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  • Minor Trades are the Trend for Today

    Trade: Mike Fisher traded from the Ottawa Senator to the Nashville Predators for a first round draft pick in 2011 and conditional pick in 2012.

    Nashville: Fisher will provide the Predators with leadership and scoring. Fisher is having an off year as he usually scores 45-50 points. Fisher is a solid two-way center who is on pace for his fifth 20 goal season. Fisher could find himself as the Predators top center and if that happens watch for his production to jump. Gamble of Fisher for the rest of the season, as he will see first line minutes and a ton of powerplay time. Now that he is on a better team and playoffs on the horizon expect him to elevate his game.

    Ottawa: Senators have started the rebuild and adding a first round draft pick is a great start. Expect several more trades to follow.

    Trade: Al Montoya traded from the Phoenix Coyotes to the New York Islanders for a sixth round draft pick in 2011.

    New York: The Islanders are in desperate need of a healthy goaltender. This is Montoya’s third NHL team and he has only played in five NHL games since he was drafted sixth overall in the 2004 draft. In his short appearance last season with the Coyotes he won three of the five games he played in and had a shutout. He finished with a 2.08 GAA and SV% of .925 so if he can put up similar numbers he will be a regular in the NHL. Keep an eye on Montoya as this will be his best opportunity to showcase himself; the potential is there to be a quality number one starter.

    Trade: Casey Pierro-Zabotel traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Nashville Predators for Sam D’Agostini and Chris Minella

    Nashville: Pierro-Zabotel is a dark horse prospect. After an offensive sophomore season in the WHL where he scored 115 points he has failed to stick it in the AHL. He was sent down to the ECHL where he score 41 points in 49 games last season but this season his scoring is down to 34 points in 42 games. This trade could be his last shot at making the show.

    Pittsburgh: The Penguins add two prospects that have absolutely zero fantasy value. Perhaps a change in scenery is what was needed for these three prospects to get notice only time will tell.

    Trade: Jay Leach traded from the San Jose Sharks to the New Jersey Devils for Patrick Davis and Michael Swift

    All of these players are depth players who could one day be decent NHLers but not really fantasy impact. Davis is the only one with a little offensive upside.
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