Here's a look around the league at the latest trends after another week of hockey. Some food for thought, some leftover stats and, of course, some fantasy advice. Let's dig in.
One of the myths that have been peddled in the cap era is that expensive contracts can't be moved. That's hogwash. It simply takes a little creativity. Despite the prospect of a flat cap for the next few seasons and COVID affecting many teams' bottom line and ability to spend, trade activity has ramped up the last few days. What was expected to be a relatively quiet deadline is now filled with intrigue; injuries have opened cap space for teams such as the Canadiens and Maple Leafs, and the teams with cap space such as the Red Wings have made it clear that they're willing to take on cap hits to buy draft picks. Here's the rundown on what's happened and, of course, the fantasy impact as the season enters the final month.
All fancy stats courtesy Natural Stat Trick.
Let's start with three key injuries on Canadian teams with big playoff aspirations: Jets captain Blake Wheeler, who is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion; the Habs' heart-and-soul, Brendan Gallagher, who has broken his hands so many times they must resemble claws by now; and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, perhaps the Oilers' lone legitimate top-six forward not named Connor or Leon.
It's rather strange that Wheeler has maintained a pretty good 65-point pace even though his possession