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Blues in the second period on Tuesday. He's day-to-day and Andrew Hammond (30 percent owned), who stopped all 17 shots he faced, likely will start Thursday against the Lightning.

The Stars' tandem of Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen has really struggled. Niemi has allowed at least three goals in five straight appearances, and Lehtonen hasn't won in five appearances and has allowed at least three goals in three of four outings. They each have awful numbers: Niemi has a 2.72 GAA and .903 SV% and Lehtonen has a 2.93 GAA and .906 SV%. I wouldn't trust either with the fantasy playoffs on the line.

Michal Neuvirth had the biggest jump in the rankings this week (plus-8). He has started four straight games and six of seven for the Philadelphia Flyers and has allowed more than three goals once in 29 appearances. Neuvirth is available in almost half of leagues (54 percent owned) and has a 2.22 GAA and .927 SV% while his counterpart Steve Mason is owned in 62 percent of leagues.


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

Dropped out: Steve Mason, Ondrej Pavelec, Ryan Miller

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

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