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John Toperzer

John has written for since 2003 and serves as the beat writer for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Pirates. Heís worked for the Pirates for 17 years, written for the Penguinsí Web site as the first game-day editor, and rooted for the Steelers dating back to the Immaculate Reception.

Prior to the trade deadline, I traded James Neal ($13, whose contract expires at seasonís end), Daniel Sedin ($37B), Dan Boyle ($17A) and Antti Raanta ($1A) for Cam Fowler ($7A) and Sean Monahan ($3 minors) in the Rotowire Staff league. My team had enough rotisserie points to qualify for the playoffs, but in the head-to-head format I was on the outside looking in.

Nealís a beast. I wouldnít have traded him if he had time left on his contract, but what a trade chip he was.

Sedin has been a huge disappointment but seemed to be on the cusp of a minor turnaround before he got hurt.

I gave my trade partner the option of one of the following three defensemen: Boyle, Alexander Edler ($21A) or Danny DeKeyser ($1A). If I was on the other side of the deal, I mightíve taken DeKeyser but I can see why he chose Boyle. Defensemen are prized commodities and DeKeyser would help to offset the loss of Fowler and/or possibly serve as an offseason trade piece, but thatís looking at things from a non-contenderís perspective.

Finally, I included Raanta because the other poolie also owns Chicago starter, Corey Crawford. If anything happens to Crawford, Raanta will earn the wins. Also, the Blackhawks could trade Raanta in the offseason, boosting his value. Having a $1 Raanta is a nice chip.

I didnít ask for any draft picks in the above trade, but ended up moving Brayden Schenn ($3B) for a third-round pick and Edler for a fourth in two separate deals.

All in all, helping trade partners is the way to make deals a ďwin-win.Ē Options help, too.

Projected Goalie Starters (all times Eastern)
For updates on the projected goalies later in the day, check our Projected Goalies Grid

Pittsburgh Penguins (Marc-Andre Fleury) at Washington Capitals (Braden Holtby), 7:00 PM
Nashville Predators (Carter Hutton) at Ottawa Senators (Craig Anderson), 7:30 PM
Phoenix Coyotes (Mike Smith) at Tampa Bay Lightning (Ben Bishop), 7:30 PM
Columbus Blue Jackets (Curtis McElhinney) at Dallas Stars (Kari Lehtonen), 8:30 PM
Winnipeg Jets (Ondrej Pavelec) at Colorado Avalanche (Semyon Varlamov), 9:00 PM
Los Angeles Kings (Jonathan Quick) at Calgary Flames (Joni Ortio), 9:00 PM
New York Islanders (Evgeni Nabokov) at Vancouver Canucks (Eddie Lack), 10:00 PM
Toronto Maple Leafs (Jonathan Bernier) at Anaheim Ducks (Jonas Hiller), 10:00 PM

Injury News For Teams Playing Monday

Pittsburgh Penguins
Tomas Vokoun, G - Vokoun (pelvis) skated with the team Wednesday morning, Marc Antoine Godin of La Presse reports. (2/26/2014)
Pascal Dupuis, RW - The Penguins confirmed Tuesday that Dupuis (knee) will miss the next six-to-eight months, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. (2/25/2014)
Paul Martin, D - Martin (hand) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. (3/6/2014)
Kris Letang, D - Letang (illness) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. (3/6/2014)
Chris Conner, RW - Conner (wrist) rejoined the team for practice Wednesday. (3/5/2014)
Beau Bennett, RW - Bennett (wrist) hopes to return to action for the Penguins in the next week and a half. (3/9/2014)
Brian Gibbons, C - Gibbons was scratched Friday because of a lower-body injury. (3/7/2014)
Robert Bortuzzo, D - Bortuzzo is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and will not play in Friday's game against the Ducks. (3/7/2014)
Zach Sill, RW - Sill sustained an undisclosed injury with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton over the weekend, Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. (1/27/2014)
Brian Dumoulin, D - Dumoulin is considered week-to-week with a leg injury for AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. (2/10/2014)

Washington Capitals
Aaron Volpatti, LW - Volpatti (left shoulder) has not been cleared for practice, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. (2/20/2014)
Mikhail Grabovski, C - Grabovski (ankle) said that he hopes to start skating next week, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. (3/8/2014)
Tomas Kundratek, D - Kundratek has suffered a torn ACL, which will end his season, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. (11/12/2013)
John Erskine, D - Erskine (head) passed his concussion protocol testing but is still expected to sit out Saturday against Phoenix, Katie Carrera of the Washington Post reports. (3/8/2014)

