Frozen Fantasy: Big Trades and Big Returns

Frozen Fantasy: Big Trades and Big Returns

This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.

Big trades. They're fun and scary. Have you ever gone all-in on a league this early in the season? I just did, for the first time ever.

It feels incredible.

This week, a friend in a dynasty league made a trade proposition. "Do Sidney Crosby, Brad Marchand, Gabriel Landeskog and Taylor Hall interest you?"

Did they ever. Well, at least the first three.

A small tinker and Crosby, Marchand, Landeskog and Ryan Ellis were mine. Three top-30 forwards and a top-pair defender. They cost me a first-round pick (2022) and three building blocks – Cole Caufield, Philip Tomasino and Brandt Clarke.

Big cost. Big potential.

Those three forwards join Mitch Marner, Kirill Kaprizov, Anze Kopitar and J.T. Miller up front, with Nicklas Backstrom stashed on the IR. And Ellis elevates my D beside Torey Krug, Matt Dumba and Keith Yandle.

And I still have Trevor Zegras, Jamie Drysdale and William Eklund on my minor bench, so I didn't entirely mortgage my future.

I evaluate dynasty and keeper leagues in three-year cycles. Sid has three or four more incredible years. Marchand has this and at least next. Landeksog is a stable top guy for five years. Ellis is close to the same.

The three youngsters I gave up all could be stars, but that won't come for three-to-four years. And the draft pick is a dice roll. Most are.

My friend and trade partner was thrilled. He ended up with Caufield, who

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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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