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Sunday Daily Puck: Trade Season is Here

Dan Waldner

Dan Waldner

Dan Waldner covers hockey for RotoWire, and has been involved in fantasy hockey pools for 15 years. He's a lifetime Toronto Maple Leafs fan, a passion his wife puts up with and his daughter is starting to emulate.

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So, it’s that time of year again. No sooner did the corks hit the ground from our New Year’s champagne than the start of trade season began.
Normally, trades in fantasy sports are relatively one-dimensional - the player you want to trade and the player you expect to get in a trade are both constants. You know who they will play with, what their production is like, how much ice time they get – both power play and even strength – everything necessary to make an informed long term decision. Of course all players tend to be in flux but the variance is manageable.
Trade season? Now you’ve added a whole new dimension to the proposition. Now you’re essentially dealing in “fantasy futures”. Take for instance Matt Moulson, who is almost certainly going to be traded at the deadline to a contending team in need of a scoring winger. His value is normally dictated by his output projections, but now, that too is being changed by the fact that h

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