Ottawa Senators
Clarke MacArthur, LW - MacArthur will not need surgery on his injured hand and could return to the lineup as soon as next Saturday, the Ottawa Citizen reports. (3/8/2014)

Phoenix Coyotes
Martin Hanzal, C - Hanzal (lower body) is doubtful for Satuday's game against Washington, according to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic. (3/8/2014)
David Schlemko, D - Schlemko (lower body) is out for Saturday's game against Washington, according to Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic. (3/8/2014)

Tampa Bay Lightning
Slater Koekkoek, D - Koekkoek has suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and will require surgery, the Windsor Star's Jim Parker reports. (3/7/2014)
Radko Gudas, D - Gudas (lower body) will not play in Saturday's game against the Bruins, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports. (3/7/2014)
Brian Lee, D - Lee (knee) is still only doing off-ice workouts. (11/9/2013)
Mattias Ohlund, D - Ohlund (knee) was placed on long-term injured reserve Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports. (10/2/2013)

Columbus Blue Jackets
Fedor Tyutin, D - Tyutin (ankle) skated lightly Tuesday but will not travel with the team for Thursday's game in Chicago, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. (3/5/2014)
Jared Boll, RW - Boll says he's "very close" to being able to return to the Blue Jackets, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports. (3/6/2014)
Nikita Nikitin, D - Niktin (head) is a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Stars, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports. (3/9/2014)
Ryan Murray, D - Murray underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Saturday and will miss the next four to six weeks. (3/8/2014)

Dallas Stars
Kari Lehtonen, G - Lehtonen is listed as day-to-day by the Stars with a head injury, the team's official site reports. (3/9/2014)

Winnipeg Jets
Chris Thorburn, RW - Thorburnís upper body injury is not serious, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. (3/5/2014)
James Wright, C - Coach Paul Maurice said that Wright is dealing with an ankle sprain and will be out indefinitely. (3/3/2014)
Grant Clitsome, D - Clitsome has undergone season-ending back surgery, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. (1/17/2014)
Mark Scheifele, C - Scheifele has a sprained MCL and will miss the next 6-8 weeks, Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press reports. (3/5/2014)

Colorado Avalanche
Alex Tanguay, LW - Tanguay -- who has been dealing with a knee issue -- will undergo season-ending hip surgery on Friday, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports. (2/20/2014)
Paul Stastny, C - The Avs did not update Stastny's (back) status Sunday, the Denver Post reports. (3/9/2014)

Calgary Flames
Jiri Hudler, RW - Hudler (upper body), who has already been ruled out for Friday's game against the Islanders, will not play Saturday against the Canucks either. (3/7/2014)
Matt Stajan, C - Stajan has taken a personal leave from the Flames following the passing of his newborn son, the Canadian Press reports. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Katie and Matt at this difficult time," the Flames said in a statement Sunday. "We appreciate that everyone has and will continue to respect their privacy during this period." (3/9/2014)
Curtis Glencross, LW - Coach Bob Hartley said Glencross (ankle) is not considered close to a return, Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald reports. (3/1/2014)
Karri Ramo, G - Ramo (knee) skated on his own Wednesday, Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun reports. (3/5/2014)
Dennis Wideman, D - Wideman (upper body), who has already been ruled out for Friday's game against the Islanders, will not play Saturday against the Canucks either. (3/7/2014)
David Jones, RW - Jones (upper body) will miss the next three-to-four weeks, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. (3/4/2014)
Kevin Westgarth, RW - Westgarth (head) is returning to Calgary to undergo concussion protocol, the Calgary Herald reports. (3/2/2014)
Michael Ferland, LW - Ferland underwent knee surgery Saturday and is expected to miss the rest of the season, Pat Steinberg of Sportsnet 960 The Fan reports. (1/18/2014)
Patrick Sieloff, D - After missing the first half of the season with a staph infection, Sieloff has been cleared for off-ice activities, the Calgary Sun reports. (1/17/2014)

New York Islanders
Eric Boulton, LW - Boulton appears to have broke his hand during a fight with the Jets' Mark Stuart on Tuesday, according to Newsday's Arthur Staple. (3/5/2014)
John Tavares, C - Tavares -- who suffered a torn MCL and torn meniscus during the Sochi Olympics -- will not need surgery to repair his knee, Arthur Staple of Newsday reports. (2/25/2014)

