So ... just a few days until D(eadline)-day. Who stays? Who goes? And most importantly to poolies, who goes somewhere where he'll have a much better chance to succeed?
While NHL GMs will spend the next five days with their ears to the phones, hockey pool fanatics will be ready to either anticipate a big move or react to one in order to improve their teams.
As fantasy races start to become as tight as the 6-10 spots in the Eastern Conference playoff race, a key pickup can often put you over the top. We've seen one big ticket player (Peter Forsberg) switch teams and conferences, going from an awful Flyers team to a Predators squad fighting for the Presidents' Trophy.
But as Nashville's scoring is far more balanced than Philly's, it remains to be seen if his fantasy value will rise.
With that in mind, here are four players in line for a move, and the spots that would be best for them, fantasy-wise at least:
- Bill Guerin, STL: The Blues are almost sure to be moving Guerin, but who's offering the most attractive package? The Senators, Red Wings and even the Maple Leafs are said to be after the 36-year-old. A move to Detroit would likely pay off for poolies and for the Wings too, who lack toughness as well as scoring beyond the red-hot duo of Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg.
- Anson Carter, CBJ: Carter's Columbus experience has been almost a complete bust. The Jackets are going nowhere fast and are looking to ship him out and cut their losses. The Canucks and Hurricanes are the rumoured suitors. If he heads back to Vancouver, poolies should act fast. We've already seen what playing with the Sedin twins has done for Carter in the past, and the Swedish pair are even better this season.
- Todd Bertuzzi, FLA: Even if he's moved, will he be able to contribute? Bert's been out of action after back surgery for all but seven games this year. It's rumoured that the Red Wings and the Ducks are both interested, but poolies should steer clear unless he can be had for a bargain price or he plays over the weekend and shows us he's ready to go.
- Ryan Smyth, EDM: Captain Canada could be on the way south, but Oilers' GM Kevin Lowe will be reluctant to part with him and the price will be steep. Smyth is a free agent after the season, though, so the Oilers may have to cut their losses and deal him now. Unlike the others on this list, he's a safe bet to trade for right now if you can swing it. He can score those trademark garbage goals anywhere, even if he stays put.