Frozen Fantasy: Trade Deadline Tension
Frozen Fantasy: Trade Deadline Tension

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

The NHL trade deadline is upon us. It's great for fans and flat-out sucks for fantasy.

Yes, sucks.

Anyone waiting for former top-six pivot Derick Brassard's return saw his fantasy value dissolve Friday night with his move to Pittsburgh. It's one thing to be behind Matt Duchene on the depth chart. It's another to be behind Sidney Crosby AND Evgeni Malkin.


Sure, Brassard will likely get a bit of second unit power-play time. But his fantasy potential sure takes a hit.

Teams driving hard for the postseason make moves to shore up depth. They look for cheap, but high-value acquisitions that won't kill their cap or handcuff them for the future.

And they play them down the lineup. Gulp.

Trades right now will result in a blow to your fantasy success, Petr Mrazek aside. And Erik Karlsson, if that miracle was to happen.

So, while the Pens now look like the team to beat in the East (barring a move by Tampa), Brassard's owners are looking for a replacement. Or they risk a slip in the standings.

It's a scenario destined to repeat itself several times between now and Monday afternoon. Better to be ready than caught unaware, I guess. Still sucks, though.

Now let's take a look at who caught my eye this week.

Nick Bjugstad, RW/C, Florida (4 percent Yahoo! owned) – This riddle wrapped up in an enigma has warmed up of late … to the tune of eight points (two goals,

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Janet Eagleson
Janet Eagleson is a seven-time Finalist and four-time winner of the Hockey Writer of the Year award from the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. She is a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan, loved the OHL London Knights when they were bad and cheers loudly for the Blackhawks, too. But her top passion? The World Junior Hockey Championships each and every year.
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