Vancouver Canucks
Mike Santorelli, C - Santorelli (shoulder) has undergone season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum, Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun reports. (1/30/2014)
Zack Kassian, RW - Kassian has been suspended three games for his hit on Dallas defenseman Brenden Dillon in Thursday's loss to the Stars, CBC's Elliotte Friedman reports. (3/7/2014)
Hunter Shinkaruk, C - Shinkaruk will require major hip surgery and miss the rest of the WHL season, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports. (12/27/2013)
Andrew Alberts, D - Coach John Tortorella said Alberts (concussion) has been slow to recover and shouldn't be expected to return anytime soon, Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun reports. (2/24/2014)
Daniel Sedin, LW - Sedin (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. (3/4/2014)

Toronto Maple Leafs
Colton Orr, RW - Orr (undisclosed) is not likely to play Monday, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports. (3/3/2014)
Dave Bolland, C - Bolland (ankle) will visit with a specialist in the U.S. to discuss his recovery, James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reports. (3/5/2014)
David Clarkson, RW - Clarkson (leg) will not play Saturday vs. the Bruins, David Alter of 590 Sportsnet The Fan reports. (3/8/2014)

Anaheim Ducks
Stephane Robidas, D - While Robidas (leg) had been targeting March 14, coach Bruce Boudreau suggested that the team's March 18 contest against the Caps might be a better fit for the blueliner's return to action,'s Curtis Zupke reports. (3/9/2014)
Mathieu Perreault, C - Perreault (upper body) won't play Monday against the Maple Leafs, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. (3/9/2014)
Luca Sbisa, D - Sbisa (knee) won't play Monday against the Maple Leafs, Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register reports. (3/9/2014)
Stefan Noesen, C - Noesen is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL. (10/14/2013)
Sheldon Souray, D - Souray, who has yet to play in 2013-14, will have season-ending wrist surgery Friday, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun reports. (1/16/2014)


Kimmo Timonen: The elder defender has scored more than one-quarter of his entire seasonís points in the last four games. Timonen, who has potted a pair of goals and added five assists in March, has totaled only 26 points (4G, 22A) in 61 contests. Heís pointing at the lowest rate since his rookie campaign with Nashville in 1998-99, but it looks like heís revving up his engine in time for one more nice run. Timonen has also registered seven blocked shot over the last two weeks.

Danny DeKeyser: The Detroit rookie has five assists in his last six games. He was on a roll early in 2013-14, but a separated shoulder knocked him off his game. While his power-play time seems to change game-by-game, heís usually in the mix for time on the man advantage.

Antti Niemi: Niemi fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief. Niemi beat the Penguins on Thursday and followed that big game up with a 27-shot shutout Saturday against Montreal. The Sharks used capable backup, Alex Stalock, to push Niemi and it apparently worked. Niemi has been streaky in 2013-14, but heís regained his top spot and is hot once again.


Sidney Crosby: It might be one of the few times Crosby ever makes the cold list, but a minus-5 night Thursday warrants the listing. Sir Sidney hasnít been his consistent self lately, turning the puck over with regularity. He has only two goals in his last 12 contests. Thereís a chance the Olympics took something out of him. Also, the team didnít acquire an elite top-line right winger at the deadline. Crosby remains the best player and the leading scorer in the NHL, but his recent inconsistency shows that nobody is perfect.

Henrik Sedin: The healthy brother has points in three of 17 games since December and hasnít scored a goal since Dec. 14. At this point, fantasy owners have to ask whether Henrik is worth protecting in keeper leagues. Heíll be 34 when 2014-15 starts, thatís young enough to expect a nice rebound, but hard decisions lie ahead for Sedin owners.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins: He has one point, an even-strength assist, in his last eight games Ė and that includes more than 20 minutes on the power-play for RNH. Edmonton has more issues than Nugent-Hopkins, but it will be interesting to see if the Oilers trade RNH or any of their other skilled forwards in the offseason.

Recommended Pickup:

Lee Stempniak: Heís the latest of a long line of wingers getting a chance to skate on Sidney Crosbyís right wing. Stempniak will likely form some kind of platoon there with Brian Gibbons, as coach Dan Bylsma looks to find some chemistry between Crosby and either Gibbons or Stempniak. Beau Bennett is expected back in the next week and a half, so thereís no guarantee Stempniak sticks. But in the meantime, he could provide a cheap source of points. Heís averaging just over one minute per game on the teamís No. 2 power-play unit, also.

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