First off, let's start with some of the ramifications from the mid-week trade between the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes.
Cory Stillman, F (OTT): The Senators wanted playoff experience and they got it in the form of Stanley Cup champions Mike Commodore and Cory Stillman. With 48 points on the season, Stillman probably isn't on the waiver wire considering he plays left wing. He was one of the Hurricanes' main scoring threats and is not relegated to a supportive role. I'd knock him down a notch unless the Senators break up their top line of Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza.
Joe Corvo, D (CAR): This is a defenseman I'm big on. He's kind of under the radar but he is very valuable in leagues where power play points are a category. Since the Senators traded Joe Corvo, their top power play quarterback, they've only scored on 1 of 14 power play opportunities. Meanwhile, Corvo has notched points in two straight games for the 'Canes since the trade and is on a five-game point streak overall. Of his 29 points this season, 15 have come on the power play.
Marc-Andre Fleury, G (PIT): Goalies are as valuable as good catchers in fantasy baseball, which means that Marc-Andre Fleury needs to be owned. Fleury, the former No. 1 goaltender in Pittsburgh, has been out for two months with a high ankle sprain. During that time, Ty Conklin, who at one point was read his last rights, has resurrected his career with a sparkling 14-4-3 run. Can a player lose his job because of injury? The never-ending sports debate will continue as these two battle it out for the front-line duties.
Brandon Dubinsky, F (NYR): The New York Rangers are quite the up-and-down outfit but they're up again and the performance of youngster Brandon Dubinsky has helped spark the recent improvement. Dubinsky was moved up to a renovated top line with Jaromir Jagr and Sean Avery, and helped end Jagr's seven-game point drought (longest during his career as a Ranger). Dubinsky plays center, which means he's still not worth owning since the position is so deep, but it is a situation to monitor. Pundits have been waiting for the Rangers to find some line chemistry and get on a hot streak. Dubinsky only has value in keeper leagues unless the Rangers' top unit can catch fire.
Brian Boyle, F (LA): Brian Boyle is part of the foundation of the future in Los Angeles but his time might be starting now. He has five points in eight games with four penalty minutes and a +4 rating. He's nothing more than intriguing at this point, especially since he plays center, but the Kings are expected to continue the youth movement and more ice time would naturally mean more fantasy value. Keep him in mind.