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06-11-2012, 07:47 PM
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HF-NYR Fantasy Keeper League - Around The League Thread

Preseason Blog: Major Moves and Their Effect

Brenden Morrow to Tampa
The first move of the offseason was also one of the biggest. Eric Brewer and some picks moved to Dallas, in exchange for the power forward. Morrow has said, "I'm really excited at this opportunity. Not just to play alongside Stammer and St. Louis, but to have the opportunity to compete for the cup again, and hopefully win it here in Tampa" The line of Morrow, Stamkos, and St. Louis will surely be one of the most menacing in the league. Featuring the best scorer in the league, one of the best playmakers feeding the puck to him, and the body of Morrow adding physicality combined with a scoring touch.

Andrei Markov to San Jose
Adding Andrei Markov was a move that shows that the Sharks are in it to win it. Adding the experienced star defenseman will help the team that has struggled in the playoffs in the past in more ways than one. The move didn't cost the team any major pieces of their squad, and will truly pay off if the injury prone Markov is able to stay healthy. The playoff weathered duo of Markov and Dan Boyle will be one of the most menacing in the league, and possibly lead them to the finals, and possibly help them win the ultimate prize.

Isles Pens Exchange
This trade, featuring the likes of Jordan Staal, Michael Grabner and Nino Niederreiter. This is a trade that helps both teams. Really, any move that can fetch a return for Staal will help Pittsburgh, as the young center was clearly not as effective as he could be playing on the third line. The Islanders added a strong 2nd line center, who will help the team grow alongside John Tavares. The addition of a serviceable defenseman, and 1st round pick will help in the long and short run. The addition of a winger in Grabner, and Niederreiter, a prospect that just wasn't fit for Long Island, helps the Pens in the few areas where they are weak, and will help them continue their strong showings for years to come. All parties seemed happy with their moves, with Staal being given a chance to shine, and Grabner feeling he, "Will just get better playing with the two best players in the world"

Weber for Kesler
Vancouver went to the finals last year. Did they lose because of their defense? Probably not, but adding the best defender in the world definitely doesn't hurt. Nashville was able to upgrade their offense by adding Ryan Kesler, and brought in an okay replacement for Weber in Sami Salo. With Nashville still having Suter, they definitely didn't end up with a weak defense. The addition of Weber might have given Vancouver the best defense corps in the league featuring guys like Edler, Hamuis and Bieksa. Like the previous trade, this will benefit both teams, and help them compete for the cup.

San Jose Keeps Buying
San Jose continues to show that they are serious about competing this season. They have taken on the large cap hit of Rick Nash, and given up part of their future in Logan Couture. Columbus has landed a young star, and another 1st round pick, giving up their captain and star player. San Jose could now potential have a group of Marleau, Thornton, Nash, Boyle and Markov. That's scary! However, I'm not sure about how good this trade truly was, as Couture could potentially be a better scorer, and playmaker than Nash.

Oilers Lose Hall, Add OEL
In two separate trades, the Oilers have moved one of their young star forwards, and added another young star on defense. While Hall is a great talent, he seems not to be on the level of Eberle or Nuget-Hopkins. In these two trades, the Oilers also added two first round picks, which could both be pretty early, helping with the team's rebuild. On the other side, the Avalanche added Taylor Hall, who could help the team's offense, with a lot of speed. The final team involved here was obviously Phoenix, who in my opinion were the losers. They gave a future top-5 defenseman and 1st round pick for a group of scrap pieces, with no real star power.

Clowe's Journey
Ryan Clowe had an exciting day, as he moved from San Jose, to Ottawa, to New York in a period of 6 hours. San Jose had to move a lot of their highly paid players, as their recent additions had put them over the cap. The lucky team that was San Jose's dump was Ottawa. They acquired 3 great established players in Clowe, Pavelski, and Burns, only costing them a few young pieces. Later in the day, Clowe moved to New York in exchange for two solid pieces in Sauer and Anisimov. The power-forward was excited about the move to New York, where he will play a large role in the team's bid in competing for the cup

Buyin' Boston
Last year's cup champs Boston hope to hold onto the trophy with the help of two new star players. They traded a group of youngsters to the rebuilding Flames to acquire veteran forward Jarome Iginla. One of the best players of the past decade, Jarome hopes to finally win a cup after missing out in 2004. The other addition was Mike Green. Washington acquired David Krejci in exchange, and now have strong group of centers with Backstrom, David, and Johansen. Green might no longer be the Norris contender of the past, but is still an offensive catalyst. With these two offensive stars, one of the best offenses in the league has become better.

Blue Perry (get it)
The Blues had it all. A great offense with 4 lines that can put the puck in the net, and play defense. A defense with 3 more than capable pairings that can stop most stars, and create chances. And possibly the best goalie tandem in the league. The only thing holding them back from success was a spark. This spark has joined them in the form of a Blue Perry (yes, that is now his official nickname) While they gave up 2 strong forwards and a great defenseman for him, they have people to take their places. The deal also helps Anaheim, as they had star power, but were lacking in the department of… well, everything else.

My Cup Frontrunners/Division Winners: Tampa, Boston, Rangers, Vancouver, Nashville, LA

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