Deadline Deals Pay Dividends
(3/4/12) A few key names from deadline deals factored for their new teams on Saturday. Andrei Kostitsyn, acquired by the Predators from Montreal, had a goal and an assist - and was named the game's first star - in Nashville's win in Florida. Paul Gaustad, who the Preds got from Buffalo, picked up a point. On the other side of the puck, Wojtek Wolski scored his first goal as a swamp cat, playing on a line with Fleischmann and Goc. Kostitsyn and Wolski are available on many a free agent wire, although we wouldn't be jumping at either of these two unless we see steady production. Wolski in particular appears to be in the twilight of his career.
A deal that has most fantasy GMs still scratching their heads is the Cody Hodgson for Zack Kassian and Marc-Andre Gragnani trade. In our opinion Gragnani is a worthwhile fantasy defender (last year in the playoffs he had 7 points in 7 games), but Hodgson feels like the best player in the exchange. In an interview with Scott Oak of the CBC, Hodgson evaded the question regarding whether or not he requested a trade due to a lack of playing time. The consensus appears to be that he did. Interestingly, it was Kassian who collected the first points of any of these players. He had a goal and an assist after being given a chance alongside Booth and Kesler. Booth had a terrific game, although the Canucks still lost; he had 2G and 1A.
In Los Angeles, Jeff Carter finally broke through, doing so in a big way by scoring back-to-back goals that included one on the PP and another that turned out to be the game winner. Former Philly teammate Mike Richards assisted on both and finished the game with 3 helpers. If the Kings could start firing on all cylinders, they could quickly make a run at the post-season. Dustin Brown continued his recent up-tick by scoring the game's opening goal.
And, in other news related to deadline deals: Brian Rolston picked up a PPA on Milan Lucic's first goal of the game in Boston's home loss to the Islanders, and Dominic Moore and Daniel Winnick each had a helper in the Sharks' loss to St. Louis. Moore was acquired from Tampa Bay at the deadline, while Winnick arrived from Colorado.
Finally, if you consider the firing of Ron Wilson to be a deadline deal, the move paid immediate dividends as Randy Carlyle collected win number one behind the Toronto bench. Mikhail Grabovski was the real reason for the Leafs' victory; he had 2 goals and 1 assist, including his 20th on the year.